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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 164
Gots: 223 | 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 Shaw
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw in color, even cloudier after swirling the final ounces in the bottle. The head is big and white, but vanishes quickly.

It has a good aroma of banana and spices.

The taste is classic Hefeweizen: Slightly spicy with just a hint of funkiness, probably from the open fermentation?

The body is crisp and bubbly, a nice zing to add to the spicy notes. And there is plenty of heft to this beer: It's far from watery.

This is a very fine Hefeweizen -- it's very refreshing -- and that should be no surprise since it's brewed by Sierra Nevada.

Shaw, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Looks like a hefe should. The nose has a lot of banana with some underlying clove and some lemon underneath both of those.

The flavor starts our with the malt which gets out of the way to lead to creamy banana flavors. The finish is quick. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizens but this one was above average for me.

Spidey13, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly clove, some breadiness.

Taste: A little bit of everything. Some lemon, moderate sweetness with a hint of banana, some spicy clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Feels kind of heavy and slick.

Drinkability: Tasty, but due to the heavy feel it comes down a peg.

It's summer, so let's try the new SN wheat. I enjoyed their old wheat, this one has more of the traditional wheat flavor to it but isn't quite as sessionable. Still a good beer though.

Mdog, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass for a cloudy pale orange body and a light, soapy head. A mixture of citric and banana along with minor clove spicing and a little bit of a yeast twang. Chewy and fluffy with the wheat giving it a soft and minor sweetness, along with some caramel taste. Slightly sharp and citric with lemon pepper spices, thin-bodied with minor fruit notes like banana and orange. Goes down smooth and easy, slightly slick; good balance. Overall, a good but not noteworthy hefe that is a good try if you're a hefe lover but nothing that is overly fascinating.

clayrock81, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of kels
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours from the bottle into my pint glass a bright shade of golden yellow. The liquid has only the slightest tinge of haze with light visible carbonation. The 1 finger head is only retained for a short while before fading to a frothy white skim. Light lacing is lingers behind.

Smell: The smell is pretty notable in this beer. Yeasty fruitiness dominates, and notes of banana and powdery grains come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nicely balanced taste. The malts are only slightly sweet and the grains are crisp and toasty. The yeast stands out in the taste as it did in the smell, and there's a slightly tart citrus and juicy plum. The feel is bright, full and fizzy and somewhat creamy thanks to the nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Really high. This is a very refreshing and tasty beer that is good with food or just on its own.

kels, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a single of this up as a little something extra last time I was at Total Wine. Had a chance to try it at the ACBF and thought it was pretty solid for an American hefe, figured I'd give it a whirl.

Appearance- Pours a very nice hazy golden amber. Mild pour yields lots of pillowly head with very tightly beaded bubbles. However, the head dies down very quickly to a thin layer across the top that stays. Decent amounts of sticky lacing on the side of the glass as I drink but not a ton. Really the only disappointing aspect of the appearance was the speed with which the head died.

Smell- Not terribly complex but very pleasant. Lots of fresh banana in the nose backed up by a fairly noticeable bready/yeastiness. Not a lot of spice comes through in the nose but very fresh and full of fruity esters.

Taste- Again, the fresh banana characteristic is the strongest element in the taste for me. However, it isn't an artificial taste and it is still backed up by a very prominent yeastiness in the flavor as well. I still don't get a lot of the spices that I'm used to in wheat beers but a very refreshing flavor profile that in no way reads artificial like some of the other American hefes I've experienced. One of the best and fullest flavors I've experienced in an American hefe in fact.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decent amount of carbonation that beads up the side of my glass throughout the duration of the drink. Good amount of body to the beer and much more than I'm used to in American versions (think Widmer...). The refreshing taste and smell, along with the medium body and solid carbonation of this beer really make it a thirst quencher.

Overall, a great summer beer and one of the best American hefeweissens I've yet to try (I still put it behind Live Oak however...). Strongly recommend it if you're looking for a solid and fresh hefe.

boatshoes, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of magnj
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - When poured according to the directions this beer still has a rather clear body. Atop sits a 1 finger fluffy white head that hangs around a while before settling to a few sticky spots which leave some lacing. Tiny bubbles rising all over.

s - Lot's of yeast character. Cloves and mildly banana, a bit bready, pretty typical hefe smells and not too funky.

t - Again really nice complex yeast driven flavors from clove to banana bread. None of them stick out and it has been really cleanly fermented. Ends just right, a little dry but not too hard.

m/d - Again it ends clean and dry but leaves a little taste behind reminding you to try it again. Body is slightly on the thin and clean side for the style which is really nice and refreshing on a hot day. This went well with a fire while camping and with dinner at home.

magnj, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Cloudy, pale yellow with about 3 fingers of head. Retention is decent with a persistent cap. No lacing. A little on the light side and a little less murky than it's European brethren, but still well within it's rights as a hefeweizen.

