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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,375
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 317 | 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 thedrewski86
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color, 1/2" white head with some lacing. Nice banana and clove smell just like the bottle says. The yeast is very nice in the taste of this, it's a really good summer hefe. Good carbonation, medium body. Very nice.

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

Look: Deep golden, cloudy, medium head with decent retention & lacing

Smell: Banana, clove, grain

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Banana, cloves - spot on!

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation

Drinkability: Very crisp and refreshing!

Overall Impression: It was much better than I thought it would be. SN is known for hoppy beers with a lot of emphasis on citrus, so I was kinda expecting some strange Americanized version of German Classic, but that was not the case here. It's damn good! This is a great style for Newbeez to check out. This ain't no Shocktop - it's the real deal

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

Hazy gold color, with notes of orange around the edges. Not fully hazed, but definitely not clear; somewhere in the middle of filtration spectrum (at least from the tap). Pale wheat, slightly sweet on the nose, with plenty of banana - clove and spice are a second fiddle here.

The flavor is spot-on for this style; hefeweizen yeast brings the banana hard, clove is a solid backup, not much wheat-chaff flavor. Fairly sweet, but the finish is clean and dry enough not to be cloying. Smooth mouthfeel for easy drinking - nothing superlative, just...nice.

Solid weissbier from a solid brewery.

Photo of cnally
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice subtle label appearance, I love it. Looks sophisticated.

The body of the beer is a slightly hazy gold, a clean white head sticks a little to the side of the glass, and carbonation bubbles abound.

Aromas of banana, malt, yeasts, and very floral to boot.

The flavors are rich and full. The sweet taste comes from its fruitiness, with elements of white grape and banana. The finish relinquishes some of the sweet for a balanced hop bitterness, smooth all the way through. Wow.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard in a good beer, well carbonated, nice body but not too heavy.

An exemplary example of the hefe. Just all around a fantastic beer, and mighty tasty.

Here is a thought: would be the perfect crossover beer for someone who drinks BMC but isn't into crafts. This beer is mellow, but amplifies all the positive traits of what people expect in beer.

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

Purchased on military base @ $7/24...hard to pass up.

Enjoyed in a tulip glass.
Very aromatic from the start-strong esters in this one. Beautiful color with nice amount of yeast present to tie the appearance together at the end of the pour. Yeast taste is subtle but certainly present.
Cloves and fruity.
Fun hefe...and at this price i'll certainly be enjoying a few cases.

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very murky yellow and brown. Absolutely opaque. 2 fingers of quickly receding head. No visible carbonation. I like the look of this beer, except that the lack of much head and and the dense murkiness make it look a little unappealing.

S - Smell is strong banana and slight alcohol. No hoppiness to the smell.

T - Great refreshing banana and fruit taste to this beer. Similar to Allagash White, although not as spicy; good for the style. Nice citrus tones and unoffensively light.

MF - Smooth and light overall. Very dry finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Complex enough to want to go back and very tasty at that.

Photo of jbone78
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American Pint. I'm not a huge wheat fan and I wouldn't run out and buy this, but it has some merit. Yellow hazy color with light lace on the glass. Smells and Taste of cloves. I dig it at first, but gets old. Also has a slight taste of banana with a yeast finish. Lightly carbonated and somewhat smooth. Not a bad beer, just not my style.


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

Twelve ounces into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Nice golden-orange with suspended yeastiness throughout. Atop this a three finger weiss head that leaves bits of round lace hear and there.

S: The nose is very Weizen. Banana-clove-pink bubblegum.

T: Two-row Pale, Wheat, and München malts provide the clovey-banana flavor then comes a bit more spice from the Sterling hops. Ends dry, spicy, and befriedigend.

M: A little more watery than some of the creamy German varieties that I have had. But this one is good smooth with just the right carbonation.

D: Drinkability is a-one. The last few Sierra Nevada brews I have tried are very good!

Photo of ispeakfree
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had limited encounters with the weissebier family, and most of which have left me unimpressed. Fortunately, the Sierra Nevada experience was a superb one.

Bought a 6 pack, poured into a 16 oz glass mug (not a weissen glas, for shame)

Appearance- Golden yellow, hazy- reminds me of a summer day, head of cream-white about 3 fingers

Smell- medium strength smell, mainly of bananas and grain, some citrus scents, nothing compelling

Taste- Redefining for me in terms of wheat beers. Start is smooth- light on hops and banana/citrus, finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- bright and crisp, not too heavy on the palate

Drinkability- Relatively smooth- certainly not a beer for chugging, but not difficult at all.

Would recommend and will be buying again, especially spring and summer.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz split between weizen glasses.

Hazed lemon yellow beer and this certainly is a weizen with its fluffy, poofy tower of head.

