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 Bierguy5
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 4.8% ABV. Pours a cloudy, bright gold color. White fluffy head disappears after a couple minutes. Not much lace here either.

Lots of banana and bubblegum in the nose. A bit of clove, and a hint of tartness round things out, and make it seem very true to style.

Tartness comes in up front, but nice and subtle. A wave of banana comes in next, and fades into bubblegum. Minimal amount of clove. A slight citrus note at the end.

Light body, needs a bit more carbonation to liven it up. Very easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard good things about this brew, and I finally got around to trying it. It pours an appropriate hazy straw color, but the head isn't as big as I would expect for a German-style hefeweizen. The aroma is okay, but it's too light and weak. It doesn't have enough of the traditional clove/spice that I enjoy. There is some of that, but there's also some sour-ish character to the nose. The taste has (some of) the characteristics of German hefes that I look for, but there's also a light addition of lemon along with a stronger tartness than I usually like in my hefes. The mouthfeel is too thin for the style. The more I sip on this brew, the more the watery-ness becomes apparent and disappointing. Still, this beer is a nice, refreshing stab at a German hefe. You certainly couldn't go wrong when drinking one of these on a hot Summer day. Lawnmower and/or session beer? Sure...a fine choice and sooo much better than any macro or some other light ale/lager. To be fair, this is one of the better American-made German hefes I've had in a while. With that being said, I prefer a true-German hefe. I even did a blind tasting with this SN hefe and some German hefe, and I preferred a German version. Oh well, I'm still happy to see SN brewing something like this and doing a respectable job with it.

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Photo of bfields4
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant orange hue offsets a pale golden body. Thin lacy head.

Herbal cloves nice spice and light banana notes. A hint of bready yeast.

Bananas are very present with a nice herbal spice lighter on the cloves the aroma and flavors seem to reverse on the intensities.

High carbonation lights up the tongue. Very traditional hefenweizen. Wouldn't go so far to put this up there with Weihenstephaner, but pretty spot on for an American take on the style.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-weisse glass.

A--Golden hazy body with an aggressive white tightly creamy 3 finger head. Dissipates in lovely chunky sheets down the side of the glass. Picture perfect.

S--Right out of the gate this is absolutely lovely: bananas over top of apricot and peach. So, so fresh and summery. Somehow /smells/ spritzy. Can't wait to taste. Yeast is subdued but has a pizza dough proof aspect lurking behind all those fresh fruits. More hops than is usual for the style, but not hoppy by any means.

T--Oh my sweet heaven. This is smooth, tangy, bubbly, and wonderful. Much more on the mellow side, with subdued clove phenols and tapered off wheaty tang. The wheat is present, but it doesn't have that pale lemony bite of Ayinger. But neither is it as hefty as Schneder-Weisse, which pours up nearly amber. This is closer to Weihenstephaner, which is high praise indeed. The freshness of this domestic hefe really helps showcase the grainbill--there's some husky wheat and even barley undertones in the middle of the flavor profile, like a fresh baguette or loaf of sourdough--amid the yeasty swirl of gummy dough and bubblegum and banana/peach. This is the smoothie of beers. Tasterrific.

M&D--Mouthfeel is just a tad zippy, but I'm just digging for something critical to say. It ain't easy. Drinkability is off the hook, as I'd pick this up anywhere anybody put it down. Super refreshing--perfect for spring and summer, but I'd take it in fall, winter, morning, noon, while sleeping...

You get the idea. And at less than 10 a six, um...heaven? You know everything you want and expect from Corona given their marketing campaign? Well, here it is, except in bottle liquid reality. This tastes like a relaxing beach--you don't have to squinch your eyes shut and pop another lime in the bottle to imagine something refreshing past the cooked cabbage that is Corona.

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Photo of natasharai
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with a nice creamy off white head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving almost no lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Ripe banana, light spicy clove, apple, honey, some yeasty dough toward the end.

Taste: Fruity banana and apple, small clove spice, tangy wheat, some yeasty malty flavors, nice citrus/floral hop presence, sweet floral honey. Ends with a crisp refreshing flavor of the fruity flavors combined with the hoppy flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a lot of carbonation, strong tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and hops, leaves mouth refreshed.

