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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 205
Gots: 381 | 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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Ratings: 3,447 | Reviews: 1,262
Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours a wonderful burnished gold in dire need of a polish, and topped by a majestic off-white head, which shows decent retention and laces better than the other two hefes I've had tonight (Denison's and Kapuziner). Its more or less a classic hefe appearance, ans sure looks the part in my weizen glass.

Sometimes hefeweizen reviews seem to blur into one. There certainly is a prototypical hefe out there, and I could describe it to you - hazy yellow pour with a large white head, smells of banana and cloves, tastes of banana and cloves, medium-high carbonation and thirst quenching body. I need not go on, as Sierra Nevada is all of these. Its hit the style square on, and this has resulted in an excellent hefe, which also has trouble standing out from the crowd.

The nose has excellent pale wheat tones underscoring everything. On top of this meaty banana and clove gamely play. Reading from the script, the wheat gives this beer a nice zing, which helps to relieve the sweeter flavours of the Bavarian yeast. The banana level is somewhere in the middle of the register, and shows great balance. Its an American take on the style, which mimics the German so much it would be impossible to differentiate. The mouthfeel is light, but manages to feel smooth due to the high, yet pillowy, carbonation, which certainly bulks things up a tad.

I did like it a lot, but I'm getting a little bored of these identikit hefes. The other two I had in the evening showed far more interest - Dension's emphasised lemon and bubblegum accents, while Kapuziner had a wonderfully smooth, creamy wheat body, which was unlike any other hefe I've tried. Sierra Nevada have done a good job, though, even if they haven't pushed the boundaries. They are a brewery who can make craft beer that appeals to a wide audience, and I think that this will be a successful addition to their stable.

Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Banana-peel body and pearl white head - I couldn't have drawn it up any better myself. The prototypical haze is in true form and a plenitude of bubbles, along with a bright glare, further hinders one's ability to see through to the other side. This heap of bubbles leads to a slew of fluffy capping and a rococo-style lacing. The appearance perfectly matches the profile of a classic German hefeweizen. But how does the rest of it fare?

Exceptionally well if this aroma is any indication. The characteristic candy-like bubble gum attribute is foremost, outweighing grainy wheat, banana, lemon, and clove in that order. The malt is unusually pronounced as the zest and spiciness seem considerably scaled back. That said, there is no shortage of vibrant seasoning.

The wheat is present on every taste, the bubble-gum and citrus and clove seem to rotate. A considerably lush note of vanilla, seemingly unnoticed in the aroma, is greatly appreciated in the flavour. Banana is definitely the most consistent taste although the beer's graininess prevents it from ever becoming all that fruity.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite have the same effect on the palate as the style's all-time best. The dryness and creamy texture are met but the carbonation could use a teeny lift; the tongue demands a little more prickling and zestiness to feel fully quenched. The relative lack of phenols is sorely missed and a little spritz of acidity would also do wonders.

Sierra Nevada does superb renditions of most all of the time-honored beer styles. They were among the first and are still among the best to do so. I'm glad they introduced a hefeweizen to replace their retired wheat beer; it turned out to be near flawless. As can be said for so many of their other offerings, this is an exemplary prototype for all the other brewers out there looking to duplicate old world classics.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer poured a straw yellow, which went all hefe hazy when I did the traditional "Hefe Bottle Swirly" to get the yeast all stirred up to finish my pour. The head was 2 fingers massive, and white. It hung around a few minutes, just to say hello, then reduced down to a decent cap of foam that lingers throughout. A small bit of lacing is noted. This is a very pretty beer. It demands that you look at it.
The aroma off the bat is wheat sweetness, and banana. I didn't pick up much in the way of a clove aroma that's so prevalent in other hefes. I also didn't notice anything in the way of hops. Are we sure this is from Sierra Nevada?
The taste is great. Really, really good. The sweetness of the wheat is right out the gate, and the banana notes compliment this very well. There is a slight bitterness present, just to counter the sweetness, but it doesn't linger or even cause a stir. It's just there to do it's job, and then slips out through a side entrance. The carbonation is constant and abundant, and it gives the beer a very full mouthfeel. I do notice a touch of clove in the finish.
Sierra Nevada have created a classic with Kellerweis. This beer is delicious. Kellerweis has become MY hefe. The drinkability on this is huge. This beer would be perfect for luring BMC drinkers into the light. Good job Sierra Nevada.

