Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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3,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,653
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 234
Gots: 503 | 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 utopiajane
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of gfreed
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky yellow orange with a hint of brown after pouring in the yeast. One finger of white head with good retention.

S - Citrus fruits, with a bit of banana and yeast. Smell is not as strong as I expected, but nice.

T - Taste is light and refreshing. Yeasty and citrusy. Same as the smell, not quite as bold as I'd like, but tasty overall.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good as well. Will be great in the spring and summertime.

Notes - Overall a nice hefe, but just doesn't seem to quite have the strength of flavor that I'd like.

Photo of MDekker
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I appreciate the pouring instructions on the neck label. I wish more beers came with them. After swirling the last few inches before pouring into a Sam Adams pint glass (best I could do), the get a hazy, light-copper colored brew with a nice finger of fluffy head.

S: Citrusy wheat, dry straw or hay, hop oils. Not bad.

T: More zesty lemon flavor than I expected. Nice subtle wheat elements, and a typical hoppy finish. Just a bit too much like soap.

M: A little watery, but not bad. Lots of carbonation.

D: Relatively easy, but I wish it was just a smidge more appealing. It would work nice on a warm, humid August day, rather than on the fall-like days we've had in Michigan lately.

Photo of thatlongname
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Golden Yellow with great head and good retention

Smell: Banana notes and maybe a little citrus

Taste: Sweet. Bananas and yeast. It's sort of like the beer skips the early taste and goes straight for the middle and the end. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall: Overall a pretty good hefe. I feel like it's missing something though or the balance is a bit off.

Photo of Dave1999
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely opaque yellow with a white head.

The smell is sweet, cloves and pepper.

The taste is much the same as the smell, light with cloves and other spices.

The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

This would be a nice hot weather session able beer, light but tasty.

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The Pour was a hazy amber yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white foamy head that lasted throughout and produced fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was a light grain malt and a mild doughy yeast with notes of banana, citrus (lemon), a bit of coriander and a hint of vanilla.

The taste was slightly bitter and rather yeasty with a hint of citrus pretty much throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness towards the end. The flavor was short lived with a mild citrusy yeast taste fading quickly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Hefeweizen, with a nice creamy yeasty taste and a good drinkability. This is a brew that I will definitely drink again, especially on one of those extremely hot summer days...

Photo of Decko
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Only my second Hefeweizen (after Blue Moon) and enjoyed it more than that one but I think I'm not a real fan of the style. Nice hazy golden look in the glass and a light head that didn't last. Fruity aroma in the glass with the banana mainly coming through. Similar with the taste where the fruit dominates with a little bit of clove or spice and very slight dryness in the aftertaste. Would be happy to drink this again on a hot day but not a style I'd choose on a regular basis.

Photo of tozz8
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A--Hazy yellow with plenty of yeast sediment. Large white foamy head even with a less-than-aggressive pour

S--Banana, clove, yeast. nice example of what this style should smell like

T--Sweet. Taste doesn't deliver what the smell promised. I taste mostly wheat with a little banana; almost no clove. I also taste lemon grass? Almost no aftertaste.

M--Light to medium body. Stinging carbonation on the tongue.

D--Very refreshing drinkable brew.

definitely not the greatest in this style, but it is great for the price ($6.99 for a 6 pack)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with an orange hue. A decent head and lace.
The aroma of wheat,banana,cloves with vanilla &citrus hints.

The taste starts off zingy with citrus and wheat dominating the flavor. Some mild banana notes carried along with mild clove hints.
The feel was creamy,high carbonation and a light body. Carbonation throws off balance. Some lemon aftertaste in finish.

Notes: An o.k. beer to have any time. Great for summer weather,but for the style it is just average.

Photo of atigerlife
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden orange with a 1 finger creamy white head. Good retention and lacing.

Aroma is of wheat, clove, light citrus and banana. A musky smell.

Taste is bubblegum, clove, banana. The musty/barnyard sort of thing continues. Nothing stands out here...sort of mellow flavors.

Mouthfeel is light, lightly cleansing.

Overall, it is a decent brew that is refreshing. Not great for the style, but worth a drink.

Sept. 2010: figured I'd try again....still seems to be lacking in taste. With a little more pizazz, this would beer would really stand out.

Photo of DocDownUnder
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a snifter.

A-Beautiful yellow gold body with considerable haze. Thin white head, leaving thin white lacing.

S-The strong aroma of ripe banana and spices was wonderful.

T-The aroma played tricks on me--I thought this would be full of rich flavors, but was a bit disappointed at how soft they were. The flavors were there, but dry and left a tart (not quite puckering) finish. I suppose this must be typical, but my preference is for a more full hefe.

M-Crisp, and with the aforementioned dry tartness this could be quite refreshing under the right circumstances.

O-Not a bad beer, I feel a little like it was a disappointment, but that could be especially because I had different expectations.

Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant orange hue offsets a pale golden body. Thin lacy head.

Herbal cloves nice spice and light banana notes. A hint of bready yeast.

Bananas are very present with a nice herbal spice lighter on the cloves the aroma and flavors seem to reverse on the intensities.

High carbonation lights up the tongue. Very traditional hefenweizen. Wouldn't go so far to put this up there with Weihenstephaner, but pretty spot on for an American take on the style.