Overall: Really good hefe, very refreshing. Nice fruit flavors with a small spice. The hops are more prevalent than in most other hefes but not overpowering. Very refreshing beer to enjoy anytime.

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

A- An unbelievably cloudy yellow liquid that has an almost milky effect. The white head is very creamy looking and it leaves some nice lacing.

S- Bananas, clove, white bread, and a bit of pepper. I expected a bit more of Sierra Nevada-ness to this. Smells just like it should.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Pretty mild, but very nice.

M- Wonderfully creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. There is a nice, dry aftertaste.

D- A great take on the style and rivals some of the Germans. I am impressed.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: cloudy, straw-yellow. white head that dissipates quickly.

S: clove spiciness is the main aroma. some faint banana and a hint of yeast aroma are there, but very subdued.

T: the clove spiciness still is the main taste. the banana comes in more pronounced than the aroma. also some graininess is noted, but subtle.

MF: medium-light body and moderately high carbonation.

Drinkability: the drinkability is high, its a good beer, but i wish the banana flavor and aroma were more pronounced.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lemon orange in color with a bit of haze initially, becoming deeper and cloudier with a full pour. An inch of just off white head slowly bubbles down and throws off ample lacing and is easily regenerated as well given a steady release of carbonation.

Smell is a bit sour with just half the bottle with lots of ripe banana and light citrus blending with notes of wheat and yeast when poured fully. Nose is very clean and hints at just a touch of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with banana and a bit of lemon. Has a slightly chewy wheat finish and offers enough carbonation to hold some soft citrus flavors well in the finish. Sweetness detected on the nose stays in the background but helps smooth the feel a bit, as this brew doesn't have steep dropoff to dryness you might find in a German Hefe.

A nice American take on the style, pretty legit with a slight bent towards smooth over dry. Will reserve one for a side by side with the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier I think....

P.S., don't serve this beer too cold as the head and flavors are rather sensitive to temperature.

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

A- huge expansive ivory head with cascading action and a magnificent creaminess. the look of this foam rivals that of any german wheat beer i've seen . once the yeast is in, the beer takes on a cloudy ochre yellow color where it was once a brighter albeit still hazy lemon yellow.

S- a bit spicier and more citrusy than traditional weiss , with aromas going beyond banana and clove and into coriander, orange, lemon, and white grape territory. whatever method of open fermentation allowed the yeast to do it's thang like this, i'm diggin it. yeast vapors fume out and up my nose. with a sweet toasty wheat and some faint herbal hop.

T- not as tangy as i would like, but still damn good. very grainy and bready with some banana and clove but more of an earthy wood and stone type of yeast taste and less citrus as well. just a bit of leafy vinous hop flavor and no bitterness. clean white bread and yeast finish is clearly the exact intention of this masterful brew.

MF- this body of this baby is so ridiculously plush i could take a nap in it. gentle, extremely tight carbonation has a nitro feel to it, and with a sip the beer is transformed to a pillow of wheat protein and love, rolling effortlessly around on the palate and leaving only a pleasant filmy reminder of powdery yeast on the cheeks. medium bodied, feels like full and drinks like light.

D- a damn brilliant masterpiece and a year round one at that! taste for me didn't get the aces but it just doesn't fit the ideals i have about traditional german hefes. everything else is unstoppable and perfect IMO and the rest of this sixer will be gone before the night is over.

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Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a slightly hazy yellow, doesn't have the typical cloudiness you see in Hefe's. A thick, fluffy, white dissipated at a slightly quicker than moderate pace, leaving little lacing.

The typical aromas for the style are present, but subdued. Same goes for the flavors. The body was smooth and evenly full. Drinkability was easy. Overall an average version of the style, I could see keeping a few of these in the fridge during the summer, even though I prefer Wits over Hefe's. Worth trying.

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Photo of donmonkey1
1.73/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: Cloudy medium yellow/orange with a decent white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Yeasty with a touch of that spice I hate but can't think of its name. It smells like cloves

Taste: It's got that yucky clove spice. I think it's called coriander.