Photo of gatornation
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy straw yellow color with a smallish head and minimal lacing the smell is bananas coriander and clove and belgium yeast..the taste is MMM good its has the bananas and clove up front then finishes with some spices and sweet malt lots of creamy fruit notes in this one..really tasty..if you like belgiums ie,,pales then you will like this one..i found highlt tasty and very drinkable..SN is the best macro/micro brewer of beers in the US they offer high quality brews across the line at great prices...this one is no exception..highly recommended

Photo of joozyboozy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

extremely murky orangish yellow. it has a bright white head that fades to a light ring around the glass.

the smell is light. it consists of lemony citrus notes and coriander.

the taste is also light but good. it was citrusy and spicy with faint malts and a bit of hops

the mouth feel is average body and carbonation

well since i finished it already pretty good

Photo of t3hcho53non3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a one fingered head that quickly leaves but leaves good lacing throughout.

S: Yeasty, fruits, floral undertones, bubblegum

T: At first some of the characteristic sweetness of Hefeweizens is missing but then once it reaches the rear of your palate it picks up. Bubblegum, yeast, and wheat are the dominating tastes.

M: Medium bodied with almost no carbonation

D: Very drinkable and the more you drink the more this beer evolves and changes characteristics

Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Hazy gold, not much of a head, no carbonation, and little lacing. The smell was of the typical Sierra citrus and pine variety, but it also revealed some clove, banana, and biscuit. The flavor confirmed this, but the breadiness was much more evident. Not as fruity and spicy as one would expect from a hefeweizen, but certainly drinkable.

Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of white head on top of a dark golden body with a cloud of hazy yeast spreading throughout from the swirl. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty yeast with spicy wheat notes, vanilla, and a bit of clove.

T - Spicy wheat and smooth yeast notes of clove and vanilla. The wheat becomes a bit spicy in the middle and then gives way to yeast for the finish with more of the vanilla notes, a little banana, and some spicy, slightly lemony, hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D - This beer is very drinkable. It is a bit more subdued than some German wheat beers but still has good yeast character and a lot of zesty wheat. This is a refreshing, simple, and very enjoyable beer that I could drink all night.

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

Appearance: Pours a nice wheat color of cloudy gold. The head is nice and white with plenty to go around. Pretty good lacing too.

Smell: Smells like a good hefe with lots of wheat but just sort of the gum smell.

Taste: This Hefe is good because the wheat taste stops just sort of that gummy flavor. It is a little light on the hops imo.

Mouthfeel: Nice and fluffy feeling, smooth and just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Sign me up for another. You could pound this stuff all day and be just fine.

Photo of drabmuh
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I should start this out by saying that I am both a huge Sierra Nevada fan as well as a hefeweissen fan and they nailed it. The beer is yellow and cloudy, the kind of permanent starch haze you'd expect from a beer like this. The head is white and big, it falls away quick but a thin layer of white bubble forms over the beer for most of it's life. Carbonation is moderate and steady, medium sized bubbles and there is some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is filled with wheat, some banana character, no hop character in the aroma. Invites you to drink. Carbonation is present in the mouth, makes the beer feel fuller than it normally would seem, the flavor is great, some of the etherial fruit flavors you may expect, banana, almost no aftertaste, a slight wheat-like flavor in the back, the bubbles fill the midpalate with good body and a connection of flavors. This beer is very drinkable, I could kill a 6 pack in no time. One of my favorite beers currently.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L branded Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color. A medium-sized fizzy head dissipates pretty slowly leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Looks nice...

