Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 1,309
Hads: 3,726
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 239
Gots: 528 | 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 SFC21
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this years ago and remember loving it. This time around it was just ok. Has the wheat-y, lemony notes, but missing the huge banana flavors I remember. Still a solid, refreshing beer but not the world class brew I remember it as. Will try again, perhaps an off bottle (272 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/26/2009 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow color body, with a big rocky foamy white head, somewhat lasting. Strong aroma of banana and some clove. Strong spiciness when inhaled deeply. Very fruity too. Light taste, some sweetness that tempers towards the end. Enticing, want to drink more. Very light, almost watery. Somewhat refreshing. (359 characters)

Photo of botham
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. pours gold with three fingers of tight and frothy white head that leaves solid lacings and has great retention. just what a great hefeweizen should be in the glass.

aroma is of medium wheat malts and a light mix of citrus and a bit of belgian-esque yeasty fruit.

taste is more of the same with a controlled character and a more distinct wheat malt character. goes down smooth with a semi-clean finish and a lightly grainy aftertaste.

mouthfeel is good. light bodied and a bit thin on the palate and on the finish.

drinkability is decent. just another hefeweizen that ends up a bit thin, but still could foster multiple rounds for the right mood. (691 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangeish gold, with a thick white head. Head fades but leaves nice lacing.

S: Bready malts, banana, and clove.

T: Lemon, banana, subtly sweet malts, bready malts, oak, and a slight taste of earthy hops.

M: Light bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp goes down great.

O: A solid American interpretation of a German classic. Perfect summer beer. I could easily put 24 of these bad boys down rather easily. (486 characters)

Photo of barleyroad
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold in color, with the hefeweize haze. Nice to the nose, sits well in the glass with a nice foam. Clean, crisp and dry to the finish. Therefore the mouthfeel is nice. Overall as hefeweize beer goes we feel this is one with exceptional taste, better than most out there. This is a nice sandwich beer, say turkey/ ham club and of course some dill. (351 characters)

Photo of jbone78
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an American Pint. I'm not a huge wheat fan and I wouldn't run out and buy this, but it has some merit. Yellow hazy color with light lace on the glass. Smells and Taste of cloves. I dig it at first, but gets old. Also has a slight taste of banana with a yeast finish. Lightly carbonated and somewhat smooth. Not a bad beer, just not my style.

-Bye (360 characters)

Photo of Groomsy
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Dating code on the bottle indicates that this was bottled in late February of this year. Followed the instructions on the bottle for best results. First ever hefeweizen.

Appearance: The body, full of haze and suspended yeast, was a radiant golden/orange that was totally opaque. The head, frothy and ivory, was about two and a half fingers worth of consistency and stuck around for a while, leaving spotty lacing down the side of the glass. Dead on for a hefeweizen.

Smell: Wow, this is strange. Firstly, I noticed a very distinct note of ripe bananas and some other light fruit... weird, but cool. Since this is a wheat beer, there's also a hint wheat malt in there with some herbs/spices (clove?) helping to stave off the sweetness of the fruit as well as some slightly acidic/citric notes. There's a note of bubblegum and yeast in the background. This is one of the weirdest beers I've come across, but there's a first time for everything. Smells pretty appetizing, if odd.

Taste: Wowza. Wasn't expecting this. Starts out sweet and tangy on the palate, with the taste of ripe bananas and wheat malt swirling together. Followed by some tart fruit, maybe some citric bitterness in there too; finishes with some slight spices and bitterness accentuated by more tartness. Definitely outside of my comfort zone, but totally refreshing. I can see this as a definite summer beer.

Mouthfeel: The unfiltered feel is definitely smooth and velvety in the mouth, and the beer is medium-bodied with some solid carbonation. Goes down smooth and leaves a lingering taste of everything mentioned in the above paragraph.

Overall: Maybe I'm not as credible as others to speak on this style of beer since it's my first, but this is refreshing if nothing else. I never thought I would taste bananas in a beer, but hey, there's a first time for everything. Go after this if you can find it. It's worth a try. Highly complex, but not totally sessionable. This seems more like a beer that I would have with food than on its own. As good as I thought it was, I can't say with conviction that I would go after another six pack. (2,153 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

I was a little confused going into this beer. Without reading the fine (actually not so fine, it was pretty big) print, I assumed this would be an unfiltered lager. Not so. It's a hefe, and it really does fit the category.

A- A moderate pour after a bottle swirl left a 2-finger, off-white head taht settles to about 1/2 finger and leaves good rings. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow.

S- It had a pretty decent banana and clove aroma I'd expect from a traditional hefe. It wasn't super strong, but it's repping the traditional scents quite well. Some lemon-like qualities come through later in the drink.

