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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of goldendenizen
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy and dirty blonde. True to the style. The creamy head and body (oh damn) it provides is a selling point.

S: Banana wheat.

T: Amazing fresh hef goodness. Of course there's banana in there as well as a lil sweetness. If you dont appreciate the style why did you purchase this beer in the first place?

M: above avg carbonation which is a good thing...

O: Overall the taste is not as exact as the Germans but the creaminess does it for me. A great sessionable summer brew if you prefer this style. If not, more for me...

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Photo of hossua34
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy, pale yellow-gold. A gritty layer of particulate at the bottom of the bottle adds extra cloudiness when swirled and poured. Medium-sized head with good retention. Moderate to weak lacing.

S - Mine smelled almost exactly the same as Great Lakes Grassroots Ale, and no, that is not a compliment. Like deviled eggs, baked beans or the water that collects at the bottom of a cooler or picnic basket. Pretty disgusting.

T - First taste is of wheat and citrus, then banana takes over. Would be better without the slight "rotten" taste that accompanies that putrid smell.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Creamy, well carbonated, smooth and refreshing.

D - What can I say? I just don't feel like having another one when I lower my nose back into that glass. The taste is not that bad, and the mouthfeel is great, but I really expected more from this hefe.

I could not believe how well-reviewed this Kellerweis was, compared to my experience with it. I bought this six-pack from a Giant Eagle grocery store, and come to think of it there WAS a little bit of white dust on the tops and necks of the bottles, but I just blew it off and forgot about it. There is no freshness or brewed-on date on the bottle, so I can only guess as to whether or not it was past-prime. Maybe I'll contact SN to find out.

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Photo of Brandt
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a nice turbid straw yellow color with a bright white and very stable head

the smell is mostly yeasty with citurs notes and a hint of a spicy clove in the background

the taste was very good for this style of beer with a good strong wheat base and the same clove flavors that show up in the aroma. the other flavors in here are that of banana and another sort of peppery spice that may still be the clove.

this beer finishes nicely with a good med. body and very refreshing citrus aromatic as it goes down. i love this hefe and it is (not surprisingly seeing as its from sierra nevada) a great example of the style.

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

Presentation: 2/3rds poured into a standard pint glass, swirled the rest and poured in as per the instructions on the bottle.

A: Cloudy deep gold with a one finger thick eggshell colored head.

S: Ripe ripe banana dominate this with some nice spicy clove. Tart wheat and some light zesty citrus flavors pop up.Very rich and refreshing.

T: The taste follows the nose very well. Invitingly as rich with more emphasis on tangy wheat than the nose while the banana and spice balance very nicely with it. Some overtones of lemon and other citrus flavors come up. Finish is characterized by a tangy and slightly bitter wheat flavor with subtle hints of spice and banana.

M: Carbonation is lively and add a wonderful zest to the beer. Nice smooth, velvety feel.

D: This beer was amazingly smooth and the ABV is low enough to where I would consider this a good 'session' beer. I don't see myself getting worn out with this one and could definitely drink it all night. A very nice, refreshing thirst quencher.

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Photo of micmillon18
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen. Doesn't seem to have a born on date.

A - Pours a massive fluffy white head that holds composure for some time. The beer itself is a hazy gold. Tons of lacing.

S - Bananas, clove, spicy. Slightly yeasty.

T - Begins with sweet banana flavors which then lead to a nice spicy clove taste. Finishes with some yeasty and wheat flavors. There is a faint hop bitterness along with some spicy alcohol at the end. I'd say other than that, this is as true as America will ever get to replicating what Germany seems to do so well.

M - Creamy medium body. Carbonation is in check.

O - Incredibly delicious and drinkable. One could debate whether or not American breweries will ever produce a hefe as good as the Germans do. While they're arguing, I'd say this one certainly comes close.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, wheat glass

Great appearance with a hazy blonde color, big creamy head and lots of retention & lacing.

