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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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3,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,286
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 178
Gots: 275 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of callmeclemens
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

callmeclemens, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this for 1.99 at my local Beer Nutz! Score!

A - Pours a nice Hazy orange Heffe color with white straw head. Looks pretty standard.

S - Clove is strong and malt produces mild banana smell with wheat backbone. Very nice.

T - The taste is spot on. Overwhelming taste of clove and banana surrounded by a wheat backbone with not bitterness to speak of. Solid brew.

M - Light of course and refreshing

D - I have always been a fan of Spaten's Heffe and I believe this one has just topped my expectations of that probably since it's American and it's more readily available. Would be drinking again.

DrDemento456, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark straw color, hazy with a pillow of head on top.

Has a Belgian smell to it. Cloves dominate while the banana lives in the background.

Tastes like Belgium too. Very spicy, but the wheat helps keep the spices in check with a bit of sweetness.

Complex mouthfeel with the spices and sweetness battling into the swallow.

Another stellar beer by Sierra Nevada. Good taste, refreshing and moderate ABV make this go down smooth, easy to drink.

RickS95, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of joeland
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a golden color witha hint of orange. a on eifnger head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell - It has a yeast/ bananas smell. with a hint of cloves

Taste - I get a taste of the cloves with a banana undertone

Mouthfeel - light body with a medium amount of carbnation

Drinkability - goes down easy i could enjoy a few of these.

joeland, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of 828beagle
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy mango-yellow color with a big clumpy 3 finger head. Great retention and nice lacing effect. Mild citrus smell with floral overtones. Sweet fruity bubblegum taste. Rather light body with big carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Besides being very light the only other downside is- I would have liked it to pack a bigger buzz. Other than that it is a great tasting brew and highly sessionable.

828beagle, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Soonami
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. Kellerweis pours a deep hazy yellow, with a bit of ephemeral head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. The bouquet is very yeasty and full of clove and ripe banana as well as the earthiness from the wheat malt. The hefeweizen is very complex, with the fruit and spice flavors as well as a deep yeast must and a sweet taste that quickly dissipates in the dry, clean finish.

Great example of the style from the classic American brewery. You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Soonami, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hay with two finger of white head. Plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - underwhelming, phenols, bananas and cloves, some citrus, doughy yeast, and pale citrus

Taste - rather tart upfront, followed by sweet malt and yeast, phenolic finish

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Unimpressive thin feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light and refreshing. Sadly having enjoyed Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner many times is hard to settle for less. Despite this for the price this isn't a bad hefe.

Snamnoum, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass...

A: pours a very orange-juice yellow with a 1 finger head

S: banana and fresh, earthy grain, some clove, and white pepper

T: banana fades smoothly into more flavors of fresh grain, clove, and white pepper. finishes with more peppery spice and banana, hint of lemon peel, and hop bitterness

M: a medium-full body for style, very thick and creamy, then becomes crisp and off dry

Overall, I did not have a good impression of this beer after first trying it from a pint glass. Now that its in the proper glassware, it makes a hell of a difference. Could drink several of these

OlRasputin989, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Mubbly
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra Nevada Kelleweis glass. Wishing SN would release this beer in 12 or 24 packs; would love to have a butt load of this in the fridge at all times.

Glorious toasted yellow/orange glow with wheat cloudiness. Almost like orange juice. Nice white head that fades into a blanket after a couple minutes.

Smell right off the bat is tart and electric. Lemon, bubblegum and shock tarts. Smells refreshing.

Wheat taste is upfront, followed by sour/tartness, and leaving the mouth with a tart and bitter orange peel taste. Mirrors the smell.

Feels fizzy in the mouth. Soft, smooth, and light. Light bodied.

VERY drinkable. The smoothness of the wheat helps it go down easy. Gulp-able, but much better savored.

I've been very happy with Kellerweis, and have purchased many 6-packs. Weihenstephaner Hefeweis bier would be my first choice, but Kellerweis holds up well. Plus, newcomers to beer are usually pleased with it.

Mubbly, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

Slightly hazy, straw colored golden yellow. Head isn't huge and retention not great. Lace is minimal... but it is pretty much per style.

Slight hints of bananas and a toasted nuttiness mixed with spices.

tastes of bananas and sweet malts-- even a touch of bubblegum. Finish borders on being tart-- keeping it refreshing and tasty.

Light airy body is smooth and easy to drink.

Highly drinkable, easily enjoyable.

AleWatcher, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly dissapointing. I get banana and clove aromas but the main smell is a bit of an "off" aroma I can't quite place. This could be old.

T: The taste is pretty good with lots of banana and cloves with a hint of vanilla and other sweet flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and relatively thick for the style. Not too bad.

D: This is a decently drinkable hefe and I would love to try it on tap. Nice flavors and very refreshing.

GregSVT, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow pour, thick white head..average retention.

Aroma is high on the banana, with other typical hefe profiles (yeast, cloves).

Tastes great. Citrus zest, some spices, and a creamy banana flavor all in one.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, creating a very drinkable beer.

kshankar, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather murky hef with a significant amount of wheat malt at the bottom. the nose comes out fruity, the smell of wet flour, and some cereal. palate is thick and one dimensional. there is a quintessential hef palate of banana and other fruit ester... but its quite yeasty. not light. the wheat/yeast is too much. mutes the latitude and makes it a slower drink.

rtepiak, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a solid 2" of white froth. Quite the wavy head that stays intact for a few sips.
Subtle coriander aroma along with fresh cut hay.
Crisp first sip with a tight maltiness. Not doughy or banana like most American-made wheat beers. Fragrant & spicy mouthfeel with a hint of coriander. Touch of lemon tartness. Finishes clean & dry. Highly drinkable.

