Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 3,650
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.85%
Wants: 234
Gots: 501 | FT: 0
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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 NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a plain pint glass.

A: Poured a bright and totally clouded orange and yellow color with a thick, two-finger head of clingy, white foam. Bits of yeast and carbonation float gently in this brew which sort of resembles a yellow glass of Tang.

S: Smells citrusy with a hont of funky yeast, wheat, gum and bananas.

T: Taste is wheaty and sweet at first, with clean, pale malts and fruity flavors. These give off hints of banana and lemon while ushering in a healthy clove and nutmeg spiciness. Washes down with slight herbal bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is a little on the medium-full bodied and chewy side.

D: A great, hot weather session hefe with more complexity and spicy fruit flavors. Not for all taste palates, but SN even does it's weizens well.

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

7/11/09, bottle>wheat glass

Drinkability/Summary = 5.0
"The best domestic Hefe I have poured down my throat to date. Somewhat of a banana bomb that goes down smooth and creamy. This was a welcomed surpise offering from Sierra, well done to the team out in Chico!"
I gave this one a 5 across the board due to it's fine rep of all categories for this style. Excellent price, and highly accessible as possibly my new go to hefe which I can find almost everywhere! Exceeded my expectations. Woot!

Appearance is a 5.0, golden cloudy honey/straw color, beautiful 3 finger head with excellent retention and lacing!
Smell is a 5.0 wiht just the right amount of banana aroma pushing it's way through some clove notes, but somehow not over done.
Taste is a 5.0, taste follows smell with some minor citrus whispers your name with a smooth creamy wheat malt backbone.
MF is a 5.0, medium body, high carbonation, smooth and creamy on palate.

Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours a hazy light yellow short white head with a nice patchy sticky lace that stays to the finish. smells of cloves, banana, lemon. rich wheat malt with a tangy lemon yeast hits your taste buds followed by a creamy smooth mouthfeel good body to this beer and a sharp crisp carbonation just makes for great summer time drinking. they hit the mark again with this beer.

Photo of DIM
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After our baseball game the other day, a buddy and I stopped at Lancaster Brewing Company for a hefe. I think they make a great one, definitely very banana forward. I've been craving hefes a lot lately, so I decided to grab a case of something on the way home. The price was right and I trust SN, so this is what I bought. I threw a couple in the freezer so they would be ready soon after my shower. What a let down! I found those first couple to be bland and uninspired.

Last night, after a doubleheader, I had a couple more. I think having Lancaster's hefe first was the equivalent of having a great APA after a very hoppy IPA, very unfair to the APA. That is, the strong banana flavor from Lancaster's left me unable appreciate SN's hefe, the subtler and by far the spicier of the two.

Overall, this is an outstanding offering. Spicy for sure with a little pepper and plenty of cloves. Enough lemon, banana, and yeasty goodness to keep things in balance. My only minor complaint with this is the carbonation. It's a bit on the fizzy side. This doesn't pour with a massive rocky head like I hoped for, though it did have a nice three fingers of sticky fizz. Also, it doesn't feel as creamy as I would have liked. Still, I love this and I'm glad to have plenty more.

Photo of dasenebler
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Kellerweis pours golden, orange and cloudy. Copious creamy head dissipates to a thin layer after a couple minutes. Aroma is good, fruity and yeasty.

Flavor is excellent, much more in harmony with the traditional german hefe profile than other american attempts at the style. Lots of fruit, especially banana and citrus, with a great spicy, phenolic, and yeasty character as well. On the sweeter side. Mouthfeel gets pretty creamy, which is very good for a beer of this lightness. Extreme drinkability combined with a satisfying complexity of flavor.

Easily the best American hefeweizen I've ever tasted. I'm excited that this will be a year-round offering from Sierra Nevada.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had one of these over at my parent's house. Pours a hazy yellow color with little head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is slightly spicy and grassy. Taste, like the smell, is spicy, grassy, with a hint of banana and cloves in there for good measure. Slightly watery mouthfeel, but not to the point where the beer is unenjoyable. Overall, a very drinkable beer and a good one to have on a hot day like today.

Photo of sbe1
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of iammatt
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass.

A- Kellerweis looks like liquid honey with a nice mix of bright gold mixed with hazy orange. It looks gorgeous under some light, cant really see through it. A nice frothy white foam that fades leaving no lace.

