Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,642 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,642
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 234
Gots: 494 | 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 myost88
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into shaker style pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored body with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Clove and banana are dominant. Lots of spices, fennel maybe? It smells great. A lot of hefes smell overly spiced, but this one gets its smell mostly from the yeast.

Taste: Banana again. Very yeasty. It has that nice biscuit taste. Again the balance is the key to this great beer. The spices serve to accent the wheat and yeast. not to flavor the beer themselves.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for sure. Highly carbonated. It dances around your tongue and then goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Ughh? Is their even a question on this one? It's a 5 easy.

Overall: The perfect Hefe IMO. Not overly peppery and the spices are a great compliment to the true hefe taste that comes from the yeast.

Photo of dmadsen
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Summer right up in your business. After the longest winter in MN history and the celebration of a new job, I picked up a 6er of this guy 'for the wife'. Tis means she has one and I finish it without feeling bad I didn't pick a RIS or double imperial pale ale.

Great pour. Cloudy yellow goodness with a strong head that stays thought the whole pint. Really enjoy the smell. Some spice, some sweetness. Spring/summer.

Great mouthfeel. Light and fresh. Nice carbonation.

Hefeweizen is a style I generally skip. This, I'd go back for.

Photo of taigor
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of yeast with some banana, cloves and spices.

T - Bready yeast and banana with some earthy taste of straw, cloves and citrus.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good hefe and I highly recommend it especially, because it is widely available.

Photo of walkinginplace
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: It’s a nice yellow gold with a small white head and some minor lacing.

S: Primarily, banana and citrus with a distinct wheat smell too.

T: Wheat and banana in the beginning followed by honey and a slightly hoppy banana aftertaste. It is absolutely wonderful.

F: Light bodied, fairly significant amount of carbonation.

Overall: Super easy to drink wheat beer. The late honey taste is phenomenal. Probably perfect for summer drinking. Definitely a new favorite.

Photo of AleWynch
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours a beautiful golden blond into my duvel tulip with a pale head that sticks around and offers lovely lacing. The aroma has a malty sweetness, wheat and banana notes. The taste is very well balanced, clean (skip the lemon wedge) - light esters but not overly so. Mouthfeel is light, clean, appropriate to a hefe. Drinkability is very good, especially as the summer heat has not yet given in to autumn. SN has really done well here. I previously reached for Widmer, but SN has outdone Widmer with this one.

Photo of DeepBrew
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.Even though I poured at an angle, I had to stop the pour and wait for the foam to settle.

A: Cloudy straw color, huge foam that recedes slowly. Spotty lacing and very little visible carbonation.

S: Great smell of fruit, some spice and yeast.

T: Malt throughout, fruit, the cloves and bananas are there all right. Very subtle bitter toward the end.

M: Medium-low mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: Great implementation, can proudly stand up to its German brethren.

Photo of poop_brew
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden amber with a nearly two finger head which dissipated after about one minute. No lacing.

Smell - herbal scents including fig and lavender along with traditional hefeweizen scents. Likeness to a summer floral arrangement.

Taste - Quite aromatic start with smooth growing alcoholic peak resulting in a mellow citrus to follow along.

Mouthfeel - Tingling start which envelops the whole pallet resulting in a full mouth sensation slow finish and aftertaste which creeps in.

Overall - Great light beer, one of the better hefeweizens I've had, tried it in the winter and seems to be just as good now as it would be in the summer. Great all round beer especially for those looking for a light but flavorful experience. To quote Dave Matthew's Band it's, 'the best of what's around'.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
4.8% ABV

A - Swirling the bottle half way through the pour produces a haze to the golden yellow beer as ample carbonation flowing to a large, pillowy white head. Like a classic hefe, Kellerweis has fantastic retention and moderate lacing down the glass.

S - Musty earthiness wafts from the beer's plush head, gently incorporating a touch of soft banana and sturdy white clay with clover spice emerging as it warms.

T - Clover and a pinch of white pepper bring spiciness forwards in Kellerweis, softly pulling undercurrents of ripe banana and a pinch of lemon peel through the smooth wheat flavor. It's effervescence causes quite a few burps where more banana Runts are tasted.

M - Velvety smooth, Kellerweis has wonderful wheat softness and nice, tiny carbonation bubbles tickling the tongue with a beautifully smooth, slightly dry finish.

O - Sierra Nevada Kellerweis isn't quite as fragrant as some of the classic German hefeweizens but swirling the bottle's sediment into the beer gives it a wonderful bouquet of spice and banana with an exceptional wheat smoothness and refreshing finish!

Photo of CraigP83
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow, not much head. Lemon zest and light wheat. Smells like summertime. Spicy , bubblegum yeast but very refreshing. Was hoping for more wheat at the end but it was missing. Super refreshing though and I could see this being a summer staple.

Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, cloudy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing.

The aroma is wonderful and everything you'd want and expect from a hefe. There's the bubble gum and banana sweetness mixing with some lemony hops and, as it warms, a clean peppery spice aroma.

The taste has an initial lemon zest pop before the sweet malted wheat takes over, with the bananas coming in strong. The finish is slightly bready and with a bit of peppery spices that tingle the palate.

The mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation. It seems to have a light mouthfeel but still completely fills the mouth, which is definitely saying something.

This is a fantastic hefe from Sierra Nevada and a great craft beer introduction for most people out there. I drank this one with some non-BA friends and they absolutely loved it. Kudos to SN for putting a beer out there that will undoubtedly please the masses and, I think, impress the beer geeks out there as well (me included).

Photo of BeerBob
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. pours a golden gold from a 12 fl deep dark brown class bottle with a pry off cap.

Light tan Head is billowy and thick with capricious amounts of fine foam bubbles.

Pallet is spot on tart wheat, accompanied by refreshing and delicious citrus notes with fig and a soft clove, that builds in intensity to a full clove aftertaste. Banana makes its presents known late in the tasting, subdued, and subtle.

Hard to find a good American hefeweizen, this is one of them.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-weisse glass.

A--Golden hazy body with an aggressive white tightly creamy 3 finger head. Dissipates in lovely chunky sheets down the side of the glass. Picture perfect.

S--Right out of the gate this is absolutely lovely: bananas over top of apricot and peach. So, so fresh and summery. Somehow /smells/ spritzy. Can't wait to taste. Yeast is subdued but has a pizza dough proof aspect lurking behind all those fresh fruits. More hops than is usual for the style, but not hoppy by any means.

T--Oh my sweet heaven. This is smooth, tangy, bubbly, and wonderful. Much more on the mellow side, with subdued clove phenols and tapered off wheaty tang. The wheat is present, but it doesn't have that pale lemony bite of Ayinger. But neither is it as hefty as Schneder-Weisse, which pours up nearly amber. This is closer to Weihenstephaner, which is high praise indeed. The freshness of this domestic hefe really helps showcase the grainbill--there's some husky wheat and even barley undertones in the middle of the flavor profile, like a fresh baguette or loaf of sourdough--amid the yeasty swirl of gummy dough and bubblegum and banana/peach. This is the smoothie of beers. Tasterrific.

M&D--Mouthfeel is just a tad zippy, but I'm just digging for something critical to say. It ain't easy. Drinkability is off the hook, as I'd pick this up anywhere anybody put it down. Super refreshing--perfect for spring and summer, but I'd take it in fall, winter, morning, noon, while sleeping...

You get the idea. And at less than 10 a six, um...heaven? You know everything you want and expect from Corona given their marketing campaign? Well, here it is, except in bottle liquid reality. This tastes like a relaxing beach--you don't have to squinch your eyes shut and pop another lime in the bottle to imagine something refreshing past the cooked cabbage that is Corona.

Photo of JosiahS
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

glass: wheat glass

a: sort of a mild tangerine or mango color with a hazy look and a white frothy head.

s: zesty, peppery and with bubblegum light dough.

t: orange rind, lemon rind, banana, pepper corns, clove.

m: light with medium-high carbonation.

o: great. Very sessionable and it has excellent flavor that doesn't induce pallete fatigue.

Photo of Ale_Dog
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thought this would be more of a summer beer, but this is so rich and complex, it's great by the fireside too

Photo of Gebrau
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very familiar for a heffe which is rare for an American brew using open fermentation. Sierra Nevada has never failed me. Good stuff. Banana, nutty, coriander...all the usual suspects present.

Photo of danieelol
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious creamy yellow colour. Good head and lacing.

S: Must, lemon, wheat-funk. Lots of lemon. Banana.

T: More of the same with what I thought was initially hops. Banana comes out even more in the taste. Sweet and sour but ends dry.

M: Thick and creamy and honestly fantastic. Definitely velvety as described on the label.

O: Think they massively nailed the style here. This beer deserves great praise. Got more banana notes from this than I have from any other hefe, including the classics.

Photo of spicelab
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque honey straw with a very large fluffy white head. Drops relatively quickly until a minor ring and film remains.

Oozing with sweet esters. Boiled candy, banana, cloves and floral honey. Solid as a rock.

Follows the nose. Elegant and unerring.

Light to medium body, moderately spritzy carbonation and a touch of tartness at the back.

Really can not fault this near-perfect exposition of the style. On par with Weihenstephaner for mine.

Photo of SirDrinxAlot
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated and retained a good lace.

Smell was faint spice, banana, clove, and powdery yeast/wheat.

Taste was light coriander, banana, clove, and dusty wheat. Velvety smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Light bitter kick at the finish with all of the flavors lingering on the tongue. Nothing too overpowering.

