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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,159 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,159
Reviews: 1,216
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 bgjohnston
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good to have my favorite reviewing site back online. I have been holding onto the last couple of these from a 6-pack I tried and enjoyed before the holiday weekend, as this is a beer worth noting and remembering.

Pours very pale and cloudy. Kicks up an impressive white head, especially if you swirl in the yeast sediment as the bottle admonishes you to do.

Smell is distinct, and I admittedly have trouble picking out details with many beers. There is some clove, a lot of banana, and a bit of sweet, maybe yeastiness, all right there before you taste it, and a sip gives you a lot more of the same.

Mouthfeel is full, and gets even bigger if you elect to get more of the yeast into your glass. And yes, you can sip or gulp it, as the low alcohol content won't tell you what to do either way. Finishes dry with the very slightest hint of bittering hops as the other flavors slip from the palate.

I have come to expect hoppy brews from Sierra Nevada. I was wondering what this beer would be like from them, but it proved to be a welcome surprise, resulting in a big change in what I think of when I consider their beers now.

bgjohnston, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Finn
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, creamy, white head stays on top. This weis is a hazy dark yellow, almost orange. The aroma is spicey, clovey, citrusy, with some bananas thrown in there.
This is one smooth beer! Classic banana esters hit the palate at first, opening into a creamy, clovey sort of flavor. The finish ends with a crisp note, not cloying at all. The body is smooth and creamy, and full, with surprisingly moderate carbonation.
Overall drinkability is very high. This is for sure the best american-made hefe I've had. Very full flavor but balanced well enough to enhance drinkability.

Finn, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a bubbly hazed blonde color with yellow highlights, has some pale straw hues as well. On top sits a thick and sturdy, bright white dollop of foam. As a result, lacing is well above average and spread in the most random order

S: dominant banana in the nose, soft tanginess, and light maltiness with barley. Spices waft around in the nose as well. Overall the smells are mild and in the right, I like

T: much like the nose, banana is king. However, its flavor is augmented and makes me think of a bowl of sliced bananas drizzled with honey and sprinkled with some spices (mainly crushed and ground cloves). Soft wheat notes are favorable and add a certain creamed goodness to the body

M: body is slightly creamy, or at least I think and yet the carbonation is on the strong side. It makes things zestful on the tongue. The body is on the lighter side but offers up enough weight to make a decent stand

D: good beer. I will buy this again. Tasty, and a nice compliment with grilled goods and warm weather. Spot on!

Magpie14, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this recently from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy egg-shell white inch of foam.

Nice combination of citrus, banana, clove, and sweet wheat aromas. Honey notes with a touch of sweet apricot. Later on I pick up some powdered sugar, orange blossoms, and more tangy wheat. Very good. This seems to focus a little more on the citrus with lower levels of banana and clove. Well balanced though.

Citrus and wheat flavors upfront with low banana-gum and clove notes. Wheat bread in the finish, lemon and orange zest in the middle. Flavors of honey on lightly toasted bread. Zesty and crisp finish, clean and refreshing. Would have liked a little more malt presence though, the finish is a tad thin.

Full mouthfeel, high carbonation but smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable. One of the better American made Hefeweizens I've had.

seaoflament, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Swimsum
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Pours out a golden hazy color. Big head emerges from the pour. Texture of the head is bubbly and foamy. As the head settles it leaves sticky lacing down the glass. The body has a nice cloudiness to it. Head eventually settles to a thin film.

S: Bananas hit as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Clove and some spiciness can also be detected once the beer is poured into the glass.

T: Clove is the upfront taste which gives way to a ripe banana taste. I can't believe how pronounced the banana flavor is here. It honestly taste like I've just taken a bite of a real banana.

M: Good feel to the beer. Body and carbonation are done well and the beer goes down amazingly smooth.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. I can't believe how fast I drank this beer. After I was done I was sad I didn't have anymore. This is prefect for a relaxing summer day. Go out and buy some of this, you will not be disappointed.

Swimsum, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, cloudy yellow from the bottle with a slight, creamy head that dissipates quickly. A whole lot of banana in the nose with a bit of alcohol warmth. The taste is strong with citrus, wheat, and yeast, with lots of banana in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light.

