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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,410
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 198
Gots: 355 | 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 RedChrome
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright yellow, super murky liquid rests under a pillow of threew inch high airy white foam. Too cloudy to see any carbonatin rising. Only a few lace ribbons.

A nice clove scent was the first to burst in the nose. A very faint lemon rind and banana background is a bit more subtle then most beers in the style.

Overall crisp lemon flavors have a nice backing of wheat behind them. Hops flavors added just the right finishing bitterness to keep the flavors balanced nicely.

Thick without being chewy. Carbonation bubbles without overpowering the tongue.

A good brew. This is a great summer fare brew. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for yet another solid offering in their lineup. Good choice for a hot summer day.

Photo of woemad
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew I forget the cost. No obvious freshness date, but I believe it's a summer seasonal first released this year, so age shouldn't be an issue.

Poured a hazy straw color, with a creamy looking white head that hung around for a while. Globs of lace stuck here and there on the sides of the glass.

Earthy and grainy in the nose. There's also some spicy cloves and a slightly tart, lemony, note in the background.

Funky grainy taste combined with tart and spicy notes. Not as much bananna as I've tasted in other hefes, but it's there as well. Tart, slightly dry note at the swallow.

Somewhat light bodied, yet with a fairly creamy mouthfeel.

An easy drinker that might be better on a hotter day. Today it's sort of cool and cloudy, but I would still consider sessioning this if I had more on hand. Not bad.at all.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 09.04.09 from a 12oz brown bottle (WITH POURING INSTRUCTIONS!!! - more craft brews should do this). Poured into a hefe glass.

A: Big, hazy deep yellow color w/a thick and creamy white head. Very good retention & gorgeous lacing.

S: Notes of clove, apples & banana. Perfect for the style.

T: Wheat & yeast which is balanced by the noticeable, but perfect amount of hop oils. Good cloves here too & banana of course.

M: Full, creamy body w/ a dry finish.

D: An extremely sessionable beverage - perfect for Labor Day weekend. Well done S/N.

Photo of PartyBear
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Intensely cloudy yellow honey in colour, medium size dense white head. Heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Clear citric notes, with grainy wheat hints. Can definitely smell bananas, kind a banana bread-like. Slightly acidic bready yeast.

Taste: Very bready grain-like flavours. Sweet fruity banana. Lemony citrus, providing a mildly sharp hit. There is a very subtle spicy flavour, possibly cloves.

Mouthfeel: Lively, and medium bodied. Quite chewy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and enjoyable. Will probably have this again. Not as good as Weihenstephaner, but who is?

Photo of wknight167
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apearance - Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a strong 2 finger head, slight lacing.

Nose- Banana and clove are dominate, but citrus hops make a surprising appearance.

Palate- Again banana and clove, but the citrus takes more of a lemony quality. Tart and yeasty.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing.

Drinkability- When rating, I usually try to save a bottle to try a few days later to see is I pick up anything I missed. None survived the night.

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen glass.

Color is a hazy pale golden yellow. Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice retention leaving some splattered lace.

Aroma: typical hefe aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange peel, lemon zest, wheat. Not to bad.

Taste: Big banana and clove taste with some mixed spices. Nice fruit flavors with orange peel and lemon zest. Very similar to the aroma. Wheat of course. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: crisp and smooth. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry fruit and clove aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good representation of the style. It is nothing above and beyond, but at the price it cost, I don't mind having it around all the time. A good beer at a good price.

Photo of imaguitargod
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada brews horrible beer in my opinion and I can't stomach then one bit. If I'm offered a free pint of it, I turn it down. That's how much I hate them. Oh, I've tried to like them, believe me. I've sampled a lot of their beers but they all taste the same and I can't stand their hop profile.

BUT this one is amazing. I'm flabbergasted at how good it is. It's almost like some other brewery made it. Beautiful hefe cloudiness and color, fantastic malty banana sweetness with a hint of cloves. Amazing head retention with some lacing, stellar champagne like carbonation and a very small hop presence. Fantastic example of the style, hats off to you Sierra Nevada.

~Jonathan Passow

Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Even with a gentle pour this poured a head that was just huge, and took its time settling down. It's a pale, hazy yellow with a little bit of active carbonation, but not much. The head is very white, and very creamy.

S: You can smell the open fermentation, and the wheat. Very much reminds me of New Glarus Dancing Man. I suppose I get maybe a little bit of Banana, but not much. The scent isn't very strong. More than 6 inches away and I can't really smell it.

T: It tastes pretty much like a simple hefe with just a little extra yeasty funk to it. Very similar to Dancing Man from NG, as stated before. I can't think of a better way to describe it that a wheat saison.

M: Light and airy. As usually surprises me with hefe's, good head and still good carbonation. Mildly creamy, which I think comes from the open fermentation, the taste I think is tricking me.

D: Makes me a little burpy, and I think the funk would eventually get to me, but still very good.

Photo of MDekker
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I appreciate the pouring instructions on the neck label. I wish more beers came with them. After swirling the last few inches before pouring into a Sam Adams pint glass (best I could do), the get a hazy, light-copper colored brew with a nice finger of fluffy head.

S: Citrusy wheat, dry straw or hay, hop oils. Not bad.

T: More zesty lemon flavor than I expected. Nice subtle wheat elements, and a typical hoppy finish. Just a bit too much like soap.

M: A little watery, but not bad. Lots of carbonation.

D: Relatively easy, but I wish it was just a smidge more appealing. It would work nice on a warm, humid August day, rather than on the fall-like days we've had in Michigan lately.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +6.4%
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 +4.2%
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 +5.9%
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%
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 +4.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.2%
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 -2.7%
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 -1.5%
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 -8.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +10.3%
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 +7.6%
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 -6.9%
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 -3.9%
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.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,410 ratings.