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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 198
Gots: 355 | 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 Phelps
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: poured like the bottle told me to: pour, swirl, pour. Gotta get those yeasties out. Colors range from pale dandelion to deep tangerine. A head of arctic white puff sits atop the hazy brew.

Smells: like banana bread. Tons of sweet wheat and ripe bananas, with some spicy clove and a splash of orange juice.

Tastes: like an in-game substitution. The flavors in the taste seem to perform a swap with those in the nose; ones that were subtle before are now the leaders, and vice versa. Graininess and clove spice rise up, bready wheat and banana slink sadly down. The finish is surprisingly crisp and dry.

Feels: like a summer breeze. Medium-high carbonation and a medium mouthfeel that's smooth, though not as "velvety" as the bottle portends.

Drinks: like a pretender. Sierra Nevada has a pretty solid summer drink here, but it's still a little too insubstantial for me. I have yet to experience an American hef that holds a candle to anything I had in Germany. The search continues...

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

A-The beer is a hazy golden color.

S-The beer had an assorted aroma that included clove/phenol, flower-like and banana aromas. The aroma was well mixed with no one overpowering the other.

T-The beer has a yeasty/spicy taste that mixes with clove like flavor and balanced bitterness.

M-There was a creamy mouthfeel with a light to medium body.

D-This beer is very drinkable. It is well balanced and a good example of the style.

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

Poured from two 12oz bottles into my Ayinger weizenbierglass.

Pale citrine body, hazy with a delicate layer of ivory froth shading in the top of the glass. Nice sticky lacing, average retention.

Fresh wheat bread, asian pear, faint banana and honey in the nose.

Full flavored, sweet from the bready yeast, tart from the acidity of wheat and a suggestion of navel orange zest, and faintly spicy with the suggestion of coriander and white pepper.

Smooth, creamy, but with lively carbonation to keep you from guzzling.

Maybe slightly "generic," but you have to give credit to Sierra Nevada for trying to do this style the correct way with open fermentation and pure ingredients. One of the best bottled domestic Hefs I've tried, particularly from the West coast.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Yeast appropriately swirled and poured.

A: Wow! This beer starts out fine. As I swirl the yeast and pour the last 2/3rds of the bottle in, thick, creaminess pours out. Once in the glass, this hefe looks like a champ. Yellow-orange (close to orange juice) and beautifully cloudy. Awesome, billowy clouds sit on top. The head lasts forever and is lovely. The haze is spot on and lasts. I was out working in the yard and came back 45 min later to finish one of these and it still looked awesome.

S: Let this beer warm up before sniffing. I get a ton of cloves. Some citrus and a hint of sulfur. There is some banana, but not a ton. The citrus fruits seem more present. Very nice aromas, but nothing spectacular.

T: This beer tastes awesome! I first get a nice tartness which quickly leads into a lovely citrus flavor. Some orange and maybe a hint of lemon peel. This then goes to a lovely cloviness. The clove is spot on in this beer. Not, knock you over cloviness, but more balanced out with the other flavors. I do get some banana, but the citrus seems to override this, which is fine by me. The sulfur in the nose isn't there in the flavor, which is nice. Overall, the flavors meld together well making this an epic summer session beer. So much flavor in a beer that is <5% ABV. We need more of these.

M: Light to medium bodied. Strongly carbonated like it should be, but could use just a hint more for the style. Feels smooth on the tongue, but finishes crisp. Very nice.

D: This is an exceptional beer. It is a great gateway beer for anyone, while at the same time it has the complexities to make a beer geek happy. I even think a Bavarian would like this one. I'm so happy Sierra Nevada is expanding their horizons beyond the hoppy beers. I hope we continue to see great sessionable styles like this from them. If you haven't tried this yet, go get some now.

Photo of alkemy
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of bright white head atop of a cloudy golden yellow. The head dissipated quickly. The smell has lots of banana, but there's a sour note present that is very unsettling...it's almost reminiscent of my collegiate bathroom floor on a Sunday morning after a party. Taste is much better. Banana and clove dominate followed by a mild orange flavor. Minus the scent this beer isn't bad, but the taste isn't enough to make me a fan.

Photo of olegv40
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first poured a very yellow, but when it settled and became murky, it was a nice golden. Hints of ripe fruit and citrus.

This is a really good hefe. Slightly malty and fruity. It tastes mostly of banana and orange, and is absolutely velvet smooth. No hint of alcohol. I could easily put down a 6 pack of these without thinking twice.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely goldeny orange with a nice white head. Very bright and completely opaque. Very good start.

Smells like a hefe, maybe slightly muted. The cloves and the banana smells are ever present.

Tastes like a hefe, too. We're on the right track, has the wheat and breadiness, with the banana in the middle, followed by a light clove. Flavor not as pronounced as the German stuff, but everything balanced and wonderful.

Mouthfeel was normal, a little thick but the carbonation helps makes it lively.

Excellent drinkability, will be buying again due to price and availability over the German hefes.

By far, one of the best American attempts at this style, especially from a brewery of SN's size. In my opinion, one of SN's better if not, their best, beer, too.