S- A big blast of ripe bananers and spices mainly clove. Some wheat and yeast plus some earthy hops. A low dose of mild malts. Pretty much everything you need in a hefe.

T- The smell pretty much sums this up but this is one good tasting fresh hefe. Fresh ripe bananers straight off the vine. After that the spices come in with cloves up front. Than a small taste of sweet sugar or candy. This is backed by yeast and light malts.

M- A light bodied beer perfect for the summer. Keller does not have much carb going for it and that's fine by me, makes it much smoother than other versions i've had. A sweet aftertaste with more bananers.

D- Less than 5% makes this sessionable and a half. I wish I picked up more than a single, but since hefe's are not my thing I thought one would do. I was wrong. I would gladly pick up a case of this for a party, a excellent summer quaff. I believe this is a year round offering now.

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

Bottle to wheat beer glass.

Had this after the gym on a warm, humid day - definitely hit the spot.

A: Cloudy pale gold. 2 finger+ head stays at 1/2 finger. Soapy, watery lacing.

S: Immediately get yeast. Lemon, Banana, and a hint of clove.

T: Lots of banana, citrus. Some tropical fruit. Wheat. Mildly crisp yeasty flavor.

M: Light, but the yeast is filling. Slightly watery. Clean finish - slightly sweet.

D: Very drinkable, well-balanced beer. Hits the spot on a hot day.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Archer Liquors, the premier "craft singles" purveyor of Chicago. This was a buck and change.

Poured into a goblet, swirled the last bit as instructed by label... there is some seriously goopy yeast hanging out in there, looks like a ring of liquid caramel. Shake bottle, and shake again, still some globs at the bottom. Pours out a nice opaque orange, looks like a mimosa. Convex foam dome rises gently above the rim and ebbs after a minute. Aroma is all dusty wheat, fresh and wholesome. Flavors of clove and smooth wheat, vague banana in the back. Smooth and supple feel, light bodied. Easy drinking, a great summer session hefe.

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

This is a very nice, refreshing hefeweizen beer and it looks good too. It pours a nice hazy orange and dirty yellow color with a small but creamy head, some lacing. There is a load of yeasty sediment on the bottom of the bottle, but plenty went into the pour as well. The nose is candied cloves, florals, a bit of musty yeast, and lots of sweet maltiness.

This is a very smooth, very sweet, very creamy hefe. There is very little tartness, or citrusy bite to the beer. It is candied clove flavored, there are some hints of sweetened orange rind, some other sweet malts, very little if any hop bite, and no acerbic bite whatsoever. The beer is a bit too mild and too mouthpleasing. There isn't enough of the orange zing or citrusy acerbicness to make this a truly first rate hefe, but this is smooth, creamy, a bit more dense than light bodied, and easy to drink. There is no discernible aftertaste to this beer.

Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured brilliantly into a pint glass. Gold in color, basically opaque, with a good head and lace.
S-Strong wheat scent to it.
T-The wheat is actually fairly mild as far as taste. Slightly sweet. To be honest, because of its mild overtones, it's a really solid summer brew.

Photo of fishtownhxc
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finally able to find this beer around my neck of the woods. excellent hefeweizen, in fact, one of the better ones i've had and certainly one of the best ones made by any american brewery that i've had. more on the spicy side than the fruity banana/clove side, which is perfectly fine, but i personally like a bit more of the banana shining through. either way, excellent example of the style, and at such an affordable price, you really can't go wrong. sierra nevada again proves why they've been in business for so long.

Photo of sleazo
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a hazy yellow/amber with a two finger off white head. Retention is poor as it quickly settles into a smallish cap. Other than that it looks like a hefe.

S_Strong banana and bubble gum aromas with a background clove hit.

T_Banana up front with a clove finish much like the smell. The finish is sweet and hits with a bit of the bubblegum. Fairly yeasty overall with a nice spicy aftertaste.

M_Creamy and rich. Perhaps a bit too creamy for the style it is still enjoyable as the thickness of the liquid makes the whole beer sort of sing. There is a nice effervescence in the followthrough.

D_Very nice for an American hefeweizen. It is a little too bold perhaps in terms of flavour and feel but I feel t does work overall. Another winner from a great brewery.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden yellow haze, fluffy head, looks spot on. The smell is also exactly what you would expect, banana and cloves but nice. Flavor is nice solid hefe, yeasty and delicious. I am not partial to hefeweizens but this is a good example and way too easy to drink.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in a snifter.

