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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,334 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,334
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 182
Gots: 285 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of NicholasSchell
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy gold, 1 1/2 finger of dense white head with a moderately slow dissipation time down to a ring thin ring around the glass with light lacing.

S- Banana bread, clove, bubblegum, lemon. This is an amazing example of the style. Light hop aroma.

T- No hop bitterness, same flavors come through as described in the smell.

M- Tingly carbonation but not overpowering, light-medium body.

D- Average ABV and no overly strong flavors make this very session worthy.

Photo of Superdaunte
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After traveling to Europe and tasting their Hefeweizen I have found nothing that compares here in America. Until my friend recommended this fine Hefe from Sierra Nevade Brewing Company. This beer has a full body of flavor, and is very easy to drink. Goes down very smooth and is not too heavy, one of the best Hefeweizens I have ever tasted, and the only Hefeweizen I have tasted in America that I would willingly purchase again!

Photo of generalnotsew
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: I don't know what to compare it to. It is about the most transparent shade of yellow I have ever seen. I can see the bubbles everywhere. Don't think I poured hard enough (I am a Hefeweizen virgin) so no head. The bubbles are mesmerizing.

S: Heavy on the banana with the clove following up in the rear. I have had a Tripel before and seems like a less aggressive version of that. Oh yeah! This is pleasant.

T: A little spicy tartness upfront that quickly fades away into the banana/bubblegum. It is like a two toned beer.

M: Not too heavy and not too light. Carbonation played down really well.

D: What can I say? I can drink this easier than water. And it is sessionable. This is the easiest drinking fluid I ever put in my mouth.

This is a really interesting style to give to your non craft drinkers. Hell, give them one and don't even tell them it is beer. I doubt they would ever know. Went full on yeast 2/3 of the way. Heh. It looks kind of like a worm in there. Very cloudy. Not that much different. Just kind of funky.

Photo of Gyle41386
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a pale golden color. Two fingers of white foam retain well and leave some sticky lacing on the glass.

Aroma is of pale wheat, bubblegum, banana, cloves, pear...pretty spot on for a hefeweizen.

Flavor follows...sweetish malt, lightly tart lemon, some grain, and all of those familiar hefeweizen flavors, with some spice clinging to the tongue after the dry finish.

Body is medium...carbonation level is appropriate. Crisp and refreshing. Ridiculously easy drinker - it's hard to slow down and savor. Another quality brew from Sierra Nevada. Big shocker, I know.

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

I am sometimes wary of Americanized hefes but this was a very good rendition. I have noticed Sierra Nevada introducing more and more varities and some good ones to boot. Poured a nice, multi-hued haze. Smell was rich with wheat and yeast. Taste was smooth and very palatable with complex spice, banana, and a hint of citrus. Cheers!

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

Couldn't believe I actually had not had this one before. Decided to crack it open last night and give it a whirl. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 01/27/2010.

The pour was very nice, crystal clear and golden in color with a nice head of white that rose up and over the top, settling down nicely with bit of a broken head that hung around on the sides of the glass for just a little bit before fading in its entirety. Aroma was light at first but began to grow on me after a while. Smooth notes of light grain, hints of grassy notes and a light bit of bready tones are al easily picked up here now. Crisp and very clean taste. Well carbonated with a light and refreshing body that I really found to be quite enjoyable I have to admit. Rolling through it seemed to have a light fruit notes in the mid palate and a light, slightly drying kick in the finish that made me look forward to going back in for another sip as soon as possible!

Overall a very session able and very enjoyable light offering from Sierra. Again nothing but quality is delivered from them time and time again.

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen on a crisp and clear late January night in A-town.

A: An average hefe in its look, with lower than optimally dense body appearance, but with a fine, frothy three cm head with lasting, rubbery retention. Skinny legs.

S: Spicy and fruity, with a clove burst upfront and a subterranean banana smoothness. Light and joyful, but not brilliant.

T: This is a clever one--extremely delicate and lightweight, with a soft Hefe fingerprint, yet intriguing, and, eventually, addicting. The banana fruitiness is more prominent than the clove spiciness of a stronger Hefe giving the beer a subdued, yet attractive flavor.

M: Much like the nose and the taste, light and pleasant, and spiked with a very soft spicy finish.

D: The highlight. Fluffy, buoyant, tiptoeing. A beautiful summer grill-out brew. A session indeed. Makes me yearn for the 9 o'clock sundown.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, even milky lemon yellow with a nice one-finger head that retains to the end and leaves some broken sheets of lacing.

Smells sweet, with spicy clove and an earthy yeast presence. A touch of grassiness.

All of the smells are present in the flavor. The thing that's different about this Hefe is that all of the flavors show up in the finish. It starts a touch bland and then everything hits at once.

Mouthfeel is smooth with even, crisp carbonation. Medium body, even slightly fullish for the style.

Not bad at all for a brewery that specializes in a completely different style of beer altogether. Maybe this has been around for a while, but this is the first I've seen it and was surprised that SN would bother with a Hefe. Glad they did though.

