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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

3,000 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,000
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
Gots: 148 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Amalak

New York

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

A-Poured brilliantly into a pint glass. Gold in color, basically opaque, with a good head and lace.
S-Strong wheat scent to it.
T-The wheat is actually fairly mild as far as taste. Slightly sweet. To be honest, because of its mild overtones, it's a really solid summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 19:47:56 | More by Amalak
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fishtownhxc

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally able to find this beer around my neck of the woods. excellent hefeweizen, in fact, one of the better ones i've had and certainly one of the best ones made by any american brewery that i've had. more on the spicy side than the fruity banana/clove side, which is perfectly fine, but i personally like a bit more of the banana shining through. either way, excellent example of the style, and at such an affordable price, you really can't go wrong. sierra nevada again proves why they've been in business for so long.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 14:53:41 | More by fishtownhxc
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sleazo

New York

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

A_Pours a hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off white head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles into a smallish cap. Other than that it looks like a hefe.

S_Strong banana and bubble gum aromas with a background clove hit.

T_Banana up front with a clove finish much like the smell. The finish is sweet and hits with a bit of the bubblegum. Fairly yeasty overall with a nice spicy aftertaste.

M_Creamy and rich. Perhaps a bit too creamy for the style it is still enjoyable as the thickness of the liquid makes the whole beer sort of sing. There is a nice effervescence in the followthrough.

D_Very nice for an American hefeweizen. It is a little too bold perhaps in terms of flavour and feel but I feel t does work overall. Another winner from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 03:21:40 | More by sleazo
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden yellow haze, fluffy head, looks spot on. The smell is also exactly what you would expect, banana and cloves but nice. Flavor is nice solid hefe, yeasty and delicious. I am not partial to hefeweizens but this is a good example and way too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:10:47 | More by ArrogantB
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kingcrowing

Vermont

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

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Nice deep golden color, very smooth and cloudy with a small white head. Very classic hefe look. Very sharp taste, light body. I think it's slightly over carbonated but it's still good. Some banana and other spices in the flavor I think it's a good hefewizen but it's too light in body and the flavor is a little weak for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:04:35 | More by kingcrowing
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

As much anticipation as this beer brings, Kellerweis does a very good job living up to the expectations. The pour brings a classic look- cloudy yellow-golden color with thick, froathy head formation just off of stark white. Great lacing and retention. Estery banannas, papayas, pineapples, and pears are tempered with phenolic clove, white pepper, and flowery-herbal hops. Nice moderate layers of flavors and aromas keep the beer from boredom or mediocracy. Richly textured with a creamy, velety mouthfeel that weakens just before the finish. Pretty clean and refreshing in the aftertaste; obviously designed for summertime comsumption. Similar to Ayinger Brau Weiss, but with milder fruit and clove flavor and lighter body. An overall pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:53:53 | More by BEERchitect
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damienblack

Massachusetts

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

Pours a shimmery, hazy golden. Huge fluffy head, great retention, excellent lacing left all the way down the glass. Smells like harsh wheat, not the greatest bouquet out there. A bit lemony. Taste is excellent, very smooth wheat without that artificial metallic flavor some get. Lemony without that sharp zest, and almost a vanilla flavor in the background. Very creamy, great presence, yet also is very slippery off the tongue. Nice and light for the summer, and goes down super easy. A great low-abv yet well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 04:47:57 | More by damienblack
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Poured into a small pint glass, this hefe comes out a hazy peach-skin color with a small white head. The nose is highly fruity with a few spicy phenols. Very good german weizen flavor, with a bubblegum fruitiness together with a nice cloviness. Bitterness is appropriately low, but higher than in many examples, drying the finish a bit. Could benefit from some more carbonation, but otherwise the body is light and refreshing.

A definite improvement over the old SN wheat beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:32:49 | More by allengarvin
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

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

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with a large fluffy white head that has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Initial strong aroma of fresh bananas followed closely by cloves and wheat.

Taste reveals a good bit more citrus than originally detected in the nose, but the banana and spices still come through albeit to a lesser extent. Some light notes of honey and wheat can also be detected in the finish.

