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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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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 webbcreative
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy, lemony color with 1.5 finger head. Great smell, banana and clove...smells just like a good hefe. Taste is like the nose, nice banana and clove flavor, with the hops not really doing much except their job, just balancing everything out, finish starts a bit sweet, but dries out a bit. Smooth, almost creamy, full mouthfeel, that is really nice.

Overall this is a really good hefe, and for the price, I could see me picking this up over most of the others out there.

Photo of heliosphann
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen Glass. Served with my new top secret burger creation. All I'll say is that it involves my uncle's homemade Capicola!

A: Finger and some of white, bubbly head. Dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a thin fluffy top. Has hazy golden hue with loads of carbonation. Lacing is great as well.

S: Mild spiciness. Some clove, banana, pepper, and orange-lemon sour notes. Also present is crisp graininess.

T: Much like the smell, you get a great balance of spicy banana, lemon and wheat. Not too much of anything though. Hops come into play towards the back end and really make this beer work. Very nice.

M: Medium-light bodied. Carbonation is spot on and feels great going down.

D: An amazing session beer. I could knock back a six pack of these no problem, especially at 4.8%.

A great American take on a classic German style. The balance is key for me on this. Just enough banana, spiciness and wheat to make a great foundation. I'll be revisiting this soon while the weather is still nice and warm.

Photo of NekotoNikku
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This is the first time I rated the appearance of a beer so high and it's well deserved. Deep yellow, almost tangerine colour, nice and cloudy, nice puffy head that stuck around for awhile. Excellent and appetizing overall.

S - Smelled highly of banana and clove with a yeasty undertone.

T - Banana, cloves, yeast, all the same flavors that were present in the smell as well as some added citrus. Rather clean finish to it. My first time having a Hefeweizen and it was really good.

M & D - Low alcohol taste, very clean finish as well. I let my dad have a taste and we both agreed we could easily drink a few more of these without any problems. I'm usually a fan of beers that taste nuttier, but this one was excellent and well balanced.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, light-orange-tinted pale straw with a soft, fluffy, frothy white head that sticks around a while.

Nose of ripe banana and clove, with an emphasis on the clove, and soft bready undertones. Big spicy clove on the palate, accompanied by light ripe banana and a rather faint wheat character. Soft and round on the palate with minor carbonation and high drinkability. Light bodied, and just a touch watery.

Good on the whole, but lacking slightly in terms of a good German hefeweizen. Kind of a clove bomb; lacks a strong enough fruity ester quality for balance.

Photo of DerBayer
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first time I had a foreign Hefeweizen and I am very impressed. I just had this with my buddy and we both agree on the high rating.
The colour is an absolute stunner - naturtrueb!!!! I love it. THe taste is slightly on the breadier side and I would like some more banana and spice.
Other than that FANTASTIC!

Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle.

My first beer of the night, and boy was it a great start.

A: Cloudy, hazy golden yellow with amber hints within the clouds.

S: Traditional Hefe aromas. Perhaps a bit dialed back compared with a Weihenstephaner. Nevertheless, a very inviting aroma for discriminate Hefeweizen drinkers.

T&M: Wonderful, fruity flavors come forth. Traditional banana and clove. Well balanced. Tastes "genuine" and not fake or cloying. Very pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice crisp finish that beckons another sip.

I was very impressed by this beer. I went in with high expectations and it didn't disappoint.


Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I picked up as a sixer here at the Grub Mart down the road. Sierra Nevada sixers seem to have dropped in price around here to about 7.99. Much more affordable than in the past. Served up in a weizen glass.

A: This pours out a very light orange in color, much closer to a yellow than an orange but its orange . . . I think. Has just a touch of haze to it but you can easily see through it. Carbonation is pretty active and decently fast on motion. The pour got me about two fingers of crisp white foam. Sadly, it falters pretty quickly to a long lasting white top cap which is thin. Doesn't really toss up too much lace, but enough.

S: The nose is subtle, but very nice indeed. Very light wheat presence that just brings out that earthiness and slight sweetness just enough. Behind that you get some of that hefe banana one would expect. Slight clove and bubble gum aroma coming out. German malts are noticeable but really just act as a support frame for the previously mentioned aromas. Very nice.

