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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

3,006 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 3,006
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.1%
Wants: 144
Gots: 149 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009)
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -25.9%

01-14-2012 19:32:49 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-26-2013 10:10:51 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2011 19:23:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

I wasn't quite sure of what to expect from Sierra Neada's Kellerweis.

Not that Sierra Nevada isn't a favored and trusted brand of mine, it's just that I've had so many California-brewed "weizens" that were far more American than Bavarian. As I eyed the bottle, and rolled it to release the yeast sediment from the bottom, I wondered to myself "will this be overly-hopped"? Thankfully, the answer is no.

There is a quick note of hops that's almost required -it acts as the Sierra Nevada signature - but beyond that it's all wheat, banana, clove, and soft fruit (mainly apple, but there's some pear as well). And I actually enjoy the quick hop note as it's a little bit unique.

Beyond that, I found the appearance to be quite good, and although the lacing wasn't at par with the absolute best, it was still pretty damned good. The aroma was decent, and again checks in but doesn't rank at the upper-most eschelon. I thought that the overall flavor, however, was right up there in balance and roundness, with all of the components working together but standing out a little bit on their own. And that leads to drinkability, thus another great score...

... and in conlcusion, I'd say it ranks right up there with the greatest exampless from Bavaria. (And that I've now got another favorite to rely on)!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 21:42:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

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

A - One finger of white head on top of a dark golden body with a cloud of hazy yeast spreading throughout from the swirl. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty yeast with spicy wheat notes, vanilla, and a bit of clove.

T - Spicy wheat and smooth yeast notes of clove and vanilla. The wheat becomes a bit spicy in the middle and then gives way to yeast for the finish with more of the vanilla notes, a little banana, and some spicy, slightly lemony, hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D - This beer is very drinkable. It is a bit more subdued than some German wheat beers but still has good yeast character and a lot of zesty wheat. This is a refreshing, simple, and very enjoyable beer that I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 04:32:06 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, spice, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light but hearty malt character. There are sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice wheat beer with flavor and substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:44:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ooh lookie there. It's a hefeweizen by an American brewer that works. You know what I'm alluding to here. This could stand up against any German produced hefe and hold its ground with ease. A lot of these American produced wheat beers can be a disaster, but this one is real nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:52:10 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

12oz brown bottle, coded freshness date on the label.

Massive head from pouring 2/3's of the beer into the glass, sediment swirled in for a dirty cloudy straw color. Banana taffy, powdered clove and chalky yeast play well against the breadiness ... banana bread? Deep smoothness that still retains a crisp snap in the back, medium bodied is not too much for the style. Semi-thick bready character throughout, mild spicing and faint esters. Overripe fruit and clove, some tartness adds a refreshing quality. Semi-dry finish.

Absolutely remarkable that this beer has flown under my radar for so long. Giving the Germans a run with this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:43:40 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Sierra Nevada Kellerbrau HefeWeizen

Highly hazed, bright straw yellow color, big bountiful snowy white head.

Lemony aromatics at first, soft spice, light and lovely...creamy hefe weizen yeast in the nose.

Yummy wheat texture, mouthfeel, vast drinkability, enormous refreshment. Floods the mouth and thrills the senses. Light-to-medium bodied. Mellow. Great summer brew. I'll be stocking up while the heat's still ablazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 07:44:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bananas & cloves that fade a bit as this warms

T: Grassyness, banana, cloves & breadyness up front. Lemony motes, plus some juicyfruit show as this warms along with the aforementioned bananas, plus green bananas as well, cloves, & tartness. Finishes with green bananas & tartness, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks pretty easy, this is a damn authentic stab at the style. Well done Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 01:05:39 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head that makes good use of this glass's volume to say the least. This eventually peters down into a rich 1/2 finger, that fires up beautifully when swirled, leaving back lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. Really nice Hefe look here. The aroma is fruity with citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as notes of yeasty ripe banana, light bubblegum, and sweet malty wheat, which holds the whole thing together. Just a nice fresh pop in the nose from this.

The taste is crisply sweet from the wheat and citrus, with the yeast really blooming out nicely along the backend, along with clove and some very lightly spicy Noble hop charcter, which really dries the finish out and lets this end with a bit of a zing. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with an extremely crisp feel and easygoing nature to this. I'm actually a little surprised by the amount of presence this has in the mouth for a sub 5% beer.

