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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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3,004 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,004
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
Gots: 149 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of Patrick999


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a number of times, but never have given it a proper presentation, much less reviewed it. So, I'm going to do it up proper in a weizen glass.

It pours ultra-foamy as hefes are wont to do. Nice cloudy golden body, some sediment here for sure. It looks like a very good authentic German hefe, indeed.

Aroma is of sourdough and clove. Decent, but I could go for more banana in the nose.

Taste is more balanced than the nose, though it still seems a little clove-heavy. Banana seems to want to make a small appearance at the back end. Fleeting note of plastic. It is certainly tasty, though.

Feel is appropriately sharp, crisp. Medium light in body, good quenching feel as it washes down the throat easily.

I have to give it to Sierra Nevada here - they aren't taking the easy route and brewing an American Pale Wheat while calling it a hefe. This is a very good option that can hold its own with the Germans.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:26:14 | More by Patrick999
Photo of thain709


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy golden body with active carbonation and lovely yeast floaties...a bad pour (my bad) produces three and a half fingers of foamy, white head...it falls into a great cap and retains the whole time...minimal lacing

S - Fruit really dominates the nose...banana, apple, and pear...some faint spices...clove and coriander

T - The flavors are well rounded out but the fruit dominated...the fruit is up front and present for a while...the same fruits are here...banana, apple, and pear...I was surprised the banana flavor wasn't bigger...more apple stood out for me...the spices were light and brought a nice ending...clove and coriander lingered as well as a pinch of cinnamon...which paired with the apples was very pleasant

M - Medium bodied...creamy, nicely carbonated, and coated the palate nicely

D - Another great beer from Sierra Nevada...it was weird not having hops all in my face...a sessionable beer and great for those warm summer evenings...or warm fall days as when I enjoyed mine

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 01:10:10 | More by thain709
Photo of BigJim5021


4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw the normal format.

All I really need to say about SN Kellerweis is that it could totally pass as a Bavarian-made hefe. This stuff is downright tasty.

I'm so glad that SN replaced their shitty unfiltered wheat with this stuff. Best decision they've ever made.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 04:57:08 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that yielded some light lacing. Body is yellow and cloudy, just like a good hefe should be.

S: Very nice smell of light yeast, wheat, and hints of lemon and banana as well. Quite inviting.

T: Excellent taste, with wheat and citrus coming through. The banana is prevalent, but not sickening or overpowering at all (and I'm not a fan of bananas)... works very well with this beer.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: Definitely the best hefeweizen I've tried yet... it's extremely easy to drink, well-balanced, and an excellent example of its style. Looking forward to having another sometime, as soon as I can.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:46:10 | More by berley31
Photo of redneckchugger


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Very little head, no lacing
Banana , clove nose.
Tastes is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than i woudl have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana qprinkeled witha touch of clove powder. Still, i like it a lot.
This is a very good Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 00:37:38 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of manwich


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite American hefeweizen I've found so far. Pours a nice cloudy light amber, good solid white head that sticks around for a while. The kellerweis wins where other American weizens lose in having plenty of fruity ester flavors. I've found lots of American craft attempts to fall flat in flavor, they usually look right in the glass but don't stack up to their German competition when it comes to flavor.

Each mouthful of this beer is interesting, worth taking a second to taste and smell. Bananas and other fruits are plentiful. It's very drinkable and reasonably priced enough that I could see myself having a few!

Also: I love the bottle design and it looks great in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 06:32:12 | More by manwich
Photo of WoogityBoogity


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours light, pale straw with a cloudy body. Super stout white head of foam that takes a while to dissipate. Collar maintains throughout consumption.

S - Mild wheat presence, with obvious banana and citrus esters. No spice phenols present. Light hop note.

T - A very forward weizen. Moderate wheat sweetness at first. Banana, lemon, and clove favors are eminent. On the finish there is a very light bitter from the hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. No warming sensation from ABV.

D - A very straight forward hefeweizen.


A perfect summer or session beer. It is a classic example to the hefeweizen style, but is by no means a trophy product. For me to rate this as one of the best hefe's, I feel like it's missing some middle spice phenols... similar to Paulaner Hefeweizen. Was also surprised that there wasn't much hop presence, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:05:56 | More by WoogityBoogity
Photo of webbcreative


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

Poured cloudy, lemony color with 1.5 finger head. Great smell, banana and clove...smells just like a good hefe. Taste is like the nose, nice banana and clove flavor, with the hops not really doing much except their job, just balancing everything out, finish starts a bit sweet, but dries out a bit. Smooth, almost creamy, full mouthfeel, that is really nice.

