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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,370 | Ratings: 3,987
Photo of FickleBeast
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured as instructed into a DFH snifter. Last third of the bottle is swirled to rouse the yeast

A - Orange and cloudy, with a finger and a half of pillowy foam. Dissipates fairly quickly

S - Banana, spicy phenolic nose. This is certainly a hefe

T - Banana bomb. Yeast smacks you in the tongue. Wheat malt rounds out the beer nicely.

M - High amount of carbonation tickles the tongue. No bitterness to speak of, just a spicy banana flavor

D - Very drinkable, if you are in the mood for a hefe. Would be great on a hot day.

Very good for the style, but not my favorite style of beer. I'd be interested to see how this tastes with <gasp!>... a lemon.

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Photo of jmarklan
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautiful, cloudy golden. Fluffy white head leaves good lacing too.

S: Slight funk, wheat, and clove. Pretty clean aroma.

T: Subtle flavors of wheat, banana, and clove, also a mineral like taste in the finish.

M: Thin, well carbonated and refreshing. Goes down quick.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of hefeweizens, but this is pretty good and a great example of the style

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - GOod cloudy yellow body, small bubbles, big frothy white head with good retention.

S - vanilla and lemon, but some funky hops or something. Not a good balance, but good elements of the style.

T - Light and crisp, light citrus and malt and a touch of vanilla. A good dryness, and the funk from the nose isnt here.

M - Very light and thin. Maybe too light and thin...

D - It's not that great, but it's pretty good and easy to drink.

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Photo of J0E
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice yellow/cloudy amber with a nice big white head on it.

S &T: A sweet and fruity smell which becomes more elaborate upon sipping. Banana and cloves, like you'd expect from a Hefeweizen. A big wheaty body with some trace amounts of citrus in both the nose and taste.

M: High carbonation makes it feel almost fluffy. Again, what I'd expect from the style

O: Maybe the best american version of a hefeweissen I've had. Always a good summer choice. Even tastes good out of the bottle at a barbecue. And for the price, (8.99 a 6pk for me) this is a winner for sure.

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Photo of thryn
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass. Extremely cloudy. Honey-colored. Giant, frothy, rocky head that leaves beautiful white lace as it recedes.

Aroma is pretty typical hefeweizen: banana and clove, with a bit of citrus; but there's also a slight floral hop character.

A very nice balanced hefe. Ton of banana, orangey citrus and clovey spice, and a bit of that same floral hop character I noted in the nose. It's quite good.

Slightly heavy velvety body, smooth but notable carbonation.

It's almost a perfect summer beer, but just a bit too heavy. Good hefe, without question.

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Photo of ntatum
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely golden wheat color with some cloudiness, all expected from a hefe.

Taste smells of banana and cloves. For some reason I've never been a big fan of the hefe smells so much as i like the taste.

Taste comes through as bananas and clove with a touch of wheatiness (it could use some more of that wheatiness to balance it out.)

Mouthfeel is effervescent and very refreshing. I'm really going to give this one a second go when it gets warmer.

Overall a good beer but not knock your socks off good. It seems to be missing a citrus element that would make it better for me. I could add a lemon wedge but I hate to ruin a good beer. I may have to pick up some more and do some research.

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Photo of hu5om
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into Tremens Tulip
a-lovely golden yellow. cloudy. 1 finger of white fine foam.

s-yeast, cloves, banana, vaguely tropical?

t-cloves, banana, yeast, grain. very light grain aftertaste. a bit spicier than i expected, a bit of a saison vibe.

m-a bit thin, but creamy. fairly abrupt ending and very light on the palate

d-SN rarely dissappoints me. good, not great. i'll stick with Dancing Man Wheat for now, but glad I finally reviewed this one.