Nice deep golden color, very smooth and cloudy with a small white head. Very classic hefe look. Very sharp taste, light body. I think it's slightly over carbonated but it's still good. Some banana and other spices in the flavor I think it's a good hefewizen but it's too light in body and the flavor is a little weak for me.

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

As much anticipation as this beer brings, Kellerweis does a very good job living up to the expectations. The pour brings a classic look- cloudy yellow-golden color with thick, froathy head formation just off of stark white. Great lacing and retention. Estery banannas, papayas, pineapples, and pears are tempered with phenolic clove, white pepper, and flowery-herbal hops. Nice moderate layers of flavors and aromas keep the beer from boredom or mediocracy. Richly textured with a creamy, velety mouthfeel that weakens just before the finish. Pretty clean and refreshing in the aftertaste; obviously designed for summertime comsumption. Similar to Ayinger Brau Weiss, but with milder fruit and clove flavor and lighter body. An overall pleasure to drink.

Photo of damienblack
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shimmery, hazy golden. Huge fluffy head, great retention, excellent lacing left all the way down the glass. Smells like harsh wheat, not the greatest bouquet out there. A bit lemony. Taste is excellent, very smooth wheat without that artificial metallic flavor some get. Lemony without that sharp zest, and almost a vanilla flavor in the background. Very creamy, great presence, yet also is very slippery off the tongue. Nice and light for the summer, and goes down super easy. A great low-abv yet well crafted beer.

Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small pint glass, this hefe comes out a hazy peach-skin color with a small white head. The nose is highly fruity with a few spicy phenols. Very good german weizen flavor, with a bubblegum fruitiness together with a nice cloviness. Bitterness is appropriately low, but higher than in many examples, drying the finish a bit. Could benefit from some more carbonation, but otherwise the body is light and refreshing.

A definite improvement over the old SN wheat beer. Very nice.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very cloudy dark yellow color with a large fluffy white head that has nice retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

Initial strong aroma of fresh bananas followed closely by cloves and wheat.

Taste reveals a good bit more citrus than originally detected in the nose, but the banana and spices still come through albeit to a lesser extent. Some light notes of honey and wheat can also be detected in the finish.

Medium bodied and goes down smooth. Amazing drinkability for a hot day. I haven't found many takes on this style that have impressed me but this one is very well done and it is a nationally distributed brand that can be found fairly easily. I think I will definitely be picking up some more of this in the near future.

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

This is the first non-hoppy Sierra Nevada beer I really liked. SN does hops as well as anyone but the wheat beer that the Kellerweis replaced was very average. This is a solid hefe.

Pours the pre-requisite straw gold, hazy color with a big head that fades slowly. Not much lacing. Aroma of citrus, cloves, banana and bubble gum - just right!!

Taste is solid as well, same as the aroma. The top hefes are a bit more astringent with slightly bolder flavors, but I'm splitting hairs here. This is a good beer!!

Mouthfeel is good and crisp, might want a hair more bubbles/carbonation but once again - I'm describing the ideal.

Drinkability is great. I could only imagine what this would be like on tap. I could drink this in mass quantities. Very nice!!!

Photo of paco1029384756
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with one and a half fingers of rocky white head.

Scent of yeast, earth, clove, banana, and some funk. May not be perfect, but the scent is solid.

Taste of yeast, funk, clove, lemon zest, and some earth. This may not be the best Hefeweizen on the market, but it is damn good. Considering the price and availability I will certainly be buying this one again.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and slick with strong carbonation.

Photo of johnrobe
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At long last it has arrived in TN. I've been looking out for this beer for a while.

SN has managed to make an authentic hefe while making it eminently drinkable, something not all hefe's achieve. More on that later.

This has to be the cloudiest beer I've ever seen. All true hefe's are hazy but looking at this beer, I halfway expected to see chunks of yeast roiling in its murky depths...perhaps a baby Loch Ness monster.

The smell is yeasty with subtle hints of bubblegum and just a whisper of banana and cloves. This is reflected in the flavor as well.

Some hefe's I've tried will knock you down with bubblegum aroma and make you think you're drinking liquid Hubba Bubba. But the yeasty esters are nicely integrated in this SN brew, making it extremely quaffable. There is a slight dextrinous quality to the mouthfeel which gives it some much appreciated body....not that it's thick, just not watery as some lighter ABV brews are prone to being.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,650 ratings.