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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
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3,218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,218
Reviews: 1,216
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 174
Gots: 245 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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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
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada's new offerings are very impressive. First Torpedo, which was a great DIPA, and now a really nice Hefeweizen.

Now, this isn't as good as a Paulaner, but this is a mighty fine version. Bubble gum. A little smoke. Typical hefeweizen flavors. This one is pretty easy drinking.

I thought I smelled hops on the nose, but I didn't taste hops so maybe it was my imagination.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a pilsner flute glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy but glowing yellow gold with a 1.5" white head. The head dropped to a 1/8" cap and maintained all the way down. Lots of sheet lacing left behind on my glass.

S= Aromas of spicy clove dominate with banana and slight sulfur also present.

T= Much like the smell, with banana and clove leading the way but clove being the more dominant. Some serious wheat twang all over the start and middle of each sip. Spicy phenolic notes creep into the middle too. Finished dry with a very very faint tartness coming in to seal the deal.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a very crisp carbonation level and palate cleansing feel.

D= Extremely enjoyable and highly sessionable. This is not a typical German style hefeweizen, but I like it a lot and could easily session a bunch in a night.

spointon, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of m1ked
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to pick up some of this since it came out. Beautiful day, rooftop, Santa Monica...ahh I love summer.

A- Poured as directed, swirling the final third then pouring into glass. Looks like a beauty. Although it has that haziness to it, it is a bright apricot yellow with about a 2 1/2 inch craggy foam cap that clings to the glass as it shrinks down.

S- Subtle dusty hay yeastiness white pepper and coriander. I don't get the banana I was expecting.

T- I get a combo of subtle summer stone fruit wrapped up with some wheaty sweetness that has a touch of a bitter blip at the end before the dry finish. This is really nice.

M- Smooth, mild body with crisp carbonation.

D- Oooooh I could drink these all summer. I love this beer and summer. What a great combo... and the rooftop view in Santa Monica doesn't hurt either.

m1ked, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy yellow with a orange tinge - big frothy 2+ finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of fresh wheat and stong banana

taste is solid - maybe not as good as the smell but good - the banana has a slight tang - very wheaty - good full flavored hefe

mouthfeel is light but feels heavier some how with plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice dry finish

drinkability is great - a full flavored lower abv% beer that you can enjoy year round

jsh420, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours out a rich dark golden with a generous cloudiness. Nicely voluminous white head has respectable lace/retention. The aroma is full of bready yeast that emanates cloves and banana. The initial taste is a wheatiness that is heavily cut by a thick mild clove bitterness or fruity banana puckering. Somewhat heavy wheat character and spicy/fruity yeast.

A nice traditional hefeweizen made with open fermentation in America, which I appreciate, but it not a game changer. Quality hefeweizens from Germany is a niche that is readily available and affordable already. Medium body with a forceful, smooth carbonation. A solid offering from Sierra Nevada that reinforces their image as a brewer that is continually improving itself for decades now.

vacax, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of emsroth
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Pale yellow and completely opaque. Small even head with yellow spots from the yeast.

Smell: One of the best hefe smells ever, since I'm not the biggest banana-hef fan.

Taste: greeted by a burst of carbonation. Next comes a pair of yeasty sourness and husky wheat malt.

A lighter mouthfeel than most hefs. The thickness of the hef can sometimes be sickening.

An all around solid wheat beer

emsroth, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an extremely hazy yellow-orangish color with a hefty 2-3 finger of foamy white head to it. Head retention was very good, leaving rings of lacing on the glass the whole way down. Nose is of bananas and clove up front, a strong yeast presence with some wheat detectable. Taste is very nicely blended. Spice of clove gets you up front mixing with some lemon zestiness and a touch of banana. Yeast guides the middle, though more well blended than the sharpness in the nose. Finish is of wheat, some pale malts and a touch of earthiness. On the lighter side of medium body, with moderate carbonation, the unfiltered nature makes this a thicker feel on the tongue and a sticky finish. This is a highly sessionable beer and perfect for a humid summer night.

Jayli, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is the typical banana/clove but not terribly assertive with banana. On the palate the banana is weak as well, but plenty of herbal flavors, hops come through too, and a decent clove/spice in the mix. Wheat cracker is present. Carbonation is good and feels fuller bodied than most weissbiers.

yemenmocha, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as a single from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland yesterday. Poured into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A slightly hazy brown/yellow body under a white basic looking head that stuck around for a minute or two.

S Nice light wheat smell with light malt barley. Appropriate to the style but does not really inspire.

T Nice sweetness on top of the required wheat, light malt and minimal hops tastes. Nice and above average.

M Minimal to moderate, true to style. There is a nice smoothness to the feel that I appreciate as well.

D Very good, a hallmark of the style.

Notes: A very solid Hefe but nothing that inspires my imagination. Credit certainly goes to Sierra Navada for continuing to push their horizons with new styles.

adamette, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of BigD1972
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Pours a nice hazy golden color with little head.

scent of wheat and bananas, slight citrus

little carbonation, very smooth with a clean finish.

Followed the directions ( pour 2/3 swirl bottle pour the rest) very drinkable summer beer.

BigD1972, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of BeerPhan86
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Followed the directions on the Sierra Nevada insert that came with the six pack (which includes a great picture of a brewer scraping off some of the fermentation floaties in a huge open fermenting tank). You are supposed to pour 2/3 of the bottle, swirl the bottle, and pour the rest. I follow the same steps with witbiers and other beers with sediment. I found this beer had more sediment than many beers so a few rinses is required.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a nice thick white head. Completely opaque.

S- Smells of wheat and banana, almost like a nice piece of bread.

T- Wow, one of the more complex tasting Hefeweizen's I've had. Banana, wheat, some fruitiness in the finish.

