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 mattsucks
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JLaw55
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may be the best American Hefeweizen on the market. Very tasty with all the characteristics you expect from a good hefeweizen.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Pahn
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled Feb. 4, 2011, at 7:39AM apparently.

Appearance: Pouring according to instructions (two thirds, swirl last third, finish pour) yields a rocky two inch white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves swatches of lacing. Pours a very hazy yellow with orange in the middle, and leaves occasional streaks of lacing.

Smell: Clove and wheat malt. Effervescent. Ripe banana. A little orange/lemon. Good.

Taste: Lemony up front, with a smooth, yeasty transition into a banana finish (and long banana-ish aftertaste). Slightly more bitterness than I expect, which works really nicely with the flavors. There's some sugary sweetness in here, but it's very restrained. Mild tartness through the middle with lots of nice yeasty flavors.

Well balanced flavor, bolstered by the great mouthfeel. Decent complexity, though the flavors are usually somewhat indistinct citrus, wheat, yeast. The main distinct note is banana, the impression of which is kind of interestingly enhanced by some of the almost banana-like elements of the mouthfeel. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation (which is welcome). Smooth creamy feel up front and through the middle, with a steady increase in hop bitterness, ending with a healthy dryness and long aftertaste. Very enjoyable mouthfeel.

Overall: Kellerweis delivers the level of craftsmanship I expect from Sierra Nevada: high. Lots of good flavor and aroma, great feel, low price. Could be a bit more refreshing, but where it slightly lags behind other wheat beers in refreshment, it overtakes most of them in flavor.

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Photo of Brushkanna
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to Germany to visit relatives for a wedding in the south by the black forest. The prevailing beer served was Weizen. The local favorite was from the Alpirsbacher Klosterbrau. In the US, before I tried a good German Hefeweizen, I turned my nose up at wheat beers. What was served at bars in the US was too citrus forward flavored for me and they always left me wanting for a glass of water after every beer. I tried Sierra's Kellerweis, Yea! there is a beer that can hold up against the great German styles. This is now my go to Hefeweisen, love it, try it you will like it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass pry-top. Proprietary stamp on label above barcode. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. Lots of sudsy, creamy white head atop a translucent but hazy orange gold brew.

Nose: Hello bananas. Bavarian hefe more than Belgian hefe. There's an earthiness to the nose too.

Palate: Crisp with some light acidity to it. The carbonation tries to make it creamy, but that little bit of acid washes it away. Lots of fruity banana and some light yeasty notes. Palate is clean on the finish. Not a lot of texture.

Notes: The lack of texture on the palate makes this a really clean hefeweizen. Not my favorite, but has solid (and correct) flavors for the style.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12oz bottle.

The appearance is straw yellow, complete with a semi-foamy head that is not nearly as extreme as some of the high-quality German imports I've seen. Carbonation gushes up this one. A yeasty, full-bodied look that looks as authentic as any hefeweizen I've had from Germany.

Lovely aromas, too… getting past the yeast, there's banana, coriander, medicated aromas, and definitely some tartiness and fruitiness to boost.

The flavor is fantastic. Sweet and inviting, it has big, and I mean HUGE banana notes. Definitely some light spiciness in between the sugary and yeasty flavor. Lot's of spices, in fact, making this an extremely flavorful beer. Thick and creamy, this beer is a true meal in a bottle.

Simply one of the most – if not THE most – authentic hefeweizens I've had outside of Munich. Absolutely recommended.

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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 Mortarforker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured an odd, light orange-yellow color, almost like a lemonade. Two finger foamy head with decent lacing. Hazy and opaque.

S- Very complex. I got hints of banana, coriander, orange peel, and clove right off the bat. Underneath it all, there is a slight floral hop aroma. Maybe even a little lemon in there.

T- Lots of the same flavors as in the scent, but also a slight acidic aftertaste. Little to no bitterness as expected form a Hefe. More prominent lemon, banana, and clove than the scent.

M- Somewhat milky and thick. Appropriate carbonation level. Light and easily drinkable.

Overall, I was satisfied, but I've had better hefeweizens. It seems as if too much complexity was added to the brew, which mixed the flavors together and masked some of them.

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Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kplooki
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 314/14. Pours a cloudy light amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, normal lacing.

Light nose with a hint of clove and banana over biscuit with a light airy touch of citrus notes, possibly orange.

Medium body that is almost creamy. Perfect carbonation that starts with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a prickly explosion in the finish that imparts a nice little snap.

The flavor profile is world class. Bold in intensity, very complex and balanced to perfection. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate into the finish. A light tart biscuit sweetness arrives first, then banana, bubblegum, lemon/orange, wheat and yeast. Underneath is a clove presence that continuously increases in intensity and dominates the finish. Clove lingers in the somewhat dry finish that is also a bit tart.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a cloudy pale color with an orange hue. Dense off-white head that fades with thick lacing around the glass.

Aroma is very yeasty and fruity with some mild spicy tones. Hints of banana and clove.

Yeasty and fruity upfront with a nice wheat malt taste and some light spicy tones toward the finish. Ends up fairly clean and dry with a pleasant light lingering yeastiness.

Light body, medium carbonation.

A delicious and sessionable hefeweizen that exceeded my expectations. Surprising lack of hops considering Sierra's lineage - and glad that they let this become more of a traditional solid all-areound wheat beer. Get you some.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ordered the on-tap version (at 33 in downtown Chico) just a few hours after I tried the bottled version for the first time.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, goldenrod body with a white, creamy film coating the surface. Head leaves puffy dots of lace occasionally. (Hefeweizens aren't supposed to be sticky, so that's okay.)

Smell: Light wheat and prickly spice in the nose... and that's all. If I had to guess at the spice, I'd say coriander. The entire smell is very faint.

Taste: Lots of banana and spice: coriander and white pepper to be exact. The big wheaty back bone gives way to a lot more sweetness in this version. I remember the bottled version being stiffer and more wheat focused; this tap version is pretty damn sweet. Still good however.

Mouthfeel: The two versions (bottle and draft) are very similar here. This one's a bit pricklier, but other than that just read what I wrote below.

Drinkability: A nice hefeweizen, but I liked the bottled version much better. I've found a lot of the taps to be pretty dirty around Chico, and that might have been the case here. I'll have to try it again at the brewery to be sure.

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Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle
A) Pours with a white, wispy, two finger head. Head sets up well. Lacing is creamy, thin and sticky. Some haze in the body. Upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Banana. Light notes of grain. Wheaty. Apple.
T) Mellow malt sweetness up front. Then mixes in a thin grain taste - slightly dry. The malt sustains until the end and lingers beyond with a subtle hop and dry taste.
M) Fizzy. Creamy. Light bodied with some heft to it. Mild dryness.
D) A well crafted Hefe - definitely a little different than the rest. Pour me another!

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Photo of redleg411
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of JRed
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extra cloudy golden hue with white fluffy head that fades but leaves some attractive lacing. Smells of banana, clove, slight honey. Flavors of banana, clove, smooth vanilla, some floral notes, honey, and slick honey that covers the tongue. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pretty, tasty, filling. Nevad does a great job with the hefe.

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Photo of BigAl18
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a 2-3 finger frothy head which dissipates quickly. Nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Hints of wheat and banana with a slight hint of citrus.

Taste: Nice spice flavor up front with hints of banana and just a bit of malt. Very mild bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable which is saying something for me because I tend to shy away from wheat beers.

Overall: Excellent representation of the style. I would definitely recommend this.

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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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