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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,380 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 323 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of GoldenChild
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of the bottle into a glass

A. This is an exceptional Hefe. A creamy straw yellow body topped by a white foamy head approximately one finger thick.

S. Yeast aroma balanced out by light malts and cloves, slightly fruity and spicy.

T. Good balance of flavors. A light malty grain body with some banana and clove flavors. I taste no hops but I'm sure there is some in there for bitterness.

M. Creamy and silky body with very minor hints of carbonation probably due to the small bubble size.

D. Very good and refreshing beer. Smooth and clean

Photo of kaybort
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was almost no head when I poured it. It was a beautiful light apple juice color. Very dense and cloudy, not unlike other hefeweizens I have had. Bright and lively looking. It had a sweet smell, I could detect a sort of yeasty smell. Again, much the same of other hefeweizens. The taste was slightly more mild than I was expecting. It had a floral like taste, and I could also taste the banana and clove aspect as stated on the bottle. Although, it wasn't as strong as I was expecting that part to be. Overall this is a great take on a hefeweizen. Easy to drink, with no unpleasant aftertastes.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great appearance. More foam in the glass than anything! That's pretty awesome. Definitely a lot of yeast in the bottom of the glass as well. Banana in color and density as well. A very pale wheat beer, similar to Hoegaarden in this sense.

Smell: Hits all the right notes on the smell. Banana and cloves with a noticeable presence of lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon seems to cut through the flavor a bit too much. Some vague clove and banana notes. The mouthfeel is pretty good though.

Drinkability: Not that exciting overall. Kind of a muted beer.

Overall: A bit disappointing, but a good beer nonetheless.

Photo of lovindahops
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Hefe in the middle of winter

A- pours a nice cloudy unfiltered Hefe look. Very inviting with a ridiculous cloudy marshmallow head of foam. Lacing all over the sides as well

S- good banana, clove, and spices all over KH. A little musty and yeasty but that is rounded off with some good lemon

T- delicious and refreshing at the same time. Good flavor that begins with the same clove and banana. The same musty flavor is there as well. It's almost like a banana shake with some dryness at the end

M- creamy creamy creamy. Flavor lingers and that is good

D- Kellerwies is extremely refreshing and full of good flavor. Very sessionable and easy drinking

Photo of Stigs
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 8/31/10. served in a Stone Levitation glass.

A - pours with over an inch of rich, frothy and thick white foam. settling within a few minutes to a sticky, quarter inch of film. the beer is clear until the last couple ounces, yielding a good bit of cloudy yeast. light gold in color.

S - slightly juicy, fruity bananas and apples. hint of orange rind, and spicy cloves. grainy throughout with some lingering lemon zest.

T - right off the bat, some dominating crisp grains turning into some subtle banana, clove, parsley, and green apple skins. more citrus and clove creep in the second half. good but then just kind of falls apart a bit into nothing.

M - light to medium bodied, with slightly above average pinchy carbonation. lacking a certain bit of creaminess found in the exception beers of its style. still quite crisp and refreshing.

D - solid all around. some age might have a bit to do with it at this point, but still well balanced and a decent representation.

Photo of Sudsy89
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a hazy, almost opaque dark yellow, with a quickly-dissipating head. Seems to have a low level of carbonation. Aroma and taste mostly consist of ripe banana and wheat, with a slight hop taste. hint of spice. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, I didn't find it to be visually appealing, looked like muddy water almost, and I think the flavor is just OK. At 4.8% abv, this beer would be decent for a few bottles, but I wouldn't want a bunch, I just prefer others like Franziskaner Weissbier. So far this is the only beer from Sierra Nevada that I've not been really happy with.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip, has a cloudy, golden yellow body with a finger of head that fades quickly leaving no lacing. Pretty standard aromas for the style - citrus / banana / clove. Nice taste, floral hops that are balanced out by the wheat malts, with a banana finish. Light bodied with appropriate carbonation for the style, smooth and highly drinkable. Another solid beer in the Sierra Nevada lineup.

Photo of tlong421
3.12/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really dislike Sierra Nevada more times than not and only chose this beer because someone had left it in my fridge. In saying that:

A: standard weizen appearance; nice golden color

S: I didn't detect much of an order at all.

T: I feel it was an average weizen; hints of banana, but generally it felt a little watered down to me

M: smooth, easy to go down. It's really hard to screw up the mouthfeel of a weizen

D: again, same as mouthfeel, it's hard to really screw this up. Even the worst weizens are easy on the palate.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a full two finger, foamy head. Head falls very slow and never really disappears, decent lace.

Very nice wheat aroma with obvious hints of clove and spice.

