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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
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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 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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm...this is pretty good. I don't think I've ever experienced the "clove" flavor in a hefe as much as I have in this. The banana factor was jacked here, too, and I briefly wondered whether or not they used banana extract to achieve that taste. Yeah.

Anyway, it poured possibly cloudier than any other weiss I can remember, and it looked spectacular. I was startled. About a two-digit thick head, looking good. Sunny, amber color, very nice.

Kept getting a tinge of sour at the back of my tongue with each sip, though it didn't hurt. The banana and clove were bustin'. I've often had the banana notes, but never so much the clove.

I do have to place this, though, a close 3rd or 4th behind a couple of the PA hefes I love out here (Stoudt's, Troegs', Sly Fox). Still, an excellent drink. As good as the hype. Nicely done, SN.

Photo of runner72
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving: 12 oz bottle

It pours a cloudy, blonde color. Nice, white head, two fingers high. Lots of carbonation with small bubbles of carbonation throughout the beer. Smell is very pleasant with banana and clove tones. Taste is smooth. First to hit is the banana and cloves. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, smooth feel. Drinkability is excellent. Overall, a very good American version of a German classic!

Photo of Bfarr
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kellerweis pours a hazy ochre with a good off white head. Aromas of yeast and spice are very strong. Taste is a complex array of yeast, spices, light clove, orange peel and a slightly tangy sour lemon in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is slightly thin watery feel at first and a highly carbonated and foamy finish.

This is a great tasting hefeweizen. It's complex in taste but the sharp carbonation is very distracting when I would like a more bready feeling. It's refreshing to drink but I don't think more than two on a hot day and one any other time.

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

Pours a hazy, wheaty colour. Cannot see through the haze. Nice looking beer. Scents of yeast and wheat shine through. Tastes very crisp, yet lacking some clovey flavour, which I like in hefeweizens. Smooth on the palate. Very clean. A bit thin. Nice beer, needs some "tweaking".

Photo of Evocatus
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden wheat color, head was white and bubbly, decent thickness. Aroma was very apparent. A mix of sweet wheat, cloves, and bananas. Taste was similar to the aroma. A good amount of sweetness, but different kinds (banana and wheat). Clove taste was there going down. Good carbonation and body. Overall excellent taste and drinkability.

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

Not gonna waste your time with the flavors and ingredients....the bottle does a fine job of letting you know what's what. So what is this beer? Simply put, it's to wheat beer what Sour Diesel is to glaucoma medication...THE DANKEST BATCH!! Can't say enough about the quality of this hefeweizen. It's like drinking pure sunshine.

Photo of rarbring
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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 +8.4%
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%
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 -1.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -3.9%
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 +1.5%
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 -3.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +7.1%
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 +6.2%
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 +5.4%
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 +5.2%
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%
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 +6.4%
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.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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