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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,413
Reviews: 1,248
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 199
Gots: 356 | FT: 0
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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 hangh
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - rich, golden colored with a fine 1" head that lasts for a good two minutes or so. Nice and cloudy hefeweizen, yeast is well mixed when poured. Nothing sticks to the glass

S - Definitely some clove hops. Pretty mild otherwise, a little bit of fruit undertones but dominated by the clove smell. It's nothing special

T - Slightly tart beginning leading into a smooth prolonged finish. Clove tastes along with some yeast and honey. It's a pretty average hefeweizen taste though, there are others I'd perfer

MF - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, pretty smooth

D - It's cheaper than some other hefeweizens so I'll probably have it again.

Photo of briman
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color, with a fluffy white head that retains well.

Aroma of bready wheat, spicy cloves, and ripe bananas.

Flavors of grainy wheat, bananas, and cloves. Grainy element is more prevalent in the finish. Definately has a bit of a tart character.

Medium body, with brisk carbonation. Slightly creamy at first, but quickly overtaken by the carbonation. Has all the elements you look for in a basic hefeweizen. I don't get much lemon or citrusy character, and the banana doesn't come across as particularly fresh. Other than that, very drinkable, and a nice effort.

Photo of TangTKE402
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. Hazy light straw color with a decent 1-finger head that left after settling. The carbonation is evident in this one.

Smells of banana bread, tree nuts, orange, and coriander abound on the nose. The smell of this is not overpowering, and is refreshing, if not exactly different from what one might expect from a good heffe.

The taste is sweet, sprightly, and warm. Yeast, whole-grain bread, bananas, honey, and just the slightest hint of peach on the swallow are the main flavors of this beer. This is certainly a summer beer, as it would cool one off and the crispness leaves the mouth feeling refreshed.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, but the effervescence and unfiltered nature give the beer just enough texture to have something to chew on.

The lack of robust mouthfeel adds, I believe, to this beers drinkability, as it is not trying to do too much, and is quite easy to session, unless the sweetness gets to you.

It tastes like a long, burning sunset.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, murky medium shiny golden yellow hue, with two fingers of thick soapy white head, which settles quickly, leaving nothing in the way of lace. It smells of crisp wheat grain, yeast, orange pith, banana, and spicy clove. The taste is yeasty sweet wheat, banana, clove, and some mild white pepper. The carbonation is on the low side, the body close to full weight, creamy, and pretty velvety smooth. It finishes sweet, the clove spice keeping it from being cloying.

A quite enjoyable and drinkable hefe. Not too complicated, not too plain - just right.

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 12-ounce bottles poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. The body is glowingly golden with a fat fluffy and puffy 3-finger white head. Excellent retention and quite impressive lacing.

Wonderful beer here, authentic in every way it would seem. Smells like it just got off the plane from Bavaria. The body is thick and smooth with tangy wheat weaving its way in and out of abundant sweet banana bread and cloves. The sweetness lingers for a moment after the swallow before being snapped off by a good 3 seconds of lemony bitterness.

Overall impression: Best hefe I've had from this side of the Atlantic. Insanely drinkable, and highly recommended.

Photo of nerdrocker101
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a little less than a finger of loose, fluffy white head.

The nose consists of a lot of banana somewhat like a popsicle, because the smell comes off as artificial banana, even though I know that no bananas were harmed in the making of this beer. I hope that makes sense. Probably not, oh well.

Flavors of banana, lemon, yeast and sweet wheat. The nose and flavor certainly lend to one another.

Very drinkable. Medium body and a little more than medium carbonated. Smooth and oddly enough a mildly rich feel to it.

I can't believe I've been passing this beer by all this time.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice soft looking bright white 2 finger head that leaves a 1 finger when it's done settling.

S- Strong yeast with hints of cloves, spice, black pepper, and banana. Also plenty of wheat of course.

T- Real smooth foamy body brings out the sweet wheat and yeast flavors. Pretty much tastes like it smells. Very german haha Best compared to Franzikaner.

M- Full body with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish.


