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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
sierra-nevada.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
Reviews:
1,370
Ratings:
3,987
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
20.2%
 
 
Wants:
318
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Reviews: 1,370 | Ratings: 3,987
Photo of tempest
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case from Shangy's in Emmaus for about $28. Man, this beer is for real. Pours a hazy light amber with a tall white head a good lacing. The aroma is a spicy mix of vanilla, banana bread, and clove. The flavor follows that up with a dry, mineral undertone with sweet cracked wheat malts, banana, and a touch of white pepper. Very tasty and very drinkable. It reminds me of a cross between Paulaner and Schnieder. Heck of a beer from the folks in Chico.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I must say this isn't what I expected from a hefeweizen.
Pours a nice looking hefe, golden slightly hazy body, semi-bright. Nice foam, white a fluffy.
Aroma contains most of what is looked or in a hefe, but with an added creamed corn funk. The citrus and banana are overwhelmed.
Taste is a bit all over the place. Weak biscuit/malt core, some spice and clove mixed in. Very soft/fain banana. I still get the sweet, cream corn. Not the best aftertaste either. It's light, so fairly drinkable, but misses the mark for me.

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Photo of Gavage
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 3" head that lasts forever. Nice lace develops in my hefeweizen glass.

Smell: banana, wheat, and some yeast spice easily rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: mildy grainy wheat base with some banana, clove, and a nice yeast spiciness. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long and dry as the flavors hang in the mouth.

Drinkability: simply superb. After my third bottle it was hard to end the session. A very enjoyable beer from SN.

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Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent along with a citrus character and the lovely hefe yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a solid malt taste that boasts of pale and wheat malts. Again, it has a powerful citrus flavor and just a slight banana/clove finish. It's quite crisp and refreshing; not a real heavy hefe. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a highly quaffable hefe. It explodes with a nice mix of hefe yeast, citrus, and malts; a wonderful summer brew.

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

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light yellow amber with a fine half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Classic hefewizen aroma of wheat, banana, lemon and light cloves. Flavor follows aroma with wheat, banana, light citrus, hints of clove and caramel; finishes slightly dry and tart.. Surprisingly lightly creamy, medium body. A very nice hefeweizen and one of the best domestic versions of this style.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow with a small, wheat head. Beer seems to glow when held up to a light. Smell is of wheat and bananas. Taste is fruity, with lemons and other citrus as well as wheat. There was a little banana in the taste, but not as much as I expected after smelling the beer. This doesn't differ from the other top hefeweizens too much, but it is still a great hefeweizen that is easy to drink. This would be a great hot weather beer, but it is not too bad when it is chilly outside either.

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

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some nice spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but I've had way better.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and cloves. Taste is also of citrus, with banana and cloves. Feels medium bodied and goes down so smooth. Overall this is a quality brew worth checking out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass.

A- Kellerweis looks like liquid honey with a nice mix of bright gold mixed with hazy orange. It looks gorgeous under some light, cant really see through it. A nice frothy white foam that fades leaving no lace.

S- A big blast of ripe bananers and spices mainly clove. Some wheat and yeast plus some earthy hops. A low dose of mild malts. Pretty much everything you need in a hefe.

T- The smell pretty much sums this up but this is one good tasting fresh hefe. Fresh ripe bananers straight off the vine. After that the spices come in with cloves up front. Than a small taste of sweet sugar or candy. This is backed by yeast and light malts.

M- A light bodied beer perfect for the summer. Keller does not have much carb going for it and that's fine by me, makes it much smoother than other versions i've had. A sweet aftertaste with more bananers.

D- Less than 5% makes this sessionable and a half. I wish I picked up more than a single, but since hefe's are not my thing I thought one would do. I was wrong. I would gladly pick up a case of this for a party, a excellent summer quaff. I believe this is a year round offering now.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Code 91131 17 12; Sampled June 2009
The beer pours into my New Belgium Goblet with a hazy, straw-hued, pale amber color. It is topped by a two finger, pale tan colored head. The aroma is not exactly the "classical" balance that a typical Hefeweizen has; instead this is a balance between spicy notes, some pepper, a herbal hop note, definite clove, perhaps some light banan as well as som grain like notes with a big wheat contribution and some hay-like notes. I like the added herbal and spice note that are not typically found in a Hefeweizen, at least to this level; these notes are well in balance with the other, more typical notes.

