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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 197
Gots: 321 | 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 GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold in a pint glass. As per directions, poured 2/3 into glass, swirled remainder to get the yeast in suspension, finished the pour.

This is a very hazy, cloudy yellow beer with the appearance of a pale cider. Thick head settles quickly leaving a skim layer on top.

Aroma is really pleasant with citrus, banana, and clove. Smells almost like a fresh fruit salad.

Flavor is very well done. It has a lemon citrus flavor with more banana and subtle spice. Overall sweet but balance comes from light hopping and spice.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel with good balance from mild bittering. Creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Great drinkability - this would make a fantastic summer session.

Overall a really impressive beer. I love that Sierra Nevada can create these exceptional beers, mass produce them, and have consistent high quality. Just goes to show, bigger breweries can still be great.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered the on-tap version (at 33 in downtown Chico) just a few hours after I tried the bottled version for the first time.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, goldenrod body with a white, creamy film coating the surface. Head leaves puffy dots of lace occasionally. (Hefeweizens aren't supposed to be sticky, so that's okay.)

Smell: Light wheat and prickly spice in the nose... and that's all. If I had to guess at the spice, I'd say coriander. The entire smell is very faint.

Taste: Lots of banana and spice: coriander and white pepper to be exact. The big wheaty back bone gives way to a lot more sweetness in this version. I remember the bottled version being stiffer and more wheat focused; this tap version is pretty damn sweet. Still good however.

Mouthfeel: The two versions (bottle and draft) are very similar here. This one's a bit pricklier, but other than that just read what I wrote below.

Drinkability: A nice hefeweizen, but I liked the bottled version much better. I've found a lot of the taps to be pretty dirty around Chico, and that might have been the case here. I'll have to try it again at the brewery to be sure.

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

thick head forms, then recedes to a thin layer on the beer. it is cloudy and straw yellow. the wheat is unmistakeable in the smell along with lemon and a slight hint of banana and clove. taste is lemon, some banana, a slight hint of the hops in the finish, but with it comes a delicious banana flavor. wow, i'm really impressed with this beer. mouthfeel is a bit chewey, nicely carbed. drinkability is insanely high.

Photo of erosier
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow with a medium sized and light bodied fluffy white head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, some toasted malts, and a nice lemony-citrus aroma followed by a slight banana-clove aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, this one has a nicely balanced sweet wheat and toasted malt base underneath a nice citrusy flavor with only a hint of banana and clove at the end. I liked the taste a lot, this one was a nice surprise.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, prefect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I would recommend this one.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner glass, proper hefe swirl and all.

Cloudy straw color with thick airy head that laces well throughout. Biscuity nose with a hint of clove, with clove more assertive in taste. Banana taste is more subtle than in most hefes.

Great mouthfeel; very drinkable, but hops a bit too crisp in the finish. Almost biting...

A good beer, I'll drink it again.

Photo of skrib09
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured gold in color immensely hazed with yeast and wheat. snow capped on top.

smells nutty, of bananas and cloves, and a "carbohydrate" like smell.

unripened bananas, sweetness, a hint of spice, and a hint of fresh lemons dominate the flavor profile. plenty of wheat coming through in the end.

crispy and very clean mouthfeel. refreshing summertime feel. smooth and drinkable for the long hours of the day.

Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the stubby bottle a hazed and sediment swished yellow-gold colour with a big creamy head which leaves lots of chunky lace. beautiful looking beer. aroma is a nice combination of spicy clove, vanilla and bubblegum esters...a good dose of that yummy banana, too. the taste is a wholesome conglomeration of wheat and lemon notes with a spicy kick that screams hefeweizen. it has a rawness about it that seems quite grainy and husky. the mouthfeel is all velvety and soft. body seems a touch heavier than it actually is, since it's incredibly easy to quaff. drinkability is great. a great summer time addition to my drinking lineup and a tremendous hefeweizen in it's own right.

definitely recommended. another great beer from SN.

Photo of adamb02155
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured according to directions: 2/3s into a glass, stir up yeast and pour rest.

A - Very nice gold color and a nice big, thick head on it.

S - Beer-y sweet smell. Not terrible strong but very pleasant.

T - At first tastes very much like Hoegaarden to me. But I think with less sour tones than some of the Belgians I am familiar with.

M - Very nice and light, but with a nice crisp bite on the tongue.

D - This was the perfect beer after working up a little sweat on a 90+ degree day.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a sixer of this great beer at the Fresh Market in Madison. I was a little shocked to see it!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer has a massive head. The rich cloudy color is accentuated when you follow the directions on the bottle when pouring, "pour 2/3 then roll the remaining 1/3 and pour vigorously." What follows is a dazzling array of cascading yeast with hints of clove and banana.

