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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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1,332 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,332
Hads: 3,830
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 264
Gots: 600 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A cloudy gold elixir this mighty fine brew,
with two inches of head my anticipation grew.

The foam releasing aromas so fine,
yeasty white pepper and clove so divine.

Funky phenols, lemon and banana peel,
a taste of this wheat beer I did thus steal.

A mild yeasty twang coupled with some light pepper spice,
crisp wheat that is thirst quenching and oh so nice.

Ample biscuit malts and bitterness only a kiss,
dry aftertaste and a hint of orange I could not miss.

A body in full with a mouth-coating texture like cream,
chewy and most enjoyable I do thus deem.

Overall a brew to drink back to back and enjoy all the same,
a positive review to solidify its fame.

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Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a standard pint glass. Purchased at Lowes Foods in Apex, NC.

A - Straw colored and cloudy. A large, fluffy white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S - Lots of aroma dominated by bananas and cloves.

T - Lots of banana and spice in the start and a mild bitterness and a slight tartness in the finish. This is a very flavorful beer.

M - A creamy consistency with a nice moderate level of carbonation.

D - I've been looking forward to trying this beer and it didn't disappoint. It's got a lot of flavor, goes down easy and is very refreshing. And at 4.8%, it makes a nice summer session beer.

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Photo of erikm25
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellowish hue. Fluffy and creamy white head that yields strong retention throughout. Spotted lacing.

S: Aromas of pear, peach, and ginger. Even some citrus fruit undertones. Pleasant and balanced.

T: Honey soaked bananas with subtle lemon and spicy biscuit balance. Cloves and pinch of sweetness that adds to the refreshing quality.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Once again I'm impressed by the consistency, availability, quality, and price SN is putting out. Very drinkable and compliments dover sole fish tacos.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- pours a nice straw yellow, with an ample amount of head
S- Wheat, a hint of sugar, faint lemon notes, poss brett(but I could just be dreaming)
T- very crisp, a drinkable hefeweizen but less of the banana undertones that other have, complex, but has potential if aged.
M- very carbonated, refreshing
D- A great session, beer. I will def be reaching for this one again. I read that it is aged in open vats. Def check this one out

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Photo of sbe1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, sandy gold color with billowy white head that leaves ample lace on the glass.

Smell: Banana, caramel, faint briny aroma, citrus, hop spice.

Taste: Smooth creamy sweet malt, yeasty with some light hop bite midway, hint of pepper and clove, clean finish with some hop tickle lingering on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: excellent. Had a couple of sixers of these along with some Sierra Nevada Summerfest at our weekend BBQ. Perfect summer session drinking and great with BBQ food.

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Photo of Soneast
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw-like color, with a thick, pillowy, white colored head, that recedes to a creamy layer leaving lots of bubbly lace on the glass.

Cloves seem to predominate the aroma, although the banana esters are definitely present. Basically this smells mild and fruity. Quite refreshing, really.

I find the cloves to take center stage with the flavor of the beer as well, although the bananas aren't far behind. Aside from the typical flavors imparted by the yeast, I also detect a wheat sweetness, as well as a barely perceptible bitterness towards the end, certainly not enough to take away form the yeasty esters and wheat sweetness, but just enough to balance the overall flavor of the beer.

Pretty light bodied, but the carbonation is just right to not make it seem fizzy. I gotta be frank, this is one of the better hefes I've come across in quite a while, so crisp and refreshing. This totally lives up to the style and proves that Sierra Nevada knows more than just hops.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw-yellow color with a big white head. Scent is somewhat spicy with hints of sweetness. A little bit of funk and lemon as well. I get some banana and maybe even a little bit of mint on top of it. Taste has a strong banana and clove backbone to it. It has a very delightful taste. The lemon zest sneaks through the strong banana a bit as well as the tasty spices. I also get some delicious notes of fresh bread. This beer is amazing for a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is near perfect. Not too light and a bit creamy. Very smooth. The drinkability is VERY HIGH. Great beer.

