Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,312
Hads: 3,730
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 240
Gots: 530 | 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 Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (1,870 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.24/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from above the glass an inch or less gave this a medium to big white head above a slightly cloudy golden colored beer.
The head slowly fades into a pretty decent lacing on this light bodied hefeweizen.

Light sour lemon and other citrus fruits, and grains aroma that transfers exactly to the taste.

This beer had a light lemony dry aftertaste. (351 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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! (555 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney Rainforest Cafe thimble glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are high given its current rating, but I am suspicious of Sierra Nevada as a brewery. Not paired with food.

Poured per the label's instructions: poured two thirds, swirled, and then poured the rest. (I assumed the glass was to be swirled, not the bottle).

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a murky hazy light burnt orange. It's pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen. No unique elements here, and nothing sticks out or impresses me.

Sm: Yeast, faded orange peel, and some lemon citrus ester hops. A light to mild strength aroma. It's clean rather than dirty like some hefeweizens (a good sign).

T: Wheat as the foundation, with light orange peel on the climax and in the third act. Some clove, mainly on the climax. Light banana throughout. No yeast really comes through, a shame. It's well balanced for a hefeweizen, but lacks any inventive boldness or unique element. Built well, but plays it safe and is a bit boring as a result. I enjoy it and it's certainly pleasant and refreshing, but it lacks that something extra I expect from a great hefeweizen.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours well. Some coarseness in the third act to coax out the flavours more. Not too thick nor too thin. Unlike many hefeweizens, it's not too sharp or overcarbonated going down. Quite well executed for the style. Impressive.

Dr: Very drinkable, but most beers in the style are, and this one doesn't particularly set itself apart. It's a quality hefeweizen and I'd certainly have it again, especially on draught. A lovely little hefeweizen.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 8/25/2011. Pours a nice and hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty lacign on the glass; and some nice fine carbonation is streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, lemon peel, pepper, bread, wheat, and yeast spices. Fantastic and classic hefeweizen aromas here with great balance. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, wheat, yeast spices, lemon, and some breadiness. Lingering notes of yeast spices, bread, clove, and banana on the finish for a bit. A hair on the watery side, but still has a very nice flavor profile. Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. A very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable. Alcohol is hardly even present as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced hefeweizen. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and widely available at your local grocery store beer aisle. Definitely something I will keep in mind next time I want a tasty session beer at a good price. (1,102 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (760 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Peroni glass, this beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with a rather short-lived white head. Banana and clove in the nose, but not as pronounced as some Bavarian versions. More ripe banana in the fruity flavor.

M: light body; near medium carbonation.

O: perhaps the first SN beer I don't want to have again. Not bad and true to style, but an average version of a style I don't usually care for.

(light revision with 2013 bottle in Sept. 2013). (456 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium yellow in color with some notes of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of banana, clover, and bubble gum in this beer and there is just a hint of the yeast as well. The smells are spot on for the style but lack a little in intensity.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is not quite as intense as I would have liked but the proper flavors are in the taste. There are notes of banana, lemon/citrus, and clove with the clove/spice being more intense than in the smell.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing - this would be a great thirst quencher on a real hot summer afternoon. I could easily put several of these down in a session and would suggest making this a regular summer cook-out beer. (1,059 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head on top. Retention wasn't great and minimal lacing.

S: A lot of the standard hefe aromas - banana, spices (mostly clove), some wheat, and a little bit of a floral hop aroma.

T: Bananas and cloves right away with some bread/dought malt on the back end. Has a slight sweetness as well.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp with a slightly dry finish.

O: A solid hefe, a great example of the style. (486 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Town Hall Weizen glass.

Color is a hazy pale golden yellow. Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice retention leaving some splattered lace.

Aroma: typical hefe aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange peel, lemon zest, wheat. Not to bad.

Taste: Big banana and clove taste with some mixed spices. Nice fruit flavors with orange peel and lemon zest. Very similar to the aroma. Wheat of course. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: crisp and smooth. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry fruit and clove aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good representation of the style. It is nothing above and beyond, but at the price it cost, I don't mind having it around all the time. A good beer at a good price. (733 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -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. (496 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a bit of clouded appearance. 3/4 inch creamy head and some light lacing left afterwards.

Smell- Traditional notes of heavy clove, banana and a bit of bubble gum. Smells the part.

Taste- Quite a flavorful hefe. Lots of banana and lots of clove. Flavors are not lacking here. Bubble gum comes into play and is lasting. Intense flavors at times.

Mouthfeel- Wow, this is damn smooth and quite creamy. A lower carbonation level. Almost seems heavy, but it's not.

Drinkability- Quite impressive! Great flavors and tremendous mouthfeel. Winner winner chicken dinner! (741 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 (2,080 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,182 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a thin lacing of head. Smells of bananas and faint spices with a little wheat and yeast notes as well. Taste is much like the nose; banana and clove up front with wheat and yeast in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good deal of carbonation.

I generally find hefeweizens to be unimpressive. This is one I will drink. (359 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 3" head that lasts forever. Nice lace develops in my hefeweizen glass.

Smell: banana, wheat, and some yeast spice easily rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: mildy grainy wheat base with some banana, clove, and a nice yeast spiciness. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long and dry as the flavors hang in the mouth.

Drinkability: simply superb. After my third bottle it was hard to end the session. A very enjoyable beer from SN. (606 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness info, especially a shame for a beer of this style that's so much better fresh...Pours super cloudy darker apricot amber, under a long lasting, soft and tiny bubble khaki head. Ample thick lace sticking to the glass. A load of bananas dominates the sniff, also orange glints picked up. Yummy hefe, full flavor, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Notes of more bananas, frash bread dough, subtle nutty yeast notes. add it all together and this is instantly a possible "go to" summer/any time of year choice. Hope this will be a regular part of the available everywhere SN line. (602 characters)

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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