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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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91
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Reviews: 1,321
Hads: 3,778
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 246
Gots: 558 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 PhiloPsych
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale, cloudy yellow from the bottle with a slight, creamy head that dissipates quickly. A whole lot of banana in the nose with a bit of alcohol warmth. The taste is strong with citrus, wheat, and yeast, with lots of banana in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very light. (270 characters)

Photo of bfranks
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. It's not Live Oak, but it's a great alternative for someone who lives in an area that doesn't have much distribution, Sierra Nevada is everywhere. (159 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in a heffewizen glass and mixed with yeast during the pour. hazy and straw like color with large foam head of at least 2 in.

smells of bread and bananas with malt and maybe a slight citrus hop note towards the end.

mmmm.... malt and yeast flavor dominates. very smooth that has a touch of crisp at the end.

meduim body with good carbonation

great heffe i thought.... this is one of those must try beers!!! (418 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Looks the part...glowing golden color...nice frothy white head..

S-More wheatiness than easters...mild bubble gum and cloves...aroma is weakest part of this beer..also detect a sublte rotten egg smell but it is very light

T-Nice flavors...not great...bubble gum..cloves...a little vanilla and banana...some lemons as well...everything is balanced and never prominent by itself.

M-Perfect weightiness...not too big to drink a couple thirteen fourteen but also not so light it feels like Mich Ultra....exactly how a hefe should feel...creamy texture..

D-This is the third time I have had this...the first time was in a 3hefe blind taster and I had this third behind Dancing Man and Schells....thought it was good but not as good as those....the second time I had it was the next night by itself followed by Schells and I thought this was much better....today I am kind of in between...it's good...I don't know that it is great...I will drink again and possible change this review when I have a cleaner palate if it is necessary..I love the fact a quality brewery is doing a nice hefe...I just don't think it is top of the class like some do (1,144 characters)

Photo of icetraxx
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange, just like any typically good hefe. Pours a rather small two finger head that is sort of creamy, though not as creamy as some of the German-made hefes. The head quickly reduces to a single finger. Lacing and head retention are poor for a hefeweizen. the head soon dissipates to a pitiful cap.

S: Quite a bit of clove and spicy from the German hops, malt is pretty strong as well. Banana and fruit like esters aren't as strong as some hefes, but are definitely prevalent and the banana is rather aromatic. There is a bit of a sweet and sour overtone to the aroma, as well as some biscuity goodness.

T: This is surprisingly a banana-dominate hefe, considering the spicy aroma. As you drink it, the spiciness comes out and balances the banana somewhat. The finish is surprisingly long, and the after-taste holds onto the banana esters (I dislike this attribute). There is a bit of tannin-like astringency in this one that I don't get in some of the best hefes (Weihenstephan, Schneider Original). This one is on the sweet side (like Hacker-Pschorr) and isn't balanced very well by hop bitterness. Bubblegum is a bit too strong and masks the flavors of the malts while exacerbating their sweetness. Absolutely nothing in the taste of this beer sticks out, this is your typical basic hefeweizen.

M: One of the creamiest wheat beers I've ever had. Medium bodied from the suspended yeast; not thick enough to reduce the refreshing aspect of a hefeweizen. Excellent carbonation.

D: Pretty refreshing, so the drinkability is pretty high. This one is a bit sweet and heavy to be perfectly drinkable.

O: German wheat beers require a giant billowing head that sticks around in my book, this one fails to accomplish this. Otherwise, this is a good incarnation of the hefeweizen from an American brewer, but one I do not care to drink again. Absolutely nothing interesting is going on in this beer that isn't done better by other hefes, extremely boring overall. (1,970 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden with a nice lasting white head. Aroma of banana sweet spices. Taste is same as aroma. Palate is light body, nice carbonation. Finish is banana, some yeast with sweet spices. Overall a nice crisp and refreshing brew, easy drinking. Nice brew. (262 characters)

Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This did not have enough "Weisen" character for me to be considered a classic Hefeweizen. It's almost a combination of a lager and heff. That said, it was very good. Maltiness was a good combination with the hefe flavor and it tasted a little stronger than the abv suggest. Worth trying if you see it. (301 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with two finger head using recommended pour. Straw, clove, and bubblegum dominate the smell and the taste. This is subtle yet complex for what it is, a very refined and tasty classic hefeweizen taste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, drinkability gets a deduction from me simply because it is not a style that I go crazy for. Very solid beer though. (367 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice straw yellow with a two-finger white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Very bready with cloves and banana present.

