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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,770 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2770
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)
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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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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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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:21:40 | More by Gavage
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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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mactrail

California

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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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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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a cloudy yellow with a little white head. Nose is banana , clove. Taste is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than I would have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana, pretty effervescent and a lot of wheat. It was good overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 01:46:20 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Picked up a case from Shangy's in Emmaus for about $28. Man, this beer is for real. Pours a hazy light amber with a tall white head a good lacing. The aroma is a spicy mix of vanilla, banana bread, and clove. The flavor follows that up with a dry, mineral undertone with sweet cracked wheat malts, banana, and a touch of white pepper. Very tasty and very drinkable. It reminds me of a cross between Paulaner and Schnieder. Heck of a beer from the folks in Chico.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 22:46:00 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

B

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:08:04 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Brass Rail deli. Served in a snifter glass.

A: The weissbier is a hazy golden yellow color, semi-translucent, light enough to see shadows on the other side of the glass. A full white head of nearly two fingers has left trails of lace around the mouth of the snifter.

S: The aroma is surprisingly weissbier-like, creamy and light with a heavy accent on clove and banana fragrances. The aromas are full, a damned nice sniffer.

T: The flavor is full, a weissbier that lives up to its name. Wheat starts things off with am airy presence, light and tart, before handing off to the yeast. Banana and clove really shine through, leaving a full flavor that is content to sit on the palate. The banana, particularly, is a nice taste that refuses to leave. This beer proudly carries the hefeweizen mantle, one of the better in the U.S.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, laden with fruit and yeast flavors that don't shy away. Where most American wheat ales fall short, this one hits a home run.

D: A very nice hefe that doesn't skimp on the flavors. I'd love to see more American pale wheat ales resemble this.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 13:45:30 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 22:54:33 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a solid hazy orange body with a slight brown hue to it making it to murky to see any carbonation except for a few tiny bubbles sticking to the glass. The head is a creamy off white that soon turns rocky and last for a good bit.

S- There is a slight septic aroma that is like damp leaves that has a faint fresh tomato quality to it. The finish is a green herbal pine hop aroma that balances the other smells nicely.

T- The soft chalky note leads to a yeasty lemon hint that has a light spring water taste. The finish is a soft green tart hop flavor that has more hop characteristics as the beer warms but still stays soft.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a very soft fizz finish.

D- This beer has qualities of spring creek water and soft yeast and hop notes that support those flavors. The flavor is very interesting and remind me exactly of my grandparents of farmstead in the fall. The flavors are not but have some great character.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 15:25:08 | More by rhoadsrage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Wonderful that there is now a steady supply of Sierra Nevada beers making their way to Australian shores.

Pours a suitably cloudy and light-coloured yellow, with a fine, but rather effete head of white. Lacing is patchy, but looks like the classic examples. The head is a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is crisp and clean, with some lingering underripe banana characters. The acidity of the wheat is very present here, giving a tone I associate more the the American wheat ale, than the bursting and redolent esters fo the German examples. Still, pretty good nose.

Taste is where this takes off. Clean, smooth and wheaty with slight weizen-yeast tones on the finish. Clear palate, excruciatingly refreshing and with just enough of that light touch of acidity to prove that you need no slice of orange with it. Very refreshing and very clean, and almost indistinguishable from one of the best German examples.

A great American beer, brewed amazingly close to style. Apart from the lack of oomph on the nose, I'm sure the Germans would very happily claim this as one of their own. Crackingly refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:07:44 | More by lacqueredmouse
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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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Zorro

California

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

Cloudy golden colored beer with a good sized white head.

Smells strongly of banana and clove in about equal proportions. Sweet wheat malt and hints of fruity and other spicy scents. Complex Hefeweizen.

Starts out mild and spicy with a lighter banana flavor than the scent and a distinct soda cracker aftertaste. Flavors intensify as you drink this. Good banana flavor and it is a bit stronger than the clove.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty hefe made in the USA, about damn time. Much better than the SN Wheat beer and a good match for German Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:55:58 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some nice spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but I've had way better.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:13:07 | More by Wasatch
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DoubleJ

California

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

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 04:08:01 | More by DoubleJ
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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Banana-peel body and pearl white head - I couldn't have drawn it up any better myself. The prototypical haze is in true form and a plenitude of bubbles, along with a bright glare, further hinders one's ability to see through to the other side. This heap of bubbles leads to a slew of fluffy capping and a rococo-style lacing. The appearance perfectly matches the profile of a classic German hefeweizen. But how does the rest of it fare?

Exceptionally well if this aroma is any indication. The characteristic candy-like bubble gum attribute is foremost, outweighing grainy wheat, banana, lemon, and clove in that order. The malt is unusually pronounced as the zest and spiciness seem considerably scaled back. That said, there is no shortage of vibrant seasoning.

The wheat is present on every taste, the bubble-gum and citrus and clove seem to rotate. A considerably lush note of vanilla, seemingly unnoticed in the aroma, is greatly appreciated in the flavour. Banana is definitely the most consistent taste although the beer's graininess prevents it from ever becoming all that fruity.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite have the same effect on the palate as the style's all-time best. The dryness and creamy texture are met but the carbonation could use a teeny lift; the tongue demands a little more prickling and zestiness to feel fully quenched. The relative lack of phenols is sorely missed and a little spritz of acidity would also do wonders.

Sierra Nevada does superb renditions of most all of the time-honored beer styles. They were among the first and are still among the best to do so. I'm glad they introduced a hefeweizen to replace their retired wheat beer; it turned out to be near flawless. As can be said for so many of their other offerings, this is an exemplary prototype for all the other brewers out there looking to duplicate old world classics.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 00:32:54 | More by biegaman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at TJsEveryday this past Saturday.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with the prototypical banana, light clove and underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose completely, and the beer has a definite light, sweet, banana flavor to it. Mouthfeel is pretty light (as one would expect) and drinkability is very good.

A very nice, easy to enjoy wheat beer from SN. Hope this is readily available here on the East Coast, as this would make an exceptional beer to sip through the warm summer months. Very nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2009 13:16:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters and light honey aroma.

The taste was likewise ester laden with banana and clove spice and an earthy, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior domestic rendition.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:50:38 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy dark golden, almost orange throughout, very thick slightly off white head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass, good lacing. Smell is nice, very nice banana notes, very fresh and fruity, pineapple, tropical, wheat, sugary sweetness, yeast, a bit spicy, some cloves but tending towards banana. Taste is similar, lots of banana and tropical fruit, sweet middle, caramel and honey, biscuits, corn syrup, more banana, wheat and a bit yeasty, pretty sweet finish, more banana and tropical fruit juice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Maybe a bit heavy but a nice weiss.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 02:08:37 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Great hazy yellow appearance, big ol head. Great aroma, banana, cloves.

Taste, a little more banana, clove, great wheat grittiness, throw in some lemon, maybe even a little orange. Sweetness is also hefty. Very smooth. Mellows downbottle. Very drinkable. Nothing like the typical SN beers, with the big hop character.

Great price for one of, if not the best wheat style beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 19:53:10 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.