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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat
4,084 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Ratings: 4,084 |  Reviews: 1,392
Photo of kornkid8600
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a Weizen glass

Directions- Pour 2/3 into a glass, swirl, then pour the rest.

A- Cloudy yellow orange with a foamy 3 finger head. A lot of trub or dead yeast poured out of the bottle that was sitting on the bottom.
S- Very grainy and lots of yeast presence, Smells a lot like a euro pale lager. Some notes of belgian hops and yeast. very interesting smell.
T- Tastes like it smells, odd hops and yeast, truly unusual but strangely good at the same time. Some bitterness. Wheat.
M- This beer has a remarkably creamy feel, goes down smooth. A good session beer. In my opinion, its best if had cold because its drinkability faded with its temperature.
O- One of my first run in's with this style. It seems odd that sierra nevada would attempt this style but I think they did a decent enough job at it.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, bottle date of 1132 (I'm too lazy to figure it out). This pours a hazy straw color with a large big bubbled white head. The smells are if wheat and spices, coriander. The feel is medium to light with med to high carbonation. The taste are pretty good, some wheat and the spices.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy bright yellow color with ever so slight light orange tints and mucho suspended yeast action. A minimal fizzy white head forms in true hef fashion, and reduces to a thin ring pretty quickly leaving lacing that is respectable for a hef.

Nose is nice and wheat yeasterrific with some strong clove and bubblegummy notes. Smells pretty authentic.

Taste follows with nice and strong german wheat yeast notes. Banana and bubble gum are pretty dominant, some decent spice profile as well. Clove makes itself known for sure. Certainly a beer crafted with tradition in mind.

Mouthfeel is very nice, but i do find it just a touch too viscous. Aside from that, carbonation is right where it should be.

Drinkability is quite good, definitely a sessionable beer, and one that would be a pleasure to do so with. Abv seems like it is right where it should be.

Overall i am definitely satisfied with this brew. It definitely knocks the pants off of the commonly found american brewed hefeweizens that certain west coast mAIcro breweries have been slinging to yuppies nationwide for the last 20 years. I'll still take most german made hefs over this with few exceptions, but that being said, this is definitely one of the better widely available hefs made in this country, and surely nips at the heels of many of germany's examples, and with minor work, could challenge them. One i will surely revisit to chug on the deck this summer. A good beer.

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Photo of Pahn
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ortie
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Dewey0603
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is pretty pungent with wheat,clove,banana,and lemon. The taste is like the smell,full of clove,banana,lemon,wheat,pepper,and bread yeast. The m/f is light and refreshing with all the flavors mixing well. A real treat and a wonderful summer brew.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of SpasmWaiter
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
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 JRed
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Patlee3324
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of abrodsky
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jbarletto
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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 boilermakerbrew
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 LarryMyers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kplooki
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,084 ratings
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