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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,148
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 163
Gots: 220 | 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 klewis
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%

A: Pours a hazy golden with a big, foamy head. Good retention and lacing.

S: This one throws off a huge smell from a few feet away. Bananas, cloves, mild phenols - it's all there.

T: A perfect blend of spice and banana. Full-flavored and true to style.

M: Light and crisp yet creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Nothing will ever beat Weihenstephaner, but without a doubt, the best American hefe yet. Undeniably worth picking up.

klewis, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.05/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Pale goldenrod hue, which glows when held up to the light. Very cloudy, even without trying to get all of the sediment into the glass. A one finger bright white head settles to a thin cap rather quickly.

A little bit of the standard banana and clove, but not as much as I expected. The little bit of orange peel is in the background. The aroma also seems to have a little bit of a smokey aroma.

The wheat malt in the grain bill gives the beer a slight tartness. Again, a good deal of banana, with only a pinch of clove. The smokiness is back in a very subtle form. Full bodied, high carbonation.

Not a bad interpretation of a Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. This is supposed to be more like the Bavarian style, and it's pretty close. Enjoyable, recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Impressive near-white, foamy head. Five fingers thick to start--three fingers one minute after the pour--nice. Settles into a rocky look. The beer itself is quite cloudy, providing a white hue in an otherwise yellow liquid.

Sour corn mash aroma with a significant dose of wheat and yeast. No citrus smell that is typical of this style.

Perhaps this is the smoothest hefeweizen I've ever had. No yeast bite; the wheat is present without shouting. Strong flavor of banana (although it's nowhere in the nose). Thicker and less spritzy than many wheat beers (adds to the sweetness). Overall, a very quaffable beer.

smcolw, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Bottle Code 91131 17 12; Sampled June 2009
The beer pours into my New Belgium Goblet with a hazy, straw-hued, pale amber color. It is topped by a two finger, pale tan colored head. The aroma is not exactly the "classical" balance that a typical Hefeweizen has; instead this is a balance between spicy notes, some pepper, a herbal hop note, definite clove, perhaps some light banan as well as som grain like notes with a big wheat contribution and some hay-like notes. I like the added herbal and spice note that are not typically found in a Hefeweizen, at least to this level; these notes are well in balance with the other, more typical notes.

The beer is fairly light bodied and it has a spritzy carbonation as it rolls across my tongue. The finish has a spicy hit of clove to it that is definitely traditional. The beer is quite dry, but does have something of a chewy body to it. There is a light tartness here that couples with a bit of pepper in the finish and the wheat character is nice and chewy with a touch of grassiness. This is quite easy to drink; in fact I find my 12oz pour disappearing a bit too quickly. Clove flavors are present here, but the banana character is quite soft. There is a hop character here that contributes to the perceived spiciness of this brew as well as contributing a mildly biting bitterness in the finish. I do like the body of this brew, especially as this warms up a bit, it is fresh and chewy, though it is not quite as good as the decocted, lush, fresh, Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This is on the spicy / herbal side compared to your typically traditional HefeWeizen, but it actually works quite well here and in fact boosts the complexity. The traditional Hefeweizen notes are here, but they are perhaps not as pronounced as when found in a traditional example; luckily the additional character is here, as this would be a bit too muted without the spicy / herbal components. I definitely feel like I need to pick up a couple more of these before I ultimately decide if this one is a go to beer or not.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Wildman
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and formed a foamy white head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. Behaves like a proper Hefe beer should. An aroma of malt, hops, citrus, coriander and other spices. A flavor of malt, hops, citrus and a hint of pepper. It has a sprite light style and finish. A good rep of the style.

Wildman, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of azorie
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured into my regualr 22 oz mug.

A: poured right out of the frig into said mug, poured a nice 3 inch high creamy head, on top of a yellow cloudy in color beer, looks just like it should look, its a hefeweizen in the true sense.

S: First thing that hits me is the wheat and malt. Letting it warm up some to finish. OK you get the clove and wheat, with some hops, a tad bit of the old banana, something else but I be dammed if I can figure it out just yet. Maybe citrus.

T: Very nice taste, wheaty and hoppy, with a nice coriander like clove taste, with like a banana bready finish.

M: smooth and creamy, light to medium body

D: easy to session this beer, very drinkable.

