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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,378
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 320 | 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 Lerxst
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy gold with a nice size head that faded and left little lacing.

S-Wheat, sugar, citrus and some spice.

T-A nice maltiness, fruity, spice and a little sweet.

M-Light, crisp, somewhat harsh carb bite.

D-Very drinkable.

I find that SN doesn't do anything badly. All their beers are admirable and this is no exception. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of matjack85
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL for $1.49. No freshness date anywhere to be found.

The beer poured a cloudy golden color, typical of a hefe-weizen. It made a 2 finger fluffy white head that lasted about a minute, but it only left a minimal amount of lacing.

There wasn't a very strong smell to this - just a definite wheat presence with some fruitiness and spiciness in the background. The spiciness could have been clove, as that is what you normally get in a hefe-weizen, but the fruit was not the typical banana smell, it was something else.

The taste was delicious. Wheat maltiness and fruit flavors up front, with a mild clove spiciness to keep it balanced. Not too sweet, but definately not bland either. There was a nice tangy tartness mixed in with the wheat, other malts, fruits, and spices to give this a nice comlex chatacter.

The body was heavier than most hefe-weizens I have tried, so yoU wouldn't call it light or watery, but it wasn't thick either. I would say it has a meduim body, but with high enough carbonation in it to keep it refreshing.

At 4.8% abv, the alcohol doesn't even come into play. This is a nice, tasty, refreshing brew that has fantastic drinkability.

Photo of gdfan47
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice straw yellow, with an ample amount of head
S- Wheat, a hint of sugar, faint lemon notes, poss brett(but I could just be dreaming)
T- very crisp, a drinkable hefeweizen but less of the banana undertones that other have, complex, but has potential if aged.
M- very carbonated, refreshing
D- A great session, beer. I will def be reaching for this one again. I read that it is aged in open vats. Def check this one out

Photo of imanidiot777
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very cloudy gold with a little orange hint as well. White head that stays for a pretty long time and good lacing.

S: Some kind of fruit, wheaty, but I have a bad nose.

T: Wheaty and some kind of citrus/fruit, not sure what it is though.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation level, smooth to the tongue.

D: Excellent, goes down smooth, good aftertaste and not too heavy so you can have a lot.

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a slight yellowish hue. about two fingers of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is slightly fruity with a hint of bananas and some slight citrus flavors.

The taste is sweet with some wheat flavor mixed with some clove and citrus flavors. There is a bit of tangy flavor in the background that is ever so slight but give this beer a great fruit flavor that remains for a bit.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down easy. Is one of the better beers I've had in the lower ABV range. This may be my new session beer.

Photo of botham
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours gold with three fingers of tight and frothy white head that leaves solid lacings and has great retention. just what a great hefeweizen should be in the glass.

aroma is of medium wheat malts and a light mix of citrus and a bit of belgian-esque yeasty fruit.

taste is more of the same with a controlled character and a more distinct wheat malt character. goes down smooth with a semi-clean finish and a lightly grainy aftertaste.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied and a bit thin on the palate and on the finish.

drinkability is decent. just another hefeweizen that ends up a bit thin, but still could foster multiple rounds for the right mood.

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

pours a hazy mandarin orange-yellow, laces little, but the wispy head makes a strong showing before letting the real show begin. i hope it's a good one.

smells like a wheater. as a hophead that's burned out a bit on too much of a great thing, i am re-exploring the old original beer geek simplicities and finding delight in this tangy nose.

alot going on as i take my first sip. bright citrus everywhere, but nicely balanced with that tang not letting what i used to think was too much sweetness in hefeweizens take over. at all. this hop-tongue needs a re-education in what to find out what these odd flavors are (ha)..yeast abounds!

mouthfeel is a bit thin and very carbonated, but seems to be pretty much where it needs to be.

it's a very drinkable wheat beer, but a style i still don't prefer. but for it's category, it's among those i'd be glad to have one or two. especially paired with food. i can imagine this going with many things. all year round.

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

I would make this a regular if I could find a 6-pack. Aroma isn't too strong, slightly yeasty with a bit of fruit. German-style wheat which I like. Yeasty taste with fruity notes in the background, all of the elements together kind of form a slight bubblegum flavor.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very pale yellow. Extremely cloudy. Poured a white head that retained decently

S- lemony, bready. Slight coriander smell

T- standard hefe taste to start, but with a banana-like finish. Very smooth and pleasing. Not overpowering

M- Decently thick and heavy; ends with a nice creaminess

D- Easy to drink. Suitable for both aficianados and part timers that like hefes

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a six pack as a gift. Poured into standard pint glass.

A: Extremely cloudy pale brownish yellow with a huge head. Good carbonation.

S: Lightly toasted bread, lemon grass, cut hay, subtle notes of earth.

T: First off, skip the lemon. Some hefeweizens are just better without it, and this is one. Kind of an average Hefe if you ask me. Heavy on the wheat, a little too thick in the mouth.

Drinkability: Easy to polish off a sixer in an evening.

Value: Slightly overpriced, as most Sierra Nevada brews are.

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

I first had this at a summer beer event just before relase to stores. Re visiting it now for review.

