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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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3,155 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,155
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 164
Gots: 223 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. Poured a hazy orange-gold with a voluminous four inch bright white head; excellent retention and decent residual lacing. Subdued nose - clove, wheat and a hint of citric acid. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a hint of bubblegum in the mix as well. Mouthfeel is light-bodied and nicely carbonated so as to make it lively, yet quaffable. This is a really nice domestic hefeweizen; the best I've had in a while. Easy drinking and refreshing. This might be my go to for the summer.

Jwale73, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of marvin213
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks like dirty lemonade. Minimal head and some shaken sediment convinces me it's beer. It's such a hazy yellow that it's opaque--it's like the darkest light beer I've ever seen. It's curiously appealing, but its resemblance to cloudy piss prevents me from rating higher.

Perhaps I should've given it a fairer shot by not first reading the label, but I actually smell the banana and cloves! I don't think I sensed that the first time I tried this beverage. I detect something like a not-so-quite ripe orange. I smell whatever makes hefeweizen smell like hefeweizen--this beer reminds me of a Blue Moon. It's odd to smell bananas in a beer but, again, it's curiously appealing.

I typically frown on rating each characteristic the same, but it tastes much like the rest of the experience thus far: it's weird, but not unpleasant. It tastes like carbonated banana juice. The cloves are more subtle in taste than in smell, but they make think this otherwise summer beer might also be appropriate for the fall--perhaps it's the cloves in pumpkin beers that prompt that thinking. Anyway, the lemon-like, hazy orange of a banana clove leaves me impressed with this beverage. I can't quite call it good, but it's easily a better-than-average liquid sensation.

The intense carbonation is well-suited to get these unique flavors appropriately across the palate. The fruits and cloves strike a unique balance that almost serve to cleanse. This beer could be an apertif between gourmet courses. Far from a cook, I'm still more convinced of that the more I ponder it (I am, of course, an eater). Yep, this beer's unique ingredient concoction best manifests itself in its mouthfeel--it's extraordinary.

With drinkability, I'm back to the "better-than-average" type of mindset. It's certainly neat enough to have around--particularly in the gourmet chef's kitchen. I venture to wonder what kind of effect it'd have as a marinade...on second thought, let's leave it as an apertif. It's that, and a uniquely dark, light fruit/clove beer. Hah!

marvin213, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Domingo
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I really liked their normal wheat offering, it's nice that they replaced it with a weizen that's as authentic as possible.
Pours a golden yellow color that's a shade darker than most weissbiers, but that huge bellowing head is absolutely spot on. In fact, if you're not careful, you'll have a glass full of nothing but foam.
The flavors/smells are exactly what you'd hope for. Bananas, bubblegum, pear/apple, and hints of clove/cinnamon. A hint of funkiness, too...which might be explained by the open air brewing process. Not my absolutely favorite weissbier, but it's definitely on par with the best Bavarian offerings. Plus, this beer is as fresh as can be. It immediately reminded me of Munich biergartens, and that's a tall order for something brewed over here.
Mouthfeel is authentic. Foamy, but still easy drinking. No chalky mouthfeel, which can plague some unfiltered wheat beers.
Drinkable as a relaxing warm weather beer, a quencher, food pairing, or even as a mixer (russ'n or apfelweiss).
Again, this might not be my absolute favorite weissbier, but the freshness makes up for that somewhat. If you like the style - you need this.

Domingo, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Active pour... Muted pail yellow straw color... Slightly hazy... Lighter at the bottom of the glass, darker at the top... Four fingers of dynamic chunky rocky pure white foam... Slight moderate paced carbonation... Some foam sticks to the sides of the glass, but fades during the course of the session...

S - Textbook hefeweizen aroma... Loads of banana... Loads of clove... Lemon zest... Wheaty grains... Yeast... Faint sugary notes... Faint tobacco notes...

T - Unripe bananas... Loads of pale malt... Wheaty... Slightly tart and tangy... Loads of spices in the form of clove and nutmeg... Nice complexity...