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Photo of KAVSE
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Large, silky head with barely-visible vanilla swirls inside the golden orange liquid. The aroma of sweet spice and delicate orange strikes the nose. The taste is incredibly smooth and immediately transported me back to Munich drinking a Franziskaner in the dining car to the Swiss Alps. The hop taste is very subversive and lets the spice and fruit steal the show. The most flavorful Hefeweizen I've had in the US.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label tells me how to properly pour this beer....which is a nice touch.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a huge head that turns into a lingering presence throughout the consumption process.

Smells of bananas, cloves and bubble gum.

Great taste! Smooth and satisfying with a mellowing tart start as it hits the tastebuds and a mild bite on the finish.

The drinkability is off the charts as this is a great venture for the SN staff. Perfectly done and will make for a great summer brew. Also very pleased this is a regular on the circuit.

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Photo of iuhoosier336
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wheat glass. A nice hazy yellow color with a flowery head that sticks around and laces the glass. The smell is light as well, hint of cloves.

The taste is of smooth and soft with a slight banana flavor that really goes down well. A beer great for the summer that I could drink all day. Another great brew from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful, cloudy gold, with a mountain of major bubbles.
Intricate, detailed lace. Simply a beautiful beer, yes.
Aroma is ripened fruit, spice, and clove -- appropriate for the style, and quite appealing.
The flavor is full, with plentiful notes of banana, pepper, and even a little orange. Absolutely a delicious and superior hefeweizen.

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was wonderful. I had it with some sushi and it paired very well. Not my usual choice of beer style but it fit with dinner. Maybe I'll give a few others a go.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 4.8% abv

Appearance- Pours a bright yellow with a lofty, thick head. Extremely cloudy/hazy.

Smell- Wheat aroma, very grainy, toasted bread. Some orange peel.

Taste- Sweat bready flavor, followed by crisp wheat and a little touch of honey. The banana bread flavor is evident later in the taste profile, where as it was not as evident in the nose. The banana-like sweetness follows through to a slightly bitter dry finish, still carrying along some of that wheat malt.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with vibrant carbonation.

Overall- An exceptional hefeweizen! Very clean and crisp flavors make for a very refreshing beer. A must try, and a benchmard for this fine German style.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quite cloudy. Orangish yellow. A nice foam head quickly dissipates into a paper-thin top.
Smell: Banana and bubblegum.
Taste: Banana, bugglegum, and wheat. Some tartness.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and smooth at the same time.

This is such an excellent Hefe. It certainly sets a great standard for this style. The banana hits you right away with the smell, and follows up with the same in the taste. The tartness and banana linger after the swallow. There's really nothing negative to be said. It has that traditional Hefe taste of banana and wheat, but pulls it off so well that it really sets itself apart from most of the rest. I would definitely get this again.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada- Kellerweis

A- Hazy bright yellow/ orange with a huge thick billowy head. Had to stop pouring wait and repour.
S- Nice crisp sour banana, clove, and wheat.
T- Sweet banana, bubblegum, and clove with a sour orange rind citrus twang. Wheaty and yeasty.
M- Sweet and sour with a dry warming citric finish.

Overall- Crisp, smooth, and flavorful. Very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden straw color with a thick, creamy, and healthy white head that retains very well. Smells very biscuity with hints of bananas and cloves. Taste follows the nose, very bready, yeasty, and malt forward, but still delicate and balanced. This beer is crisp, smooth, and sticky. It is pretty much the perfect representation of its style, at least IMO. Overall = SUPER GOOD BEER

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a fairly thick foamy white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of classic banana/clove. The bananais robust and the clove intermingles nicely.

The taste is banana is prominent. The sweet bubblegum, and hint of bubblegum, is balanced by spicy clove. It has a refreshing, semi-dry finish. The banana/clove remains on the palate through the finish.

It is crisp, velvety/creamy smooth.