I've been waiting for this one to become available for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. This will be a summertime staple in my fridge for sure. Kellerweis and the hammock will go hand in hand.

Photo of kyleg
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana clove, banana clove, banana clove! I love a hefeweizen for these characteristics. This beer poured perfect and tasted perfect. Nice head retention and mouth feel. Cloudy in appearance and true to its style. Great beer is all I have to say.

Southern Germany, eat your heart out!

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Glass loaned to me from my cousin. After this experience, I bought my own glass from S-N.

A - The look of this hefe is remarkable. A very hazy golden yellow in color. Somewhat reminds me of a hazy straw color. Cloudy or hazy. It's just a pleasant looking brew as is most hefe style beers. The head is thick and off white in color. It subsides a bit as it sits, but still remained enough to know it's there. A good amount of creamy lace as well.
S - smell is sweet. Smells like a hefeweizen. Definitely a clove smell. But also Some spice. It's a real fresh, soothing smell. I could somewhat pick up a note of a fresh grassy smell and maybe some black pepper but seemed faint to me unlike the other notes I picked up.
T - Very refreshing and smooth. The first main taste I experienced was a banana taffy like taste, but as I adjusted to the brew, It somewhat reminded me of a sweet banana bread. Lovely really. The other notes I got were clove, A little spice, citrus, and a little grain or wheat. All of these were well balanced and bound together nicely.
M - I found this a to be a great tasting beer that's easy to drink. It's not overpowering and I didnt expect it to be. It's medium body and taste make a clean crisp style. Well done.
O - Just started experiencing Sierra Nevada brews. And I really don't know why I waited so long. This brew is a stunning piece of craft work. And is the brew that sold me on Sierra Nevada as a brewery. It's one of the best Hefes I've tried from anywhere. Yes, even Germany. A real winner here. A Must try.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Golden yellow and hazy. Pours a white, pillowy two to three finger head.

Aroma- Sweet citrus fruits, a little clove spice, and a sweet grainy wheat malt.

Taste- More on the citrusy side for a hefeweizen, with lemon combining very nicely with a banana fruit flavor. Mild clove spice flavor adds some bitterness. Wheat malt adds sweetness to the fruit flavors and dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and very pleasant feel overall with a crisp yet creamy/chewy feel.

Overall- No doubt about it that is a world class hefeweizen. The feel is perfect with a creamy/chewy texture and the flavor combo of citrus/banana is nearly perfect. Maybe a tiny bit more characteristic clove spice would enhance this, but that's subjective and nitpicking. Can't always get some of the great german hefe's fresh, but I have no doubt this stacks up to the best of em. If this gets removed from the SN yearly lineup that will be a damn shame.

Photo of doughanson78
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hard to get all the yeast off the bottom of this one. Have only got it all once. Will have to refine my practice.

A: Nice fluffy, slightly off-white, 2 finger head. Like a cloud. Pretty good lacing, sticks for what seems like forever even though the head disappears fairly quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. Great color and haziness. Looks like pear juice. Beautiful looking beer! Sexy!

S: Big banana aroma with nice lemony citrus behind it. Nice yeasty bread scent. Definitely wheat.

T: Great banana flavor. First I've really gotten in a Hefe. Nice subtle sweetness. Lemon right behind it. Little sourness. Little wheat. Finishing with a very mild bitterness.

M: Kinda thick. Don't know if full bodied or medium. Very creamy feel. Nice.

O: Almost done and still lacing on the glass. Overall a very beautiful beer. Great for a hot summer day. Goes down easy. Look out or you'll be through a 6-pack before you know it. Easily my favorite Hefe if not my favorite overall beer. Definitely give it a shot.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in the usual SN stubby 12oz bottle like the one shown and poured into a standard pint glass. Didn't think to try a 12oz brew in my .5L hefeweizen glass. Gave the bottle a bit of a rotation to stir up the beasties in the bottom...yum!

Anyway, was rewarded with a nice pour: cloudy golden color topped by a bright white head that flared up to the lip of the glass and then rather quickly settled into a skim. Left decent lace behind.

Smells like a real German weissebier; wonderful aromas of bready malts, bananas, cloves, and even a hint of bubblegum. Real nice.

Great flavor; lots of yeasty malty goodness with a nice fruity, spicy character. Has that Germanic hefeweizen banana and clove taste that I just love. Nothing American about this brew. The feel is light, crisp and a bit creamy.

Ah yeah, this one's a keeper. I could down a six-pack of Kellerweis every day. Very drinkable! A great effort by Sierra Nevada. Well worth picking up.

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional wheat beer. So tasty, creamy, and filling, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love this Sierra Nevada is easily one of my favorite brewerys.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,642 ratings.