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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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1,370 Reviews
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierra-nevada.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,370
Ratings:
3,988
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
Wants:
318
Gots:
701
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,370 | Ratings: 3,988
Photo of angrybabboon
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/12/16

A: Bright yellow gold - crystal clear - pours with a medium-large, bright white head, fades to a nearly solid cap and a medium collar, leaves streaks of lacing

S: German hefe yeast and wheat - interesting yeasty aromas, including ripe banana, bubblegum, phenols, pepper, and some clove - pale malts and light bread - wheaty, like a box of cereal - some earthiness

T: Simple in a very good way - yeasty flavors, with some straight-up yeast, banana, bubblegum, and black pepper - some light fruitiness and hint of citrus - nice malt base, with some pale malts, pale grains, light bread, wheat, and whole-wheat bread - minimal bitterness - finishes dry and clean

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean finish

O: I recently offended myself when I discovered I never reviewed this beer

Seriously. I've had Kellerweis on more than one occasion. It's an easy-drinking hefe that also stays true to its roots. Kellerweis is not the first thing I think of when I think Sierra Nevada, but they do a good job on the style, just as they do with just about every style in existence.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a very small bright white head. Retention and lacing are both next to none. Smell is crackery malt, with some spices and a hint of banana. Taste is similar, but much more pronounced. The banana and clove really come through much stronger and the malt takes a back seat. Feel is light, crisp and very refreshing. Carbonation is perfect. Overall a very good beer. Sometimes the clove flavor can be too much for me in hefeweizens, but this is spot on.

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just a great all around beer. I must admit I had pretty low expectations at first, but I was pleasantly surprised how good this was when I tried it for the first time (and I have tried many good hefes).

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Photo of david_kruggel
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The banana bread flavor was a bit more than a hint, yet fit perfectly with style and tradition of a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. Crisp, bright and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Cloudy and dark gold with fast rising bubbles. The scent threw me off because it was more clove than I really expected. Overall, the best Hefeweizen I've ever pleased my palate with.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefe pours a slightly opaque, dark golden color with a medium white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is bready and faintly of banana. It’s definitely a little less fruity / spicy smelling then most hefes. The flavor is bready with more of the banana and clove typical to hefes than the smell would have me believe. The aftertaste has a little more hop character than the typical hefe, which is to say there is a detectable hop character, but it’s not at all outrageous. Sierra Nevada really loves their hops. The finish is really nice and crisp though. This is actually a surprisingly good hefe from a mass producing brewery. It’s not as good as the big time German hefes, but it’s better than most others that I’ve tried.

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Photo of Ring
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily one of my favorite Hefeweizen's that I've had. Takes a little more work to swirl the goodness that lays at the bottom of the bottle, but well worth the effort. Preferred with a wedge of lemon but I wouldn't avoid this if I was out of lemons! My go-to Hefe!

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Photo of stevoj
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

much like a Bavarian weizen full of bread and banana notes. Pours hazy golden with thin creamy head. Full body, heavier mouthfeel. A taste of Germany from California.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Granted, this beer was from a 12 pack which I purchased last summer, but it's been stored cool and in the dark. I did drink this last summer in our homebrew club for a weizen shoot out and it placed in the top 2 out of 8. This one pours out to a brilliantly vclear, however there is a nice slush of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Forms a bone white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs. The nose has the green bananas I would expect but also a bit of cat pee. Mouthfeel is soft, clean, medium light bodied. The taste opens with the green apple, then a nice wheat malt flavor shines through in the middle, very mild bitterness, a metallic character towards the finish and a seltzer like finish with a touch of crackers.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been a long time since we've had this one. A nice hazy light amber pour with a generous head which fades to a light lacing. Aroma is warm bread dough yeast and bannana notes. Taste is an attempt at a traditional hefeweizen but comes up a bit short in our opinion. While not up in the range of a German hefe, it's a solid offering.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, murky yellow with a thick foamy white head. Head retention is strong, with fair lacing left behind. Spicy yeast, coriander, cloves and wheat make up a simple, but startlingly German, aroma. Taste is very simplier, with banana, clove, coriander, wheat, and a bit of spicy yeast on the back. Delicious, and despite the long list of notes, is rather simplistic in it's flavor. Feel is smooth, medium-thin consistency, and exceptionally easy to drink - or gulp. Just a bit of carbonation harshness at the end. Overall, a sublime brew that is easy to gulp. It truly pleases. It would be at home enjoyed outside on a blisteringly hot summer day, or around a cool campfire in the woods. Yum.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent beer a nice golden slightly murky pour. Fresh pop of fruit in the nose. Slight graininess at first then the fruitiness hits you, banana and a bit of citrus to me with a little bit of clove there too. Very smooth very drinkable.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive appearance, drops the traditional cloudy yellow with a solid 1" white head on it. Aroma a mixture of clove and banana yeast smells.

