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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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2,764 Ratings

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Ratings: 2764
Reviews: 1190
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%

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

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,764 | Reviews: 1,190 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Hautacam


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super hazy without a swirl... opaque with a swirl. Nice cottony head on top.
Smell is the expected banana -clove combo...but a little subdued.
The taste is really nice. Sweet, but not too, bubblegum, banana, vanilla , yeast ; and clove in the background....some citrus and wheaty grain.
Mouthfeel is just right...velvety carbonation..excellent.
A very , very drinkable hefe just in time for summer. Slam dunk, Sierra !

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:53:10 | More by Hautacam
Photo of JBogan


3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured as directed on the bottle, a cloudy straw color with a one finger white head which receded quickly but left a nice amount of lacing. Rather average looking for a beer of this style, however I gave it a slightly higher than average mark due to the lacing.

Smelled of bananas and cloves, just as advertised, along with some yeast.

Tasted much the same, along with a hint of citrus. However the taste seemed somewhat muted compared to the Hefes I usually drink.

Mouthfeel was a bit of a letdown. Thinner than I would have liked for a beer of this style. It was fairly smooth however.

Overall this beer was very typical of an American brewer mimicking a Euro style beer. A decent approximation, but not up there with the best beers of this type. There are German Hefes that are superior in almost every way. It's nice to have this beer available just about everywhere, but for a dollar or two more per six pack I'd much prefer to drink the top of the line offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:51:19 | More by JBogan
Photo of Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this at my local store and bought a six pack to try. I have always been a fan of SN products, but I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens.

Anyway, poured from the bottle into a mug using the 2/3s technique specified on the bottle. The beer had a pillowy two finger white head. The beer itself was a very hazy yellow. The nose was sweet with bubblegum notes and banana notes. There was also some nice clove presence. The banana was most dominant in the taste. The bubblegum and clove were also there in nice balance. There was also some nice lemon flavor to brighten up hte drink. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Drinkabnility was great. The low ABV and great flavor make this a sessiopnable beer ideal for summer.

Overall, the best Hefeweizen I have had to date and a great, drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 13:11:22 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of bum732


4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange yellow, nice creamy head, good lacing. Smells primarily of clove, some banana, sulfur notes, some bubblegum. Tastes of sweet but slightly spicy clove like malt followed by a nice mellow wave of banana. Finishes fairly dry, fairly clean. Nice carbonation that accentuates the spiciness. Creamy up front, finishing fairly thin.

A very nice beer, very sessionable. Not anything incredibly special, but another solid beer from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 23:43:36 | More by bum732
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy light brown/orange color with a small white head with some yeasty sediment. Soft, very toasty wheat nose, some standard banana notes, some interesting citrus notes, very inviting. Light in body, very drinkable and extremely traditional. A job well done by Sierra Nevada. Leaps and bounds better than the old Wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:05:42 | More by ATPete
Photo of vrazionale


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Hazy light golden body with a thick, cloudlike head with good retention.

S - Lots of banana and tropical fruit notes. Good savory spice complement here, with clove coming to the fore. The spiciness reminds me a bit of rum. Smells very, very similar to a Belgian golden ale, but with that wheat tang and yeast drawl.

T - Again, tropical fruit and spices make for a delicious, refreshing brew. The toasted wheat flavor profile is an interesting combination with the banana and clove flavors that traditionally signal Belgian golden ale. The finish is long and filled with spice and juicy fruit.

M - Nice texture to this wheat brew and a good carbonation level. I can barely taste the alcohol.

D - This is a great hefeweizen with a fruity, spicy bouquet and flavor. Completely solid all-around. This is a great brew for year-round drinking - the tropical fruit and spice flavors and aromas add a lot of depth above and beyond the standard hefeweizen flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 21:47:12 | More by vrazionale
Photo of Riccymon


4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy, sunset orange with a massive, four-inch pillowy head. A nice cap of head remains throughout the life of the beer, as does some lacing. This is as pretty a hefe as I've seen.

Aroma is a little floral in nature, and it and the taste are so loaded with orange, banana, bubble gum, and yeast flavor that it's almost meaty. I also found a little grassy note in the finish. On the whole, ranks favorably with some of the best domestic and foreign hefes I've had.

