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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,409 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 198
Gots: 353 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 joeland
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a golden color witha hint of orange. a on eifnger head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell - It has a yeast/ bananas smell. with a hint of cloves

Taste - I get a taste of the cloves with a banana undertone

Mouthfeel - light body with a medium amount of carbnation

Drinkability - goes down easy i could enjoy a few of these.

Photo of 828beagle
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy mango-yellow color with a big clumpy 3 finger head. Great retention and nice lacing effect. Mild citrus smell with floral overtones. Sweet fruity bubblegum taste. Rather light body with big carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. Besides being very light the only other downside is- I would have liked it to pack a bigger buzz. Other than that it is a great tasting brew and highly sessionable.

Photo of Soonami
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. Kellerweis pours a deep hazy yellow, with a bit of ephemeral head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. The bouquet is very yeasty and full of clove and ripe banana as well as the earthiness from the wheat malt. The hefeweizen is very complex, with the fruit and spice flavors as well as a deep yeast must and a sweet taste that quickly dissipates in the dry, clean finish.

Great example of the style from the classic American brewery. You will not be disappointed by this beer.

Photo of Snamnoum
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hay with two finger of white head. Plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - underwhelming, phenols, bananas and cloves, some citrus, doughy yeast, and pale citrus

Taste - rather tart upfront, followed by sweet malt and yeast, phenolic finish

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Unimpressive thin feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light and refreshing. Sadly having enjoyed Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner many times is hard to settle for less. Despite this for the price this isn't a bad hefe.

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass...

A: pours a very orange-juice yellow with a 1 finger head

S: banana and fresh, earthy grain, some clove, and white pepper

T: banana fades smoothly into more flavors of fresh grain, clove, and white pepper. finishes with more peppery spice and banana, hint of lemon peel, and hop bitterness

M: a medium-full body for style, very thick and creamy, then becomes crisp and off dry

Overall, I did not have a good impression of this beer after first trying it from a pint glass. Now that its in the proper glassware, it makes a hell of a difference. Could drink several of these

Photo of Mubbly
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sierra Nevada Kelleweis glass. Wishing SN would release this beer in 12 or 24 packs; would love to have a butt load of this in the fridge at all times.

Glorious toasted yellow/orange glow with wheat cloudiness. Almost like orange juice. Nice white head that fades into a blanket after a couple minutes.

Smell right off the bat is tart and electric. Lemon, bubblegum and shock tarts. Smells refreshing.

Wheat taste is upfront, followed by sour/tartness, and leaving the mouth with a tart and bitter orange peel taste. Mirrors the smell.

Feels fizzy in the mouth. Soft, smooth, and light. Light bodied.

VERY drinkable. The smoothness of the wheat helps it go down easy. Gulp-able, but much better savored.

I've been very happy with Kellerweis, and have purchased many 6-packs. Weihenstephaner Hefeweis bier would be my first choice, but Kellerweis holds up well. Plus, newcomers to beer are usually pleased with it.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

Slightly hazy, straw colored golden yellow. Head isn't huge and retention not great. Lace is minimal... but it is pretty much per style.

Slight hints of bananas and a toasted nuttiness mixed with spices.

tastes of bananas and sweet malts-- even a touch of bubblegum. Finish borders on being tart-- keeping it refreshing and tasty.

Light airy body is smooth and easy to drink.

Highly drinkable, easily enjoyable.

Photo of GregSVT
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is slightly dissapointing. I get banana and clove aromas but the main smell is a bit of an "off" aroma I can't quite place. This could be old.

T: The taste is pretty good with lots of banana and cloves with a hint of vanilla and other sweet flavors.

M: The feel is creamy and relatively thick for the style. Not too bad.

D: This is a decently drinkable hefe and I would love to try it on tap. Nice flavors and very refreshing.

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

Cloudy yellow pour, thick white head..average retention.

Aroma is high on the banana, with other typical hefe profiles (yeast, cloves).

