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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,774 Ratings

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Ratings: 2774
Reviews: 1191
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 12:33:20 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of hangh


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - rich, golden colored with a fine 1" head that lasts for a good two minutes or so. Nice and cloudy hefeweizen, yeast is well mixed when poured. Nothing sticks to the glass

S - Definitely some clove hops. Pretty mild otherwise, a little bit of fruit undertones but dominated by the clove smell. It's nothing special

T - Slightly tart beginning leading into a smooth prolonged finish. Clove tastes along with some yeast and honey. It's a pretty average hefeweizen taste though, there are others I'd perfer

MF - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, pretty smooth

D - It's cheaper than some other hefeweizens so I'll probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:06:56 | More by hangh
Photo of vancurly


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/5/12

a) Hazy pale orange. Big white head, somewhat coarsely bubbled.

s) Wit-like spiciness, almost coriander seed-like. Banana & bubblegum, fleshy smallgoods. Warms to a BBQ steak aroma, and some clove.

t) Stronger clove notes on the palate than nose. Rich wheat flavour; well attenuated, so quite dry.

n) Fairly light for style, I think; not as creamy as some German examples. Perhaps a bit hollow.

d) Very easy to drink; suitable for warm days and a thirst.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:37:08 | More by vancurly
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the bottle a golden straw color- cloudier than a thunderstorm with a finger of head that doesn't last longer than one.

S- Yeast, white wine musk, corn, honey, flowers, sulfer.

T- Taste is light and slightly bready. I can find some banana if I look for it, especially in the aftertaste, but it's not strong. Stronger is the taste of unbaked bread, and flour.

M- Light, I would take some more carbonation, but this is fine.

O- A fine beer. Not the most flavorful thing I've dranken but tasty still.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:20:28 | More by zdk9
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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

fantastic banana notes clove notes ,seemed as though the cold crash filtered out some of the cloudiness . seemed to be cleaner than i expected . smell seemed cleaner than i am used to on a hefe . mouth feel was spot on . taste was great but seemed mericianized for a hefe . bit hoppy .over all not bad though just not great .

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:53:19 | More by dogma46an2
Photo of PreacherBrewer


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

Appearance - A deep orange glow appears in my pint glass. This beer sports a fabulous white fluffy cloud-like two finger head. Whispers an invitation to savor it's flavor.

Smell - Fruit comes to mind first: Orange, Apple, Pear, Nectar, Peach. Yeasty. Bready.

Taste - This is a beer that tastes just like it smells. I did catch a little alcohol on the front, but nothing to worry about. After the first sip it was hidden very well. The Orange, Citrus, and Apple Flavors were very present. Then as the beer warmed, a bread and doughy flavor took more charge. There is an ever-so slight hint of medicine going on. Lemon peel is also there on the after taste. As i take my last sips, yeast is very present.

Mouthfeel - This beer sports a Mod-light, to Moderate body which is characteristic, expected and desired for a "heffer" (Hefeweizen). At first the carbonation is tough to notice, but pay attention to the backend of your swallow. It's there, and is quite ticklish on the rear palate. A very nice experience.

Drinkability - A Very likeable beer. The Best Heffer I've tried to date. I do wish for a bit more complexity, but that is just my bent toward other beer styles making a fuss. With that in mind, for it's style, it's a "Class A Act." This is a great early evening summer beer. It quenches your thirst, satisfies your beer craving, and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 18:29:10 | More by PreacherBrewer
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3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is straw-colored, with a fingers-width of white foamy head.

Smell is dominated by wheat malts, lemon, and coriander.

Taste is spicier than I expected, including coriander and floral hops. I am not a fan of the lingering bready aftertaste, however.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied. There is a bit of carbonation, but maybe not enough (which might explain the aftertaste).

