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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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3,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,019
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 146
Gots: 157 | 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 deereless


3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy, dull lemon yellow, thick frothy head - 3.75, S: Extremely citrusy, lots of floral and earthy aromas as well as the strong smell of cloves, significant yeast on the nose as well - 4.25, T: A subtle grainy sweetness, touch of bitterness and tartness, I am also picking up some banana, apple and spice, quite mellow - 3.50, M: Medium bodied to thin - 3.50, D: A solid interpretation of a hefeweizen, very drinkable and one I'd enjoy again - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 23:28:51 | More by deereless
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours an opaque cloudy orange amber with billowing dense white head and thick lacing. Smell: sweet banana upfront followed by cloves and wheat cracker. Taste: soft ripe banana and a bit of not-quite-ripe banana, cloves, lemony wheat, bready. Mouthfeel: solidly medium bodied, fairly active carbonation but maybe not as much as others, soft and creamy. A definite yes.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 02:52:20 | More by babaracas
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yet cloudy dirty orange color with a brilliant rocky white head that slowly settled into a chunky cap. Aromas of banana and clove dominate with lemony wheat malt notes. The taste is fairly neutral between the spicy flavors of the yeast and the crisp edge of the wheat malt. The clove and banana flavors are a bit muted, has a noticable wheat presence. Some lemon, pepper, and metallic notes. A nice moderate feel, soft carbonation which gives the brew a creamy silky feel. Finishes astringent. Great looking and smelling hefe. Falls short in flavor, not enough banana, clove, and spice. At first it has a nice creamy texture but it quickly turns astringent. On par with some of the German offerings, and a nice American made hefe, but there are better ones to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 01:28:38 | More by Gmann
Photo of cvfish


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

A - This beer poured a cloudy, light gold color that produced a fluffy white head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some grainy notes, along with banana and apple

T - This beer had flavors of wheat, that grainy quality really dominated, along with banana, apple, and some herbal notes

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Score another one for Sierra Nevada, they have crafted another wonderful beer, especially since Hefeweizens are so under-utilized in the States

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 23:47:48 | More by cvfish
Photo of FtownThrowDown


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

Pours a cloudy, light gold in color. A very nice two inches or more of head forms on the pour. Using this seasonal opportunity to break out some hefeweizen glasses. It looks great in the glass.
Lots of lemon and spice in the nose. Taste has a lot more wheat, some more lemon, and some peppery spice. Pretty simple and very enjoyable. Very smooth and inviting to drink. Grabbed a sixer today to drink while I do some house and yard work and the sixer will not make it through the evening. Perfect session beer for this time of year and weather. Non cloying. I'm looking forward to the next glass as much as I did to the first one. Will definitely be picking up more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 21:27:52 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

A 6pack from Gary's in Portsmouth, NH. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick, white, meringue-like head. Little bit of lacing. The aroma was primarily banana, also some sweetness and spice. I tasted banana, clove, and a little bit of lemon. I had Kellerweis not too long after drinking Rogue's Mom Hefe, and felt it to be superior. Not usually a hefe drinker, but this was a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 12:53:13 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap for the SN event at sunset grill and tap, in allston, ma, on april 23, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference.

cloudy pale straw. creamy head goes down to wispy thin layer. moderate, webby, though sometimes thin, rings of lace.

aroma: pear, ripe apple, very mild banana note, some floral honey. whiff of hops. light clove and anise notes. only a trace of open fermentation character.

taste: sweet bready malt with fruity pear and banana esters. faint acidity into the finish, with gentle phenols and clove hint. mild bitterness from grassy hops. again, not really much open fermentation character, but it's there if you think about it.

light to medium body, some acidity. the carbonation gets a bit prickly and fizzy though.

was hoping for something a little more "rustic" with stronger "kellerbier" open fermentation character. as it is, this is a drinkable effort, more like a decent american attempt at a hefeweizen (which are few and far between), and a little more interesting than the regular wheat beer getting bumped out of their lineup to make way for it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 09:19:13 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of JohnGalt1


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

12oz just picked up at the COOP today... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger meringue like head.. great retention and lace.. the brew is a hazy pale golden color.

nose smells like it made the trip from the motherland... very bready and ripe bananas... subtle cloves and just whaffs of pink bubblegum.