M - Quite pleasant... Mild pringly carbonation on the tongue to start... Slightly creamy and lush... Light to medium bodied... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Wonderful wonderful hefeweizen... Excellent in all facets... Goes down easy gulp after gullp... And all at sub 5% ABV... Arguably, my favorite SN offering...

philbe311, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy, dull lemon yellow, thick frothy head - 3.75, S: Extremely citrusy, lots of floral and earthy aromas as well as the strong smell of cloves, significant yeast on the nose as well - 4.25, T: A subtle grainy sweetness, touch of bitterness and tartness, I am also picking up some banana, apple and spice, quite mellow - 3.50, M: Medium bodied to thin - 3.50, D: A solid interpretation of a hefeweizen, very drinkable and one I'd enjoy again - 4.00

deereless, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque cloudy orange amber with billowing dense white head and thick lacing. Smell: sweet banana upfront followed by cloves and wheat cracker. Taste: soft ripe banana and a bit of not-quite-ripe banana, cloves, lemony wheat, bready. Mouthfeel: solidly medium bodied, fairly active carbonation but maybe not as much as others, soft and creamy. A definite yes.

babaracas, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yet cloudy dirty orange color with a brilliant rocky white head that slowly settled into a chunky cap. Aromas of banana and clove dominate with lemony wheat malt notes. The taste is fairly neutral between the spicy flavors of the yeast and the crisp edge of the wheat malt. The clove and banana flavors are a bit muted, has a noticable wheat presence. Some lemon, pepper, and metallic notes. A nice moderate feel, soft carbonation which gives the brew a creamy silky feel. Finishes astringent. Great looking and smelling hefe. Falls short in flavor, not enough banana, clove, and spice. At first it has a nice creamy texture but it quickly turns astringent. On par with some of the German offerings, and a nice American made hefe, but there are better ones to try.

Gmann, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy, light gold color that produced a fluffy white head which had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had some grainy notes, along with banana and apple

T - This beer had flavors of wheat, that grainy quality really dominated, along with banana, apple, and some herbal notes

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - Score another one for Sierra Nevada, they have crafted another wonderful beer, especially since Hefeweizens are so under-utilized in the States

cvfish, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light gold in color. A very nice two inches or more of head forms on the pour. Using this seasonal opportunity to break out some hefeweizen glasses. It looks great in the glass.
Lots of lemon and spice in the nose. Taste has a lot more wheat, some more lemon, and some peppery spice. Pretty simple and very enjoyable. Very smooth and inviting to drink. Grabbed a sixer today to drink while I do some house and yard work and the sixer will not make it through the evening. Perfect session beer for this time of year and weather. Non cloying. I'm looking forward to the next glass as much as I did to the first one. Will definitely be picking up more of this.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 6pack from Gary's in Portsmouth, NH. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick, white, meringue-like head. Little bit of lacing. The aroma was primarily banana, also some sweetness and spice. I tasted banana, clove, and a little bit of lemon. I had Kellerweis not too long after drinking Rogue's Mom Hefe, and felt it to be superior. Not usually a hefe drinker, but this was a pretty good beer.

lordofthewiens, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap for the SN event at sunset grill and tap, in allston, ma, on april 23, 2009, during the week of the craft brewers conference.

cloudy pale straw. creamy head goes down to wispy thin layer. moderate, webby, though sometimes thin, rings of lace.

aroma: pear, ripe apple, very mild banana note, some floral honey. whiff of hops. light clove and anise notes. only a trace of open fermentation character.

taste: sweet bready malt with fruity pear and banana esters. faint acidity into the finish, with gentle phenols and clove hint. mild bitterness from grassy hops. again, not really much open fermentation character, but it's there if you think about it.

light to medium body, some acidity. the carbonation gets a bit prickly and fizzy though.

was hoping for something a little more "rustic" with stronger "kellerbier" open fermentation character. as it is, this is a drinkable effort, more like a decent american attempt at a hefeweizen (which are few and far between), and a little more interesting than the regular wheat beer getting bumped out of their lineup to make way for it.

tai4ji2x, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz just picked up at the COOP today... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger meringue like head.. great retention and lace.. the brew is a hazy pale golden color.

nose smells like it made the trip from the motherland... very bready and ripe bananas... subtle cloves and just whaffs of pink bubblegum.

