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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,380
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 322 | 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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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.


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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a hazy cloudy, golden yellow with a huge, billowy white cap. Head stays around forever and leaves loads of lace on the glass.

Aroma is banana, lemon peel, wheat and spicy clove. Overall, this guy leans towards the fruit, with the clove laying low.

The clove is much more assertive in the flavor profile. Banana is still present along with malted wheat and fresh lemons. A crisp, tart, spicy finish.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Has a big, billowy presence after a while.

Very drinkable, even with the clove being as present as it is. The abv is extremely manageable.

Photo of atigerlife
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden orange with a 1 finger creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is of wheat, clove, light citrus and banana. A musky smell.

Taste is bubblegum, clove, banana. The musty/barnyard sort of thing continues. Nothing stands out here...sort of mellow flavors.

Mouthfeel is light, lightly cleansing.

Overall, it is a decent brew that is refreshing. Not great for the style, but worth a drink.

Sept. 2010: figured I'd try again....still seems to be lacking in taste. With a little more pizazz, this would beer would really stand out.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I was pouring from the bottle I saw some small floaters come out in the stream, but the body is so hazy and translucent I couldn't see them once in the glass. Color is an off yellow resembling a yellow passion fruit. Huge foamy head with great retention.

Smell is true to the style... heavy on the banana, spice, and yeast.

The banana taste is of over-ripe bananas and cloves follow. The yeast and wheat add a nice twang to it. The aftertaste is a slight acidity and tartness of fruity esters resembling red apples.

Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet sticky fruit juice coating left behind.

The juicy but light body, light carbonation, and low abv all lend to an extremely easy drinkability. This is not offensive in any way and is a great example of an outdoor session hefe.

Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better bottles I've had from Sierra Nevada. Pours a fantastically hazy straw with a lasting beige head. Nose has bready malts, tropical fruit and spicy yeast. Taste is a well balanced mix of citrus, candy malts and peppery yeast. Crisp, refreshing body. Great session beer.

Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are not many times when I give a beer a perfect score, but this one TOTALLY deserves it, my goodness. Only a couple beer have made a perfect score in my book, and this is one of them indeed.

A-Pours in my big snifer, a beautiful, luscious hazy deep yellow color with a thick and creamy white head that has outstanding retention and gorgeous lacing.

S-And the aroma is no exception. It wofts notes of clove spiced green apples. Perfect for the style. Wow is all else I can say... As it warms, some very slight hints of bannana come through too.

T-The flavor is first of sweet wheaty, yeasty goodness, which is balanced by the very noticable, but perfect amount of hop bitterness. I think I might be getting some earthy hop flavor too, but that might just be the yeast characteristics. Pretty clovy in the flavor too. Which is per style. And again some hints of bannana underneath as it warms.

M-This has a full creamy body with a dry finish... Luscious indeed.

D-I could totally drink this all day and night at a barbaque or family reunion and such. This goes down so full body, yet smooth and lighter in abv so it's extremely sessionable. Very impressed with this one from SN. Another job well done, and year round too! man...

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

Appearance - This is a rich and cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a modest head.

Smell - The big banana and sweetish yeast come pretty darn close to pulling off a traditional nose. There's a light orange tinge that seems to blend in with the flavors and provides a nice, fruity, summertime atmosphere to this beer.

Taste - The banana is subdued at the taste but still there and the orange flavors take one step forward. I'm usually not a big fan of orange in my HW but this isn't bad. It's not like an orange juice drink but more like an orange rind. The yeast does a great job of keeping up with the other flavors and really is the deciding factor in producing a tasty all around profile.

Mouthfeel - This just does make the grade with a light body helped along by tingly carbonation. There is a complete absence of bitterness to this HW, and I say that only because the SN Wheat Beer crapola that was such a disappointment had among other things a horrendously inappropriate leafy bitterness at the finish. So, kudos for learning from your mistakes.

Drinkability - I can count on one hand the number of successful American efforts at the style and include this one from SN in that group. Other than a few hard to find examples, if we're talking general availability, Brooklyn Brewing makes the only hefe weizen that compares favorable to this. If you've ever had Rio Salado's Hurricane Hefe that and this SN are strikingly similar. Overall a tremendous product from SN that really showcases the depth of the brewmasters there.

