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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat
4,089 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No easy bottled on date, but SN's code says this was bottled in late July.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a modestly bright yellow-gold away from light, a pale yellow with even paler yellow highlights when held up to a point source. Not as dark as the Weihenstephaner. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken. Better lacing than Weihenstephaner.

Strong aroma of wheat/barley malt combination along with lemon or other bright citrus and some ripe banana and band-aid odor. Other scents are present, but less robust, and include: yeast, miscellaneous sweet spices. Less complex overall than Weihenstephaner, seems to be less robust and in-your-face, somewhat drab.

Taste opens with bright sweetness that quickly clouds over into ripe bananas. Other flavors include bubblegum, yeast, and very light coriander. Aftertaste of bready, yeasty, ripe bananas, unripe pears, and is slightly tart. Still, not as "aggressive" as Weihenstephaner. I've found that to really enjoy the taste of this beer, it needs to be in a glass and sit for a bit; drinking directly from the bottle doesn't allow much of the flavors to develop, for whatever reason.

The beer is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation level that lets this feel very smooth on the palate, maybe a bit undercarbonated, actually. Finish is dry, which complements the mild tartness in the aftertaste nicely.

This was a good hefeweizen. A bit muted, compared to Weihenstephaner, but sometimes that's what you're looking for. Also, probably the most acceptable clone of a German wheat beer I've found.

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A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with almost no head

S: Strong clove and banana with typical yeasty and fruity notes

T: Same as the smell, again very yeasty and fruity with cloves and banana

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation due to the yeast

O: This is certainly one of the better American-made hefes that I've had. Easy to drink, too. Nice job SN

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,089 ratings
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