Medium bodied and goes down smooth. Amazing drinkability for a hot day. I haven't found many takes on this style that have impressed me but this one is very well done and it is a nationally distributed brand that can be found fairly easily. I think I will definitely be picking up some more of this in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 00:49:44 | More by Vengeance526
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JayQue

Virginia

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

This is the first non-hoppy Sierra Nevada beer I really liked. SN does hops as well as anyone but the wheat beer that the Kellerweis replaced was very average. This is a solid hefe.

Pours the pre-requisite straw gold, hazy color with a big head that fades slowly. Not much lacing. Aroma of citrus, cloves, banana and bubble gum - just right!!

Taste is solid as well, same as the aroma. The top hefes are a bit more astringent with slightly bolder flavors, but I'm splitting hairs here. This is a good beer!!

Mouthfeel is good and crisp, might want a hair more bubbles/carbonation but once again - I'm describing the ideal.

Drinkability is great. I could only imagine what this would be like on tap. I could drink this in mass quantities. Very nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 00:11:31 | More by JayQue
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Pours a cloudy gold color with one and a half fingers of rocky white head.

Scent of yeast, earth, clove, banana, and some funk. May not be perfect, but the scent is solid.

Taste of yeast, funk, clove, lemon zest, and some earth. This may not be the best Hefeweizen on the market, but it is damn good. Considering the price and availability I will certainly be buying this one again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:47:14 | More by paco1029384756
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johnrobe

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last it has arrived in TN. I've been looking out for this beer for a while.

SN has managed to make an authentic hefe while making it eminently drinkable, something not all hefe's achieve. More on that later.

This has to be the cloudiest beer I've ever seen. All true hefe's are hazy but looking at this beer, I halfway expected to see chunks of yeast roiling in its murky depths...perhaps a baby Loch Ness monster.

The smell is yeasty with subtle hints of bubblegum and just a whisper of banana and cloves. This is reflected in the flavor as well.

Some hefe's I've tried will knock you down with bubblegum aroma and make you think you're drinking liquid Hubba Bubba. But the yeasty esters are nicely integrated in this SN brew, making it extremely quaffable. There is a slight dextrinous quality to the mouthfeel which gives it some much appreciated body....not that it's thick, just not watery as some lighter ABV brews are prone to being.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 05:33:49 | More by johnrobe
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

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

very excited to review this beer, looks wonderful

Appearance has a cloudy hazy golden color with a soft white pillowy head that leaves some sudsy lacing. The smell upfront is banana, clove, yeast, and bubblegum. The taste is the smell just more upfront. I get the citrus, yeast, wheat, and spice up front and clove and lots of banana in the aftertaste. The banana is very pronounced and taste like sweet ripe bananas, it is excellent. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, medium body with some moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very high, a great American hefe. Definitely the best i've ever had. I'm looking forward to enjoying plenty more of this beer during the rest of this hot Louisiana summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 03:25:03 | More by BayouBengal1537
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, poured into a .5 L weizen glass.

Beautiful hefeweizen yeast cloud suspended in a mustard yellow crayola body. Tall, thick, whipped, cumulonimbus slightly beige white head. Looks great! Heady nose of strong yeast, banana, clove, and a hint of bubblegum. The yeast twang has a slightly funky edge to it which I like. Sweetish wheat bread underneath.

Light wheat bread notes lead off, with a crisp fruit edge. Big yeast flavors follow. Mushy bananas and Cream of Wheat mix with the slightly funky, very bready yeast. Some clove spice in the finish along with a dash of citrus crispness. Full-bodied, protein-rich, wheat-y feel. Refreshing and delicious. A great American made Hefe!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 02:03:55 | More by alexgash
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ouce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a light honey with impressive cloud. Head is one finger and short lived, not leaving much for stick or lace.

Aroma is of light malt, clove and anise. Light rotten banana aroma and fruity bubble gum with a light aroma of citrus.

Flavor is light malt (wheat), a little thin and very crisp. Middle is sweet wheat and yeast. The yeast is slightly sour with a crackly flavor. The doughiness is subdued and the yeast is a little light, the flavor reminds me of a better wit. Slight citrus flavor comes in and leaves without much ado. There is a slightly antiseptic character to the flavor, like some chemicals made thier way into the mash.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well rounded, with soft carbonation and a medium body. Finishes dry and sweet at the same time.