Photo of AwYeh
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Pleasant aroma; I pick up a lot of bubblegum, some clove and banana, and even a little bit of smokiness.

Pours a cloudy and deep straw color, frothy one inch white head which sticks around in proportion to how much beer is left.

Taste doesn't hold up to aroma; substantial wheat here with a mild hop bitterness, plus a reduced presence of the aforementioned aroma notes.

Lively carbonation (perhaps just a bit too much) alongside a light, smooth, creamy mouthfeel; I am left with a slightly bitter finish.

Quite drinkable; the low alcohol content is hard to detect and aside from the carbonation there's not much stopping this from going down quickly.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-thin white bubbly head, fizzles rather quickly and leaves no lace. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color.

S-sweet nose, faint yeast, clove, some banana, grean apple, touch of honey.

T/M-around an average hefe following the nose, yeast, clove, notes of citrus, honey. very smooth and a nice body, lighter but not too light. Lightly carbonated in a good way, creamy.

D-extremely easy drinking and nice sweet flavors. It doesn't blow me away; but it is good drinking!

Photo of PorterLambic
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours not unlike the color of grapefruit juice, a cloudy, tan yellow with a slightly off-white head. No lace and very little retention, dropping to a film within a minute of the pour.
Smell is full of malt, banana, citrus, wheat and spices. Well balanced and nicely complex.
Taste is the same: malt, spice, wheat and to a lesser degree citrus and banana. Smell is more balanced but they equal in complexity.
Medium full body with an effervescence that is sharp at first but mellowed quickly to a nice, drinkable level. Aftertaste encourages sessioning as does the balance. Had this both straight from the bottle and from a pint glass. Glass wins hands down, like drinking a completely different beer.

Photo of msproles
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as a single to try it out.

It is definitely very hazy, a brighter yellow than many beers of this style. Nice head that dissipated pretty quickly.

The smell was definitely yeasty with noticeable fruit aromas. Very pleasant.

From the first drink, the flavor is very strong, the fruity taste helps cut the sometimes overpowering yeast flavor. I could taste the hints of banana at the beginning, but it seemed to die down towards the end of the glass.

I don't know if I would pick it up again, while it was good, I think the flavor was sometimes too much for me, particularly with the fruity overtones.

Photo of elNopalero
3.64/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like sludge when poured out. I get a lot of banana and cloves dominating the aroma and, not surprisingly, the flavor. Hefe’s aren’t my style in general and this one doesn’t change my mind. Sorry guys.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and cloves. Taste is also of citrus, with banana and cloves. Feels medium bodied and goes down so smooth. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

Photo of briman
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color, with a fluffy white head that retains well.

Aroma of bready wheat, spicy cloves, and ripe bananas.

Flavors of grainy wheat, bananas, and cloves. Grainy element is more prevalent in the finish. Definately has a bit of a tart character.

Medium body, with brisk carbonation. Slightly creamy at first, but quickly overtaken by the carbonation. Has all the elements you look for in a basic hefeweizen. I don't get much lemon or citrusy character, and the banana doesn't come across as particularly fresh. Other than that, very drinkable, and a nice effort.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours like most Sierra Nevada beers…PRETTY. Great looking' Hefe. Very cloudy, nearly opaque. Head is fluffy and it settles down to a neat skin. Light lacing.

S-Very yeasty. Bananas and cloves. Well spiced. Light pear, light apple. Not violently complex, but its nice.

T-Banana slices on top of animal crackers. Not necessarily banana bread, more bananas and sweet cracker. Very yeasty. Cloves and citrus zest with a light pear.A bit of pepper.

M-I must say the carbonation is a bit too intense. I can't hold the beer in my mouth and dissect the flavors because the bubbles sting too much. But it is lighter bodied and sessionable.

O/D-Pretty nice. Not my favorite, but good. I was a bit let down however. Kinda wanted a bit more complexity. But hey, this sixer will be gone very, very soon.

Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden hue with a nice pillow like head. Nice retention as well.

S: Nice Hefe aromas. Lots of yeast with hints of banana and bubblegum.

T: Light banana up front with a hint of spice. The finish is full of hefe yeasty goodness.

M: On the lighter side, great carbonation.

D: Nice and refreshing on one of the hottest days known to man.

Photo of atlason
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy yellow brew with a hint of orange. A white head that leaves little lacing.

The smell is much what you expect from a wheat beer, fruits, lemon and banana, some yeast and grassy tones, spices like allspice and clove.

An initial sweetness, nearly ripe green grapes, the spices.

Medium high carbonation, watery and refreshing.

A good substitute for lemonade, less sweet and more taste.

On tap, sampled at beer tasting.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I paid $1.79 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine.

This poured a pure gold color with an off-white head that was thin and quick to recede to the thinnest blanket and ring.

The suspended yeast was obvious from top to bottom of the glass and formed whitish ribbons amidst the golden brew. I personally found this a bit off putting but it is a matter of preference.

The bottle label was on the mark when it described banana, there was some spice present as well - bready.

There was a carb tingle up front and clear banana bread in the middle and end.

The mouthfeel was a little thin and too high on carbonation.

Overall, a good value in an interesting hefe featuring a good bit of obvious banana.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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