S - Banana aromas are present to a moderate extent with some spicy clove cutting in lessening the perception of sweetness. Peppery, earthy notes are present as well leading into a faint appearance of phenols.

T - Faint banana is laced throughout the taste but never shines. Early on the taste is dominated by spice; clove, pepper, coriander, even somewhat herbaceous at times. Earth, grain, and indistinct spice lead into the finish where there's a bizarre and unpleasant moment where medicinal, sour, and herbaceous flavors come together. Lingering banana sweetness with a burst of lemony sourness wrap up the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Maybe less spritzy than other hefes but still good.

D - Kellerweis is an easy, low ABV brew to kick back with and not think to much about. In the realm of American hefeweizens it's better than most, but like them also it can't match the big boys across the ocean. The banana element is far too subdued and there's an interesting but overall unappealing spice element. A decent beer, but if not for the Sierra Nevada name, it would fall by the wayside to be forgotten.

PatrickJR, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of jpro
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6'er last weekend... Pours a pale, straw yellow - nice and cloudy with a puffy white head; good head retention. Aroma is of yeast, bread, pepper and some very light hints of banana / clove. The taste is mostly of bready malt / wheat, banana-fruity esters, spicy and a little tart. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy; its light-medium bodied and very drinkable and a great summertime brew (although its probably not something I would go for on a regular basis).

jpro, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow/light orange brew with a white fluffy 1/2" head. Head settles to a nice thin head has nice lacing. Looks great.

Brew smells of banana and clove an yeast and other spices.

The brew tastes very creamy; having a nice balance of the spices and yeasts. Very nice creamy finish along with a subtle spice on the tongue.

A very good hefeweizen, and another very good offering from Sierra Nevada. One of the better american Hefe's. Very drinkable - and very solid.

magine, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep cloudy yellow with sunny glints of copper. A billowy white head rapidly fades but leaves nice thick oily curtains of lacing in it's wake.

I pick up grassy, almost swampy at times, notes from the aroma along with bright citrusy tones. A bit funkier in the nose than I'm used to, but appealing.

The taste is quite nice, but once again also a bit funky (in a good way), with strong banana and orange flavours and a hint of clove. Sweet malt up front with a nice mild bitter finish down the back of the tongue. On warming the flavors become more prominent, melding nicely together in a very balanced way.

I have to say I like the mouthfeel of this beer, it's creamy and the carbonation tingles on my tongue. The body seems medium and finishes slick and very smooth.

This beer has turned out to be highly drinkable. I'm new to the style and saved the last beer of the six pack to review. I'm glad I did because this beer seems to have been something of an acquired taste for me. The first few were, well a bit funky. I think I could really get into the style now because this is a very good beer which I like more as I drink more of them.

BlackBearForge, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
2.83/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a weizen glass laden with a tourist trap logo I'm too ashamed to mention.

Swirled & poured out the last third like a good Sierra Nevada fanboy. Got nearly nothing but a new picket white fence for my effort. Once settled, it turns a muddy orange/peach color.

Smell is doughy, with ripe banana, coriander, & lavender & violet florals. Big presence.

Taste is much like a watered down orange banana smoothie. Very yeasty, feeling sort of dusty, like Orange Julius cheaped out & used powdered milk. Reddi Whip sweetness. Finish is yeasty bitterness & some faint grassy hops.

Carbonation is too low for me. Feel is too chalky the way SN wants to serve it. A second decanted bottle, though much thinner, proved better.

Where's my Franziskaner?

PEBKAC, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of theopholis
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a translucent yellow color. Body looks like unfiltered apricot juice. The head is large, fluffy, very creamy, and very white. Decent staying power, very little lacing.

Smell- Smells strongly of wheat malt with some residual yeast.Hint of banana and spices.

Taste- Nice and wheaty. Failry refreshing. Hints of clove and spices and black pepper. Quite good.

Mouthfeel- Not as dry as a lot of hefes, but quite nice. Decent CO2 level.