Tastes great. Citrus zest, some spices, and a creamy banana flavor all in one.

Mouthfeel is light, well carbonated, creating a very drinkable beer.

Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather murky hef with a significant amount of wheat malt at the bottom. the nose comes out fruity, the smell of wet flour, and some cereal. palate is thick and one dimensional. there is a quintessential hef palate of banana and other fruit ester... but its quite yeasty. not light. the wheat/yeast is too much. mutes the latitude and makes it a slower drink.

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

Poured into a hefe glass. Slightly cloudy pale orange in color with a solid 2" of white froth. Quite the wavy head that stays intact for a few sips.
Subtle coriander aroma along with fresh cut hay.
Crisp first sip with a tight maltiness. Not doughy or banana like most American-made wheat beers. Fragrant & spicy mouthfeel with a hint of coriander. Touch of lemon tartness. Finishes clean & dry. Highly drinkable.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a tremendous fan of hefeweizens, but this Sierra Nevada offering is very good. The appearance is light, cloudy yellow with a sligh foamy head. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish this off. The smell is very good -- citrusy with a mix of banana and cloves. The taste is also very good -- a crisp shot of citrus is the overwhelming quality. Overall, a solid hefeweizen, but I don't think one of the best out there (that might belong to Pyramid).

Photo of FishMan123
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer so that I'd have something to drink with pizza. I have a number of singles that I wouldn't want to "waste" on pizza. So I picked up a 6-pack of this beer. Wow. It's pretty good.

A: Pale golden yellow; very cloudy. Thick foamy head. Sediment in bottle.

S: Very little smell - lemon/clove.

T: Nice wheat, lemon, clove. Some banana. Lemon leads, but is not overpowering.

M: Nice carbonation.

D: Smooth, easy to drink. Nothing offensive standing out.

Will definately buy this one again.

Photo of Gtreid
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Wiezen glass.

A: Cloudy, straw yellow color. The pour drops a big three finger eggshell white head that fades to a half inch, and leaves behind sheets of thick lace.

A: Bananna and spice. I get notes of pepper, clove, wheat, and grass. The wheat and pale malt stand out, and the grassy hops give it nice balance.

T: Wheat, pepper, spice, bannana, and clove. The yeast notes are apperant and welcomed. This one is well balanced and just what a Hefe should taste like. It finishes dry, and just slightly bitter.

M: Light body with aggressive carbonation. It is tingely, but very nice.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is quite high given the low ABV and how well this one was crafted. Overall, a very nice example of a Hefe, and one I will be revisiting soon. Skal.

Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Hazy and straw-colored with plenty of sediment. Thin white head with little retention but decent lacing.

Aroma is wheat, cloves, bananas, along with lighter hint of peaches and mild citrus hops and a healthy dose of yeast.

Flavor is sweet and a bit spicy. Lemon, bananas, and clove combine with the doughy malts and wheat.

Light-medium bodied and a decent level of carbonation.

Overall, nothing particularly spectacular but one of the more authentic West Coast "hefeweizens" I've had. Easily drinkable and available, and in general a damned good summer beer.

Photo of hu5om
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into Tremens Tulip
a-lovely golden yellow. cloudy. 1 finger of white fine foam.

s-yeast, cloves, banana, vaguely tropical?

t-cloves, banana, yeast, grain. very light grain aftertaste. a bit spicier than i expected, a bit of a saison vibe.

m-a bit thin, but creamy. fairly abrupt ending and very light on the palate

d-SN rarely dissappoints me. good, not great. i'll stick with Dancing Man Wheat for now, but glad I finally reviewed this one.

Photo of Tee76
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a nice thick white head which dissipates quickly.

Smells like bananas,yeast and some wheat

Taste is that of "bubblegum" and bananas.With banana being the most noticeable

Mouth feel is light yet very carbonated

Drinkability is high, goes down smooth and has a lot of flavor.It's very easy to enjoy a few of these on a summers day.

Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe not thee best hefe I've ever had, but this is a very good representation of the style. I cant really find any faults in it other than maybe I wanted just a hint more of the banana esters, but thats really about it. Wish this was a year round beer. Great job SN.

Photo of folsomharrier
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not a fan of heffes but sitting here in graeagle after a round at the dragon it is tart & refreshing
Nice citrus nose & taste
Good balance.no need to add superfluous fruits to beer
Fills mouth well. Each sip calls for another appreciative sip
Could convert me to heffs

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a Bristol's Edge City Series Imperial Pint Glass. I was quite careful to swirl up the yeast in the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour.

A: Hazy golden yellow. Rock white head, recedes but more or less hang around for the entire beer and leaves excellent lacing.

S: Ripe banana up front. Some nice wheatiness and light clove.

T: Great maltiness, and the yeast profile is great. Very well done. Banana dominates, clove is in the background. Well balanced but banana forward.

M: Very solid, full body, smooth drinking. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Super drinkable. Probably the best-made available in the US (not to say others made in Germany aren't potentially better, but I do feel they suffer from their journey over here).

Photo of Shrews629
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy, yellowish/orange. Very nice snow white thick head that had a combination of large and small bubbles. Looks good.

Smell - Some spice in the nose. Maybe the cloves? Getting some kind of artificial "plastic" smell. Getting a bit of the yeast and wheat, but having trouble detecting the banana.

Taste - Small amounts of bitterness at the end. Slight bit of sourness, but not much however. Seems to be balanced very well. No one flavor is dominant over the other. Still not picking up the aforementioned banana.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Very crisp, smooth and watery.

Drinkability - Could definitely set a few of these back on a hot day. Very nice looking beer, but the smell brings the score down just a bit. Not horrible. I would drink it again if it was offered. I don't seem to be able to find a Hefe or Wheat that really appeals to me for some reason.

Photo of sirdillon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a twelve oz bottle into my hefeweizen glass. pours a clourdy light orange color with an abundant creamy white head. smells of clove, a bit of citrus, and some spiciness. as it warms up, more of the wheat and malt come through in the aroma, maybe some cereal. tastes much like it smells, spice up front, wheat in the finish. drinkability is quite high, as is the case with most wheat beers. this is most definitely an all around good hefeweizen , plenty of flavor and at a good price.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kellerweis poured a cludy yellow with a small sized head. It smelt and tasted spicy, but rather light as well. The beer was smooth and easy to drink. Overall not a bad choice, not the best in this catagory, or the best sierra nevada beer. Not a bad choice on a hot summer day.

Photo of Pittsburgh
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, great foam, large head that sticks around a while and is nice, fluffy, and yeasty. Not sure if this is the freshest brew, there was some yellowish stuff and sediment at the bottom, I am hoping/assuming is banana, and I think it is so I did not deduct anything for it.

Color is light yellow, but a little darker than other hefes, almost orange, smells slightly of citrus and yeast.

Taste is light and fluffy, yeast is there, a bit bitter at the finish, goes down smooth, hint of banana is a nice touch, which fits well into this type of beer, not overdone at all, and barely detectable, you really have to look for it, but it does add a nice flavor.

Very drinkable, esp. on a hot summer day like today, I am giving this a thumbs up, not two but one, still solid.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- pours a pale gold, a bit hazy yet still very clear. a great frothy white head that showed good persistence and lacing

s- heavy banana yeast esters and clove dominate the nose. a hint of bubblegum and some grainy wheat.

t- very prominent banana and clove. a nice blend of spice and fruity yeast esters. light vanilla, low bitterness with a bit of grassy hops. a great mix of pleasant of classic hefe characteristics and very well balanced

m- effervescent from the high carbonation. a medium-light body with a surprising creaminess

d- uber drinkable. widely available year round for a great price. it's hard to imagine it getting much better.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,409 ratings.