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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,290
Reviews: 1,219
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 vkv822
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a nice cloudy yellowy-golden straw color with a decent white head. The smell is of ripe banana, with pleasant notes of wheat, yeast and a very light citrus backing.
The flavor follows the nose fairly well, with more ripe banana, and hints of clove mixed with yeasty wheat flavor and the slight suggestion of a citrus flavor. The mouth feel is an enjoyable medium bodied, smooth feeling.
This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer to enjoy, especially on a warm sunny afternoon. Definitely something to go back to when looking for something to be able to relax and enjoy a few.

vkv822, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Soilworker
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 2/3rds poured into a standard pint glass, swirled the rest and poured in as per the instructions on the bottle.

A: Cloudy deep gold with a one finger thick eggshell colored head.

S: Ripe ripe banana dominate this with some nice spicy clove. Tart wheat and some light zesty citrus flavors pop up.Very rich and refreshing.

T: The taste follows the nose very well. Invitingly as rich with more emphasis on tangy wheat than the nose while the banana and spice balance very nicely with it. Some overtones of lemon and other citrus flavors come up. Finish is characterized by a tangy and slightly bitter wheat flavor with subtle hints of spice and banana.

M: Carbonation is lively and add a wonderful zest to the beer. Nice smooth, velvety feel.

D: This beer was amazingly smooth and the ABV is low enough to where I would consider this a good 'session' beer. I don't see myself getting worn out with this one and could definitely drink it all night. A very nice, refreshing thirst quencher.

Soilworker, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of curasowa
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with generous head that fades slowly with chunky lacking. Smell is quite typical, lots of yeast notes with a background of citrus and a faint metallic aroma. Taste starts out characteristically, slightly dry and wheaty and then gets a bit more complex in the middle, with flavors of banana being the most dominate. Body is slightly thin, finish is lingering but not unpleasant and the metallic note from the smell comes through in the end, also. A decent Hefe, but not my favorite.

curasowa, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice white head, and some good lacing.

S - Clove, bananna, wheat, and a hint of lemon.

T - Ripe banana, spicy clove, with subtle wheat and lemon notes

M - Light-Medium bodied. Has a nice, smooth texture to it. Less "wheaty" than a lot of other American wheat beers I've tried.

D - Superb! Goes down ultra smooth, and at 4.8%, makes for a perfect session beer on a nice spring or summer day.

Overall - Sierra Nevada did a damn good job stepping outside their comfort zone with this one. What you'll find here is not an American pale wheat ale, but a TRUE hefeweizen. This will appeal to you if you're partial to the real deal German hef's like myself. Prost!

Flightoficarus, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers that you drink a lot of before realizing you never got around to reviewing. Not stellar, but a rock solid example of the style with American wheat leanings. Medium gold with slight haze. The bottle suggests a partial decant and then swirl to get the yeast. I've seen six-packs with something like a bookmark stuck in with the bottles explaining that the haze is normal - I suppose some consumers not familiar with the style were complaining that there was something wrong with the beer. Moderate bread/wheat malt flavor with fairly neutral yeast notes - a bare touch of banana. Supremely drinkable and refreshing.

Brent, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden straw in color with a little bit of a haze and a thick white head.
It has a very inviting spicy, fruity smell mostly clove and banana with no real off notes to speak of.
The flavor is dominated by the banana notes really come through in the flavor that really complements the balanced sweetness.
The mouth feel is very smooth with a little high carbonation tickling your tongue but it is by no means unpleasent.
The is a very drinkable beer and I have realy enjoyed it with this great, warm weather we are having.

JoePat, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Dodt
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a six pack a while back finally decide to crack one open
Poured from the bottle into a glass
Appearance : deep honey color with a nice head
smell of bananas and a hint of citrus
Taste semi sweet with a lemon
mouthfeel smooth
This is a exceptionally good heff.

Dodt, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a slim chalice

A: Nice thick fluffy white head, golden hazy body that betrays small, but steady, bubbles of carbonation.

S: Citrus, banana, bread, and spice.

T: Clove, banana, bread, mild taste of oats towards the finish.

M: Medium body, starts light but becomes creamy mid-palate and stays that way through the finish.

D: Excellent, though wheats can feel a bit heavy, this does not. It is refreshing and the flavors are more there, but subtle more than extreme.

Overall: What a great beer. Sierra Nevada really does slip on much do they? Though I love all beer, wheat beers are my favorite type. This American version of a hefe is impressive. it is better than some German examples.

ianjsullivan, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hazy yellow appearance, big ol head. Great aroma, banana, cloves.

