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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.Even though I poured at an angle, I had to stop the pour and wait for the foam to settle.

A: Cloudy straw color, huge foam that recedes slowly. Spotty lacing and very little visible carbonation.

S: Great smell of fruit, some spice and yeast.

T: Malt throughout, fruit, the cloves and bananas are there all right. Very subtle bitter toward the end.

M: Medium-low mouthfeel, very easy to drink.

O: Great implementation, can proudly stand up to its German brethren.

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Photo of poop_brew
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving - Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden amber with a nearly two finger head which dissipated after about one minute. No lacing.

Smell - herbal scents including fig and lavender along with traditional hefeweizen scents. Likeness to a summer floral arrangement.

Taste - Quite aromatic start with smooth growing alcoholic peak resulting in a mellow citrus to follow along.

Mouthfeel - Tingling start which envelops the whole pallet resulting in a full mouth sensation slow finish and aftertaste which creeps in.

Overall - Great light beer, one of the better hefeweizens I've had, tried it in the winter and seems to be just as good now as it would be in the summer. Great all round beer especially for those looking for a light but flavorful experience. To quote Dave Matthew's Band it's, 'the best of what's around'.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold in a pint glass. As per directions, poured 2/3 into glass, swirled remainder to get the yeast in suspension, finished the pour.

This is a very hazy, cloudy yellow beer with the appearance of a pale cider. Thick head settles quickly leaving a skim layer on top.

Aroma is really pleasant with citrus, banana, and clove. Smells almost like a fresh fruit salad.

Flavor is very well done. It has a lemon citrus flavor with more banana and subtle spice. Overall sweet but balance comes from light hopping and spice.

Crisp, clean mouthfeel with good balance from mild bittering. Creamy smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Great drinkability - this would make a fantastic summer session.

Overall a really impressive beer. I love that Sierra Nevada can create these exceptional beers, mass produce them, and have consistent high quality. Just goes to show, bigger breweries can still be great.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass.
4.8% ABV

A - Swirling the bottle half way through the pour produces a haze to the golden yellow beer as ample carbonation flowing to a large, pillowy white head. Like a classic hefe, Kellerweis has fantastic retention and moderate lacing down the glass.

S - Musty earthiness wafts from the beer's plush head, gently incorporating a touch of soft banana and sturdy white clay with clover spice emerging as it warms.

T - Clover and a pinch of white pepper bring spiciness forwards in Kellerweis, softly pulling undercurrents of ripe banana and a pinch of lemon peel through the smooth wheat flavor. It's effervescence causes quite a few burps where more banana Runts are tasted.

M - Velvety smooth, Kellerweis has wonderful wheat softness and nice, tiny carbonation bubbles tickling the tongue with a beautifully smooth, slightly dry finish.

O - Sierra Nevada Kellerweis isn't quite as fragrant as some of the classic German hefeweizens but swirling the bottle's sediment into the beer gives it a wonderful bouquet of spice and banana with an exceptional wheat smoothness and refreshing finish!

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Photo of CraigP83
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden yellow, not much head. Lemon zest and light wheat. Smells like summertime. Spicy , bubblegum yeast but very refreshing. Was hoping for more wheat at the end but it was missing. Super refreshing though and I could see this being a summer staple.

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Photo of gford217
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright, cloudy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that shows very good retention and solid lacing.

The aroma is wonderful and everything you'd want and expect from a hefe. There's the bubble gum and banana sweetness mixing with some lemony hops and, as it warms, a clean peppery spice aroma.

The taste has an initial lemon zest pop before the sweet malted wheat takes over, with the bananas coming in strong. The finish is slightly bready and with a bit of peppery spices that tingle the palate.

The mouthfeel is very active with lots of carbonation. It seems to have a light mouthfeel but still completely fills the mouth, which is definitely saying something.

This is a fantastic hefe from Sierra Nevada and a great craft beer introduction for most people out there. I drank this one with some non-BA friends and they absolutely loved it. Kudos to SN for putting a beer out there that will undoubtedly please the masses and, I think, impress the beer geeks out there as well (me included).

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Photo of BeerBob
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. pours a golden gold from a 12 fl deep dark brown class bottle with a pry off cap.

Light tan Head is billowy and thick with capricious amounts of fine foam bubbles.

Pallet is spot on tart wheat, accompanied by refreshing and delicious citrus notes with fig and a soft clove, that builds in intensity to a full clove aftertaste. Banana makes its presents known late in the tasting, subdued, and subtle.

Hard to find a good American hefeweizen, this is one of them.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-weisse glass.

A--Golden hazy body with an aggressive white tightly creamy 3 finger head. Dissipates in lovely chunky sheets down the side of the glass. Picture perfect.

S--Right out of the gate this is absolutely lovely: bananas over top of apricot and peach. So, so fresh and summery. Somehow /smells/ spritzy. Can't wait to taste. Yeast is subdued but has a pizza dough proof aspect lurking behind all those fresh fruits. More hops than is usual for the style, but not hoppy by any means.