RustyDiamond, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a tremendous fan of hefeweizens, but this Sierra Nevada offering is very good. The appearance is light, cloudy yellow with a sligh foamy head. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish this off. The smell is very good -- citrusy with a mix of banana and cloves. The taste is also very good -- a crisp shot of citrus is the overwhelming quality. Overall, a solid hefeweizen, but I don't think one of the best out there (that might belong to Pyramid).

oldirtycaffrey, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of FishMan123
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer so that I'd have something to drink with pizza. I have a number of singles that I wouldn't want to "waste" on pizza. So I picked up a 6-pack of this beer. Wow. It's pretty good.

A: Pale golden yellow; very cloudy. Thick foamy head. Sediment in bottle.

S: Very little smell - lemon/clove.

T: Nice wheat, lemon, clove. Some banana. Lemon leads, but is not overpowering.

M: Nice carbonation.

D: Smooth, easy to drink. Nothing offensive standing out.

Will definately buy this one again.

FishMan123, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Wiezen glass.

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color. The pour drops a big three finger eggshell white head that fades to a half inch, and leaves behind sheets of thick lace.

A: Bananna and spice. I get notes of pepper, clove, wheat, and grass. The wheat and pale malt stand out, and the grassy hops give it nice balance.

T: Wheat, pepper, spice, bannana, and clove. The yeast notes are apperant and welcomed. This one is well balanced and just what a Hefe should taste like. It finishes dry, and just slightly bitter.

M: Light body with aggressive carbonation. It is tingely, but very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite high given the low ABV and how well this one was crafted. Overall, a very nice example of a Hefe, and one I will be revisiting soon. Skal.

Gtreid, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy and straw-colored with plenty of sediment. Thin white head with little retention but decent lacing.

Aroma is wheat, cloves, bananas, along with lighter hint of peaches and mild citrus hops and a healthy dose of yeast.

Flavor is sweet and a bit spicy. Lemon, bananas, and clove combine with the doughy malts and wheat.

Light-medium bodied and a decent level of carbonation.

Overall, nothing particularly spectacular but one of the more authentic West Coast "hefeweizens" I've had. Easily drinkable and available, and in general a damned good summer beer.

Phocion, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of hu5om
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into Tremens Tulip
a-lovely golden yellow. cloudy. 1 finger of white fine foam.

s-yeast, cloves, banana, vaguely tropical?

t-cloves, banana, yeast, grain. very light grain aftertaste. a bit spicier than i expected, a bit of a saison vibe.

m-a bit thin, but creamy. fairly abrupt ending and very light on the palate

d-SN rarely dissappoints me. good, not great. i'll stick with Dancing Man Wheat for now, but glad I finally reviewed this one.

hu5om, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a nice thick white head which dissipates quickly.

Smells like bananas,yeast and some wheat

Taste is that of "bubblegum" and bananas.With banana being the most noticeable

Mouth feel is light yet very carbonated

Drinkability is high, goes down smooth and has a lot of flavor.It's very easy to enjoy a few of these on a summers day.

Tee76, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe not thee best hefe I've ever had, but this is a very good representation of the style. I cant really find any faults in it other than maybe I wanted just a hint more of the banana esters, but thats really about it. Wish this was a year round beer. Great job SN.

Da1nonlyBD, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of folsomharrier
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not a fan of heffes but sitting here in graeagle after a round at the dragon it is tart & refreshing
Nice citrus nose & taste
Good balance.no need to add superfluous fruits to beer
Fills mouth well. Each sip calls for another appreciative sip
Could convert me to heffs

folsomharrier, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Bristol's Edge City Series Imperial Pint Glass. I was quite careful to swirl up the yeast in the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour.

A: Hazy golden yellow. Rock white head, recedes but more or less hang around for the entire beer and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Ripe banana up front. Some nice wheatiness and light clove.

T: Great maltiness, and the yeast profile is great. Very well done. Banana dominates, clove is in the background. Well balanced but banana forward.

M: Very solid, full body, smooth drinking. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Super drinkable. Probably the best-made available in the US (not to say others made in Germany aren't potentially better, but I do feel they suffer from their journey over here).

aggiearcher13, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, yellowish/orange. Very nice snow white thick head that had a combination of large and small bubbles. Looks good.

Smell - Some spice in the nose. Maybe the cloves? Getting some kind of artificial "plastic" smell. Getting a bit of the yeast and wheat, but having trouble detecting the banana.

Taste - Small amounts of bitterness at the end. Slight bit of sourness, but not much however. Seems to be balanced very well. No one flavor is dominant over the other. Still not picking up the aforementioned banana.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Very crisp, smooth and watery.

Drinkability - Could definitely set a few of these back on a hot day. Very nice looking beer, but the smell brings the score down just a bit. Not horrible. I would drink it again if it was offered. I don't seem to be able to find a Hefe or Wheat that really appeals to me for some reason.

Shrews629, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of sirdillon
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a twelve oz bottle into my hefeweizen glass. pours a clourdy light orange color with an abundant creamy white head. smells of clove, a bit of citrus, and some spiciness. as it warms up, more of the wheat and malt come through in the aroma, maybe some cereal. tastes much like it smells, spice up front, wheat in the finish. drinkability is quite high, as is the case with most wheat beers. this is most definitely an all around good hefeweizen , plenty of flavor and at a good price.

sirdillon, Jul 11, 2010
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,286 ratings.