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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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3,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 205
Gots: 381 | 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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Ratings: 3,447 | Reviews: 1,262
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surely one of the better American version of the style. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nice big foam head that has good head retention.
Malts and yeast help to bring out a nice banana scent. Lemon zest can you get too.
Flavor is sprite with banana and clove taste. Tart. Flows easy over the tongue smooth.
A good refreshing version of a German classic.
Drink well my friends

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

A: Pours a straw color with a thin white head that quickly goes away.

S: Has a strong clove scent with a hint of some banana.

T: Taste follows the smell with strong clove and a hint of banana. Maybe some tropical fruit/pineapple.

M: Light and tingly.

D: Pretty good drinkability. I could have multiple ones in a session.

Good beer. I could see myself going back for more.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a big white head. Scent is somewhat spicy with hints of sweetness. A little bit of funk and lemon as well. I get some banana and maybe even a little bit of mint on top of it. Taste has a strong banana and clove backbone to it. It has a very delightful taste. The lemon zest sneaks through the strong banana a bit as well as the tasty spices. I also get some delicious notes of fresh bread. This beer is amazing for a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is near perfect. Not too light and a bit creamy. Very smooth. The drinkability is VERY HIGH. Great beer.

Photo of climax
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot yellow. The head was fairly large and white, leaving clumpy web lacing.

Noticed immediately after opening the bottle, a skunky rubber smell emerged. Aaaand the same was whiffed in the glass as well, hmmm. Wheat and the aforementioned unmentionables was the general aroma, er stench. As it warmed the stench subsided slightly, revealing more flattering notes of coriander and banana.

The flavor was better, helping me forget about the nose. Pleasant soft wheat tones begin, and are soon followed by coriander, candy bananas, and a bold clove finish.

The body was medium, and the feel was very smooth with sharp carbonation. It was more slick than dry after the finish, yet left a chalky clean aftertaste which helped it go down very quickly. What was the issue with the nose?

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

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass swirling the last quarter of the beer to stir up the sediment as directed on the bottle. I bought this to compare to a Hefeweizen that I recently brewed.

A. This is an exceptional Hefe. A creamy straw yellow body topped by a white foamy head approximately one finger thick.

S. Yeast aroma balanced out by light malts and cloves, slightly fruity and spicy.

T. Good balance of flavors. A light malty grain body with some banana and clove flavors. I taste no hops but I'm sure there is some in there for bitterness.

M. Creamy and silky body with very minor hints of carbonation probably due to the small bubble size.

D. I could and have put away a sixxer of this in a night. Very good and refreshing beer welcome in the late summer or early fall.

You will not regret this purchase. Be sure to swirl the bottle the last little bit adds a great deal of flavor.

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

335ml brown bottle poured into a Schofferhofer weizen glass. B.B.E 17/09/10

A. A hazy amber colour topped by a big, rocky white head.

S. Lots happening in this beer. Bubblegum, wheat, citrusy, floral notes.

T. Melon, Grapefruit, blueberry, some banana too.

M. Medium with a low carbonation.

D. I was surprised by what a good interpretation of a wheat beer this is, I am really enjoying it as I write this review. Very summery and refreshing and is certainly up there with the best of the German wheat beers, if not better. A real gem to drink.

Photo of barrettf
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was as a surprise the first time I ever had it, I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. This hefeweizen is open fermented, like they do in Germany. The flavors and spices are blended very well. This is a great beer to drink in the fall and during the holidays.

Photo of NODAK
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma has big notes of banana and clove on it. A very forward nose here...very fruity; sweet.

There's an initial citrus taste to the beer, which quickly turns into a burst of banana and cloves, which is definitely the dominant taste of the body and finish of this beer. Hops are pretty much non-existant in this beer. Through the finish, the sweet and spicy tastes linger for quite a while on the tongue.

As far as hefe's go, this is one of the best I've had...and definitely the best thus far not out of Germany. The taste is heavy, and delicious.

Photo of hangh
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
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 -10.4%
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%
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%
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 +11.1%
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 -4.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +2.5%
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 +3%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +3.2%
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 -13.8%
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 -41.7%
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 -12.3%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,447 ratings.