Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.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
Ratings:
4,014
Reviews:
1,373
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
715
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Nugganooch
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle to my FW Imperial Nonic glass
First noted on 07.18.15

Another style slayer from Sierra Nevada
Golden blonde body. Thoroughly hazed unfiltered look. Adorned with a neat stack of paper white foam. Dense and lasting like shave cream as it clings to the glass walls upon each sip.
Fruit gum and toasted wheat grain with clovey spices and a dash of banana peel. Funny my notes read more like some kind of funky bread recipe but in actuality a pretty tasty brew it does make for. Creamy and smooth with minimal bitterness. Touch of citrus peel noted.
Goes down super smooth. One of the better Hefe’s I have come across which isn’t saying a whole lot but hey.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Yokohama's Antenna America.

L: Hazy yellow as per usual with your Hefeweizens, finger width white head.

S: Banana! Clove, coriander and allspice, and yeast.

T: Banana! Spice again and bready yeast. Sweeet and smoooth.

F: Medium bodied and super smooth.

O: Wow, this is very close to a quality German Hefe here.

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Photo of sharp315
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dylanlikesbeer
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.14/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Edie
2/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of emprox
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johngilbert
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thought maybe it was a Keller style with a weiss mix or something. I was hoping to experience something original and different. The pour was promising. A small bit of sediment which is always nice esp for a hefe. Nice foam and body appearance for a genuine hefeweizen. Nose was not as promising. I smell a hurried produced beer with various smells that seem disconnected from each other. As if they were concocted. The taste was a let down primarily imo because it is similar to other American failed attempts at genuine German beer styles that I have personally drank since the age of 21. The mouth feel was lacking natural carbonation and lacking proper yeast flavor. Certainly some banana, wheat and spices, but not in a natural, carefully produced way. SN always produces a great pale but not hefeweizen and with a misleading name as Keller.

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

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

Photo of JakeScully
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ABabbidge
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy straw color, nice fluffy head. Spicy aroma. Some banana, clove, and wheat and malty taste. Pretty smooth, creamy feel with mild carbonation. Can definitely taste the Bavarian influence.

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Photo of Papagoose
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patinthebronx
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy, pale yellow, thin white head
S: Sweet banana, red apple, clove, Belgian yeast spice, bubble gum
T: Banana, orange zest, Belgian yeast spice, light bitterness, bubble gum, apple
M: Nice medium light body from the wheat
O: This is a top 5 American example of the style and easily accessible

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Photo of LannahC
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jolivio
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of YoungMtn52
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this one a lot...smooth but tasty...crisp and classic flavorings with the right amount of fermentation

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

Photo of BeerTv
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
(ABV: 4.8%) (IBU: 15)

This hefeweizen is Bavarian inspired and implements the brewing technique of open fermentation tanks where the yeast is allowed to breathe allowing it to react differently during the brewing process. Open fermentation provides unique characteristics to emerge from the aroma and flavor.

The hefeweizen, or weissbier as the Germans call it, is the most common variety of wheat beers where "hefe" means yeast while "weizen" means "wheat" and "weiss" means "white" while "bier" means...of course "beer." These beers typically reveal sediments of floating yeast in the bottom of the bottle or in suspension. Pour into a weizen glass to show off the immense amount of head traditional of wheat beers.

Be sure to pour 2/3rds of the hefeweizen into the weizen glass then swirl the yeast sediment in the bottle before pouring the remaining 1/3.

AROMA - spicy clove, yeast, hints of banana with a touch of orange and lemon peel,

APPEARANCE – unfiltered hazy golden straw hue with a white froathy head, massive amount of head with amazing head retention leaving behind a sizeable cap with streaks of thick lacing,

FLAVOR – strong banana bread presence, chalk-like yeast, tangy orange citrus, clove, slight banana sweetness, black pepper, bready malt, slight undertones of bubblegum, tart wheat finish

MOUTHFEEL – medium bodied with a moderate-high level of spritzy carbonation, smooth and creamy due to the yeast, allows for an easy drinking beer

OVERALL – an excellent example of a traditional German inspired American hefeweizen, classically simple as it focuses on the yeast and wheat characteristics, exceptionally balanced flavors

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,014 ratings.
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