Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of chickencoop
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A & S - a full golden beer with a white inviting head. Smells banana-ey and sweet, with a hint of cloves.

T & M - taste is clean and fruity banana, very well put together. The mouthfeel is full and very good.

Drinkability - This is a great beer, but then again it's Sierra and they rarely if ever let you down with their beers. This is as good as a Weihenstephan, one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of barrettf
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was as a surprise the first time I ever had it, I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. This hefeweizen is open fermented, like they do in Germany. The flavors and spices are blended very well. This is a great beer to drink in the fall and during the holidays.

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Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a thick white three finger head. Retention is nice, stays around from start to finish and sticks all around the glass. Pretty much what you would expect from a good Hefeweizen. Cloudy orange/yellow color.

The aroma has a light citrus hint to it with a big yeast and bread characteristics.

The flavor is full of wonderful fresh bread and yeast flavor. There is a hint of citrus and mild bitter hop.

Light to medium bodied and finishes refreshing. Hints of yeast linger but nothing over whelming. Very, very, easy to drink.

Enough said, I am happy that I can find such a good American take on a Hefeweizen from a brewery I trust.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy, sunset orange with a massive, four-inch pillowy head. A nice cap of head remains throughout the life of the beer, as does some lacing. This is as pretty a hefe as I've seen.

Aroma is a little floral in nature, and it and the taste are so loaded with orange, banana, bubble gum, and yeast flavor that it's almost meaty. I also found a little grassy note in the finish. On the whole, ranks favorably with some of the best domestic and foreign hefes I've had.

Kellerweis goes down smoothly and is nicely medium-bodied. A little thicker than some imports, which is welcome. Very drinkable, and something I'll reach for even with Live Oak Hefe right in town.

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Photo of gators3369
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-I drank it from the bottle so... i just picked 4 because that would keep the rating in line

S- Banana...very banana then the yeast

T-wonderful beer Banana and yeast...its almost like a banana bread beer when you first drink it. it has a nice bitterness at teh end though

M- light with moderate carbonation


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Photo of Antnego
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving style: bottle, poured into stein.

A: Dark, golden, cloudy as a Winter's day. Nice dirty hef, just like I like 'em.

S: Bananas! Cloves! Yeast!

T: Banana bread. Sweet banana bread with clove notes. Spiciness kicks in at the finish. Well-balanced with malty sweetness and spice.

M: thick, rich, velvety. The suspended yeast really makes this silky!

Overall: MMM Mmmmm!!! A very sessionable beer - my go-to when no good pints are available, it's priced decent, and in a six-pack. Hard to believe this comes from the same brewery as the horrid pale ale. A true winner by a large brewery.

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Photo of DannyS
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a glass beer mug.

A - An absolutely gorgeous cloudy golden amber with a tall, frothy pillow of foam on top with great retention. My mouth is watering just looking at it.

S - Lots of upfront grain and a slight bit of citrus, with less banana phenol/bubblegum than the norm. Still has the clove character, though its main profile is citric and light.

T - Crisp, fresh wheat flows over the palate, joined by the light citrus, with the banana and clove easier to detect when tasting. It differs a fair bit from the other hefes I've had, but it is a great flavor nonetheless.

M - A decent bit of body, peppy carbonation, and lots of smoothing foam make this a joy to feel as it goes down.

D - Despite the modest ABV, this one goes to your head pretty quick. That and its very filling character hold it off from session perfection, but it's still a good choice when downing a few.

Overall - A slight variation on the strict norm of the hefeweizen, but it's such an excellent brew despite that. It's light lemony character adds the perfect touch to the style. This is easily a new addition to my favorites.

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Photo of Brandt
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a nice turbid straw yellow color with a bright white and very stable head

the smell is mostly yeasty with citurs notes and a hint of a spicy clove in the background

the taste was very good for this style of beer with a good strong wheat base and the same clove flavors that show up in the aroma. the other flavors in here are that of banana and another sort of peppery spice that may still be the clove.

this beer finishes nicely with a good med. body and very refreshing citrus aromatic as it goes down. i love this hefe and it is (not surprisingly seeing as its from sierra nevada) a great example of the style.