M- Thick and somewhat chewy, not watery at all. I want to say that it feels "silky".

D- Very light alcohol-wise, though very flavorful! I feel as though one would not appreciate the flavors going on here after more than a couple, so I probably would not session this.

Overall, probably one of the best hefeweizen's I have had. I can see how the open fermentation makes this different than most American hefe's. I'd definitely seek this one out if you're a fan of the style, which admittedly I am not, but I really enjoyed this one.

BeerPhan86, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color, some hints of orange. Not much head nor lacing.

S: Wheat, mild spice, citrus sweetness.

T: Orange, mild spice, bread, perhaps some banana (especially noticeable with any burps that you may let out while drinking this beer). Sorry for being crude, but it's true.

M: Medium body, not much carbonation to speak of.

D: A very nice wheat beer, much better than the other American offerings I've had.

womencantsail, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of gunnerman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy head that leaves lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus fruit with hints of clove and berry. Taste is spot on for the style nice and smooth with a banana clove taste, a bit of bubble gum flavor as well, very refreshing. Overall a good all around beer, I am happy that this is a year around offering it will be a regular in my frig.

gunnerman, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a nice Hef glass, it was a lovely hazy, yellow straw color. It's hard to stop this one from wanting to deliver a three finger head. Nice fine off-white cap. Lively carbonation makes the head return with every swig. Some suspended yeast visible.

S: Dry, yeasty, wheaty banana with a hint of spice.

T: A touch of hop-like bite that is probably more tartness from yeast and carbonation. There is a breadiness and wheaty flavor but it goes quickly into a balanced banana and clove with a hint of bubblegum. There is a touch of pear and lemon there too. The finish is very dry with residual fruity flavors.

M: Light side of medium body - probably due to the yeast. High carbonation that is gentle on the palate.

D: This is a very well balanced and enjoyable beer. I don't go out of my way to drink wheat beers but this one feels like a drink that I would enjoy after a hard day in the sun. Really tasty and refreshing. Sierra Nevada really knows how to brew a beer. Hats off.

sgoodship, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of SirVeza420
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new summer beer. I just tried Sierra Nevada's Torpeda IPA brew, about 2 mos ago and that was also great.

Pours well, with a citrus, banana aroma coming out of the gate. Cloudy appearance with a fast dissolving head, as well. It has a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but not too overwhelming in either category. If you don't add a lemon garnish to it, than you can appreciate the balance between the banana, spicy clove, and lemon flavors. I would love too review more, but I have a Kellerweis to finish.

Cheers!

SirVeza420, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of enfield249
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful golden yellow, with a thick white head, and cloudy with lots of yeast.

S - Sweet, citrus, "summer"

T - Citrus, mostly lemon, sweetness but not cloying, tiny amount of hops.

M - Light-medium, not to much carbonation so as to make the mounthfeel sharp, just enough.

D - I could drink about 100 of these. Well done Sierra Nevada.

enfield249, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with some light orange highlights. Little bubbles continually shoot up towards the top. The head is typical hefeweizen, massive and white. It falls very slowly, leaving thick rings of nearly symmetrical lace all the way down the glass. Retention is excellent, as a solid 1/3 inch of foam remains atop throughout.

S: Rich, yeasty aroma showcasing some light banana and clove, raw wheat malt, and light orange. There's a bit more spice here than in typical German examples, but it's not too out of balance. Solid aroma, but not quite as full as the best German examples.

T&M: Decent flavor. Banana flavor is rather restrained, showcasing a bit more spiciness and some clove. A graininess and clean wheat flavor also contribute. Finish is drying and lightly herbal and spicy. I'd prefer a bit more of the traditional banana and clove, but that's probably not what SN was going for. Body is light and fluffy, with a zesty carbonation that's on par for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Light, with an easy-to-handle flavor. This beer is replacing their old APWA and I think fans of Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer will not be disappointed in the least by this upgrade. For the price, I'll probably make this a fridge staple anytime I'm craving hefeweizen.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very turbulent butter-gold with a mushrooming 2 finger plus head that breached the glass rim and shroomed upwards from the center holding steady. Bright white in color it leveled off after a few minutes to a creamy whipped covering. There was an incredibly strange swirling yeasty haze that reminded me of a lava lamp. A great coloring and even more unique and strange turbid nature that slowly swirled and curled, dancing right before eyes unlike anything ive ever seen in a beer. After settling the drink appeared a dark buttery gold in the center while light orange-gold highlights glisten around the edges of the glass. As you might of guessed this unique experience warrants extra consideration here.

S: The aroma was nice as well, bananas and very strong clove hints. The overall strength was moderately strong even after 4-5 minutes after the pour. Freshly buttered banana bread gives this good regards.

T: The flavor was beautiful with a yeasty and banana flavor bursting through. Spicy cloves, lemon bread and a hints of pears and honey dew are most evident. There is also a tangy tropical semi-sour tropical fruitiness and white grapes adding to the complexity. Very good regards here, finishes with a fruity and fresh lemon twang. A good alternative to two of my favorites per style Ayinger and Weihenstephaner.

M: creamy and full, lusciously smooth. Ill let the experience speak for itself here.

D: Goes down incredibly well with a whole hearted case recommendation here. Great in multiples, very good per style visually and flavor wise that was sharp and delivers a wonderful experience.

beerthulhu, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, banana, wheat and some spicy yeast.

T - Great balance of banana, clove, wheat and yeast provides a nice sweet flavor with just enough spice.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a really good American version of a hefeweizen. There are some German ones that are better, but this is pretty darn good.

zeff80, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy, thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, hops, bananas and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, wheat, bananas, a little spice. Not as sweet as some hefeweizens, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable American hefeweizen. This is a solidly made, easy to drink beer.

avalon07, Jul 27, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,218 ratings.