Photo of charlesbyrd
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. bottle into a Widmer Bros. pint glass. The bottle gives instructions to pour 2/3 into the glass, swirl the bottle, then pour the remainder.

A: Pours a bright straw-yellow color with orange highlights, and if you follow the bottle's directions, it goes from clear to near-opaque as the suspended yeast enters the glass. A frothy white head sits atop this brew for a few minutes, and lacing is minimal.

S: The aroma is very inviting but complex--a mix of spicy hops, bananas, and bubblegum.

T: This isn't your run-of-the-mill wheat beer. Sierra Nevada has done a great job of capturing the traditional hefeweizen flavor profile. The most noticeable flavor comes from the yeast-again, bananas and bubblegum stand out. I also get a fair amount of wheat at the end. It's pretty complex, but very enjoyable.

M: Closing in on medium body, this beer still goes down smooth. It's fairly dry and gets a fair amount of bite from the carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite beers at the moment, especially for its drinkability. It comes pretty close to matching the greats like Weihenstephaner, and it gets extra points for its easy availability.

Photo of JK4Stout
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh, what would we do without quality wheat beer? This beer brings one over just with the aroma. The clove and banana gets the mouth watering from the word go. Next after inpecting the hazy, yet intrigueing chalky amber coloring, you get the real gift; the taste.
A little spice goes a long way to make this enjoyable but not overpowering. It is very light on the palate, and perfect for warm weather drinking. By a 6-er and head out to the porch!

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold color that is beautifully cloudy with yeast. Has a fair head that lingers for a bit.

Smell: Nice wheat aroma with the typical hints of banana and clove, and I seemed to notice a tad of what reminded me of bubblegum.

Taste: Great, refreshing wheat flavor with a bit of banana flavor. Has a mild citrus bite.

Mouthfeel: Has a fair body from yeast.

Drinkability: Excellent. One of the better American versions of this kind of beer.

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

A - Slightly hazy pale golden body. Head retains for quite some time. Carbonation appears to be very prevalent.

S - As I would hope: Very wheaty, clove and banana action.

T - Spicy, fruity esters mixed with some pale wheat. Generally sweet but modest in the approach.

M - Smooth and light.

D/Notes - Low ABV and lighter body permits easy consumption. Probably the first time I've tasted a REAL hefeweizen. I enjoyed this beer thoroughly. Sierra Nevada: You continue to impress.

Photo of scottyb88
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ayinger Wheat glass/bottled in January of 2010

A- pours a clear dark yellow until the yeast gets incorporated and it becomes cloudy; great 3 finger head that slowly dissipates to a 1/4 inch layer of foam; not a whole lot of lacing

S-slight amount of clove and banana; some grassy oily notes and wheat

T-not as sweet as some german brews; the banana/clove character isn't as strong, has some grassy/wheat

M-very smooth; the aftertaste is slightly sweet at first, but then leaves a dry almost bitter finish

D-low alcohol and not overly powering on the palate, you could drink a few of these on hot summer days-great bbq beer

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

12 oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL. Served in a flute glass more suitable for a witbier than a hefeweizen. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting.

A: hazy orange with golden yellow hues and a thick cap of frothy, cream white head.
S & T: ripe banana, clove, bubble gum, nutmeg, wheat malt, and a floral, citrus hop spice to end. The flavour is more robust than you'd expect for a 4.8% beer, and I can see why this is so highly rated.
M: soft, crisp, spicy and thirst quenching. Straightforward but spot on for the style.
D: certainly something you could drink continuously on a summer afternoon, and the ABV accommodates sessioning. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. I have yet to try a bad or mediocre offering from their lineup.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some nice spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but I've had way better.

Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

I was a little confused going into this beer. Without reading the fine (actually not so fine, it was pretty big) print, I assumed this would be an unfiltered lager. Not so. It's a hefe, and it really does fit the category.

A- A moderate pour after a bottle swirl left a 2-finger, off-white head taht settles to about 1/2 finger and leaves good rings. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow.

S- It had a pretty decent banana and clove aroma I'd expect from a traditional hefe. It wasn't super strong, but it's repping the traditional scents quite well. Some lemon-like qualities come through later in the drink.

T- There was a solid punch of citrus at first taste (lemon). The clove-like quality comes through a little lighter. Any banana flavor is lost in the citrus.

M- The wheat component creates the smooth, soft feel. Carbonation is solid, but effervescent not biting. There is just a touch of a bite from the citrus. Also a bit of graininess (all to the good for this style).

D- It's a good warm weather drinker and one of the better American versions of the style. Not quite up to the "authentic" German counterparts, but something I'd drink again.

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of white head. It is yellow in color and cloudy. The smell is the typical banana and cloves. The taste is the same. It is a good beer but I just happened to have had an exceptional hefeweizen earlier in the week so this one just seems average.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I must say this isn't what I expected from a hefeweizen.
Pours a nice looking hefe, golden slightly hazy body, semi-bright. Nice foam, white a fluffy.
Aroma contains most of what is looked or in a hefe, but with an added creamed corn funk. The citrus and banana are overwhelmed.
Taste is a bit all over the place. Weak biscuit/malt core, some spice and clove mixed in. Very soft/fain banana. I still get the sweet, cream corn. Not the best aftertaste either. It's light, so fairly drinkable, but misses the mark for me.