I think this is my first American Hefe, that is almost perfectly a German hefe.

azorie, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of mhatters
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a Badger striaght sided English pint glass

Pours a golden, orangey-yellow with a thick, dense white foam with a little porosity.

Lots of banana and clove in the nose - a powerful but classic hefe nose. Great start

The wheat dominates, but dissipates - the banana is there, but quieter than I expect. Clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Really impressive, complex and enjoyable.

Creamy and refreshing, light, easy to drink.

Brilliant - this is a classic from SN, I bought a case (33 bucks - great price I think) - it won't last long!

mhatters, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Gorgeous looking! Pours a perfectly hazy/clouded mango nectar color capped by a bright white head that flared up initially and quickly settled down to a whispy skim with pretty lace patterns in the glass.

S: Delicious aromas of bananas, toasted wheat bread crust, mild citrus, and spicy clove. Thought I noticed a touch of honey, too.

T: See above. Think bananas drizzled with honey between two slices of bakery fresh, toasted wheat bread. Clove makes a welcome spicy appearance.

M: Sticky and spicy. Starts sweet, turns ever so slightly tangy, and finishes dry and peppery/spicy.

D: I love this beer! This goes to show that an amazing beer doesn't have to be mega abv, double this, imperial that, etc.

GbVDave, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

I'm gazing at a pint glass full of beautiful hazy golden deliciousness... And its name is Kellerweis.. This looks the part all the way... Big fluffy head, hazy cloudy murky golden color...

Huge aromas of bananas on the nose... Maybe some cloves but I'm getting bananas big time... Lovely and inviting...

Well, this is just terrific... An eminently drinkable brew that just screams, "Drink Me!". Its super refreshing on a hot Tennessee day while grilling burgers and watching the hummingbirds buzz around me... Terrific summertime brew...

Glad, so glad, that this is a new year round offering... I loved it and its spot on for the style... Delicious...

Tilley4, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info, especially a shame for a beer of this style that's so much better fresh...Pours super cloudy darker apricot amber, under a long lasting, soft and tiny bubble khaki head. Ample thick lace sticking to the glass. A load of bananas dominates the sniff, also orange glints picked up. Yummy hefe, full flavor, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Notes of more bananas, frash bread dough, subtle nutty yeast notes. add it all together and this is instantly a possible "go to" summer/any time of year choice. Hope this will be a regular part of the available everywhere SN line.

Billolick, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors and wine in Rehoboth beach DE. Poured chilled into my Monterey wheat glass

A - A fantastic cloudy light golden shade like cake batter after the yeast is swirled in the glass as directed. A pillowy regal whipped cap of 3 fingers crowns the ale. Lace collects in spots, the cloudy appearance doesn't hide the multitudes of bubbles rising to the froth

S -A pleasant aroma of banana bread w/ baked spices and wheat notes w/ a nice fruit ester creating a tropical and nut blend of odors. Lots of yeast gives a creamy aroma

M - Mostly creamy and full for the strength w/ mild carbonation for the style but very crisp and gives a nice sweet malt w/ breadiness coating the mouth and residual spice in the finish w/ an overall clean texture

T - I can only think of one other hefe w/ this amount of taste and it is brewed in the country in which the style originates. The wheat and yeast are seamless w/ fresh creamy and full banana cake-like taste which is not overly sweet w/ a mild spice element and nutty taste of wheat. The malt is as smooth as the yeast finishes on the palate w/ mild inoffensive w/ sufficiently banana without coming off as an artificial taste or overboard. The malt and yeast synergy is the magic of this ale. So well blended IMO the flavor has a lemony like refreshing taste at the end of the glass which is still creamy/nutty and wheat flavored it is a quick taste since I found it quenching.

D - A great Hefe, just totally refreshing and easily one of the best American takes on it w/ more German character. This is up there w/ weihenstephaner to me -really refreshing w/ a great fresh yeast flavor - I need to get a case of this although Hefes are great this surprised me since they aren't a style I get into that often. A perfect beer to sit and chill out w/ on a warm summer evening - Well Done Sierra Nevada!

Slatetank, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of thryn
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Extremely cloudy. Honey-colored. Giant, frothy, rocky head that leaves beautiful white lace as it recedes.