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Photo of dukew456
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Lazy Magnolia glass

Pours a hazy, opaque golden color with pale gold highlights. Capped by a modest head that doesn't stay very long before becoming a thin cap.

Smell is of banana and clove up front, pretty standard hefe aromas. Nutty and earthy-like scents come out after a bit, giving this the scent of banna nut bread or something thereabouts.

The taste of this beer follows suit, with that familiar spiciness being rounded out by a rich nuttiness that balances everything very nicely. A faint citrusy sensation comes in with the finish.

This beer feels rich on the tongue at first, but finishes crisply. Well balanced.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very cloudy gold with a little orange hint as well. White head that stays for a pretty long time and good lacing.

S: Some kind of fruit, wheaty, but I have a bad nose.

T: Wheaty and some kind of citrus/fruit, not sure what it is though.

M: Not too heavy, good carbonation level, smooth to the tongue.

D: Excellent, goes down smooth, good aftertaste and not too heavy so you can have a lot.

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Photo of natasharai
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy off white head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving almost no lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Ripe banana, light spicy clove, apple, honey, some yeasty dough toward the end.

Taste: Fruity banana and apple, small clove spice, tangy wheat, some yeasty malty flavors, nice citrus/floral hop presence, sweet floral honey. Ends with a crisp refreshing flavor of the fruity flavors combined with the hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a lot of carbonation, strong tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and hops, leaves mouth refreshed.

Overall: Really good hefe, very refreshing. Nice fruit flavors with a small spice. The hops are more prevalent than in most other hefes but not overpowering. Very refreshing beer to enjoy anytime.

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Photo of MadCat
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color, not much head

Smell: Very appealing wheaty smell, with some fruity notes

Taste: Very classic wheaty Hefeweizen taste, with some hints of fruit

Mouthfeel: pretty standard mouthfeel, higher carbonation than average, resulting in a little bit of carbonation sting

Drinkability: Excellent, easy to drink, definitely a goto Hefeweizen for me, no problem drinking a couple of these in a row. Very refreshing.

Overall, very satisfied with this, and hopefully since this is my first review, this is good and helpful.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pretty cloudy light gold colored body. Small white head tops it of for a little while. Nice hefe scent, wheat malt, bit of banana. Pretty solid tasting brew, classic hefe taste. Wheat, with aspects of banana and clove as well. Somewhat acidic on the tongue. Medium bodied. Great beer to have on a nice warm day outside.

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Photo of kegger22
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen was a yellow color with a one finger white head that showed good retention.

The aroma was malty sweet and lightly fruity, banana.

The taste was sweet, pears, bubblegum, but I got no banana out of it.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, smooth, oily and adequately carbonated.

The drinkability was very good; low ABV, good taste and good price.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this brew, not being a fan of hefe's, but it was a pleasure.

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Photo of Da1nonlyBD
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Maybe not thee best hefe I've ever had, but this is a very good representation of the style. I cant really find any faults in it other than maybe I wanted just a hint more of the banana esters, but thats really about it. Wish this was a year round beer. Great job SN.

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Photo of DIM
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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Photo of blackenmn
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a pint glass, stired bid pour:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very hazy yellow, with some definite yeast particles present throughout. Left a nice frothy head which left a very nice lacing. Smelled of sweet, heavy, malty banana and light citrus with some herby bread like aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of spiced banana bread with slight sweet citrus in the back, some earthy hop presence. Nothing harsh or biting, a very gentle beer. Very frothy, smooth feeling brew throughout. Not much ABV in this thing. Left a very sweet coating in the mouth.

Drinkability:Extremely tough to get sick of this thing. Nothing overwhelming in the least. Sweet, fluffy, hazy, drinkable brew. Could throw plenty of these back.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the reviews for this one on BA. I mean the hop heads on BeerAdvocate could actually give a good score to beer below 80 on the IBU scale??? Well...turns out yes this is a good selection. As a connoiseur of the wheat beer varietals this is legit. You've got the typical orange peel coriander dynamic with a little spice. Hoegarden -sque. Up there as one of the best wheat beers on the market.

