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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,321
Hads: 3,777
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 247
Gots: 556 | 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 njtmayhem
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (167 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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 (392 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (760 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of estlinska
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of gromis
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of believeinpeople
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (425 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very murky yellow and brown. Absolutely opaque. 2 fingers of quickly receding head. No visible carbonation. I like the look of this beer, except that the lack of much head and and the dense murkiness make it look a little unappealing.

S - Smell is strong banana and slight alcohol. No hoppiness to the smell.

T - Great refreshing banana and fruit taste to this beer. Similar to Allagash White, although not as spicy; good for the style. Nice citrus tones and unoffensively light.

MF - Smooth and light overall. Very dry finish.

D - Extremely drinkable. Light, crisp, and refreshing. Complex enough to want to go back and very tasty at that. (656 characters)

Photo of Frosty288
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review fellow BAs! Havn't had an American made wheat in quite a while

Appearance: Looked fantastic, cloudy yellow color that changed shades as the glass got wider. Poured a nice thick white head, but was bubbly? I drank two of these and both heads appeared bubbly, but had excellent head rentention, and when I cleaned the glass up later in the night there were still lines on the glass!

Smell: Smelled a little 'dry' (alcohol smell) when it was still in the bottle. After pouring it picked up a much heavier clove/spice smell, not so much the traditional banana as i'm accustomed to.

Taste: Followed the nose precisely, though I picked up a lot more banana then I had originally smelled, with a good punch of spiciness in the background, I felt like the clove was coming through a lot in this one.

Mouthfeel: Good

Drinkability: Had no problem drinking this, with a rich banana foreground with some spices and malt in the background that come through clearly enough to taste, it went down very smooth.

Will definitely be buying this again and recommending it to other curious buyers I see who cant seem to decide :) (1,139 characters)

Photo of bourbonbock
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a clean glass swirling the last quarter of the beer to stir up the sediment as directed on the bottle. I bought this to compare to a Hefeweizen that I recently brewed.

A. This is an exceptional Hefe. A creamy straw yellow body topped by a white foamy head approximately one finger thick.

S. Yeast aroma balanced out by light malts and cloves, slightly fruity and spicy.

T. Good balance of flavors. A light malty grain body with some banana and clove flavors. I taste no hops but I'm sure there is some in there for bitterness.

M. Creamy and silky body with very minor hints of carbonation probably due to the small bubble size.

D. I could and have put away a sixxer of this in a night. Very good and refreshing beer welcome in the late summer or early fall.

You will not regret this purchase. Be sure to swirl the bottle the last little bit adds a great deal of flavor. (906 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sessioned the hell out of these tonight.

Poured into my Franziskaner hefe glass.

Pours a murky, straw like yellow with a tone of floaties. I look forward to the floaties in my Hef's. Has a pearl white 2 finger head that fades to a 1/4" quickly and sticks around for the rest. Moderate lacing.

Oh the bananas. Great banana aroma with a slight lemon pepper and grassy smell following. Then totally taken over by the beautiful yeast.

Taste is once again loaded with bananas. Slight spice and tartness that fades to the bready crisp finish.

Incredibly sessionable. Had a 6 pack tonight in less than an hour and a half. Beautiful beer for BBQ's.

I typically don't enjoy Hef's, but this one really hot the spot. I'm glad I didn't overlook this one like I usually do. Will revisit very soon. (790 characters)

Photo of Freethyhops
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- pours a pale gold, a bit hazy yet still very clear. a great frothy white head that showed good persistence and lacing

s- heavy banana yeast esters and clove dominate the nose. a hint of bubblegum and some grainy wheat.

t- very prominent banana and clove. a nice blend of spice and fruity yeast esters. light vanilla, low bitterness with a bit of grassy hops. a great mix of pleasant of classic hefe characteristics and very well balanced

m- effervescent from the high carbonation. a medium-light body with a surprising creaminess

d- uber drinkable. widely available year round for a great price. it's hard to imagine it getting much better. (647 characters)

Photo of tbrown4
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle -> Duvel tulip

Pours golden opaque with a one finger head. Mild sweetness. Notes of banana and apricot. Thin smooth mouthfeel. Super easy to drink. Has become one of my favorite Summer beers. I could easy kill a six pack without fatigue. (254 characters)

Photo of willjschmidt
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada hop tulip glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangish golden color with a thick white head.

S: Fruity hefeweizen yeast with a hint of spice.

T: An excellent hefeweizen. It's rich and very flavorful. Classic flavors of bubblegum, banana, and a hint of clove. A hint of tang as well. Great yeast flavors.

M: Creamy, rich, and delicious.

O: One of the best American made Hefeweizens out there. (437 characters)

Photo of mhatters
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12ox bottle into a Badger striaght sided English pint glass

Pours a golden, orangey-yellow with a thick, dense white foam with a little porosity.

Lots of banana and clove in the nose - a powerful but classic hefe nose. Great start

The wheat dominates, but dissipates - the banana is there, but quieter than I expect. Clove, nutmeg, and pepper. Really impressive, complex and enjoyable.

Creamy and refreshing, light, easy to drink.

Brilliant - this is a classic from SN, I bought a case (33 bucks - great price I think) - it won't last long! (559 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Six-pack purchased in Columbus for about $8-9. This is my 3rd bottle, these are going down easy (4.8% ABV).

The beer is hazy and pale yellow, with a ridiculous amount of foam, I can't pour the bottle into a pint glass in one go, no matter how gently I approach it. The foam leaves lacy vestiges as it recedes. The smell is classic bananas and, I guess, clove. Same with the taste, much delicious. Easily competitive with fresh Bavarian stuff. Medium-to-chewy body, I like this beer a lot. (489 characters)

Photo of IBU99
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy pale yellow. Two finger head with some lacing.

Smells of some wheat and citrus. Maybe bannana and some cloves, also a faint lemony smell.

Taste starts out sweet. Can taste a combo of bannana and clove, but faint. Kind of in the background. I get the wheaty essence showing through. Very smooth and tasty. By far the best american wheat beer I have ever had.

Finish is smooth and balanced.

Could drink these all day long. Simply the best Heffe I have found from an American beer company. (504 characters)

Photo of iammatt
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally found this after waiting for it to appear around here, and was well worth the wait.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass following the Hefeweizen serving procedure. Poured a nice light gold color, murky as pond water with a nice two finger pillowy head that slowly subsided to a half finger head leaving behind sticky, soap like lacing. Tons of sediment left at the bottom of the bottle, even after swirling, you'd have to shake or scrape the rest off. Ripe Bananas and spice, notably cloves, stand out at the forefront. Wheat, yeast, hops are definitely present but Bananas and Cloves are the star of this show.

Upon taste you're first welcomed by citrus which is quickly followed up by bananas and vanilla and finishes off dry and slightly clovey. A creamy beer, yet not to heavy, with a nice effervescent finish. The sub 5% ABV, refreshing flavor, and good drinkability make this American Hefeweizen a superbly drinkable summer brew. (951 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,321 ratings.