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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,376 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 318 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:Nice hazy looking straw color. Really nice haze actually. A finger and a half of white head with nice lacing as well.

S: Tons of banana. The clove is in there as well but damn does the banana shine through. Little bit of citrus in the back with the wheat pulling it's weight as well.

T: Follows right along with the nose. Really nice and complex heff of which there are not that many. The yeast is very powerful and flavorful.

M: Perfect. A touch thick but the carbonation pushes it right down.

D: I have had live oak in growler form and on tap and dare I say this is a poor man's Live Oak. That being said I in no way want to sell this beer short. This is a world class heff. Recommended.

Photo of daledeee
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am probably harder on wheat beers than any other category. American wheats don't have a good track record for the most part.

This beer pours a very bright yellow orange with a nice white head.

The nose is yeasty, banana and citrus. This beer has the most distinctive banana aroma of any beer I have had. Very nice!

Taste is nice and tart with bread.

Mouthfeel may be the only drawback, but not much. Just a little watery and not quite enough carbonation.

This is one of the best wheat beers made in America. I can see why they stopped making their other wheat beer. This is a definite improvement.

Photo of merlin48
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally, found a sixer of this in Asheville, at the granola emporium(Greenlife Grocery on Merrimon Ave.) Knoxville is such a crappy beer city that this is nowhere to be found there.
Poured into a large weissebier glass, we have a hazy straw yellow body with an immense vanilla head. Abundant clumps of sudsy foam adorn the glass.

Aroma has clove, white pepper, twangy wheat, ripe bananas, and a hint of lemon.

Medium to light medium body with a coating medium carbonation.

Taste is excellent for style. Wheat malt twang, clove, ripe banana, orange pulp, and a hint of lemon. Very nicely constructed.

Quite good! The new benchmark in American hefeweizens, and solid enough to rival the better teutonic versions.

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

served it in a pint glass from a bottle .

a great looking pale orange color. a cream white head thats not thick but has long lasting retention,with alot of carbonation.

a pleasant aroma of straw fields,moist earth ripe pears and banana peels,some spice and grains .

ripe fruits like pears and bananas following along with the aroma the taste doesn't disappoint it taste like it should with a noticeable spiciness thats blended just right.

the medium body feels very smooth and silky on the palete .leaves a tad bit of a malty,spicy aftertaste.

a true achievement in brewing this may not be the best hefeweizen beer in the world,but it may be the best in America.

Photo of zplug123
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pils glass.

A: Pale, cloudy straw color with great head retention and effervescence.

S: Smells of yeast and cloves, heavy banana as in following with the style. Very nice

T: What a wheat beer should taste like. Laden with esters of clove and banana, yeast profile is always on the tongue. All ending with a clean finish.

M: Light bodied but by no means watery. Carbonation adds a bit of bite but clean tasting and crisp overall

D: One of the most delicious hefeweizen I've tried, definitely in my top of the list for the category.

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

Pour was a nice cloudy golden yellow with a nice white head with good retention and a decent amount of lacing. Smell was of bananas and cloves and also a lot of yeast. The taste was like the smell, a lot of bananas and cloves and spice and yeast. Mouthfeel was good, medium bodied, bubbly. Drinkability was great, especially in the summer. Went down smooth and could drink a few more.

Photo of hosehead83
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams "bubble" glass
Hazy gold in color with an eggshell white rocky head
Aroma-Clove, with spices and banana
Taste-More of the same- clove, definite banana and spices. Definite Belgian influence similar to Hoegaarden but with more substance and character. Finish is very tasty and creamy! Foam clings with an almost Guinness-like creaminess to the sides of the glass. Very nice! Certainly worth a try!

Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a golden-orange color with a nice head that has great retention. plenty cloudy.
s- very banana-ish, much like most hefeweizens. not as spicy or grainy smelling as many hefes. emphasis is heavy on the banana. not a bad thing just definitely noticable.
t- starts very banana centered. the spice exists as the finishing note which is a good way to end it. a good tasting beer, if not particularly outstanding.
m- a pretty light beer but not so much thin or watery but just not a burdensome beer. carbonation has enough of a presence to force you to truly savor the beer.
d- very drinkable. smooth and light enough with a low enough abv that its definitely a solid session beer for those who enjoy hefes. one of sn's better offerings and one of the better american made hefes.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recent bottle from Premiere Gourmet. Pours a beige body, with large but consistently fading head that whafts bannana and some other spiciness. Leaves the odd lace dot. Medium mouthfeel, with that unfiltered taste, and good carbonation, easy drinking hefe. Not the most outstanding I have had, but certainly very drinkable.

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

Summer time. Forgot to follow the directions on the bottle though. Oh well.