Flavor has alot more mashed bananas than the aroma.. a little more bubblegum this time that lingers more in the finish.. again very bready and just minor clovey notes. The body is on the thicker side and carbonation is light lending toward a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty damn fine hefe... I really like it... the drinkability is pretty high... I had 2 way earlier in the evening that went down too fast... I wanted to save my final one to review, but this glass is clearing pretty quickly too... hats off to the crew at Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 07:15:31 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of UA8


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

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a very tall off-white head.

S- Reminiscent of many a hefe. Scents of pears, artificial banana, yeast, and spices.

T- Banana, apricot, wheat spiciness, yeast twang.

M- Medium carbonation with a nice smooth body.

D- This stuff is darn tasty and goes down super easy(oops half of my glass is already gone). I think that it is a pretty solid effort in the style for an American brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 03:33:13 | More by UA8
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Hazy blonde, with a nice and semi-creamy white head that sites a strong two-fingers over a 10 ounce pour.

S: Wheat graininess, a scent like fruit peel, with soft banana scents upon a swirl - I don't really pick them up a great deal before a swirl. Clove aromas are nice, with a mellow 'field grass' scent.

T: The bottles makes a pretty accurate description of 'ripe banana and spicy clove.' There's not a whole lot more to add onto that, really. Easy going on the palate, but robust enough to suggest more. Good stuff.

M + D: A good bit of body to it, almost a little slippery - molten butter slick in some ways, though that's a very unappealing way to describe it and that's not actually the case. I sometimes prefer wheat styles to be a little crisper, but it's not always something that comes with the style... still, it's a nice, low alcohol, inviting summer brew that I will be looking forward to as gets even hotter.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:03:19 | More by Proteus93
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a cloudy amber-blond color with a frothy head that fades down to a two-finger head.

Aroma is full of both banana and clove in the nose. Very pleasant and inviting aroma.

Taste is full of clove and light banana with a touch of hop bitterness. Not too sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and banana. Nothing offensive here.

Easy to drink and doesn't make me miss the american wheat ale they had. Good one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 23:37:10 | More by Brad007
Photo of packetknife


4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't ever been a huge fan of Sierra Nevada but this beer really got me good. Very cloudy apricot-orangey appearance with a half-dense slightly yellowish head that held down the glass. Great on the nose with fantastic yeasty bread and plantains (sp?) or over-ripe bananas, and a bit of freshly cut grass. Solid wheaty bready fuzzy taste that reminds me of any of the best Hefers that I've had. Just thick enough on the tongue but thin as its top counterparts with enough carbonation and very bloody very drinkable. Really enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 15:35:52 | More by packetknife
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is a cloudy wheat colored beer with a thin white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a spicy clove aroma (oh, and banana). It's light bodied and smooth; a little watery at the finish. The banana/clove flavor is prominent in the taste, but it's not the only thing going on. There is a nice, fruity, wooden bitterness with almost a hint of cassis. This is an ideal Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 13:52:10 | More by yesyouam
Photo of flexabull


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

A new bottled Sierra Nevada offering, very nice! And a style that fits well for the start of summer.

Pours a cloudy gold color with a nice fluffy white head.

This one has a nice nose, light cloves, ripe bananas, and some mineral hops as well.

Nice clean and crisp flavors. Lots going on here, but not at all heavy or high in alcohol. Creamy malt flavors, light sugars, bananas, and a mix of spices, with vanilla bean and cloves being prominent. Finish has a light mineral hoppiness that balances this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth, feels thick, but soft, and not all heavy.

