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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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3,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,446
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 206
Gots: 380 | 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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Ratings: 3,446 | Reviews: 1,261
Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of banana sweet spices. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is light body, nice carbonation. Finish is banana, some yeast with sweet spices. Overall a nice crisp and refreshing brew, easy drinking. Nice brew.

Photo of colts9016
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a heffe glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A foamy, creamy, and frothy head that has some retention to it. The head left lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with light yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is cloudy.

Nose: A rich lemon , orange, floral bouquet, wheat and crystal malt made up the bulk of the aroma. There are notes of yeast, bread, and grapefruit.

Taste: A rich wheat, lemon zest, orange, floral bouquet, malt, and yeast is the main flavors.

The mouth feel is creamy, rich and slightly chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium. The one thing that I find displeasing in the beer is the balance. I felt that the wheat and the citrus was not equal in the playing field. I know that Sierra puts powerful flavors in the beer and maybe that is what they intended to do here.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ommegang Witte glass
Poured from a 12oz bottle

A: pours a hazy yellow with ample amount of creamy/velvety white head that lingers for a short while, leaves a nice amount of lacing

S: the smell is strongly reminiscent of the heffeweizen style, strong wheat notes and also a slight sweetness

T: nice smooth taste, sweetness does sting the tongue abit initially, wheat notes are present and substantial. Slight banana flavor is there as was indicated in the description on the bottle

D/M: Strong carbonation tingle, sweetness also sting the pallet a bit. Leaves a nice smoothness on the tongue. Finnishes easy. A nice, light drinking brew

Photo of BillHilly
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice cloudy appearance. Poured 1 finger heard, with the head dispersing.

Smell - Banana and sweet citrus and slight floral notes.

Taste - Outstanding flavor for a production run beer.

Mouthfeel - slightly over carbonated for me which makes it feel light in the mouth.

Drinkability - Definitely a good drinker. It is a worthy purchase.

Photo of believeinpeople
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost perfectly executed Hef:

Cloudy, although only slight head retention. The smells were all there; floral, banana, spice. The slight aroma of sweet malt. A medium-intense aroma.

The flavor is one of sweetness and mild biterness. Character is perfectly balanced with fruitiness and hoppiness. Nothing is off the mark on this smooth and creamy hef, although better head retention would be ideal.

Great job Sierra Nevada!

Photo of Andrewtherooster
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sometimes you forget how good a beer is. Maybe it's been so long since you had one, or you've had so many you've taken it for granted. Both have been the story for me with this beer. When it was first released I loved it and drank so much of it, but since then I forgot about it.

It's really a shame too. This beer is beautiful, pouring a golden-straw color with a voluptuous head. The lacing is thick and sticky on the glass. Its smell contains a myriad of clove, coriander, vanilla, bananas, blood orange, raw honey--I could go on. It's incredibly alluring. The taste is spicy and strong on the banana. There's a nice breadiness from the Wheat and Munich malt, and a slight lingering bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is round, slightly oily, and appropriately carbonated.

Overall, this beer is delicious and incredibly drinkable. Not to mention, one of the best American-made hefeweizens out there. Drink up!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pale golden hue with a veil of haze, frothy white head produces plentiful lace.

S - Very faint nose, mostly pale malt-y with small hints of banana and clove

T - The taste is all about balance. There is a nice balance between a Pils-pale malt type of dryness and the sweetness of the wheat. The usual suspects are there, but not in cloying proportions; banana and clove are actually quite understated.

M - Light-bodied but fairly creamy.

D - Very drinkable, as in you can pound this stuff. Fast.

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

A - This one pours a nice hazy golden color. It has a fluffy white 3-finger head that left just a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - The smell was that of banana, clove, citrus, wheat and yeast.

T - Clove, banana, and malty sweetness. It starts off with the banana sweetness, and then the clove and yeast flavors come in. The finish is mellow, and it is pretty crisp and refreshing.

M - The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body with good carbonation. It goes down easy and leaves my mouth feeling refreshed.