Aroma is pretty typical hefeweizen: banana and clove, with a bit of citrus; but there's also a slight floral hop character.

A very nice balanced hefe. Ton of banana, orangey citrus and clovey spice, and a bit of that same floral hop character I noted in the nose. It's quite good.

Slightly heavy velvety body, smooth but notable carbonation.

It's almost a perfect summer beer, but just a bit too heavy. Good hefe, without question.

thryn, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Winter
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange in color with a voluminous white head. It took 3 pours to finally empty the bottle into my glass. Aroma of wheat malt, clove, banana, baked bread, and a touch of lemon. Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Flavors of clove and banana from the spicy yeast dominate the palate. Wheat malt follows with hints of vanilla and bubblegum follow midway. Some hop bitterness is noticed toward the back in combination with some citrus lemon.

Nice solid hefeweizen that's perfect for summer refreshment... or, hell anytime of the year. Versatile to pair with food also. Perfect with fish and burgers off the grill.

Winter, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz poured in to an imperial pint glass.

pours a hazy yet clear dark yellow with a big steady white head.

big smell of banana, slight citrus, spice, mild malt and wheat.

taste is a buttery banana with a wheaty finish.

big creamy mouthfeel.

perfect drinkability. not just easy but lovely.

i am not a heffe fan but this is a great beer.

aubuc1, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is three inches in height, and recedes slowly, never going away, and leaving a lot of lacing. This is a very nice looking beer. The aroma is of vibrant banana, ample cloves, a hint of wheat, and more banana. This is a very tantalizing aroma. The taste is quite balanced between banana and clove with hints of tang in the finish. The taste isn't as vibrant as the aroma, but it is still draws you in. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a moderately chewy texture. I think it would add a lot more to the beer if it were more chewy. As is it is still a nice mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good, almost great hefe. I can see myself drinking a lot of this this summer.

KarlHungus, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of MaxBrews
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%


Presentation: 12oz into a pilsner (don't have a weizen glass)

Pours with a thinner but creamy white head. Lacing clings to the glass

Smell: citrus fruit, cloves and bananas

Taste: extremely flavorful , covering everything from bananas, clove & other spices, bubble gum notes citrus fruit.

Mouthfeel: subtle but firm carbonation gives it a slight creaminess but leads to a dry end note.

Drinability: an extremely flavorful and spicy brew. I've tried a few wheat beers and this in full is my favorite. I've never had a proper hefenweizen so as I explore this style more I'll repost. I like this far more then some witbiers I've had. Light enough to drink but flavorful enough to enjoy. This could be my new hot summer day favorite forget the summerfest. As a beer this hits all points and is a flavorful adventure away from ales, stouts and lagers. As a hefenweizen it is unfair for me to rank its drinkability to others. A solid brew all around though.

MaxBrews, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of SFLpunk
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%

12oz brown glass pry-top. Proprietary stamp on label above barcode. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. Lots of sudsy, creamy white head atop a translucent but hazy orange gold brew.

Nose: Hello bananas. Bavarian hefe more than Belgian hefe. There's an earthiness to the nose too.

Palate: Crisp with some light acidity to it. The carbonation tries to make it creamy, but that little bit of acid washes it away. Lots of fruity banana and some light yeasty notes. Palate is clean on the finish. Not a lot of texture.

Notes: The lack of texture on the palate makes this a really clean hefeweizen. Not my favorite, but has solid (and correct) flavors for the style.

SFLpunk, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

True to its Bavarian legacy, the beer poured out cloudy golden in color and formed a large head. The aroma was a classic mix of bananas and cloves. The taste was a bit less sweet than anticipated, but extremely refreshing with a light spicy sweet and slightly sour taste. Very creamy and soft in the mouth. With the approachable and classic construction and absolutely flawless execution, this was a joy to drink.

rajendra82, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A= looks really beautiful with a nice hazy orange color. An amazing white head rises out of it looks chunky and thick really nice. Good retention and average lacing.
S= really heavy clovey christmasy smell. Some sweet wheatyness and a little bannana.
T= like the nose it is really clovey and slightly wheaty sweetness. The last thing after the swallow I get nice bannana yeasty taste. Very nice.
M= smooth and dry finish. Very good.
D= great summer session beer all the way. Really a great american hefe. I just with there was more bannana and less clove.

jjanega08, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured directly from 12oz bottle into a hexagonal glass. Make sure this warms a bit so all of the yeast sediment can be (swirled like the label says) collected from the bottom of the glass - a little yeast sediment goes a long way for flavor...