PhiloPsych, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of jizdepski
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from familiar sierra bottle into pint glass. has that nice yeasty stuff on the bottom...good sign. i poured about 2/3 of the bottle before swirling the rest and finishing the pour. appearance is opaque and orange, with a nice thick white head. looks like a fine hefe. smells citrusy, with spicy, clove character. the yeast is present, and reassuring before the first sip. taste is muted banana, mingling with that classic spiciness you'll find in the best german hefeweizens. a bit spicy up front, then bready and mild in the middle before the spice returns with a nice bittersweetness on the finish. absolutely refreshing. mouthfeel is just right...decent carbonation, and a little thin-medium bodied. i liked this one alot, and its drinkability soars. you could drink these all day. good job sierra nevada.

jizdepski, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of CualityC
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In brief- this is the finest American Hefeweizen I've ever sampled.

Every summer it seems like half of America's craft breweries trot out a half-cocked Hefe and half of them some ridiculous "WitBier". Leave it to Sierra to show everyone how it's supposed to be done. The beer pours a flaxxen gold, bright and cloudy somewhere in the color spectrum between a Weihenstephaner and a Schneider-Weisse. A typically billowing white head tops the beer after a careful pour into a 20 oz. Hefe tulip glass. All in all the beer is uniformly hazy and gives off a slight glow- pardon the cliche but this beer gives off the beauty of silver lining in a cloudy sky.

The nose is all German racecar Gestalt. Spicy herbal notes mingle with clove and just a hint of farmhouse funk. First whiff announces that this is the real deal, not an imposter American Wheat Beer wearing Hefe clothing.

Taste is exceptional. In classic Sierra fashion this beer pays homage to tradition while also pushing the style forward. There's no doubt it's a Hefeweizen, but somehow it's also American, slightly bigger, slightly bolder then its Germanic counterparts.

Mouthfeel is good, though I'd say this is the one category where the American looses something to the import competition, this beer is just a little more unruly and less refined than the best Bavaria has to offer.

Kellerweis is the lays potato chip of beer, I dare you to have just one. If you're looking for an American Wheat beer by all means try a Pyramid Hefeweizen, the best of that 'style'. But if you're after the best Hefeweizen brewed in America, by all means treat yourself to a Kellerbier.

CualityC, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a golden label, the newest addition to the Sierra Nevada lineup. Pried off the cap and poured to a pint glass.

A: Glowing wheat-gold, poured moderately cloudy at first, entirely milky after swirling and dumping the last few ounces. Tough to see any carbonation, other than a couple steady streams stemming from a little etching in my glass. Creamy white head, maybe a finger-high, drops to a paper thin topping that never quite disappears. Short curtains of lace.

S: Pleasant bready/sourdough aroma. Lightly lemony, spiced wheat, a fair amount of clove, hints of banana. Not ranking with the best Bavarian hefeweizens I've enjoyed, but strong enough and an appealing approximation.

T: Honeyed wheat fills the mouth, with a zesty spice and squeeze of lemon. As it warms, the clove and banana flavors really come alive. Grassy notes, lasting 'yeast roll' flavor, dash of pepper/mineral dryness.

M: Wonderful mouthfeel, crisp up front yet smooth finish. Medium body, style-wise, maybe even a little thicker. Some lasting prickle, a settling spice resting at the back of the tongue. Yeasty aftertaste holds for several minutes.

D: I love seeing an established West Coast brewer like Sierra Nevada forego the heavy hops and brew a perfectly drinkable summer beer, especially when it's a style that I wholeheartedly love. A nice surprise to find this on the shelves. Easy to drink, disappeared far too quickly - guess we need to run out and get more. Recommended!

msubulldog25, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden and evenly hazy color, moderate sized white head, and a couple bits of lace. Aroma is just like a typical Hefeweizen's should be. Phenolic bananas, sour, lemony wheat, bubblegum, light spice, and slightly buttered pizza dough. The scent and the flavor both have nice balance. Taste also matches the nose, and nothing is overpowering or cloying. Flavors include banana pudding, spice, lemon, dough flavors, all stirred up with bright prickly carbonation. Mouthfeel is nice too. Slick, a tad chewy, swirlable, lightly frothy. Not surprisingly this is also easy to suck down.

Good solid Hefeweizen.

tastybeer, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw yellow with a soft-peaked head.

S: I am picking up mostly clove and wheat, with slight amounts of banana.

T: Spicy yeast and grain. The finish is a little watery.