D - This beer is extremely drinkable. It goes down super easy and it is very refreshing. I really could drink these all day. I will defiitely be picking up some more of these.

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

12 oz bottle into DFH Snifter

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a finger of white head that's gone in a flash.

S - Clove, banana, wheat and yeast. Not very special, only a bit above average.

T - Sweet banana. Wheat and yeast also present. Clove as well. Follows the nose closely. Clean and crisp

M - Light body. Carbonation is good. Almost perfect for a hefe.

D - Easy to drink and very enjoyable. Refreshing. A very good hefe.

Photo of Fnord
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale but cloudy yellow with a generous, uneven white head.

Smell - Banana, clove, wheat, yeast, and a bit of alcohol and orange.

Taste - Slightly sweet, crisp, and wheaty. All the flavors from the nose are here in the taste, too. True to style, there's no discernable bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Thick body and high carbonation.

Notes - I've noticed a trend of wheat beers that taste overwhelmingly of citrus. Thankfully, this one bucks the trend with a subtle and well-integrated orange taste. This is one of the best American-made wheat beers, in my experience only topped by Live Oak. A must-try for any wheat fan.

Photo of nhindian
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Perfect Pint.

This one poured a straw amber color and built a nice, foamy head that last a few minutes. Not much lacing to this one either. Not much sediment in the bottle or glass and relatively clear.

Smells strongly of lemony spices and is reminiscent of some Belgian Pale Ales actually. Pleasant and inviting nose, this bouquet just invites me to drink.

I take my first sip and... I am completely floored. Kellerweis tastes much, much better than I anticipated. Very tasty and refreshing. Light yeast, bananas, cloves, and lemon are the predominant flavors. A light-bodied beer that is a far cry but welcome change from my past few beers which have been high alcohol brews.

Unfortunately, as it warmed up, it lost some of the initial appeal, but it still tastes fantastic, especially for the price I paid.

Photo of brandoncox
4.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow hue.

Smell of bananas and cloves with a slight mix of aromatic hops and spice. I'm even getting bubblegum notes. Amazing beer aroma.

Soft and sweet on the palate without a sour aftertaste that some hefeweizens give. With this beer, you get a nice and subtle bitterness on the finish. What you get on the nose you also get on the palate.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and very well textured. So complex but doesn't go overboard. Medium to heavy bodied but in a very delicate manner.

Does Sierra Nevada ever make a bad beer? My answer would be no.

Photo of Frosty288
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review fellow BAs! Havn't had an American made wheat in quite a while

Appearance: Looked fantastic, cloudy yellow color that changed shades as the glass got wider. Poured a nice thick white head, but was bubbly? I drank two of these and both heads appeared bubbly, but had excellent head rentention, and when I cleaned the glass up later in the night there were still lines on the glass!

Smell: Smelled a little 'dry' (alcohol smell) when it was still in the bottle. After pouring it picked up a much heavier clove/spice smell, not so much the traditional banana as i'm accustomed to.

Taste: Followed the nose precisely, though I picked up a lot more banana then I had originally smelled, with a good punch of spiciness in the background, I felt like the clove was coming through a lot in this one.

Mouthfeel: Good

Drinkability: Had no problem drinking this, with a rich banana foreground with some spices and malt in the background that come through clearly enough to taste, it went down very smooth.

Will definitely be buying this again and recommending it to other curious buyers I see who cant seem to decide :)

Photo of koticphreak
2.76/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

golden color, bubbly.Tastes much like it smells. I'm a big fan of wheat beers and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is great but this just isn't doing it... It leaves this sour aftertaste - but this could just be me, everyone else is reviewing it fairly high.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, cloudy bright yellow with a good white head in my weizen glass. Nose brings forward clove and banana along with some bubblegum and light hops. The taste brings a tiny bit of spice and citrus as well as banana. Mildly sweet. Good body with really nice carbonation; this drinks quite well and is one of the better American versions of the style that I've had.

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

Alrighty here we go.

Appearance: Very cloudy with a thick rich white head. The yellow reminds of oddly enough banana.