Taste, a little more banana, clove, great wheat grittiness, throw in some lemon, maybe even a little orange. Sweetness is also hefty. Very smooth. Mellows downbottle. Very drinkable. Nothing like the typical SN beers, with the big hop character.

Great price for one of, if not the best wheat style beer out there.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of dismal
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy burnt yellow color with a big white head. The head seems to have nice retention though it did go down some. Eventually fades to almost nothing but a small thin head at the top. Leaves little to no lacing as it's finished. The smell is yeast, fruit, a little bit of spice. I can pick up on some of the banana. Not completely complex but there is a good amount going on. The taste is right on with the smell. Yeast, and spices. I get more of the banana in the taste especially in the aftertaste. There is a hint of sweetness and overall it's refreshing and taste great. The mouthfeel is pretty average but what I'd expect. Overall this one is really good. A really low ABV and very refreshing. I'll definitely pick up some more of this.

dismal, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, bright golden yellow, high carbonation

Smell: banana, yeast, wheat, and clove

Taste: Banana dominates. There is also malt, alcohol, caramom, clove, and lemon.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, very smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability: Very good and clean hefeweizen. No bitterness whatsoever. A very solid beer that I could have several of.

tigg924, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of GarrisWH
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a two-finger, white head that drops down at a moderate pace. Retains a solid cap throughout drinking and leaves fairly nice lacing behind.

Yeast forward aroma, with mostly cloves and some banana coming through. There is a touch of wheat and pale malt in the aroma as well, but these definitely takes a backseat to the yeast.

The wheat flavors are more upfront upon actually sipping, coming through first. The clove, ripe banana, and just a touch of citrus make themselves known in the middle, leading into some subtle hop character in the finish that adds just a touch of dryness.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a smooth feel.

While hefeweizens are far from my go-to style, I thought this one was quite tasty and refreshing. A good balance of flavors and a thirst quenching mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind trying this one again.

GarrisWH, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of kyleg
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana clove, banana clove, banana clove! I love a hefeweizen for these characteristics. This beer poured perfect and tasted perfect. Nice head retention and mouth feel. Cloudy in appearance and true to its style. Great beer is all I have to say.

Southern Germany, eat your heart out!

kyleg, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, voluminous billowy head that fades slowly leaving ample lacing, hazy light honey coloring.

s- alot packed into the nose, clove, ripe banana, spicy, peppery wheat, very aromatic.

t- right on, this is a classic hefe. big clove, huge ripe banana, all the characteristic style points are here.

m- light to medium bodied and creamy.

d- this is very drinkable, and doesn't skimp on the flavor at all, this is a big, bold hefe that is definately worth the try.

thecarster1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A Hazy straw body with a 1" head of soft white froth; mediocre retention and some decent lace. Pretty straightforward hefe.

S: Starts out with some malt, then lots of fruity yeast - coconut, pineapple, and banana - and finally some definite clove. Nice.

T: Light, refreshing, and 100% to style. Banana, clove, yeast, and bready malt. There's nothing really unique about this beer, but it's damn good.

M: Fairly light bodied with a moderate amount of fine, sharp carbonation. Pretty good, but I could do with a bit more liveliness.

D: Very light and easy-drinking, even for a sub-5% hefe. Not quite as good here as the Live Oak I had last week, but still solid.

Notes: I'm so glad SN makes this, as it's great to have an affordable, readily available, year-round hefe that's this good. Of course I'd take Weihenstephaner, Live Oak, or (especially) NG Dancing Man over this every time, but it's still good to know this is there.

woosterbill, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of Nesued
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Big frothy head formed at pour. Carbonation is thin but retains a nice ring around the glass as the head retracts. Cloudy (as expected from the style) with a lively presence. Inviting.

Smell - Wheaty aroma grabs your nose first, followed by a large amount of ripe bananas and a spice/clove nose. Nice and full aroma. Nothing subtle here. It's in your face.

Taste - Malty sweet, nice mild hop bite at the end. Just what you would expect from a Hefe. Clean crisp throughout with an excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Livey carbonation makes it's appearance again to lead this offering around your tongue/mouth. Very enjoyable and very full-bodied. A nice finish leaves you ready for the next sample.

Drinkability - Very well done. Nicely balanced and an easy drinker. Would make an excellent summer offering (perhaps a bit less quenching that typical summer-fare, but still well worth a look-see). Yes, I would put this up there with a Weihenstephaner Hefe. Good job SN.