M: Good for the style.

D: This beer could compete with most of the true German hefeweizens.

gameface23, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden tinted with orange, capped with four fingers of slumping white foam. The stiff, sticky head retains a long time and leaves wide drippy rings of lacing on the sides of a tall weizen glass.

Lots of overripe banana and pungent clove in the nose. Mellow tangy wheat undertones enrich the profile.

The taste is spot on for the nose and is quite sugary-super-ripe-banana-forward with dry dusty spice. SN's Keller is creamy and sweet with a mild wheat backing.

The drink is fullish-medium in body, smooth and a touch creamy with mild carbonation. A highly quaffable hefe.

cvstrickland, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy/murky golden tinted orange-amber with a medium off-white head that reduces down to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

S-Citrus notes, primarily of lemon and orange, with a nice hit of overripe banana. A bit of spiciness in the background. Sweet wheat malt pokes through on the backside.

T-Fruity sweet from the wheat malt and citrus yeast. Nice tart lemon finish and a bit of spicy hop notes in the finish.

M-Medium-light,crisp and full of zing! Ends on a rather dry note.

D-A great beer to have on hand during the hot months when you reach into the frig and you are simply looking for "a beer". Certainly nothing too crazy, but it has a good taste profile that aims to refresh. A fine beer at this price point! Nice job from the "old guard" at SN.

Deuane, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Embrace the Haze"

Pours a pale yellow orange color. Very cloudy and hazy with 2 fingers worth of white head.

Smell is very yeasty with notes of lemon, ginger root, cloves and coriander.

Tastes of oranges and lemon zest. Lots of tasty yeast and spices. A hint of ripened banana and cloves also are present.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nicely carbonated. Light and crisp with an easy finish.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a summer session beer thats up there with the best of them.

Sierra Nevada does every style of beer very well and this is no exception. A verygood Hefeweizen!

BigMike, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy pale color with an orange hue. Dense off-white head that fades with thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and fruity with some mild spicy tones. Hints of banana and clove.

Yeasty and fruity upfront with a nice wheat malt taste and some light spicy tones toward the finish. Ends up fairly clean and dry with a pleasant light lingering yeastiness.

Light body, medium carbonation.

A delicious and sessionable hefeweizen that exceeded my expectations. Surprising lack of hops considering Sierra's lineage - and glad that they let this become more of a traditional solid all-areound wheat beer. Get you some.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Not bad color wise with an orangish yellow amber sunset thing going on, but the head is almost nonexistent and that's just not cool

S: stereotypical banana and wheat, nothing bad, very to style and if this is you style then youd like it. it wasnt strong

T: ill have to give it a 4.5 even though im not a huge wheat guy but it fits the profile very well, its crisp and tart with an almost green apple fresh banana finish and a yeasty cream to the over all feel. im not a huge wheat beer fan but this is pretty good.

it is a bit to bubbly for me, but if that's your thing then you'd likely love this. either way its a great summer beer to try at least once

Redwood21, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a New Belgium globe glass. No bottling info is given but this just was released so it is extremely fresh. Comes in at 4.8%.

A-Pours a hazy, glowing straw yellow. Has a nice 2 finger white head that slowly recedes to a 3/4 finger level.

S-The usual suspects come into play with lots of clove, banana, and some wheat.

T-It tastes a lot like it smells. The clove hits fast, followed by banana and some lemon. It does not have a very grainy finish. The banana flavor dominates the aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied and smooth from the nice layer of foam. Has a good carbonation level.

D-Very sessionable at 4.8%. It tasted great at my 4th of July BBQ.

This has to be one of the best Americans hefes that I have tried. It is a great warm weather beer that flew out of my cooler.

mjl21, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow gold with wisps of yeast slowly mixing in. A tall, creamy white head sits on top. Soft dried banana and abundant wheat malt hit the nose upfront along with muted clove and spice, faint bubblegum, and a bit of lemony sourness. Lots of fresh, tangy wheat malt in this one. Typical banana and clove flavors sit more in the background. Phenolics mingle with pepper and lemon rind. Very refreshing. Medium-light with the appropriate amount of carbonation. Good weizen...glad it's a year-round offering.

wedge, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Kellerweis and it finally arrived in North Texas. Poured into weizen glass.

