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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 198
Gots: 355 | 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 scruffwhor
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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 -12.1%
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 -4.4%
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 -9.4%
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%
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 +1.5%
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 -18%
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 -2.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.4%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-thin white bubbly head, fizzles rather quickly and leaves no lace. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color.

S-sweet nose, faint yeast, clove, some banana, grean apple, touch of honey.

T/M-around an average hefe following the nose, yeast, clove, notes of citrus, honey. very smooth and a nice body, lighter but not too light. Lightly carbonated in a good way, creamy.

D-extremely easy drinking and nice sweet flavors. It doesn't blow me away; but it is good drinking!

Photo of beavers
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sightly hazy straw yellow with a wimpy head that is gone way too quickly. A few bubbles around the edge, but pretty much no head or lace. Hefe normally shines in this category, so I'm a little disappointed.

Smells is the usual, yet wonderful yeasty phenols of banana puree with a subtle spice edge. Pale malt, wheat, and a touch of wild honey. Refreshing and inviting. Taste is true to the smell, with the yeast and wheat doing most of the talking, and a finish that is slightly sweet and zesty.

Mouthfeel is light/medium and a good dose of carbonation to finish crisp and dry. Very nice and very drinkable.

A very good American made Hefe that is widely available. These guys don't just make APAs and IPAs. Keep em' coming.

Photo of Suds
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought me this beer. It's an appropriately hazy, cloudy golden-yellow color. The head is a little thin and soapy...a white that falls quickly into wisps. The smell is heavy of wheat...twangy, citric, gristy, and a bit of yeast. There's no hops in the smell...it's a typical and unremarkable hefe smell. The taste is full of yeast, wheat, and orange peals. Medium in body. It's a decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of bbeerman
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A..A very soft golden/amber color, almost bordering on a dark honey look.

S..The smell is nothing exceptional for a hefeweizen. Light citrus hints, but that is about it.

T..An above average hefeweizen here. The taste yields a bit more than the flavor. However, I don't find as much intensity as I do in other Sierra Nevada beers. It is not bad, but I was hoping for more citrus tastes that make me realize winter will end each year.

M..I like the bouncy mouthfeel here a lot. I swear this beer hits heavy/thick in the feel right of the bat. Something about it remninds me of honey. Then, as the "weight" of the beer dissipates after 1/3 of a second, the beer seems to jump around in spirited fashion (reminiscent of soda's carbonation, but not in a negative way).

D..Good here too. I could make this a short-session beer.

Photo of cpl78
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

I first tasted this beer at a beer tasting at my work. Not being a fan of Sierra Pale Ale because I am not big on Hoppy beer but I am a fan of Hefeweizen so I was very curious. The smell was of spices and banana (which I love banana) but didn't know how banana would taste in a beer. The first taste was of spices, of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and after taste was banana. Great finish because of the banana and spices. After I enjoyed this beer I then went to the store and picked up two six packs to share with friends.

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, creamy straw with a white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Modest banana & clove, with a bready malt aroma.

T: Banana, bread, touch of clove, no yeasty acidity, very mild bitterness, good stuff.

M: Velvety smooth, light to moderate body that's not over carbonated.

D: A great drinker.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Standard slightly cloudy bright yellow color with a lively white head. An unexpected dribble of yeast follows up the pour and settles nicely through the beer.
S: Banana, lemon, pear and wheat aromas. Very nice.
T: Taste is almost comparable to some of the better German Hefes with lemon, banana, clove and wheat. Finish is long and yeasty. I'd like a little less lemon and a little more wheat, but tough to complain.
M: Light but not thin. Carbonation is good - prickly not fizzy.

Well deserving of the Sierra Nevada label. This has me thinking I need to drink this beer a little more often.

Photo of boudreaux
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy yellow amber with a nice head of beer lace. There is a slight herbal aroma.
The mouth feel is velvet smooth with a crisp edge --- like toffee with an outer shell. There is a distinct banana flavor (not overpowering) with a spicy overtone. It makes me think of a liquid banana-pudding-nilla-wafer concoction. It is overwhelmingly smooth, fairly sweet, with some crispness (a tangy citrus) at the finish.
Overall, a good beer. It is very drinkable and session worthy.

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours out beautifully. Gorgeous looking in the glass with a nice hazy yellow-orange body. Ample head, and fluffy lacing. Aroma is clean, but still packed with cloves, banana, and sweet citrus. Taste follows suit of the aroma, except with a bit more spiciness pronounced. Starts out with a greatly intense blending of flavors - bubblegum, hints of clove, citrus, and banana. Sweet bubblegum esters present themselves upfront and meld with the light toasted breadiness of the malt to create a complex backbone. Citrus notes soon follow and are juicy up front, and gradually fade to tangy near the finish. Hints of clove provide just a hint of spiciness. Fruit esters including banana, tend to pop up more near the middle, and stick to your palate for the finish leaving your mouth coated with a great citrus fruity tropical finale, with ample chewiness, leading to a big full bodied mouthfeel. All the flavors seem spot on, and exactly where and expect they should be. Kellerweis can't really be flawed, it's just an exceptional amazingly drinkable brew. I love most of Sierra Nevadas lineup, but this is one of their better basic brews. Puts almost any imported Hefe under the table, hell of a lot fresher too!