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a leftover from summer at the fabulous Neil St. Piccadilly, so I grabbed one as I made my sampling rounds yesterday. Cloudy yellow-orange with practically no head. Oozes banana, vanilla, and clove aromas--really nice.

Delicious sweet-spice mix. Banana and clove unquestionably carry the day, but a dash of pepper lurks in the background, as does some welcome lemon zest; impressive. The mouthfeel has a soda-like zest that, while I'd prefer more malt smoothness, is not off-putting.

I was honestly a bit surprised to see how quickly drained my pint glass. Kellerweis is a fabulous representative of the Hefeweizen style, one that Hefe fans should embrace and stock by the sixer when it appears. Delicious.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Left in my fridge by a fellow BA, so I guess I'll have to drink it.

a - pours a bright golden color, super cloudy, one-finger white head with little retention or lacing

s - great traditional hefe aroma, big notes of banana and clove dominate with a lighter lemon aroma, not very complex, but spot on for the style

t - much like the aroma, the taste is pure banana and clove, the spiciness isn't overwhelming at all though, hints of lemon and orange, alcohol is very muted, very refreshing

m - light-to-medium bodied, on the higher side for carbonation, very active in the mouth, well-balanced finish, no alcohol warming

d - extremely drinkable, many hefes wear on my palate with the spice, but this hits the right balance, alcohol is virtually non-existant

Photo of jovy1097
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

Appearance: Straw colored, hazy with a 1" head that quickly goes down to a film. Not a resilient head.

Smell: Fruity familiar hefe smell with a yeast background, a hint of banana and yogurt. I can smell what resembles the smell of rubber balloons also, but not in a bad way.

Taste: Banana, tangy lemon zest with some vanilla yogurt and spice sneaking in too. Very slightly bitter at the end - just enough to give it a nice smack.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture that is quite smooth going down. Plenty enough carbonation. Medium body to it.

Drinkability: This is the perfect drink for any hot day when you want something refreshing and not filling. Scores a perfect 10 on the refresh-o-meter. Not sweet and syrupy - just right.

Comments: Every quaff made me want to come back for more. I think it measures up against any German hefeweizen. The best part about it is that it's far more readily available, fresher, and cheaper than imported hefe's. This is my idea of an everyday beer. Perfect also for someone wanting to try their first craft beer or hefeweizen. A good beer for those who don't like beer.

Photo of acelin
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful creamy golden color, like honey with a dab of milk.

S: Bananas, bananas, bananas! A good load o' wheat that blows over my nostrils.

T: Creamier than your average wheat beer - I would not say this is like a German wheat beer, but more like beers in the American Wheat category. Fruity with a hint of spice, this beer is a good example of a wheat beer.

M: Kind of watery, but thicker than the average wheat beer.

D: Very. Great during the summer I bet!

Photo of MOB210SA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 finger, seems to be quickly dissappearing. SLightly hazy, a pale golden in color.

Agree with others, with a good bananna aroma. but a lot of clove and some spiciness. Almost belgian reminiscent with the spice to the nose. More power than the average Hefe.

This is a nicely carbonated, better than average hefe, good body, not as light and "nothing too it" like some others. Good and light but enough backbone to it to keep you entertained and wanting more. Taste is similar to the nose with the spices, bananna, and a, IMO, Belgian-esque cloviness crossed in.

Light, bubbly, crisp. Mouthfeel is awesome.

Drinkability is good, its light, its flavorful, and nice mouthfeel. Could call this one a sessionable offering.

After reading the label lastly, Im glad my review isnt far off.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - The beer poured a hazy golden color that I thought appeared a little darker than it should. The beer also produced a very nice white head that dissolved too quickly.

S - The beer produced a nice banana aroma and perhaps some other fruits and spices.

T - The taste was a lot better than expected, although I am not sure why, as SN is a quality brewery. Follows the nose very well but you also get the wheat taste that you expect from this style of beer.

M/D - The beer was somewhere between a light to medium body, very smooth and balanced with a good level or carbonation, as expected from the style. But the best aspect of this beer is its drinkability; this is a beer that I could drink all day, exceptional drinkability. Overall, this is a very well done representation of the style, but as to be expected from a quality brewer.

Photo of brendan13
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow with a 2cm white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Clove spice and banana.
T - Clove spice and banana like the smell as well as malted wheat.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a high carbonation level.
D - A very nice, sessionable Hefeweizen.

Photo of einmt33
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy golden color, with very nice head a lacing. Nice fruity aromas blended with subtle wheat and fruity tones including banana as suggested on the bottle. Nice zing and excellent well balanced flavor, decent mouthfeel as well. Very impressed by this beer, wish the weather was warmer here to enjoy it.

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

A: This poured a nice golden yellow, slightly on the pastel side, but very hazy and refreshing looking. Didn't really maintain much head, but it looks as though there is some good lacing going on.