A: Huge pillowy head that slowly dissipated but still left a good finger. Nice lacing and murky coloring. Exactly as I would want a hef to look.

S: Heavy wheat tones with some spiciness as well. More on the bready side of the hef equation. I don't really get the banana that most of the German hefs have. Nice but probably the least of the qualities..

T & M: The bready wheaty tones come out in the taste as well. No cloying sweetness, very crisp mouthfeel. Nicely bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable hef that I will be drinking quite often for the remainder of the summer.

elniko, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head that makes good use of this glass's volume to say the least. This eventually peters down into a rich 1/2 finger, that fires up beautifully when swirled, leaving back lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. Really nice Hefe look here. The aroma is fruity with citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as notes of yeasty ripe banana, light bubblegum, and sweet malty wheat, which holds the whole thing together. Just a nice fresh pop in the nose from this.

The taste is crisply sweet from the wheat and citrus, with the yeast really blooming out nicely along the backend, along with clove and some very lightly spicy Noble hop charcter, which really dries the finish out and lets this end with a bit of a zing. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with an extremely crisp feel and easygoing nature to this. I'm actually a little surprised by the amount of presence this has in the mouth for a sub 5% beer.

Impressive. Full flavored, crisp, and refreshing, this is by far one of the better American-made Wheat beers that I've had in the bottle. A steal at the price and perfect for summertime imbibing.

Kegatron, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bennetj17
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic Hefe appearance, color like a grapefruit peel, deeply cloudy, with sizable white foam. Nice retention. Aroma is the only place it lacks a bit. Light yeasty banana scent, with touches of phenolic spice. Hint of citrus notes also. Not real potent.

Yeasty wheat flavor, like fresh wheat bread, with less pronounced banana and spice. I get a decent amount of tanginess, lemon and maybe orange, and this is the only departure from tasting more like a Weihenstephaner. Finish is rather unremarkable. Overall rather clean and refreshing. Lively carbonation, adds to the body. Lightly foamy on the palate.

Very nice example of the style, not the best, but a real bargain for a 6-pack compared to imported examples. I am very pleased Sierra Nevada decided to make this brew widely available. Between this and the Torpedo IPA I am beginning to like them alot more. This is a really good Hefe, and because it's under the Sierra Nevada name I think it will be more likely to end up in the hands of your average beer drinker, hopefully allowing them to discover something new on their way toward better beers. Recommended...

bennetj17, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with an orange hue. A decent head and lace.
The aroma of wheat,banana,cloves with vanilla &citrus hints.

The taste starts off zingy with citrus and wheat dominating the flavor. Some mild banana notes carried along with mild clove hints.
The feel was creamy,high carbonation and a light body. Carbonation throws off balance. Some lemon aftertaste in finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer to have any time. Great for summer weather,but for the style it is just average.

Lexluthor33, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of riversider76
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Good retention and a very nice lacing. Aroma is of fruit,clove and candy. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of banana,up front with a spice candy finish. There is a nice yeasty presence through out,but especially in the finish. A bit different than the usual Hefe, but excellent in any case!

riversider76, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The guys from Sierra Nevada came to the Gold Country Brewers meeting a brought a ton of bottles. Thank you.

A- Poured in to pint glass. 2 finger head that fell to a very thin film. Good Lacing. It was a golden wheat field color with very hazy.

S- Very good here. Up front its all Banana, clove, yeast.

T- Just like it smells, Banana and yeast. Fairly sweet.

M- Very Soft Beer. A bit to carbonated, but its a well rounded feel.

O- This is a very good Heff. Probably one of the best heff's I've had.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, cloudy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing.

The aroma is wonderful and everything you'd want and expect from a hefe. There's the bubble gum and banana sweetness mixing with some lemony hops and, as it warms, a clean peppery spice aroma.

The taste has an initial lemon zest pop before the sweet malted wheat takes over, with the bananas coming in strong. The finish is slightly bready and with a bit of peppery spices that tingle the palate.

The mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation. It seems to have a light mouthfeel but still completely fills the mouth, which is definitely saying something.

This is a fantastic hefe from Sierra Nevada and a great craft beer introduction for most people out there. I drank this one with some non-BA friends and they absolutely loved it. Kudos to SN for putting a beer out there that will undoubtedly please the masses and, I think, impress the beer geeks out there as well (me included).

gford217, Jul 05, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,159 ratings.