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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,416
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 202
Gots: 357 | 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 deaconoflove
2.78/5  rDev -31.4%
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
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of ladygodiva
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful semi hazy deep gold with a dense but at the same time fluffy looking 1.5 finger white head. Some sediment on the bottom.

S: Bubble-gum initially that transitions into banana to wheat to cloves, and back to banana.

T: Your taste buds travel down the same transitions as your nose, but with a wonderful vanilla constant. The malt is pronounced, with spicy undertones that dissipates and returns to wheat. My only complaint is not enough acid/lemon flavor to balance the sweet banana/vanilla/bubble-gum.

M: It's creamy and the vanilla leaves a swirling warming affect. Upping the carbonation would probably cut down on this almost "warm" feeling but I don't think I would want that.

D: doesn't leave you quenched due to the creaminess and light carbonation, but I could easily spend a whole day drinking this.

Thanks Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. for this wonderful offering.

Photo of Mit
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a Hazy orangy gold with a rapidly dissipating head.

s Spicey like a Wheat should be. Banana flavours present.

t banana, coriander/clove notes with a slight hop bitterness rounding it out.

m lighter mouthfeel as one might expect with a wheat beer(or I have found). Very typical of the style.

d Very drinkable...I will have to remember to pick this up in the spring/summer rather than the fall..LOL

Overall I found the beer to be a very classical wheat beer. I guess I was expecting more of a Sierra Nevada spin on it but that is a very minor point.

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

Appearance: A wonderfully hazy golden-orange body capped by a massive off-white head that sticks around for a long time and leaves good lacing on the way down. Very much on-point for the style.

Aroma: Pale wheat, banana-like yeast qualities and spicy cloves; just what you'd expect from a Hefeweizen.

Taste: Exactly as advertised in the nose (and style guidelines)--banana and cloves over a pale wheat backbone. There's a little flash of hops towards the middle (this is a Sierra Nevada beer, after all), which adds a nice crisp element. Light cereal grains and bare hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some creaminess and crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing, but still full of character, this is a perfect choice for an afternoon session during the warm months.

Verdict: Kellerweis is a tasty, true-to-style Hefeweizen, and a solid addition to the year-round Sierra Nevada lineup. Simple, but never boring, this is a fitting replacement for Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice foam top fades quickly on this hazed golden colored body of liquid

S - full of clove/banana/orange peel and wheat bread with some hints of apples.

T - mimics the nose. sweet over-ripened bananas with some slight orange and spicy clove. I would swear that this was a Bavarian brewed beer, definately not from Chico.

MF - medium full, chewy and highly carbonated

D - gotta be in the mood for a hefe, but this is the best American made version I have had.

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle
A) Pours with a white, wispy, two finger head. Head sets up well. Lacing is creamy, thin and sticky. Some haze in the body. Upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Banana. Light notes of grain. Wheaty. Apple.
T) Mellow malt sweetness up front. Then mixes in a thin grain taste - slightly dry. The malt sustains until the end and lingers beyond with a subtle hop and dry taste.
M) Fizzy. Creamy. Light bodied with some heft to it. Mild dryness.
D) A well crafted Hefe - definitely a little different than the rest. Pour me another!

Photo of Wegbier
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i like this one and has taken me more than two cases of this to finally sit down and review it.

pours a nice three finger white head that drops to one finger and doesnt give up. lightly sticky on the glass.
proper cloudy yellow straw to copper.

i dont know how to get too far into this one, it smells very nice but mainly of banana pudding.

creamy banana pudding, very pleasing, but i cant decipher anything particularly. a slight amount of tart

smooth and lightly carbonated, a light lingering finish

very drinkable, smooth all the way through with not challenging parts.

Photo of ebraun
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass with the recommended bottle swirl. I was rewarded with a perfectly cloudy hefeweizen. This hefe maintains balance despite having a lot of elements cranked up.

A: Cloudy and, as the label says, it "glows" with all the residual yeast. Head dissipated just a tad quickly but had some lace on the way down the glass.

S: Typical banana and cloves with some bottle-conditioning funkiness, which I like a lot.

T: The balance is what is so amazing about this beer. It manages to be both pungent and smooth. Has all the flavors that appear on the nose but with some added citrus and floral flavors. There's a lot going on.

M: It hits you with a pop and then smooths out for a nice long finish that ends dry.

D: Could drink this all day long and with the relatively low alcohol level I might not hate myself in the morning.

Just a really, really well-made hefeweizen. So many in this style are too heavy on the yeast and overwhelm you with the banana and clove or the citrus tones overwhelm everything else.

This one is just right, and then some.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got this beer down in Houston after what seems like the rest of the country has been enjoying it all summer. Pours a hazy medium golden color with a billowing cap of white head, certainly just as impressive as it's weizen counterparts from the land of lederhosen. Leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as well.

Smell is delicious as there is plenty of both bananas and cloves here, if I had to pick a side I would say the banana wins in a photo finish. There is the smallest bit of metallic aroma that keeps this from being one I could sniff on all day long.

