Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,027 Ratings
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 crazyfoMostout
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Commandophile
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of donniecuffs
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Hazy gold, not much of a head, no carbonation, and little lacing. The smell was of the typical Sierra citrus and pine variety, but it also revealed some clove, banana, and biscuit. The flavor confirmed this, but the breadiness was much more evident. Not as fruity and spicy as one would expect from a hefeweizen, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A good 2 inches of head that faded in a reasonable amount of time. Strong smells of clove,yeast and bananas. Yeast biscuit-like flavors are strongest. Lighter lemon, banana, and spices like clove and some minor pepper flavors poke through. Mouth feel is very light and watery. Drinkability is high and this is a very refreshing brew. This is probably the best Hefeweizen I have had, I enjoyed it the most.

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Photo of Taologic
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smith_s4765
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good banana notes. Solid flavor.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- very pale yellow. Extremely cloudy. Poured a white head that retained decently

S- lemony, bready. Slight coriander smell

T- standard hefe taste to start, but with a banana-like finish. Very smooth and pleasing. Not overpowering

M- Decently thick and heavy; ends with a nice creaminess

D- Easy to drink. Suitable for both aficianados and part timers that like hefes

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light orange color w/ a nice one finger off white head, which lingers for a bit. Bits of yeast in the bottom float on top of the head. Very cloudy looking beer that looks the part for the style.

S- Wheat, malt, yeast, clove, banana. Fairly well balanced as well- a fine example of the style.

T- Same profile as the nose, with the wheat, malt, and yeast being in the front, banana and clove fade a little. Nice citrus aftertaste as well. This is a really good hefeweizen, just not quite good enough to bump it up a notch.

M- Silky yes... Smooth, not as much. The hops and citrus have too much of an influence for that. That's OK though, it's right on par for the style. Fairly big body for a hefeweizen as well.

O- This is a nice brew for the style- recommended. I've had better hefeweizens, but a solid effort by Sierra Nevada. Cheers!

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Photo of andyjeigh
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of callmescraps
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought for the lady friend, yet consumed by self.

Appearance - Hay colored, cloudy on the pour. Two inches of nice foamy head sticks around for awhile. Laces nicely.

Smell - Nice spice. Cloves, a hint of that banana. Sort of banana bread like. Also some orange peel. Quite nice. Hint of mustiness, in a good way.

Taste - Light and crisp. Definitely some lemon and citrus. That spice not comes through as well. Some biscuit hiding back there. A little sweet on the follow.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down pretty smooth, but the sweetness on the follow makes it hard to consider having too many. I'll drink one easily, and maybe a second. But I'll pass on the third, thanks.

This is another very solid offering from SN. Certainly a nice summer bev. Definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glinnebur
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfishandi
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into hefe glass. pours extremely cloudy, opaque cloudy, yellow straw color. huge creamy white head with great retention. good lacing as while.

in the aroma you get that traditional hefe yeast, banana, clove, bubblegum. citrus, sweet, wheaty malt.

in the taste you get a lot of clove, bubblegum, bannana, citrus, orange, some sweet malts, all over balanced typical hefe.

light mouthfeel, great creamy refreshing mouthfeel. velvety as said on the bottle. great drinkability for the summer. nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass opague orange with a thick white head. Minimal lacing, but the head lasts all the way down the glass. I'm affraid my nose isn't working this month, but scent isn't too terribly strong. From what I can tell there's a good amount of orange peel scents. The taste backs that up with orange taste that flows into a yeast/bread flavor. The mouthfeel makes this a very drinkable hefe, one of the better session hefe's out there.

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Photo of ajwii33
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured light yellow and rather cloudy in appearance into a weizen glass. It had a thick white head and good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of clove, bubble gum and yeast in the nose, which also is a bit sour.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of bananas and lemon. The clove flavors really stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied and very bubbly on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and quenches your thirst.

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Photo of Stableatbest
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tylertut
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an update of my original review. I must have gotten a bad bottle before as this is quite a delicious brew, which I have enjoyed all summer this year.

The pour yields a finger of white head. Retention is meh, but nice lacing clings to the glass. With the yeast swirled in, the brew is very hazy and golden colored. It fails to rise above the style, but it looks fine.

The smell is crisp and clean and fruity with a hint of yeastiness. It's uneventful, but inoffensive.

The taste is great. It's not the best of hefeweizens, but it is solid. Banana is top dog. A little bit of bubble gum manifests on the tongue. Clove is minimal in the flavor profile. Hop bitterness is also minimal but there is a nice wheat bite. It is a solid hefe, made all the sweeter by the great price and availability.

The mouthfeel is more than sufficient for a hefeweizen. It's a bit creamy, while still maintaining the sharp level of carbonation that is prevalent in the style. Despite the creaminess it remains crisp.

It is a shame that my first impression of this beer was the bad bottle that I initially sampled. Every other bottle that I have since sampled has been a joy to drink. It is tasty, inexpensive, readily available and utterly drinkable. There is not a weak beer in the Sierra Nevada lineup.


[original review]

12 ounce Sierra Nevada Kellerweis poured into a pint glass. I picked this up today at the local Save-A-Lot but if I'm reading this cryptic freshness date correctly (014511042) then this was bottled on 5/25. I hope I'm wrong since that was more than six months ago. A frothy two-finger tall head tops this hazy beauty. It's a very cloudy golden wheat colored beer. It smells yeasty with a sharp orange-like citrus scent cutting through the mix. There also a vague metallic scent in there somewhere. The flavor comes off as plastic and cardboard. Carbonation is sharp and isn't helping this beer at all. I'm thinking this is in fact an old bottle. There's the mild notion of banana esters but no real clove to speak of. The beer finishes wheaty which becomes the holding pattern for the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is not terribly pleasant either. Fizzy carbonation detracts from what looks to be a healthy malt profile. It's not light enough to be refreshing and not heavy enough to be satisfying. Drinkability is aided by the relatively low 4.8% alcohol but I really don't want to drink another of these. I'm seriously hoping this was just an old bottle that was past its prime. As it stands, this is a disappointment. I'm going to seek out a fresh bottle of Kellerweis and if it's significantly different then I will modify this review.

Appearance: 4.0
Smell: 4.0
Taste: 3.0
Mouthfeel: 2.0
Drinkability: 2.0
OVERALL: 2.95 [C]


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
If this is how Kellerweis is supposed to taste then I don't give a Schlitz about it.

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Photo of EConnOG
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lolli1315
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy yellowish orange color that is familiar with hefeweizens. Great head and nice retention.

S- Very yeasty and bread like. Getting some smell of cloves, but the yeast smell is almost a little overpowering in this beer.

T- Clove, banana, yeast flavors that I love in a hefe. Only problem is that they are not as strong as compared to some great German hefes. Certainly not bad at all as you can see by my rating, but would like a little more boldness in the flavor.

M- Nice thin mouthfeel making this beer great for relaxing on a hot day.

D- I would find it hard for someone to complain finishing this beer. Would also be easy to go back for a second.

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Photo of bigred89
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck89
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just revisited out of the bottle, but I know how beautiful it is in a Weizen glass. . Nice banana and floral aroma with some citrus and orange. Tastes just like the nose with ever-changing esters, banana, orange and a hint of malt. Finish is clean with moderate carbonation. A great drink on a hot day like today.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,027 ratings.
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