T: Not bad in the least. Very nice wheaty start, lightly sweet and earthy. Not overly big but enough to keep you interested. Banana is probably the biggest flavor in here, and it is quite nice. Fresh and ripe banana is never a problem for me in a hefe. Light citrus presence, nice clove, and a touch of sweet bubble gum in here. This is a touch on the sweeter side than I am used to, but its not a crazy candied sweet. Nice.

M: Light side of medium in the feel here. Not too heavy, but enough to let you know this beer is no light bitch. Just enough weight to here. Carbonation is good and crisp. Touch sweet on the palate but nothing near the area of cloying or too much. ABV doesn't play a factor really at all. Aftertaste is some nice bubble gum and banana.

D: Oh so crisp and refreshing. This is what I look for in a hefe. If it isn't refreshing, WTF is the point? Hefes are supposed to be light and refreshing with a good amount of flavor. This beer has all of that. Sure it could be beefed up a bit more, but an easily accessible session brew is always nice. I can see myself picking up sixers of this for a while if it sticks around. God willing.

Photo of SamN
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer at Campus West Liquors. Poured in a hefe glass.

Poured a hazy golden hue with a slightly tan head that was smaller than expected, no lacing. Very nice hefeweizen look, the unfilteredness singing it's siren song, calling me in.

Smells of spice, big banana smell. creamy wheatness, flowers. Very aromatic, great nose, quite complex.

Taste is sort of...bland. Lemony, with some hops in the end. Watery, without much going on, a little bit sweet. Bummer. I'd honestly rather smell this beer than drink it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Carbonation is right on, light like a hefe should be.

Drinkability is quite good, if I don't care about taste. I could drink a lot of these BBQing or fishing. Great summer beer.

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

A - Poured from a 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Big rocky white head after a decently sturdy pour. Doesn't pop up quite as easily as other hefs. Nice lacing on the glass as the head subsides after 2 or 3 minutes. Body is muddy gold/orange with tiny bubbles floating to the top. Nice to look at.

S - Great smell. Yeasty and fruity with fresh wheat and orange zest. Not overly citrusy but it is definitely there and perhaps a bit more pronounced than other hefs.

T&M - A bit more fruity and sweet than expected. Very traditional German yet with some tweaks. Yeast up front with a bit of a sweeter wheat flavor. Kind of straw-like. Definite orange zest and coriander but not overly prominent where it tastes like an orange was squeezed into it (Blue Moon). Not much banana bread or bubble gum going on here. White pepper spicyness in the aftertaste with some clove. Flavor does not linger on the tongue as long as I'd like. Medium carbonation lends to a smooth mouthfeel that is just a tad thick and sticky.

D - Hightly drinkable and great sipped or quaffed. More of a summery version to me as the citrus is more pronounced than traditional hefs.

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip tasting glass.

A: A hazy lighter golden color with a one finger white fluffy head. No glass lacing at all.

S: Sweet fruits with spicy clove and some earthy hops. Nice.

T: The fruity flavors come first with banana, lemon and melon followed by the clove spice with a bit of pepper. The malt sweetness come through with flavors of caramel, butterscotch and maybe some bubblegum. Finish is very crisp and clean with a nice grassy floral hop bitterness that finishes cleanly. Nice beer.

M: Medium to a bit thin. Not overly lingering or prickly, but clean and smooth. No alcohol present.

D: Great, these are very enjoyable and one could drink quite a few of these.

Overall a very good beer that strays from SNs normal style of beer, but they do it very well. Very German style and very enjoyable. Nicely done.

Photo of batty
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured according to the bottle's instructions to get the most out of this beer.. including yeast. appears a cloudy golden w/ almost-white dense foam that fades a little too quick, but looks beautiful, and good lacing.

smell of nice yeast but not too spicy, mandarin oranges and a touch of lemon, banana in the background with some pale malt. some earthy hop notes.

taste is just exceptional.. my favorite hefe right now. an unassuming presence invading the senses with the perfect balance of citrusy-lemon, yeasty goodness, malt and hop. a bit of mandarin orange late and a touch of the yeasty-funk common to a saison crisping out the brew.

i would prefer a bit more body, but that's probably just my opinion. good for the style, easy drinking, crisp and nicely carbonated. can't think of a moment that would not be great for this beer. session to the extreme and with great character.