T - Like the nose with lots of bread. Some banana sweetness and clove follow the bread. There is also a nice lemony citrus in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. A little heavy for a hefeweizen.

O - Decent hefeweizen. Nothing stands out. Very easy drinking and pleasant. (422 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Code on label easily determines bottling date. Review from notes.

Hazy light straw, creamy white head soon rings out. Smell is grainy, with some sweet, citrusy overtones. Taste is banana, with a bitter, citrusy finish. Fair amount of carbonation. Pretty good for a domestic Hefeweizen. Drinks well. (313 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured as instructed into a DFH snifter. Last third of the bottle is swirled to rouse the yeast

A - Orange and cloudy, with a finger and a half of pillowy foam. Dissipates fairly quickly

S - Banana, spicy phenolic nose. This is certainly a hefe

T - Banana bomb. Yeast smacks you in the tongue. Wheat malt rounds out the beer nicely.

M - High amount of carbonation tickles the tongue. No bitterness to speak of, just a spicy banana flavor

D - Very drinkable, if you are in the mood for a hefe. Would be great on a hot day.

Very good for the style, but not my favorite style of beer. I'd be interested to see how this tastes with <gasp!>... a lemon. (673 characters)

Photo of jmarklan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful, cloudy golden. Fluffy white head leaves good lacing too.

S: Slight funk, wheat, and clove. Pretty clean aroma.

T: Subtle flavors of wheat, banana, and clove, also a mineral like taste in the finish.

M: Thin, well carbonated and refreshing. Goes down quick.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of hefeweizens, but this is pretty good and a great example of the style (383 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - GOod cloudy yellow body, small bubbles, big frothy white head with good retention.

S - vanilla and lemon, but some funky hops or something. Not a good balance, but good elements of the style.

T - Light and crisp, light citrus and malt and a touch of vanilla. A good dryness, and the funk from the nose isnt here.

M - Very light and thin. Maybe too light and thin...

D - It's not that great, but it's pretty good and easy to drink. (438 characters)

Photo of J0E
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice yellow/cloudy amber with a nice big white head on it.

S &T: A sweet and fruity smell which becomes more elaborate upon sipping. Banana and cloves, like you'd expect from a Hefeweizen. A big wheaty body with some trace amounts of citrus in both the nose and taste.

M: High carbonation makes it feel almost fluffy. Again, what I'd expect from the style

O: Maybe the best american version of a hefeweissen I've had. Always a good summer choice. Even tastes good out of the bottle at a barbecue. And for the price, (8.99 a 6pk for me) this is a winner for sure. (569 characters)

Photo of thryn
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Extremely cloudy. Honey-colored. Giant, frothy, rocky head that leaves beautiful white lace as it recedes.

Aroma is pretty typical hefeweizen: banana and clove, with a bit of citrus; but there's also a slight floral hop character.

A very nice balanced hefe. Ton of banana, orangey citrus and clovey spice, and a bit of that same floral hop character I noted in the nose. It's quite good.

Slightly heavy velvety body, smooth but notable carbonation.

It's almost a perfect summer beer, but just a bit too heavy. Good hefe, without question. (578 characters)

Photo of ntatum
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely golden wheat color with some cloudiness, all expected from a hefe.

Taste smells of banana and cloves. For some reason I've never been a big fan of the hefe smells so much as i like the taste.

Taste comes through as bananas and clove with a touch of wheatiness (it could use some more of that wheatiness to balance it out.)

Mouthfeel is effervescent and very refreshing. I'm really going to give this one a second go when it gets warmer.

