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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,325
Hads: 3,799
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 251
Gots: 570 | 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 iannutter
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been using BeerAdvocate for quite some time now and even though I studied in Austria (on the border of Bavaria in Salzburg), I have never written a beer review. However, during my time abroad, I honed my senses for good beer.

This hefeweizen really surprised me, because it only has a few superiors that I've encountered, even in the land of this beer type's origin, Bavaria.

As to the appearance, it appears exactly as a Hefewiezen ought to, albeit without the head retention that is so sought after in craft brewing. However, the color and cloudiness are picture perfect.

To me, the smell isn't exactly anything to write home about, but the second the beer hits the taste buds, an explosion of flavor occurs, telling a tale of citrus and a hint of cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, exactly as an unfiltered wheat beer ought to be.

Overall, this is a great American (and therefore cheaper) alternative to the German (Bavarian) progenitors of this style.


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Photo of Travix1516
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

Appearence - As is befitting the style this is a very hazy color akin to lightly toasted wheat. It started with a nice thick head that subsided to about an 1/8" with nice lacing.

Smell - This has a very inviting smell. You definately catch a nutty banana smell with just a hint of of roasted nuttines.

Taste - I really, really enjoy the taste of this offering. You do get the banana tones but I get more of a walnut toastiness. The banana bread comments from other reviewers are pretty right on. It is very smooth, and very drinkable. On a hot day you could go through a few of these pretty easily.

Mouthfeel - Nice mouthfeel, perhaps just a tad on the thin side.

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Photo of burns1066
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best example of an American version of this beer I've ever had. Nice and cloudy, wonderful citrus, substantive yeastiness... This will be a definite on my summer beer list for a long time! I'm looking forward to finding it on tap some day...

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Photo of eb003
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is really surprising for me to have this beer taste this good and it not be from a German brew haus.

The appearance is what I would expect from a hefe; nice and cloudy...with some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is really nice...very aromatic of wheat and citrus. The taste is very nice...balanced, smooth, and crisp. The mouthfeel is great...it is crisp and light; very refreshing.

Overall, I really do enjoy this beer. It doesn't quite have the same flavor and feel as a Franziskaner...but it is rather close. I recommend this to anyone...very nice beer.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to Germany to visit relatives for a wedding in the south by the black forest. The prevailing beer served was Weizen. The local favorite was from the Alpirsbacher Klosterbrau. In the US, before I tried a good German Hefeweizen, I turned my nose up at wheat beers. What was served at bars in the US was too citrus forward flavored for me and they always left me wanting for a glass of water after every beer. I tried Sierra's Kellerweis, Yea! there is a beer that can hold up against the great German styles. This is now my go to Hefeweisen, love it, try it you will like it.

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Photo of Diameter
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a giant fan of SN. This beer changes that a little.

This is all nitpicking, but there is a hoppy finish that I would not get from anything else that calls itself a Bavarian. And a smidgen of something that starts out as funk and settles out metallic in the smell. Oh and there is a ton of yeast in it. More than you want.

Still, I will enjoy drinking more of this.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on New Year's Eve 2009.

Gloriously good. Perfect hazy gold beer. Slight citrusy aroma. crisp flavor with citrus and spicy notes, a little bit of hops. Slight but not overpowering banana flavor. Not too sweet. One of best heffeweizens i have had. Highly recommended. Lots of cloves.

This beer is definitely sessionable. One of my best heffeweizens I've ever have.

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Photo of SirVeza420
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new summer beer. I just tried Sierra Nevada's Torpeda IPA brew, about 2 mos ago and that was also great.

Pours well, with a citrus, banana aroma coming out of the gate. Cloudy appearance with a fast dissolving head, as well. It has a nice balance of sweetness and hops, but not too overwhelming in either category. If you don't add a lemon garnish to it, than you can appreciate the balance between the banana, spicy clove, and lemon flavors. I would love too review more, but I have a Kellerweis to finish.


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Photo of hustlesworth
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- huge expansive ivory head with cascading action and a magnificent creaminess. the look of this foam rivals that of any german wheat beer i've seen . once the yeast is in, the beer takes on a cloudy ochre yellow color where it was once a brighter albeit still hazy lemon yellow.

S- a bit spicier and more citrusy than traditional weiss , with aromas going beyond banana and clove and into coriander, orange, lemon, and white grape territory. whatever method of open fermentation allowed the yeast to do it's thang like this, i'm diggin it. yeast vapors fume out and up my nose. with a sweet toasty wheat and some faint herbal hop.

T- not as tangy as i would like, but still damn good. very grainy and bready with some banana and clove but more of an earthy wood and stone type of yeast taste and less citrus as well. just a bit of leafy vinous hop flavor and no bitterness. clean white bread and yeast finish is clearly the exact intention of this masterful brew.