Drinkability- Decent American Hefe. Man is and always will be the best, but this isn't bad either.

theopholis, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of Bubba83
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Weizen Glass at 45 degrees. I am really enjoying the look of this beer. A good amount of bright white head with a little bit of stickyness. Color is a little lighter than I might expect, yellow, yellow-orange, hazy, I'd expect to see these colors on the horizon at sunrise. Lots of tiny little bubbles happily rising up to the top of the glass. 1/4 inch head is retained for the duration of the experience, and leaves some light lacing.

I'm picking up a lot of clove in the nose, along with banana, wet paper, and citrusy hops with an emphasis on lemon. A bit of a subtle floral character in the hop profile as well. Not too much peppery spice here.

Lots of banana taste, followed by lemon. Much more banana than clove. I am also picking out some wet paper over the banana as well which is usually what happens when it's fermented a tad too warm. There's some wheat in the background, and I even got some bubblegum. Finishes up with some clove and wet paper.

Very crisp, clean, smooth and vibrant mouthfeel. Hard to ask for anything more in the mouthfeel department. A little more heftyness than most hefeweizens which is a plus.

What a nice example of the style. I never would have expected such a hop-centric company to go outside of their comfort zone and pull something like this out of the hat. This will surely be a regular in my fridge the rest of the summer.

Bubba83, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this in the cities.

Poured into a standard pint glass, my weizen glasses where dirty. Pours a darker hazy unfiltered hazy yellow color. Pour produces a thick and creamy white head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

The aroma is strong on wheat malt and bread dough yeast. I also get unripened bananas and spices. A light scent of citrus lemon is also noticeable.

The taste is much what you would expect from the nose. Clove and spices and a dash of black pepper. Wheat and citrus lemon also add in to a very good American Hefe.

Overall, this isn't a bad American representation of a Hefe. I still think that NG Dancing Man is and always will be the best, but this isn't bad either.

Mistofminn, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is expectedly yeasty and wheaty with creamy smooth edges and nice banana/clove notes. Smells great.

Poured per instructions in weizen glass, it's a hazy medium yellow with a large rocky head. Looks great.

Creamy-smooth body with distinctive lemon edge. Full spectrum of wheatiness displayed: creamy to zesty. Cloves notes and spicy coolness, a little less banana. Mild bitterness. Moderate acidity. Finishes slightly dry. Tastes very good. Feels quite good. Great drinkability.

Top-notch Hefe from a top-notch brewery. Can't go wrong here.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy yellowish blonde color with a bright white finger of head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly make their ascent towards the white capped summit. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin white film across the top of the beer.

Smell: Spices of cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Most Hefe's and the label claim that strong notes of banana should be prevalent, but I'm not detecting very much here. There is definitely a sweet fruit smell, but it's not discernibly banana.

Taste: Banana! Aha! The sweet fruit taste is clearly banana. The spices of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg liven up this delightful little brew. Overall, the flavors meld well to create a very nice Hefe.

Mouthfeel: The initial sip is light, but the creaminess of the Hefe soon envelops the tongue. This beer has serious potential to hang around for a while.

Drinkability: While relatively low in ABV, the stickiness of the mouthfeel prevents this from being a very sessionable beer for me. I might be able to have one or two in a sitting, but this may end up serving as a warm-up for more flavorful beers in the long run.

COBeerBuff, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep orange glow appears in my pint glass. This beer sports a fabulous white fluffy cloud-like two finger head. Whispers an invitation to savor it's flavor.

Smell - Fruit comes to mind first: Orange, Apple, Pear, Nectar, Peach. Yeasty. Bready.

Taste - This is a beer that tastes just like it smells. I did catch a little alcohol on the front, but nothing to worry about. After the first sip it was hidden very well. The Orange, Citrus, and Apple Flavors were very present. Then as the beer warmed, a bread and doughy flavor took more charge. There is an ever-so slight hint of medicine going on. Lemon peel is also there on the after taste. As i take my last sips, yeast is very present.

Mouthfeel - This beer sports a Mod-light, to Moderate body which is characteristic, expected and desired for a "heffer" (Hefeweizen). At first the carbonation is tough to notice, but pay attention to the backend of your swallow. It's there, and is quite ticklish on the rear palate. A very nice experience.

Drinkability - A Very likeable beer. The Best Heffer I've tried to date. I do wish for a bit more complexity, but that is just my bent toward other beer styles making a fuss. With that in mind, for it's style, it's a "Class A Act." This is a great early evening summer beer. It quenches your thirst, satisfies your beer craving, and leaves you wanting more.

PreacherBrewer, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased at Lowes Foods in Apex, NC.

A - Straw colored and cloudy. A large, fluffy white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Lots of aroma dominated by bananas and cloves.