Photo of lbaker
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(a)- Pours a beautiful golden color. Very cloudy due to unfiltering, after swirling the remainder and adding it to the pilsner you can watch the yeast settle back down throughout the beer...very cool to watch. A little bit thicker than what exepected. Pours with a good inch of head and leaves a great bit of lacing. (4/5)

(s)- Distinct aromas of banannas and cloves. Theres a certain island sweetness smell to this brew and it's great. I really like the amount of bananna, the big difference between an American and German hefeweien. (4.5/5)

(t)- All the smells come through on the taste, very full yet light at the same time. The fruit and spices arent overpowering and it gives a great balanced treatment to the palete. (4/5)

(m)- Very light on the tongue, bouncy and the perfect amount of carbonation. (4/5)

(d)- A great beer that can be consumed in a row. Not too sweet and the perfect pairing with just about any food. (4/5)

Photo of Stimack
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Real nice looking brew, pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that seems to have great legs. When the swirled last 5th of the bottle was poured in you could really see all of the yest sediment melting into the rest of the brew. The aroma is of whear, banana, clove and spices. Seems to be classic Hefe aromas but they also seem to be very fresh and vibrant. Has a nice malt flavor from the wheat and Munich malts. Has a real nice spiciness to it from the yeast and I would imagine the bittering hops. Has a nice banana as well as clove flavor, really just the right amount here, some seem to be overdone with those flavors. This is a very easy drinking and enjoyable brew, has a nice smooth feel as well. While this style is not one of my favorites I must say that this one is very well done and something I can clearly see getting in the warmer future months.

Photo of Andreji
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So the kellerweis was just another one of my bids to get to know this fabulous brewery.
Lately i don't expect to be blown away by weizens since i've migrated to stronger, more "extreme" tastes, but this deal here certainly caught me off guard.

Pour is "meh", average looking nice little weizen. gold and shiny, thinner head than usual for the style. vaguely translucent. by all means appealing.

Smell is very soft, doesn't try to attack your nose but rather bring it closer...some spices, mostly a wheat bread-like feel. the yeast is there, just too subtle to describe fully...maybe some banana. i don't know.

Taste is a way to go back to the basics. a nice, non-aggressive german-styled weizen, along the lines of a franziskaner or a schneider perhaps. Soft blended wheaty taste with a thick feel, very soft and harmonious hoppy aftertaste. makes you want spring to be here now, sort of taking you along on a nice meadow. definetly like this experience by the SN crowd.

excellent beer.

Photo of Josievan
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale lemon color. Definitely unfiltered, but not as cloudy as many representations of the hefeweizen style.

Smell: Pale wheat malt, mild citrus, slight banana.

Taste: Wheat malt up front, but not a lot of yeast flavor. Banana is in the background, but not nearly as strong as in many German hefeweizens. Citrus, especially lemon, really comes through on the finish, leaving a somewhat odd aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Relatively creamy and smooth, but not as rich of a body as I'd have liked to find.

Drinkability: I can see this being quite refreshing on a hot summer afternoon.

Notes: As a fan of hefeweizens, I had been looking forward to trying Sierra Nevada's interpretation of this unfiltered wheat style, and I must admit I'm a little disappointed. It's certainly a decent wheat beer, but doesn't hold up to German hefeweizens, or to the best American takes on the style (New Glarus Dancing Man and Crack'd Wheat, I'm looking at you). However, that is very stiff competition. If I hadn't had so many geat hefeweizens before, I think I'd appreciate Kellerweis a lot more.

Part of my complaint is the lemon flavor I get from this beer, a characteristic I'm learning I don't care for in beer. I know that gives me a biased opinion, but the lemon just really turns me off. Still, it seems like I'm missing something here; i'll have to revisit this when the weather warms. For now, I'd must rather reach for a different example of Sierra Nevada's fine year-round lineup, such as their porter or pale ale.

Photo of travduke
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've passed this beer up for years now, finally decided I should try it. Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Golden body, 1 finger white foamy head that quickily dissipates. Minimal lacing sticks.

Smell: Lemon zest and what I believe to be is banana.

Taste: Just like the smell. Lemon, banada, very wheaty. Lot of flavor in this one.

Drinkability: With the low alcohol, and lots of flavor this is very highly drinkable. Could easily put down a sixer of this.

Side Notes: Overall this is a pretty good Americanized take on the style. I'm once again impressed with what SN puts out.

Photo of Goliath
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a huge three inch off white head. There's nice head retention but no lacing.

The aroma is quite nice. There's some really classic aromas. A little lemon zest, banana, and pale wheat all make an appearance.

The taste is also right on. Notes of banana, a bit of wheat, and even a little lemon zest. Just really nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation bubble.

Drinkability is high. This beer is easily sessionable with it's low ABV and it also has a great flavor profile which keeps bringing me back to the glass. I can't hardly put this one down, so for me it's a real success.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.