The aroma is a touch spicy (clove) and there is a sweet malty touch in there along with the typical banana.

The flavors are even better than the smells. The first taste is the intensely sweet malt, tons of bready goodness, and then quite an assembly of cloves, banana, and tropical fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat thick but sits great on the tongue. Surprisingly the heaviness of the mouthfeel is only a passing thought as the dryness kicks in and you feel refreshed.

With an abv under 5% you can drink quite a few of these with no problem. There are no harsh flavors, the finish is clean, and the beer tastes great. I would say this is about as drinkable as it comes.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A single 12 ounce bottle picked up at the Beer Stop for around $1.50. Poured into my standard half-liter hefe glass. After following the advice on the label and swirling up the yummies on the bottom of the bottle while pouring, the hefe appears a murky, cloudy bright golden straw yellow color with a good two fingers of bone white foam. Nose and flavors consist of fresh, ripe banana slices brushed with a good amount of lemon juice, wonderfully spicy yeast, fresh cracked black pepper, some clove notes, bready yeast, fresh wheat. Great creamy, nearly full (for a hefe) body with adequate carbonation. Well, it didn't take long for my glass to become empty. A fantastic, sessionable summer hefe. I'm going back for more...

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured hazy pale yellow with a massive bubbly head that quickly disappeared.

A strong banana smell popped during the pour, but gave way to yeasty clove smell and taste. The feel is dominated by too much sparkle that had a negative impact on drinkability.

To be fair, I'm not a hefe lover; however, as hefes go, Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen is on the mark.

Photo of iuhoosier336
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wheat glass. A nice hazy yellow color with a flowery head that sticks around and laces the glass. The smell is light as well, hint of cloves.

The taste is of smooth and soft with a slight banana flavor that really goes down well. A beer great for the summer that I could drink all day. Another great brew from Sierra Nevada.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A = Pours a decent hazy orange with a large frothy head.

S = Light cloves, some lemon, not as much banana as I prefer, but still well within the range of acceptable hefe smells.

T = I found the taste slightly disappointing. It is good but the clove and banana flavors are very subdued, while there is a little too much of a watery taste mid-palate. Again, it is good enough to enjoy drinking and is within style, but just not quite as forceful as I would like.

M = Good medium body, smooth and frothy.

D = This is a very easy drinking beer and is a good pick for a hot Summer BBQ or something.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerbrau HefeWeizen

Highly hazed, bright straw yellow color, big bountiful snowy white head.

Lemony aromatics at first, soft spice, light and lovely...creamy hefe weizen yeast in the nose.

Yummy wheat texture, mouthfeel, vast drinkability, enormous refreshment. Floods the mouth and thrills the senses. Light-to-medium bodied. Mellow. Great summer brew. I'll be stocking up while the heat's still ablazing.

Photo of ToddT
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden yellow with a huge off white head. Pour slowly and carefully. Head last forever but leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Subdued banana, clove and spice. True to the style but not exceptional.

T- Follows the nose. Sweet at first with banana and citrus. There is a nice burst of spice, mostly clove at the middle. Finish is dry and semisweet, slightly bitter final note.

M- On the mark for the style, light in the mouth and well carbonated. Not as smooth or as creamy as most that I've tried though.

D- Easy summer drinker. At 4.8% ABV this is a session beer.

Pretty good example of a Hefe, nothing to put it over the top though.

Photo of schoolboy
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What you have here is a very drinkable Hefeweizen. Don't those crazies out there in California know that this style isn't supposed to be so perfect. I guess that would be the only thing you could find wrong with it, it's too perfect.

I want to see junk floating around in this style - kinda like when you see an egg shell, you know it's not powdered eggs.

In reality, a little more bite would make it better. Maybe less sweet. Overall it is a thoroughly enjoyable and drinkable brew, though, and one I would recommend but won't necessarily pass something else to get.

Photo of Casey10
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass tulip swirled at 2/3 empty.

A - lovely yellow hue foamy head that laces the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S - good smell faint cloves and bananas

T - good taste bready, faint banana

M - smooth creamy feel

D - could drink a bunch a nice summer beer

Photo of gabrielsyme
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours pale-gold, opaque, with a substantial head. Fine looking, with persistent lacing throughout.

Taste is not super complex, with spicy cloves most prominent. Not heavy on the banana or other sweet characteristics that you might expect. Mouthfeel is light, meaning, at 4.8%, this is highly drinkable.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured 2/3, swirled and finished into imperial pint

A: HUGE fluffy off-white head that slowly dissipated a and left good lacing, golden honey color but very cloudy with the yeast, a beauty

S: musty straw, clove, and yeasty breadiness, no hops to speak of...to style but not mind blowing

T: bubblegum and bannana with a small amount of clove and alcohol flavor at the end...