Photo of wcudwight
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow in color with a hint of orange. Sticky white head that fades quickly leaving behind a collage of sticky lace.
Loads of bananna and clove in the aroma.
Taste follows the aroma pretty well. Pale and wheat backbone with tons of bananna and clove flavors. This is a very tasty Hefe.
Silky mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
Very drinkable. This is a go to beer for the summertime.

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

This beer came highly recommended so I decided to try it. I am generally not a big fan of hefeweizen but I love beer so here goes.

I opted for my Fin Du Monde tulip as a a receptacle for the 12oz bottle. I followed the directions on the bottle and swirled the yeast into the beer as I poured it making for a hazy yellow beer with a bone-white head.

Banana and wheat make up the nose. Not a lot of complexity but it is clean and not overly sweet or yeasty.

The taste is tart and slightly sweet with a tangy aftertaste. There is not much in the way of hoppy character but that is to be expected.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with strong carbonation.

This beer is quite refreshing and tasty. I have finally found a wheat beer that doesn't make me unhappy I spent money on it.


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

Pours a pale cloudy yellow color with a big fluffy white head that falls slow. Some light sticky lace down my glass but not as much as i was expecting.

Aroma is nice wheat malts ripe bananas some earthy yeasts, clove. Touches of light fresh cut grass and light spice.

Taste is nice CO2 and spice upfront then ripe banana almost over ripe like banana pudding rushes in. Finish is lingering banana sweetness, cloves, and light grassy hops mingled with earthy yeasts.

Mouthfeel is medium nice and smooth.

Drinkability is good really enjoying this one.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely stunning upon pouring. Beautiful hazy yellow orange with enormous, fluffy white head.

Aroma was soft with fruit and spice. Flavor comes close to some good European hefes - perhaps a bit more fruit forward, mild clove detected as well. The fruitiness finds mingled notes of apple, banana, and pear.

The feel is substantial yet perhaps a bit too spritzy. Great drinkability - very good beer!

Photo of IBU99
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy pale yellow. Two finger head with some lacing.

Smells of some wheat and citrus. Maybe bannana and some cloves, also a faint lemony smell.

Taste starts out sweet. Can taste a combo of bannana and clove, but faint. Kind of in the background. I get the wheaty essence showing through. Very smooth and tasty. By far the best american wheat beer I have ever had.

Finish is smooth and balanced.

Could drink these all day long. Simply the best Heffe I have found from an American beer company.

Photo of bdupree
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy and feint golden hues, good sturdy head with some lacing.

S: I picked up mango in there somewhere... maybe because I have been eating some lately. Also has some nice banana and a little esters, with clove.

T: Taste is really better than aroma. Sweet wheat beer on the initial sip, then the complexity starts to build with the spices and fruit.

M: Very nice, crisp and light for a wheat beer.

D: Very, very drinkable wheat beer. One of the best American efforts I have tried in a long time.

Photo of malty
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Force poured into a 20 oz. nonic pint glass. Please forgive me for noy using a proper Hefe glass, as I noprmally would if they al weren't dirty and I'm too lazy right now).

I could have poured this into a Mason jar and still gave it high marks. Perfect 2 1/2" thick, foamy bright white head sits atop a hazy, cloudy glowing yellow golden liquid. Looks about perfect, really. Sliding rings and lines of lace sporadically down the glass.

Yeasty esters are apparent, but the usual suspects, (clove, banana, bubble gum & lemon zest) seem a bit muted. I do get a nice fresh wheat husk scent that is quite earthy and just a tad skunky (in a good way).

Here's where the rubber hits the road... The flavor translates perfectly from what the nose gave out. Just read above and you'll see what I'm talking about. There is a little more lemon sourness as I take a few big quaffs (the only way to drink a wheat bear IMHO). There's that 'yard' flavor that sits between skunky and farmy. Good, just not what I'd expect in a Hefeweissen.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, perfectly carbonated and halfway between light-med. The finish is clean with a lilttle yeasty coating.

Drinkability is quite good. I'd offer this as a gateway beer to Bavarian Hefes.

Overall it's quite a looker. Unfortunately my palate has been finely tuned (and spoiled) by the likes of Weihenstepahaner, Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Michael Plank, New Glarus, etc. So I've got the snobbiest threshold for true Hefeweissens. The texture is spot-on and it feels quite good. The smell & flavor are a bit one-dimensional, but are very good in a 'standard' kind of way. I would not turn one of these done, but I'd reach for one of the aforemention German counterparts (except new Glarus) if I had the choice. I definitely would like to try this on tap to see if it shines a bit more though.

Photo of jgbuff
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best tasting american Brewed Wheat Beer I have had thus far, and I am a huge wheat beer fan. This beer has a perfect cloudy appearance, and tastes great, nice and malty. You can definately identify the banana and clove taste, but in a good way, very faint bitter aftertaste. If you had ever had Palanor which is a German import beer, this beer tastes like a milder flavor of that.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.