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Photo of zimm421
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a cloudy golden color with a nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smells slightly of yeast as well as some spiciness. Nothing too strong on the nose, but definitely a pleasant smell. The taste also has some yeast, but also some banana flavors added to the spices. This is very well balanced as it doesn't taste too sweet or too bitter, although there is a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Fairly crisp, and goes down easily. This is a very drinkable beer, goes down smooth and easy and with a lower ABV, it's easy to put a few of these back and not feel much.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy banana yellow with a slight gold tinge. Pours a clean and very white head with lots of lacing at the edges.

Not a very complex smell but simple with bits of clove, wheat and banana yeast dominating the nose.

The banana flavor dominates with hints of wheat and clove. There's also a slight metallic under the main taste that is barely noticeable.

Smooth and lightly carbonated drink.

The best Hefe that I've ever had to date. A very good and refreshing beer for warm and hot days. A beer with a low enough ABV content to enjoy during the day.

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Photo of ssimpson89
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, straw colored, medium lace. Classic look for the style. Banana and clove smell and taste. I usually don't care for this style, but this beer is the gold standard. It's the only hefe I will seek out.

I hate wheat beers, but I love this one. The flavor is like no other and the mouthfeel is like a liquid pillow. I love this beer.

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Photo of fsvan
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled the 168th day of 2011.

A- Murky dark, almost brownish yellow. Thick with yeast. Two fingers white head, which laces nicely. Beautiful looking hefe.

S- This is great smelling hefe. The typical banana smell of a hefe comes through immediately when poured. The clove smell is very present as well. There is a nice underlying spiciness when you get your nose in the glass.

T- The taste is slightly subdued vs. the smell, but not by much. Clove up front, banana on the finish. A wonderful underlying spiciness, that is enough to notice, but not enough to take away from the key players.

M- Light, but creamy. Thick with yeast, but easy drinking. Perfectly carbonated. The 5 is well deserved here.

O- When this beer came out a couple of years ago, I wondered how well SN would do with the style. I shouldn't have, as the boys out there have way more hits than misses. This is an excellent hefe.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very hazy dark yellow-orange, topped with a tall, dense, frothy and rocky off-white head. Retention is very nice, with thick halos of lacing left along the top of the glass.

S: A solid peppery, yeasty twang in the nose. Firm notes of just-ripened banana and clove. Herbal hop notes along with some faint bubblegum aroma.

T: A tart, wheaty snap up front. The banana flavors are quite appealing without dominating completely, allowing spicy flavors of white pepper and clove to shine through. A definite grassy/herbal hop character here. Bitterness is moderately firm for the style, although still light in the grand scheme of things. Slight hints of bubblegum and mild citric tartness.

M: Slightly full-bodied, with moderately lively carbonation lending a measured soft creaminess overall. Some dryness into the finish. Refreshing, to say the least.

D: I'm very impressed with this hefeweizen. This is definitely the best widely-distributed American hefe I've tasted thus far. Drinkability is nearly ideal - certainly hits the spot on a muggy evening like tonight. Will definitely be drinking again in the future.

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Photo of riored4v
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass. 2 finger, fluffy white head. Creamy orange colored body that is very hazy. Lots of carbonation is seen on the edges of the glass.

Smell is very nice. Good amount of banana, cloves, wheat and estery aromas. Very crisp.

Taste has some nice hints of cloves and good amount of banana. Nice amount of estery flavors as well. Nice crisp finish leaves you with a very very mild bitter finish. Good amount of wheat. Overall this has a great balance to it.

Mouthfeel is superb. Very light, highly carbonated. Has a nice slick body while having a dry finish.

Drinkability is VERY good. Great balance of flavors with a very clean finish that leaves you wanting more.

Overall, to me, this is one of, if not the best American made Hefe's i've had. Makes for an amazing summer beer.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 3,996 ratings.
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