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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

3,213 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,213
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 173
Gots: 243 | 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 hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- huge expansive ivory head with cascading action and a magnificent creaminess. the look of this foam rivals that of any german wheat beer i've seen . once the yeast is in, the beer takes on a cloudy ochre yellow color where it was once a brighter albeit still hazy lemon yellow.

S- a bit spicier and more citrusy than traditional weiss , with aromas going beyond banana and clove and into coriander, orange, lemon, and white grape territory. whatever method of open fermentation allowed the yeast to do it's thang like this, i'm diggin it. yeast vapors fume out and up my nose. with a sweet toasty wheat and some faint herbal hop.

T- not as tangy as i would like, but still damn good. very grainy and bready with some banana and clove but more of an earthy wood and stone type of yeast taste and less citrus as well. just a bit of leafy vinous hop flavor and no bitterness. clean white bread and yeast finish is clearly the exact intention of this masterful brew.

MF- this body of this baby is so ridiculously plush i could take a nap in it. gentle, extremely tight carbonation has a nitro feel to it, and with a sip the beer is transformed to a pillow of wheat protein and love, rolling effortlessly around on the palate and leaving only a pleasant filmy reminder of powdery yeast on the cheeks. medium bodied, feels like full and drinks like light.

D- a damn brilliant masterpiece and a year round one at that! taste for me didn't get the aces but it just doesn't fit the ideals i have about traditional german hefes. everything else is unstoppable and perfect IMO and the rest of this sixer will be gone before the night is over.

hustlesworth, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy yellow, doesn't have the typical cloudiness you see in Hefe's. A thick, fluffy, white dissipated at a slightly quicker than moderate pace, leaving little lacing.

The typical aromas for the style are present, but subdued. Same goes for the flavors. The body was smooth and evenly full. Drinkability was easy. Overall an average version of the style, I could see keeping a few of these in the fridge during the summer, even though I prefer Wits over Hefe's. Worth trying.

beertunes, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
1.68/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Cloudy medium yellow/orange with a decent white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Yeasty with a touch of that spice I hate but can't think of its name. It smells like cloves

Taste: It's got that yucky clove spice. I think it's called coriander.

Mouthfeel: Water

Drinkability: Bad. It has that yucky clove tasting spice that ruins the beer. It's in almost all wheat beers and it's normal to have that spice but I hate it.

Because the beer has that awful clove tasting spice, it really sux.

donmonkey1, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kellerweis pours an attractive straw color. Looks spot-on for a good Hefe. It's extremely hazy, but no yeast particles are noted. It's topped with an immense white head that reaches nearly three fingers in depth. It was rather quick to dissipate and left only light specks of lace behind. For the style, I'm not sure you can do a whole lot better. Good lookin' stuff.

The nose good, but lacks just a little in strength. Spices are noted right off the bat. It smells like mostly clove and pepper, but there are surely some others to a lesser degree. Smells earthy and very grainy. Yeast is quite prominent and adds a nice dimension to it. Banana is noted, but comes through a little too weak. I'm hopeful that'll be a different story in flavor. It has a stronger hop presence than I expected. At least that's true in smell. Kellerweis smells good. It'd smell better with more muscle and banana. I'm nitpicking a little.

The flavor profile largely mirrors the nose. It's honestly a little better, but not so much to warrant a score bump. Spices hit the palate first and kick things off nicely. It is mostly a mix of clove and pepper with perhaps a few others for good measure. Banana is present and works nicely with clove. Personally, I'd like more banana, but there's enough here to do the job. Hops are surprisingly strong and give the flavor a nice jolt. I don't know what types were used here, but it certainly tastes like some mix of Noble hops. It is grainy and earthy. Yeast is prominent and adds quality depth. I'm waffling on the score here. This is good stuff. Really good. If it had just a little more banana, it'd be superb. But, it's not quite there. Very close though.