Proceeding to the nose, there is more evidence of this beer's German ancestry. Clove and banana centric aromas abound. There is some bubble gum also, and this is the first time I've smelled that in any beer.

More banana and clove esters. Wheat bread with a little sweetness is tempered by some light but blunt bitterness. There is a little sourness or lemon flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but not effervescent, and that's what I'm desiring right now. The beer isn't refreshing, isn't quenching as it ought to be. This could just be the season or my mood, but to me hefeweizens are quintessentially refreshing.

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

Pours a muted, murky gold color that glows nicely when held up to the light. The head is a finger high and consists of light white foam that dissipates after about a minute, leaving behind some moderate lacing.

Banana, spices, and a solid amount of wheat gives this a pretty good aroma. Pretty fragrant, too, and a good amount of each ingredient.

Kellerweis is humble and tasty. Not overpowering or medicinal, as some hefeweizens can tend to be, this is just right. Grains, sweet malt, and that banana-clove combo comes back again.

The mouthfeel is good as well. Smooth and slightly crisp due to the amount of carbonation present. Medium-light body with a slightly dry finish.

Overall this is a very drinkable hefeweizen, and I'm not the biggest fan of wheat beers out there. Tasty, crisp, and a looker to boot, this is a very well-put-together beer. But I wouldn't expect any less from the folks at Sierra Nevada.

Photo of Reidrover
3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovelly looking beer in the pint glass, hazy pale orange, witha nice sized tight white head. Aroma is pretty simplistic for a hefe..subdued spice and some bubble gum. tste is as simple and subdued as the aroma..with some faint earth yeast in the end. Pretty average on the palate in all respects. Not a great hefe at all, quite dissapointed.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours out the classic hazy glowing orange of the best hefeweizens out there, the difference here being in the size and duration of the head which remains no more than an eighth of an inch or so above the beer for the duration of this particular review.

S: Zesty banana, clove and lemon, maybe even a little bit of bubble gum.

T/MF: Mouthfeels of orange blossom and that familiar, cloudy wheat/yeast herbally and spicy goodness. Really does not go beyond here. I am not going to force flavors on this beer, suffice to say that what is described here is bold with a mouthfeel that is rich and feels genuine rather than that forced carbonated waterniess that is a hallmark of some of the less reputable hefes out there.

D: Drinks very easy, tastes much bigger than it is at 4.8% and leaves little to be desired. A great addition to the regular line up of Sierra Nevada beers.

Photo of kegger22
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen was a yellow color with a one finger white head that showed good retention.

The aroma was malty sweet and lightly fruity, banana.

The taste was sweet, pears, bubblegum, but I got no banana out of it.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, smooth, oily and adequately carbonated.

The drinkability was very good; low ABV, good taste and good price.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this brew, not being a fan of hefe's, but it was a pleasure.

Photo of icetraxx
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange, just like any typically good hefe. Pours a rather small two finger head that is sort of creamy, though not as creamy as some of the German-made hefes. The head quickly reduces to a single finger. Lacing and head retention are poor for a hefeweizen. the head soon dissipates to a pitiful cap.

S: Quite a bit of clove and spicy from the German hops, malt is pretty strong as well. Banana and fruit like esters aren't as strong as some hefes, but are definitely prevalent and the banana is rather aromatic. There is a bit of a sweet and sour overtone to the aroma, as well as some biscuity goodness.

T: This is surprisingly a banana-dominate hefe, considering the spicy aroma. As you drink it, the spiciness comes out and balances the banana somewhat. The finish is surprisingly long, and the after-taste holds onto the banana esters (I dislike this attribute). There is a bit of tannin-like astringency in this one that I don't get in some of the best hefes (Weihenstephan, Schneider Original). This one is on the sweet side (like Hacker-Pschorr) and isn't balanced very well by hop bitterness. Bubblegum is a bit too strong and masks the flavors of the malts while exacerbating their sweetness. Absolutely nothing in the taste of this beer sticks out, this is your typical basic hefeweizen.

M: One of the creamiest wheat beers I've ever had. Medium bodied from the suspended yeast; not thick enough to reduce the refreshing aspect of a hefeweizen. Excellent carbonation.

D: Pretty refreshing, so the drinkability is pretty high. This one is a bit sweet and heavy to be perfectly drinkable.

O: German wheat beers require a giant billowing head that sticks around in my book, this one fails to accomplish this. Otherwise, this is a good incarnation of the hefeweizen from an American brewer, but one I do not care to drink again. Absolutely nothing interesting is going on in this beer that isn't done better by other hefes, extremely boring overall.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy and hazey amber color with a very qick head and no retention for a hefeweizen.

Lovely yeast aroma of banana nut bread, cloves, some bubblegum, and sweet toasted wheat bread.

You get some bubblegum upfront after each sip. Then the bananas and other standard yeasty malt goodness runs its course through your mouth. Bananas, cloves, sweet tasted wheat bread. But add to that a semi gypsum dryness and grainy grist of a palate. And you have a damn good hefe.