Mouthfeel: Water

Drinkability: Bad. It has that yucky clove tasting spice that ruins the beer. It's in almost all wheat beers and it's normal to have that spice but I hate it.

Because the beer has that awful clove tasting spice, it really sux.

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

Kellerweis pours an attractive straw color. Looks spot-on for a good Hefe. It's extremely hazy, but no yeast particles are noted. It's topped with an immense white head that reaches nearly three fingers in depth. It was rather quick to dissipate and left only light specks of lace behind. For the style, I'm not sure you can do a whole lot better. Good lookin' stuff.

The nose good, but lacks just a little in strength. Spices are noted right off the bat. It smells like mostly clove and pepper, but there are surely some others to a lesser degree. Smells earthy and very grainy. Yeast is quite prominent and adds a nice dimension to it. Banana is noted, but comes through a little too weak. I'm hopeful that'll be a different story in flavor. It has a stronger hop presence than I expected. At least that's true in smell. Kellerweis smells good. It'd smell better with more muscle and banana. I'm nitpicking a little.

The flavor profile largely mirrors the nose. It's honestly a little better, but not so much to warrant a score bump. Spices hit the palate first and kick things off nicely. It is mostly a mix of clove and pepper with perhaps a few others for good measure. Banana is present and works nicely with clove. Personally, I'd like more banana, but there's enough here to do the job. Hops are surprisingly strong and give the flavor a nice jolt. I don't know what types were used here, but it certainly tastes like some mix of Noble hops. It is grainy and earthy. Yeast is prominent and adds quality depth. I'm waffling on the score here. This is good stuff. Really good. If it had just a little more banana, it'd be superb. But, it's not quite there. Very close though.

Kellerweis has a light body that's nice and smooth. It's very good, but feels just the slightest bit too thin. Carbonation is active, but doesn't hurt it by any means. Drinkability is very high. In typical Sierra Nevada fashion, this stuff goes down like a dream. It's also only 4.8% abv. I could literally drink this stuff all night.

I'm yet to run across a Sierra Nevada beer that I don't like. Kellerweis is a fantastic addition to their lineup. It's not one of the world's finest Hefes, but it is a damn good one that's readily available and has an attractive price tag. The only small qualm I have with it is the slightly weak banana presence. A little more would easily improve it. Be that as it may, this is damn good stuff. I'm glad to see Sierra Nevada adding some new stuff to their arsenal. Keep it up, guys. Very good stuff.

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Photo of CHickman
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold color with a 2 inch creamy tan head, that smells of yeast, lemon, clove and wheat (it actually smells kind of like a bar floor after closing, but in a good way). Light and crisp with lemon and clove flavor up front followed by malt, wheat, yeast and light spices; hop, malt and spice finish that is dry and refreshing. Overall an earthy feel and great texture from the sediment in this beer with very light carbonation, which makes it easy to drink. Nice lemon and yeast combo that balances out the hop and zest at the end.

It's fun to swirl the bottle to try and get all the sediment to jar loose and pour into the glass. A great summer beer and an outstanding version of a Hefeweizen. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this since I saw the ad in Beer Advocate. Pours a very cloudy yellow color with a slight but vigorous head. Smelled very yeasty and the immediate taste was lemon but then I got banana and spice. While this is not my favorite style I really enjoyed this one, especially the full body and complexity.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle yellow and clear; swirled the remaining amount in the bottle and the ale turned typically cloudy with yeast with a nice pillowy, fluffy white head.

Initially I was disappointed when I popped open the bottle - there was very little aroma. However, after the pour the familiar yeasty aromas of the hefe-weizen came through.

It began with a very spritzy, refreshing taste of banana and faint bubble gum. I was pleased with the faint clove like flavor that is often too noticeable in other wheat ales.

Lighter in body than more traditional german hefe-weizens but still packing a lot of flavors with perfect carbonation for this style. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel.

This is a very quaffable wheat beer - from the lighter flavors and lower alcohol than the hefes I have tried. It can be difficult to find american versions that do this style justice - this one is more or less on the mark.

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

pours a cloudy yellow with a large white foamy head, and a very good lacing.

smell is of wheat, citrus, banana, and some spice.

taste is crisp, wheat, a touch of citrus, some banana, and spice, ends on the dry side.

overall an above average hefeweizen.