Kellerweis has a light body that's nice and smooth. It's very good, but feels just the slightest bit too thin. Carbonation is active, but doesn't hurt it by any means. Drinkability is very high. In typical Sierra Nevada fashion, this stuff goes down like a dream. It's also only 4.8% abv. I could literally drink this stuff all night.

I'm yet to run across a Sierra Nevada beer that I don't like. Kellerweis is a fantastic addition to their lineup. It's not one of the world's finest Hefes, but it is a damn good one that's readily available and has an attractive price tag. The only small qualm I have with it is the slightly weak banana presence. A little more would easily improve it. Be that as it may, this is damn good stuff. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada adding some new stuff to their arsenal. Keep it up, guys. Very good stuff.

prototypic, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a 2 inch creamy tan head, that smells of yeast, lemon, clove and wheat (it actually smells kind of like a bar floor after closing, but in a good way). Light and crisp with lemon and clove flavor up front followed by malt, wheat, yeast and light spices; hop, malt and spice finish that is dry and refreshing. Overall an earthy feel and great texture from the sediment in this beer with very light carbonation, which makes it easy to drink. Nice lemon and yeast combo that balances out the hop and zest at the end.

It's fun to swirl the bottle to try and get all the sediment to jar loose and pour into the glass. A great summer beer and an outstanding version of a Hefeweizen. I highly recommend this beer.

CHickman, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this since I saw the ad in Beer Advocate. Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a slight but vigorous head. Smelled very yeasty and the immediate taste was lemon but then I got banana and spice. While this is not my favorite style I really enjoyed this one, especially the full body and complexity.

Wheelinb, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle yellow and clear; swirled the remaining amount in the bottle and the ale turned typically cloudy with yeast with a nice pillowy, fluffy white head.

Initially I was disappointed when I popped open the bottle - there was very little aroma. However, after the pour the familiar yeasty aromas of the hefe-weizen came through.

It began with a very spritzy, refreshing taste of banana and faint bubble gum. I was pleased with the faint clove like flavor that is often too noticeable in other wheat ales.

Lighter in body than more traditional german hefe-weizens but still packing a lot of flavors with perfect carbonation for this style. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel.

This is a very quaffable wheat beer - from the lighter flavors and lower alcohol than the hefes I have tried. It can be difficult to find american versions that do this style justice - this one is more or less on the mark.

jkrich, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow with a large white foamy head, and a very good lacing.

smell is of wheat, citrus, banana, and some spice.

taste is crisp, wheat, a touch of citrus, some banana, and spice, ends on the dry side.

overall an above average hefeweizen.

froghop, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BenSelf
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours up a hazy gold, head dissipates a little quicker than I had hoped. The aroma is clove and citrus and maybe some green banana. A decent amount of yeast in the bottle really makes this beer shine. The flavor is heavy on clove and banana, with low to moderate hop bitterness singing backup nicely. It has an almost creamy finish. Good amount of carbonation brings out some lemon peel. I really like that Sierra went so hardcore with this beer, with open fermentation and warm temperatures. I will definitely be purchasing more before summer is out.

BenSelf, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a Stone tulip (glass courtesy of alfrantzell). Thanks Arne!

A: Pours a cloudy, milky golden color. Head is a fluffy inch of foam that lasts a long time and remains at least a modest cap on the brew. Each swig leaves lots of lacing, but nothing sticks down the sides as I drink.

S: Lots of banana, lemon, and bubblegum. Wheat, clove, and something of an herbal hop note in there as well, with the latter giving it quite a bit of depth over most weizens.

T: Banana, lemon, bubblegum up front. Most of the wheat is found in the mid-taste. The end adopts an earthy note from the herbal hop component, along with a spicy touch that complements the dry body. Hops crop up again in the aftertaste. This is definitely one of the most interesting weizens I've tasted (not that I'm an expert). The only reason I'm not rating it higher here is that I'm not a big fan of the hop variety that they chose, and the earthiness is a little off-putting in this profile.

