Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

4,027 Ratings
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a hazy light honey brown color with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a thin film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat, spices, yeast, and a banana bubblegum flavor in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good American made hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada. I tried this in the bottle before and I think I prefer this one on tap.

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Photo of pBRale
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes on 8-26-11

Appearance: Tall foamy white head that settles quickly leaving quite a bit of lacing behind. Cloudy, pale golden color.

Smell: Enticing--yeast, wheat whiffs, and some spices.

Taste: Nice bready taste, along with wheat and a hint of hops in the dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, and refreshing.

Overall: Tasty and a very mellow and drinkable Heffeweizen.

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Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/5/12

a) Hazy pale orange. Big white head, somewhat coarsely bubbled.

s) Wit-like spiciness, almost coriander seed-like. Banana & bubblegum, fleshy smallgoods. Warms to a BBQ steak aroma, and some clove.

t) Stronger clove notes on the palate than nose. Rich wheat flavour; well attenuated, so quite dry.

n) Fairly light for style, I think; not as creamy as some German examples. Perhaps a bit hollow.

d) Very easy to drink; suitable for warm days and a thirst.

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

Rich and full of banana notes this is a Hefe that moves far away from the American wheat stylings of Widmer et al. I love the way Sierra takes this style to the max with lots of big flavours but a sense of balance in the end. Still a Summer beer style for me but the complexity of this keep me wanting to drink it through the Fall.

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Photo of BeerBean
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

two-thirds pour, looks hazy but still slightly transparent. Last pour, swirled (as per instructions), dense haziness, absolutely opaque, and a strong sunset yellow. Thick off-white head that settles into a nice cap with a hint of lacing.

nose is full of banana and coriander, though "full" may be an overstatement as the aroma is not particularly strong.

The way I would put the taste... peaceful banana. You get all the spice up front, but it gently slides into a soft banana flavor that you can almost feel. The yeast is mostly in the nose and front of the flavor.

Feels great, a full palate with a smooth banana-like texture.

Good beer. Sierra Nevada always pulls it off well. I'm really enjoying this in mid-September as I'm transitioning from summer ales to festbiers.

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Photo of Berrmecca13
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a nucleated hefeweizen glass.
cloudy hay coloration with a nice white cap that remains. Some light lacing.
The nose has notes of ripe banana and light esters.
Overripe banana flavors with some coriander and upper palate crispness.

--Overall a great suprise from Sierra. Well crafted with a solid nose and yeast characteristics on the palate. Certainly a repeat buy.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the bottle with a freshness date.

Appearance: Beautiful straw-like and hazy color.

Smell: Not too strong of a smell, but that's probably because this is an old bottle I found in the back of my fridge from a get together from a couple of months ago. Has a sort of bready smell to it.

Taste: Biscuits and banana bread all the way. A tad of spice. Just the right balance you want to see in a hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Adequate carbonation with a very cool and refreshing mouthfeel. Perfect for a hot early September day!

Overall: Surprisingly one of the best hefeweizens I've ever tried. Thumbs up to Sierra Nevada for this one! Highly recommended for any hefeweizen fan.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger fluffy head

S-Wheat, yeast, banana and clove

T-Lots of banana and cloves, a good bit of wheat as well.

M-Light carbonated, everything a Hefe should be.

O-SN can do no wrong with their regulars and this is just another example of that.

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

Lovely lemony amber color in the tulip glass with cloudy appearance. Not a traditional Hefeweizen but it's elegant yet flavorful. Crisp with a nice acidic touch, yet mellow with a restrained clove and banana taste. Excellent creamy carbonation, much like a good German beer such as an actual Kellerbier. Nice touch of hops gives a good beery finish.

One of my favorite American wheat beers, however this fits into the styles. Lighter body than many Hefeweizens, but real flavor unlike the typically anemic American Pale Wheat Ale style.

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Photo of kcinlober
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very light in color, a more copper toned than most heffeweizen's.

Aroma: cloves and bananas are prominent, but well balanced and citrusy.