Flavor has alot more mashed bananas than the aroma.. a little more bubblegum this time that lingers more in the finish.. again very bready and just minor clovey notes. The body is on the thicker side and carbonation is light lending toward a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty damn fine hefe... I really like it... the drinkability is pretty high... I had 2 way earlier in the evening that went down too fast... I wanted to save my final one to review, but this glass is clearing pretty quickly too... hats off to the crew at Sierra Nevada.

JohnGalt1, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a very tall off-white head.

S- Reminiscent of many a hefe. Scents of pears, artificial banana, yeast, and spices.

T- Banana, apricot, wheat spiciness, yeast twang.

M- Medium carbonation with a nice smooth body.

D- This stuff is darn tasty and goes down super easy(oops half of my glass is already gone). I think that it is a pretty solid effort in the style for an American brewer.

UA8, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy blonde, with a nice and semi-creamy white head that sites a strong two-fingers over a 10 ounce pour.

S: Wheat graininess, a scent like fruit peel, with soft banana scents upon a swirl - I don't really pick them up a great deal before a swirl. Clove aromas are nice, with a mellow 'field grass' scent.

T: The bottles makes a pretty accurate description of 'ripe banana and spicy clove.' There's not a whole lot more to add onto that, really. Easy going on the palate, but robust enough to suggest more. Good stuff.

M + D: A good bit of body to it, almost a little slippery - molten butter slick in some ways, though that's a very unappealing way to describe it and that's not actually the case. I sometimes prefer wheat styles to be a little crisper, but it's not always something that comes with the style... still, it's a nice, low alcohol, inviting summer brew that I will be looking forward to as gets even hotter.

Proteus93, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber-blond color with a frothy head that fades down to a two-finger head.

Aroma is full of both banana and clove in the nose. Very pleasant and inviting aroma.

Taste is full of clove and light banana with a touch of hop bitterness. Not too sweet nor bitter.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and banana. Nothing offensive here.

Easy to drink and doesn't make me miss the american wheat ale they had. Good one.

Brad007, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of packetknife
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't ever been a huge fan of Sierra Nevada but this beer really got me good. Very cloudy apricot-orangey appearance with a half-dense slightly yellowish head that held down the glass. Great on the nose with fantastic yeasty bread and plantains (sp?) or over-ripe bananas, and a bit of freshly cut grass. Solid wheaty bready fuzzy taste that reminds me of any of the best Hefers that I've had. Just thick enough on the tongue but thin as its top counterparts with enough carbonation and very bloody very drinkable. Really enjoyed this one quite a bit.

packetknife, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is a cloudy wheat colored beer with a thin white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a spicy clove aroma (oh, and banana). It's light bodied and smooth; a little watery at the finish. The banana/clove flavor is prominent in the taste, but it's not the only thing going on. There is a nice, fruity, wooden bitterness with almost a hint of cassis. This is an ideal Hefeweizen.

yesyouam, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of flexabull
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new bottled Sierra Nevada offering, very nice! And a style that fits well for the start of summer.

Pours a cloudy gold color with a nice fluffy white head.

This one has a nice nose, light cloves, ripe bananas, and some mineral hops as well.

Nice clean and crisp flavors. Lots going on here, but not at all heavy or high in alcohol. Creamy malt flavors, light sugars, bananas, and a mix of spices, with vanilla bean and cloves being prominent. Finish has a light mineral hoppiness that balances this out nicely.

Mouthfeel is great. Very smooth, feels thick, but soft, and not all heavy.

Drinkability is very good. I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, but this is yet another nice beer from Sierra Nevada. Tasty, yet very sessionable. A definite improvement from Sierra Nevada Wheat.

flexabull, Jun 25, 2009
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,155 ratings.