Kellerweis goes down smoothly and is nicely medium-bodied. A little thicker than some imports, which is welcome. Very drinkable, and something I'll reach for even with Live Oak Hefe right in town.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:48:58 | More by Riccymon
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded light orange with a big frothy head.

The aroma is banana and yeast with some spice. Smells delicious, but not extraordinarily interesting.

Big orange and banana flavors. A zippy carbonation tingles along with the spices. Lemon and wheat come out later and hang around through the finish. Tastes great, but the mouthfeel is a lot thinner than I'd like for the style.

Another top notch brew from Sierra Nevada. I'm really glad they replaced the Wheat Beer with this hefe, because it's so much better. I'd gladly drink a bunch of them.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 17:33:33 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of Newmerator


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just finished at the gym and figured i'd swing by bevmo for some tasty brews. got a bunch of darks and remembered hearing about about SN's new hefe. + i find light ipa's and hefe's refreshing after a work out.

Pours a VERY cloudy golden color, with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. great lacing on the glass as well.

Smells of lemon grass, yeast, a little bready, then heavy on the citrus in the back.

Taste - this is one tasty effin hefe! citrus and yeast. very refreshing.

m- medium light body. great feel

d - not the biggest fan of hefe's but i wouldn't mind having a few of these guys.


Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 00:54:34 | More by Newmerator
Photo of Soneast


4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 01:33:59 | More by Soneast
Photo of Liverpool08


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep hazy lemon/orange color. GIANT white pillow head, leaves nice lacing down the side. Aroma of cloves a light spices, also a little dry fruit. Taste is great! One of the best American Heffes I have had. Nice deep spice flavors, with cloves and bananas. This is what a Heffe is suppose to be unlike most American attempts. It taste like a distant cousin to a Weihenstephaner. Not quite as complex, but a great effort. Nice drinkibility, not too watery or bland as a lot of American offerings are. I would say this is the best American version of this style. Thanks SN!

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 22:48:13 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of phantomwyse


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy marigold orange with a mountainous and billowy white head.

S: Sweet banana, orange juice, even some pineapple, some hay-like yeast, soft wheat undertones.

T: Banana, clove, orange, dry grass yet a moist earthiness. Nice malt sweetness at the close.

M: Solid medium body with a good tingle and a drying finish.

D: A solid American hefeweizen, gets to the heart of the style more than most attempts, but lacks the overall complexity of its German counterparts. Still, a fantastic summer seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 00:28:57 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of MisterClean


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared at a homebrew club meeting. Thanks Terrence and crew.

A - Poured straw yellow, with a white 2-fingered head. Dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Wheat, hay-grassiness, honey, and light noble hops. There is a slightly fruity ester of possibly apricots.

T - Holy crap, it's good. I needed to take a step back after trying this. The apricot esters took over and just enhanced the wheat and honey.

M - Well-balanced, full bodied. Just excellent.

D - One word: perfect. I can't think of any advice to give SN, it's perfect for the style of beer they were going for. Maybe the only advice would be to send me more.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 02:57:15 | More by MisterClean
Photo of barrelroller


4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle from Steve G. Thanks! Great beer. Ideal per style. Lot's of German phenolics, very drinkable. Wish I had a brat sandwich to go with it. Clean malt character and good hop balance. Tradition German yeast character. Sierra tends to dominate portfolio with American styles so kudos for a great German beverage. Want more...

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 16:53:14 | More by barrelroller


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 and 1/2" off white head with good retention. Fresh lacing. Thick, hazy unfiltered yellow/gold goodness. Big wheat malt, banana, and an aroma that promises to have some sort of twang or sourness in the flavor. Bready malt.. a little banana, clove - it is all there. Full bodied, huge mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Delicious...rivals almost anything in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:44:42 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised as hell was I when my wonderful wife returned from a trip to northern California with a couple bottles of this new S.N. brew. A German native who adores this style, she gladly declared it the best of the U.S. attempts at the hefeweizen. I was eager to try it out...

It poured a cloudy peach color with an ultra-creamy head. The aroma was, as expected, clove and super-ripe banana; some bubblegum and a healthy wheat earthiness round out the smell.

As with the nose, the clove, banana and bubblegum mingle on the palate. A clearly German or German-like yeast imparts mild nuttiness. Quite authentic. Light flower/grass tartness/astringency lingers in the finish. This thankfully lacks the plastic or over-spiced elements of so many lesser U.S. attempts at the style.