Pretty good weiss, if a little thin. The thin flavor and body is somewaht acceptable given the light grain bill and low ABV. Would make a decent summer time quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 01:57:34 | More by wheatyweiss
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theghost3

Louisiana

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

Pours a cloudy golden with lots of carbonated bubbles. There's a 2-finger white, bubbly head. Lots of soapy lacing.

The smell is really strong of ripe bananas, there's also some yeast and slight herbal hops. The taste is a nice balance of bananas, wheat, yeast, cloves and vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp, and thicker than I expected.

This is a highly drinkable hefe--full-flavored and very refereshing on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:57:21 | More by theghost3
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bgjohnston

Connecticut

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

Good to have my favorite reviewing site back online. I have been holding onto the last couple of these from a 6-pack I tried and enjoyed before the holiday weekend, as this is a beer worth noting and remembering.

Pours very pale and cloudy. Kicks up an impressive white head, especially if you swirl in the yeast sediment as the bottle admonishes you to do.

Smell is distinct, and I admittedly have trouble picking out details with many beers. There is some clove, a lot of banana, and a bit of sweet, maybe yeastiness, all right there before you taste it, and a sip gives you a lot more of the same.

Mouthfeel is full, and gets even bigger if you elect to get more of the yeast into your glass. And yes, you can sip or gulp it, as the low alcohol content won't tell you what to do either way. Finishes dry with the very slightest hint of bittering hops as the other flavors slip from the palate.

I have come to expect hoppy brews from Sierra Nevada. I was wondering what this beer would be like from them, but it proved to be a welcome surprise, resulting in a big change in what I think of when I consider their beers now.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 01:07:49 | More by bgjohnston
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Finn

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a pint glass, creamy, white head stays on top. This weis is a hazy dark yellow, almost orange. The aroma is spicey, clovey, citrusy, with some bananas thrown in there.
This is one smooth beer! Classic banana esters hit the palate at first, opening into a creamy, clovey sort of flavor. The finish ends with a crisp note, not cloying at all. The body is smooth and creamy, and full, with surprisingly moderate carbonation.
Overall drinkability is very high. This is for sure the best american-made hefe I've had. Very full flavor but balanced well enough to enhance drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:41:34 | More by Finn
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

A: a bubbly hazed blonde color with yellow highlights, has some pale straw hues as well. On top sits a thick and sturdy, bright white dollop of foam. As a result, lacing is well above average and spread in the most random order

S: dominant banana in the nose, soft tanginess, and light maltiness with barley. Spices waft around in the nose as well. Overall the smells are mild and in the right, I like

T: much like the nose, banana is king. However, its flavor is augmented and makes me think of a bowl of sliced bananas drizzled with honey and sprinkled with some spices (mainly crushed and ground cloves). Soft wheat notes are favorable and add a certain creamed goodness to the body

M: body is slightly creamy, or at least I think and yet the carbonation is on the strong side. It makes things zestful on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side but offers up enough weight to make a decent stand

D: good beer. I will buy this again. Tasty, and a nice compliment with grilled goods and warm weather. Spot on!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 23:58:09 | More by Magpie14
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seaoflament

California

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

I picked up a bottle of this recently from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy egg-shell white inch of foam.

Nice combination of citrus, banana, clove, and sweet wheat aromas. Honey notes with a touch of sweet apricot. Later on I pick up some powdered sugar, orange blossoms, and more tangy wheat. Very good. This seems to focus a little more on the citrus with lower levels of banana and clove. Well balanced though.

Citrus and wheat flavors upfront with low banana-gum and clove notes. Wheat bread in the finish, lemon and orange zest in the middle. Flavors of honey on lightly toasted bread. Zesty and crisp finish, clean and refreshing. Would have liked a little more malt presence though, the finish is a tad thin.

Full mouthfeel, high carbonation but smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable. One of the better American made Hefeweizens I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 22:50:53 | More by seaoflament
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Swimsum

Oregon

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

Poured into a pint glass
A: Pours out a golden hazy color. Big head emerges from the pour. Texture of the head is bubbly and foamy. As the head settles it leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The body has a nice cloudiness to it. Head eventually settles to a thin film.

S: Bananas hit as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Clove and some spiciness can also be detected once the beer is poured into the glass.

T: Clove is the upfront taste which gives way to a ripe banana taste. I can't believe how pronounced the banana flavor is here. It honestly taste like I've just taken a bite of a real banana.