Impressive. Full flavored, crisp, and refreshing, this is by far one of the better American-made Wheat beers that I've had in the bottle. A steal at the price and perfect for summertime imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 12:24:54 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I should start this out by saying that I am both a huge Sierra Nevada fan as well as a hefeweissen fan and they nailed it. The beer is yellow and cloudy, the kind of permanent starch haze you'd expect from a beer like this. The head is white and big, it falls away quick but a thin layer of white bubble forms over the beer for most of it's life. Carbonation is moderate and steady, medium sized bubbles and there is some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is filled with wheat, some banana character, no hop character in the aroma. Invites you to drink. Carbonation is present in the mouth, makes the beer feel fuller than it normally would seem, the flavor is great, some of the etherial fruit flavors you may expect, banana, almost no aftertaste, a slight wheat-like flavor in the back, the bubbles fill the midpalate with good body and a connection of flavors. This beer is very drinkable, I could kill a 6 pack in no time. One of my favorite beers currently.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 03:21:26 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

What a perfect hefeweizen, a rarely great American brewed version. Looks absolutely perfect sitting tall in my new Prima Pils conical shaped glass. Clouded sunshine golden defines the body, while a pillow of cloudy white forms thick and resilient with the head. Thank the beer gods that they 86'd that Sierra Nevada Wheat with no character. Aroma has strong bubblegum and clover accents with a rolling herbal presence with each sniff. Pleasant citrus and wheat malts adds to the effervescent and purely enjoyable qualities that this brew has to offer. A perfect blend of citrus sweet spice and wheat malt collide with light herbal hop edges to massage all of the complexities to flourish together. Mouthfeel is perfect lighter bodied with bubbly champagne like carbonation flowing nicely. Drinkabiliy is excellent especially for the summer months one of those brews that I will have to secure a whole case of before going anywere on a vaction. Super fresh offering and low abv with mad complexity what an excellent revenge.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 15:26:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors and wine in Rehoboth beach DE. Poured chilled into my Monterey wheat glass

A - A fantastic cloudy light golden shade like cake batter after the yeast is swirled in the glass as directed. A pillowy regal whipped cap of 3 fingers crowns the ale. Lace collects in spots, the cloudy appearance doesn't hide the multitudes of bubbles rising to the froth

S -A pleasant aroma of banana bread w/ baked spices and wheat notes w/ a nice fruit ester creating a tropical and nut blend of odors. Lots of yeast gives a creamy aroma

M - Mostly creamy and full for the strength w/ mild carbonation for the style but very crisp and gives a nice sweet malt w/ breadiness coating the mouth and residual spice in the finish w/ an overall clean texture

T - I can only think of one other hefe w/ this amount of taste and it is brewed in the country in which the style originates. The wheat and yeast are seamless w/ fresh creamy and full banana cake-like taste which is not overly sweet w/ a mild spice element and nutty taste of wheat. The malt is as smooth as the yeast finishes on the palate w/ mild inoffensive w/ sufficiently banana without coming off as an artificial taste or overboard. The malt and yeast synergy is the magic of this ale. So well blended IMO the flavor has a lemony like refreshing taste at the end of the glass which is still creamy/nutty and wheat flavored it is a quick taste since I found it quenching.

D - A great Hefe, just totally refreshing and easily one of the best American takes on it w/ more German character. This is up there w/ weihenstephaner to me -really refreshing w/ a great fresh yeast flavor - I need to get a case of this although Hefes are great this surprised me since they aren't a style I get into that often. A perfect beer to sit and chill out w/ on a warm summer evening - Well Done Sierra Nevada!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 21:39:56 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a citrus character and the lovely hefe yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a solid malt taste that boasts of pale and wheat malts. Again, it has a powerful citrus flavor and just a slight banana/clove finish. It's quite crisp and refreshing; not a real heavy hefe. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a highly quaffable hefe. It explodes with a nice mix of hefe yeast, citrus, and malts; a wonderful summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 23:59:24 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small, wheat head. Beer seems to glow when held up to a light. Smell is of wheat and bananas. Taste is fruity, with lemons and other citrus as well as wheat. There was a little banana in the taste, but not as much as I expected after smelling the beer. This doesn't differ from the other top hefeweizens too much, but it is still a great hefeweizen that is easy to drink. This would be a great hot weather beer, but it is not too bad when it is chilly outside either.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 04:39:18 | More by Mora2000
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-20-2012 03:24:42 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

