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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,333 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,333
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 182
Gots: 284 | 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 Tone
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, clove, sweet malt, slight hop, citrus (banana), and a hint of tart malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hop, clove, citrus (banana), and tart malt. Overall, a good body, blend, complexity, and aroma.

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

A- translucent, almost opaque golden abmer with a thick white head that retained well and left spotty lacing throughout the glass

S- banana peel, yeast strains and clove that come together rather well

T- yeast notes up front, followed by some hoppy spice and banana

M- all the unfiltered sediment and mild carbonation make for a chewy delight

D- thick but easy going

And to think, I would've just bought a hurricane tonight if i hadn't come across this little number- I'm glad I went with my gut choice, and SN always seems to come through no matter what the style

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

A cloudy gold elixir this mighty fine brew,
with two inches of head my anticipation grew.

The foam releasing aromas so fine,
yeasty white pepper and clove so divine.

Funky phenols, lemon and banana peel,
a taste of this wheat beer I did thus steal.

A mild yeasty twang coupled with some light pepper spice,
crisp wheat that is thirst quenching and oh so nice.

Ample biscuit malts and bitterness only a kiss,
dry aftertaste and a hint of orange I could not miss.

A body in full with a mouth-coating texture like cream,
chewy and most enjoyable I do thus deem.

Overall a brew to drink back to back and enjoy all the same,
a positive review to solidify its fame.

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

A: A cloudy yellow/orange with a thin line of bubbles for a head.

S: There is a nice bready wheat and yeast smell coming off of the beer. It also has a citrus quality to it.

T: The flavor is consistent with the aroma. A very nice sweet, but not too sweet, wheat/yeast flavor with a bit of clove spiciness, bubblegum like flavors and citrus tang to it. I really like the bready quality to this beer. There is more depth and flavors in this beer than most hefes, I like the flavors.

M: There is a nice spiciness to this beer due to the carbonation and clove-like flavors. It could use a little bit more though. Althought, the feel is nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and cloves. Taste is also of citrus, with banana and cloves. Feels medium bodied and goes down so smooth. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

Photo of vdread
2.5/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

swirled and poured like the bottle recommended. pours yellow and hazy with a thick head. smells of ripe bananas and spices. the thing about this beer that sticks out the most is the rotten fruit taste and smell. i can't really get past that. it feels like chalky water in the mouth and is very difficult to drink. i had to force myself to finish this.

im usually a big fan of sierra nevada but this falls way short. i thought that maybe i'd gotten a bad batch, but most of the low reviews seem to match up with what i'm tasting/feeling. i've had hefes before, so it's not that i dislike the style, i just can't understand how this tase could be appealing even to a hefe-head.

Photo of ryanonline
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is pale straw with nice white head no real lacing.

smell is nice lemony with hints of banana and cloves.

flavor is the same with the lemon lasting long into the finish.

mouthfeel is clean with light carbonation.

very drinkable. moderate body, not too bloating.

yummy beer.

Photo of jantonius
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, slight straw yellow, with thick white head

S: Slight smell of banana, citrus and cloves

Taste: Subtle bananna and clove flavors

M: Light body with creamy finish

D: Great Heff, I wish it was on draft. Really hard to find a True American Hefeweizen. This one does it, following the strict German Purity Laws!!!

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this as directed on the label and it produced a healthy two to three finger foamy head and had a hazy light golden colour that caught the light and shimmerred. There were a few small bubble strands that continued to impress. The beer reduced until a slim covering was left on the surface, white with a good ring and slippery lace.

Surprizingly, I picked out some hints of over ripe fruit with clove spice. Mouthfeel is slightly spritzy with lively body and a clean, fresh taste and a huge Hefe presence, lots of banana and bubblegum, nice balance, pleasant lingering finish with another hint of spice and some sweetness thrown in. Medium body.

This was a nice beer to savour and was extremely good tasting, love to pick up more of this stuff. Just like most Sierra Nevada products, well worth filling a fridge with.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/30/09 and many times since. From Notes.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a towering 2 finger cloudlike head, ultimately subsiding to a sturdy film.

I can smell the banana esters as I pour the glass and they are even more apparent when I stick my nose in for the first whiff. Herbal hops, spice notes and a light citrus and lemony twang compliment the wheat and yeast characters.

Initial sweetness in the taste balanced by wheat twang and yeasty character. Faint spice, nicely balanced, but could use a bit more 'pop'.

Very balanced and a very good example of the style. It might be my new go-to for this style.

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

Pours a beautiful hazy gold color topped with a thick lacy white head which recedes quickly. The brew gives off a biscuity malt aroma with soft hints of banana esters. The body is light and highly carbonated and is full of banana flavor with a background of biscuit malt and clove flavors. The finish carries the banana through the end and dances around the palate with the fizz from the carbonation. The finish is gentle but fades relatively quickly.

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

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

Picked up a sixer at BevMo at the end of August for $8.99.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head. Nose is wheaty with hints of citrus. Taste is spot on the style, banana and clove greet you with a slight citrus finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lively on the palate. Drinkability is good. This is a nice representation of the hefe style, definitely try this.

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz. bottle with directions on how to pour for best flavor. Pour 2/3 into glass, swirl release sediment, and pour the rest.

A: Cloudy tan-yellow with a tint of orange. White head fades slowly with moderate lacing.