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

Beer pours up a hazy gold, head dissipates a little quicker than I had hoped. The aroma is clove and citrus and maybe some green banana. A decent amount of yeast in the bottle really makes this beer shine. The flavor is heavy on clove and banana, with low to moderate hop bitterness singing backup nicely. It has an almost creamy finish. Good amount of carbonation brings out some lemon peel. I really like that Sierra went so hardcore with this beer, with open fermentation and warm temperatures. I will definitely be purchasing more before summer is out.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a Stone tulip (glass courtesy of alfrantzell). Thanks Arne!

A: Pours a cloudy, milky golden color. Head is a fluffy inch of foam that lasts a long time and remains at least a modest cap on the brew. Each swig leaves lots of lacing, but nothing sticks down the sides as I drink.

S: Lots of banana, lemon, and bubblegum. Wheat, clove, and something of an herbal hop note in there as well, with the latter giving it quite a bit of depth over most weizens.

T: Banana, lemon, bubblegum up front. Most of the wheat is found in the mid-taste. The end adopts an earthy note from the herbal hop component, along with a spicy touch that complements the dry body. Hops crop up again in the aftertaste. This is definitely one of the most interesting weizens I've tasted (not that I'm an expert). The only reason I'm not rating it higher here is that I'm not a big fan of the hop variety that they chose, and the earthiness is a little off-putting in this profile.

M: Body is surprisingly chewy for something that is light-bodied. Has high carbonation as appropriate for the style, and of course well-masked ABV. Its dryness is accentuated with a spicy kick in the finish.

D: I see the quality and craftsmanship in this beer, but because I don't quite like the flavor, I think I'd go with another one next time.

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Photo of montageman
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy, golden pour. A really well crafted hefeweizen. Strong notes of banana, lemon, and clove on the tongue with a decent bodied mouthfeel. Aroma of citrus, bread, and apple. An easy drinking hefe - tasty and sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. stubby

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a super-thick frothy, white head. Perfect nose of over-ripe banana peel, fresh baked honey-wheat bread and lemon zest. The brew is medium bodied with a fluffy texture with a little slickness. Great malt sweetness up front of fresh peaches and wheat, tons of bubble gum/clove notes from the yeast, finished crisp and refreshing with hints of citrus. This beer is absolutely delicious! It is my new favorite summer beer. I have drank at least a case by myself this summer. I guarantee that you will not find a better hefeweizen brewed in the United States.


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Photo of hike20
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light amber-yellow with a huge fine-bubbled head. Aroma of wheat and bananas with s touch of citrus. Wow, the taste and feel is much softer and more delicate than I expected. Malty, fruity (bananas and citrus) and a bit of cloves, with a touch of bitter at the end. Took me half the glass to pick out the flavors, and this one goes down fast and easy. This beer practically drinks itself, and I could see me consuming a 6-er of these too quickly. That would be perhaps a bit of a shame as the flavors are also worth savoring.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a cloudy, opaque golden yellow color with a one finger head that settles into a heavy collar. Kind of hard to see what carbonation may be taking place in the haze. The aroma is floral & spice, with just a faint hint of banana and lemon. 1st sip is initially sweet & crisp, with some spicy clove, a hint of banana, and a tangy, almost citrusy aftertaste. The mouth feel is quite tingly. Drinkability is off the charts, what with the crisp, tart flavor & the relatively low abv. An excellent session beer for the hot, hazy dog days of the summer!!!

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden yellow with two finger head using recommended pour. Straw, clove, and bubblegum dominate the smell and the taste. This is subtle yet complex for what it is, a very refined and tasty classic hefeweizen taste. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, drinkability gets a deduction from me simply because it is not a style that I go crazy for. Very solid beer though.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 JoeyBeerBelly
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Hazed deep yellow color with a fluffy white head that left lots of sticky lacing. There was some nice effervescent action initially after the pour.
Smells like everything a Hefeweizen should smell like, yeast, spices and malted wheat.
Taste is spot on for the style, unlike a lot of other American version hefes which miss the mark.
Medium bodied with good level of carbonation.
Very easy to drink.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,006 ratings.
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