Drinkability is very good. I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, but this is yet another nice beer from Sierra Nevada. Tasty, yet very sessionable. A definite improvement from Sierra Nevada Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 23:51:28 | More by flexabull
Photo of tempest


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

Picked up a case from Shangy's in Emmaus for about $28. Man, this beer is for real. Pours a hazy light amber with a tall white head a good lacing. The aroma is a spicy mix of vanilla, banana bread, and clove. The flavor follows that up with a dry, mineral undertone with sweet cracked wheat malts, banana, and a touch of white pepper. Very tasty and very drinkable. It reminds me of a cross between Paulaner and Schnieder. Heck of a beer from the folks in Chico.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 22:46:00 | More by tempest
Photo of JMD


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color, with huge frothy white head. Very rich and creamy looking beer. Nicely laces the glass as I drink it.

S: Classic hefe aroma, bananas, clove and spices. Some lemon and citrusy hops.

T: Same as the aroma. Ripe bananas, clove and pepper. Hints on lemon grass and bubble gum.

M: Mild carbonation. A little more watery that I was hopeing.

D: Another solid offering from Sierra Nevada. Great hefe aroma and flavor, one the best interpretation of the style from an American brewer that I have tried. Too bad this is so hard to find in my area, all the stores that have it are only selling singles. Hopefully this will become more available in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 21:05:13 | More by JMD
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

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

Served from a 12 oz bottle in a weiss glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Bright gold during the initial pour with obvious haze. After swirling in all of the residual yeast that was stuck to the bottom of the bottle (and there was a ton in there, so be sure to give the remaining 1/4 of the beer a vigorous swish in the bottle), the murk set in and turned it into a muddy but vibrant amber-yellow color, pushing up an inch-thick creamy head with great staying power. Lacing is clingy and fat.

S - Everything you expect in a classic hefeweizen -- overripe bananas, light and spicy clove, hints of powdered-sugar covered Dubble Bubble gum, and a subtle but pleasant wet-cardboard yeastiness. Mmmm... The only reason it doesn't get a perfect 5 is because I like a slightly bolder and spicier nose in my hefeweizens.

T - Very lightly sweet on the tongue with some solid spiciness and tones of banana. In the middle comes the huge, wheaty graininess and yeast. The following tartness is more lemony than yeasty, which helps give it a crisp snap. The finish has some noticeable hoppiness which provides a nice dry note that begs the next sip. Well rounded.

M - Light without being watery, and gently expanding to a sea-foamy wave in the mouth. Swallow is creamy and substantial without being gassy.

D - This is a very substantial wheat beer with bold flavor and a solid body. Because of this, it suffers slightly in the refreshment aspect of drinkability. Otherwise, the people at Sierra Nevada should be patting themselves on the back for a job well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 16:21:53 | More by EPseja
Photo of blackie


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

a: swirled into suspension every bit of the thick yeast coating on the bottom of the bottle to create an opaquely cloudy, glowing orange-yellow appearance, capped with a lasting white head

s: a full and highly aromatic wheat body sports heavy scents of yeast that bring to the table big clove, candied banana, and bubblegum, delicate candied lemon, herbal noble hops, a very "soft" aroma lacking any sharp acidic notes, fantastic

m: smooth moderate carbonation, medium body thickened by the yeast slurry

t: heavy wheat body carries a ton of yeast and the accompanying flavors - bubblegum, clove, and banana taffy - all linger into the finish with a gentle herbal hop flavor and bitterness

d: a bit heavy in character for superb drinkability, but as a whole it's better for it...it ain't no New Glarus Dancing Man, but it's damn close, Sierra really flexes some muscle with this one

single bottle picked up at Norm's in Vienna, VA, with dirts

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 03:13:24 | More by blackie
Photo of asabreed

New York

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy golden yellow, creamy-looking, with a huge billowing head, leaving some chunks and puffy rings of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, mild bubblegum, nice spicy pepper, and heavy yeasty earthiness.

Taste: Banana, clove, a bit of bubblegum, some earthiness, some spice and pepper, with a clean finish, one of dry and mildly bitter banana and clove. Not too sweet either, which can happen with a lot of domestics, and very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp but with more than adequate almost-creamy carbonation.