Ultra-smooth and uber-creamy in the mouth, with just enough tingle to provide total balance.

Drinkability is pretty high obviously, and this is indeed one of the best takes on this hard-to-perfect style by a U.S. brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 22:30:34 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of BigBrewStu


3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a keg into a clear pint glass. Very cloudy, light yellowish/gold color with a good sized foamy white head.

S - Somewhat sweet earthy/bready smell. Bananas too?

T - It had that Sierra Nevada taste you expect from their beers, but it just didn't work for me in a Hefeweizen.

M - The beer looks unfiltered and fairly pale, so I expected it to be a little heavy. The cloudy beer proved to be lighter in my mouth than expected though.

O - A very interesting Hefeweizen. If you had not told me Sierra Nevada made this one I would of guessed it from the distinct flavor. Unfortunately I am not a fan of banana flavors, so this beer just wasn't for me. It is worth trying though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 19:28:53 | More by BigBrewStu
Photo of joesmithrealname


5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No shit, this beer is ridiculous.

It's as perfect a beer that I've seen on tap.

I could drink a LOT of this, and for once, wish I could.

The smell is to dream
The sight is to die
The feel is to swoon
The taste from on high
Barkeep take care
Pour her slow till she's dry

Truly a beautiful beer. On tap at HOOPS-N-HOPS in Simsbury, CT now.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 04:41:40 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of dar482

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes in a bright yellow color like a Sunny D.

The taste is a bit too mellow and lacks depth. It has banana and warm citrus flavor. It is yeasty a bit, but it cleans off the tongue too fast. I want strong bolder flavors and more body, like the German wheats.

I would recommend going with the German wheats or Beglian wheats.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 06:14:08 | More by dar482
Photo of MatthewWilde


4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: On-Tap 2012

A: Yellow orange in color, minimal internal carbonation, hazy throughout, no head with minimal lacing

S: Moderately fragrant, light citrus, hints of berries and dried fruits, strong wheat elements and some lemon zest

T: Reminiscent of the nose, very dominating citrus/wheat elements, a bit butter to finish, some hops, decently flavorful

M: Smooth, light fruity/citrus aftertaste, not drying on the palate, quite drinkable and refreshing

O: A solid hefeweizen all-around, but nothing special with all elements to be expected

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2012 15:12:15 | More by MatthewWilde
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They got this right. Had on tap at Swift Hibernian Lounge, East Village NYC. Sierra Nevada Kellerweis does the Bavarian style proud, from the appearance and characteristic smell to the bread and spice taste. Great wheat tang, not too sweet. Excellent head. One of a select few American beers that is practically indistinguishable from its counterparts across the ocean, at least from what I can tell. I wonder in a blind taste test if I could tell which is which.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2012 17:57:58 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of deebo


3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark golden with lots of haze not much of a head-just a white film.

S-Heavy on the yeast, banana esters are evident. Not tremendously aromatic.

T-A lot like the aroma. Yeasty with banana, comes out stronger as the beer warms. Weak on the spice but some clove aroma/taste.

M-Nice body-medium to on the heavy side for a hefe, moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Like all SN beers this one has more of a bittering hop note than others of the style. This bittering finish is not a characteristic I'm fond of.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 23:57:02 | More by deebo
Photo of charlzm


3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on September 9th, 2011 at The Four Points Sheraton Sierra Nevada event.

Beer is a cloudy yellow somewhere between light and medium in hue. A slight white head crowns the affair.

Aroma is bananas with a mild wheat undercurrent.

The flavor is light, fresh banana wheat bread. Bitterness is mild but apparent. No cloves or other spices to note. Somewhat bland.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and even a little chewy.

Not a great hefe, but a serviceable one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 15:42:55 | More by charlzm
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy light honey brown color with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, and a banana bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good American made hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. I tried this in the bottle before and I think I prefer this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 20:22:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ehammond1

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Cloudy golden yellow with a pillowy, persistent white head. Consistent and regular lacing down the glass.

The aroma is classic hefe: banana and yeast, though this American version does have a touch of citrus/pine hop presence as well.

Banana and citrus flavors dominate, along with mild tangy yeast, and some faint bubble gum. Very nice American interpretation of this style.

Crisp, medium bodied. Sierra Nevada never feels here, no matter the beer.

A great American version of a hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 20:50:41 | More by ehammond1
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,764 ratings.