A: Hazy sunset yellow that boasts a puffy white head that leaves some nice lacing as it goes down.

S: Dominant are bannana and clove, but there is unmistakeable yet subtle hop presence.

T: Very good in melding the bananna and cloves, as well as some hops and almost no discernable malt. Altogether nicely spiced in the end, but could be a tad stronger. It seems that the finish leaves a little bit less flavor than I would have like, but very satisfying. This beer is definitely a crowd pleaser.

M: Nice, smooth, good carbonation, light mouthfeel that

D: This is a very drinkable beer. On a nice summer day (although any will do) or evening this really goes down nice.

ujsplace, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark gold with a billowing white head the consistency of meringue. Nice lacing. Tangy wheat on the nose with heavy yeast character--citrus, some banana, and a bit of clove, as one would expect. The taste echoes this, though more faintly, with sharp wheat flavors, milder citric notes, and light banana and clove in the background. Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. A nice take on a hefe.

philipquarles, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of steveh
4.13/5  rDev +2%

Finally popped for a sixer of this new one from one of my favorite breweries.

A -- Hazy gold color with a huge, off-white, long-lasting head.

S -- I could smell the Weizen-style spiciness as I poured. Clove and citrus up front with the wheat, husky-graininess back and some vague DMS with warmth.

T -- Cloviness up front with smooth and sweet malted wheat following closely behind. Finishes with a nice touch of mild noble hops.

M -- A very smooth & soft mouthfeel with a light to medium-light body.

D -- Very good drinkability.

Now for my misgivings -- SN has done a great job with this beer style, but I don't think they've outdone any of the Bavarian imports -- even in freshness (suspended yeast might help the imports). So I can't see dropping $9 a sixpack for something I can get for $2 or more less.

It's a good beer, but not anything that redefines a style.

steveh, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, long-lasting thick white head with great lace. How a hefe should look.

S: Very traditional, bananas galore, with a bit of Cascade hop mixed in.

T: Good complexity - banana, clove, and bubblegum are all there. Clove tends to come out more in the finish with banana and direct bubblegum esters leading.

M: Smooth, creamy, pleasing to the palate, very nice.

D: This quality stuff right here, much better than the often pallid APWA that we see so often in the summertime. Sierra Nevada just continues to impress, much better than their regular wheat.

Halcyondays, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of dukew456
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a hazy, opaque golden color with pale gold highlights. Capped by a modest head that doesn't stay very long before becoming a thin cap.

Smell is of banana and clove up front, pretty standard hefe aromas. Nutty and earthy-like scents come out after a bit, giving this the scent of banna nut bread or something thereabouts.

The taste of this beer follows suit, with that familiar spiciness being rounded out by a rich nuttiness that balances everything very nicely. A faint citrusy sensation comes in with the finish.

This beer feels rich on the tongue at first, but finishes crisply. Well balanced.

dukew456, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

4.5 foggy golden peach. fluffy white head, the last 1/4 inch of which has excellent staying power. nice rings of lace.
4 smells of lemons, fresh bananas, and a less descript yeastiness. pleasant though a little subdued. maybe the aroma would embolden upon warming, yet there's no way i'm waiting for warming!
4-4.5 fresh tastes of summer. yeasty lemony, slightly green banana, inchoate traces of clove within the yeasty character. this reminds me of what i though paulaner hefe should taste like (and maybe sort of does when very fresh). [edit: toward the bottom of a glass and definitely if having a second, the flavor seems to run out rather than accumulate. unfortunate]
4.5 body close to medium, with a luxurious slippery smoothness from the yeast offset perfectly by a refreshingly crisp carbonation.
4.5=5 falls into the easier-to-drink-than-cold-water-on-an-August-afternoon-after-a-ten-mile-hike category. absolutely demands to be quaffed. i will obey. welcome kellerweis! (goodbye, american wheat.)

brewmudgeon, Jun 30, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,148 ratings.