Taste still hits those banana and clove notes with a substantial amount of wheat in the mouthfeel, texture is almost gritty. Mild sweetness. Smooth. Bitterness in check, hop usage, for Sierra Nevada, is almost nonexistant.

Just a solid beer in a style I'm not usually down with, but this one is easily described as one of the best from any region.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow-orange body, white creamy yet slightly coarse head. Clove and banana on the nose in mouthwatering fashion, clove and banana on the tongue as well, adding dry yeast towards the end as the lees come into play. Mouthfeel is disappointingly light and straightforward, with no creaminess whatsoever.
The nose and flavor were right on point and well balanced, even if the yeast came on a bit strong at the end. The feel is what really brought this one down; the light body added to the drinkability, but that benefit was negligible compared to what it sacrificed in creaminess.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful hazy honey golden color with a thick creamy white head. Looks like some fine particles floating about as well. Left some nice lacing all down the glass.

Smell is like clean white bread (clean bread?) some sweet citrus and I also pick up some nice spicy hits.

Some citrus and a back note of banana for the fruits I pick up. A very spicy sizzle across the mid tongue that has a definite taste that goes down the back of the throat with some nice clove notes.

Mouth feel is fantastic! Feels nice and light, almost airy, with a crisp finish.

This beer is a solid winner for wheat heads and fans of the style. I love this beer and would be very sad if Sierra Nevada pulled it from its line up. On the opposite end I would be excited to see this in 12 packs, and while I am dreaming lets put it in cans. This would make it much safer for transport to the park and pool on a hot summer day where this beer would really shine.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours honey color with 1/2 finger of a quickly dissipating head. Unfiltered appearance.

Aroma is of clove, banana, nutmeg, and mace.

Taste is not bad, but really, it's just middle of the road at best. A little thick in feel, yet a bit watery or lacking any burst of true flavor. Then again the abv is pretty low. Some clove spiciness and a bit of banana are present. Nice amount of yeast character as well. Little bit of wheat.

Overall, I wouldn't buy again. I'm just alright on this style anyway. I see it pairing well with a warm, spice-forward dessert. Maybe freshly baked ginger bread. It gets a 77/100.

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Photo of jtusf
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So good. I have had just about every hefe out there and combo thereof. I bought this in a pinch because the store was out of Weistephaner but this was cloudier and has double the sediment of Weinstephaner. This is my go to now. So fucking good if you like this style.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass from a bottle.

L - has a nice golden color to it. just a slight haze. there was no head retention to speak of. no lacing on the glass

S - smells like banana bread. lots of yeasty pepper aroma.

T - tastes more like bitter lemon peel and cloves. the peppercorn notes gives it a bit of an edge. tastes like a hefeweizen for sure. not quite as much wheat content as what I expected.

F - the mouthfeel surprised me. there isnt really any body to this beer. very clean and refreshing. slightly carbonic.

O - i really enjoyed this beer. would make a great summertime beer. Sierra Nevada makes great beer at good prices.

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Photo of justingreenwood
4.81/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For the price, this is one of the best American made Hefes out there. If you want to see something really interesting, look up some videos on the open fermentation tanks they use at Sierra Nevada. They go all out to make great beer, and the prices are reasonable. I'm a big fan.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From Uvinum. BB 31 March 2016. In Bavaria weiss glass. After dinner. Good but was expecting something more special from sierra nevada. Classic but not much banana taste. A bit acidic. Maybe it was a bit in bad state?