Overall a good hefeweizen, but not one I will go out of my way to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:42:48 | More by Dave_in_GR
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3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard good things about this brew, and I finally got around to trying it. It pours an appropriate hazy straw color, but the head isn't as big as I would expect for a German-style hefeweizen. The aroma is okay, but it's too light and weak. It doesn't have enough of the traditional clove/spice that I enjoy. There is some of that, but there's also some sour-ish character to the nose. The taste has (some of) the characteristics of German hefes that I look for, but there's also a light addition of lemon along with a stronger tartness than I usually like in my hefes. The mouthfeel is too thin for the style. The more I sip on this brew, the more the watery-ness becomes apparent and disappointing. Still, this beer is a nice, refreshing stab at a German hefe. You certainly couldn't go wrong when drinking one of these on a hot Summer day. Lawnmower and/or session beer? Sure...a fine choice and sooo much better than any macro or some other light ale/lager. To be fair, this is one of the better American-made German hefes I've had in a while. With that being said, I prefer a true-German hefe. I even did a blind tasting with this SN hefe and some German hefe, and I preferred a German version. Oh well, I'm still happy to see SN brewing something like this and doing a respectable job with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 20:11:52 | More by ohmybock
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3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a little clearer than I expected it to. The head was ok at first but died off pretty quick. The smell of the beer had a good wheat base to it with additional fresh grains. The taste I felt was a little on the light side and could have been a bit stronger. The flavors of wheat and some light hops mix on the tongue, there wasn't much of the typical banana or clove in the one. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for me. Overall this beer is mediocre, probably one that I wouldn't have to seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:53:34 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TMoney2591


3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Revisiting this guy for the sake of memory comparison and to actually formally review it. It's been a while. It pours a mostly clear gold topped by an active column of white foam. The nose comprises heavy clove, banana, and a touch of dry wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, but the clove is toned-down to a sensible level, and some orange zest peeks its way in as well. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid hefe, one that's too spicy on the nose and too bubbly for my liking, but one that's still fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 01:39:10 | More by TMoney2591
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy a pale amber with a small head that quickly fades to nothing.
Nose shows mostly bready wheat and cloves, with some ripe banana, almost confectionery-like, later.
Flavours are mostly the same but quite weak, almost watery, with hardly any finish. A weak and boring bitterness becomes apparent later, but makes the beer no more interesting.
Could do with more carbonation.
Overall, quite ho-hum, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 08:36:30 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of bright white head atop of a cloudy golden yellow. The head dissipated quickly. The smell has lots of banana, but there's a sour note present that is very unsettling...it's almost reminiscent of my collegiate bathroom floor on a Sunday morning after a party. Taste is much better. Banana and clove dominate followed by a mild orange flavor. Minus the scent this beer isn't bad, but the taste isn't enough to make me a fan.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 02:52:30 | More by alkemy
Photo of nano


3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a weizenglass from a 12oz bottle

a- yellow color with a nice 2 inch head

s- clove, bubblegum and a littlebit of bannana

t- clove and bannana bread, no too tasty

m- medium body with a good carbonation

D- nice sesion beer, I love Sierra Nevada brews but I'm a little bit disapointed with this one, I was expecting more

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 02:12:59 | More by nano
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a hazy, almost opaque dark yellow, with a quickly-dissipating head. Seems to have a low level of carbonation. Aroma and taste mostly consist of ripe banana and wheat, with a slight hop taste. hint of spice. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, I didn't find it to be visually appealing, looked like muddy water almost, and I think the flavor is just OK. At 4.8% abv, this beer would be decent for a few bottles, but I wouldn't want a bunch, I just prefer others like Franziskaner Weissbier. So far this is the only beer from Sierra Nevada that I've not been really happy with.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 04:55:29 | More by Sudsy89
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3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on-tap at Charlies Kitchen, Cambridge, MA
Served in a nonic

The beer poured a turbid, yellow ochre color and was topped by a creamy, bright white, one-finger head of foam. Fantastic retention. Short-lived patches of lacing clung to the glass.

Not much happening with the aroma initially. Perhaps some yeastiness and touch of sweet malt. As the beer warmed, spice notes came out. Overall, quite disappointing.

The taste was rather mediocre as well. Doughy malts appeared up front, along with a mild, phenolic yeastiness. Notes of clove came through strong. Some wheat and lemon tartness appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, off dry and quite refreshing.