a real solid hefe. pours a cloudy golden color with a patchy white expanding head with good retention (into a wine glass for me, nothing else on hand). smell is great. there is a fruity wheaty aroma going on, but there is an almost belgian like yeast in there that adds a sort of delicate summery sweetness to the mix. really pleasant nose. taste is nice too, really well synched up, with everything in excellent proportion. there is a flowery vibe from the yeast and the wheat malt is less heavy than most. lighter body, but nothing watery about this one. great carbonation, very sessionable and refreshing. seasonally perfect, and an excellent illustration of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 21:24:38 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

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

Lovely lemony amber color in the tulip glass with cloudy appearance. Not a traditional Hefeweizen but it's elegant yet flavorful. Crisp with a nice acidic touch, yet mellow with a restrained clove and banana taste. Excellent creamy carbonation, much like a good German beer such as an actual Kellerbier. Nice touch of hops gives a good beery finish.

One of my favorite American wheat beers, however this fits into the styles. Lighter body than many Hefeweizens, but real flavor unlike the typically anemic American Pale Wheat Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 04:54:04 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 15:06:13 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Code 91131 17 12; Sampled June 2009
The beer pours into my New Belgium Goblet with a hazy, straw-hued, pale amber color. It is topped by a two finger, pale tan colored head. The aroma is not exactly the "classical" balance that a typical Hefeweizen has; instead this is a balance between spicy notes, some pepper, a herbal hop note, definite clove, perhaps some light banan as well as som grain like notes with a big wheat contribution and some hay-like notes. I like the added herbal and spice note that are not typically found in a Hefeweizen, at least to this level; these notes are well in balance with the other, more typical notes.

The beer is fairly light bodied and it has a spritzy carbonation as it rolls across my tongue. The finish has a spicy hit of clove to it that is definitely traditional. The beer is quite dry, but does have something of a chewy body to it. There is a light tartness here that couples with a bit of pepper in the finish and the wheat character is nice and chewy with a touch of grassiness. This is quite easy to drink; in fact I find my 12oz pour disappearing a bit too quickly. Clove flavors are present here, but the banana character is quite soft. There is a hop character here that contributes to the perceived spiciness of this brew as well as contributing a mildly biting bitterness in the finish. I do like the body of this brew, especially as this warms up a bit, it is fresh and chewy, though it is not quite as good as the decocted, lush, fresh, Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This is on the spicy / herbal side compared to your typically traditional HefeWeizen, but it actually works quite well here and in fact boosts the complexity. The traditional Hefeweizen notes are here, but they are perhaps not as pronounced as when found in a traditional example; luckily the additional character is here, as this would be a bit too muted without the spicy / herbal components. I definitely feel like I need to pick up a couple more of these before I ultimately decide if this one is a go to beer or not.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 19:46:18 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-27-2011 02:38:11 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Impressive near-white, foamy head. Five fingers thick to start--three fingers one minute after the pour--nice. Settles into a rocky look. The beer itself is quite cloudy, providing a white hue in an otherwise yellow liquid.

Sour corn mash aroma with a significant dose of wheat and yeast. No citrus smell that is typical of this style.

Perhaps this is the smoothest hefeweizen I've ever had. No yeast bite; the wheat is present without shouting. Strong flavor of banana (although it's nowhere in the nose). Thicker and less spritzy than many wheat beers (adds to the sweetness). Overall, a very quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 21:47:09 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, long-lasting thick white head with great lace. How a hefe should look.

S: Very traditional, bananas galore, with a bit of Cascade hop mixed in.

T: Good complexity - banana, clove, and bubblegum are all there. Clove tends to come out more in the finish with banana and direct bubblegum esters leading.

M: Smooth, creamy, pleasing to the palate, very nice.

D: This quality stuff right here, much better than the often pallid APWA that we see so often in the summertime. Sierra Nevada just continues to impress, much better than their regular wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 18:01:49 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-22-2013 22:48:33 | More by mendvicdog
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 3,006 ratings.