Aroma of cloves, bananas and citrus. Some earthy aroma as well. I felt it could have been stronger

Flavor of cloves, spices, bananas and orange. Also picked up some lemon and I believe plum. Flavor of malts present. Very balanced and diverse.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink and refreshing. Good choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of J23hc
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gently poured into weizen glass. Very golden/yellow, with lots of rising carbonation. Lingering foam head. Looks delectible, smells the same. Clove & banana scent. Very crisp and smooth, with a spicy wheat taste. Bit of a watery finish. This is definitely a hefe but it doesnt pack the punch that other hefes do

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Photo of blackenmn
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz glass into a pint glass, stired bid pour:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a very hazy yellow, with some definite yeast particles present throughout. Left a nice frothy head which left a very nice lacing. Smelled of sweet, heavy, malty banana and light citrus with some herby bread like aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of spiced banana bread with slight sweet citrus in the back, some earthy hop presence. Nothing harsh or biting, a very gentle beer. Very frothy, smooth feeling brew throughout. Not much ABV in this thing. Left a very sweet coating in the mouth.

Drinkability:Extremely tough to get sick of this thing. Nothing overwhelming in the least. Sweet, fluffy, hazy, drinkable brew. Could throw plenty of these back.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a- opaque dark straw color, thin head despite some serious pouring. A nice looking wheaty beer.

s- yeast comes through with some creamy sweetness. A hint of floral bite

t- mild, smooth at first, fading to banana and bread. Mild hoppy finish. Light but tasty

m- full body, tons of bubbles dance playfully about my smiling mouth.

d - a great beer. Perfect with fruit. Tasty but not overtly intoxicating. One of my favorite american wheats

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.Even though I poured at an angle, I had to stop the pour and wait for the foam to settle.

A: Cloudy straw color, huge foam that recedes slowly. Spotty lacing and very little visible carbonation.

S: Great smell of fruit, some spice and yeast.

T: Malt throughout, fruit, the cloves and bananas are there all right. Very subtle bitter toward the end.

M: Medium-low mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: Great implementation, can proudly stand up to its German brethren.

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Photo of muldersha
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had from a 12oz bottle with a packaging date of 05/19/15. Purchased in Portland, OR

Surprisingly, it sports a hazy and completely opaque light peach/orange-colored body crested by a generous creamy head. Excellent head retention and nice lacing throughout.

Normally, I'm underwhelmed by American Hefes. However, this is not one of them. Classic aromas of orange and lemon citrus, banana, and clove right up front. Followed by warming aromas of banana bread, lemon meringue, and raspberry-caramel taffy.

A little watery on the palate. Could use a bit more carbonation. Nice acidity, but not overdone. Lingering finish of citrus zest, bitter herbs, and a touch of spice.

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Photo of Jinholic
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy orange body with a thick 2 finger head thats pure white. The lacing is nice and thick all the way.

Smell - Banana and clove just what I would expect a hefe to have with the bready yeast in the back.

Taste - Banana bread with clove and there seems to be lemon peel in here which while I normally don't like in a hefe is pulled off very well here.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and very refreshing as its 110F here today.

Overall - A great American made hefe this will be in the fridge more often thats for sure. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I respect Sierra Nevada as a brewery. I believe they are one of the best in this country and should be looked at as an example of great American beer. Saying that, I was a little disappointed in this german style offering. I really wanted a great hefe with notes of banana and clove in the aroma and flavor and this was a little tame - which most American hefeweizens can be, with the exception of Long Trail. This beer was expertly crafted, very refreshing and sessionable, clean in finish, and was free of major flaws: it just didn't make me go WOW.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Blackstone brewery pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy golden, what's expected from a hefe. Small white head that quickly dissipated. Minimal lacing.

S: Banana, cloves, sweet malts.

T: A lot more complex than I anticipated. Hints of banana, citrus, clove, maybe some grapefruit. Spicy sweet finish that lingers for awhile after.

M: Medium, creamy, a decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, it'd be really easy to down a few of these.

I really enjoyed this. Not the best hefe I've ever had, but it's one of the better ones. I'll buy it again.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional wheat beer. So tasty, creamy, and filling, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love this Sierra Nevada is easily one of my favorite brewerys.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

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

Pretty good. It's not Live Oak, but it's a great alternative for someone who lives in an area that doesn't have much distribution, Sierra Nevada is everywhere.

