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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,027
Reviews:
1,376
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
332
Gots:
719
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,027 |  Reviews: 1,376
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duffgardens
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Squire123
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mitchster
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Granted, this beer was from a 12 pack which I purchased last summer, but it's been stored cool and in the dark. I did drink this last summer in our homebrew club for a weizen shoot out and it placed in the top 2 out of 8. This one pours out to a brilliantly vclear, however there is a nice slush of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Forms a bone white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs. The nose has the green bananas I would expect but also a bit of cat pee. Mouthfeel is soft, clean, medium light bodied. The taste opens with the green apple, then a nice wheat malt flavor shines through in the middle, very mild bitterness, a metallic character towards the finish and a seltzer like finish with a touch of crackers.

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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 NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been a long time since we've had this one. A nice hazy light amber pour with a generous head which fades to a light lacing. Aroma is warm bread dough yeast and bannana notes. Taste is an attempt at a traditional hefeweizen but comes up a bit short in our opinion. While not up in the range of a German hefe, it's a solid offering.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eire
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erik-P
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent effort at the German Weiss style!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This may be the second best American hefe. (New Glarus' Dancing Man tops it for sheer refreshment.)
SN's Kellerweis shows something different: that American brewers can get very close to the best originals if they apply themselves. (Kinda like the way Japanese applied themselves and started producing the best cars in the 1970s.) Kellerweis is the complete package and competes for a place among the bottom half of the top 10 Hefes in my book.

Kellerweis' sub-par Looks are quickly made up for with Smells having all the good stuff of the top 5... probably just milder. Tastes are in this stratosphere as well. Feel is a bit thin to be a contender for the crown, but that seems to be a trade-off in this subtle style.

Despite SN having 21 Hads from me (putting them about #6), I still shy from them for fear of hops. I am very glad to see that they took on this difficult style and conquered it.

Kellerweis is listed in the "1001" and deserves to be there.

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Photo of PMarcy78
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Harrison8
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, murky yellow with a thick foamy white head. Head retention is strong, with fair lacing left behind. Spicy yeast, coriander, cloves and wheat make up a simple, but startlingly German, aroma. Taste is very simplier, with banana, clove, coriander, wheat, and a bit of spicy yeast on the back. Delicious, and despite the long list of notes, is rather simplistic in it's flavor. Feel is smooth, medium-thin consistency, and exceptionally easy to drink - or gulp. Just a bit of carbonation harshness at the end. Overall, a sublime brew that is easy to gulp. It truly pleases. It would be at home enjoyed outside on a blisteringly hot summer day, or around a cool campfire in the woods. Yum.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of paullmcm25
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davidkg84
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Very light body. Pours heavy and thick. Very rich flavor

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Photo of Toolbox462
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of xt0n1cx
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tonyllau
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ajwii33
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MFMB
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Excellent beer a nice golden slightly murky pour. Fresh pop of fruit in the nose. Slight graininess at first then the fruitiness hits you, banana and a bit of citrus to me with a little bit of clove there too. Very smooth very drinkable.

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Photo of Aqualad
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Impressive appearance, drops the traditional cloudy yellow with a solid 1" white head on it. Aroma a mixture of clove and banana yeast smells.

Taste still hits those banana and clove notes with a substantial amount of wheat in the mouthfeel, texture is almost gritty. Mild sweetness. Smooth. Bitterness in check, hop usage, for Sierra Nevada, is almost nonexistant.

Just a solid beer in a style I'm not usually down with, but this one is easily described as one of the best from any region.

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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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