Pours a cloudy, opaque, thinnish orange juice color. Big fluffy head settles to a small fluffy head.

Smell is pretty deep in the banana clove with a touch of Hubba Bubba (regular flavor).

Taste of banana clove, with a dash of oranges, and a tinier dash of Hubba Bubba (regular flavor).

Much more full bodied than I thought it would be from the appearance. Light carbonation burn. You want to chug but the thickness talks you down so the cup might last a few extra minutes.

Overall: nicely done

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small, foamy white head. Aroma of clove, banana, wheat. Typical hefe but not overly spiced. Light and a touch fruity. Flavor is sweet initially, light and fruity, with a tangy spiciness and citrus. Top notch hefe indeed.

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

Pours a hazy golden with a thin white head. Smells strongly of ripe bananas. Taste is quite wheaty, with fruity esters throughout. A hint of saltiness in the finish. Also a touch tart. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation surprisingly lower than your average Hefeweizen. Drinkablity is very good, this is an excellent example of a Bavarian Hefeweizen. The yeast smells and flavors are a tiny bit less pronounced than some Bavarian examples, but this is much more authentic than some American Pale Wheat ales masquerading. Anyone who is a fan of the style should pick this up.

Photo of denflyr
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this ever since it was announced!

It was worth the wait!

Poured a VERY cloudy pale/light orange with a small head.

It does have the requisite banana and clove smell and maybe even an allspice berry tone, but not tons of it.

The taste is very nice and I really enjoy it. It has a nice creaminess with just a little bit of "nuttiness" towards the end. It is a little bit acidic like it has been mentioned before, but not in a bad way!

A very nice mouthfeel. The finish sticks with you as well.

Wow, drinkability! It is 101 degrees out right now and this fits the bill. Refreshing, tangy, cool! Could drink a whole lot of this quick!

Nice beer!

Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty cloudy light gold colored body. Small white head tops it of for a little while. Nice hefe scent, wheat malt, bit of banana. Pretty solid tasting brew, classic hefe taste. Wheat, with aspects of banana and clove as well. Somewhat acidic on the tongue. Medium bodied. Great beer to have on a nice warm day outside.

Photo of hobbitking54
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. is for amazing, somewhat of a cloudy look to it, lots of bubbles and the head was perfect. no lacing at all, but in my eyes that's just fine because of everything else it had to offer.

s. is for sexy, it had a very enticing smell of oranges. made me want to drink it quite hurriedly.

t. is for that's damn good. just as the smell leads you to believe, it tastes like oranges.

m. is for made up textures, almost overcarbonated but not quite. i don't know what that means but it seems right. also, it's not just almost overcarbonated water, there's texture to it, like an orange juice film leftover.

d. is for drink this beer. i would recommend this beer to anyone and everyone. i very much enjoyed it and will drink it again i'm sure.

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

Bought for the lady friend, yet consumed by self.

Appearance - Hay colored, cloudy on the pour. Two inches of nice foamy head sticks around for awhile. Laces nicely.

Smell - Nice spice. Cloves, a hint of that banana. Sort of banana bread like. Also some orange peel. Quite nice. Hint of mustiness, in a good way.

Taste - Light and crisp. Definitely some lemon and citrus. That spice not comes through as well. Some biscuit hiding back there. A little sweet on the follow.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty smooth, but the sweetness on the follow makes it hard to consider having too many. I'll drink one easily, and maybe a second. But I'll pass on the third, thanks.

This is another very solid offering from SN. Certainly a nice summer bev. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

Photo of atremains
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light golden brownish color with a big head that hangs out for a while and leaves some good lacing. The smell is heavy on the banana, wheat, and yeasty scents. Huge grainy wheat taste, very refreshing, bananas, and spice, very good balance. Mouth feel is soothing with a nice prickle from the carbonation. Very drinkable and refreshing for a 90% out door jam session the other day, and great for winding down after a long day today. Sierra Nevada has yet to disappoint, still eagerly awaiting the Celebration release this year!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of wheat malt with nice ester of banana and cloves. Taste is very refreshing with great notes of banana ester with subtle cloves and loads of wheat. Body is full with nice bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Very well done for the style with great refreshing factor - I think it is wonderful to keep this level of quality with the quantity of beer being brewed by this brewery.

Photo of myost88
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into shaker style pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored body with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Clove and banana are dominant. Lots of spices, fennel maybe? It smells great. A lot of hefes smell overly spiced, but this one gets its smell mostly from the yeast.

Taste: Banana again. Very yeasty. It has that nice biscuit taste. Again the balance is the key to this great beer. The spices serve to accent the wheat and yeast. not to flavor the beer themselves.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for sure. Highly carbonated. It dances around your tongue and then goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Ughh? Is their even a question on this one? It's a 5 easy.