Overall this is a really good hefe, and for the price, I could see me picking this up over most of the others out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 01:18:26 | More by webbcreative
Photo of heliosphann


4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass. Served with my new top secret burger creation. All I'll say is that it involves my uncle's homemade Capicola!

A: Finger and some of white, bubbly head. Dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin fluffy top. Has hazy golden hue with loads of carbonation. Lacing is great as well.

S: Mild spiciness. Some clove, banana, pepper, and orange-lemon sour notes. Also present is crisp graininess.

T: Much like the smell, you get a great balance of spicy banana, lemon and wheat. Not too much of anything though. Hops come into play towards the back end and really make this beer work. Very nice.

M: Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is spot on and feels great going down.

D: An amazing session beer. I could knock back a six pack of these no problem, especially at 4.8%.

A great American take on a classic German style. The balance is key for me on this. Just enough banana, spiciness and wheat to make a great foundation. I'll be revisiting this soon while the weather is still nice and warm.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:10:08 | More by heliosphann
Photo of NekotoNikku


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This is the first time I rated the appearance of a beer so high and it's well deserved. Deep yellow, almost tangerine colour, nice and cloudy, nice puffy head that stuck around for awhile. Excellent and appetizing overall.

S - Smelled highly of banana and clove with a yeasty undertone.

T - Banana, cloves, yeast, all the same flavors that were present in the smell as well as some added citrus. Rather clean finish to it. My first time having a Hefeweizen and it was really good.

M & D - Low alcohol taste, very clean finish as well. I let my dad have a taste and we both agreed we could easily drink a few more of these without any problems. I'm usually a fan of beers that taste nuttier, but this one was excellent and well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:16:45 | More by NekotoNikku
Photo of wnh


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, light-orange-tinted pale straw with a soft, fluffy, frothy white head that sticks around a while.

Nose of ripe banana and clove, with an emphasis on the clove, and soft bready undertones. Big spicy clove on the palate, accompanied by light ripe banana and a rather faint wheat character. Soft and round on the palate with minor carbonation and high drinkability. Light bodied, and just a touch watery.

Good on the whole, but lacking slightly in terms of a good German hefeweizen. Kind of a clove bomb; lacks a strong enough fruity ester quality for balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:08:30 | More by wnh
Photo of DerBayer


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I had a foreign Hefeweizen and I am very impressed. I just had this with my buddy and we both agree on the high rating.
The colour is an absolute stunner - naturtrueb!!!! I love it. THe taste is slightly on the breadier side and I would like some more banana and spice.
Other than that FANTASTIC!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 18:50:15 | More by DerBayer
Photo of RobH


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle.

My first beer of the night, and boy was it a great start.

A: Cloudy, hazy golden yellow with amber hints within the clouds.

S: Traditional Hefe aromas. Perhaps a bit dialed back compared with a Weihenstephaner. Nevertheless, a very inviting aroma for discriminate Hefeweizen drinkers.

T&M: Wonderful, fruity flavors come forth. Traditional banana and clove. Well balanced. Tastes "genuine" and not fake or cloying. Very pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice crisp finish that beckons another sip.

I was very impressed by this beer. I went in with high expectations and it didn't disappoint.


Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 17:12:34 | More by RobH
Photo of everetends


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I picked up as a sixer here at the Grub Mart down the road. Sierra Nevada sixers seem to have dropped in price around here to about 7.99. Much more affordable than in the past. Served up in a weizen glass.

A: This pours out a very light orange in color, much closer to a yellow than an orange but its orange . . . I think. Has just a touch of haze to it but you can easily see through it. Carbonation is pretty active and decently fast on motion. The pour got me about two fingers of crisp white foam. Sadly, it falters pretty quickly to a long lasting white top cap which is thin. Doesn't really toss up too much lace, but enough.

S: The nose is subtle, but very nice indeed. Very light wheat presence that just brings out that earthiness and slight sweetness just enough. Behind that you get some of that hefe banana one would expect. Slight clove and bubble gum aroma coming out. German malts are noticeable but really just act as a support frame for the previously mentioned aromas. Very nice.