Palate: again, more cloves in the taste than anything else but well balanced nonetheless. A stronger taste than most heffe's but not pungent

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Photo of Crossmd
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 45 degrees into a shaker pint.

Pours a hazy light gold with a light orange core. Sudsy lingering 2.5 finger head. Beautiful.

Smells of a malty sweetness and vanilla? Not exceptionally projected.

Taste consists of bananas, coriander, and a touch of nutmeg or allspice. Not an exceptional finish, but ends cleanly.

Mouthfeel is vivacious and lively. Beautifully balanced structure and effervescence.

Overall, a surprisingly impressive complexity and balance. Beautifully melded, something to come home to at the end of the day. Pair with salads, sandwiches, or pizza.


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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A very cloudy and hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention and sticky lacing. Looks a lot like a glass of orange juice.

Smell: Lots of yeast and wheat with banana and cloves. Also some orange, pale malts, and lemon peel. Light hints of citrus hops and pepper lingering around.

Taste: Starts out with the classic Hefeweizen flavors of wheat, bananas, clove, and yeast. Also some hints of lemon, orange, and bready pale malts adding to the sweetness. Finishes with a mild hint of citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very good American take on a Hefeweizen. Has pretty much everything you would expect for the style.

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Photo of wingman14
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden yellow, with a frothy white head that fades a bit. The smell is huge, very distinct yeast, with clove and banana, also some doughy bread going on as well. The flavor is complex but not overpowering, a lot of different flavors packed in here. The taste starts out with the clove, banana and yeast flavor and moves to a crisp subtle malt, and ends with the yeast and bread notes. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and smooth, great balance in flavor and carbonation. Overall this beer is great, the flavors are done extremely well, and the beer is so good you want to keep coming back to this one.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from a six pack purchased at a bottle shop, 07/2011. Well stored since purchase. The date code would seem to indicate that this was bottled late May, 2011.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Glass.

Pours a nice one finger head which hangs for a bit then subsides into a 1/8” cap. Lots of carbonation though, very lively, an easy one swirl revival for the head.

Beautiful golden wheat color, cloudy with all the yeast sediment. Streams of carbonation constantly come from the bottom of the glass.

The smell starts with a huge blast of distinct yeast, hard crusty bread, golden malt, and yes lemon peel. Just a faint hint of hops, then more yeasty bread. Extremely enjoyable, complex, and lasts throughout the pour.

The first sip hits you with a very crisp, citrusy, acidity that adds great balance to this beer, bread and yeast flavors, orange with a hint of lemon, great carbonation with fine bubbles that reminds one of good champagne. Delicious and incredibly refreshing, you could just drink pints forever!

Fairly long finish, with some nice hops showing, golden malt, and again delicious yeast/bread.

An amazingly delicious American Wheat Beer. Tastes like what I remember having in Germany. Great mouth feel from the carbonation which lasts throughout the pour. The delicious combination of citrus/malt/yeast invites you to drink until it’s gone……I think I will have another!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Cloudy golden yellow with a pillowy, persistent white head. Consistent and regular lacing down the glass.

The aroma is classic hefe: banana and yeast, though this American version does have a touch of citrus/pine hop presence as well.

Banana and citrus flavors dominate, along with mild tangy yeast, and some faint bubble gum. Very nice American interpretation of this style.

Crisp, medium bodied. Sierra Nevada never feels here, no matter the beer.

A great American version of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mit hefe, this pours a cloudy straw color with an authentically fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: Bread, banana, clove and a squeeze of lemon

Taste: While there is some banana, up front, the clove and lemon flavors move quickly to assert themselves with the bready malt and make this a rather punjent example of the style; in the aftertaste, the spices and the lemon continue to linger at the expense of the banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some creaminess; slightly undercarbonated for the style

Overall: Not quite top tier and a rather American twist on the style, this is still a very nice brew; just wish there was a bit more banana influence, overall

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Photo of J0E
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Nice yellow/cloudy amber with a nice big white head on it.

S &T: A sweet and fruity smell which becomes more elaborate upon sipping. Banana and cloves, like you'd expect from a Hefeweizen. A big wheaty body with some trace amounts of citrus in both the nose and taste.

