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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 318 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
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).

Photo of FishMan123
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of hu5om
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of Tee76
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of folsomharrier
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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).

Photo of Shrews629
3.14/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of sirdillon
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kellerweis poured a cludy yellow with a small sized head. It smelt and tasted spicy, but rather light as well. The beer was smooth and easy to drink. Overall not a bad choice, not the best in this catagory, or the best sierra nevada beer. Not a bad choice on a hot summer day.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, great foam, large head that sticks around a while and is nice, fluffy, and yeasty. Not sure if this is the freshest brew, there was some yellowish stuff and sediment at the bottom, I am hoping/assuming is banana, and I think it is so I did not deduct anything for it.

Color is light yellow, but a little darker than other hefes, almost orange, smells slightly of citrus and yeast.

Taste is light and fluffy, yeast is there, a bit bitter at the finish, goes down smooth, hint of banana is a nice touch, which fits well into this type of beer, not overdone at all, and barely detectable, you really have to look for it, but it does add a nice flavor.

Very drinkable, esp. on a hot summer day like today, I am giving this a thumbs up, not two but one, still solid.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- pours a pale gold, a bit hazy yet still very clear. a great frothy white head that showed good persistence and lacing

s- heavy banana yeast esters and clove dominate the nose. a hint of bubblegum and some grainy wheat.

t- very prominent banana and clove. a nice blend of spice and fruity yeast esters. light vanilla, low bitterness with a bit of grassy hops. a great mix of pleasant of classic hefe characteristics and very well balanced

m- effervescent from the high carbonation. a medium-light body with a surprising creaminess

d- uber drinkable. widely available year round for a great price. it's hard to imagine it getting much better.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass, hazy/cloudy golden yellow, with a thick foamy 2 inch head. Straight away you get the sweetness of bananas on the nose, very typical of the style. Sweet malts on the tongue, spicy and fruity. Hop bitterness is extremely low, again typical of the style. Highly drinkable, and refreshing beer. There are better Hefeweizens out there, specially the originals (Weinhestephaner and Paulaner come to mind), but Sierra Nevada managed to create something worthy of a try if you are a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: A glowing hazy gold, with a sticky luxuriant head. A light bubble presence within the unfiltered body. Light lacing drifts slowly down the sides.

S: Far-off wheaty yeastiness, supported by spicy cloves and the faintest whiff of banana.

T: Wonderfully smooth. No trace of spiciness; even the carbonation is subdued. Otherwise, much like a typical hefeweizen -- banana is more noticeable here. Aftertaste is similarly smooth and quenching.

M: Excellent. As I just said, smooth and quenching. Carbonation is downplayed. I could drink this all day.

D: Topnotch. As wheat beers go, it's not very outstanding, but it's overall character is bewitching, and its sheer palatability is peerless.

Photo of maddogruss
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with ok retention and decent lacing along the glass.

S: A slight, bitter yeast smell with some sweet banana ester notes and slightly metallic undertones.

T: A slight, metallic, banana ester taste with a sweet, banana and slight clove aftertaste. Decent hefeweizen-style beer overall.

M: A pretty light bodied and smooth mouthfeel with a nice, crisp finish. Pretty nice summer beer.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty nice to drink. A decent summer beer overall and not too bad of a hefeweizen.

Photo of Imsothirsty
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow , very cloudy/hazy, lots of bubbles. 1 finger rocky head quickly drops down.

Smells like bananas, in a big way. Also some wheat, yeast and a little citrus hops.

Taste is wheat, some grapefruit hops and more wheat

Mouthfeel is very light and very carbonated

Drinkability: Normally I enjoy a lot of carbonation, but this is so bubbly I have to stop drinking in order to burp, otherwise this would get a slightly better score.

Overall very solid hefe, try it.

Photo of Erish
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass

A: Hazy straw with orange highlights, nice 2-finger billowy head that collapses into decent lacing.

S: Sweet wheat, some bubble gum, no apparent clove.

T: It has the Hefe hallmark bubble gum and banana flavor, but the clove was elusive. Not too sweet, and plenty of light fruit notes.

M: Very silky, carbonation was adequate, thirst quenching.

D: A very tasty Hefe from a brewery that always seems to make good beers.

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

12 Oz bottle pour into pint glass

A: Cloudy hazy golden yellow in color, very nice 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer of foam. Very good lacing on this one.

S: There is a hint of banana and clove but I'm getting quite a bit of lemon mixed in. Wonderful smelling Hefe.

T: OK, this is a lemon edged kind of Hefe... Lemon is right up from with hint of wheaty yeast and clove.. nut much banana here, but I'm OK with that....

M: Smooth and soft with crispness too it. Pretty light to mid bodied. Good for the style..

D: Low ABV, good flavors.... Great beer on a warm day. This would be a great session beer.

Another good Sierra Beer !!!

Photo of californiakulak
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Cloudy, creamy and wonderful looking. Orange color with thick hef like head.

S. Light smell of cloves and banana bread. Typical hef smell but kind of faint.

T. Yeast and bubblegum. Great tasting hef. Tangy and fruity.

M. Smooth and thick and creamy. Medium carbonation and light bodied.

D. Anyone who wants an easy drinking beer for the summer shoud drink this.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured light yellow and rather cloudy in appearance into a weizen glass. It had a thick white head and good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of clove, bubble gum and yeast in the nose, which also is a bit sour.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of bananas and lemon. The clove flavors really stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quenches your thirst.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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