Wheat taste with the clove flavors up front followed by hints of banana and vanilla. Ends with a mild hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and slightly chewy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

Very decent beer and so easy to drink.

Photo of mattsdenney
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. glass into NB globe glass. No expiration date on bottle.

A: Pours hazy, cloudy, light yellow/orange color.

S: Smells like husky wheat, corn, cloves, hint of banana and citrus.

T: Nice taste of wheat, yeast, and clove. Hints of banana come through as well.

M: Feels bubbly, light, leaves a feeling of coating.

D: Overall I think this is a very drinkable sample of the style. It ranks up there with some of the better hef's that I've had.

Photo of birdyone
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks are deceptive on this one. not much head on it, a few large bubbles, and that cloudy pale yellow that makes those unfamiliar with Hefeweizens think it's well. . . you know

Decent smell. Pretty normal for the family.

Better taste than other domestic Hefeweizens I have tried.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Drinkability is high, I am partial to Hefeweizens though.

Photo of MadCat
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color, not much head

Smell: Very appealing wheaty smell, with some fruity notes

Taste: Very classic wheaty Hefeweizen taste, with some hints of fruit

Mouthfeel: pretty standard mouthfeel, higher carbonation than average, resulting in a little bit of carbonation sting

Drinkability: Excellent, easy to drink, definitely a goto Hefeweizen for me, no problem drinking a couple of these in a row. Very refreshing.

Overall, very satisfied with this, and hopefully since this is my first review, this is good and helpful.

Photo of DannyDan
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours out into a hazy golden color with a thin white head. It has decent retention with little lacing and good carbonation.
S. It has a smell of bananas, cloves, yeast and some hops. Kind of reminds me of banana bread.
T. Taste some bananas right away followed by some cloves and hops and than finishes with a yeasty bread taste.
M/D. The mouthfeel is a sticky, chewy tasty feel and this is a very nice and drinkable brew that goes down quite well.
This is a very good beer and is done quite nicely, highly recommend trying this one.

Photo of aranheaney
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH Snifter...one of my first reviews of 2011 and my 51st review....

A-Classic Hefeweizen, cloudy orangeish with minimal heading and a bit of lacing

S-peppery, clove, banana and some bread

T-very consistent with the smell, good level of carbonation, very fruity

D-high, the carbonation and low ABV make this one a chugger....

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 350ml bottle I picked up from a local off-licence; they were selling these cheap so I thought I'd try some decent Californian beer (I'm a fan of their pale ale). Has a best-before date of 8/12/10, which is presumably why they were on sale for so little. Hopefully the quality will be unaffected as long as it's been stored properly. Bottle has the usual Sierra Nevada picture on the front. Some info about the beer is found on the label around the bottle neck.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; I decanted about 2/3 of the contents then swirled the remainder to resuspend the yeast before adding it to the glass. Plenty of foam from the bottle towards the end. Colour was a translucent light golden-brown. Low carbonation, but the agitation produced a large foamy head which subsided slowly. Distinctly yeasty odour with slight sourness - some banana and spice notes.

Flavour is yeasty and somewhat sour, but refreshing. Tasty malt, but little in the way of hops. Makes you think of natural yoghurt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as well as lightly astringent. Rather nice.

A good hefe - one to sample now and again. Worth trying if unfiltered wheat beers appeal to you.

Photo of tozz8
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A--Hazy yellow with plenty of yeast sediment. Large white foamy head even with a less-than-aggressive pour

S--Banana, clove, yeast. nice example of what this style should smell like

T--Sweet. Taste doesn't deliver what the smell promised. I taste mostly wheat with a little banana; almost no clove. I also taste lemon grass? Almost no aftertaste.

M--Light to medium body. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.

D--Very refreshing drinkable brew.

definitely not the greatest in this style, but it is great for the price ($6.99 for a 6 pack)

Photo of JCBears
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow active brew lot of activity here with plenty of bubble. Exciting and fun to look at. Clear save for the bubble activity. All I can think of is amber waves of grain on a classic Franconia Day in good old Deutschland. Smell, hints of the banana, and do I detect some but a little sulfur, refreshing none the less. Taste was virtually a perfect representation of the style. Totally great! Just enough of that traditional fruity aftertaste to leave a pleasing kiss goodbye until the next sip. Good mouth feel maybe a little weak if anything could be a bit more stout but for the style fantastic. Great job!

Photo of whiplash3825
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy light-straw color with medium head and ample carbonation. Tons of yeast at the bottom of the bottle... make sure you swirl to get that heavenly stuff into the glass!

Wheaty mustiness in the nose along with banana and cloves. Smells like all good hefes should.

