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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 321 | 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 rarbring
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellow brew with a hint of orange. A white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is much what you expect from a wheat beer, fruits, lemon and banana, some yeast and grassy tones, spices like allspice and clove.

An initial sweetness, nearly ripe green grapes, the spices.

Medium high carbonation, watery and refreshing.

A good substitute for lemonade, less sweet and more taste.

On tap, sampled at beer tasting.

Photo of ThePortlander
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 12. oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Kellerweis appears a brilliant hazy gold, with hints of copper and orange. The head is rather attractive at first, then mellows down to the sides with decent lacing.

The nose is spot in the banana and clove departments, with some nice citrusy notes as well. The aromas on this one are what I look for in a hefe, but there's nothing extra as far as I can tell.

Taking my first sip, I get a pleasant tangy flavour, followed by wonderful spice and bananas, with a sweet, slightly drying finish followed by apple and pear flavors. There's just enough hop bitterness at the end for me. Quite tasty.

The mouthfeel could be slightly better, maybe a little smoother, but the carbonation is absolutely perfect. In fact, the carbonation makes this one really drinkable.

This is a quite a nice Hefe, and is now my go-to hefe when I can't get to the beer store, or don't feel like spending that much dough. Good on you, SN!

Photo of tykees88
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle

A- pours a straw yellow with half finger head. Slight lacing left. Yeasty and very hazy.

S- Smells of cloves, bananas, and a little bit of lemon citrus

T- Smooth taste, it's got a banana finish, but the hops hit first and the citrus permeates through the back of the tongue up the nose. I liked this.

M- Slight creaminess, and could get the yeast in the mouth

D- Very good offering. A six pack of these would make a great summer beer on a warm evening. Would love to try it on tap or maybe with a lemon wedge.

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

Nicely rounded Hefeweizen. A solid offering from SN.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Creamy yellow Sierra Nevada seal label, with scenery of a lake among mountains with beer ingredients. Brief neck label describing the composition, intent of the brew, and serving instructions. Lacks freshness or bottling date other than some illegible batch codes, and notes Alc. by Vol. (4.8%) Poured into a weisse glass.

A - Hazy straw to pale gold color, rich head, average retention, and fair lacing.

S - Citrus, clove, banana and yeast nose.

T - Wheat yeastiness with a hefty backbone, citrus and banana touches with some sweetness.

M - Medium-body with good carbonation and a crisp finish.

D - Good quaffer, nicely done.

Notes: Quite a nice offering from SN it makes me wish it were a .5l bottle.

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

Poured into a hefe glass

A: its a great hefe color very cloudy great head lace is ok not good

S: clove first! and 2nd! banana in the background with some sweetness in there

T: spicy clove and banana next with very smooth finish very enjoyable this is the best American hefe I have ever had.

M: great mouth good carbonation and light mouth

D: yea drink 1 or 6 you can drink em for sure

overall: not my fav hefe but the best american hefe I have ever had bar none.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Standard pour produces a massive, 6 finger fluffy white head that just sits, unmoving. If head on a beer can be too much, this is it. I wait to try to drink from it but quickly get impatient. Beer is a semi-clear yellow. Lacing is testament to the head which refuses to leave anything behind, its so thick. Very spotty at best.

S: Lemons, wheaty sweetness, slightly soapy, waxy and spicy.

T: Lemon and big malt profile upfront. Spicy at the back end with a slight touch of hoppiness that's noticeable right after the initial burst of yellow citrus fruit. Malt backbone is omnipresent and just stays throughout the whole experience. Finish is quick. Leaves near nothing on the palate.

M: Light to medium bodied, slightly carbonated, and surprisingly and pleasantly smooth. Slightly watery in the mouth but the body makes this one more silky than anything. Finish is clean and quick.

D: It's not easy for me to distinguish a moderatly good wheat beer from a superb one. That being said, SN Kellerweis is one of the better one's I've come across. Very clean and crisp taste with a feel that is silky smooth, rare in a beer of this style. Incredibly quenching on a hot spring day.

Photo of CBlack85
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a small white head that recedes into spotty lacing

Lots of banana and cloves, with the wheat/grain aromas lurking in the background. There is a faint hop aroma as the beer warms.

The taste is banana and cloves, but the wheat/grains are more pronounced in the flavor than in the nose. Medium bodied and well carbonated.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. While I really enjoy a good hefe, unfortunately most of the offerings from American breweries seem to fall short (IMHO). SN Kellerweis hits the flavor profile right on, the only complaint that I would have is that the level of carbonation is a little high. All in all this is a terrific representation of the style.

Photo of NA1NSXR
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice large foamy head, gushing carbonation, textbook color and opacity, looks superb.

Smell - Smells very authentic, with all of the banana/fruity aromas of genuine German versions. Quite sweet smelling and with a good moderate strength.

Taste - Quite sweet with a light wheat finish. Very good. Much better than I expected coming off of trying every authentic hefe I could find. Maybe a touch of alcohol in the background that I don't particularly care for, but overall very solid.