Photo of beers2danno
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer impressed me as a fine substitute for a good German Hefe since it is available at my local grocer.

A... Nice golden hazy color with lighter colored head. Decent retention.
S...cloves, bananas and yeast.
T...delicious smooth taste with German tones and yeasty flavor fairly dominant. Banana flavor matches the banana smell. Slight citrus flavor also apparent.
M...Well balanced from start to finish, medium carbonation and creamy.
D...I like this and will continue to buy it for all occassions, except when I decide to invest in the real German hefe's.

Photo of dgilks
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really big clove aroma with light banana. A little spice dominated but tasty nonetheless. 4.25

Good, hazy gold colour with a small creamy white head. Better head retention would be nice. 3.5

Nice, wheaty flavour with moderate spiciness and a good amount of yeast esters. Well balanced with just enough tartness from the wheat to make it refreshing. 4.25

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good. 4

A great wheat beer which is both tasty and refreshing. I think that this really would appeal to the American palate but for me it lacks just a touch of finesse. 4.5

Photo of phideltashaggy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sunray Wheat hefe-glass.

Darker yellow color, cloudy. Light beige head, great lacing.

Complex without being overwhelming. Fruits, honey, a little spice.

Tasted a little mor eboring than it smelled, but it was still good. There was an intersting sweet finish that I can not place.

Lighter than expected, but still obviously a hefeweizen.

Overall, this is greater than the sum of it's parts. It is very drinkable, in fact this is my current session beer.

I wouldn't want to sit around for hours trying to pontificate on this brew, but it is great for having a few drinks with friends or at a party.

Photo of bohemiandonut
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I interrupt my busy schedule of being unemployed and watching free things on the internet to bring you my review of another Sierra Nevada - absolutely my favorite brewery.

Pours lovely into my New Belgium chalice, lots of foam and a compelling aroma of bla bla bla perfectly done hefe-weizen.

Of course Sierra Nevada nails it out of the park AS USUAL and I'm jealous, as will be just about any brewer attempting the style. Can't beat this brand. The discount craft. The supreme value. God Bless America.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy white head filling the top of the glass. Very good head retention with just a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of the traditional banana, clove and wheat hefeweizen flavors to it. It's citrusy, yeasty and has some spices coming through. Very flavorful and appropriate for the style.

The taste follows the nose in that the banana and spice flavors really come through. Some lemony citrus flavors are present and add some nice refreshing flavors to it. It has a moderate bready, wheaty, yeasty flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting interpretation of the style. It's light and refreshing and very tasty overall. I found it very solid in all categories but just a bit short of some of the very best of the style.

Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the original and founding American Craft Breweries is still one of my most favorite. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co doesn't shock and awe me with mystical or insane combinations of ingredients in their beers, or drive my scenes with wild styles or unheard of creations. What they do do, is create some of the world's best constructed classic beer styles.

Their year round offering consists of a Pale Ale, Porter, Stout, Weisse, and Double IPA. All pretty classic. Beyond that Sierra offers a Bock, Oktoberfest, Barleywine, Christmas Beer, and an Anniversary Ale. The key here is all their beers are produced with whole grown malts, hops, yeast and water. Nothing fancy, just pure beer craftsmanship.

Last night I enjoyed my first Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, and once again Sierra proved to me that they can create some of the best classic beers the world has ever seen.

The Kellerweis comes in Sierra's classic short 355ml bottle at 4.8% abv with a pretty yellow label. I do really appreciate Sierra Nevada's branding. All of their beers bear the same formatted logo and structure, but are all easily distinguishable. They don't need to create fancy names, or wild images on the beer to get their point across - their products and their beers speak for themselves.

I opened the Kellerweis cold around 7C (45F) as should be a weisse of this sorts. Luckily I had a nice Sierra Nevada Pint glass, so I poured it slowely down the side of the glass quickly straightening it to build a nice luscious head. And so it did. A beautiful pillowy and airy off white and cream head build two inches on top of the beer. It was filled with activity and showed a cascade of larger bubbles bursting into smaller more delicate ones.