The liquid was medium bodied. Creamy and slick on the palate with a fine, mild effervescence.

I had high hopes for this beer but was disappointed by its insipid flavor and aroma. Unlike many of its foreign brethren, this hefeweizen lacks both intensity and complexity. Do yourself a favor and pass on this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 03:47:02 | More by Damian
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with white head. Nose is the typical banana/clove but not terribly assertive with banana. On the palate the banana is weak as well, but plenty of herbal flavors, hops come through too, and a decent clove/spice in the mix. Wheat cracker is present. Carbonation is good and feels fuller bodied than most weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 05:30:40 | More by yemenmocha
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought me this beer. It's an appropriately hazy, cloudy golden-yellow color. The head is a little thin and soapy...a white that falls quickly into wisps. The smell is heavy of wheat...twangy, citric, gristy, and a bit of yeast. There's no hops in the smell...it's a typical and unremarkable hefe smell. The taste is full of yeast, wheat, and orange peals. Medium in body. It's a decent beer, but nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 19:16:11 | More by Suds
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. First with leaving a half inch of beer at bottom, then with pouring 3/4 into glass then swirling bottle and pour rest into glass.

A: One finger head that retains well, little lacing, cloudy yellow color, lots of bubbles. yeast at bottom of bottle.

S: Fruity smell, and hops smell when leaving half inch of beer at bottom. when mixing yeast, the yeast had an over powering smell of yeast.

T: Same as smell. a bit to light. didn't pick up a whole lot. little to light. when mixing yeast with beer, had a over powering yeast taste.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: easy to drink. a bit to weak for a hefeweizen. the first beer i had i poured the whole thing in, leaving about a half inch of beer to keep yeast out. got some smell and flavor out of it making it an ok beer. then i read the bottle( i alway read the bottle after i have my first beer so it doesnt change my own idea of the beer). it says to pour 2 thirds of the beer then swirl and pour the rest. after doing this on my second, the yeast was to over powering. really didnt like it after doing this. For the rest of the six pack ill stick to leaving the yeast out. wont buy again. would drink again tho, if its free...

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 06:56:38 | More by mytireisfat
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

really do enjoy nearly everything from Sierra, these guys are awesome. I always think of beers from Sierra to be very hop forward, however they have really done well with this one. I am not a huge fan of wheat beers but they do have there place in the beer world and I would say if I was to stray from the classic German versions, this is where I would go.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 16:40:53 | More by bshotbox
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3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally, a reason to bust out my hefe glass –hopefully Kellerweis will be another classic from Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

Brewed about six months ago: bottled at 7:07 a.m. on September 7, 2011 (good old bottle codes).

A: Perfect hefeweizen look, starting with the thick, hazy body – like orange juice with a little more of a brown color. A huge white head, the perfect amount of foam to fill the remaining four fingers of my glass to the brim, settles to a foamy retention with a ton of webby lacing. A bubbling, off-white, half-inch cream is all that remains about three minutes after the pour.

S: Yeasty, fruity, and pretty spicy; it’s definitely a hefeweizen nose, but with a big American character. Banana, clove, coriander, and ester are all there, the full yeasty richness you’d expect, followed by a kick of orange peel, pine, white pepper, and hickory (again, that American potpourri). Ends on a familiar creamy note of vanilla and light breads.

T: Smooth and very mild, even softer than most of the beers I’ve had in this style of light palates. A light, watery lemon juice taste mixes with some breadiness over from the yeasts, along with vanilla and toffee. A bit of lavender floweriness via the lightly bitter hops and more herbs from the nose, with a good hit of wheat and straw right after. The palate is light, and so is the aftertaste, finishing it out with just a hint of lemon and grain.

M: A nice creamy texture is the most noticeable feature here, but the feel is marked with a certain thinness. Only a tiny hint of carbonation.