Smell: It has a good wheat smell but I do with some more banana smell or spice smell. Smells good just a touch plain.

Taste: I do get a banana taste and a slight spice note backed up by a heathy dose of wheat. The hops are present at the very end and on the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Oddly this is one of the few times so far that I would call a beer creamy. The carbonation is spot on and I enjoy the tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: I think I could drink this on the regular. I will admit that I think this beer would go good with some kind of butterscotch or caramel.

Photo of russwbeck
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy and yellow with little to no head.

S: Sharp banana with spices. Much better smell than look.

T: Tart with bananas and clove. Very light. Not getting a lot of an aftertaste. I've had a lot of hefes and this isn't bad, but it isn't terribly good either.

MF: Light and bubbly, basically typical for the style

D: Very high. But, again, typical for the style. Nothing special here for me.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a particularly good looking beer. A pale yellow with a slight murkiness, but not a hefeweizen sorta look... sort of dull. Big head folds pretty quickly. No lacing on my glass.

Banana on the nose, just a touch of spice.

Seems like a pretty straight forward effort at the style. Bit of banana, the tiniest bit of spice. Malt profile seems a touch weak. I'm not getting it.

Drinkable enough and mouth if about right.

Just missing something for me. Not bad, but alot of good hefes out there.

EDIT: Just saw that this was dated BB 04/08/10, so not fresh. Didn't taste off, but may not have been at its best.

Photo of beerprovedwright
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big head on this one, three fingers of thick, slightly off white color. Head breaks down slowly leaving lots of clinging lace. A cloudy light amber color rating a 6 on the SRM chart. Deep rich smell of dates, raisins, yeast, wheat, and hops. Good blend of flavor with a hint of banana...yes I know that is weird and I am sure there is none of them in the making of this brew. Feels good in my mouth, thick and tangy. Oh yes I will spend my hard earned cash on this brew. I think a lot of my beer buddies will like this too.

Photo of acurtis
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
12oz bottle poured into Verboten Weizen glass. Hazy golden straw color with lots of bubbles and one finger white head that lingers. Yeast, wheat and clove smell. Tastes just like it smells, too banana wheat. I love wheat beers and I love Sierra Nevada but this is just boring, I just don't like the flavor.

Photo of hdofu
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really really like this beer. It might not be the prettiest pouring beer out there but you can not deny its taste. It pours a murky yellow almost orange color with a white head and as following directions it has some sediment falling to the bottom which kind of looks kind of gross. Taste is anything but gross as this beer has a spicyness surounding a nice wheat flavor. Smell is a nice boquet of spices almost like one those spice candles. The beer has a medium body and perfect carbanation. This beer goes down very easy and is perfect for events that involve sitting back and relaxing.

Photo of foogerd
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- real cloudy off yellow body, thick foamy soapy head with great lacing
S- banana puree with really light spice notes come through
T- taste like banana concentrate to me a bit unnatural some spicy notes at the finish, not my favorite example of the style
M- tons of carbonation though it fit well with the brew
D- can drink through this fine theres just so many better hefe's out there i wouldnt start with this one to try the style

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

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head.

Smell: Bananas and lemons.

Taste: Bananas and cloves, some tartness of lemon, and slightly spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light.

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy going.

Notes: Reviewed from notes taken at 2010 MN Brew Review

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

Poured from a bottle into my Blackstone brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden, what's expected from a hefe. Small white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, sweet malts.

T: A lot more complex than I anticipated. Hints of banana, citrus, clove, maybe some grapefruit. Spicy sweet finish that lingers for awhile after.

M: Medium, creamy, a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, it'd be really easy to down a few of these.

I really enjoyed this. Not the best hefe I've ever had, but it's one of the better ones. I'll buy it again.

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

Poured a hazy straw gold into a tulip with three fingers of fluffy white head. Strong aroma of banana, lemon, and spices.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Lemon zest and banana sweetness up front with grassy notes and a smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet wheat finish with only the slightest hint of bitterness. Light and extremely refreshing.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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