Also to note, this beer is bottle conditioned in the classic manner, so when pouring, stop when there in one inch of beer remaining, swirl it to lift the sediment, then finish your pour with all the flavors in tact.

The beer the foam lay on was a light and hazy golden orange with an opaque structure and yellow beams of sunshine peering through it. It showed medium rich golden browns and huge depth - a very beautiful and classic Hefeweizen so far.

The nose too would not disappoint. It was light and soft, but filled with the subtle flavors of wheat, banana, clove, cinnamon, touches of bubblegum, sweet pale malts and hints of yeast. It showed a light presence but much character. Again, very classic.

I pictured myself on a hillside in Germany with a soft warm breeze caressing my face with fresh flowers and wild earth. Once in the right state of mind, I went in for a refreshing and soothing gulp of America's representation of a German classic. Thank you Sierra Nevada. The Kellerweis really captures it perfectly. Rolling onto your palate are soft and gentle pale malts showing mellow sweetness and a touch of caramel. This is followed with more soft flavors; mellow sweet and earthy wheat glides across your tongue and easily invites itself into your cheeks. Hints of banana, clove, bubblegum, hay field, muddled spices and fresh yeast all are distinct and perfectly balanced.

It is not a powerful beer, it is only 4.8%, but once again, it is a superb representation of the style offering huge character in a delicate manner. Hops flow in with floral and lightly bitter refreshing flavors. They bring light herbs, hints of citrus and a perfect crisp finish. The mouthfeel was soft, delicate and lightly effervescent and overall very refreshing. It made the entire beer seem as if it was destined to be enjoyed in the sunshine - ehem... Which it was.

The Kellerweis was so easy to enjoy, and really would be exceptional in the heat of the midday sun. Its smooth and elegant flavors, plus generous character make is a crowd pleaser every time. Think smoked salmon and cream cheese, or soft breads with butter. Serve it cold, and with light flavors on a hot day, and you have yourself a winner!

Photo of thekanna
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice slightly hazy gold with about 2-3 fingers of white, frothy head.

S: Relatively light, some alcohol and wheat malts, plus a slight malt sweetness. Not much.

T: Sweet wheat malts, strong yeast taste. Some bananas, slight bit of alcohol, followed by an almost artificial yeast flavoring-like aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin and under-carbonated.

D: Decent for a domestic brew, but the slightly overwhelming, cloying and artificial yeast taste at the end kind of kills it. Still, a relatively easy one to drink a few of.

Photo of Flamefighter
2.36/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 12-oz bottle that I picked up at a new store, that sells singles.

The beer pours hazy light amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.

The first sip is full of cloves and bananas with pretty good carbonation but since I am not a fan of cloves (in ham or beer), I didn't like it very much.

Photo of hoppyhampy
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on May 11th. Pours an opaque, hazy yellow with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Nose is yeasty with notes of banana and clove. The flavors don't jump out at you like they do with many other Bavarian hefewiezens. Medium-light body with somewhat low carbonation. The taste is quite nice. There is enough body so that the beer sits on the palate long enough for the flavor to come out. Sweet citrus (tangerine) and banana with a slight hint of coriander. The extra body adds to the flavor but takes away from the drinkability. Still, very sessionable.

Photo of dcook11
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have never had a bad beer by sierra neveda, and this one is no exception. This beer goes great with a hot summer night, and I could for sure see myself having a few of these on a fishing trip. Very refreshing and true to the style.

A- A nice head that sticks around. Good lacing. The beer itself is hazy and as I go for my secound pour after the two thirds I notice the yeast drift down. I very good looking beer reminisant of a black and tan although others may disagree.

S- Bananas, Citrus, Tropical fruits. Heavy on the wheat obviously.

T- ditto on the smell.

M-Smooth, crisp, nice hop bite at the end.

D- great.

Photo of davidaubrey
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is fantastic. It might be one of the best hefeweizens available & is definitely worth the price. The only down side is how difficult it is to find where I go to school in southern Illinois. The banana flavor is not too potent; rather is a slight hint. The beer is sweet of course, like most hefeweizens. I highly recommend this hefeweizen.