O: A pretty good beer, but really, really mild. Sometimes it feels a little dull; it never truly disappoints as a hefe, though. Nice to see how Sierra Nevada does the German beer thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 22:57:31 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow, the whole is over the sum of its parts on this one. I truly enjoyed this more than each of my individual category reviews revealed. Not spectacular, but definitely respectable. Warning, this is included in my first 20 reviews. apparently not enough characters...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:45:26 | More by IsaacmanTX
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3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy yellowish blonde color with a bright white finger of head. Tons of tiny bubbles slowly make their ascent towards the white capped summit. The head dissipates quickly leaving a thin white film across the top of the beer.

Smell: Spices of cinnamon and clove dominate the nose. Most Hefe's and the label claim that strong notes of banana should be prevalent, but I'm not detecting very much here. There is definitely a sweet fruit smell, but it's not discernibly banana.

Taste: Banana! Aha! The sweet fruit taste is clearly banana. The spices of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg liven up this delightful little brew. Overall, the flavors meld well to create a very nice Hefe.

Mouthfeel: The initial sip is light, but the creaminess of the Hefe soon envelops the tongue. This beer has serious potential to hang around for a while.

Drinkability: While relatively low in ABV, the stickiness of the mouthfeel prevents this from being a very sessionable beer for me. I might be able to have one or two in a sitting, but this may end up serving as a warm-up for more flavorful beers in the long run.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:50:54 | More by COBeerBuff
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3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured a thick hazey golden color with a big white head to crown the glass.
S: the smell only intensified my appetite for this brew. Sweet hay and citrus and coriander graced the nose.
T: this is where the beer lost me. There is a tasty banana flavor hitting the front pretty hard bu dies out quickly and leaves this nasty skunk bitter taste afterwards. I would
never expect this from a Sierra Nevada brew so I am assuming I got a bad batch. I'll definitely try it again at some point and probably modify my post.
M/D: the beer wasn't flat but felt flat and light something I didn't expect from a Hefe. Because of the taste and feel it wasn't very drinkable it took me forever to get the desire to drink the next in the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 00:42:50 | More by Kemmerlin
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3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle has the numbers 3085116 50 on the neck and 052 13 C2 0559 S on the bottom of the bottle. Numbers people understand the meaning of would be nice for dating purposes.

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass from Dick's in LoDo Denver. Pours a yellow cream color, like banana and creamcicle mixture. Head is fairly large in size, about two fingers in size. Not much lacing present and as I mis the rest of the yeast with the beer, the head recedes.

Aroma is phenolic and clove-like. Very yeasty, lemon, not much banana if any at all. Slight bit or peppery spice.

Clean crisp flavors. The yeast and lemon are quite prevalent with some clove and coriander spice as well. The aftertaste is bready and yeasty.

A decent beer. The style is not my favorite. As mentioned in the style parameters, I think this would go great with a little slice of lemon for added flavor and acidity. Light bodied and refreshing, a great summertime beer. Overall, it was a little bland for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 16:21:59 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into weizen glass. Poured as suggested on label.

A - Medium density, 3-finger head reducing to about half-finger. Moderate lacing. Before becoming opaquely hazy it bubbles like champagne.

S - Disappointing/lacking for style. Mainly clove, yeast, and soap. Some hints of banana/banana bread, but not nearly enough compared to other hefes.

T - Even more disappointing. Anything it was trying to accomplish feels restrained and shoved into an ill-fitting envelope. None of the smells make any substantial presence on the palate. Nothing remotely interesting.

M - Smooth, easy drinking, refreshing. However, also unacceptably flat and slightly oily. The degree of carbonation evident on pour has been completely lost, which is a shame since it needs carbonation (or something, at minimum) to make up for the lack of bitterness.

O - Perhaps my tastes have been ruined by DIPAs; perhaps pale wheat ales have ruined hefes for me. Whatever the case, a disappointing brew. No hallmarks of the hefe style are expressed as extreme as I've come to expect Sierra Nevada to generally do with a given style/beer. This isn't a necessarily a bad brew, though it left much to be desired stylistically.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 09:50:46 | More by username
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,774 ratings.