T- There was a solid punch of citrus at first taste (lemon). The clove-like quality comes through a little lighter. Any banana flavor is lost in the citrus.

M- The wheat component creates the smooth, soft feel. Carbonation is solid, but effervescent not biting. There is just a touch of a bite from the citrus. Also a bit of graininess (all to the good for this style).

D- It's a good warm weather drinker and one of the better American versions of the style. Not quite up to the "authentic" German counterparts, but something I'd drink again. (1,191 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a good cloudy hefe. Pretty tart and lemony in taste. One can really appreciate how cloudy it is for a hefe since a lot of them don't get this cloudy. Something to be said about a cloudy hefe. The nose is quite citrus in nature. The beer goes down smooth as the carbonation dances on your tongue. Leaves a desire to replace that sensation with another pull. (361 characters)

Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with a pillowy white head. Aromas are banana and clove with a hint of the phenolic medicinal character. Flavors mirror the aroma with a subtle tartness and a crispy, refreshing finish. This is a very fine example of a hefeweizen. Taste is pretty heavy on the wheat, slight hints of bananas and spices. Flavor really opens up well at warmer temperatures. Medium thickness, no bitterness to speak of.. And I dont really care for wheat beers!! This one is the best wheat beer I have ever tasted. (534 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass for a cloudy pale orange body and a light, soapy head. A mixture of citric and banana along with minor clove spicing and a little bit of a yeast twang. Chewy and fluffy with the wheat giving it a soft and minor sweetness, along with some caramel taste. Slightly sharp and citric with lemon pepper spices, thin-bodied with minor fruit notes like banana and orange. Goes down smooth and easy, slightly slick; good balance. Overall, a good but not noteworthy hefe that is a good try if you're a hefe lover but nothing that is overly fascinating. (567 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kellerweis poured a cludy yellow with a small sized head. It smelt and tasted spicy, but rather light as well. The beer was smooth and easy to drink. Overall not a bad choice, not the best in this catagory, or the best sierra nevada beer. Not a bad choice on a hot summer day. (276 characters)

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with great white fluffy head.

The smell is of lemon and grass.

The taste is of bready lemon, lots of lemon. I dont pick up any banana and very little clove or herby flavors.

The mouth feel is amazing, nice and creamy.

A great summer beer but there are others in the style that I prefer. (313 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; almost no lacing;

S: clove, nutmeg, banana, a little grain;

T: follows the nose, with the addition of a mild tartness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; tingly carbonation; dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable; (336 characters)

Photo of 1759Girl
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance> cloudy, with a frothy head which dissipates quickly. Not too lively. looks gorgeous.

Smell>Citrus, slt. metallic, grain. True to style.

Taste>Surprising to find such spice and cinnamon which I hadn't smelled before. Very true to tradition. Not too crisp. Big full flavor, yeast finish.


Drinkability> Most definitely drinkable. Glad I bought a Costco box (396 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as a single from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland yesterday. Poured into my Ommegang Witte tumbler.

A slightly hazy brown/yellow body under a white basic looking head that stuck around for a minute or two.

S Nice light wheat smell with light malt barley. Appropriate to the style but does not really inspire.

T Nice sweetness on top of the required wheat, light malt and minimal hops tastes. Nice and above average.

M Minimal to moderate, true to style. There is a nice smoothness to the feel that I appreciate as well.

D Very good, a hallmark of the style.

Notes: A very solid Hefe but nothing that inspires my imagination. Credit certainly goes to Sierra Navada for continuing to push their horizons with new styles. (786 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours cloudy and yellow with little to no head.

S: Sharp banana with spices. Much better smell than look.

T: Tart with bananas and clove. Very light. Not getting a lot of an aftertaste. I've had a lot of hefes and this isn't bad, but it isn't terribly good either.

MF: Light and bubbly, basically typical for the style

D: Very high. But, again, typical for the style. Nothing special here for me. (403 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Superbly clouded, a misty orange haze with a simple finger of white head with chunky pieces of orange debris... never seen debris in a head....

Citrus and light hops, some yeasty bread in the nose

Orange fruit explosion on top of some popsice aftertaste, a bit sour and sweet, a hint of hop spice on the back end with a tint of banana

Light bodied yet full due to the carbonation's ability to broaden the liquid as it hits the tongue

Overall a good beer. I'd recommend this to anybody (488 characters)

Photo of Erish
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat glass

A: Hazy straw with orange highlights, nice 2-finger billowy head that collapses into decent lacing.

S: Sweet wheat, some bubble gum, no apparent clove.

T: It has the Hefe hallmark bubble gum and banana flavor, but the clove was elusive. Not too sweet, and plenty of light fruit notes.