The beer is fairly light bodied and it has a spritzy carbonation as it rolls across my tongue. The finish has a spicy hit of clove to it that is definitely traditional. The beer is quite dry, but does have something of a chewy body to it. There is a light tartness here that couples with a bit of pepper in the finish and the wheat character is nice and chewy with a touch of grassiness. This is quite easy to drink; in fact I find my 12oz pour disappearing a bit too quickly. Clove flavors are present here, but the banana character is quite soft. There is a hop character here that contributes to the perceived spiciness of this brew as well as contributing a mildly biting bitterness in the finish. I do like the body of this brew, especially as this warms up a bit, it is fresh and chewy, though it is not quite as good as the decocted, lush, fresh, Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This is on the spicy / herbal side compared to your typically traditional HefeWeizen, but it actually works quite well here and in fact boosts the complexity. The traditional Hefeweizen notes are here, but they are perhaps not as pronounced as when found in a traditional example; luckily the additional character is here, as this would be a bit too muted without the spicy / herbal components. I definitely feel like I need to pick up a couple more of these before I ultimately decide if this one is a go to beer or not.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of plaid75
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical hefe yeast esters and light honey aroma.

The taste was likewise ester laden with banana and clove spice and an earthy, round sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a superior domestic rendition.

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Photo of biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Banana-peel body and pearl white head - I couldn't have drawn it up any better myself. The prototypical haze is in true form and a plenitude of bubbles, along with a bright glare, further hinders one's ability to see through to the other side. This heap of bubbles leads to a slew of fluffy capping and a rococo-style lacing. The appearance perfectly matches the profile of a classic German hefeweizen. But how does the rest of it fare?

Exceptionally well if this aroma is any indication. The characteristic candy-like bubble gum attribute is foremost, outweighing grainy wheat, banana, lemon, and clove in that order. The malt is unusually pronounced as the zest and spiciness seem considerably scaled back. That said, there is no shortage of vibrant seasoning.

The wheat is present on every taste, the bubble-gum and citrus and clove seem to rotate. A considerably lush note of vanilla, seemingly unnoticed in the aroma, is greatly appreciated in the flavour. Banana is definitely the most consistent taste although the beer's graininess prevents it from ever becoming all that fruity.

The mouthfeel doesn't quite have the same effect on the palate as the style's all-time best. The dryness and creamy texture are met but the carbonation could use a teeny lift; the tongue demands a little more prickling and zestiness to feel fully quenched. The relative lack of phenols is sorely missed and a little spritz of acidity would also do wonders.

Sierra Nevada does superb renditions of most all of the time-honored beer styles. They were among the first and are still among the best to do so. I'm glad they introduced a hefeweizen to replace their retired wheat beer; it turned out to be near flawless. As can be said for so many of their other offerings, this is an exemplary prototype for all the other brewers out there looking to duplicate old world classics.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz just picked up at the COOP today... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger meringue like head.. great retention and lace.. the brew is a hazy pale golden color.

nose smells like it made the trip from the motherland... very bready and ripe bananas... subtle cloves and just whaffs of pink bubblegum.

Flavor has alot more mashed bananas than the aroma.. a little more bubblegum this time that lingers more in the finish.. again very bready and just minor clovey notes. The body is on the thicker side and carbonation is light lending toward a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty damn fine hefe... I really like it... the drinkability is pretty high... I had 2 way earlier in the evening that went down too fast... I wanted to save my final one to review, but this glass is clearing pretty quickly too... hats off to the crew at Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, long-lasting thick white head with great lace. How a hefe should look.

S: Very traditional, bananas galore, with a bit of Cascade hop mixed in.

T: Good complexity - banana, clove, and bubblegum are all there. Clove tends to come out more in the finish with banana and direct bubblegum esters leading.

M: Smooth, creamy, pleasing to the palate, very nice.

D: This quality stuff right here, much better than the often pallid APWA that we see so often in the summertime. Sierra Nevada just continues to impress, much better than their regular wheat.

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

Cloudy golden colored beer with a good sized white head.

Smells strongly of banana and clove in about equal proportions. Sweet wheat malt and hints of fruity and other spicy scents. Complex Hefeweizen.