Overall a good beer but not knock your socks off good. It seems to be missing a citrus element that would make it better for me. I could add a lemon wedge but I hate to ruin a good beer. I may have to pick up some more and do some research. (697 characters)

Photo of hu5om
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into Tremens Tulip
a-lovely golden yellow. cloudy. 1 finger of white fine foam.

s-yeast, cloves, banana, vaguely tropical?

t-cloves, banana, yeast, grain. very light grain aftertaste. a bit spicier than i expected, a bit of a saison vibe.

m-a bit thin, but creamy. fairly abrupt ending and very light on the palate

d-SN rarely dissappoints me. good, not great. i'll stick with Dancing Man Wheat for now, but glad I finally reviewed this one. (452 characters)

Photo of Mit
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a Hazy orangy gold with a rapidly dissipating head.

s Spicey like a Wheat should be. Banana flavours present.

t banana, coriander/clove notes with a slight hop bitterness rounding it out.

m lighter mouthfeel as one might expect with a wheat beer(or I have found). Very typical of the style.

d Very drinkable...I will have to remember to pick this up in the spring/summer rather than the fall..LOL

Overall I found the beer to be a very classical wheat beer. I guess I was expecting more of a Sierra Nevada spin on it but that is a very minor point. (552 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 350ml bottle I picked up from a local off-licence; they were selling these cheap so I thought I'd try some decent Californian beer (I'm a fan of their pale ale). Has a best-before date of 8/12/10, which is presumably why they were on sale for so little. Hopefully the quality will be unaffected as long as it's been stored properly. Bottle has the usual Sierra Nevada picture on the front. Some info about the beer is found on the label around the bottle neck.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; I decanted about 2/3 of the contents then swirled the remainder to resuspend the yeast before adding it to the glass. Plenty of foam from the bottle towards the end. Colour was a translucent light golden-brown. Low carbonation, but the agitation produced a large foamy head which subsided slowly. Distinctly yeasty odour with slight sourness - some banana and spice notes.

Flavour is yeasty and somewhat sour, but refreshing. Tasty malt, but little in the way of hops. Makes you think of natural yoghurt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as well as lightly astringent. Rather nice.

A good hefe - one to sample now and again. Worth trying if unfiltered wheat beers appeal to you. (1,181 characters)

Photo of thedrewski86
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color, 1/2" white head with some lacing. Nice banana and clove smell just like the bottle says. The yeast is very nice in the taste of this, it's a really good summer hefe. Good carbonation, medium body. Very nice. (257 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy brass colored body. There was not much for head or lace. What lace that was present would be spread out. It has clove and banana like smell. The flavor is good, a little more bitter than most German variants but it is Sierra and it is what they are known for. There is some bubble gum and heavy clove esters to the taste. The aftertaste is a bit metallic and banana like. The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation burn which was odd because it did not have much head. (496 characters)

Photo of titosupertramp
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger of fizzy head that quickly fades leaving behind sparse film and very little lacing.

S: Sort of faint, but I can tell banana and cloves are there.

T: I'm not the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this is nice. To me, it's almost like a Belgian take on a classic German style. Bananas, yeast, cloves, pales malts. Clean and crisp.

M: This has a decent mouthfeel to it. Carbonation burns the tongue a bit and provides a bite.

O: Again, hefeweizen isn't my favorite style, but I like this. I couldn't see myself drinking many of these before wanting to move on to something else, but if handed this by a friend, I'd gladly drink it. (677 characters)

Photo of cleeze
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored and hazy golden hue with a nice frothy head and decent lacing.

fruity notes on the nose bannana and entices you with ester filled aromas.

Mild, tart wheat and lemony notes followed by some lucious bannana up in the mix. Little bit up hoppiness in the finish. Very pleasant.

Chewy, creamy, and rich mouthfeel.

With the low abv this makes a perfect session beer and a tasty one at that. (402 characters)

Photo of stockingcpl
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thisbrew pours with moderate head with average retention. No lacings. Color is a nice hazy honey. Not bad.

Smell: Aroma is soft. Banana and bread. Perhaps some very minor clove.

Taste: Flavor is a little more authoritative in presence than the aroma. Interesting flavor transitions during curve progression. Initial flavor has a little acidic bite. Followed by malt and banana. Sustain is rather clean with some bread notes. Interesting combination & transition of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the tongue and palate. Little to no aftertaste. No cloying sweetness. Very well accomplished.

Drinkability: Light and airy. The sweetness is not cloying. Enjoyable. An excellent drink on a hot day by the pool.

Kisses,
Nikki (734 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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