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Photo of Mit
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a Hazy orangy gold with a rapidly dissipating head.

s Spicey like a Wheat should be. Banana flavours present.

t banana, coriander/clove notes with a slight hop bitterness rounding it out.

m lighter mouthfeel as one might expect with a wheat beer(or I have found). Very typical of the style.

d Very drinkable...I will have to remember to pick this up in the spring/summer rather than the fall..LOL

Overall I found the beer to be a very classical wheat beer. I guess I was expecting more of a Sierra Nevada spin on it but that is a very minor point.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 350ml bottle I picked up from a local off-licence; they were selling these cheap so I thought I'd try some decent Californian beer (I'm a fan of their pale ale). Has a best-before date of 8/12/10, which is presumably why they were on sale for so little. Hopefully the quality will be unaffected as long as it's been stored properly. Bottle has the usual Sierra Nevada picture on the front. Some info about the beer is found on the label around the bottle neck.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass; I decanted about 2/3 of the contents then swirled the remainder to resuspend the yeast before adding it to the glass. Plenty of foam from the bottle towards the end. Colour was a translucent light golden-brown. Low carbonation, but the agitation produced a large foamy head which subsided slowly. Distinctly yeasty odour with slight sourness - some banana and spice notes.

Flavour is yeasty and somewhat sour, but refreshing. Tasty malt, but little in the way of hops. Makes you think of natural yoghurt. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, as well as lightly astringent. Rather nice.

A good hefe - one to sample now and again. Worth trying if unfiltered wheat beers appeal to you.

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Photo of thedrewski86
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Nice hazy golden color, 1/2" white head with some lacing. Nice banana and clove smell just like the bottle says. The yeast is very nice in the taste of this, it's a really good summer hefe. Good carbonation, medium body. Very nice.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy brass colored body. There was not much for head or lace. What lace that was present would be spread out. It has clove and banana like smell. The flavor is good, a little more bitter than most German variants but it is Sierra and it is what they are known for. There is some bubble gum and heavy clove esters to the taste. The aftertaste is a bit metallic and banana like. The mouthfeel is medium with a lot of carbonation burn which was odd because it did not have much head.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger of fizzy head that quickly fades leaving behind sparse film and very little lacing.

S: Sort of faint, but I can tell banana and cloves are there.

T: I'm not the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this is nice. To me, it's almost like a Belgian take on a classic German style. Bananas, yeast, cloves, pales malts. Clean and crisp.

M: This has a decent mouthfeel to it. Carbonation burns the tongue a bit and provides a bite.

O: Again, hefeweizen isn't my favorite style, but I like this. I couldn't see myself drinking many of these before wanting to move on to something else, but if handed this by a friend, I'd gladly drink it.

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Photo of cleeze
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored and hazy golden hue with a nice frothy head and decent lacing.

fruity notes on the nose bannana and entices you with ester filled aromas.

Mild, tart wheat and lemony notes followed by some lucious bannana up in the mix. Little bit up hoppiness in the finish. Very pleasant.

Chewy, creamy, and rich mouthfeel.

With the low abv this makes a perfect session beer and a tasty one at that.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thisbrew pours with moderate head with average retention. No lacings. Color is a nice hazy honey. Not bad.

Smell: Aroma is soft. Banana and bread. Perhaps some very minor clove.

Taste: Flavor is a little more authoritative in presence than the aroma. Interesting flavor transitions during curve progression. Initial flavor has a little acidic bite. Followed by malt and banana. Sustain is rather clean with some bread notes. Interesting combination & transition of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Clean on the tongue and palate. Little to no aftertaste. No cloying sweetness. Very well accomplished.

Drinkability: Light and airy. The sweetness is not cloying. Enjoyable. An excellent drink on a hot day by the pool.


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Photo of Briken
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kellerweis pours a hazy ochre with a good off white head. Aromas of yeast and spice are very strong. Taste is a complex array of yeast, spices, light clove, orange peel and a slightly tangy sour lemon in the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is slightly thin watery feel at first and a highly carbonated and foamy finish.