Mouthfeel - Appropriately silky with a medium, medium-light thickness that is perfect for this kind of beer.

Drinkability - For all of its strengths, it still lacks some of the background characters that different German hefes have. It nails the basic hefeweizen sweetness and flavor very well, but that flavor is all thats in this beer. Still, this is superbly drinkable and authentic on the whole.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Totally opaque, bright butterscotch, more yellow at the bottom, dense and creamy white head, like beaten egg whites

S: Big dose of pure wheat, doesn't have that grainy flavor of some, citrus is there, in particular lemon, some coriander and banana too

T: Delicious, again that super smooth wheat, then the spice comes in, starts with coriander and clove, then sweet banana, a little hop bitterness balances the whole thing out

M: Smooth, a little heavier than some, still refreshing

D: Good, easy and flavorful

Notes: This is definitely a stand out weizen. SN focused on the flavor here. The mouthfeel is a little full, but not much, however it is because they packed so much flavor into it. That pure wheat flavor is amazing and the spices are perfectly balanced.

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

pours a golden straw color, pale and bubbly. nice soft white head on it.

smells of yeast and grains, lemon and banana. I'm also getting a nice hop aroma that follows everything up.

Wow this is tasty. Lots of delicious, sweet wheat and tangy citrus notes. sort of rustic and outdoorsy taste.
surprisingly complex for a beer with a lower abv.

this has a nice feel to it. high carbonation, and light bodied.
Almost seems juicy at some points.

this is one you can drink a lot of. tasty, light, and low abv.
Great beer on a warm spring night.

Photo of bump8628
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy gold with loads of white, fluffy head.

Tangy, almost sour wheat is quite evident with hints of banana, clove, nutmeg, vanilla, and bubblegum. Hops get out of the way giving just a bit of grassy bitterness. Finish is fairly dry with some creaminess on the back end.

One of the most authentic American brewed Hefeweizens I've had. The classic German Weiss yeast notes are all present, but it isn't a banana bomb like so many poorly made American versions are.

Photo of Sam21
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with swirls of suspended yeast. Nice pockets of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and a creamy white head that appears to be going nowhere. Eventually recedes to a white cap that sticks around until the end. Great lacing.

Smell - Smell of ripe banana, wheat, and some light clove spice.

Taste - Bready wheat, freshly sliced banana and orange, with a pleasant touch of clove mixed into the sweetness. Nice dry finish. Nicely balanced across the board.

Mouth Feel - Very smooth carbonation with a nice light and creamy consistency.

Drinkability - Refreshing. Smooth going down. An all around great beer. Was only planning on having this one, but now I'm thinking about having my last one.

Photo of cdbooth219
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of sediment, and 1 finger of off white head. Leaves almost no lacing

S: Smell is of ripe banana and clove spice, with some yeast, lemon and light wheat aroma as well

T: Starts offwiththe ripe banana and cloves, followed by lemon and orange. Finishes with a wheat and yeast flavor, slightly bitter. Follows the nose very closely

M: Nicely carbonated, and very smooth light body

D: This is very easy to drink, and low in abv, making it a good session beer. I could definitely drink a 6 pack of these and greatly enjoy it

Overall, this is a very good hefeweizen. It follows the style very well, and is very delicious and drinkable. Another great Sierra Nevada offering.

Photo of vkv822
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into weizen glass.

Pours a nice cloudy yellowy-golden straw color with a decent white head. The smell is of ripe banana, with pleasant notes of wheat, yeast and a very light citrus backing.
The flavor follows the nose fairly well, with more ripe banana, and hints of clove mixed with yeasty wheat flavor and the slight suggestion of a citrus flavor. The mouth feel is an enjoyable medium bodied, smooth feeling.
This is a very drinkable and refreshing beer to enjoy, especially on a warm sunny afternoon. Definitely something to go back to when looking for something to be able to relax and enjoy a few.

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

Presentation: 2/3rds poured into a standard pint glass, swirled the rest and poured in as per the instructions on the bottle.

A: Cloudy deep gold with a one finger thick eggshell colored head.

S: Ripe ripe banana dominate this with some nice spicy clove. Tart wheat and some light zesty citrus flavors pop up.Very rich and refreshing.

T: The taste follows the nose very well. Invitingly as rich with more emphasis on tangy wheat than the nose while the banana and spice balance very nicely with it. Some overtones of lemon and other citrus flavors come up. Finish is characterized by a tangy and slightly bitter wheat flavor with subtle hints of spice and banana.

M: Carbonation is lively and add a wonderful zest to the beer. Nice smooth, velvety feel.

D: This beer was amazingly smooth and the ABV is low enough to where I would consider this a good 'session' beer. I don't see myself getting worn out with this one and could definitely drink it all night. A very nice, refreshing thirst quencher.