Smell: Wheaty, with faint hints of apricots, grapes, and bananas. Smells like a typical American hefeweizen.

Taste: Has that typical hefeweizen wheaty taste. It also has banana, cloves, and kind of a lemon zest taste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth. A bit of a carbonation bite, which is nice.

Drinkability: A great American hefeweizen and another great beer from Sierra Nevada. German hefeweizens are a particular favorite for me, so I'm usually pretty picky when it comes to American hefeweizens. Nevertheless, Sierra Nevada has really impressed me.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color with a large, long-standing, fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing as it goes.

Smell: A relatively faint smell that is heavy on clove with touches of wheat and cinnamon.

Taste: Starts sweet with banana flavors in the back of the throat, finishing with a very strong banana/clove flavor and a wheaty aftertaste. Also has just a hint of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, balanced carbonation, refreshing finish- everything a hefeweizen should be.

Drinkability: A very good hefeweizen, and the best American hefeweizen I have had to date. Tasty and true to the style, I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't quite sure of what to expect from Sierra Neada's Kellerweis.

Not that Sierra Nevada isn't a favored and trusted brand of mine, it's just that I've had so many California-brewed "weizens" that were far more American than Bavarian. As I eyed the bottle, and rolled it to release the yeast sediment from the bottom, I wondered to myself "will this be overly-hopped"? Thankfully, the answer is no.

There is a quick note of hops that's almost required -it acts as the Sierra Nevada signature - but beyond that it's all wheat, banana, clove, and soft fruit (mainly apple, but there's some pear as well). And I actually enjoy the quick hop note as it's a little bit unique.

Beyond that, I found the appearance to be quite good, and although the lacing wasn't at par with the absolute best, it was still pretty damned good. The aroma was decent, and again checks in but doesn't rank at the upper-most eschelon. I thought that the overall flavor, however, was right up there in balance and roundness, with all of the components working together but standing out a little bit on their own. And that leads to drinkability, thus another great score...

... and in conlcusion, I'd say it ranks right up there with the greatest exampless from Bavaria. (And that I've now got another favorite to rely on)!

Photo of Seanibus
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a big, lively fluffy white head. The aroma is rich, spicy, and phenolic, with pronounced fruit, apricot, pear and apple. The flavor is rich and wheaty, with huge fruit esters, particularly spicy apricot. It is rich and round and powerful, far more robust and flavorful than the ABV would suggest. The mouthfeel is thick and carbonated.

This is a delicious beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, spice, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light but hearty malt character. There are sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice wheat beer with flavor and substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as part of a mixed 6 pack.

After being chilled for about an hour, it pours a hazy straw yellow colour with lots of foam. The glass is about 2/3 beer, 1/3 foam. Lots of bubbles streaming up from the bottom.

The smell is nice and spicy and fruity but not overly so. Good light cloves with some bananas and a nice overall wheat nose.

The taste is more assertive and very tasty. The banana is there with the clove giving me a nice spicy sweet fruity taste. Underlying it all is a solid wheat base that the other flavours bounce off of and I'm really starting to dig this beer.

It has a very good medium mouthfee, especially for the style and all the bubbles I saw only translated to the carbonation being lightish and that works very well here. And...head retention was excellent and there's lots of nice lacing.

Drinkability? This is a *very* quaffable Hefeweizen! I wish I could get it here in Casper..

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful cloudy straw yellow orange. An average head fizzling down leaving short waves of lace. Smells like a good hefe, lots of wheaty malts. Taste is sweet and sugar. Plenty of malt flavor with a well rounded feel. Not too overbearing, a good beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy orange gold with quick acting white foam that beds down quickly. Some stickiness.

Smell almost nondescript. Some malt, lightly orange, but otherwise missing.

Taste is chalky wheaty but in a good way. Full of flavor in the mothfeel. Good banana finish. Well carbonated.

Very drinkable. Not aclassic hefe, but still tasty.

