Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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Ratings: 4,031 |  Reviews: 1,378
Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of victory4me
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of BelgianDip
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of fmccormi
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to a DFH IPA glass (figured it’d be a good complement to this style of beer, actually). Bottling date of February 11, 2013 printed in grey ink with a Julian variant on the shoulder of the bottle (“3050119:20”). So, two and half months old or so.

Appearance (3.75): The head pours to a thick finger of tight, fine, cream-colored foam that dies down slowly; the head caps a nearly opaque, yellowish-amber body. Sure as hell looks like a hefe. Good retention, leaving a centimeter cap for a while after the pour, but the lacing is modest at best: just a couple of suds here and there.

Smell (4.25): Nicely balanced, warm clove and ripe, sweet banana—bit of a spicy, dried straw scent in there too, a little dusty and warm. Lovely. That clove really is the most prominent note but it’s nicely countered and balanced with the weight of the banana sweetness and airy, dusty straw aroma.

Taste (3.5): It’s like a drier, more subtle version of the nose: light banana sweetness underlies a chalky, clove-driven yeast spiciness with a peppery finish. Hops are (expectedly) very subtle, and fittingly grassy in flavor with a mild bitterness. There’s more of the dusty straw character going on here than in the nose. Overall it seems somewhat light, but not in a bad way—just light and easy-going.

Mouthfeel (4.0): The feel is quite good: the body is thick-ish but light-weight, with that chalky yeast character carrying over to the feel. The carbonation is lightly tingly and fully distributed, foaming automatically but not aggressively. Finishes just a touch on the dry side.

Overall (3.75): It’s good, it’s enjoyable, it didn’t wow me. Some people have noted that it isn’t like an authentic, German hefe, and while my experience with the style is relatively limited I’d say that’s probably a fair conclusion. The fruity esters were not nearly as thick or juicy as I would expect from a good hefe (though the nose was quite good), which I was really looking for. But still, it’s a light, easy-drinking, domestic hefe at a good price. Can’t complain about that.

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Photo of spicelab
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opaque honey straw with a very large fluffy white head. Drops relatively quickly until a minor ring and film remains.

Oozing with sweet esters. Boiled candy, banana, cloves and floral honey. Solid as a rock.

Follows the nose. Elegant and unerring.

Light to medium body, moderately spritzy carbonation and a touch of tartness at the back.

Really can not fault this near-perfect exposition of the style. On par with Weihenstephaner for mine.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from Notes

Took me a long time to try Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis. My loss.

A: dark yellow, very hazy, big white head, some lacing

Smell: banana, clove, some nice floral hop notes, touch of wheat, big aroma, smells great

T: follows the nose pretty well (wheat, banana, and clove in equal proportions), also touches of sweetness and an almost bubble-gum like flavor, closing spiciness gives it a subtle bitter aftertaste

M: a touch thicker on the tongue than I prefer for the style, but with this much awesome flavor I can forgive it

O: a new favorite, and proof that you can find world class beer for 8.99 a sixer at your local package store

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Photo of Royalenfield1990
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellowish beer with a lasting head. Good looking.

S- Sour and wheaty. A hint of banana. Not too bad.

T- Some nice wheat flavor, hint of banana, a little tart.

M- Medium carbonation,

O- This was not a bad brew. I have not had many Hefeweizens but this was probably the second best only to some noname brewer in Canada.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen is a pleasant and inoffensive. It isn't especially interesting or complex, but is a great session beer.

A: Slightly cloudy yellow colour and a 5 mm head that lasts very well. Great looking beer. 4.5

S: Dusty wheat smell with some sourness. 3.5

T: Wheaty tang and some apple candy flavour along with some sourness. Pleasant and inoffensive, but a little boring. 3.5

M: Big and foamy. 4.5

O: 4

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Photo of TyrainDreams
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a pint glass with a lemon on the side(I like a slice of lemon in my wheat beers... I don't care if its blasphemy). Poured according to the instructions on the bottle. Formed a two finger head which doesn't look like it's going away any time soon. Golden yellow and cloudy just the way I like my hefeweizen.

