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

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Photo of hoplover82
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are not many times when I give a beer a perfect score, but this one TOTALLY deserves it, my goodness. Only a couple beer have made a perfect score in my book, and this is one of them indeed.

A-Pours in my big snifer, a beautiful, luscious hazy deep yellow color with a thick and creamy white head that has outstanding retention and gorgeous lacing.

S-And the aroma is no exception. It wofts notes of clove spiced green apples. Perfect for the style. Wow is all else I can say... As it warms, some very slight hints of bannana come through too.

T-The flavor is first of sweet wheaty, yeasty goodness, which is balanced by the very noticable, but perfect amount of hop bitterness. I think I might be getting some earthy hop flavor too, but that might just be the yeast characteristics. Pretty clovy in the flavor too. Which is per style. And again some hints of bannana underneath as it warms.

M-This has a full creamy body with a dry finish... Luscious indeed.

D-I could totally drink this all day and night at a barbaque or family reunion and such. This goes down so full body, yet smooth and lighter in abv so it's extremely sessionable. Very impressed with this one from SN. Another job well done, and year round too! man...

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a rich and cloudy yellowish-orange in color with a modest head.

Smell - The big banana and sweetish yeast come pretty darn close to pulling off a traditional nose. There's a light orange tinge that seems to blend in with the flavors and provides a nice, fruity, summertime atmosphere to this beer.

Taste - The banana is subdued at the taste but still there and the orange flavors take one step forward. I'm usually not a big fan of orange in my HW but this isn't bad. It's not like an orange juice drink but more like an orange rind. The yeast does a great job of keeping up with the other flavors and really is the deciding factor in producing a tasty all around profile.

Mouthfeel - This just does make the grade with a light body helped along by tingly carbonation. There is a complete absence of bitterness to this HW, and I say that only because the SN Wheat Beer crapola that was such a disappointment had among other things a horrendously inappropriate leafy bitterness at the finish. So, kudos for learning from your mistakes.

Drinkability - I can count on one hand the number of successful American efforts at the style and include this one from SN in that group. Other than a few hard to find examples, if we're talking general availability, Brooklyn Brewing makes the only hefe weizen that compares favorable to this. If you've ever had Rio Salado's Hurricane Hefe that and this SN are strikingly similar. Overall a tremendous product from SN that really showcases the depth of the brewmasters there.

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Photo of confer
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed with this beer. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading about background and looking at the fantastic pictures from the open fermentation tank.
The appearnce is actually a little less cloudy that most Hefes, but the color is the typical rich gold. The smell is faint banana and clove. The taste just doesn't thrill me. Banana and clove is there but very understated. A little bit of a salty taste. Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I won't be buying this beer again.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Packaged on date of "9195" on the side, meaning it was bottled on 7/15/09.

A: Light golden yellow hazy color with your typical cloudiness for the style. Pretty good head, and nice lacing as it's being consumed.

S: Nose is full of spicy clove, bananna, vanilla, lemon, a little citrus orange, rounded out with a wheat character from the malt. Reminds of a pleasant flower in nature when taken in as a whole.

T: Semi sweet wheat malt up front that is quickly met with a complex array of flavors that range from clove, bananna orange, lemon, and vanilla. Floral like notes hit the back on the tongue to accompany the slight bitterness from the hops (can you believe "slight" coming from Sierra Nevada) which make for a semi-dry finish. Sweetness of the wheat malt and a touch of bananna & vanilla remains in the aftertaste.

M: I normally just bundle the mouthfeel section with the taste, but the mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. Being a hefeweizen, it is obviously a bit on the lighter side, as it should be for the style. However, SN did a superb job of making giving this a medium bodied feel that is somewhat creamy but yet crisp at the end. In other words, you basically get the best of all worlds with this beer's mouthfeel, as it never weighs you down, but never gets watery either.

D&Notes: What can I say? Here we have a brewery that is almost synonymous with hoppy ales brewing a world-class style of beer that is known for pretty much everything EXCEPT hops. If anybody needed proof that SN is capable of brewing outstanding beers that don't have a lot of hops, look no further. I would stack this up against any Bavarian brewed hefe any time. Since it's brewed fresh here in the U.S. and in a nice dark brown bottle, I never have to really worry about getting one that is skunked and/or old. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer for any occasion, but especially good in the summer. I am normally not a hefe guy (probably somewhat due to the fact that many American "hefeweizens" are nothing more than wheat beers and imports are often stale), but this is truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of carp420
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz->imperial pint glass

big bubbly foamy head coats this brew, it almost has an all natural apple juice look to it, the head is impressive and last somewhat and it's laces provide nice curtains down the side of the mug

nice malted wheat smell, toned down bananas and cloves, floral smell as well with a bit of citrus, mainly orange.

taste like it smells, nice hefe taste up front, lots of bready malts that linger, the blend is kinda all over the place

thick and creamy mouthfeel, almost a buttery effect

i am a fan of this beer but it did not meet up to expectations,
it's a different effort from sierra nevada, hardly no hops at all and i think thats what i was kinda hoping for. a hoppy weiss beer, this is not it.