M: Carbonation has a bit of a bite but swishing in the mouth makes that same carbonation turn creamy...maybe the yeast is part of the scenario. in any case, it is pleasant.

D:
-ABV in reasonable ranage - Check
-Flavor and mouthfeel on-point and allow for a clean palatte - Check
-Delicious - Check

Get out and get some...good work, Sierra Nevada. You're 2 for 2 with winners with this and Torpedo.

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

A: Poured into a weizen glass consistent with the directions on the bottle (i.e., pour 2/3 of the bottle, swirl the remainder and pour it in). Body is cloudy pale yellow in color with a 3-finger fluffy white head. Some lace left behind up top. Nice-looking hefe.

S: The usual hefe suspects: bananas and lemon with a faint hint of spice and generic fruitiness. Not overwhelming in strength, however.

T: "Light and refreshing" is the first impression. There's a bit of lemony citrus and a hint of bananas over wheat tangy spice. Finishes very clean with a lemony dryness at the end.

M: Light-to-medium (closer to light) in heft, with a fairly smooth feel to it.

D: Excellent. Glass is empty quickly.

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, wheat glass

Great appearance with a hazy blonde color, big creamy head and lots of retention & lacing.

Aroma of cloves, bananas and citrus. Some earthy aroma as well. I felt it could have been stronger

Flavor of cloves, spices, bananas and orange. Also picked up some lemon and I believe plum. Flavor of malts present. Very balanced and diverse.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink and refreshing. Good choice for a summer brew.

Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my weizen glass. Pours a very cloudy light gold with a big frothy white head filling the rest of the glass. Retention is fair, and it leaves plenty of sticky lacing all over the glass. Smells spicy with hints of bubblegum and banana bread mixed in. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp. Plenty of carbonation in this one. This is a very unoffensive Hefe. Nice balance of sweetness and spice. There's even a bit of a hop bite lingering on the finish. This is a very solid beer that, when in the mood for this style, I would glady stock in my fridge.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Hazy gold color with an orange tint. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Decanted continually. Lacing washed down the glass.

S: Slightly sweet bready aroma. Citrus, orange peel and clove. Pleanty of yeast notes.

T: Bready and sweet. Spices blend evenly. Light sweetness lingers into bitter finish. Crisp and refreshing.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Refreshing and bit fizzy; crisp.

D: Very drinkable beer in a drinkable style. Good flavors and aromas from a balance of malt, hops and yeast.

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

From 12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy/murky deep golden yellow with some orange highlights to it. Nice 1 finger white head which died away pretty quick leaving no real lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Musty bready smell off the bat. Picking up some small hints of orange peel and clove. Big Belgian yeasty smell though. Smells wonderful!

T- Nice musty bready bite to this. Very clean tasting. Can detect a faint trace of the alcohol. Clove and a strange banana-y taste along with this.

M- Light-medium mouthfeel to this. Very crisp and clean tasting. Carbonation is good for the style and really gives the beer a push across the palate. A great presence of yeast on the tounge after a sip.

D- This is a very easy drinker and maybe one of the best american hefeweizens I have had the pleasure of drinking. Would and will drink again. Also would recommend to people who want something to bring them in easy to the style!

Photo of Reaper16
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a very hazy shade of honeyed lemon. The clean, white head is tremendously fluffy at 3 fingers or so before eventually settling down to a 1/2 finger ring. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent, however. Must be the glass.

The aromas are on-point as far as being traditional. The banana is there on first whiff. You get the clove, too, but its overshadowed by the tangy lemon/citrus scents.

The predominant citrus in the nose follows through on the tongue; lemon flavor coats the tongue from the get-go. Subsequent quaffing yields the smooth banana flavor and some bubblegum estery goodness. The zip from the wheat is appreciated, but the grain bill is deeper than that... there is some bready flavor that reminds me of sourdough. Some may prefer a greater presence of clove and spices -- this beer is comparatively light on clove -- but its a plus for me.

I love the mouthfeel on SN Kellerweisse! It manages to be creamy, in a sense, while still remaining light. The slightly aggressive carbonation serves to highlight the lemon flavor. Drinkability is, by extension, superb. The refreshing flavors and great feel serve to make a beer that you want to keep on drinking. The lessened clove presence speaks to my preferences and raises this beer's subjective drinkability for me, too.

All-in-all, this is a pretty wonderful take on the hefewiezen style. It has all of the flavor and refreshment that you could ask for.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,379 ratings.