M: Good feel to the beer. Body and carbonation are done well and the beer goes down amazingly smooth.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. I can't believe how fast I drank this beer. After I was done I was sad I didn't have anymore. This is prefect for a relaxing summer day. Go out and buy some of this, you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 21:28:18 | More by Swimsum
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PhiloPsych

California

3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, cloudy yellow from the bottle with a slight, creamy head that dissipates quickly. A whole lot of banana in the nose with a bit of alcohol warmth. The taste is strong with citrus, wheat, and yeast, with lots of banana in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 20:01:54 | More by PhiloPsych
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jizdepski

Louisiana

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

poured from familiar sierra bottle into pint glass. has that nice yeasty stuff on the bottom...good sign. i poured about 2/3 of the bottle before swirling the rest and finishing the pour. appearance is opaque and orange, with a nice thick white head. looks like a fine hefe. smells citrusy, with spicy, clove character. the yeast is present, and reassuring before the first sip. taste is muted banana, mingling with that classic spiciness you'll find in the best german hefeweizens. a bit spicy up front, then bready and mild in the middle before the spice returns with a nice bittersweetness on the finish. absolutely refreshing. mouthfeel is just right...decent carbonation, and a little thin-medium bodied. i liked this one alot, and its drinkability soars. you could drink these all day. good job sierra nevada.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 19:46:44 | More by jizdepski
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CualityC

New York

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In brief- this is the finest American Hefeweizen I've ever sampled.

Every summer it seems like half of America's craft breweries trot out a half-cocked Hefe and half of them some ridiculous "WitBier". Leave it to Sierra to show everyone how it's supposed to be done. The beer pours a flaxxen gold, bright and cloudy somewhere in the color spectrum between a Weihenstephaner and a Schneider-Weisse. A typically billowing white head tops the beer after a careful pour into a 20 oz. Hefe tulip glass. All in all the beer is uniformly hazy and gives off a slight glow- pardon the cliche but this beer gives off the beauty of silver lining in a cloudy sky.

The nose is all German racecar Gestalt. Spicy herbal notes mingle with clove and just a hint of farmhouse funk. First whiff announces that this is the real deal, not an imposter American Wheat Beer wearing Hefe clothing.

Taste is exceptional. In classic Sierra fashion this beer pays homage to tradition while also pushing the style forward. There's no doubt it's a Hefeweizen, but somehow it's also American, slightly bigger, slightly bolder then its Germanic counterparts.

Mouthfeel is good, though I'd say this is the one category where the American looses something to the import competition, this beer is just a little more unruly and less refined than the best Bavaria has to offer.

Kellerweis is the lays potato chip of beer, I dare you to have just one. If you're looking for an American Wheat beer by all means try a Pyramid Hefeweizen, the best of that 'style'. But if you're after the best Hefeweizen brewed in America, by all means treat yourself to a Kellerbier.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 06:22:56 | More by CualityC
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a golden label, the newest addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. Pried off the cap and poured to a pint glass.

A: Glowing wheat-gold, poured moderately cloudy at first, entirely milky after swirling and dumping the last few ounces. Tough to see any carbonation, other than a couple steady streams stemming from a little etching in my glass. Creamy white head, maybe a finger-high, drops to a paper thin topping that never quite disappears. Short curtains of lace.

S: Pleasant bready/sourdough aroma. Lightly lemony, spiced wheat, a fair amount of clove, hints of banana. Not ranking with the best Bavarian hefeweizens I've enjoyed, but strong enough and an appealing approximation.

T: Honeyed wheat fills the mouth, with a zesty spice and squeeze of lemon. As it warms, the clove and banana flavors really come alive. Grassy notes, lasting 'yeast roll' flavor, dash of pepper/mineral dryness.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel, crisp up front yet smooth finish. Medium body, style-wise, maybe even a little thicker. Some lasting prickle, a settling spice resting at the back of the tongue. Yeasty aftertaste holds for several minutes.

D: I love seeing an established West Coast brewer like Sierra Nevada forego the heavy hops and brew a perfectly drinkable summer beer, especially when it's a style that I wholeheartedly love. A nice surprise to find this on the shelves. Easy to drink, disappeared far too quickly - guess we need to run out and get more. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 05:51:32 | More by msubulldog25
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,000 ratings.