S: I pick up the smell of the banana they incorporate into the beer, but I still feel that the wheat is somewhat overbearing, but still a good smell none the less.

T: Outstanding taste, the beer really develops as it dances on your pallet allowing the spicy clove to do some interesting things to the normal wheat flavor.

M: Felt a bit too watery to me, but that's just personal preference.

D: Overall, good beer, but that mouthfeel really killed it for me.

Best of luck in your findings, surely give this beer a shot.

-Cheers.

Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellowish hue. Fluffy and creamy white head that yields strong retention throughout. Spotted lacing.

S: Aromas of pear, peach, and ginger. Even some citrus fruit undertones. Pleasant and balanced.

T: Honey soaked bananas with subtle lemon and spicy biscuit balance. Cloves and pinch of sweetness that adds to the refreshing quality.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Once again I'm impressed by the consistency, availability, quality, and price SN is putting out. Very drinkable and compliments dover sole fish tacos.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A good 2 inches of head that faded in a reasonable amount of time. Strong smells of clove,yeast and bananas. Yeast biscuit-like flavors are strongest. Lighter lemon, banana, and spices like clove and some minor pepper flavors poke through. Mouth feel is very light and watery. Drinkability is high and this is a very refreshing brew. This is probably the best Hefeweizen I have had, I enjoyed it the most.

Photo of superdudeo
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found this just the other day at the liquor store. I could have sworn that only a few weeks ago they had just one Sierra Nevada offering. Today they had over 6 kinds---all neatly placed next to one another in the cooler like some beautiful drunken rainbow! Great job on the presentation, Downtown Liquors!

Oh my! The head was considerable and, like Terry Francona, showed no sign of going away. After fighting through the jungle of rich foam, I was treated to an aroma of clover and banana. It was subtle, much like the hazy yellow color.

Looking back at the bottle, I saw a slim ring of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. I only mention this because when I homebrew I won't have to fight to clean off a thick ring.

The taste was light and refreshing. It wasn't light and watery like Bud Light wheat. Rather, it was light in a way that is perfect for the style. Oftentimes, hefeweizens can have a syrupy, thick feel. Sierra Nevada's was crisp and not too biscuty. Unlike most offerings by Sierra Nevada, the first sip went down as smoothly as the first. I was not expecting this from Sierra Nevada but was pleasantly surprised nevertheless. Great work!

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/26/2009 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow color body, with a big rocky foamy white head, somewhat lasting. Strong aroma of banana and some clove. Strong spiciness when inhaled deeply. Very fruity too. Light taste, some sweetness that tempers towards the end. Enticing, want to drink more. Very light, almost watery. Somewhat refreshing.

Photo of obywan59
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pouring down the side, I have to wait for the head to settle in my weizen glass. When I finally emptied the bottle, I had a 3 1/2 finger white head towering over my glass. Light to moderate lacing. Golden yellow to light orange appearance reminds me of pineapple juice.

My first whiff was all citrus, but then it settled down to banana and cloves. The second glass, I chilled harder and it gave a bit of a funky smell as well.

Major banana and cloves for me. Moderate sweetness and some light citrus (lemon).

Moderate body and a bit of a bite that runs all the way down the throat. Creamy. Again, similar to pineapple juice.

Easy to drink and with plenty of flavor to boot.

Overall, I'd agree, this would make a good summer brew. Even with the extra thickness, it's still an easy drink, and the fruity banana and citrus tastes would go down well on a hot summer's night. Still, it's substantial enough to enjoy in the winter.

Photo of mdagnew
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk

Poured a hazy light golden yellow colour... White head poured fairly thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice bubblegum and banana notes, clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, quite wheaty, some breadiness, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, fairly strong banana and clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon, pear), salty, quite floral - hints of lily, honey, grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent example of a hefe and as good as most German ones i've had...

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass I can't help but feel a little shortchanged and wishing that the serving size was closer to the 500 ml I'm used to from a hefe, but that is a minor quibble. As it is it's a turbid yellow topped by a respectable amount of head, but this dies down rather disappointingly in the end.

The aroma is luscious, with a large dose of banana and just a hint of lemon all with a nice sheaf of wheat underneath it all.

The taste follows, and I find myself wanting to use the word luscious again. A nice wheat and malt sweetness against a lot of banana with only a hint of clove all with a nice pinch of acidity in the finish.

This stands shoulder to shoulder with any of its Bavarian counterparts but at the same time I guess I always hope that American brewers will have their own take on styles, but this one feels like more of the same. That said it's a tremendously good beer and I like it a lot.

Photo of goldbot
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Appearance is very hazy/cloudy banana yellow, with thick white head. Lots of carbonation present, good lacing on the glass.

Light citrus notes and banana aromas. Also some earthy spice - clove and coriander. Banana is prevalent for taste. Lots of wheat and grain flavors. Finishes tart and lemony with ample spice and floral notes.

Very light body, almost airy. Overall this beer goes down extremely smooth in all categories. And with low ABV, this is a great session beer.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,334 ratings.