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Photo of denflyr
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to try this ever since it was announced!

It was worth the wait!

Poured a VERY cloudy pale/light orange with a small head.

It does have the requisite banana and clove smell and maybe even an allspice berry tone, but not tons of it.

The taste is very nice and I really enjoy it. It has a nice creaminess with just a little bit of "nuttiness" towards the end. It is a little bit acidic like it has been mentioned before, but not in a bad way!

A very nice mouthfeel. The finish sticks with you as well.

Wow, drinkability! It is 101 degrees out right now and this fits the bill. Refreshing, tangy, cool! Could drink a whole lot of this quick!

Nice beer!

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Photo of mmesce2
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great hefeweizen. Very balanced flavors between the cloves, banana notes, and citrus. IF you are looking for big malt or hops flavors, then look elsewhere, this is spices and finsihing flavors through and through. I'm very glad I gave this beer a try.

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

Good wheat. Like the label says, big banana bread taste and aroma. Yeast tang lingers on the lips. Nice mouthfeel. Very good and authentic tasting interpretation of the style.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of sediment, and 1 finger of off white head. Leaves almost no lacing

S: Smell is of ripe banana and clove spice, with some yeast, lemon and light wheat aroma as well

T: Starts offwiththe ripe banana and cloves, followed by lemon and orange. Finishes with a wheat and yeast flavor, slightly bitter. Follows the nose very closely

M: Nicely carbonated, and very smooth light body

D: This is very easy to drink, and low in abv, making it a good session beer. I could definitely drink a 6 pack of these and greatly enjoy it

Overall, this is a very good hefeweizen. It follows the style very well, and is very delicious and drinkable. Another great Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of NA1NSXR
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice large foamy head, gushing carbonation, textbook color and opacity, looks superb.

Smell - Smells very authentic, with all of the banana/fruity aromas of genuine German versions. Quite sweet smelling and with a good moderate strength.

Taste - Quite sweet with a light wheat finish. Very good. Much better than I expected coming off of trying every authentic hefe I could find. Maybe a touch of alcohol in the background that I don't particularly care for, but overall very solid.

Mouthfeel - Appropriately silky with a medium, medium-light thickness that is perfect for this kind of beer.

Drinkability - For all of its strengths, it still lacks some of the background characters that different German hefes have. It nails the basic hefeweizen sweetness and flavor very well, but that flavor is all thats in this beer. Still, this is superbly drinkable and authentic on the whole.

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Photo of chiccabeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a small amount of head. There was not a lot of smell given off by this beer. What it lacked in taste it gave in taste. It obviously had a strong wheat taste with a great compliment of sour, oranges, lemon, and bananas. Like most wheat beers this is a great summer beer to relax to. Cheers.

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Photo of Antnego
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving style: bottle, poured into stein.

A: Dark, golden, cloudy as a Winter's day. Nice dirty hef, just like I like 'em.

S: Bananas! Cloves! Yeast!

T: Banana bread. Sweet banana bread with clove notes. Spiciness kicks in at the finish. Well-balanced with malty sweetness and spice.

M: thick, rich, velvety. The suspended yeast really makes this silky!

Overall: MMM Mmmmm!!! A very sessionable beer - my go-to when no good pints are available, it's priced decent, and in a six-pack. Hard to believe this comes from the same brewery as the horrid pale ale. A true winner by a large brewery.

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Photo of eb003
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It is really surprising for me to have this beer taste this good and it not be from a German brew haus.

The appearance is what I would expect from a hefe; nice and cloudy...with some sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

The smell is really nice...very aromatic of wheat and citrus. The taste is very nice...balanced, smooth, and crisp. The mouthfeel is great...it is crisp and light; very refreshing.

Overall, I really do enjoy this beer. It doesn't quite have the same flavor and feel as a Franziskaner...but it is rather close. I recommend this to anyone...very nice beer.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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