T: Not bad in the least. Very nice wheaty start, lightly sweet and earthy. Not overly big but enough to keep you interested. Banana is probably the biggest flavor in here, and it is quite nice. Fresh and ripe banana is never a problem for me in a hefe. Light citrus presence, nice clove, and a touch of sweet bubble gum in here. This is a touch on the sweeter side than I am used to, but its not a crazy candied sweet. Nice.

M: Light side of medium in the feel here. Not too heavy, but enough to let you know this beer is no light bitch. Just enough weight to here. Carbonation is good and crisp. Touch sweet on the palate but nothing near the area of cloying or too much. ABV doesn't play a factor really at all. Aftertaste is some nice bubble gum and banana.

D: Oh so crisp and refreshing. This is what I look for in a hefe. If it isn't refreshing, WTF is the point? Hefes are supposed to be light and refreshing with a good amount of flavor. This beer has all of that. Sure it could be beefed up a bit more, but an easily accessible session brew is always nice. I can see myself picking up sixers of this for a while if it sticks around. God willing.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 06:00:05 | More by everetends
Photo of SamN


3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at Campus West Liquors. Poured in a hefe glass.

Poured a hazy golden hue with a slightly tan head that was smaller than expected, no lacing. Very nice hefeweizen look, the unfilteredness singing it's siren song, calling me in.

Smells of spice, big banana smell. creamy wheatness, flowers. Very aromatic, great nose, quite complex.

Taste is sort of...bland. Lemony, with some hops in the end. Watery, without much going on, a little bit sweet. Bummer. I'd honestly rather smell this beer than drink it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Carbonation is right on, light like a hefe should be.

Drinkability is quite good, if I don't care about taste. I could drink a lot of these BBQing or fishing. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:19:07 | More by SamN
Photo of MrIncognito


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Big rocky white head after a decently sturdy pour. Doesn't pop up quite as easily as other hefs. Nice lacing on the glass as the head subsides after 2 or 3 minutes. Body is muddy gold/orange with tiny bubbles floating to the top. Nice to look at.

S - Great smell. Yeasty and fruity with fresh wheat and orange zest. Not overly citrusy but it is definitely there and perhaps a bit more pronounced than other hefs.

T&M - A bit more fruity and sweet than expected. Very traditional German yet with some tweaks. Yeast up front with a bit of a sweeter wheat flavor. Kind of straw-like. Definite orange zest and coriander but not overly prominent where it tastes like an orange was squeezed into it (Blue Moon). Not much banana bread or bubble gum going on here. White pepper spicyness in the aftertaste with some clove. Flavor does not linger on the tongue as long as I'd like. Medium carbonation lends to a smooth mouthfeel that is just a tad thick and sticky.

D - Hightly drinkable and great sipped or quaffed. More of a summery version to me as the citrus is more pronounced than traditional hefs.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 14:23:14 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of Kadonny


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip tasting glass.

A: A hazy lighter golden color with a one finger white fluffy head. No glass lacing at all.

S: Sweet fruits with spicy clove and some earthy hops. Nice.

T: The fruity flavors come first with banana, lemon and melon followed by the clove spice with a bit of pepper. The malt sweetness come through with flavors of caramel, butterscotch and maybe some bubblegum. Finish is very crisp and clean with a nice grassy floral hop bitterness that finishes cleanly. Nice beer.

M: Medium to a bit thin. Not overly lingering or prickly, but clean and smooth. No alcohol present.

D: Great, these are very enjoyable and one could drink quite a few of these.

Overall a very good beer that strays from SNs normal style of beer, but they do it very well. Very German style and very enjoyable. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 13:35:39 | More by Kadonny
Photo of batty


4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured according to the bottle's instructions to get the most out of this beer.. including yeast. appears a cloudy golden w/ almost-white dense foam that fades a little too quick, but looks beautiful, and good lacing.

smell of nice yeast but not too spicy, mandarin oranges and a touch of lemon, banana in the background with some pale malt. some earthy hop notes.

taste is just exceptional.. my favorite hefe right now. an unassuming presence invading the senses with the perfect balance of citrusy-lemon, yeasty goodness, malt and hop. a bit of mandarin orange late and a touch of the yeasty-funk common to a saison crisping out the brew.

i would prefer a bit more body, but that's probably just my opinion. good for the style, easy drinking, crisp and nicely carbonated. can't think of a moment that would not be great for this beer. session to the extreme and with great character.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 00:38:22 | More by batty
Photo of lackenhauser