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Photo of PEESHALEODEJANARO
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently had this at Ridehill's 5 Napkin burger restaurant in Yonkers, NY. Love the bottle. Goes will with a burger! Smell nutty and all things winter. Good rich feel like velvet. Tasted a lot of spices. Would love to have another!

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw gold with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - Traditional hefe aromas like banana and clove, yeast, bubblegum, wheat malts, spicy hops.

Taste - Predominantly wheat malts at first, then the yeast and spicy hops take over. Very similar to the aromas and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Finishes off dry with a bit of tartness from the yeast.

Overall - A well executed hefeweizen that displays all the characteristics of the style. Flavours are married well and showcases the yeast and spicy hops.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a bright white head, head is full and creamy, some slight lacing, lots of head retention, good amount of carbonation flowing.

A: Lots of banana sweetness in the aroma, hint of bubble gum sweetness, some spice like cloves, biscuits, bread, yeast, smells Belgian, lots of aromas, smells really good.

T: Like the nose, bananas, spice, bubble gum, yeast, finish is more banana, complex, balanced, very drinkable.

M: Semi-dry finish, lots of carbonation on the mouthfeel, easy on the palate.

O: First hefeweizen I am rating, this is pretty good, lots of flavor, nice carbonated mouthfeel, easy to drink, I think I'm going to add this to my summer beer list, I can see this beer going great with warm weather.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So I am actually reviewing two "versions" of the Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada at once. The first part of this review will describe a "Kellerweis Hefeweizen" packaged in early August 2014. The second part will describe a "Kellerweis Bavarian Style-Wheat" packaged in early April 2015. Are they the same beer, just enjoyed at 15.5 months and 7.5 months, respectively? Or was there in fact a change in recipe that somehow managed to keep the 4.80% ABV from before? I'm leaning towards the latter, even though Beer Advocate does in fact have both versions on this site, one considered a Hefeweizen, one considered a Kristalweizen, though I'm certain that is a mistake and I intend on reporting an update.

"Hefeweizen": Hazy orange with yellow tint and smaller whitish head of decent retention. Yeasty and spicy phenols, light lemon on the nose. Lemony tart throughout and extremely clovey after bubbles have smoothed out, banana is there but watered down. Yeast quality apart from cloves and banana as well, spicy and fungal. Slightly bready aftertaste. Medium-bodied, thickish, chewy, lightly carbonated, not as smooth as label lead me to believe it would be.

"Bavarian-Style Wheat": Dull semi-clear yellow at first with mirky clouds of yeast slowly sinking from below the head. Soon more of an orange haze. Head is white and retains alright despite how thin it is from the start. Decent lace. Yeasty phenols, almost Band-Aid, and bready aromas. Lemony tart throughout and clove-likeness sets in almost immediately. Yeasty. A bit of pepper, especially in retro-olfaction. Don't really detect much for banana. Medium-bodied, thickish, lower and gentler carbonation, very smooth.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While I *really* enjoy this brew, classifying it as a hefeweizen somehow feels wrong--between the peppery, spicy kick, and the actual, appropriately West Coast-American hop presence (loads of citrus and a bit of pine), this feels almost closer to a witbier or (maybe) an American pale ale with a Belgian/wheat twist.

Colour is cloudy yellow; a gentle pour didn't produce much head; smell is spicy, full of pepper and peppercorns, clove, banana. Taste is likewise peppery, banana, clove, with a bit of citrus and pine. Moderate-high carbonation, but nice body. And I do like the ABV here, which makes this fairly sessionable.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first craft beers I had a few years ago and I hated it. Since then my palate has come around to the spicy yeasts from across the pond (hefs, wits, belgian darks), and I think this is an excellent representation of the style. It has over 1,300 reviews so I will spare you the details but what I will say one thing I appreciate about Kellerweis. It has all the banana, clove, soft fluffy wheat base you want but I also get a nice citrus tartness that is super refreshing and makes me want to take another sip I have had hefs that are too banana sweet like runts candy but this has a slight acidity that cuts through the sweetness and makes it incredibly balanced. It is a low abv thirst quenching beer that is still packed with unique flavors. I am so impressed how they brew it (open tank fermentation!?!) on such a large scale!

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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