This is a great tasting hefeweizen. It's complex in taste but the sharp carbonation is very distracting when I would like a more bready feeling. It's refreshing to drink but I don't think more than two on a hot day and one any other time.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a tremendous fan of hefeweizens, but this Sierra Nevada offering is very good. The appearance is light, cloudy yellow with a sligh foamy head. Not much lacing is left along the glass as you finish this off. The smell is very good -- citrusy with a mix of banana and cloves. The taste is also very good -- a crisp shot of citrus is the overwhelming quality. Overall, a solid hefeweizen, but I don't think one of the best out there (that might belong to Pyramid).

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Photo of voraciousalky
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kellerweis surprised me. It was highly drinkable - by far my favorite of the Sierra Nevada brews I've tried. I'm not so wild about the rest of their regular lineup. Those beers usually get good reviews here at BA, but I couldn't make myself like them, always because of the overwhelming hop presence. Since Kellerweis bucks that rule, I find it far more palatable. It's a nice diversion from the macros I drink on a regular basis.

The label was correct: this beer does have a hint of banana flavor.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: A glowing hazy gold, with a sticky luxuriant head. A light bubble presence within the unfiltered body. Light lacing drifts slowly down the sides.

S: Far-off wheaty yeastiness, supported by spicy cloves and the faintest whiff of banana.

T: Wonderfully smooth. No trace of spiciness; even the carbonation is subdued. Otherwise, much like a typical hefeweizen -- banana is more noticeable here. Aftertaste is similarly smooth and quenching.

M: Excellent. As I just said, smooth and quenching. Carbonation is downplayed. I could drink this all day.

D: Topnotch. As wheat beers go, it's not very outstanding, but it's overall character is bewitching, and its sheer palatability is peerless.

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Photo of malty
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Force poured into a 20 oz. nonic pint glass. Please forgive me for noy using a proper Hefe glass, as I noprmally would if they al weren't dirty and I'm too lazy right now).

I could have poured this into a Mason jar and still gave it high marks. Perfect 2 1/2" thick, foamy bright white head sits atop a hazy, cloudy glowing yellow golden liquid. Looks about perfect, really. Sliding rings and lines of lace sporadically down the glass.

Yeasty esters are apparent, but the usual suspects, (clove, banana, bubble gum & lemon zest) seem a bit muted. I do get a nice fresh wheat husk scent that is quite earthy and just a tad skunky (in a good way).

Here's where the rubber hits the road... The flavor translates perfectly from what the nose gave out. Just read above and you'll see what I'm talking about. There is a little more lemon sourness as I take a few big quaffs (the only way to drink a wheat bear IMHO). There's that 'yard' flavor that sits between skunky and farmy. Good, just not what I'd expect in a Hefeweissen.

Mouthfeel is fluffy, perfectly carbonated and halfway between light-med. The finish is clean with a lilttle yeasty coating.

Drinkability is quite good. I'd offer this as a gateway beer to Bavarian Hefes.

Overall it's quite a looker. Unfortunately my palate has been finely tuned (and spoiled) by the likes of Weihenstepahaner, Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Michael Plank, New Glarus, etc. So I've got the snobbiest threshold for true Hefeweissens. The texture is spot-on and it feels quite good. The smell & flavor are a bit one-dimensional, but are very good in a 'standard' kind of way. I would not turn one of these done, but I'd reach for one of the aforemention German counterparts (except new Glarus) if I had the choice. I definitely would like to try this on tap to see if it shines a bit more though.

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Photo of gr0g
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy, straw colored, good head retention and better lacing characteristics than some imported hefes. Yeasty, phenolic aroma - well defined but not terribly engaging. Starts out quite chalky, then the other components come out. Clove first, then a bubblegum finish.

Flavor features a light malt backbone with a healthy dose of phenols. A bit lacking in the fruity, estery department - there's a banana note that's all too fleeting. Segues right to a light, crisp, pale malt base. Mouthfeel works well as there's a smooth, silky texture while still being well carbonated.

Hefe fans should keep an eye out for this as it's a solid, traditional interpretation of the style and likely to be fresher than imports on the shelves.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy hazy yellow-orange color with a one finger head which lasts for a few minuets. Very thin lacing on the glass. Low carbonation.