The taste hits all the right notes for a hefe, the usual banana, cloves and crisp wheat...but it feels a litttle thinner than some of the finest examples of the style. I would like a bit more creaminess and viscosity. Those are minor complaints though and I think this is one helluva American hefe, second only to Live Oak. This certainly is an upgrade over Sierra Nevada's old wheat beer and I am very excited to have such a quality hefe available in bottles year round locally. Also great to see SN do some new, non-hoppy offerings.

Photo of jkempe11
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having been to Germany, I thought I'd never find a Hefeweizen in the States that compared to the stuff I drank there. Sierra Nevada actually proved me wrong, and proved that brewers in the United States CAN produce Hefeweissbier that is just as good as the German stuff.

A - Perfect. Not too transparent, the perfect golden color.

S - Just like a Hefeweizen should be. Bananas, cloves, just the smell of a perfect Hefe.

T - I swear... if you poured me this and a German Hefe in a blind taste test, I might predict this to be better. Amazing representation of the style, a perfect match for a summer day.

M - Creamy and delicious.

D - I could drink this all day. Phenomenal.

Really, this is the best representation of the style I've had in the United States. It may just be that I've been out of Deutschland for a while, but in my opinion - this is as good of a Hefeweizen as you're going to get... ESPECIALLY in the United States.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in the usual SN stubby 12oz bottle like the one shown and poured into a standard pint glass. Didn't think to try a 12oz brew in my .5L hefeweizen glass. Gave the bottle a bit of a rotation to stir up the beasties in the bottom...yum!

Anyway, was rewarded with a nice pour: cloudy golden color topped by a bright white head that flared up to the lip of the glass and then rather quickly settled into a skim. Left decent lace behind.

Smells like a real German weissebier; wonderful aromas of bready malts, bananas, cloves, and even a hint of bubblegum. Real nice.

Great flavor; lots of yeasty malty goodness with a nice fruity, spicy character. Has that Germanic hefeweizen banana and clove taste that I just love. Nothing American about this brew. The feel is light, crisp and a bit creamy.

Ah yeah, this one's a keeper. I could down a six-pack of Kellerweis every day. Very drinkable! A great effort by Sierra Nevada. Well worth picking up.

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

Have been drinking this one regularly from SN since its release earlier this year. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a creamy tight bubbled head.

The aromas are plum, clove, pear and banana.

Flavor is somewhat yeasty, clove and balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little more full and toward the oily feel of wit but not over the top.

A truly outstanding Hefeweizen. You will be hard pressed to find a better mass produced example in the states, brewpubs on tap only and extremely fresh perhaps, but this great.

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

A= whitish-yellow, reminded me of pouring grapefruit juice from a can. Very little head when poured slowly but it did stay around and clusted at the edges, fair lacing.

S= a true nose-full, lots of banana, coriander, spices.

T= bold on the spices and banana, coriander evident, with a rather biting tart finish that caught me off-guard.

M= a little tart and spicy.

D= if you like it, very drinkable. Otherwise you'll probably have trouble after the first gulp.

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

Appearance: The beer was poured into a DFH signature glass with a couple fingers of off-white head. The color was a rather hazy gold.

Smell: Starts off with a very honey aroma, but the cloves and banana really open up. The cloves really take over and its pretty much all just ester, yeasty goodness. I can smell a little bit of wheat aswell.

Taste: The taste is a really spicy sweet banana. You could definitely tell it was a wheat beer in the flavor. The finish is not very clean, in fact it is a rather yeast filled finish. There is a good bit of zest here and realistically it rounds out the taste perfectly. I am just very pleased with this beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the thinner side, but the carbonation makes up for it.

Drinkability: At 4.8% alcohol and with the mouthfeel it has, this has become my go to session beer. It's cheap, it's delicious, and it reminds me of an actually good German hefe. What more could you ask for?

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a 2-3 finger frothy head which dissipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of wheat and banana with a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: Nice spice flavor up front with hints of banana and just a bit of malt. Very mild bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable which is saying something for me because I tend to shy away from wheat beers.

Overall: Excellent representation of the style. I would definitely recommend this.

Photo of kurp001
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Shawan Liquors

Poured into a weizen glass, following pouring instructions on the side of the bottle. A moderate pour yields about two fingers of fluffy white head that holds up for some time before dying down a bit. Body is a deep, cloudy yellow.

The aroma is pretty bold; distinct banana and clove notes pop out.

Taste is somewhat spicy upfront, with a nice banana flavor that rounds things out midway. An ever-so-slight, spicy sort of bitterness comes through on the finish, but in a very subtle way.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth; I find that a lot of American-style hefeweizens tend to be a bit watery, but this one has a very pleasant texture.

Good drinkability on this one, as I would have expected; this is a great hefeweizen for hot weather and cold weather alike.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

This is a great example of the style. It doesnt have that over the top banana and clove taste to it but its there. Great silky beer with nice citrus notes. Perfect carbonation and complete definition of a session beer. Nice low abv and full flavored beer which is hard to come by. Pick this up over your run of the mill hefeweizens. Its right up with with weihenstephan for sure if not better.

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

Pours a hazy light golden color with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly but leaves lace all over.
Smells of clove, banana, phenol, and a restrained sweet honey malt deep underneath. Taste is more of the honey and sweet malts with some cloves and spice. Light body, medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Nice light easy drinking brew.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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