A - Citrus and fruit dominate the first sniff. As the head subsides the smell of banana comes through. Smells yeasty and wheaty.

F - The banana taste is fantastic. I tried a banana bread beer once but this is on a whole different level. I can taste small traces of the spicy clove as it suggested on the bottle. I cannot detect the yeast in the taste.

M - Light-Medium Body and you can tell its got yeast in it from the feel of it. The carbonation is medium and works well. Great feel for a hefeweizen.

O - This just became one of my favorite beers. 5s across the board. That lemon is going nowhere near this spectacular beer.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy pale yellow with a thick white head.

Smell is spicy and fruity with hints of cloves and hay. A little grain and wheat.

Taste is big on cloves with banana sweetness and a nice crisp wheat balance.

Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for a warm weather beer. Leaves a gooey banana coating.

Pretty enjoyable. Wouldn't mind having it again

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Photo of Luigi
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a thick white three finger head. Retention is nice, stays around from start to finish and sticks all around the glass. Pretty much what you would expect from a good Hefeweizen. Cloudy orange/yellow color.

The aroma has a light citrus hint to it with a big yeast and bread characteristics.

The flavor is full of wonderful fresh bread and yeast flavor. There is a hint of citrus and mild bitter hop.

Light to medium bodied and finishes refreshing. Hints of yeast linger but nothing over whelming. Very, very, easy to drink.

Enough said, I am happy that I can find such a good American take on a Hefeweizen from a brewery I trust.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a snifter.

A-Beautiful yellow gold body with considerable haze. Thin white head, leaving thin white lacing.

S-The strong aroma of ripe banana and spices was wonderful.

T-The aroma played tricks on me--I thought this would be full of rich flavors, but was a bit disappointed at how soft they were. The flavors were there, but dry and left a tart (not quite puckering) finish. I suppose this must be typical, but my preference is for a more full hefe.

M-Crisp, and with the aforementioned dry tartness this could be quite refreshing under the right circumstances.

O-Not a bad beer, I feel a little like it was a disappointment, but that could be especially because I had different expectations.

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Photo of mkruz
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After having a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, I’ve been on a Hefeweizen craze. I’ve been picking up six packs of any beer that had the word Hefeweizen written on it. However, no other beer has come close until now. The Hefeweizen by Sierra Nevada is an amazing full flavored beer that gives Weihenstephaner a run for its money. The other reviews have done a good job at describing this beer so all I’m going to say is find a pack and enjoy! Make sure you get all the sediments at the bottom of the beer bottle when you pour it. I just opened up my first one and once I finish it I think I’m going to head back to the store I found it at and pick up another six pack before I get to intoxicated to drive.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to this one, before it breaks the 1000 mark.
Bottled sometime in May
A: pours traditionally yellow straw colored with a finger of transient white foam which falls to a sheet of the same.
S: Clove, grain, banana, metals, simple and yeasty.
T: Bready, yeasty and with some grassy flavors.
M: Medium on heavy with lively carbonation. Semi dry finish.
O: Well done for an american version. I know this to be better fresh, too bad for this bottle.

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Photo of minterro
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A & S: yeasty, “clovey”, a bit of citrus. The color of the beer is super light yellow but cloudy. Pretty pure white head that pours a fingernail of fizzy head and dies soon after to almost nothing. Just specks of lacing not much going on.

T & M: the taste is good I just don’t like the mouth-feel as much. So I would put the taste on the low end of a 4 and then the mouth-feel on the low end of a 3.5. Right away you get hit with a ton of banana taste. Other then that pretty similar to the nose: yeasty, clovey, and citrus. Low bodied, high carbonation.

O: I like it, my gf liked it more then me, but I would recommend it, at least as a single bottle

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark yellow straw colored beer. Nice fluffy white head, sinks down fairly quickly, leaves behind solid lacing. Good spicy aroma with the typical yeast profile, lots of clove and banana, spices and citrus is in there too. Sweetness of the banana in the nose is present to a mild degree in the taste, which is typical of the style – same yeast/banana/clove combination, plus a little bready malt. Very solid, appealing flavors but not quite up to the level of the best Germans.