This is an easy and enjoyable session hefe. This is something you drink while sitting on a chair on your front porch shootig the breeze with someone important to you.

Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is potent and of banana and orange with some yeast tones. At first taste there was little to nothing there in terms of subtlety and flavor. After it warmed, it improved dramatically; the flavors of a true Hefe come out for a short stint, however, the Hefe character is cut off prematurely by the end note, which is fairly acrid, dry, and even somewhat watery. A much more authentic american attempt at a Hefe, but I think years of German tradition and experience seem to give them the leg up when it comes to making one of these.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden hue. I was suprised with how much head this beer has even with a slow pour. Head retention is good, and lacing is very nice.

S: Malt is dominant, with grassy notes, bread, and a hint of banana. Hops are faint, but lend a bit of citrus to the nose.

T: Banana is very prominent up front, with bread, spice, and straw. There are other fruity elements that I cannot pick out. Hops dry out the finish, making the beer crisp and very refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied. This has more girth than other beers of this style from the US. It has a silky mouthfeel and a short, but pleasant finish.

D: This may turn out to be my "on the porch watching the ballgame" brew. Very tasty. No matter what time of year, this brew will find itself in my frige quite a few times more.

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

A - Pours a murky yellow orange with a hint of brown after pouring in the yeast. One finger of white head with good retention.

S - Citrus fruits, with a bit of banana and yeast. Smell is not as strong as I expected, but nice.

T - Taste is light and refreshing. Yeasty and citrusy. Same as the smell, not quite as bold as I'd like, but tasty overall.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good as well. Will be great in the spring and summertime.

Notes - Overall a nice hefe, but just doesn't seem to quite have the strength of flavor that I'd like.

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

A - Pours a hazy yellow color with a one finger bright white head. This is much murkier than their typical American hefe.

S - Smells of yeast, banana, and citrus fruits.

T - Fairly standard hefeweizen taste. Plenty of wheat and yeast notes. Citrus fruits are a plenty. The malt definitely has a clean bready taste.

M - Light and smooth. Just right for the style.

D - This is a great grab and go six pack beer. 4.8% alcohol allows you to drink multiple bottles without being impaired. Will be great in the summer with some BBQ.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light yellow-golden color with a very thin white head. Not bad, but not stellar for a Hefe.

Smell: very solid, wheaty aroma; quite nice with a little citrus and a little banana. Pretty good.

Taste: capital! Light, smooth flavor with citrus and banana and just a hint of hops in the bottom. Easily my favorite American hefewizen.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with low carbonation. It works, but I feel like it could be smoother or creamier.

Drinkability: Kellerweis is kind of all over the place on my scoreboard. Great taste but there's still a little work to be done. That said, it's incredibly tasty and very refreshing.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a thick hazey golden color with a big white head to crown the glass.
S: the smell only intensified my appetite for this brew. Sweet hay and citrus and coriander graced the nose.
T: this is where the beer lost me. There is a tasty banana flavor hitting the front pretty hard bu dies out quickly and leaves this nasty skunk bitter taste afterwards. I would
never expect this from a Sierra Nevada brew so I am assuming I got a bad batch. I'll definitely try it again at some point and probably modify my post.
M/D: the beer wasn't flat but felt flat and light something I didn't expect from a Hefe. Because of the taste and feel it wasn't very drinkable it took me forever to get the desire to drink the next in the six pack.

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

Pours a orange, golden hue. Average amount of lacing. Yeast residue left in the bottom. Beer is even better if you take the time to get it out with the beer.

Taste has a very prevalent yeast taste, but that is to be expected with the style. The yeast taste Clove is the second prevailing flavor to be noticed. It has a light banana smell, as well as taste. A slight bitter taste is easily picked up with bigger sips.

Carbonation is very strong, but it helps make the beer very crisp. The beer is very drinkable and will leave you craving more.

Overall a great American hefeweizen for you to try.

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

Pours a heavy hazy golden color with a thick white head. (Take the time to get the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle.) Average lacing.

Love the aroma. Cloves, coriander, and apricot notes. Very yeasty, but what do you expect!

Subtle fermented fruit taste up front: lightly sour with a hint of paper napkin. Biscuit dough is there, too.

Medium body, with soft carbonation. Long finish with lingering spiciness.

Very pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of jbowers56
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden colour. Minimal head and very little retention for some reason.

Banana, clove, honey sweetness and other light fruit esters are all there.

Similar to the nose. Typical hefe with good amounts of banana, bready malt, a little clove, bubblegum. Yummy.

Carbonation is somehow different to that of a german hefe. Still very fizzy but quite different.

Like a good hefeweizen, it is insanely drinkable. On a hot day I could slay these like it was nobodies business.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,375 ratings.