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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Reviews: 1,352 | Ratings: 3,929
Photo of SFC21
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite Hefeweizen's now.
A huge creamy head with lots of carbonation.
A wonderful weizen smell. Banana, clove, spice. Very balanced taste.
The favors come together well.
More crisp taste with a nice little bite finishing from hops.

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Photo of Snoman4141
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Im rating this beer compard to the German Hefes such as Paulener/Weihstephaner and every other American made hefe except Dancing Man wheat whic i have not had a chance to try.

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Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle hard-poured into a weizen glass. Here we go...

L - Very thick white foam dome, lasted a good bit. Golden yellow color with a few bubbles rising. Clear, semi-cloudy body

S - Citrus and floral, but the banana scent from the yeast comes through as well

T - Bananas, wheat, citrus taste. Not so much bite but very subtle and chill

F - Smooth and clean, easy to drink

O - Pretty solid hefeweizen from an American brewery. It really matches up with some of the German hefes' I have tried. So be a good American and drink this German-style American beer hahaha

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Photo of CraigP83
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow, not much head. Lemon zest and light wheat. Smells like summertime. Spicy , bubblegum yeast but very refreshing. Was hoping for more wheat at the end but it was missing. Super refreshing though and I could see this being a summer staple.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.35/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw gold, with a thick white head with decent retention.

Smell: Floral and citrus, which is not at all what one wants to smell from a hefeweizen.

Taste: And as the smell indicates, my Wall O Hop sensitivity strikes. This tastes like compost pile runoff, no other flavors perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent.

Overall: This is in keeping with every Sierra Nevada experience I have had, with the exceptions of Narwhal and Tumbler. Please discontinue this. It is emphatically not an actual hefeweizen.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy grapefruit color. A huge creamy head with lots of carbonation. A wonderful weizen smell. Banana, clove, spice. Very balanced taste. It is not as good as the Franzenkansers of the world, but good. The favors come together well. More crisp taste with a nice little bite finishing from hops.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying to rate to style. Really enjoyed this on a warm AZ day. Beautiful cloudiness, typical hefe aroma of spice/nanners and perfect carb. A great beer for intro drinkers and those who can appreciate the style.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold/orange in color with a thick, fluffy white head. Cloudy from adding the yeast sediment from the bottle. Strong, yet pleasant, banana and clove aroma. Soft on the palate, medium-light bodied, and effervescent. This one has all of the fruity, spicy, and refreshing qualities that I look for in a hefeweizen.

A notch below the best German versions of the style, but probably the best American version I have had to date. Purchase with conifidence if you are a hefeweizen lover.

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Photo of mobrado
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Sierra Nevada and I love a good Hefeweizen, but I don't get this beer at all. It doesn't look, smell, taste or feel like a German Hefeweizen AT ALL.

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Photo of JackDempsy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada has done it again. Not only do they have the quintessential pale ale, but now I think they have given the world a Hefeweizen that others can compare themselves to. Hat's off to they guys in Chico for another great beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had a fresh bottle recently that was markedly better than I remember. The body still doesn't seem quite right, lacking the sort of bouyancy I expect from the best German iterations, and that seems to become more apparent as you go. But, man, out of the bottle this thing sings, lovely nose of apple/peach/banana...pretty much just oodles of fruit. Looks the part more or less, solid enough head (though, again, maybe not quite as everlastingly fluffy as the best Germans). Palate has a sort of juicy quality, some apple/banana notes, and deep in there somewhere there has to be some hops, because this never gets excessively sweet. Overall, it's nice to have something like this consistently available and fresh. If I can find fresh Weihenstephaner, I'm headed there for sure, but this ain't a bad drink at all.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After having a Hoegaarden (my personal favorite beer), we will see how another similar style stacks up.

It looks : Hazy yellow orange glow with a nice tightly knit three finger head.

It smells : Orange, banana, clove, cardamom, coriander, baked wheat. Just superb. There is also some faint metallic hop that slurs the perfect score a bit.

It tastes : it's a bit on the hoppy side for the style. The smooth wheat body is there and finishes strong with wheat, but in the middle is a slight off-putting bitter hop and orange peel. It doesn't quite balance. There's also clove and citrus, cilantro, malts.

Mouthfeel : very carbonated, yet still creamy and smooth within the style. Ends grainy and rich, slightly dry.