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

Nice in the style hefeweizen from SN.

Pours straw colored and slightly cloudy with a nice head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing. Nicely carbonated.

Smell is at first banana with wheat and a light spice.

Taste is clove, light malt, wheat and maybe a little pepper.

Mouthfull is nice, light, almost thin with a faint bittering.

This is a very drinkable beer and perfect for a hot summer day!

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Photo of Anthony1
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

poured a hazy straw color. 2 finger head and not much lace.

smells of citrus and east, some spice, lemon, but everything is mild

tastes wheaty nice pale malts and citrus. hints of the banana/clove, but not enough.

easy to drink, would definitly get it at a bar, but not bother bringing more home

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Photo of sweemzander
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. No visible bottled date except for random numbers.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a billowy white ample head with average retention. Tons of sticky lace.

(S)- Lots of lemony wheat with a light spice I cant pinpoint. Light orange citrus present.

(T)-Light bready wheat with ample lemon/orange fruits with a really crisp finish of bananna and light clove.

(M)- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing with good layered flavors. Great carbonation too.

(D)- A solid beer that is perfect for spring/summer. Definitely easy drinking that will quench any thirst you might have.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer popped up in my local stores about a week or two ago.. and SN has yet to disappoint me so have to give it a try. This is a great hefe right here, much better than the run of the mill one most breweries do to throw in their mixed 12 pack. This one seems a bit more citrus/lemony (along with the usual banana/clove flavors) than most Hefe's, but it's cool to have a little unique taste to it. Nice full body to it, nice and smooth finish and nice carbonation to it. A great refreshing beer to have on a nice/hot day... keep up the good work SN!

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Photo of ggddaaee1
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pour/Color: Poured a dark yellow/light orange with a heavy haze.

Smell: Strong clove smell, with some of the classic hefe banana.

Taste/Feel: Taste the clove with some banana/orange. Goes down easy...I could easily drink several in a sitting.

Overall a great American hefe without the imported hefe price tag. I would definitely purchase again.

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

pours a glorious head with great retention and a cloudy yellow color.

smell is of banana and clove with a touch of vanilla.

touch of malt sweetness. this reminds me of a dampf beer that I made with a good portion of munich malt. the banana and clove with some vanilla comes out. The balance of clove, banana, and vanillas is heavenly. I really want them to come out just a bit more though. hop bitterness is low, minimal grassy and citrusy notes

good malt sweetness and fullness on the palate with good crispness.

not bad at all. very complex but it could be a little more intense in the esters for my personal tastes.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very hazy dark yellow body that borders on being an orangish color in the center. Huge, rocky, bone-white head. Good retention, good lacing, good looking beer.

The smell also has all the traits of a German hefeweizen. Lots of Banana, some pepper, wheat, very phenolic.

The hefeweizen yeast and the wheat body are doing their jobs in Kellerweis. Fruity banana is probably the prominant flavor here, but a touch of lemon peel compliments it along with some bubble gum notes. The finish has a big pepper or coriander like flavor that is quite nice. The malted wheat is in the background throughout. Peppery flavors stay strong in the after taste.

The body is very thin, maybe just a touch too thin. Moderate carbonation.

This is a very drinkable hefeweizen that is definitely made to style. Also, the price is great. In New York I've been picking it up for 7.49 a sixer (on sale I guess), and in PA it runs about $33 a case. This is a great buy.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew looks like a great choice for August!

A cloudy, straw-gold color, fast bubbles, 3" deep, wild-frothy all-white head with tinges of yeastie goodness mixed around at the top. Semi-sticky lacing, slow dissipation.

There's a Belgian-yeastie aroma upfront, a Belgian wit comes to mind with cloves, banana, and honey in the light malt. Gentle fruits pop out later and musty hops.

This is a crispy, light malt with dry wheat, light citrus notes, musty herbs and tangy red fruits. Pretty dang earthy, bring it on!! a dry and smooth feel makes this a great thirst quencher with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

This seems like a hybrid of sorts to me, with traditional Hefe flavor's but also a complex, snappy yeast brings in a Belgian effect. I'm not complaining!

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Photo of jonziefle
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured a honey color, with half-finger foamy white head. Ever so slightly cloudy, almost clear. No sediment or yeast in the glass, but plenty in the bottom of the bottle. Head retention is okay, reducing to a thin layer. Visible carbonation. Some lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Smells of banana and bubblegum. Some wheat malt down deep. Subdued spices (cinnamon and clove) and mild sweetness. Very fresh, very appealing.

Taste: Light wheat malts and subtle banana flavors. Just the right amount of sweetness and mild spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a little carbonation bite up front. Very smooth and easy to drink. Flavors linger well.