M: Body is surprisingly chewy for something that is light-bodied. Has high carbonation as appropriate for the style, and of course well-masked ABV. Its dryness is accentuated with a spicy kick in the finish.

D: I see the quality and craftsmanship in this beer, but because I don't quite like the flavor, I think I'd go with another one next time.

Arbitrator, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of montageman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy, golden pour. A really well crafted hefeweizen. Strong notes of banana, lemon, and clove on the tongue with a decent bodied mouthfeel. Aroma of citrus, bread, and apple. An easy drinking hefe - tasty and sessionable. Recommended.

montageman, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of SteveO1231
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. stubby

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a super-thick frothy, white head. Perfect nose of over-ripe banana peel, fresh baked honey-wheat bread and lemon zest. The brew is medium bodied with a fluffy texture with a little slickness. Great malt sweetness up front of fresh peaches and wheat, tons of bubble gum/clove notes from the yeast, finished crisp and refreshing with hints of citrus. This beer is absolutely delicious! It is my new favorite summer beer. I have drank at least a case by myself this summer. I guarantee that you will not find a better hefeweizen brewed in the United States.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of hike20
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light amber-yellow with a huge fine-bubbled head. Aroma of wheat and bananas with s touch of citrus. Wow, the taste and feel is much softer and more delicate than I expected. Malty, fruity (bananas and citrus) and a bit of cloves, with a touch of bitter at the end. Took me half the glass to pick out the flavors, and this one goes down fast and easy. This beer practically drinks itself, and I could see me consuming a 6-er of these too quickly. That would be perhaps a bit of a shame as the flavors are also worth savoring.

hike20, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a cloudy, opaque golden yellow color with a one finger head that settles into a heavy collar. Kind of hard to see what carbonation may be taking place in the haze. The aroma is floral & spice, with just a faint hint of banana and lemon. 1st sip is initially sweet & crisp, with some spicy clove, a hint of banana, and a tangy, almost citrusy aftertaste. The mouth feel is quite tingly. Drinkability is off the charts, what with the crisp, tart flavor & the relatively low abv. An excellent session beer for the hot, hazy dog days of the summer!!!

CJfromPhilly, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with two finger head using recommended pour. Straw, clove, and bubblegum dominate the smell and the taste. This is subtle yet complex for what it is, a very refined and tasty classic hefeweizen taste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, drinkability gets a deduction from me simply because it is not a style that I go crazy for. Very solid beer though.

alcstradamus, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jmz62565
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is pretty pungent with wheat,clove,banana,and lemon. The taste is like the smell,full of clove,banana,lemon,wheat,pepper,and bread yeast. The m/f is light and refreshing with all the flavors mixing well. A real treat and a wonderful summer brew.

jmz62565, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Hazed deep yellow color with a fluffy white head that left lots of sticky lacing. There was some nice effervescent action initially after the pour.
Smells like everything a Hefeweizen should smell like, yeast, spices and malted wheat.
Taste is spot on for the style, unlike a lot of other American version hefes which miss the mark.
Medium bodied with good level of carbonation.
Very easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of jhammel01
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2/3 into my Dirtrag Magazine Pint glass, swirled, poured in the rest...Just as the bottle says! Pours a cloudy gold. Head stays around for a bit but laces all the way down.

Smells grainy, with a bit of banana and yeast.

Taste starts out with banana right up front, cloves, with some spice reminiscent of some strong belgian ales (think delirium). Gets a little bready in the end as well.

Has a medium mouthfeel thats almost creamy.

A solid beer from SN! I'm glad I tried this one. Definitely not expecting the flavors brought out in the beer. I guess the other hefeweizens I've had must of been pretty bland.

jhammel01, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was beer store perusing for summer brews this week and came across Sierra's new national offering. After reading about it the past few weeks and it's "SN's New Hit" status, I had to give it a try.