Overall : it is far from the best genuine Belgian and German beers, but I'll never turn down a Hefeweizen. This one was a bit too "Americanized" for me, but perhaps I'm just a wheat beer snob. Still worth a try, but doesn't touch the Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner offerings.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Foggy yellow-gold brew, white head, some significant lacing.

S - A bit funky, with a sour grain note, earthy, a touch of hay and grass.

T - The yeast is forward, with a strong grain element laying the foundation to fruit esters suggesting kiwi more than banana, and a strong minerality. Hops also present, adding a bit of bitterness on the close.

M - Crisp, clean and bright.

O - It is a rock solid Hefe, although a step below the standard set by the likes of Weihenstephaner. Without the explosive fruit esters, this is a study in restrained classical beauty, delicious, and a wonderful beer to pair with a variety of foods.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body and a thick voluminous white head.

Spicy clove heavy on the aroma. Banana and some wheatiness.

Flavor follows suit with spice in the forefront with banana and some crisp wheat in the back.

Oh ya the mouthfeel is great. Creamy and bubbly.

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Photo of rkat32
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated 1/9/15 poured into a nonic pint glass. Consumed and reviewed on Monday, February 23, 2015.

L: Pale gold hue with a frothy, two-finger, yeast-driven head. Poured the remaining yeast dregs out on top of the foam. Hazy appearance is very appealing.

S: Earthy, yeasty, banana esters, clove and spice phenols, some nutmeg.

T: An appetizing combination of fruity esters and spicy phenols – very refreshing. Banana, mild citrus notes, bready malts, pepper. Slight earthy hop presence on the back end. Delicious and complex for a Hefeweizen.

F: Medium body. Mouthfeel equipped with a creamy fullness. Effervescent and spritzy; medium-high carbonation.

O: Another well-done beer by Sierra Nevada. Sadly, I’ve been overlooking it since its release but not anymore. I’ll now gladly add Kellerweis to my “regular rotation” especially since SN’s large distribution footprint allows easy access to it fresh.

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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 gonzo000
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised at the color l and cloudiness of this beer. Nice orange color when poured into a tulip glass. Could not see through the beer, dense appearance. Liked the flavor very much. On the first sip it seemed coriander was leading the charge, but that changed quickly to a fruit/syrup taste on the front and a clove on the finish that was no overpowering. Very good stuff. Would revisit.

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Photo of Gebrau
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very familiar for a heffe which is rare for an American brew using open fermentation. Sierra Nevada has never failed me. Good stuff. Banana, nutty, coriander...all the usual suspects present.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, yellowish/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of toasted bread and whole wheat crackers, followed by aromas of banana, clove, coriander and a touch of ginger. Very traditional in its aromas for a weissbier.

Taste: Nice flavors of toasted malt, and tropical fruit, such as banana and pineapple, followed by some spices of clove, black pepper, coriander, a touch of ginger. There’s some good candied sugar-like sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: Medium, medium/thin and pretty effervescent as there is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I’m not a huge fan of hefeweizen beers, actually, I’m not even a little fan of them. Usually they have way too much flavors of banana and a plastic-like Band-Aid smell and taste to them that I find very off-putting. That being said, this beer, while possessing a touch of banana, doesn’t go over-the-top with it and has none of the other flavors that I don’t like in most hefewiezen beers. I actually liked this one! Recommended for fans and non-fans of hefeweizen beers alike!

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Photo of MightyYui
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nommy. No off flavors, pretty color for a hefeweizen. Extremely likable in a sort of a moderate 'there's not really anything to dislike here' sort of a way. If I had a friend who was new to hefeweizen and I wanted them to like them, I would start by introducing them to this one.

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Photo of Zcrizer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-rating after trying bottled version. Very impressive beer.

Look: Terrific golden, cloudy appearance with a half-inch head that dissolves into a lacing.

Smell: Crisp, subtle nose.

Taste: A burst of fruity, banana-like depth that lingers in a bready aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth, cool.

Overall: Great version of the Hefeweizen, one of the best by an American brewer.

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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 UKBeerman
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When I think Hefeweizen, I think in German! But even though this is not German made, it is certainly an excellent Hefeweizen. The floral and fruity aroma is top notch. The taste is just right. There is little that can refresh better than one of these on your front porch on a hot summers day. This is one of my favorite go to's.

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Photo of Decko
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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