Nesued, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of thedrewski86
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color, 1/2" white head with some lacing. Nice banana and clove smell just like the bottle says. The yeast is very nice in the taste of this, it's a really good summer hefe. Good carbonation, medium body. Very nice.

thedrewski86, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep golden, cloudy, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Banana, clove, grain

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Banana, cloves - spot on!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability: Very crisp and refreshing!

Overall Impression: It was much better than I thought it would be. SN is known for hoppy beers with a lot of emphasis on citrus, so I was kinda expecting some strange Americanized version of German Classic, but that was not the case here. It's damn good! This is a great style for Newbeez to check out. This ain't no Shocktop - it's the real deal

BeerGodz, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, with notes of orange around the edges. Not fully hazed, but definitely not clear; somewhere in the middle of filtration spectrum (at least from the tap). Pale wheat, slightly sweet on the nose, with plenty of banana - clove and spice are a second fiddle here.

The flavor is spot-on for this style; hefeweizen yeast brings the banana hard, clove is a solid backup, not much wheat-chaff flavor. Fairly sweet, but the finish is clean and dry enough not to be cloying. Smooth mouthfeel for easy drinking - nothing superlative, just...nice.

Solid weissbier from a solid brewery.

BretSikkink, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice subtle label appearance, I love it. Looks sophisticated.

The body of the beer is a slightly hazy gold, a clean white head sticks a little to the side of the glass, and carbonation bubbles abound.

Aromas of banana, malt, yeasts, and very floral to boot.

The flavors are rich and full. The sweet taste comes from its fruitiness, with elements of white grape and banana. The finish relinquishes some of the sweet for a balanced hop bitterness, smooth all the way through. Wow.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard in a good beer, well carbonated, nice body but not too heavy.

An exemplary example of the hefe. Just all around a fantastic beer, and mighty tasty.

Here is a thought: would be the perfect crossover beer for someone who drinks BMC but isn't into crafts. This beer is mellow, but amplifies all the positive traits of what people expect in beer.

cnally, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Tulkas
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased on military base @ $7/24...hard to pass up.

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.
Very aromatic from the start-strong esters in this one. Beautiful color with nice amount of yeast present to tie the appearance together at the end of the pour. Yeast taste is subtle but certainly present.
Cloves and fruity.
Fun hefe...and at this price i'll certainly be enjoying a few cases.

Tulkas, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of MikeBrandman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very murky yellow and brown. Absolutely opaque. 2 fingers of quickly receding head. No visible carbonation. I like the look of this beer, except that the lack of much head and and the dense murkiness make it look a little unappealing.

S - Smell is strong banana and slight alcohol. No hoppiness to the smell.

T - Great refreshing banana and fruit taste to this beer. Similar to Allagash White, although not as spicy; good for the style. Nice citrus tones and unoffensively light.

MF - Smooth and light overall. Very dry finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Complex enough to want to go back and very tasty at that.

MikeBrandman, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of jbone78
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American Pint. I'm not a huge wheat fan and I wouldn't run out and buy this, but it has some merit. Yellow hazy color with light lace on the glass. Smells and Taste of cloves. I dig it at first, but gets old. Also has a slight taste of banana with a yeast finish. Lightly carbonated and somewhat smooth. Not a bad beer, just not my style.


jbone78, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of baos
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounces into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice golden-orange with suspended yeastiness throughout. Atop this a three finger weiss head that leaves bits of round lace hear and there.

S: The nose is very Weizen. Banana-clove-pink bubblegum.

T: Two-row Pale, Wheat, and München malts provide the clovey-banana flavor then comes a bit more spice from the Sterling hops. Ends dry, spicy, and befriedigend.

M: A little more watery than some of the creamy German varieties that I have had. But this one is good smooth with just the right carbonation.

D: Drinkability is a-one. The last few Sierra Nevada brews I have tried are very good!

baos, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of ispeakfree
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had limited encounters with the weissebier family, and most of which have left me unimpressed. Fortunately, the Sierra Nevada experience was a superb one.

Bought a 6 pack, poured into a 16 oz glass mug (not a weissen glas, for shame)

Appearance- Golden yellow, hazy- reminds me of a summer day, head of cream-white about 3 fingers

Smell- medium strength smell, mainly of bananas and grain, some citrus scents, nothing compelling

Taste- Redefining for me in terms of wheat beers. Start is smooth- light on hops and banana/citrus, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- bright and crisp, not too heavy on the palate

Drinkability- Relatively smooth- certainly not a beer for chugging, but not difficult at all.

Would recommend and will be buying again, especially spring and summer.

ispeakfree, Mar 12, 2010
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,290 ratings.