S: Mild banana, citrus, and slightly stronger spice scent.

T&M: Malty mild sweet up front flavor with a mild banana taste. Stronger spice and citrus flavor follows. Fades to a mildly dry malty sweet taste. Not much flavor on the end at all.
Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation.

Very good specialty brew by Sierra!

Photo of jwhawkins81
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Bananas, citrus, spice. Actual a good amount of spice.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a tint of orange. Big white head from the pour was slow to dissipate thanks to a lot of carbonation.

Taste - First banana then spice carriers on for some time. Most of the flavors of this beer are upfront without much on the backend. Just no real aftertaste.

Notes - I like the amount of carbonation that really complimented this beer.

Photo of mjw2808
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy yellowish color, almost exactly like the color on the bottle. The smell is dominant with bannana and spices. The taste is banana, spices, and some hops as its going down. very drinkable and very tasty. SN does it again, I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of Beerbythepool
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to SA wheat glass.
Poured as directed on label. Huge head of a wonderful bone color with medium sized bubbles.
The beer looks great- cloudy and a school bus color of orange and gold. Not much lacing.
The nose gives me cloves, banana and spice.

There is a nice dryness on the back of my tongue. Great balance of spice and fruit tones. Lemon would ruin this great beer in my opinion so don't add one. The beer feels full in the mouth as the flavors coat the tongue. A little sticky as it warms, but why wait for that to happen as it drinks easy and you should be ready for the next one.

This is now my favorite hefeweizen and maybe my favorite beer for a warm/summer day. I only bought two this time, but put me down for a sixer on the next trip to the beer store. I enjoyed it so much I poured another and took a pic which is now my phone wallpaper. Now everytime I answer the phone my mouth waters. Go try this one, I think you will enjoy it.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ap. Beautiful cloudy golden color, but little head and it went quickly. No lacing.
sm. Not too strong spice and cloves. Someone suggested banana...okay.
ta. spice and banana? Kind of reminds me of pumpkin pit without the pumpkin. Sort of a lemony finish.
mf. good carbonation and slight tartness.
dr. But it gives way to an annoying sweet aftertaste that ruins it for me. One will do it.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up recently to see if this could measure up to Sierra Nevada's other beers. Now that the wheat beer is no longer part of their portfolio, I was interested to see if this was a worthy replacement or not. Although this doesn't taste or feel like the hoppy beers that they're known for, this is a damned good Hefeweizen and if this came in a bottle without a label, I'd be hard-pressed to figure out who brewed it!

Loved the pour to this - cloudy, golden, and a decent head as well. The lacing wasn't really there but the carbonation and bubbles on the side of my pint glass were just like that of any other Sierra Nevada beer. The mouthfeel is malty, sour, and relatively light without being empty. Notes of banana, clove, and apple are tied together nicely with a bit of sourness and the aftertaste retains the malt for the most part. This goes down pretty easily and I could easily see myself downing quite a few of these in a session!

The ABV% is under 5.0% amazingly and I can't even feel it as I'm drinking this. Making to switch to this was a great move in their part and although I've always loved their beers, I have more respect for these guys now since they've branched out from their comfort zone. This matches up well with any Hefeweizen I've ever had - foreign or domestic - and will probably be in my rotation once the weather is warm (as opposed to this week's Indian Summer). Kudos to Sierra Nevada for brewing this!

Photo of Terp96
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me, this is the best hefe from an American brewer.

Appearance is spot on. Hazy golden color with nice head retention.

Smell is what you would expect. Banana, clove, spiciness. Very solid.

Tastes great. Good wheat flavor. Not overly sweet. Bananas, clove and a hint of hoppiness. This ranks right up there with some of the best out of Germany.

Mouthfeel is great as well. Not thin but not overly sweet or cloying. Very refreshing.

Very drinkable. I usually can't session wheat beers because the sweetness gets to me over time. Not with Kellerweis. I could go all night with this one.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight white head that fades. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of wheat, with some banana and clove sneaking in.

Tastes of a big wheat bite followed by the ester characteristics. Plenty of citrus zest and some clove spices along with some banana type flavors. This has restored my faith in American brewers to brew wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy.

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

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow, with hint of amber/gold. Bright white 1.5 inch head.

Smell: Smelled slightly of banana, with a citrus and spice note.

Taste: Subtle flavors of a ripe banana, with a very apparent background of cloves and spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light bodied, with a very creamy feel to it. Excellent.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day =D

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a little white head. Nose is banana , clove. Taste is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than I would have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana, pretty effervescent and a lot of wheat. It was good overall.

Photo of Brandt
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a nice turbid straw yellow color with a bright white and very stable head

the smell is mostly yeasty with citurs notes and a hint of a spicy clove in the background

the taste was very good for this style of beer with a good strong wheat base and the same clove flavors that show up in the aroma. the other flavors in here are that of banana and another sort of peppery spice that may still be the clove.

this beer finishes nicely with a good med. body and very refreshing citrus aromatic as it goes down. i love this hefe and it is (not surprisingly seeing as its from sierra nevada) a great example of the style.

Photo of soupyman10
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been seeing this one around for months now and just finally picked up a sixer of it (nothing like a refreshing hefeweizen in November). Overall, though, a very nice US hefe - busy nose and a refreshing citrus/wheat/hop mix that knocks out a lot of the bland US versions. Basically, another tasty SN beer.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,333 ratings.