T--Oh my sweet heaven. This is smooth, tangy, bubbly, and wonderful. Much more on the mellow side, with subdued clove phenols and tapered off wheaty tang. The wheat is present, but it doesn't have that pale lemony bite of Ayinger. But neither is it as hefty as Schneder-Weisse, which pours up nearly amber. This is closer to Weihenstephaner, which is high praise indeed. The freshness of this domestic hefe really helps showcase the grainbill--there's some husky wheat and even barley undertones in the middle of the flavor profile, like a fresh baguette or loaf of sourdough--amid the yeasty swirl of gummy dough and bubblegum and banana/peach. This is the smoothie of beers. Tasterrific.

M&D--Mouthfeel is just a tad zippy, but I'm just digging for something critical to say. It ain't easy. Drinkability is off the hook, as I'd pick this up anywhere anybody put it down. Super refreshing--perfect for spring and summer, but I'd take it in fall, winter, morning, noon, while sleeping...

You get the idea. And at less than 10 a six, um...heaven? You know everything you want and expect from Corona given their marketing campaign? Well, here it is, except in bottle liquid reality. This tastes like a relaxing beach--you don't have to squinch your eyes shut and pop another lime in the bottle to imagine something refreshing past the cooked cabbage that is Corona.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

glass: wheat glass

a: sort of a mild tangerine or mango color with a hazy look and a white frothy head.

s: zesty, peppery and with bubblegum light dough.

t: orange rind, lemon rind, banana, pepper corns, clove.

m: light with medium-high carbonation.

o: great. Very sessionable and it has excellent flavor that doesn't induce pallete fatigue.

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Photo of Gebrau
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very familiar for a heffe which is rare for an American brew using open fermentation. Sierra Nevada has never failed me. Good stuff. Banana, nutty, coriander...all the usual suspects present.

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Photo of danieelol
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delicious creamy yellow colour. Good head and lacing.

S: Must, lemon, wheat-funk. Lots of lemon. Banana.

T: More of the same with what I thought was initially hops. Banana comes out even more in the taste. Sweet and sour but ends dry.

M: Thick and creamy and honestly fantastic. Definitely velvety as described on the label.

O: Think they massively nailed the style here. This beer deserves great praise. Got more banana notes from this than I have from any other hefe, including the classics.

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Photo of spicelab
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
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 SirDrinxAlot
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy straw orange with a 2 finger fluffy white head that dissipated and retained a good lace.

Smell was faint spice, banana, clove, and powdery yeast/wheat.

Taste was light coriander, banana, clove, and dusty wheat. Velvety smooth with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Light bitter kick at the finish with all of the flavors lingering on the tongue. Nothing too overpowering.

I've been waiting for this one to become available for awhile now and it didn't disappoint. This will be a summertime staple in my fridge for sure. Kellerweis and the hammock will go hand in hand.

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Photo of kyleg
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana clove, banana clove, banana clove! I love a hefeweizen for these characteristics. This beer poured perfect and tasted perfect. Nice head retention and mouth feel. Cloudy in appearance and true to its style. Great beer is all I have to say.

Southern Germany, eat your heart out!

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown Sierra Nevada bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Glass loaned to me from my cousin. After this experience, I bought my own glass from S-N.

A - The look of this hefe is remarkable. A very hazy golden yellow in color. Somewhat reminds me of a hazy straw color. Cloudy or hazy. It's just a pleasant looking brew as is most hefe style beers. The head is thick and off white in color. It subsides a bit as it sits, but still remained enough to know it's there. A good amount of creamy lace as well.
S - smell is sweet. Smells like a hefeweizen. Definitely a clove smell. But also Some spice. It's a real fresh, soothing smell. I could somewhat pick up a note of a fresh grassy smell and maybe some black pepper but seemed faint to me unlike the other notes I picked up.
T - Very refreshing and smooth. The first main taste I experienced was a banana taffy like taste, but as I adjusted to the brew, It somewhat reminded me of a sweet banana bread. Lovely really. The other notes I got were clove, A little spice, citrus, and a little grain or wheat. All of these were well balanced and bound together nicely.
M - I found this a to be a great tasting beer that's easy to drink. It's not overpowering and I didnt expect it to be. It's medium body and taste make a clean crisp style. Well done.
O - Just started experiencing Sierra Nevada brews. And I really don't know why I waited so long. This brew is a stunning piece of craft work. And is the brew that sold me on Sierra Nevada as a brewery. It's one of the best Hefes I've tried from anywhere. Yes, even Germany. A real winner here. A Must try.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hard to get all the yeast off the bottom of this one. Have only got it all once. Will have to refine my practice.

A: Nice fluffy, slightly off-white, 2 finger head. Like a cloud. Pretty good lacing, sticks for what seems like forever even though the head disappears fairly quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. Great color and haziness. Looks like pear juice. Beautiful looking beer! Sexy!