M: Very silky, carbonation was adequate, thirst quenching.

D: A very tasty Hefe from a brewery that always seems to make good beers. (469 characters)

Photo of carp420
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz->imperial pint glass

big bubbly foamy head coats this brew, it almost has an all natural apple juice look to it, the head is impressive and last somewhat and it's laces provide nice curtains down the side of the mug

nice malted wheat smell, toned down bananas and cloves, floral smell as well with a bit of citrus, mainly orange.

taste like it smells, nice hefe taste up front, lots of bready malts that linger, the blend is kinda all over the place

thick and creamy mouthfeel, almost a buttery effect

i am a fan of this beer but it did not meet up to expectations,
it's a different effort from sierra nevada, hardly no hops at all and i think thats what i was kinda hoping for. a hoppy weiss beer, this is not it. (728 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to two fingers of white head. It is yellow in color and cloudy. The smell is the typical banana and cloves. The taste is the same. It is a good beer but I just happened to have had an exceptional hefeweizen earlier in the week so this one just seems average. (285 characters)

Photo of PatrickJR
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Cloudy, pale yellow with about 3 fingers of head. Retention is decent with a persistent cap. No lacing. A little on the light side and a little less murky than it's European brethren, but still well within it's rights as a hefeweizen.

S - Banana aromas are present to a moderate extent with some spicy clove cutting in lessening the perception of sweetness. Peppery, earthy notes are present as well leading into a faint appearance of phenols.

T - Faint banana is laced throughout the taste but never shines. Early on the taste is dominated by spice; clove, pepper, coriander, even somewhat herbaceous at times. Earth, grain, and indistinct spice lead into the finish where there's a bizarre and unpleasant moment where medicinal, sour, and herbaceous flavors come together. Lingering banana sweetness with a burst of lemony sourness wrap up the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Maybe less spritzy than other hefes but still good.

D - Kellerweis is an easy, low ABV brew to kick back with and not think to much about. In the realm of American hefeweizens it's better than most, but like them also it can't match the big boys across the ocean. The banana element is far too subdued and there's an interesting but overall unappealing spice element. A decent beer, but if not for the Sierra Nevada name, it would fall by the wayside to be forgotten. (1,434 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen glass. Pkgd 3/27/15

Appearance: The first 3/4 of the bottle poured a pretty clear pale gold, then I shook the last 1/4 vigorously and poured, turning it hazy with an initially 3 finger eggshell head that turned to 1 finger. Still tons of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The little white cap retains very well, and the lacing is of otherworldly proportions.

Aroma: Bubblegum, citrus, artificial grape. Very yeasty. If you like the traditional Hefeweizen smell, this has it in spades. Many people say that smells like cloves, but I don't get clove at all.

Taste: Mildly sweet arrival, turns tart for a second, then clears the palate with a very mild bittering. That tart second is a little bitter orange with some green banana. Perhaps a little white grape or Riesling wine.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of light, crisp, low carbonation. Lingering slickness is slightly unpleasant to me.

Overall: I am rarely in the mood for this style beer, but for when I am, this would be my #2 pick (so far, only Schneider-Weisse was better to me, but I haven't had many). This is my second bottle of Kellerweis, and this one was far better than the first. Extremely light and complex with a bold nose. 4.8% ABV is perfect for the style, I could drink these all day. Slickness and low hopping stops it from being what I would consider refreshing. (1,365 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfect pale yellow . Turbid and milky with a creamy head of white foam that lasts and clings. Nose is spicy.peppery and crisp wheat with a touch of clove. Not a lot of banana on the nose, instead there is some pungent herbal. Banana is more prominent in the flavor though. Still it's perfectly ripe and light in flavor. The malt is lovely with crisp wheat and a little sweetness. Juicy middle with a bit of citrus but not so much that I would name a fruit. A touch of that tartness that comes from wheat beer and some coriander. A bit of herbal in the almost dry finish. Mouthfeel is fluffy and creamy , medium and finishes with a slight breaddy bit of malt and a slight bitter at the swallow. (713 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent hit from the hit-or-miss beer farm that is Sierra Nevada. For a wheat beer, this is rather mild: the aroma is only lightly spiced with bananas; there isn't much in the way of cloves but the spicy hops are a nice substitution. The stratospheric head that appears on most traditional wheat beers is totally absent here; relatively speaking, the best you'll get is a layer of fog at the top of the glass. Decent taste that lacks the density and smoothness of a full-blown German wheatie like Ayinger (the gold standard in my household), but the unusual horse-barn sourness is nice. Nothing offensive, but nothing to cause cheering crowds to mass on your doorstep, either. (677 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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