M: High carbonation makes it feel almost fluffy. Again, what I'd expect from the style

O: Maybe the best american version of a hefeweissen I've had. Always a good summer choice. Even tastes good out of the bottle at a barbecue. And for the price, (8.99 a 6pk for me) this is a winner for sure.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into weizen glass.

A: Cloudy yellow with an impressively large white head.

S: Oranges. Spices - clove, mostly. Banana.

T/M: Banana, clove, slight cracker-like malt, some fruity tartness. Maybe bubblegum in the aftertaste. Tight, lively carbonation carbonation. Wheat twang.

Overall: A well-done hefeweizen. And I usually don't like American-made wheat beers.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy golden color with a finger of fizzy head that quickly fades leaving behind sparse film and very little lacing.

S: Sort of faint, but I can tell banana and cloves are there.

T: I'm not the biggest hefeweizen fan, but this is nice. To me, it's almost like a Belgian take on a classic German style. Bananas, yeast, cloves, pales malts. Clean and crisp.

M: This has a decent mouthfeel to it. Carbonation burns the tongue a bit and provides a bite.

O: Again, hefeweizen isn't my favorite style, but I like this. I couldn't see myself drinking many of these before wanting to move on to something else, but if handed this by a friend, I'd gladly drink it.

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Photo of Morey
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a fingers worth of fluffy white foam sitting on top. Large amount of carbonation bubbles noted. Decent head retention.

Aroma is fruity yet clean. Definitely picking up some banana and clove. Maybe a touch of cardamom as well. Very appealing.

Carbonated bite and a bit of lemon flavor up front followed by hints of ginger and lemongrass. Finishes rather smooth with a slight tartness and just the right amount of lingering flavor.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a lively carbonation.

Overall, I'd have to say that this is one of my favorite Hefeweizens. Super refreshing and flavorful at the same time.

Morey's Bottom Line: For a beer so low in alcohol, this beer certainly doesn't lack in flavor or taste. A beer I'll be picking up every summer.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy straw color with a fluffy, bright white head and great carbonation. This is looking like a good authentic hefeweizen.

Aroma is ripe bananas, yeast, and spice: pepper and clove.

Taste is light and lemony with a dry peppery finish. Smooth mouthfeel.

This may not rank with the finest German hefeweizens but it's still a very good interpretation of the style.

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of bubbles and a thick head that sticks around and leaves good lacing.

Smell is of tangy wheat with a bit of banana and clove.

Taste is similar to the smell, wheat and banana at first and the end leaves you with a bit of spicy clove and a bit of yeast funk. Mouthfeel is very nice, maybe chewy, light body with bubbles that slightly tickle.

Good hefe, try it out during the hotter months.

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Photo of Macca
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy bright yellow with a solid finger of bright white head.

Bananas and cloves on the nose. A touch of vanilla extract as well.

The flavours are very similar on the nose put for me could are little bit messy. Nice touch of lemon at the back. A little too sweet for me.

Carbonation is a little high for me but I suppose that is a stylistic trait.

I know I'm a long way of the norm with my review but this beer just didn't rock my boat that much.

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Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow yet nicely hazy. On top is a spongey white head.

Aroma: Mild banana notes apple skin. Little wisps of phenolic alchol notes. Cloves are among other aromas such as yeasty bits floral hop with a bit of grain.

Taste: An incredibly smooth mouthfeel to start. Banana bits toffee, floral hops are all over with a hint of grain in the finish. Malts are there as well and give off a subtle breadiness.

Notes: This one is solid very drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Pours a big, creamy white head which quickly settled at a thin layer over the cloudy golden yellow body.

Smell - 4.0
Aromas of banana, lemon, clove and fresh white bread. Good, but others tempt more.

Taste - 4.5
Classic hefeweizen flavour, right up there with the best of Bavaria. Soft, slightly sweet bready malt with strong notes of vanilla, clove and a little banana and lemon.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Beautifully creamy in the mouth, fine and lively carbonation.

Overall - 4.0
Close to a 4.5 in this category, a very good hefeweizen.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,027 ratings.
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