Drinkability: I could probably drink a six pack of this stuff no problem, which is good and bad. Tasty and refreshing and all around good. This might be a new staple.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 23:11:35 | More by asabreed
Photo of illidurit


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

12 oz bottle. Hazy golden color with a nice pillowy head. Maybe not as glorious as the German hefes but still nice-looking. Aroma is strong bananas and bubblegum with mealy wheat malt and cloves. Flavor is nice and complex. Banana pith, vanilla, cloves, light lemony note, bread dough, and a bit of bubblegum. Smooth creamy body that feels very authentic going down. Easily the best American hefe I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 20:26:59 | More by illidurit
Photo of oelergud


4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Standard river view with a yellow border.
Sun golden cloudy body topped with a white fluffy head that has good retention and great lace.
Inviting fruity scent with some very nice summer spices, sugar and mild hops.
Great flavor. Banana, mild cherries, spices and sugar. Short aftertaste of citrus, light malts, sugar and spices.
Full body, coarse feel, some slickness and residual sugars.
Excellent session beer.


Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 21:32:08 | More by oelergud
Photo of necoadam


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

Poured out a hazy golden/light yellow color with a nice amount of head on it. Left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma was wheat malts with a perfect balance of banana and cloves with an underlying aroma of bubblegum. It was very inviting.

Taste was soft and delicate but all the flavors stood out. Spicy banana begins at first with light cloves clashing at times with the banana. Some wheat grain can be tasted towards the later end. Pretty much the same as the nose.

Mouthfeel was light with the right amount of carbonation.

Hands down one of the best hefeweizen's made in the U.S. In all honestly, this beer can stand up to some of the German hefe's.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 11:48:47 | More by necoadam
Photo of Murchmac


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

This beer is better than bad it's good, not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good. The Velvet Fog himself.

Thick white head, big bright electric cloudy body. Banana yellow with lemony yellow highlights. The body of this beer is like a yellow neon sign in the fog.

Yeast, spice, pepper, and sweet banana notes jump out of the glass into your nose lighting up the dark recesses of your nasal cavity.

Great yeasty, clove, banana taste. It's electric, like Dick Hyman, guess you'd expect to catch the crew rhymin.

Never lets you down with it's stereo sound, this beer is creamy smooth, velvety. Like Mel Torme crooning in his purple crushed velvet jacket, this beer is a classic.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:40:15 | More by Murchmac
Photo of SirDrinxAlot


4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated and retained a good lace.

Smell was faint spice, banana, clove, and powdery yeast/wheat.

Taste was light coriander, banana, clove, and dusty wheat. Velvety smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Light bitter kick at the finish with all of the flavors lingering on the tongue. Nothing too overpowering.

I've been waiting for this one to become available for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. This will be a summertime staple in my fridge for sure. Kellerweis and the hammock will go hand in hand.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 02:54:25 | More by SirDrinxAlot
Photo of wagenvolks


4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz stubby bottle into a beer mug. Poured as instructed, swirling the remaining 1/3 of the beer to rouse the yeast.

Cloudy, bright peach color to this attractive hefeweizen; in all honesty, I'm not sure the swirling did much to increase the haze, as it was a fairly yeasty pour before the last third of the beer was added. Nice frothy head of eggshell foam retains well and gently settles to a thick cap while leaving some spackles of lacing. Clean aromas of lemon zest and fresh cut wheat grains, backed by a hint of clove-y bananas. Nice, but could be a bit stronger.

The flavor is quite good, with a zesty punch right off the bat that drops yeasty esters all over the palate. Notes of banana, lemon and orange zest, clove, and vanilla float atop a solid backbone of wheat malts. Superb mouthfeel, with a perfectly carbonated light body whose crispness balances well with a smooth, creamy finish. Drinkable? You bet. One of the better American-made Hefeweizens to be bottled, and the perfect compliment to a hot summer day. Looking forward to the rest of my 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 22:24:22 | More by wagenvolks
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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