This isn't an American Wheat called a HW, but one true to style - and it nails it. Great banana with a spicy, clove balance. Appropriate light-bodied, but not watery at all. I would believe this to have been one of Bavaria's better examples of style, had I not known better. SN has a real winner here!

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Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wheat glass.

The color is a hazy orange with a slight yellowish hue. about two fingers of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is slightly fruity with a hint of bananas and some slight citrus flavors.

The taste is sweet with some wheat flavor mixed with some clove and citrus flavors. There is a bit of tangy flavor in the background that is ever so slight but give this beer a great fruit flavor that remains for a bit.

The feel of this beer is pretty light and goes down easy. Is one of the better beers I've had in the lower ABV range. This may be my new session beer.

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Photo of estlinska
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Poured into the glass a opalescent gold color, swirled the yeast and then added to the glass which produced a cloudy deep gold, the same color as the label. Lots of head that dissipates with little lacing. The nose is lots of bannana, lots of coriander, all fruit, very wheaty. The taste is all that is promised with pure wheaty flavor, lots of bannana, and good spice of coriander. Palate is very creamy with a good finish that lasts. Very easy drinking, very sessionable. Tasty SN offering and true to style.

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Photo of gromis
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on this is a very sweet yeasty smell. Cloudy, like a Hefe should be, but not overly so. Nice carbonation makes a nice foamy head. This is, by far, the best Hefe I have had in my short experience as a beer connoisseur. Great taste. Could drink multiples of these.

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Photo of believeinpeople
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost perfectly executed Hef:

Cloudy, although only slight head retention. The smells were all there; floral, banana, spice. The slight aroma of sweet malt. A medium-intense aroma.

The flavor is one of sweetness and mild biterness. Character is perfectly balanced with fruitiness and hoppiness. Nothing is off the mark on this smooth and creamy hef, although better head retention would be ideal.

Great job Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest." You're the boss, bottle!

Appearance: Rather well hazed, dull, dark yellow body with a voluminous, lasting, whitish head. Fair amount of gooey lace left on the way down.

Smell: Ah, the unmistakable aroma of wheat malt, replete with some sweet-scented, tangy qualities but also a scent of gently kneaded whole wheat bread dough. Pungent notes of semi-ripe banana and spice with a lesser hint of chewing gum and squeezed lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a distinct taste of grainy, mealy bread dough. Add in a few freshly-sliced lemon wedges and some dried banana chips. Good dash of earthy ground cloves. Spicy-minded hops with a low, subtle bitterness imparted. Very thin vein of tartness in the last third of the sip. Finishes dry, spicy, with little "goodbyes" from the wheat, lemons, and bananas. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, somewhat fluffed mouthfeel which has nice depth but also a delightful airiness about it.

Drinkability: Remarkably enjoyable and certainly recommended! It was difficult completing the review before I had greedily gulped this one down. Regretfully, I picked only the one lone single, but I'll be sure to return for a proper six-pack.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was able to pull the sediment out of the bottom of the bottle and into the glass . Made it pour a heavily murky banana color. Decent head size for a beer of this style.

The aroma is strong of both cloves and banana. Possibly something else fruity in the aroma as well... apricots maybe?

Some lemon adds to the banana and clove flavor typical to this style.

Soft mouthfeel without sacrificing too much carbonation. This is a very nicely brewed beer, and something I will look for again, especially on hot summer occasions.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a cloudy, pale gold with a big white head. Plenty of carbonation which is typical of the style. Spicy aroma with more clove than banana, which is how I prefer a hefe. Light to medium body. More banana in the flavor and some wheaty spice. They really nailed the creamy mouthfeel that you typically only get in a German Hefe. Seems to be some noble hops in there. Dry finish. One of the best American takes on Hefe.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, nose-filling aroma is wheaty and yeasty with just a hint of honey. It pours a hazy, appetizing amber with a fairly thick white head. Flavor is downright delicious, strongly wheaty with an undertone of yeast, a hint of citrus and just a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is very tingly and pleasant. One of the best Hefeweizens I have ever had.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,332 ratings.