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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 2768
Reviews: 1190
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

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 birdyone

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks are deceptive on this one. not much head on it, a few large bubbles, and that cloudy pale yellow that makes those unfamiliar with Hefeweizens think it's well. . . you know

Decent smell. Pretty normal for the family.

Better taste than other domestic Hefeweizens I have tried.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

Drinkability is high, I am partial to Hefeweizens though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 01:44:49 | More by birdyone
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Great appearance. More foam in the glass than anything! That's pretty awesome. Definitely a lot of yeast in the bottom of the glass as well. Banana in color and density as well. A very pale wheat beer, similar to Hoegaarden in this sense.

Smell: Hits all the right notes on the smell. Banana and cloves with a noticeable presence of lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lemon seems to cut through the flavor a bit too much. Some vague clove and banana notes. The mouthfeel is pretty good though.

Drinkability: Not that exciting overall. Kind of a muted beer.

Overall: A bit disappointing, but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:50:14 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of atlason

New York

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to Julius Echter vase. No freshness date indicated.

A: Pours a deep gold to light amber. Generous head which leaves nice lacing.

S: Very light complex and elegant citrus and wheat.

T: This is all about the citrus. Pretty rich clove but not too much banana. Low maltiness leads to lack of the characteristic orange taste that you get from the German Hefeweizens. This is a little bit too light, almost a half Wit half Hefeweizen.

M: Well carbonated, feels overly attenuated for the style.

Overall, a very pleasant summer brew but it lacks a critical deep orange flavor from style it is going for.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 03:20:36 | More by atlason
Photo of davey101


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz tall pilsner glass. Swirled and poured in the last 2 ounces.

A - Cloudy light orange/dark yellow body. Dirty soapy off-white head.

S - Fairly typical hefe smell. Wheat, lemon grass, clove, black pepper and a hint of meat.

T - Similar to the aroma. Light wheat flavor and some lemon and belgian yeast. Mild spice and sweetness towards the end. Faintest hint of bannana. Carboantion is nice, but the bodys pretty thin.

O - Witbiers really aren't my style, so much so that Allagash white was a drainpour for me. Something about the clove, black pepper and lemon grass that reminds me of lunchable grade sausage. I can do hefes though, and this one is really solid. Certainly the best American hefe I've tried. As always with SN, its priced extremely well too.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 03:44:38 | More by davey101
Photo of MeanMotaScootah


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy golden straw color, decent head.

S - Smell subtle spices and muted sweet malts.

T - This does not taste like a traditional Hef it reminds me of a belgium white ale (i.e. a
Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue) more than a Hefeweizen. I had a Pyramid Hef last week and found it a bit more enjoyable.

M - This had a decent amount of carb, others have said otherwise but it seemed like it was plenty bubbly from the pour.

O - I think this is a great tasting white ale, not a traditional Hefeweizen. It doesn't taste at all like any of the Sierra Nevada offerings, minimal hops. Good nonetheless and obvsiouly a good price.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 22:56:35 | More by MeanMotaScootah
Photo of bbeerman


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A..A very soft golden/amber color, almost bordering on a dark honey look.

S..The smell is nothing exceptional for a hefeweizen. Light citrus hints, but that is about it.

T..An above average hefeweizen here. The taste yields a bit more than the flavor. However, I don't find as much intensity as I do in other Sierra Nevada beers. It is not bad, but I was hoping for more citrus tastes that make me realize winter will end each year.

M..I like the bouncy mouthfeel here a lot. I swear this beer hits heavy/thick in the feel right of the bat. Something about it remninds me of honey. Then, as the "weight" of the beer dissipates after 1/3 of a second, the beer seems to jump around in spirited fashion (reminiscent of soda's carbonation, but not in a negative way).

D..Good here too. I could make this a short-session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 00:06:28 | More by bbeerman
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz split between weizen glasses.

Hazed lemon yellow beer and this certainly is a weizen with its fluffy, poofy tower of head.

