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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Ratings: 4,027 |  Reviews: 1,376
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been using BeerAdvocate for quite some time now and even though I studied in Austria (on the border of Bavaria in Salzburg), I have never written a beer review. However, during my time abroad, I honed my senses for good beer.

This hefeweizen really surprised me, because it only has a few superiors that I've encountered, even in the land of this beer type's origin, Bavaria.

As to the appearance, it appears exactly as a Hefewiezen ought to, albeit without the head retention that is so sought after in craft brewing. However, the color and cloudiness are picture perfect.

To me, the smell isn't exactly anything to write home about, but the second the beer hits the taste buds, an explosion of flavor occurs, telling a tale of citrus and a hint of cloves.

The mouthfeel is rich and velvety, exactly as an unfiltered wheat beer ought to be.

Overall, this is a great American (and therefore cheaper) alternative to the German (Bavarian) progenitors of this style.


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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

poured from a 355ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy pale gold, with about 1cm of fluffy white head. i was expecting more head, but given i didn't have a weizen glass on hand im giving it the benefit of the doubt.

S- Straight up, a whole lot of banana and bubblegum sweetness, a touch of yeasty spice and bit of clove but i am searching for it to get it through the banana and gum.

T- like the smell there is a lot of banana straight up, the bubblegum and sweetness is a bit more restrained here, and that lets a little more yeast come through. not getting too much on the clove or aromatic hop front, the hop seems mainly for bittering.

M- nice body, a touch of spritzy carbonation on the front of the tongue, nice finish and a very dry length.

O- a very solid effort, one of my favourite non-german/austrian wheat beers, but at the same time, i dont feel it measures up to the classics of the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 8/25/2011. Pours a nice and hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty lacign on the glass; and some nice fine carbonation is streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, lemon peel, pepper, bread, wheat, and yeast spices. Fantastic and classic hefeweizen aromas here with great balance. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, wheat, yeast spices, lemon, and some breadiness. Lingering notes of yeast spices, bread, clove, and banana on the finish for a bit. A hair on the watery side, but still has a very nice flavor profile. Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. A very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable. Alcohol is hardly even present as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced hefeweizen. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and widely available at your local grocery store beer aisle. Definitely something I will keep in mind next time I want a tasty session beer at a good price.

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

A- This was definitely an enjoyable Kellerweis. Bright yellow with a thick, foamy, 2 finger head that took for ever to leave.
S- Plenty of ripe banana notes, as well as clove and bubblegum. Really spicy (yeast strain), and almost overly floral on the bouquet.
T- This one was bright_ Lots of ripe bananas and clove, much like the smell. This is one of those beers where your sense of smell is really dead on with what you taste. Very bready and crsip as well.
M- The mouthfeel on this opne was pretty standard. Quite crisp and clean with a very dry finish. A nice contrast to all the sweet notes from the actual drinking of the beer.
O- This is definitely one to go after. It's quite pleasant and easy to find. If you don't mind the semi-strange fruit notes and strong esters, this is a beer for you.

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3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A few kinds words about this one were given to me recently and I realized I hadn't had it. The heck is wrong with me! Anyway time to test this one out.

It a hefe. Thick and cloudy yeast filled orange body, tall creamy looking head. Doesn't have the retention or lacing needed to push it to a 5 though.

A nice banana and clove aroma. There's a hint less malt and power than perhaps hoped for, but we're in the top hefe levels here.

There is a bit of a cali flavor here. Perhaps a kiss of hops or a dash of citrus lemon note that's covered up well, but it shifts this one a bit. The bananas and cloves are a given. This one is a touch too sour for me.

The biggest flaw here comes from the mouth feel. Far from the creamy body I'd hoped for. Instead just solid and enjoyable on a hot day.

I always passed on this one due to feeling it was a summer beer and nothing more. I was wrong. This is a solid a good American version of a Hef, but I do'nt see myself lining up to repeat this one. That said the price here will justify me recommending this to my more cost concerned hef fan friends.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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