A: Clouded golden yellow with a fairly thick foamy white head that sticks aroudn the whole time and leaves strands of lacing

S: Wonderful bouquet of classic hefe banana/clove

T: Banana is prominent and is balanced by spicy clove which remains on the palate through the finish

M: Nice texture, crisp, velvety/creamy smooth

D: WOW, SN has another winner on there hands here! This one really shows off their width of expertise as it moves away from their usual rep of classic hoppy ales. Great example of the hefe style and a fantastic summer treat, go try this now!

jdg204, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Light butter yellow and cloudy; good white head

Smell
Soft, pleasant aroma of freshly baked bread, slight banana and spices

Taste & Mouthfeel
So smooth and balanced; nothing over-the-top banana or clive-wise, which I'm really appreciating; wonderful silky full texture; softly balanced flavors throughout though finishes nicely with just enough tartness; pleasing bready aftertaste

Overall
Sierra Nevada nails it again. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this beer is really appealing to me. It's light and refreshing while managing to have a lot of depth of flavor. I think this could be a bigger gateway beer for newcomers than their pale ale.

JEdmund, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of dborginis
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow...shook last 2 oz, way turbid. Rich intense clove smell. First comes carbonation, then banana clove, very rich. No lemon, thank goodness. Drinkable, but i can see getting full. Will have to compare directly to hacker pschorr, weihenstephaner to figure out if it really is my new favorite.

dborginis, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bananas & cloves that fade a bit as this warms

T: Grassyness, banana, cloves & breadyness up front. Lemony motes, plus some juicyfruit show as this warms along with the aforementioned bananas, plus green bananas as well, cloves, & tartness. Finishes with green bananas & tartness, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks pretty easy, this is a damn authentic stab at the style. Well done Sierra Nevada!

russpowell, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of cpmau11
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Very nice head, creamy and quite tall. Not overflowing but standing on its own. Cloudy body with a dark golden color. Aroma smells of German Wheat and yeast. Flavor is very good. Extremely smooth. Definitely compares to other Bavarian weizens. Not much bitterness. Wheat malt dominates the flavor. Great mouthfeel and drinkability is also exceptional.

Overall, this is by far the best tasting American Hefeweizen I've ever had. Big props to Sierra Nevada. I've been looking forward to this beer for a while, and it does the hype justice and more so. It's not the best hefe I've ever had, but its got to be in the top 5. Will definitely buy this again.

Finally a great American Hefe. The shallow open fermentation tanks that SN uses take this beer to another level.

cpmau11, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of bjacobsen
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a traditional hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with the unfiltered appearance that I expected. With the inverted pour, it offered a very nice off white head that stuck around as long as I was willing to observe it.

S- Right off the bat, you get the banana and spice that it advertises, altough I got more than just clove...corriander, nutmeg...I'll call it all-spice for the sake of the review. Faint scent of wheats and grains. It is an interesting and inviting aroma.

T- Refreshing! I don't know where to go with this one in terms of comparison. My preconceived notions forced me to compare this to a commercial American Hefe and that just DOESN'T do it justice. This has a sour, puckering offering to it reminiscent of a Berliner-Weisse. It is almost sour! Very tasty and perfect for this July heat.

M- This beer is on the lighter side. Nicely carbonated.

D- YES! The low ABV, the soft mouthfeel, and the refreshing taste have crowned this one the official summer brew of '09 for me. I have been fortunate to have this in stock, even in my local supermarket this summer.

bjacobsen, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden with some touches of orange around the edges and has a soft, creamy white head that remains a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with yeast, banana, lemon zest and touches of bread. The flavor is sweet upfront with lemon and is accompanied by some banana and yeast. It has a crisp light to medium body. The aroma on this beer is phenomenal, very bubblegummy and spiced but I'd like just a touch more of that in the flavor. All in all definitely worth it to buy a case of this stuff for some fun weekend activity.

DiabolikDUB, Jul 31, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,213 ratings.