Proceeding to the nose, there is more evidence of this beer's German ancestry. Clove and banana centric aromas abound. There is some bubble gum also, and this is the first time I've smelled that in any beer.

More banana and clove esters. Wheat bread with a little sweetness is tempered by some light but blunt bitterness. There is a little sourness or lemon flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth but not effervescent, and that's what I'm desiring right now. The beer isn't refreshing, isn't quenching as it ought to be. This could just be the season or my mood, but to me hefeweizens are quintessentially refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:32:31 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale hay with two finger of white head. Plenty of sticky lace.

Smell - underwhelming, phenols, bananas and cloves, some citrus, doughy yeast, and pale citrus

Taste - rather tart upfront, followed by sweet malt and yeast, phenolic finish

Mouthfeel - light/medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Unimpressive thin feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, light and refreshing. Sadly having enjoyed Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner many times is hard to settle for less. Despite this for the price this isn't a bad hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:43:05 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of nkronma


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy gold....nice white head that quickly dissapates.

S - Bananas, clove, spicy. Slightly yeasty.

T - very faint hints of banana flavors with strong clove and hops finish. Very refreshing, lasting after taste.

M - Creamy medium body. Carbonation is perfect...smooth

O - Very refreshing, a good American Hefeweizen

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 23:34:55 | More by nkronma
Photo of Lauthaha


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mini beer mug.

Appearance: The beer pours a light golden color, with light carbonation visible through the glass. The head is super-fizzy (like a citrus soda such as Sprite), and it fades quickly into nothingness.

Smell: Raisin bread comes to mind, with perhaps just a hint of banana flavor. Mostly sweet, with a subtle sourness which is not entirely unpleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes mostly sour, with a strong citrus/banana zing to it. Moderately heavy carbonation leaves bready tones on the tongue. A little strong for a hefe, in my opinion.

Overall: Not a bad brew...but there are better out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 13:12:03 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of fizzgig


3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Opaque gold, streams of carbpnation rising. Half finger head dissipates quickly.

S: Butterscotch.

T: Bit of caramel, maybe banana.

M: Carbonation comes on midway, slight wheat thickness. Goes away suddenly.

O: Decent hefe, a bit different than the most traditional German examples. Easy going but I'll go for some from the Fatherland next time.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:06:41 | More by fizzgig
Photo of Spidey13


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Looks like a hefe should. The nose has a lot of banana with some underlying clove and some lemon underneath both of those.

The flavor starts our with the malt which gets out of the way to lead to creamy banana flavors. The finish is quick. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizens but this one was above average for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:10:13 | More by Spidey13
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 02:16:31 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of whtguitarguy


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would make this a regular if I could find a 6-pack. Aroma isn't too strong, slightly yeasty with a bit of fruit. German-style wheat which I like. Yeasty taste with fruity notes in the background, all of the elements together kind of form a slight bubblegum flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:09:40 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of Cadyfatcat

New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is potent and of banana and orange with some yeast tones. At first taste there was little to nothing there in terms of subtlety and flavor. After it warmed, it improved dramatically; the flavors of a true Hefe come out for a short stint, however, the Hefe character is cut off prematurely by the end note, which is fairly acrid, dry, and even somewhat watery. A much more authentic american attempt at a Hefe, but I think years of German tradition and experience seem to give them the leg up when it comes to making one of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:43:38 | More by Cadyfatcat
Photo of livewire05


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with a thick creamy head.

Smell: Spicy, with a distinct banana undertone.

Taste: The taste wasn't exactly what I expected. I don't have much experience with heffeweizens, so the banana in the background took a little getting used to. Definitely not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm still not sure what to make of this. I could see how one could put a few of these away, but I'm not yet sure if they're my thing. I still have the remainder of a six pack, so I'll see whether I change my mind.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:58:12 | More by livewire05
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very atypical versus many hefeweizens. The look is good, with its unfiltered body, and big head with yeast contained. The smells gives off some of your typical hefe aromas, spice, clove banana, and wheat but there a very tart aroma and taste in there that's reminiscent of apple or grape peel. Hops take a half step back in this one, adding just a little spice to the beer. Not bad, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 15:37:53 | More by wcintula
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass this beer is a cloudy lemon yellow with one finger of bright white finely-bubbled head. No lace.

