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:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,028
Reviews:
1,376
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
720
For Trade:
0
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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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Photo of RyanK252
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours very hazy gold with a frothy white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little light lacing. I get the feeling mine was the first pour from the keg and extra hazy/yeasty. There actually was a small cone of yeast in the bottom of my glass as I finished my pint, but I'm not complaining.

S: Fruity, some spice, yeasty, wheat malt, and a little banana bread.

T: Fruity, actually almost plum like flavor, yeasty, clove spice, wheat malt, jut a hint of sweetness, and some banana on the finish.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not typically a go to style for me, but this was pretty refreshing.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer is a golden hazy color with lots of carbonation. The had a head that lasted less then a minute but died down quickly to a thin layer that lasted the whole beer.

Smell: I get strong aromas of bananas and cloves. Not overly malty or hoppy but a nice under aroma of yeast.

Taste: I really enjoy this beer, I want to to describe it as an intense hefeweizen. I get a nice ueast flavor with a banana and clove flavor, followed with minimal bitterness

Feel: Short crisp and clean beer, nice carbonation.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of packbacker99
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of epyon396
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Keppela
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on tap at a local pub, so I don't know if it reflects the bottle version. To me, this "kellerweis" was atypical for a hefeweizen. Absent was the strong banana-bread characteristic I value in a great Bavarian weissbier. Bright golden, tart, light, and refreshing with sufficient yeastiness, this was an enjoyable drink. But it lacked the flavor complexity of the best representatives of this category - e.g. Schneider's Aventinas. Reviewers who claim this beer has strong banana notes really need to do a side-by-side comparison with some of the more robust, flavorful hefes.

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

Very good, solid effort recreating a Bavarian Hefeweizen. Aroma is traditional for this style. Flavor and body are very close, but just a tad lacking - in complexity and depth. Still, really good stuff.

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Photo of Lukass
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,028 ratings.
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