Photo of keithmurray
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, hazy golden brew with thick frothy white head

smell - hard to pick up much, yeast, wheat

Taste - wheat, cloves

mouthfeel - flavors don't burst like some of the German counterparts, light body, solid carbonation, dry finish

drinkability - this is a nice refreshing beverage, appropriate for a hot summers day

Again, this is a solid beverage on its own, but placed against its German counterparts, it falls a bit short in terms of flavor profile.

Photo of msproles
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a single to try it out.

It is definitely very hazy, a brighter yellow than many beers of this style. Nice head that dissipated pretty quickly.

The smell was definitely yeasty with noticeable fruit aromas. Very pleasant.

From the first drink, the flavor is very strong, the fruity taste helps cut the sometimes overpowering yeast flavor. I could taste the hints of banana at the beginning, but it seemed to die down towards the end of the glass.

I don't know if I would pick it up again, while it was good, I think the flavor was sometimes too much for me, particularly with the fruity overtones.

Photo of voraciousalky
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kellerweis surprised me. It was highly drinkable - by far my favorite of the Sierra Nevada brews I've tried. I'm not so wild about the rest of their regular lineup. Those beers usually get good reviews here at BA, but I couldn't make myself like them, always because of the overwhelming hop presence. Since Kellerweis bucks that rule, I find it far more palatable. It's a nice diversion from the macros I drink on a regular basis.

The label was correct: this beer does have a hint of banana flavor.

Photo of DeliciousSeeker
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy amber color, with blonde highlights and medium light carbonation. Head is a little less than half a fingers width.

S- Fruity smell, with a little bit of a hops smell. Sorta has a boozy end to it, but it's not to noticeable.

T- good balance of flavors and complexities. Not as much of a wheat flavor as in the German Hefeweizens I've had, but it certainly is a good tasting beer. I can still smell that boozy sort of smell even a few drinks into it, and that is a bit distracting for me. You certainly can't taste it, but the smell is there. A good beer, especially for American hefe standards, but I've had better ones.

M- Fairly light. Carbonation is moderate on the tongue.

D&N- Very drinkable, and could have a couple of these easy.

I'd also note that the taste isn't as fruity as other hefes I've had. The In-Heat Wheat by Flying Dog seems fruitier and more drinkable to me, and even more still is the Weihenstephaner hefe. There is complexity though in this beer, and it earns my respect.

Photo of generallee
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass that works well for 12oz hefes. The label had a brief discretion and the ABV is at 4.8%.

Appearance: The body is very cloudy with a pale yellow/tan color. Its head is like any good Hefeweizen, it is tall, thick and fairly long lasting. This makes for good lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I pick up lots of bready and phonic yeast character with notes of banana and spicy clove.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there are loads of bready yeast notes with hints of mashed up banana, clove and tangy wheat or sour dough bread. I am also getting very slight notes of pineapple or some other tropical fruit. The body has a solid medium feel with a firm smooth texture and mild carbonation.

Notes: It is not my favorite Hefe but it is still very enjoyable and well crafted.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: 12oz. Bottle

Smell: Intense caramel, ripe apple and pear, and marshmallow. Grape and floral undertones. Surprisingly complex.

Taste: Refreshingly crisp with vanilla and pears up front and grainy undertones. In the middle high carbonation and a brief bitter pulse set off a rise in tasty, semisweet ripe apple flavor - almost apple juice - with vanilla and floral edges. Very nice. Lots of graininess throughout a pleasant, moderately viscous mouthfeel. Finish is more vanilla and pears with some bread that lingers nicely.

Way better than expected since this isn't even a favorite style of mine. Really blew me away with the complexity of flavors.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. I've had the Kellerweis several times in the past but have never had the opportunity to review it proper. Pours a light yellow gold with a small fizzy head. I'm not sure if this beer is filtered or not, I'm assuming not because it's very cloudy. Very heavy nose of bananas and cloves. Tart lemon taste with something that almost reminds me of whole grain mustard. Some grassy notes. I remember now why I like this beer. It's sweet up front, but has a crisp dry finish. Really enjoyable.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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