The smell is thick with yeast, wheat, bananas and bread.

The taste is heavy on bananas and wheat. The cloves come through as do some peppery tasting hops on the backend.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin and creamy, the peppery hops stay on the tounge after swallowing.

Overall I have had better spiced wheat beers with more spice and more complex flavors but I would put this in my top ten and maybe even my top five.

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Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, dark yellow color with a large white head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is not that strong but it consists of typical hefe aromas of bananas and cloves. Nothing spectacular about the flavor. Mild bubblegum, banana, and clove flavors. A little sweeter than a lot of hefes I have had recently. The body is very underwhelming. Even for a low ABV session ale, I expect more then this watery texture. Adequate carbonation for the style. I was underwhelmed by this beer. After drinking a lot of some locally produced hefes, this just does not compete with them.

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Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A & S: yeasty, “clovey”, a bit of citrus. The color of the beer is super light yellow but cloudy. Pretty pure white head that pours a fingernail of fizzy head and dies soon after to almost nothing. Just specks of lacing not much going on.

T & M: the taste is good I just don’t like the mouth-feel as much. So I would put the taste on the low end of a 4 and then the mouth-feel on the low end of a 3.5. Right away you get hit with a ton of banana taste. Other then that pretty similar to the nose: yeasty, clovey, and citrus. Low bodied, high carbonation.

O: I like it, my gf liked it more then me, but I would recommend it, at least as a single bottle

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Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a DFH IPA glass (figured it’d be a good complement to this style of beer, actually). Bottling date of February 11, 2013 printed in grey ink with a Julian variant on the shoulder of the bottle (“3050119:20”). So, two and half months old or so.

Appearance (3.75): The head pours to a thick finger of tight, fine, cream-colored foam that dies down slowly; the head caps a nearly opaque, yellowish-amber body. Sure as hell looks like a hefe. Good retention, leaving a centimeter cap for a while after the pour, but the lacing is modest at best: just a couple of suds here and there.

Smell (4.25): Nicely balanced, warm clove and ripe, sweet banana—bit of a spicy, dried straw scent in there too, a little dusty and warm. Lovely. That clove really is the most prominent note but it’s nicely countered and balanced with the weight of the banana sweetness and airy, dusty straw aroma.

Taste (3.5): It’s like a drier, more subtle version of the nose: light banana sweetness underlies a chalky, clove-driven yeast spiciness with a peppery finish. Hops are (expectedly) very subtle, and fittingly grassy in flavor with a mild bitterness. There’s more of the dusty straw character going on here than in the nose. Overall it seems somewhat light, but not in a bad way—just light and easy-going.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The feel is quite good: the body is thick-ish but light-weight, with that chalky yeast character carrying over to the feel. The carbonation is lightly tingly and fully distributed, foaming automatically but not aggressively. Finishes just a touch on the dry side.

Overall (3.75): It’s good, it’s enjoyable, it didn’t wow me. Some people have noted that it isn’t like an authentic, German hefe, and while my experience with the style is relatively limited I’d say that’s probably a fair conclusion. The fruity esters were not nearly as thick or juicy as I would expect from a good hefe (though the nose was quite good), which I was really looking for. But still, it’s a light, easy-drinking, domestic hefe at a good price. Can’t complain about that.

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Photo of jjh19
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle an opaque hazy golden color. Decent head. I took the label's advice and poured 2/3, swirled the bottle, and poured the rest. Solid presentation.

Smell: Distinct hef tanginess in the nose.

Taste: The tangy nose carried over to the taste. There's a refreshing crispness that borders on a tinny taste. But it doesn't go over the line. Probably stays further from the line on draft.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation levels were noteworthy with the very tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: Not as complex as some other Hefs I've had (despite what the label says) but the Kellerweis is a solid, straight forward representation of the style. I'd have no problems recommending this to a friend that enjoys a better than average Hefeweizen.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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