Off the pour a 2 inch froth filled head forms up, receding somwhat slowly and leaving a cap of retention with mild wisps of lace.
Color is a pale yellow with plenty of hazy cloudiness to the beer, still transparent but cloudy as well.
Carbonation rise on roids, the beer looks like its boiling.

Aroma is semi sweet with a bit of tart lemon rind, caramel malt, fresh grain aroma and also fresh cut hay.

Taste is almost belgian like with a yeast resemblance in flavor. Tart lemons, distant honey, a touch of clover and earthy spice, mixing with hay laced hop flavors. Finishing dry and crisp with a tart lemon flavor lingering in the distance.

An interesting brew indeed, quite refreshing and easy to sip on. Great drinkability and session ability too.

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

The nose on this is a very sweet yeasty smell. Cloudy, like a Hefe should be, but not overly so. Nice carbonation makes a nice foamy head. This is, by far, the best Hefe I have had in my short experience as a beer connoisseur. Great taste. Could drink multiples of these.

Photo of cleeze
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored and hazy golden hue with a nice frothy head and decent lacing.

fruity notes on the nose bannana and entices you with ester filled aromas.

Mild, tart wheat and lemony notes followed by some lucious bannana up in the mix. Little bit up hoppiness in the finish. Very pleasant.

Chewy, creamy, and rich mouthfeel.

With the low abv this makes a perfect session beer and a tasty one at that.

Photo of sweethome
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured after rolling the accumulated yeast.

Pours a pineapple yellow/gold color. Thin white head is a bit understated for style - but nice big bubbles.

Nose is again understated to style - some banana, a hint of bubblegum.

Nice crisp entry. Banana, clove right up front. Pleasant citric bite. Excellent full mouthfeel. Crisp finish with a slight acidic bite.

The flavors and mouthfeel far exceed what I expected from look and nose.

A much better wheat beer than the previous SN offering. Well done. Reminds me of a warm day at Schneider Weiss in Munich.

Photo of anthony914
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best hefeweizens i have ever had. It pours a bright golden color, with thick off white head. Delicious full body. I recomend rolling it from side to side before opening the bottle to stir up some of the sediment, and pour it into a glass.

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

Pours a huge 4 finger white head. Body is a hazy yellow with tons of carbonation rising to surface. Head retention and lacing are good.

Smell is of typical hefeweizen, wheat with fruity phenols. Cloves are also in there. Hops are not present.

Taste is of fruity, spicy yeast and wheat/ malt. Not getting too much clove or banana, very mild tasting. No hops are detected.

Mouth feel is good, not too highly carbonated. Light bodied but not watery. Head kinda faded halfway, wish it would have stayed.

Drink ability is good, very sessionable beer. This is one of the best American attempts of the style, not the best in the world but nice to see Sierra Nevada making something not overly hoppy

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

Finally got around to trying this summer type brew.

Poured this critter into my freebie Sammy glass, nice unfiltered amber with a darn fine white head that leaves sheets of lace rings on the way down.

Malty wheat, clove and banana in the aroma. I'm a likey so far. Quaff is not too bad, but a bit disappointing after such a good start. Above flavors were just not as pronounced as I thought they would be - and a bit of soap drops in for a short stay. Good malt backbone thoughout.

A very nice brew, I'll put some in the DBF next summer for sure, the price is right for a good hefe - even though it seemed a bit flavor weak.

Photo of jjh19
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle an opaque hazy golden color. Decent head. I took the label's advice and poured 2/3, swirled the bottle, and poured the rest. Solid presentation.

Smell: Distinct hef tanginess in the nose.

Taste: The tangy nose carried over to the taste. There's a refreshing crispness that borders on a tinny taste. But it doesn't go over the line. Probably stays further from the line on draft.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation levels were noteworthy with the very tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: Not as complex as some other Hefs I've had (despite what the label says) but the Kellerweis is a solid, straight forward representation of the style. I'd have no problems recommending this to a friend that enjoys a better than average Hefeweizen.

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

Murky Golden yellow/orange body with a thick ivory creamy head that trickles to very thin vine-like laces. The nose is primarily sweet with a bit of funk and yeast spice, no noticeable trace of aromatic hops.

The taste delivers similarly to the nose. First the sweetness kicks in, accompanied by a little bit of acidity. Then the yeast kicks in and again, no noticeable trace of bittering hops. It's very light, smooth and easy to drink. To be honest, this is my second take on this beer. I remember it being a little more acidic and sour on my first try; however, I still loved it then.

Sierra Nevada has a solid year round line up. Although, it does feel a bit akward drinking this type of ale around this time of the year. when I should be sipping on a nice RIS or Christmas Ale. -Cheers-

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

been meaning to try this beer for a long time, as I've been impressed with nearly every product I've tried from Sierra Nevada.

this one pours a hazy golden yellow, very cloudy, and smells of banana and other fruits, with just a hint of sugar and spice.
the yeasty taste is not at all overpowering, and the fruit and spice flavors are subtle and compliment eachother nicely. it's got a sweet finish, but the more aggressive spices help to mask the fruitier/candy tastes. the balance of the flavors is what gives this brew it's drinkability

I think this may be one of the best hefeweizens I've tried, and also a great beer to use if you're trying to turn someone on to this style (or even to craft beer in general).

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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