Photo of confer
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed with this beer. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading about background and looking at the fantastic pictures from the open fermentation tank.
The appearnce is actually a little less cloudy that most Hefes, but the color is the typical rich gold. The smell is faint banana and clove. The taste just doesn't thrill me. Banana and clove is there but very understated. A little bit of a salty taste. Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I won't be buying this beer again.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Packaged on date of "9195" on the side, meaning it was bottled on 7/15/09.

A: Light golden yellow hazy color with your typical cloudiness for the style. Pretty good head, and nice lacing as it's being consumed.

S: Nose is full of spicy clove, bananna, vanilla, lemon, a little citrus orange, rounded out with a wheat character from the malt. Reminds of a pleasant flower in nature when taken in as a whole.

T: Semi sweet wheat malt up front that is quickly met with a complex array of flavors that range from clove, bananna orange, lemon, and vanilla. Floral like notes hit the back on the tongue to accompany the slight bitterness from the hops (can you believe "slight" coming from Sierra Nevada) which make for a semi-dry finish. Sweetness of the wheat malt and a touch of bananna & vanilla remains in the aftertaste.

M: I normally just bundle the mouthfeel section with the taste, but the mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. Being a hefeweizen, it is obviously a bit on the lighter side, as it should be for the style. However, SN did a superb job of making giving this a medium bodied feel that is somewhat creamy but yet crisp at the end. In other words, you basically get the best of all worlds with this beer's mouthfeel, as it never weighs you down, but never gets watery either.

D&Notes: What can I say? Here we have a brewery that is almost synonymous with hoppy ales brewing a world-class style of beer that is known for pretty much everything EXCEPT hops. If anybody needed proof that SN is capable of brewing outstanding beers that don't have a lot of hops, look no further. I would stack this up against any Bavarian brewed hefe any time. Since it's brewed fresh here in the U.S. and in a nice dark brown bottle, I never have to really worry about getting one that is skunked and/or old. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer for any occasion, but especially good in the summer. I am normally not a hefe guy (probably somewhat due to the fact that many American "hefeweizens" are nothing more than wheat beers and imports are often stale), but this is truly an excellent beer.

Photo of carp420
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz->imperial pint glass

big bubbly foamy head coats this brew, it almost has an all natural apple juice look to it, the head is impressive and last somewhat and it's laces provide nice curtains down the side of the mug

nice malted wheat smell, toned down bananas and cloves, floral smell as well with a bit of citrus, mainly orange.

taste like it smells, nice hefe taste up front, lots of bready malts that linger, the blend is kinda all over the place

thick and creamy mouthfeel, almost a buttery effect

i am a fan of this beer but it did not meet up to expectations,
it's a different effort from sierra nevada, hardly no hops at all and i think thats what i was kinda hoping for. a hoppy weiss beer, this is not it.

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

Nice in the style hefeweizen from SN.

Pours straw colored and slightly cloudy with a nice head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing. Nicely carbonated.

Smell is at first banana with wheat and a light spice.

Taste is clove, light malt, wheat and maybe a little pepper.

Mouthfull is nice, light, almost thin with a faint bittering.

This is a very drinkable beer and perfect for a hot summer day!

Photo of Anthony1
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

poured a hazy straw color. 2 finger head and not much lace.

smells of citrus and east, some spice, lemon, but everything is mild

tastes wheaty nice pale malts and citrus. hints of the banana/clove, but not enough.

easy to drink, would definitly get it at a bar, but not bother bringing more home

Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No visible bottled date except for random numbers.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a billowy white ample head with average retention. Tons of sticky lace.

(S)- Lots of lemony wheat with a light spice I cant pinpoint. Light orange citrus present.

(T)-Light bready wheat with ample lemon/orange fruits with a really crisp finish of bananna and light clove.

(M)- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing with good layered flavors. Great carbonation too.

(D)- A solid beer that is perfect for spring/summer. Definitely easy drinking that will quench any thirst you might have.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer popped up in my local stores about a week or two ago.. and SN has yet to disappoint me so have to give it a try. This is a great hefe right here, much better than the run of the mill one most breweries do to throw in their mixed 12 pack. This one seems a bit more citrus/lemony (along with the usual banana/clove flavors) than most Hefe's, but it's cool to have a little unique taste to it. Nice full body to it, nice and smooth finish and nice carbonation to it. A great refreshing beer to have on a nice/hot day... keep up the good work SN!

Photo of ggddaaee1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour/Color: Poured a dark yellow/light orange with a heavy haze.

Smell: Strong clove smell, with some of the classic hefe banana.