MF- this body of this baby is so ridiculously plush i could take a nap in it. gentle, extremely tight carbonation has a nitro feel to it, and with a sip the beer is transformed to a pillow of wheat protein and love, rolling effortlessly around on the palate and leaving only a pleasant filmy reminder of powdery yeast on the cheeks. medium bodied, feels like full and drinks like light.

D- a damn brilliant masterpiece and a year round one at that! taste for me didn't get the aces but it just doesn't fit the ideals i have about traditional german hefes. everything else is unstoppable and perfect IMO and the rest of this sixer will be gone before the night is over.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy bright orange color. The head is three inches in height, and recedes slowly, never going away, and leaving a lot of lacing. This is a very nice looking beer. The aroma is of vibrant banana, ample cloves, a hint of wheat, and more banana. This is a very tantalizing aroma. The taste is quite balanced between banana and clove with hints of tang in the finish. The taste isn't as vibrant as the aroma, but it is still draws you in. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a moderately chewy texture. I think it would add a lot more to the beer if it were more chewy. As is it is still a nice mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good, almost great hefe. I can see myself drinking a lot of this this summer.

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Photo of bmillen22
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to you Sierra Nevada!! Is there a style of beer that you can't do?! I was a bit suspect buying a Weiss beer from them, but they came through.
Pour- Great Color, good head.
Smell- Cloves, banana's just how it's supposed to.
taste- refreshing, cloves, banana's, sweet. Just how it's supposed to.
MF- light w/ perfect carbonation

I used to buy the imports when it came to weiss beer, but I think I found my go to Micro. Good bye Franziskaner, Hello Kellerwies!!

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Photo of oelergud
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a pry off cap. Standard river view with a yellow border.
Sun golden cloudy body topped with a white fluffy head that has good retention and great lace.
Inviting fruity scent with some very nice summer spices, sugar and mild hops.
Great flavor. Banana, mild cherries, spices and sugar. Short aftertaste of citrus, light malts, sugar and spices.
Full body, coarse feel, some slickness and residual sugars.
Excellent session beer.


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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass, yeast agitated and added.

A: Pours a cloudy, opaque golden-orange. Highly effervescent with fast moving streams of bubbles. Huge pillowy white head has great retention. Fluffy, clumpy rings of lacing stick everywhere.

S: Freshly baked bread, walnuts, clove, hints of banana. Black pepper and spice. Highly aromatic, excellent nose.

T: Ripe bananas, banana bread. Clove and spices. Touch of pineapple and tropical fruit. Pepper. Bready and wheaty with a touch of walnut. Finishes with wheat, walnuts, lingering spice, and some chalky yeast.

M: Medium bodied. Full, fluffy, creamy. Prickly carbonation. Very on-point for the style.

O: Hands down the best American-made hefeweizen I've ever had. It gives even the best German examples a run for their money. Sierra Nevada really nailed the style with this one. It's amazing that they're able to make it so consistently and in such large supply. This is an amazing beer on many levels.

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Photo of heine1
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I lived in Bavaria for a year and had many different Weizens. This is an unusual American wheat for being so reminiscent of a Bavarian beer, but this is a bit thinner, but flavorful and utterly enjoyable. The color is a pale, frosty gold, somewhat translucent. A modicum of yeast stuffs in the bottom of the bottle, typical of the style, often edited out of American wheats. Hints of banana and clove in the nose, similar fruit and spice in the taste. This is a wonderful beer that demonstrates how beer can deliver flavors as complex as wine without added essences. It also has a crisp, biting carbonation that is cleansing without dominating the proceedings or seeming fizzy. I also give Sierra props for not doing anything to make this beer resemble the more famous Sierras--as some brewers may make their wheat beers resemble an ale or lager. This isn't a variant on their brand, but an inventive example of a tradition.

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Photo of smanders
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been anticipating this one for awhile, so you can imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon it on my way out of Total Wine. What a way to usher in the weekend!

Appearance - a cloudy nectarine hue with a billowy head.

Smell - Cloves, brown bananas, and a bundle of wheat/yeast.

Taste - I've returned to Germany where the Hefeweizens flow like water.

Mouthfeel - creamy and light. Perfectly balanced.

Drinkability - I am very happy with Sierra's latest wheat beer. If you've experienced Paulaner, Franziskaner, or should I say it, Weihenstephaner, you'll be pleasantly surprised by this domestic hefe. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ken Grossman and his team of brewers are geniuses.

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Photo of acevenom
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy golden with a tall white head. Some tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. This is a slightly bready smelling hefeweizen with the typical banana and clove aromas. The desired hefeweizen flavors are here. The ripe banana and clove flavors are present with the light bready malt backbone. The body is light with adequate carbonation. The finish is smooth and refreshing. The drinkability is very high. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of myost88
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into shaker style pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw colored body with a 1 finger white head.