Drinkability: An excellent Hefe; might actually be my new favorite. Perfect combination of freshness, flavor, and easy drinking, while remaining completely true to the style. Very refreshing. A must try.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the color was of a hazy lemon yellow, with very little foam, but some lace retention. The smell of cloves and citrus was very evident, with a hint of a yeasty nature. The taste of cloves, yeast, wheat and lemon citrus was pleasant, I could not pick up the banana flavor. Nicely balanced fruit and spices to make this Kellerweis Hefeweizen very exceptable on the palate.

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

poured into hefe glass. pours extremely cloudy, opaque cloudy, yellow straw color. huge creamy white head with great retention. good lacing as while.

in the aroma you get that traditional hefe yeast, banana, clove, bubblegum. citrus, sweet, wheaty malt.

in the taste you get a lot of clove, bubblegum, bannana, citrus, orange, some sweet malts, all over balanced typical hefe.

light mouthfeel, great creamy refreshing mouthfeel. velvety as said on the bottle. great drinkability for the summer. nice sessionable beer.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 8-17-09
Bottled on day 189 of 2009.

Pours about as cloudy as it gets, with a great pale dark yellow color. A filmy head leaves thin but pleasant lacing.

Smell is all wheat, very fruity with just a hint of banana. Enjoyable, but with a bit too much beery edge.

Taste is alot like the smell, good, but nowhere near as complex as some of the better hefes. The finish is light, and not too bready. Like a pale wheat ale without the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, spot-on for the style.

Drinkability is also good, very light with well managed sweetness.

Overall, a good beer, but not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy, dark yellow color with a large white head that settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing. The aroma is not that strong but it consists of typical hefe aromas of bananas and cloves. Nothing spectacular about the flavor. Mild bubblegum, banana, and clove flavors. A little sweeter than a lot of hefes I have had recently. The body is very underwhelming. Even for a low ABV session ale, I expect more then this watery texture. Adequate carbonation for the style. I was underwhelmed by this beer. After drinking a lot of some locally produced hefes, this just does not compete with them.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold in a pint glass. As per directions, poured 2/3 into glass, swirled remainder to get the yeast in suspension, finished the pour.

This is a very hazy, cloudy yellow beer with the appearance of a pale cider. Thick head settles quickly leaving a skim layer on top.

Aroma is really pleasant with citrus, banana, and clove. Smells almost like a fresh fruit salad.

Flavor is very well done. It has a lemon citrus flavor with more banana and subtle spice. Overall sweet but balance comes from light hopping and spice.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel with good balance from mild bittering. Creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Great drinkability - this would make a fantastic summer session.

Overall a really impressive beer. I love that Sierra Nevada can create these exceptional beers, mass produce them, and have consistent high quality. Just goes to show, bigger breweries can still be great.

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

thick head forms, then recedes to a thin layer on the beer. it is cloudy and straw yellow. the wheat is unmistakeable in the smell along with lemon and a slight hint of banana and clove. taste is lemon, some banana, a slight hint of the hops in the finish, but with it comes a delicious banana flavor. wow, i'm really impressed with this beer. mouthfeel is a bit chewey, nicely carbed. drinkability is insanely high.

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

L: Pours a golden yellow with a medium sized and light bodied fluffy white head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, some toasted malts, and a nice lemony-citrus aroma followed by a slight banana-clove aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, this one has a nicely balanced sweet wheat and toasted malt base underneath a nice citrusy flavor with only a hint of banana and clove at the end. I liked the taste a lot, this one was a nice surprise.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, prefect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, I would recommend this one.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner glass, proper hefe swirl and all.

Cloudy straw color with thick airy head that laces well throughout. Biscuity nose with a hint of clove, with clove more assertive in taste. Banana taste is more subtle than in most hefes.

Great mouthfeel; very drinkable, but hops a bit too crisp in the finish. Almost biting...

A good beer, I'll drink it again.

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Photo of skrib09
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured gold in color immensely hazed with yeast and wheat. snow capped on top.

smells nutty, of bananas and cloves, and a "carbohydrate" like smell.

unripened bananas, sweetness, a hint of spice, and a hint of fresh lemons dominate the flavor profile. plenty of wheat coming through in the end.

crispy and very clean mouthfeel. refreshing summertime feel. smooth and drinkable for the long hours of the day.

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Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the stubby bottle a hazed and sediment swished yellow-gold colour with a big creamy head which leaves lots of chunky lace. beautiful looking beer. aroma is a nice combination of spicy clove, vanilla and bubblegum esters...a good dose of that yummy banana, too. the taste is a wholesome conglomeration of wheat and lemon notes with a spicy kick that screams hefeweizen. it has a rawness about it that seems quite grainy and husky. the mouthfeel is all velvety and soft. body seems a touch heavier than it actually is, since it's incredibly easy to quaff. drinkability is great. a great summer time addition to my drinking lineup and a tremendous hefeweizen in it's own right.

definitely recommended. another great beer from SN.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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