T - Lots of banana and spice in the start and a mild bitterness and a slight tartness in the finish. This is a very flavorful beer.

M - A creamy consistency with a nice moderate level of carbonation.

D - I've been looking forward to trying this beer and it didn't disappoint. It's got a lot of flavor, goes down easy and is very refreshing. And at 4.8%, it makes a nice summer session beer.

GJ40, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy straw golden color with a thick white foam. Nice lacing all the way down.

S- Loads of clove and sweet fruit scents dominate the nose. A bit of spice and banana are most easily detectable.

T- Clove and wheat flavors are really well pronounced and add alot to the overall taste without being overbearing. Banana and coriander can be found as well. Finishes with a smooth bready/clove flavor. I thought that there would be some signature Sierra Nevada hoppy bitterness but there was not (true to style points +1).

M- Light and crisp. Nice carbonation.

D- Really nice example of a Hefe. It's nice to see a well distributed American brewer put out a decent representation of a traditional German brew.

projectflam86, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very hazy yellow gold. Very hazy. Thick two-finger head retains well and leaves behind good lacing.

Nose is more banana than clove, but clove is definitely there. Strong yeast aroma as well.

Fizzy on the tongue at first. Then malt body kicks in, followed by a mild citrus flavor tempered by banana.

The label says velvet feel and they are not kidding. Very smooth.

Easy drinker, especially on a hot night.

beer2day, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass...

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with about a half inch of head that fades nicely leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet, slightly grassy, slightly yeasty...typical for the style.

Taste: Like the smell. Very typical of the style with nothing really standing out. A bit of sweetness up front, followed by some grassy and yeast flavors. Overall it is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp and refreshing feel. Goes down smooth and easy. Perfect for a warm summer night.

Drinkability: Sierra Nevada does it again...this beer is quite good. I will admit, this is not my favorite style of beer (so my review may not capture all that is this beer). But from what I can taste, it is very good. I can see myself picking up more of this.

krisandajt, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of katan
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Very hazy - yeast suspension is apparent. Head formation is very vigorous, light white in color.

S - Excellent hefe nose, with lots of clove and banana notes. Very estery. Yeast is the most dominant characteristic.

T - Starts off somewhat subdued with a light malt sweetness that immediately takes off with banana and clove notes. No hops presence. Very spicy. Finishes with a combination of malt sweetness and yeast astringency, backed up by a subtle yeast breadiness.

M - Carbonation does have a little bit of bite, inline for a hefe. Body of the beer is strong, indicating lots of unfermentables.

D - Extremely drinkable as a summer beer. Very refreshing spicing and fruity notes fit well with the season. ABV is right in line for sessioning. Carbonation is not filling.

Extremely pleased with this offering - a hefe that would rival the traditional German offeirngs.

katan, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part...glowing golden color...nice frothy white head..

S-More wheatiness than easters...mild bubble gum and cloves...aroma is weakest part of this beer..also detect a sublte rotten egg smell but it is very light

T-Nice flavors...not great...bubble gum..cloves...a little vanilla and banana...some lemons as well...everything is balanced and never prominent by itself.

M-Perfect weightiness...not too big to drink a couple thirteen fourteen but also not so light it feels like Mich Ultra....exactly how a hefe should feel...creamy texture..

D-This is the third time I have had this...the first time was in a 3hefe blind taster and I had this third behind Dancing Man and Schells....thought it was good but not as good as those....the second time I had it was the next night by itself followed by Schells and I thought this was much better....today I am kind of in between...it's good...I don't know that it is great...I will drink again and possible change this review when I have a cleaner palate if it is necessary..I love the fact a quality brewery is doing a nice hefe...I just don't think it is top of the class like some do

ZAP, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a pale straw, very cloudy with a healthy, finger-and-a-half fluffy white head with excellent retention. Top notch.

Nose is full of clove, some banana, and some prominent zesty wheat. Really fantastically done nose - one of the best I've tried on an American Hefe. Every element is there, but none of them are the least bit fake or overdone. Very nice.

Taste matches up nicely with the smell - notes of vanilla and banana link up with the spicy, tangy clove and wheat notes to produce a nice, refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable and authentic hefe. Finish is packed with phenols and is quite tangy. Again, the wheat presence is prominent enough to not let the flavorful yeast take over. Balanced and well done.

Mouthfeel has the soft, crisp, lush feel you get from the best hefes.

Drinkability is excellent - flavorful but not overbearing, each sip leading into a craving for the next. Top notch.

JohnQVegas, Jul 18, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,156 ratings.