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

A shade darker then just a pale yellow. I am suprised how clean it looks. Not much head-I was expecting more. Ok aroma-mild clovey banana thing going on. Great flavor! Solid malt taste with a well balanced spiciness to it. Mild enough clove and banana for my liking-not in your face. Slightly phenolic. Terrific hop flavor as well. Overall balance of the different tastes is just great. Finish is quite clean and crisp. Decent mouthfeel-has a bit of "slickness" to it. A great beer IMHO. Hefes are slowly becoming a new favorite of mine. This one is there with the best so far. Excellent!

Photo of Pinto21
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with big white head, good hefe

S: ripe banana dominates. there is a bit of spicy clove to it too but in the back. spot on for good hefe

T: lighter on the banana than the smell, and more clove to it. Pretty well balance of the two.

D: Good not great. Mouthfeel is a bit heavey but still good. It's just I like the hefe i brewed more

A nice traditional hefe even though its from the Us

Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a deep, translucent yellow-amber. A white head is extremely dense and fluffy, soft-looking but sturdy. When it does dissipate, which is does slowly, it leaves a thick film of lacing that drops some thin patches of lacing most of the way down the glass.
The smell is very pleasantly of banana with a gentle sweetness in a firm wheat backing with underlying yeast and gentle citrus tang.
The taste is nearly identical to the smell, with just a nibble from a peppery spice and a nice light clove in the finish.
This is a nice, creamy brew that has a crisp nip from a moderagte carbonation. Body is bright but firm.
This is a very tasty hefe and nicely crafted.

Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ode to the end of the summer here, and on a cool and rainy night to boot. Hazy yellow orange in color with a one plus inch dirty white head. Retention isn't bad, and a few skinny fingers of lace are left behind. Smells big and spicy up front with an undercurrent of bananas, sweet malts, some grassy notes and butterscotch. Taste involves some nice sweet ripened bananas, more spice, sweet malts and even a hit of hops in the end for balance. Body is on the light side of medium. Exceptional hefe.

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad I was able to find this. Poured into my Sierra Nevada pint glass and I did swirl towards the end of the bottle to get that yummy yeast.
As noted on the label this is a complex beer, both in aroma and flavor. Sweet, banana, fruit (including lemon), mild spiciness. This holds yeast qualities that remind me as much of a Belgian yeast as well as German. Holds a little extra spiciness and some additional notes of interest.
Cloudy yellow. Big full fluffy white head that settles staying thick and in it's own time.
Such a thirst quencher. Many flavor characteristics are similar to the aroma notes. Does hold a prickly spiciness up front and overall enjoyable wheat flavors. Pick up the lemon flavor that precedes a mild but lingering dryness. Also a sourness/tartness appears (part of citrus I suppose)
Really of the few things that I find just a tad off-putting is the carbonation seems high in the feel. The bubbles are super fine and I like that, just for my taste a few too many. Moderately light feel.
This is a good to great summer beer. Very complex and enjoyable. I think in the end I prefer the flavor profiles of some of the German examples which I so like, but I would take this anytime, and may put it in the rotation for summer beers to purchase.

Photo of RJLarse
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Kellerweis in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale hazy gold color. Very few bubbles in the glass. Initially there is a sizable white head on top of the beer, but it is not very resilient for the style, and fade quickly to a quarter inch froth.

Smell is pretty good, a little faint, but there are soft fruit fragrances and spices.

The taste is quite good. Banana and clove flavors dominate, with a very mild dry bitterness. A traditional representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and dry. The brew is lightly carbonated, perhaps a little flat.

A very drinkable and authentic styled hefe. And I got it for $7 a six-pack. It doesn't get much better than that.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: A very nice HefeWeizen appearance. Cloudy pale golden, a nice fluffy head that retained well and laced nicely.

Smell: Surprisingly good yeasty aroma with bananas, clove and bubblegum. Very good for an American made HefeWeizen.

Taste: Like it smells. Yeasty, sweet banana, clove and bubblegum flavors. Definitely one of the better American made HefeWeizens I've had. Very smooth and VERY easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, subdued carbonation. Everything a good HefeWeizen should be.

Drinkability: Oh yes, this is a very nice American Hefe. I will definitely seek this one out again!

