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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,216 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,216
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 174
Gots: 244 | 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 gromis
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this is a very sweet yeasty smell. Cloudy, like a Hefe should be, but not overly so. Nice carbonation makes a nice foamy head. This is, by far, the best Hefe I have had in my short experience as a beer connoisseur. Great taste. Could drink multiples of these.

gromis, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of cleeze
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored and hazy golden hue with a nice frothy head and decent lacing.

fruity notes on the nose bannana and entices you with ester filled aromas.

Mild, tart wheat and lemony notes followed by some lucious bannana up in the mix. Little bit up hoppiness in the finish. Very pleasant.

Chewy, creamy, and rich mouthfeel.

With the low abv this makes a perfect session beer and a tasty one at that.

cleeze, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of sweethome
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured after rolling the accumulated yeast.

Pours a pineapple yellow/gold color. Thin white head is a bit understated for style - but nice big bubbles.

Nose is again understated to style - some banana, a hint of bubblegum.

Nice crisp entry. Banana, clove right up front. Pleasant citric bite. Excellent full mouthfeel. Crisp finish with a slight acidic bite.

The flavors and mouthfeel far exceed what I expected from look and nose.

A much better wheat beer than the previous SN offering. Well done. Reminds me of a warm day at Schneider Weiss in Munich.

sweethome, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of anthony914
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best hefeweizens i have ever had. It pours a bright golden color, with thick off white head. Delicious full body. I recomend rolling it from side to side before opening the bottle to stir up some of the sediment, and pour it into a glass.

anthony914, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a huge 4 finger white head. Body is a hazy yellow with tons of carbonation rising to surface. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is of typical hefeweizen, wheat with fruity phenols. Cloves are also in there. Hops are not present.

Taste is of fruity, spicy yeast and wheat/ malt. Not getting too much clove or banana, very mild tasting. No hops are detected.

Mouth feel is good, not too highly carbonated. Light bodied but not watery. Head kinda faded halfway, wish it would have stayed.

Drink ability is good, very sessionable beer. This is one of the best American attempts of the style, not the best in the world but nice to see Sierra Nevada making something not overly hoppy

angelmonster, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this summer type brew.

Poured this critter into my freebie Sammy glass, nice unfiltered amber with a darn fine white head that leaves sheets of lace rings on the way down.

Malty wheat, clove and banana in the aroma. I'm a likey so far. Quaff is not too bad, but a bit disappointing after such a good start. Above flavors were just not as pronounced as I thought they would be - and a bit of soap drops in for a short stay. Good malt backbone thoughout.

A very nice brew, I'll put some in the DBF next summer for sure, the price is right for a good hefe - even though it seemed a bit flavor weak.

Vancer, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of jjh19
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle an opaque hazy golden color. Decent head. I took the label's advice and poured 2/3, swirled the bottle, and poured the rest. Solid presentation.

Smell: Distinct hef tanginess in the nose.

Taste: The tangy nose carried over to the taste. There's a refreshing crispness that borders on a tinny taste. But it doesn't go over the line. Probably stays further from the line on draft.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation levels were noteworthy with the very tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: Not as complex as some other Hefs I've had (despite what the label says) but the Kellerweis is a solid, straight forward representation of the style. I'd have no problems recommending this to a friend that enjoys a better than average Hefeweizen.

jjh19, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of constahoogan
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky Golden yellow/orange body with a thick ivory creamy head that trickles to very thin vine-like laces. The nose is primarily sweet with a bit of funk and yeast spice, no noticeable trace of aromatic hops.

The taste delivers similarly to the nose. First the sweetness kicks in, accompanied by a little bit of acidity. Then the yeast kicks in and again, no noticeable trace of bittering hops. It's very light, smooth and easy to drink. To be honest, this is my second take on this beer. I remember it being a little more acidic and sour on my first try; however, I still loved it then.

Sierra Nevada has a solid year round line up. Although, it does feel a bit akward drinking this type of ale around this time of the year. when I should be sipping on a nice RIS or Christmas Ale. -Cheers-

constahoogan, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of alexhammond
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been meaning to try this beer for a long time, as I've been impressed with nearly every product I've tried from Sierra Nevada.

this one pours a hazy golden yellow, very cloudy, and smells of banana and other fruits, with just a hint of sugar and spice.
the yeasty taste is not at all overpowering, and the fruit and spice flavors are subtle and compliment eachother nicely. it's got a sweet finish, but the more aggressive spices help to mask the fruitier/candy tastes. the balance of the flavors is what gives this brew it's drinkability

I think this may be one of the best hefeweizens I've tried, and also a great beer to use if you're trying to turn someone on to this style (or even to craft beer in general).

alexhammond, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, sweet malt, slight hop, citrus (banana), and a hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, clove, citrus (banana), and tart malt. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

Tone, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of BDJake
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- translucent, almost opaque golden abmer with a thick white head that retained well and left spotty lacing throughout the glass

S- banana peel, yeast strains and clove that come together rather well

T- yeast notes up front, followed by some hoppy spice and banana

M- all the unfiltered sediment and mild carbonation make for a chewy delight

D- thick but easy going

And to think, I would've just bought a hurricane tonight if i hadn't come across this little number- I'm glad I went with my gut choice, and SN always seems to come through no matter what the style

BDJake, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy gold elixir this mighty fine brew,
with two inches of head my anticipation grew.

