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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: 263
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 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 OKbrew89
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap in a traditional pint glass. Wonderful copper color with slow fading foam. Nice notes of toasted malts with coriander and very subtle hops. Very nice balance of spices and wheat cut with just enough citrus to create a beautiful taste from the begging of the end. Slightly hoppy at the back of the tongue to remind you it's brewed by Sierra Nevada. Medium mouth feel that isn't too watery to too heavy. I really like hefeweizens and this one of my favorite hefeweizens.

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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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Photo of beerinabottle
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excellent hefe. 35 cl bottle found in off licence in Naas Co. Kildare Ireland. Best before 20-03-2015. The banana comes through nicely. Sorry that I only got one to try. I love the label too.

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Photo of ordybill
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Doesn't smell like a hefeweizen, i get spice and fruit.
Appearance- A slightly murky golden color with a small white head. Doesn't look like a hefeweizen.
Taste- Has a nice semi-tart flavor but doesn't even come close to a hefeweizen stle beer in the flavor department.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall- Not a bad beer but it is not in the flavor category of a hefeweizen.
O: good, but not memorable;

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; golden colored; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; almost no lacing;

S: clove, nutmeg, banana, a little grain;

T: follows the nose, with the addition of a mild tartness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; tingly carbonation; dry finish;

O: good, but not memorable;

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: pours a very densely, clouded, golden color with one finger off-white head that dissipated until a thin broken layer of bubbles remained, there was very little lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation (I think?) as could not really see the bubbles through the dense haze, beautiful.

SMELL: sweet, flowery, citrus, banana bread and some spice, there is a lot going on with the nose on this one, in a word complex.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet and citrus, then some banana bread and spice, a mild hop profile as you would expect for this style, wonderful.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, the notes on bottle state "velvety texture", I'll go along with that, it has it's own mouth feel for sure.

OVERALL: this beer will be hard to top, this is my favorite Hefeweizen hands down, another great beer from Sierra Nevada, the ABV 4.8% allows me to enjoy more than one, if you enjoy the style this has to be a favorite. I'll be having this again for sure.

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Photo of Taybeh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

From a bottle into a tall weisse glass
A: golden hazy cloudy yellow, big billowy head that leaves great lacing
S: ripe banana, lots of clove, some fairly clean grain
T: follows nose...the clove, while not overpowering, is more pronounced from the get go, and stays with me throughout, even while some toasty bready malts and very faint floral/citrus notes come through at the end.
M: smooth and a even creamy; middle of the road for carbonation; little more rich and chewy than many hefes.
Overall: one of the better American hefes, no doubt. Will have to do some side by sides...

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pours a stunningly glowing, murky golden hue with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing, looks amazing!

Smell - Yeasty over-ripe banana and clove action dominates, but is balanced by a lemony snap, a note of fresh honey and clean grain adds to the nose also.

Taste - That beautiful hefe yeast is pushing the banana/clove, fruity/spicy goodness straight to the front where it needs to be, then starts giving way to a mildly sweet, honeyed cereal grain which is quickly kept in check by snappy a lemon note. Ghost-like herbal/grassy hops seem to add depth and balance along with the smallest tinge of bitterness in the dry finish.

Feel - Maybe the best part about the beer, which is saying a lot. Body feels so light and airy due to the perfect level of tight carbonation, but also feels silky and creamy at the same time. Extremely refreshing.

Overall - Absolutely superb, Kellerweis rivals any German hefe I've had with ease. Thing is, being only 4.8% ABV, it's actually carved out its own little niche - so light feeling yet packed with so much flavor, this brew is maximally refreshing. As so many others, SN completely nailed this beer (and it's about $8 a sixer to boot!)

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Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best American Hefeweizen on the market. Very tasty with all the characteristics you expect from a good hefeweizen.

Will absolutely seek out and purchase again.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%

This was my first experience with what would become my love affair with Hefeweizen. An awesome example of the style & the best one made outside of Germany that I have had to date. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for the exceptional job they have done in creating it!

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Photo of Yanknonion
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Not my style, but had to try.
A: Cloudy, good head, lots of carbonation visible
S: Fruity, banana, spicy
T: Lots going on here, banana, spicy, fruity
M: Light body with a tart feel to tip of tongue, but flows smooth
D: For me not being into wheat beers, still quite good, would not send it back

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Photo of thedoubler55
4/5  rDev -1.5%

A: Nice pale yellow in color with a good amount of transparency, a nice two finger white head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass as you drank this one.

S: Lots of banana coming through on this one, with some wheat notes as well, some butterscotch notes as well.

T: Follows the nose to a tee, lots of sweetness coming through from the fruit, with a nice try toasty finish.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, slight stickyness on the tail end.

O: This was a really good brew, nice and crisp and good to drink. Love the well balanced taste and mouthfeel of this brew from Sierra Nevada, great job.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap; poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - completely cloudy, orange, thin white head. Lacing is fairly weak.
Smell - banana, cloves, orange peel and lemon zest. Some citrus and floral hops!
Taste - follows the nose; a bit more citrus. Very flavorful!
Feel - light, but creamy feel. Excellent carbonation!
Overall - a very refreshing and flavorful hefeweizen! Fantastic at this price point!

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Photo of corywalston
2.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A. Aggressive poor 1inch of yellow/white head. Color is light gold with a thick haze.
S. Pillsner and sour yeast.
T. Like a Hefeweizen nothing special, but I do taste the banana.
M. Cool and crisp.
O. Just an average rendition of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: poured a nice golden color with light haze look. Poured a nice thick creamy head

Smell: Had a nice grain smell with a hint of citrus to my nose.

Mouthfeel: I was surprised that it had a smooth feel, with a bit of hoppyniess to it. I am glad I tried this brew as I am a fan of Hefeweizen style brews

Overall: I found this brew to be quite delicious it had a hoppiness flavor as it tilted back towards my throat the wheat flavor was distinctive and was quite present. I recommend this beer for hot dogs or grilling.

*Recommended Brew for Summertime

**note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

12oz bottle at fridge temp served in a hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Light straw colored. pale and hazy (I stirred the yeast at the bottom and added it as you should). Creamy head of medium bubbles that sank to a rim around the glass.

Nose: Bready, Malty, banana, clove spiciness.

Taste: Light and refreshing, very low hop bitterness, bubbles lift from the tongue and delivery the classic banana and clove flavors associated with a hefe. This is very classic to and a great example of the style.

Finish: very short (1-3 seconds then gone)

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Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from the bottle into my Delirium tulip.

Appears an amazing golden hazy color with a slight orange tinge. Impossible to see through. Big fluffy white head dissipates quickly.

Smell is delicious. Slightly tart with typical belgian yeast smells - banana, clove, orange - slight tartness.

Taste follows smell to a T. Very refreshing - yeast qualities not overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Overall, fantastic example of the style. Not my typical style of beer but this one is good!

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Photo of CoverMePorkins
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

Appearance - Typical hefe look. Murky golden straw color. Solid head with descent retention.

Smell - Some clove and banana. Very pleasant.

Taste - Taste matches smell with a little tartness to it which I wasn't expecting.

Mouth fell- Good medium body fitting for the style

Overall - Is this as good as some of the big hitters from Bavaria, no. However for the price and availability it is a solid hefe. I would buy this again for the price alone. For the craft beer noob this would be a great beer to introduce them to beers with more flavor.

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