Photo of curasowa
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow color with generous head that fades slowly with chunky lacking. Smell is quite typical, lots of yeast notes with a background of citrus and a faint metallic aroma. Taste starts out characteristically, slightly dry and wheaty and then gets a bit more complex in the middle, with flavors of banana being the most dominate. Body is slightly thin, finish is lingering but not unpleasant and the metallic note from the smell comes through in the end, also. A decent Hefe, but not my favorite.

Photo of Flightoficarus
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice white head, and some good lacing.

S - Clove, bananna, wheat, and a hint of lemon.

T - Ripe banana, spicy clove, with subtle wheat and lemon notes

M - Light-Medium bodied. Has a nice, smooth texture to it. Less "wheaty" than a lot of other American wheat beers I've tried.

D - Superb! Goes down ultra smooth, and at 4.8%, makes for a perfect session beer on a nice spring or summer day.

Overall - Sierra Nevada did a damn good job stepping outside their comfort zone with this one. What you'll find here is not an American pale wheat ale, but a TRUE hefeweizen. This will appeal to you if you're partial to the real deal German hef's like myself. Prost!

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of those beers that you drink a lot of before realizing you never got around to reviewing. Not stellar, but a rock solid example of the style with American wheat leanings. Medium gold with slight haze. The bottle suggests a partial decant and then swirl to get the yeast. I've seen six-packs with something like a bookmark stuck in with the bottles explaining that the haze is normal - I suppose some consumers not familiar with the style were complaining that there was something wrong with the beer. Moderate bread/wheat malt flavor with fairly neutral yeast notes - a bare touch of banana. Supremely drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of JoePat
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a golden straw in color with a little bit of a haze and a thick white head.
It has a very inviting spicy, fruity smell mostly clove and banana with no real off notes to speak of.
The flavor is dominated by the banana notes really come through in the flavor that really complements the balanced sweetness.
The mouth feel is very smooth with a little high carbonation tickling your tongue but it is by no means unpleasent.
The is a very drinkable beer and I have realy enjoyed it with this great, warm weather we are having.

Photo of Dodt
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a six pack a while back finally decide to crack one open
Poured from the bottle into a glass
Appearance : deep honey color with a nice head
smell of bananas and a hint of citrus
Taste semi sweet with a lemon
mouthfeel smooth
This is a exceptionally good heff.

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

ST: 12 oz bottle poured into a slim chalice

A: Nice thick fluffy white head, golden hazy body that betrays small, but steady, bubbles of carbonation.

S: Citrus, banana, bread, and spice.

T: Clove, banana, bread, mild taste of oats towards the finish.

M: Medium body, starts light but becomes creamy mid-palate and stays that way through the finish.

D: Excellent, though wheats can feel a bit heavy, this does not. It is refreshing and the flavors are more there, but subtle more than extreme.

Overall: What a great beer. Sierra Nevada really does slip on much do they? Though I love all beer, wheat beers are my favorite type. This American version of a hefe is impressive. it is better than some German examples.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great hazy yellow appearance, big ol head. Great aroma, banana, cloves.

Taste, a little more banana, clove, great wheat grittiness, throw in some lemon, maybe even a little orange. Sweetness is also hefty. Very smooth. Mellows downbottle. Very drinkable. Nothing like the typical SN beers, with the big hop character.

Great price for one of, if not the best wheat style beer out there.

Photo of dismal
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy burnt yellow color with a big white head. The head seems to have nice retention though it did go down some. Eventually fades to almost nothing but a small thin head at the top. Leaves little to no lacing as it's finished. The smell is yeast, fruit, a little bit of spice. I can pick up on some of the banana. Not completely complex but there is a good amount going on. The taste is right on with the smell. Yeast, and spices. I get more of the banana in the taste especially in the aftertaste. There is a hint of sweetness and overall it's refreshing and taste great. The mouthfeel is pretty average but what I'd expect. Overall this one is really good. A really low ABV and very refreshing. I'll definitely pick up some more of this.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, cloudy, bright golden yellow, high carbonation

Smell: banana, yeast, wheat, and clove

Taste: Banana dominates. There is also malt, alcohol, caramom, clove, and lemon.

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, semi-sweet, very smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability: Very good and clean hefeweizen. No bitterness whatsoever. A very solid beer that I could have several of.

Photo of GarrisWH
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a two-finger, white head that drops down at a moderate pace. Retains a solid cap throughout drinking and leaves fairly nice lacing behind.

Yeast forward aroma, with mostly cloves and some banana coming through. There is a touch of wheat and pale malt in the aroma as well, but these definitely takes a backseat to the yeast.

The wheat flavors are more upfront upon actually sipping, coming through first. The clove, ripe banana, and just a touch of citrus make themselves known in the middle, leading into some subtle hop character in the finish that adds just a touch of dryness.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a smooth feel.

While hefeweizens are far from my go-to style, I thought this one was quite tasty and refreshing. A good balance of flavors and a thirst quenching mouthfeel. Wouldn't mind trying this one again.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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