Scent is spice, lemon and tangy yeast

Taste is quite spicy with cloves, coriander, black and white pepper. Lemons and lemon zest. Tangy and tart. A hint of banana; less than other hefeweizens.

Mouth starts sharply carbonated but ends velvety.

Very refreshing. Love the spiciness. Would appreciate a bit more banana. Good solid hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 19:25:48 | More by sethmeister
Photo of harrymel


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to this one, before it breaks the 1000 mark.
Bottled sometime in May
A: pours traditionally yellow straw colored with a finger of transient white foam which falls to a sheet of the same.
S: Clove, grain, banana, metals, simple and yeasty.
T: Bready, yeasty and with some grassy flavors.
M: Medium on heavy with lively carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O: Well done for an american version. I know this to be better fresh, too bad for this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 04:37:48 | More by harrymel
Photo of falloutsnow


3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No easy bottled on date, but SN's code says this was bottled in late July.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a modestly bright yellow-gold away from light, a pale yellow with even paler yellow highlights when held up to a point source. Not as dark as the Weihenstephaner. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken. Better lacing than Weihenstephaner.

Strong aroma of wheat/barley malt combination along with lemon or other bright citrus and some ripe banana and band-aid odor. Other scents are present, but less robust, and include: yeast, miscellaneous sweet spices. Less complex overall than Weihenstephaner, seems to be less robust and in-your-face, somewhat drab.

Taste opens with bright sweetness that quickly clouds over into ripe bananas. Other flavors include bubblegum, yeast, and very light coriander. Aftertaste of bready, yeasty, ripe bananas, unripe pears, and is slightly tart. Still, not as "aggressive" as Weihenstephaner. I've found that to really enjoy the taste of this beer, it needs to be in a glass and sit for a bit; drinking directly from the bottle doesn't allow much of the flavors to develop, for whatever reason.

The beer is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation level that lets this feel very smooth on the palate, maybe a bit undercarbonated, actually. Finish is dry, which complements the mild tartness in the aftertaste nicely.

This was a good hefeweizen. A bit muted, compared to Weihenstephaner, but sometimes that's what you're looking for. Also, probably the most acceptable clone of a German wheat beer I've found.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:16:17 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of Eeroomnhoj


3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Camping in Lake George, NY and this pulled from the cooler. Smelled like a beer, not too strong and definitely not a Coors Lite. Tasted crisp and clean and not too heavy. Enjoyed the entire to the last drop. Not real fancy and not too hoppy. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:33:19 | More by Eeroomnhoj
Photo of yesyouam

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 13:52:10 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly clove, some breadiness.

Taste: A little bit of everything. Some lemon, moderate sweetness with a hint of banana, some spicy clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Feels kind of heavy and slick.

Drinkability: Tasty, but due to the heavy feel it comes down a peg.

It's summer, so let's try the new SN wheat. I enjoyed their old wheat, this one has more of the traditional wheat flavor to it but isn't quite as sessionable. Still a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 00:23:21 | More by Mdog
Photo of Anthony1


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

poured a hazy straw color. 2 finger head and not much lace.

smells of citrus and east, some spice, lemon, but everything is mild

tastes wheaty nice pale malts and citrus. hints of the banana/clove, but not enough.

easy to drink, would definitly get it at a bar, but not bother bringing more home

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 16:47:10 | More by Anthony1
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a little white head. Nose is banana , clove. Taste is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than I would have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana, pretty effervescent and a lot of wheat. It was good overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:46:20 | More by barleywinefiend
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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