Taste/Feel: Taste the clove with some banana/orange. Goes down easy...I could easily drink several in a sitting.

Overall a great American hefe without the imported hefe price tag. I would definitely purchase again.

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

pours a glorious head with great retention and a cloudy yellow color.

smell is of banana and clove with a touch of vanilla.

touch of malt sweetness. this reminds me of a dampf beer that I made with a good portion of munich malt. the banana and clove with some vanilla comes out. The balance of clove, banana, and vanillas is heavenly. I really want them to come out just a bit more though. hop bitterness is low, minimal grassy and citrusy notes

good malt sweetness and fullness on the palate with good crispness.

not bad at all. very complex but it could be a little more intense in the esters for my personal tastes.

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

A very hazy dark yellow body that borders on being an orangish color in the center. Huge, rocky, bone-white head. Good retention, good lacing, good looking beer.

The smell also has all the traits of a German hefeweizen. Lots of Banana, some pepper, wheat, very phenolic.

The hefeweizen yeast and the wheat body are doing their jobs in Kellerweis. Fruity banana is probably the prominant flavor here, but a touch of lemon peel compliments it along with some bubble gum notes. The finish has a big pepper or coriander like flavor that is quite nice. The malted wheat is in the background throughout. Peppery flavors stay strong in the after taste.

The body is very thin, maybe just a touch too thin. Moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable hefeweizen that is definitely made to style. Also, the price is great. In New York I've been picking it up for 7.49 a sixer (on sale I guess), and in PA it runs about $33 a case. This is a great buy.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew looks like a great choice for August!

A cloudy, straw-gold color, fast bubbles, 3" deep, wild-frothy all-white head with tinges of yeastie goodness mixed around at the top. Semi-sticky lacing, slow dissipation.

There's a Belgian-yeastie aroma upfront, a Belgian wit comes to mind with cloves, banana, and honey in the light malt. Gentle fruits pop out later and musty hops.

This is a crispy, light malt with dry wheat, light citrus notes, musty herbs and tangy red fruits. Pretty dang earthy, bring it on!! a dry and smooth feel makes this a great thirst quencher with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

This seems like a hybrid of sorts to me, with traditional Hefe flavor's but also a complex, snappy yeast brings in a Belgian effect. I'm not complaining!

Photo of jonziefle
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey color, with half-finger foamy white head. Ever so slightly cloudy, almost clear. No sediment or yeast in the glass, but plenty in the bottom of the bottle. Head retention is okay, reducing to a thin layer. Visible carbonation. Some lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Smells of banana and bubblegum. Some wheat malt down deep. Subdued spices (cinnamon and clove) and mild sweetness. Very fresh, very appealing.

Taste: Light wheat malts and subtle banana flavors. Just the right amount of sweetness and mild spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a little carbonation bite up front. Very smooth and easy to drink. Flavors linger well.

Drinkability: An excellent Hefe; might actually be my new favorite. Perfect combination of freshness, flavor, and easy drinking, while remaining completely true to the style. Very refreshing. A must try.

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

When poured, the color was of a hazy lemon yellow, with very little foam, but some lace retention. The smell of cloves and citrus was very evident, with a hint of a yeasty nature. The taste of cloves, yeast, wheat and lemon citrus was pleasant, I could not pick up the banana flavor. Nicely balanced fruit and spices to make this Kellerweis Hefeweizen very exceptable on the palate.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into hefe glass. pours extremely cloudy, opaque cloudy, yellow straw color. huge creamy white head with great retention. good lacing as while.

in the aroma you get that traditional hefe yeast, banana, clove, bubblegum. citrus, sweet, wheaty malt.

in the taste you get a lot of clove, bubblegum, bannana, citrus, orange, some sweet malts, all over balanced typical hefe.

light mouthfeel, great creamy refreshing mouthfeel. velvety as said on the bottle. great drinkability for the summer. nice sessionable beer.

Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-17-09
Bottled on day 189 of 2009.

Pours about as cloudy as it gets, with a great pale dark yellow color. A filmy head leaves thin but pleasant lacing.

Smell is all wheat, very fruity with just a hint of banana. Enjoyable, but with a bit too much beery edge.

Taste is alot like the smell, good, but nowhere near as complex as some of the better hefes. The finish is light, and not too bready. Like a pale wheat ale without the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, spot-on for the style.

Drinkability is also good, very light with well managed sweetness.

Overall, a good beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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