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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4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -23.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Had out of a bottle, with instructions right on it about pouring 2/3, then swirling and pouring the rest. There's decent amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle that no amount of swirling could dislodge. Color is golden, opaque. Pours with a big frothy head that dissipates slowly.

S - Truly amazing smell. Bananas and cloves come at you from a mile away. Also yeasty and bready aromas. Barely detectable hop presence.

T - A touch of hop bitterness followed by bananas and cloves. Some resinous hop character.

M - Almost creamy. This is a super smooth, easy drinking beer. I could drink pint after pint of this.

O - This is an outstanding beer. The drinkability is what I really enjoy, along with the perfect balance of hops, yeast, aroma. I have to slow myself down to savor it.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle with label coded 1182 1 0746 – bottled on July 1, 2011 and consumed November 2011

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen filled my Weihenstephan weizen glass with a cloudy/hazy orange gold while producing a 1 ¾ finger bubbly white head. A collar of foam was left behind as I consumed this enjoyable hefeweizen. While the appearance was inviting it was not as impressive as other hefeweizens I have had.

The aroma was dominated by banana, light clove and light fruit. The flavor is of muted [spicy] clove upfront, followed by ripe bananas, a little bubblegum and some lemon/fruit notes. Mouth feel; leaves a smooth texture on the palate, medium bodied with a crisp, dry and pleasant aftertaste.

Sierra Nevada has a winner here – I could drink this hefe all year long, however, most enjoyable during the warmer months. To date, the best American brewed hefeweizen I have had.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going back to my first style in the craft beer game.

A: Single fingered, soapy bright white head forms atop this pale golden bodied brew and dissipaits rather quickly. Bubbles continue to rise throughout the tasting allowing the very thin film to persist. Little lacing.

S: Banana, lemon, nice grassy and floral notes unlike those you find in IPA's. Spices make up the backend and are balanced with sugary scents.

T: The front mirrors the scent completely, but the strong grassy notes in the middle persist and mellow the trailing spices allowing harmony between them and the sweet notes.

M: Light for the style, highly carbonated.

O: One of the best of the variety. Sierra Nevada has done it again.

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Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,105 ratings