Smell: Clove and banana are dominant. Lots of spices, fennel maybe? It smells great. A lot of hefes smell overly spiced, but this one gets its smell mostly from the yeast.

Taste: Banana again. Very yeasty. It has that nice biscuit taste. Again the balance is the key to this great beer. The spices serve to accent the wheat and yeast. not to flavor the beer themselves.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for sure. Highly carbonated. It dances around your tongue and then goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Ughh? Is their even a question on this one? It's a 5 easy.

Overall: The perfect Hefe IMO. Not overly peppery and the spices are a great compliment to the true hefe taste that comes from the yeast.

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Photo of dmadsen
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Summer right up in your business. After the longest winter in MN history and the celebration of a new job, I picked up a 6er of this guy 'for the wife'. Tis means she has one and I finish it without feeling bad I didn't pick a RIS or double imperial pale ale.

Great pour. Cloudy yellow goodness with a strong head that stays thought the whole pint. Really enjoy the smell. Some spice, some sweetness. Spring/summer.

Great mouthfeel. Light and fresh. Nice carbonation.

Hefeweizen is a style I generally skip. This, I'd go back for.

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Photo of taigor
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of yeast with some banana, cloves and spices.

T - Bready yeast and banana with some earthy taste of straw, cloves and citrus.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good hefe and I highly recommend it especially, because it is widely available.

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Photo of rossindo530
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Luscious golden cloudy haze(especially if follow pouring instructions)

Smell: Sweet juicy citrus contrasted by banana bread yeasty goodness

Taste: Tastes just as it smells but with a slight natural wheat metallic taste...not too bitter at all being an ipa fan to the fullest. Just enough hop to counter sweetness.

Feel: Very refreshing medium bodied low abv beer...creamy thick head that dissipates within seconds, leaving a nice thin layer of white foam through out start to finish and great glass lacing.

Overall: Perfect as a session beer...definitely a must have if your a fan of German style brewing...Great job Sierra Nevada by showing your versatility in craft brewing.

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Photo of walkinginplace
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: It’s a nice yellow gold with a small white head and some minor lacing.

S: Primarily, banana and citrus with a distinct wheat smell too.

T: Wheat and banana in the beginning followed by honey and a slightly hoppy banana aftertaste. It is absolutely wonderful.

F: Light bodied, fairly significant amount of carbonation.

Overall: Super easy to drink wheat beer. The late honey taste is phenomenal. Probably perfect for summer drinking. Definitely a new favorite.

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Photo of AleWynch
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours a beautiful golden blond into my duvel tulip with a pale head that sticks around and offers lovely lacing. The aroma has a malty sweetness, wheat and banana notes. The taste is very well balanced, clean (skip the lemon wedge) - light esters but not overly so. Mouthfeel is light, clean, appropriate to a hefe. Drinkability is very good, especially as the summer heat has not yet given in to autumn. SN has really done well here. I previously reached for Widmer, but SN has outdone Widmer with this one.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.Even though I poured at an angle, I had to stop the pour and wait for the foam to settle.

A: Cloudy straw color, huge foam that recedes slowly. Spotty lacing and very little visible carbonation.

S: Great smell of fruit, some spice and yeast.

T: Malt throughout, fruit, the cloves and bananas are there all right. Very subtle bitter toward the end.

M: Medium-low mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: Great implementation, can proudly stand up to its German brethren.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden amber with a nearly two finger head which dissipated after about one minute. No lacing.

Smell - herbal scents including fig and lavender along with traditional hefeweizen scents. Likeness to a summer floral arrangement.

Taste - Quite aromatic start with smooth growing alcoholic peak resulting in a mellow citrus to follow along.

Mouthfeel - Tingling start which envelops the whole pallet resulting in a full mouth sensation slow finish and aftertaste which creeps in.

Overall - Great light beer, one of the better hefeweizens I've had, tried it in the winter and seems to be just as good now as it would be in the summer. Great all round beer especially for those looking for a light but flavorful experience. To quote Dave Matthew's Band it's, 'the best of what's around'.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold in a pint glass. As per directions, poured 2/3 into glass, swirled remainder to get the yeast in suspension, finished the pour.

This is a very hazy, cloudy yellow beer with the appearance of a pale cider. Thick head settles quickly leaving a skim layer on top.

Aroma is really pleasant with citrus, banana, and clove. Smells almost like a fresh fruit salad.

Flavor is very well done. It has a lemon citrus flavor with more banana and subtle spice. Overall sweet but balance comes from light hopping and spice.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel with good balance from mild bittering. Creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Great drinkability - this would make a fantastic summer session.

Overall a really impressive beer. I love that Sierra Nevada can create these exceptional beers, mass produce them, and have consistent high quality. Just goes to show, bigger breweries can still be great.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.