Photo of bristol2120
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, semi-opaque golden in color. Pours with a large white head, that quickly settles down. leaving moderate lacing. Pleasant aroma of malty, "bubblegum" notes, with slight citrus in the background. Tastes of subtle banana, and malt notes, still with some citrus notes in the background. Great mouthfeel; very full and smoooth with the perfect level of carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable examples of the style in my opinion. It has quickly become one of my favorite hefe-weizens. Sierra Nevada is always a favorite brewery, and this is another winner from them!

Photo of epicness
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a beer I've wanted to try since it's release and unfortunately just got around to now.

The wait was well worth it.

A - Straw golden yellow color. Fluffly inch head. Quickly dissipates to a small white ring around the top of the beer.

S - The smell was actually a bit of a turn off to me. The smell was really just, ehh. Kind of a wet rotting leaf smell, mixed with banana. Seriously, the best way I can describe it is during autumn when it rains and all the leaves on the ground just get soaked and damp. Yeah.. that's the smell.

T - Thank god the taste is a hell of a lot better than the smell or I'd have trouble stomaching this one. (It's rare in my experience that it actually happens like this too.) Banana and clove dominate the taste. You can taste a hint or lemon, or my mind could just be playing tricks on me. I would have prefered to have a stronger banana taste, (even though it dominates the taste it doesn't really smack you in the face like you'd want) It's more of a dull banana taste, although not the least bit bad.

M - A very thin almost watery style too it. Very crisp though.

D - I won't even beat around the bush and say yeah.. pretty good session beer. YOU CAN POUND THESE. I could sit here and drink these all day long.. if they didn't have alcohol in them that is.
But definitely very very drinkable. I'm convinced that even a beer drinker wouldn't taste this beer and spit it out and say disgusting. It's that good.

One of my favorite beers.

Photo of shageman331
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a mug. Has a nice hazy, opaque golden color with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates to a thin white ring.

Smell - Exactly what you would expect from a hefeweissen: spicy bananas and cloves. The bananas are taking a backseat when compared to the lemony spiciness.

Taste - taste is similar to the smell: banana, cloves, and a little lemon. Again, there is less banana here than in I would have expected.

Mouthfeel - a little thin and carbonated, but, all in all, not that bad.

Drinkability - This is an very good session beer. Not on the same level as the Weihenstephaner, but the best American hefe I have had.

Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy light straw-gold initially; the final 3oz of the 12oz bottle is mixed and then poured over top. The straw-gold is interrupted by a cascade of cloudy tangerine; the yeast concoction gives a nice well-rounded color to the brew. Nice creamy head & lacing as well.
Smells heavily breaded from the wheat; clove is mixed with a lemon scent and only a hint of the trademark banana.
Flavor resembles the scent; wheat mixes with the clove and citric quality, which is none too tart. The banana is only a hint, rather than being at the forefront. All the elements are somewhat subdued and blend together very well.
Crisp, refreshing and not as powerfully acidic as others of the style. Very drinkable.

This is the best American hefeweizen put on the market yet. The banana-clove element is apparent without being overpowering, and well-balanced by the wheat.
The one hefeweiss bier west of Germany which could hang with its Bavarian counterparts.

Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This did not have enough "Weisen" character for me to be considered a classic Hefeweizen. It's almost a combination of a lager and heff. That said, it was very good. Maltiness was a good combination with the hefe flavor and it tasted a little stronger than the abv suggest. Worth trying if you see it.

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

Pours a great looking cloudy, unfiltered golden color. There is a good amount of carbonation with a HUGE thick white head that stays throughout the entire brew. This brew looks a lot more like a German hefeweizen than some of the usual American knock-offs.
Smell is good for a hefeweizen. A great wheat smell dominated by some really nice banana and spice smells.
Taste is very nice for an American hefeweizen. The good wheat base is there along with the strong banana and spice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is much thinner than I would like from a hefe. Not the thick smooth drink that normally comes with it.
Drinkability is good. One of the best American hefeweizens I have ever had. It has a great look, smell, and taste, and as with most hefeweizens I could drink this all day long.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good cloudy hefe. Pretty tart and lemony in taste. One can really appreciate how cloudy it is for a hefe since a lot of them don't get this cloudy. Something to be said about a cloudy hefe. The nose is quite citrus in nature. The beer goes down smooth as the carbonation dances on your tongue. Leaves a desire to replace that sensation with another pull.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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