Overall: The perfect Hefe IMO. Not overly peppery and the spices are a great compliment to the true hefe taste that comes from the yeast.

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

Picked up awhile back, and finally getting around to drinking.

A - Pours a hazy yellow almost a light orange. No head what so ever.

S - Fresh bananas. Maybe a bit of clove, but mostly bananas.

T - Bananas, yeast, and wheat.

M - bananas stick around on the palate.

A decent beer to be drank on a hot summer day.

Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single picked up from Hop City in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of fresh bananas with hints of citrus - more orange and lemon than anything else.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Fairly large banana flavors are joined quickly by hints of citrus hops. The banana and wheat flavors are in charge throughout the sip. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished the bottle quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this is another solid effort from SN and one I will revisit again. It's got a bit too much citrus to be considered a classic hefe but it's a very good Americanized version. Worth a shot.

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

Barely blurry gold with a small shot of orange juice. A pillowy crown of elephant tusk ivory colored foam was created on the pour and looks like it'll hang around for quite a while. The final pour murks things up beautifully as the bulk of the yeasties are added.

If the nose is an accurate guide, Sierra Nevada has nailed the style. The beer smells pale wheaty, with a fair amount of ripe banana and zesty clove. I'm not sure why Munich malt was used, but it isn't appreciated (so far at least). This should be a good one... which is pretty much all these guys brew.

Kellerweis Hefeweizen is a rock-solid version of a style that, if there was any justice in the world of craft beer, would be 10 times as prevalent as American pale wheats rather than 1/10th as prevalent. Wheat has very little flavor and Bavarian hefeweizen yeast has a ton. A no-brainer, right?

The malt (pale, wheat, Munich) adds just enough flavor and just enough sweetness. This might be the first time that I've ever seen a hop bill described as hop A (Perle) *or* hop B (Sterling). Those two are similar, but obviously not the same. Hmmm, wonder which one I got?

Bitterness is appropriately scarce (just 15 IBUs). The hefeweizen banan-o-meter score is a thoroughly respectable 3.5/5.0 and the clove is a perfectly calibrated accent. This offering doesn't seriously challenge some of the New Glarus hefes for 'best American version of the style', but it's a wonderful effort by any measure.

The neck label claims a 'velvety texture'. Well... not quite. That said, the mouthfeel is very good for the style and the ABV. It's smooth and semi-silky, with just the right amount of ballast. The carbonation is spot-on as well.

Since my local grocery stopped carrying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and Ayinger Brau Weisse, I've been suffering from hefeweizen withdrawl. Thankfully, that's no longer the case. I couldn't be happier that Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen has filled the void with something that stacks up pretty well against the German greats.

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

A & S - a full golden beer with a white inviting head. Smells banana-ey and sweet, with a hint of cloves.

T & M - taste is clean and fruity banana, very well put together. The mouthfeel is full and very good.

Drinkability - This is a great beer, but then again it's Sierra and they rarely if ever let you down with their beers. This is as good as a Weihenstephan, one of my personal favorites.

Photo of DannyS
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass beer mug.

A - An absolutely gorgeous cloudy golden amber with a tall, frothy pillow of foam on top with great retention. My mouth is watering just looking at it.

S - Lots of upfront grain and a slight bit of citrus, with less banana phenol/bubblegum than the norm. Still has the clove character, though its main profile is citric and light.

T - Crisp, fresh wheat flows over the palate, joined by the light citrus, with the banana and clove easier to detect when tasting. It differs a fair bit from the other hefes I've had, but it is a great flavor nonetheless.

M - A decent bit of body, peppy carbonation, and lots of smoothing foam make this a joy to feel as it goes down.

D - Despite the modest ABV, this one goes to your head pretty quick. That and its very filling character hold it off from session perfection, but it's still a good choice when downing a few.

Overall - A slight variation on the strict norm of the hefeweizen, but it's such an excellent brew despite that. It's light lemony character adds the perfect touch to the style. This is easily a new addition to my favorites.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Had a bottling code that had to use a cheat sheet to decipher - why can't people just use plain dating. It was a cloudy golden yellow color. Plenty of carb streams and plenty of sticky white lace. It had a large white especially after swirling the bottle to stir the yeast up. It slowly settled to a 1/8" constant foam.

The aroma was amazing. Wheat, ripe banana, clove and some other spices. Near perfection and a joy to sniff over and over. The taste followed the aroma and again near perfection. This may be one of the best American hefe's that I've had and easily the best that I can get bottled regularly. Exceeds most imported German hefe's which I find suffer greatly in transportation.

Overall, a new classic hefe. It is extremely flavorful, thirst quenching and easily available = home run for me. Most highly recommend. Will be in heavy rotation.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,376 ratings.