Starts out mild and spicy with a lighter banana flavor than the scent and a distinct soda cracker aftertaste. Flavors intensify as you drink this. Good banana flavor and it is a bit stronger than the clove.

Mouthfeel is good.

Tasty hefe made in the USA, about damn time. Much better than the SN Wheat beer and a good match for German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light yellow-golden color with a very thin white head. Not bad, but not stellar for a Hefe.

Smell: very solid, wheaty aroma; quite nice with a little citrus and a little banana. Pretty good.

Taste: capital! Light, smooth flavor with citrus and banana and just a hint of hops in the bottom. Easily my favorite American hefewizen.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with low carbonation. It works, but I feel like it could be smoother or creamier.

Drinkability: Kellerweis is kind of all over the place on my scoreboard. Great taste but there's still a little work to be done. That said, it's incredibly tasty and very refreshing.

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

Cloudy dark yellow straw colored beer. Nice fluffy white head, sinks down fairly quickly, leaves behind solid lacing. Good spicy aroma with the typical yeast profile, lots of clove and banana, spices and citrus is in there too. Sweetness of the banana in the nose is present to a mild degree in the taste, which is typical of the style – same yeast/banana/clove combination, plus a little bready malt. Very solid, appealing flavors but not quite up to the level of the best Germans.

Pretty dry with moderately crisp carbonation. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, quenching summer beer. I’m a hefeweizen fan in general so this one appeals to me.

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

On tap at TJsEveryday this past Saturday.

The beer pours a bright gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is impressive, with the prototypical banana, light clove and underlying spice. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose completely, and the beer has a definite light, sweet, banana flavor to it. Mouthfeel is pretty light (as one would expect) and drinkability is very good.

A very nice, easy to enjoy wheat beer from SN. Hope this is readily available here on the East Coast, as this would make an exceptional beer to sip through the warm summer months. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful hazy golden beer that almost seems to glow with an inner light. Nice, big, creamy head that settles to a cap and leaves some decent lacing. Light lemony and grainy aroma- pleasant enough. Very nice lemony flavor and quite creamy, but with a backbone of slightly assertive grain. Much softer than their old wheat, of course, but still has enough of a bite to contrast nicely with the lemon element and add some interest. Really nice effort by this brewery that has recaptured my interest with their offerings over the last couple of years.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle no. 92221-2002. Sampled on December 31, 2009. The pour is a cloudy orange to pale yellow with a thin but fairly creamy, long lasting head.The aroma is full of wheat and clove in the Bavarian tradition and quite inviting. The body is about medium or maybe a tad more watery than I hoped. However that minor distraction is made up thanks to the taste which is full of clove and wheat with a dry ending.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, creamy straw with a white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Modest banana & clove, with a bready malt aroma.

T: Banana, bread, touch of clove, no yeasty acidity, very mild bitterness, good stuff.

M: Velvety smooth, light to moderate body that's not over carbonated.

D: A great drinker.

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Photo of dar482
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It comes in a bright yellow color like a Sunny D.

The taste is a bit too mellow and lacks depth. It has banana and warm citrus flavor. It is yeasty a bit, but it cleans off the tongue too fast. I want strong bolder flavors and more body, like the German wheats.

I would recommend going with the German wheats or Beglian wheats.

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

Bottle purchased from Leura Cellars. Wonderful that there is now a steady supply of Sierra Nevada beers making their way to Australian shores.

Pours a suitably cloudy and light-coloured yellow, with a fine, but rather effete head of white. Lacing is patchy, but looks like the classic examples. The head is a bit of a disappointment, but otherwise it looks good.

Nose is crisp and clean, with some lingering underripe banana characters. The acidity of the wheat is very present here, giving a tone I associate more the the American wheat ale, than the bursting and redolent esters fo the German examples. Still, pretty good nose.

Taste is where this takes off. Clean, smooth and wheaty with slight weizen-yeast tones on the finish. Clear palate, excruciatingly refreshing and with just enough of that light touch of acidity to prove that you need no slice of orange with it. Very refreshing and very clean, and almost indistinguishable from one of the best German examples.

A great American beer, brewed amazingly close to style. Apart from the lack of oomph on the nose, I'm sure the Germans would very happily claim this as one of their own. Crackingly refreshing brew.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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