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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

3,445 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,445
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 206
Gots: 379 | 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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Ratings: 3,445 | Reviews: 1,261
Photo of Phocion
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -5.4%
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 +3.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +11.6%
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 +19.3%
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 -22.5%
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 +3.7%
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 -8.6%
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 -1.7%
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 +10.6%
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.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass, hazy/cloudy golden yellow, with a thick foamy 2 inch head. Straight away you get the sweetness of bananas on the nose, very typical of the style. Sweet malts on the tongue, spicy and fruity. Hop bitterness is extremely low, again typical of the style. Highly drinkable, and refreshing beer. There are better Hefeweizens out there, specially the originals (Weinhestephaner and Paulaner come to mind), but Sierra Nevada managed to create something worthy of a try if you are a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: A glowing hazy gold, with a sticky luxuriant head. A light bubble presence within the unfiltered body. Light lacing drifts slowly down the sides.

S: Far-off wheaty yeastiness, supported by spicy cloves and the faintest whiff of banana.

T: Wonderfully smooth. No trace of spiciness; even the carbonation is subdued. Otherwise, much like a typical hefeweizen -- banana is more noticeable here. Aftertaste is similarly smooth and quenching.

M: Excellent. As I just said, smooth and quenching. Carbonation is downplayed. I could drink this all day.

D: Topnotch. As wheat beers go, it's not very outstanding, but it's overall character is bewitching, and its sheer palatability is peerless.

Photo of maddogruss
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, straw-yellow body with a small, white head with ok retention and decent lacing along the glass.

S: A slight, bitter yeast smell with some sweet banana ester notes and slightly metallic undertones.

T: A slight, metallic, banana ester taste with a sweet, banana and slight clove aftertaste. Decent hefeweizen-style beer overall.

M: A pretty light bodied and smooth mouthfeel with a nice, crisp finish. Pretty nice summer beer.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty nice to drink. A decent summer beer overall and not too bad of a hefeweizen.

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

Pours light yellow , very cloudy/hazy, lots of bubbles. 1 finger rocky head quickly drops down.

Smells like bananas, in a big way. Also some wheat, yeast and a little citrus hops.

Taste is wheat, some grapefruit hops and more wheat

Mouthfeel is very light and very carbonated

Drinkability: Normally I enjoy a lot of carbonation, but this is so bubbly I have to stop drinking in order to burp, otherwise this would get a slightly better score.

Overall very solid hefe, try it.

Photo of Erish
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass

A: Hazy straw with orange highlights, nice 2-finger billowy head that collapses into decent lacing.

S: Sweet wheat, some bubble gum, no apparent clove.

T: It has the Hefe hallmark bubble gum and banana flavor, but the clove was elusive. Not too sweet, and plenty of light fruit notes.

M: Very silky, carbonation was adequate, thirst quenching.

D: A very tasty Hefe from a brewery that always seems to make good beers.

Photo of mralphabet
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz bottle pour into pint glass

A: Cloudy hazy golden yellow in color, very nice 2 fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer of foam. Very good lacing on this one.

S: There is a hint of banana and clove but I'm getting quite a bit of lemon mixed in. Wonderful smelling Hefe.

T: OK, this is a lemon edged kind of Hefe... Lemon is right up from with hint of wheaty yeast and clove.. nut much banana here, but I'm OK with that....

M: Smooth and soft with crispness too it. Pretty light to mid bodied. Good for the style..

D: Low ABV, good flavors.... Great beer on a warm day. This would be a great session beer.

Another good Sierra Beer !!!

Photo of californiakulak
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Cloudy, creamy and wonderful looking. Orange color with thick hef like head.

S. Light smell of cloves and banana bread. Typical hef smell but kind of faint.

T. Yeast and bubblegum. Great tasting hef. Tangy and fruity.

M. Smooth and thick and creamy. Medium carbonation and light bodied.

D. Anyone who wants an easy drinking beer for the summer shoud drink this.

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured light yellow and rather cloudy in appearance into a weizen glass. It had a thick white head and good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of clove, bubble gum and yeast in the nose, which also is a bit sour.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of bananas and lemon. The clove flavors really stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quenches your thirst.

Photo of uustal
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet banana flavor with hints of lemon zest stand out. Cloves and wheat notes are also present. Nicely consistent all the way through with a little hint of spice and a semi-dry finish. Flavors are very well mixed in this crisp, drinkable Hefeweizen.

Photo of goblue3509
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy goldish yellow color with a two finger head which gives way to some spotty lacing. The aroma is of wheat with banana and clove as the big smells. There is also a sweet smell and a green apple like crisp smell. The taste is of wheat and sweet malt as a backbone. There are also tastes of big banana over the top with clove and some citrus taste present. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The overall drinkability is high, nice big flavor with an inviting smell. There is a decent amount going on to keep you interested, with nothing bad to really distract you from the taste. Very drinkable beer.

Photo of rabsten
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I went looking for a good hefe, and around these parts that can be a chore. No Franziskaner or its ilk to be found, and I didn't feel like an hour drive to Fayetteville for some Bridge Brewworks product (damn it, distribute into Charleston, guys!). But I wanted a clove-banana delivery device and settled on this. Not a bad choice, I must say.

Pours a cloudy darkish-yellow, white head that could be fluffier considering the style. Some lacing, good carbonation. Yeast chunkies on the bottom.

Nice wheat malt base with clove-y phenols with peach and banana esters in background. Not overpowering clove but solid.

Banana esters and spicy cloves again on palate with and some minor green apple, but the good kind of apple and not the cidery acetealdehyde variety. The peach from the nose is missing but the apple makes up for it. Tasty. Could'a been more extreme on the flavors but good, solid, hefe character.

Solid mouthfeel but thinner than I'd prefer. Quite drinkable on this fine - that is to say hotter than hell - Fathers' Day.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed blond in color with a crunchy white cap. The head rises fast and then crackles back to a thin skim coat on the surface of the bubbly gold beer.

The smell is quite nice. It's got a clean wheat nose with touches of ripe banana and lemon/ bubblegum zest. Personally I think it nails the style and is very close to exactly what a hef should smell like.

Taste has the same features found in the nose. Ripe banana, a touch of bubble gum with hints of spice and a pale grain profile. It's clean and crisp and has a lemony finish.

The mouthfeel is crisp and has a sharp CO2 sizzle. Strong carbonation paired with a smooth texture make it an easy drinking beer and the 4.8% make it one that you can kick back after a hot day. Very nice beer and a great representation of the style.

Photo of zimm421
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells slightly of yeast as well as some spiciness. Nothing too strong on the nose, but definitely a pleasant smell. The taste also has some yeast, but also some banana flavors added to the spices. This is very well balanced as it doesn't taste too sweet or too bitter, although there is a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp, and goes down easily. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down smooth and easy and with a lower ABV, it's easy to put a few of these back and not feel much.

Photo of nano
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a weizenglass from a 12oz bottle

a- yellow color with a nice 2 inch head

s- clove, bubblegum and a littlebit of bannana

t- clove and bannana bread, no too tasty

m- medium body with a good carbonation

D- nice sesion beer, I love Sierra Nevada brews but I'm a little bit disapointed with this one, I was expecting more

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,445 ratings.