Kellerweis | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bavarian-style Wheat

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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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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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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Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,106 ratings