Photo of Patrick999
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a number of times, but never have given it a proper presentation, much less reviewed it. So, I'm going to do it up proper in a weizen glass.

It pours ultra-foamy as hefes are wont to do. Nice cloudy golden body, some sediment here for sure. It looks like a very good authentic German hefe, indeed.

Aroma is of sourdough and clove. Decent, but I could go for more banana in the nose.

Taste is more balanced than the nose, though it still seems a little clove-heavy. Banana seems to want to make a small appearance at the back end. Fleeting note of plastic. It is certainly tasty, though.

Feel is appropriately sharp, crisp. Medium light in body, good quenching feel as it washes down the throat easily.

I have to give it to Sierra Nevada here - they aren't taking the easy route and brewing an American Pale Wheat while calling it a hefe. This is a very good option that can hold its own with the Germans.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy golden body with active carbonation and lovely yeast floaties...a bad pour (my bad) produces three and a half fingers of foamy, white head...it falls into a great cap and retains the whole time...minimal lacing

S - Fruit really dominates the nose...banana, apple, and pear...some faint spices...clove and coriander

T - The flavors are well rounded out but the fruit dominated...the fruit is up front and present for a while...the same fruits are here...banana, apple, and pear...I was surprised the banana flavor wasn't bigger...more apple stood out for me...the spices were light and brought a nice ending...clove and coriander lingered as well as a pinch of cinnamon...which paired with the apples was very pleasant

M - Medium bodied...creamy, nicely carbonated, and coated the palate nicely

D - Another great beer from Sierra Nevada...it was weird not having hops all in my face...a sessionable beer and great for those warm summer evenings...or warm fall days as when I enjoyed mine

Photo of BigJim5021
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Screw the normal format.

All I really need to say about SN Kellerweis is that it could totally pass as a Bavarian-made hefe. This stuff is downright tasty.

I'm so glad that SN replaced their shitty unfiltered wheat with this stuff. Best decision they've ever made.

Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that yielded some light lacing. Body is yellow and cloudy, just like a good hefe should be.

S: Very nice smell of light yeast, wheat, and hints of lemon and banana as well. Quite inviting.

T: Excellent taste, with wheat and citrus coming through. The banana is prevalent, but not sickening or overpowering at all (and I'm not a fan of bananas)... works very well with this beer.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: Definitely the best hefeweizen I've tried yet... it's extremely easy to drink, well-balanced, and an excellent example of its style. Looking forward to having another sometime, as soon as I can.

Photo of redneckchugger
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Very little head, no lacing
Banana , clove nose.
Tastes is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than i woudl have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana qprinkeled witha touch of clove powder. Still, i like it a lot.
This is a very good Hefe.

Photo of manwich
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easily my favorite American hefeweizen I've found so far. Pours a nice cloudy light amber, good solid white head that sticks around for a while. The kellerweis wins where other American weizens lose in having plenty of fruity ester flavors. I've found lots of American craft attempts to fall flat in flavor, they usually look right in the glass but don't stack up to their German competition when it comes to flavor.

Each mouthful of this beer is interesting, worth taking a second to taste and smell. Bananas and other fruits are plentiful. It's very drinkable and reasonably priced enough that I could see myself having a few!

Also: I love the bottle design and it looks great in my fridge.

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours light, pale straw with a cloudy body. Super stout white head of foam that takes a while to dissipate. Collar maintains throughout consumption.

S - Mild wheat presence, with obvious banana and citrus esters. No spice phenols present. Light hop note.

T - A very forward weizen. Moderate wheat sweetness at first. Banana, lemon, and clove favors are eminent. On the finish there is a very light bitter from the hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. No warming sensation from ABV.

D - A very straight forward hefeweizen.


A perfect summer or session beer. It is a classic example to the hefeweizen style, but is by no means a trophy product. For me to rate this as one of the best hefe's, I feel like it's missing some middle spice phenols... similar to Paulaner Hefeweizen. Was also surprised that there wasn't much hop presence, either.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,447 ratings.