The foam releasing aromas so fine,
yeasty white pepper and clove so divine.

Funky phenols, lemon and banana peel,
a taste of this wheat beer I did thus steal.

A mild yeasty twang coupled with some light pepper spice,
crisp wheat that is thirst quenching and oh so nice.

Ample biscuit malts and bitterness only a kiss,
dry aftertaste and a hint of orange I could not miss.

A body in full with a mouth-coating texture like cream,
chewy and most enjoyable I do thus deem.

Overall a brew to drink back to back and enjoy all the same,
a positive review to solidify its fame.

TheJollyHop, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy yellow/orange with a thin line of bubbles for a head.

S: There is a nice bready wheat and yeast smell coming off of the beer. It also has a citrus quality to it.

T: The flavor is consistent with the aroma. A very nice sweet, but not too sweet, wheat/yeast flavor with a bit of clove spiciness, bubblegum like flavors and citrus tang to it. I really like the bready quality to this beer. There is more depth and flavors in this beer than most hefes, I like the flavors.

M: There is a nice spiciness to this beer due to the carbonation and clove-like flavors. It could use a little bit more though. Althought, the feel is nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious.

Kromes, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and cloves. Taste is also of citrus, with banana and cloves. Feels medium bodied and goes down so smooth. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

tone77, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of vdread
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

swirled and poured like the bottle recommended. pours yellow and hazy with a thick head. smells of ripe bananas and spices. the thing about this beer that sticks out the most is the rotten fruit taste and smell. i can't really get past that. it feels like chalky water in the mouth and is very difficult to drink. i had to force myself to finish this.

im usually a big fan of sierra nevada but this falls way short. i thought that maybe i'd gotten a bad batch, but most of the low reviews seem to match up with what i'm tasting/feeling. i've had hefes before, so it's not that i dislike the style, i just can't understand how this tase could be appealing even to a hefe-head.

vdread, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of ryanonline
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is pale straw with nice white head no real lacing.

smell is nice lemony with hints of banana and cloves.

flavor is the same with the lemon lasting long into the finish.

mouthfeel is clean with light carbonation.

very drinkable. moderate body, not too bloating.

yummy beer.

ryanonline, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jantonius
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, slight straw yellow, with thick white head

S: Slight smell of banana, citrus and cloves

Taste: Subtle bananna and clove flavors

M: Light body with creamy finish

D: Great Heff, I wish it was on draft. Really hard to find a True American Hefeweizen. This one does it, following the strict German Purity Laws!!!

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this as directed on the label and it produced a healthy two to three finger foamy head and had a hazy light golden colour that caught the light and shimmerred. There were a few small bubble strands that continued to impress. The beer reduced until a slim covering was left on the surface, white with a good ring and slippery lace.

Surprizingly, I picked out some hints of over ripe fruit with clove spice. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with lively body and a clean, fresh taste and a huge Hefe presence, lots of banana and bubblegum, nice balance, pleasant lingering finish with another hint of spice and some sweetness thrown in. Medium body.

This was a nice beer to savour and was extremely good tasting, love to pick up more of this stuff. Just like most Sierra Nevada products, well worth filling a fridge with.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/30/09 and many times since. From Notes.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a towering 2 finger cloudlike head, ultimately subsiding to a sturdy film.

I can smell the banana esters as I pour the glass and they are even more apparent when I stick my nose in for the first whiff. Herbal hops, spice notes and a light citrus and lemony twang compliment the wheat and yeast characters.

Initial sweetness in the taste balanced by wheat twang and yeasty character. Faint spice, nicely balanced, but could use a bit more 'pop'.

Very balanced and a very good example of the style. It might be my new go-to for this style.

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of manahansf
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold color topped with a thick lacy white head which recedes quickly. The brew gives off a biscuity malt aroma with soft hints of banana esters. The body is light and highly carbonated and is full of banana flavor with a background of biscuit malt and clove flavors. The finish carries the banana through the end and dances around the palate with the fizz from the carbonation. The finish is gentle but fades relatively quickly.

manahansf, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

Stinkypuss, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at BevMo at the end of August for $8.99.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head. Nose is wheaty with hints of citrus. Taste is spot on the style, banana and clove greet you with a slight citrus finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the hefe style, definitely try this.

arizcards, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle with directions on how to pour for best flavor. Pour 2/3 into glass, swirl release sediment, and pour the rest.

A: Cloudy tan-yellow with a tint of orange. White head fades slowly with moderate lacing.

S: Mild banana, citrus, and slightly stronger spice scent.

T&M: Malty mild sweet up front flavor with a mild banana taste. Stronger spice and citrus flavor follows. Fades to a mildly dry malty sweet taste. Not much flavor on the end at all.
Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation.

Very good specialty brew by Sierra!

cdizinno, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of jwhawkins81
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Bananas, citrus, spice. Actual a good amount of spice.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a tint of orange. Big white head from the pour was slow to dissipate thanks to a lot of carbonation.

Taste - First banana then spice carriers on for some time. Most of the flavors of this beer are upfront without much on the backend. Just no real aftertaste.

Notes - I like the amount of carbonation that really complimented this beer.

jwhawkins81, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of mjw2808
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy yellowish color, almost exactly like the color on the bottle. The smell is dominant with bannana and spices. The taste is banana, spices, and some hops as its going down. very drinkable and very tasty. SN does it again, I highly recommend this beer.

mjw2808, Nov 13, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,216 ratings.