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A shade darker then just a pale yellow. I am suprised how clean it looks. Not much head-I was expecting more. Ok aroma-mild clovey banana thing going on. Great flavor! Solid malt taste with a well balanced spiciness to it. Mild enough clove and banana for my liking-not in your face. Slightly phenolic. Terrific hop flavor as well. Overall balance of the different tastes is just great. Finish is quite clean and crisp. Decent mouthfeel-has a bit of "slickness" to it. A great beer IMHO. Hefes are slowly becoming a new favorite of mine. This one is there with the best so far. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 22:04:26 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Pinto21


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with big white head, good hefe

S: ripe banana dominates. there is a bit of spicy clove to it too but in the back. spot on for good hefe

T: lighter on the banana than the smell, and more clove to it. Pretty well balance of the two.

D: Good not great. Mouthfeel is a bit heavey but still good. It's just I like the hefe i brewed more

A nice traditional hefe even though its from the Us

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 02:55:08 | More by Pinto21
Photo of Brenden


4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a deep, translucent yellow-amber. A white head is extremely dense and fluffy, soft-looking but sturdy. When it does dissipate, which is does slowly, it leaves a thick film of lacing that drops some thin patches of lacing most of the way down the glass.
The smell is very pleasantly of banana with a gentle sweetness in a firm wheat backing with underlying yeast and gentle citrus tang.
The taste is nearly identical to the smell, with just a nibble from a peppery spice and a nice light clove in the finish.
This is a nice, creamy brew that has a crisp nip from a moderagte carbonation. Body is bright but firm.
This is a very tasty hefe and nicely crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 02:18:08 | More by Brenden
Photo of stephens101


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ode to the end of the summer here, and on a cool and rainy night to boot. Hazy yellow orange in color with a one plus inch dirty white head. Retention isn't bad, and a few skinny fingers of lace are left behind. Smells big and spicy up front with an undercurrent of bananas, sweet malts, some grassy notes and butterscotch. Taste involves some nice sweet ripened bananas, more spice, sweet malts and even a hit of hops in the end for balance. Body is on the light side of medium. Exceptional hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 23:34:26 | More by stephens101
Photo of garymuchow


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to find this. Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass and I did swirl towards the end of the bottle to get that yummy yeast.
As noted on the label this is a complex beer, both in aroma and flavor. Sweet, banana, fruit (including lemon), mild spiciness. This holds yeast qualities that remind me as much of a Belgian yeast as well as German. Holds a little extra spiciness and some additional notes of interest.
Cloudy yellow. Big full fluffy white head that settles staying thick and in it's own time.
Such a thirst quencher. Many flavor characteristics are similar to the aroma notes. Does hold a prickly spiciness up front and overall enjoyable wheat flavors. Pick up the lemon flavor that precedes a mild but lingering dryness. Also a sourness/tartness appears (part of citrus I suppose)
Really of the few things that I find just a tad off-putting is the carbonation seems high in the feel. The bubbles are super fine and I like that, just for my taste a few too many. Moderately light feel.
This is a good to great summer beer. Very complex and enjoyable. I think in the end I prefer the flavor profiles of some of the German examples which I so like, but I would take this anytime, and may put it in the rotation for summer beers to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:32:19 | More by garymuchow
Photo of RJLarse


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Kellerweis in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale hazy gold color. Very few bubbles in the glass. Initially there is a sizable white head on top of the beer, but it is not very resilient for the style, and fade quickly to a quarter inch froth.

Smell is pretty good, a little faint, but there are soft fruit fragrances and spices.

The taste is quite good. Banana and clove flavors dominate, with a very mild dry bitterness. A traditional representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and dry. The brew is lightly carbonated, perhaps a little flat.

A very drinkable and authentic styled hefe. And I got it for $7 a six-pack. It doesn't get much better than that.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 00:28:53 | More by RJLarse
Photo of ChopperSmith


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A very nice HefeWeizen appearance. Cloudy pale golden, a nice fluffy head that retained well and laced nicely.

Smell: Surprisingly good yeasty aroma with bananas, clove and bubblegum. Very good for an American made HefeWeizen.

Taste: Like it smells. Yeasty, sweet banana, clove and bubblegum flavors. Definitely one of the better American made HefeWeizens I've had. Very smooth and VERY easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, subdued carbonation. Everything a good HefeWeizen should be.

Drinkability: Oh yes, this is a very nice American Hefe. I will definitely seek this one out again!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 23:15:04 | More by ChopperSmith
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,004 ratings.