Pretty dry with moderately crisp carbonation. Extremely refreshing and drinkable, quenching summer beer. I’m a hefeweizen fan in general so this one appeals to me.

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Photo of barleyroad
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold in color, with the hefeweize haze. Nice to the nose, sits well in the glass with a nice foam. Clean, crisp and dry to the finish. Therefore the mouthfeel is nice. Overall as hefeweize beer goes we feel this is one with exceptional taste, better than most out there. This is a nice sandwich beer, say turkey/ ham club and of course some dill.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw colour, bit darker than I expected but still overall pale. Head is white, small bubbles and retaining a thin crown of sticky lace. Steady bead keeps it alive; looks good.

Smells dry and spicey with lots of German yeast esters and phenols, dry clovey spice with mild citric twang, a touch of banana and orange peel as well. Largely cloves though; good hefe nose.

Taste starts quite citric with a slightly candied orange peel note, develops spice midway with a slight capsicum flavour and lots of clove, nutmeg and white pepper phenols. Fruit re-emerges late with mild lemon tartness and a hint of banana providing late sweetness. All pretty typical for the style but well handled for maximum flavour extraction. Brewed to style, but brewed well.

Bit sizzly on the feel and quite a pull from the yeast makes it a bit dryer than I'd like. Not bad though.

Pretty much a standard hefeweizen, but it's a fine example of one. Not genre-bending or mind-blowing, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Light yellow color in the pour. Once settled in the glass it is opaque golden colored with a finger of white head that quickly broke down to a thin covering.
Smells great. Lots of banana, some nectarine and orange.
Nice taste. Starts like a normal Hefe with some banana. Then an undercurrent of bitter takes over with a sparkling water ending.
Crisp with moderate carbonation.
Hefe is not my favorite style. I liked this one because it was not overly fruity. It had just a touch of banana at the beginning and then mixed it up with a more interesting flavor sequence than a normal hefe.

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Photo of taigor
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured cloudy pale yellow color with big head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of yeast with some banana, cloves and spices.

T - Bready yeast and banana with some earthy taste of straw, cloves and citrus.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good hefe and I highly recommend it especially, because it is widely available.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very pale straw colour clouded by plentiful yeast sediment. A small, head fades to a ring quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S - Yeast, dried banana chips and ...rubber?

T - Banana, bread, clove, pear, lemon juice.

M - Moderate body, quite high in carbonation.

O - An OK hefe. I am not sure how fresh mine was, having been imported to Australia but judging on this bottle I could not say it is anywhere near the realm of top shelf hefes like the Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the bottle a golden straw color- cloudier than a thunderstorm with a finger of head that doesn't last longer than one.

S- Yeast, white wine musk, corn, honey, flowers, sulfer.

T- Taste is light and slightly bready. I can find some banana if I look for it, especially in the aftertaste, but it's not strong. Stronger is the taste of unbaked bread, and flour.

M- Light, I would take some more carbonation, but this is fine.

O- A fine beer. Not the most flavorful thing I've dranken but tasty still.

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Photo of scratch69
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden yellow with a thick white, lingering head. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Yeasty with a bit of banana mixed in.

Taste- Leans toward the malty side with banana and a hint of clove mixed in.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very enjoyable. I will definitely choose this one again.

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Photo of CRossi
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A-Pours a cloudy/translucent gold with a very thick, long lasting white head.

S-Yeasty, rich malt aroma with some hints of banana.

T-No hop taste detected. Definitely balanced toward malts throughout. Nice yeasty character that is almost bready.

M-Medium body, smooth finish, no CO2 bite.

O-Wonderful. Easily one of my favorites. Good beer to introduce mainstream, uneducated beer drinkers to.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84% out of 100 with 4,031 ratings
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