Taste is more wheat along with citrus... the banana and clove in the nose is not very evident in the taste. Slightly bitter aftertaste which is unexpected in a wheat beer.

Creamy well-carbonated mouthfeel, maybe almost a tad too much so.

Drinks pretty easy; definitely not one of the best hefes I've had but not one of the worst either. Easily available at a reasonable price, so gotta give 'em some points for that.

Photo of rdub
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my new Newcastle Geordie Schooner (which finally arrived after many months). Bright golden color and a one finger head. Not much lace to speak of. Banana aroma, not much clove. The taste, unfortunately, was basic hefe. I guess I should have drank this in the summer. Mouthfeel was medium/thin and drinkability was high. I'm sure this would be delicious fresh and in the summertime.

Photo of scootny
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite style so I'm keeping my expectations in check in light of the rating. A pretty cloudy gold with a good sized head and nice firm texture. Decent retention and lacing. Nice. Nose is pretty good but light in the banana and clove department to me. I smell more lemon and wheat malt. Balance is there but seems to showcase the grains more than fruits. Taste is better. Good wheat twang and a bigger banana and clove component. A bit of soap and lemon and a faint mineral/metallic edge. Finish is dry and clean with minimal bitterness. Feel is not bad with a good carbonation and medium light weight. Quite drinkable and a quenching brew even in December. Is this the next great American Hefe? No, but it's still pretty good and a solid effort from a solid brewery.

Photo of jsanford
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy golden-yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a solid ring around the glass.
S - Ripe banana and cloves with a good amount of sweet pale malt.
T - More hefeweizen notes of ripe sweet banana and spicy cloves. Plenty of wheat and pale malt, along with an ever-so-slight bubblegum taste. Incredibly balanced, the banana and clove are excellent.
M - Creamy with a medium-thin body. Carbonation is nice and crisp.
D - Excellent drinkability, an almost perfect summertime beer.

Photo of AwYeh
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pleasant aroma; I pick up a lot of bubblegum, some clove and banana, and even a little bit of smokiness.

Pours a cloudy and deep straw color, frothy one inch white head which sticks around in proportion to how much beer is left.

Taste doesn't hold up to aroma; substantial wheat here with a mild hop bitterness, plus a reduced presence of the aforementioned aroma notes.

Lively carbonation (perhaps just a bit too much) alongside a light, smooth, creamy mouthfeel; I am left with a slightly bitter finish.

Quite drinkable; the low alcohol content is hard to detect and aside from the carbonation there's not much stopping this from going down quickly.

Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with a pillowy white head. Aromas are banana and clove with a hint of the phenolic medicinal character. Flavors mirror the aroma with a subtle tartness and a crispy, refreshing finish. This is a very fine example of a hefeweizen. Taste is pretty heavy on the wheat, slight hints of bananas and spices. Flavor really opens up well at warmer temperatures. Medium thickness, no bitterness to speak of.. And I dont really care for wheat beers!! This one is the best wheat beer I have ever tasted.

Photo of mariposafan
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden color in my Duvel tulip with a nice two fingers of head. The foam dies back gradually but persists around the edges of the glass and as lacing.

Bubblegum, banana and cloves. Smells just like I'd like a hefeweizen to smell.

The taste doesn't live up to the nose, however. It's not as sweet as I'd like and the spice character is hidden some by some tartness and lingering bitterness. It's also just a touch watery. Nothing bad, just not as good as the aroma indicated.

The mouthfeel is pleasantly thick and creamy but the carbonation is a little too forceful - it becomes a distraction rather than an enhancement.

Without the lingering bitterness and prickly carbonation the drinkability would be a solid 5. Even with those defects, though, it goes down easily and there's little enough alcohol that it would be easy to keep drinking.

Not my favorite hefeweizen but a pretty nice one all the same that is inexpensive and available year round.

Photo of MorningBeer
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently, my dad brought me a bottle of this over to share. Wow. This is my favorite hefeweizen. I keep thinking that I'll find one that I like better, but nope, this is it.

The best looking hefeweizen I've seen. Pours a brilliant golden yellow, with orange hues. Perfectly cloudy with suspended yeast. Amazing in the sunlight.

A hard pour yields a one finger head that sticks around a bit.

Smell is a nice balance of bread, banana, and a hint of clove creeping through.

Taste follows suit. Carbonation packs a light punch right off the bat. Leaves a nice sweet banana taste on the tip of the tongue, cloves in the nose, and a bready, mild bitterness on the back of the palate. There's a creamy element to the mouthfeel, which balances out the flavor.

Overall, this beer puts it all together in perfect harmony. It is, perhaps, the creaminess that yields what I find to be a perfect hefeweizen.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,380 ratings.