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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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3,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,448
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 206
Gots: 380 | 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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Ratings: 3,448 | Reviews: 1,262
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

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a cloudy dark yellow with a giant 2 finger white head. So puffy! Lacing is solid.

S- light aroma of lemon and maybe some slightly sour hops. Smell is barely there.

T- faint taste of banana and clove. Very subtle flavors, nothing that beats you over the face with intensity. Almost a little too mild

M- feel is good. Has some carbonation in there that isn't overwhelming. Almost feels like...drinking a cloud, if thats possible. The foaminess is more than prevalent. Interesting..

D- pretty drinkable, if only because its not that flavorful and has that interesting texture. Not a very strong hefe, but it is what it is...a session with minimal flavor

Photo of KazikliBey
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most impressive offering from a bigger brewery. Very complex flavor and aroma. Can't say enough good about this one, it's entirely drinkable, and even the price is acceptable.

Hat's off to the brew master(s) he/she/they have developed a real winner with this one.

Photo of ericj551
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours a cloudy light orange with a nice fully head. Crisp tart wheat and dry yeasty clove come through in the aroma. The flavor is tart wheat upfront with plenty of estery, slightly powdery yeast. The finish is surprisingly sweet with more chalky yeast character lingers. Nice to see a good Hefe brewed here, there are too many "American Hefeweizens" that lack character and come across as a bland wheat beer.

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

Pours rich golden yellow with a stiff white head that fades fast. Nose is classic banana and waxy yeast. Banana bread and honey malts with prickly allspice. On the full side of medium, some chew, a bit creamy.

Nothing innovative, just a solid balanced weizen; a bit fuller, rounder and less sharp than some Germans.

Photo of axeman9182
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy lemon yellow into my Duvel tulip, with a 2.5 finger white crown that forms quickly and fades slowly. Lacing is a bit of a letdown though. The nose is largely of banana, though clove is definitely appreciable as well. The taste follows suit in that banana is dominant rather than clove, and there's an undercurrent of vanilla sweetness from the wheat running through the whole thing. The carbonation is a bit too much, it becomes overly prickly at times, but otherwise the mouthfeel is solid, as the wheat lends the beer a certain smoothness. As with any good hefe, Kellerweis is very quaffable, but the previously mentioned carbonation level keeps it from matching with the best in the style.

Photo of mytireisfat
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. First with leaving a half inch of beer at bottom, then with pouring 3/4 into glass then swirling bottle and pour rest into glass.

A: One finger head that retains well, little lacing, cloudy yellow color, lots of bubbles. yeast at bottom of bottle.

S: Fruity smell, and hops smell when leaving half inch of beer at bottom. when mixing yeast, the yeast had an over powering smell of yeast.

T: Same as smell. a bit to light. didn't pick up a whole lot. little to light. when mixing yeast with beer, had a over powering yeast taste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: easy to drink. a bit to weak for a hefeweizen. the first beer i had i poured the whole thing in, leaving about a half inch of beer to keep yeast out. got some smell and flavor out of it making it an ok beer. then i read the bottle( i alway read the bottle after i have my first beer so it doesnt change my own idea of the beer). it says to pour 2 thirds of the beer then swirl and pour the rest. after doing this on my second, the yeast was to over powering. really didnt like it after doing this. For the rest of the six pack ill stick to leaving the yeast out. wont buy again. would drink again tho, if its free...

Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, mit hefe, into a tall weizen glass.

A - Cloudy yellowish gold with a nice white foamy head. Couple nice rings of white lace form.

S - Some spice hits the nose with a tiny touch of fruitiness.

T - Nice flavor. Spiciness with a touch of banana.

M - Medium carbonation with a very smooth feel.

D - Nice, sessionable ABV combined with the fact that SN pulled off a nice hefe makes this a good beer to reach for drinkability-wise when you're in the mood for a hefe.

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

Poured a hazy golden sunny color with lively carbonation, producing a pillowy thick head. Not much lacing down the glass. Smelled slightly of bananas and clove, yeasty. Taste was similar, but when coupled with the cold liquid is very pleasurable. The fruity part of the flavor is just there enough to be delicious, but does not overwhelm; it just refreshes. A great beer (and style) for most foods.
Mouhtfeel was very good, the carbonation cleans the pallette; and drinkability is very high, a leading session beer for sure. Nice to see such a tasty Hefe that is domestic, and not from abroad.

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

Appearance: Opaque golden in color. Thick head with no lace.
Smell: Citrus, yeasty malts, slight banana notes.
Taste: Wonderful! Citrus with strong yeast/breadiness. Slight metallic twang in the background.
Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel with clean crisp carbonation.
Drinkability: Damn good IMO. Not the truest representation of a hefe but it is very good. This is one of my go to beers.

Photo of Axic10
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with originally two fingers of fluffy foam due to shaking up the yeast before pouring the rest into the glass. Head settles to half a finger. Good looking Hefeweizen.

Smell: Pleasant aroma of banana, clove and other spices, and a slight citrus character. Very nice smelling beer.

Taste: Banana, bready malt, yeast, clove and spices hit at the end. Sierra Nevada nailed this one.

Mouthfeel: Not quite light bodied but not quite medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: I would put this as the new standard for gateway craft beers, ironically replacing SNPA (IMO). A very enjoyable session beer that won't offend too many palates. A steal of a deal for an $8 six pack, will be bringing this to cook outs this summer for sure.

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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%
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 +6.2%
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 +16.3%
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%
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 +9.4%
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 +4%
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 +16%
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 +16.5%
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 +6.2%
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 +3%
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 -4.2%
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

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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