S: Big banana aroma with nice lemony citrus behind it. Nice yeasty bread scent. Definitely wheat.

T: Great banana flavor. First I've really gotten in a Hefe. Nice subtle sweetness. Lemon right behind it. Little sourness. Little wheat. Finishing with a very mild bitterness.

M: Kinda thick. Don't know if full bodied or medium. Very creamy feel. Nice.

O: Almost done and still lacing on the glass. Overall a very beautiful beer. Great for a hot summer day. Goes down easy. Look out or you'll be through a 6-pack before you know it. Easily my favorite Hefe if not my favorite overall beer. Definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented in the usual SN stubby 12oz bottle like the one shown and poured into a standard pint glass. Didn't think to try a 12oz brew in my .5L hefeweizen glass. Gave the bottle a bit of a rotation to stir up the beasties in the bottom...yum!

Anyway, was rewarded with a nice pour: cloudy golden color topped by a bright white head that flared up to the lip of the glass and then rather quickly settled into a skim. Left decent lace behind.

Smells like a real German weissebier; wonderful aromas of bready malts, bananas, cloves, and even a hint of bubblegum. Real nice.

Great flavor; lots of yeasty malty goodness with a nice fruity, spicy character. Has that Germanic hefeweizen banana and clove taste that I just love. Nothing American about this brew. The feel is light, crisp and a bit creamy.

Ah yeah, this one's a keeper. I could down a six-pack of Kellerweis every day. Very drinkable! A great effort by Sierra Nevada. Well worth picking up.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An exceptional wheat beer. So tasty, creamy, and filling, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Love this Sierra Nevada is easily one of my favorite brewerys.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint style glass. Packaged on date of "9195" on the side, meaning it was bottled on 7/15/09.

A: Light golden yellow hazy color with your typical cloudiness for the style. Pretty good head, and nice lacing as it's being consumed.

S: Nose is full of spicy clove, bananna, vanilla, lemon, a little citrus orange, rounded out with a wheat character from the malt. Reminds of a pleasant flower in nature when taken in as a whole.

T: Semi sweet wheat malt up front that is quickly met with a complex array of flavors that range from clove, bananna orange, lemon, and vanilla. Floral like notes hit the back on the tongue to accompany the slight bitterness from the hops (can you believe "slight" coming from Sierra Nevada) which make for a semi-dry finish. Sweetness of the wheat malt and a touch of bananna & vanilla remains in the aftertaste.

M: I normally just bundle the mouthfeel section with the taste, but the mouthfeel is where this brew really shines. Being a hefeweizen, it is obviously a bit on the lighter side, as it should be for the style. However, SN did a superb job of making giving this a medium bodied feel that is somewhat creamy but yet crisp at the end. In other words, you basically get the best of all worlds with this beer's mouthfeel, as it never weighs you down, but never gets watery either.

D&Notes: What can I say? Here we have a brewery that is almost synonymous with hoppy ales brewing a world-class style of beer that is known for pretty much everything EXCEPT hops. If anybody needed proof that SN is capable of brewing outstanding beers that don't have a lot of hops, look no further. I would stack this up against any Bavarian brewed hefe any time. Since it's brewed fresh here in the U.S. and in a nice dark brown bottle, I never have to really worry about getting one that is skunked and/or old. This is an outstandingly drinkable beer for any occasion, but especially good in the summer. I am normally not a hefe guy (probably somewhat due to the fact that many American "hefeweizens" are nothing more than wheat beers and imports are often stale), but this is truly an excellent beer.

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Photo of folsomharrier
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not a fan of heffes but sitting here in graeagle after a round at the dragon it is tart & refreshing
Nice citrus nose & taste
Good balance.no need to add superfluous fruits to beer
Fills mouth well. Each sip calls for another appreciative sip
Could convert me to heffs

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Photo of cnally
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice subtle label appearance, I love it. Looks sophisticated.

The body of the beer is a slightly hazy gold, a clean white head sticks a little to the side of the glass, and carbonation bubbles abound.

Aromas of banana, malt, yeasts, and very floral to boot.

The flavors are rich and full. The sweet taste comes from its fruitiness, with elements of white grape and banana. The finish relinquishes some of the sweet for a balanced hop bitterness, smooth all the way through. Wow.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard in a good beer, well carbonated, nice body but not too heavy.

An exemplary example of the hefe. Just all around a fantastic beer, and mighty tasty.

Here is a thought: would be the perfect crossover beer for someone who drinks BMC but isn't into crafts. This beer is mellow, but amplifies all the positive traits of what people expect in beer.

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Photo of davednyc
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only the smell rated less-than-perfect with this beer (and even at that, nothing below the average). I'm continually impressed how Sierra Nevada continues to churn out top quality brews while some of the other larger craft breweries seem to fall short these days.

Appearance - straw colored and cloudy, as these hefeweizen typically are.

Smell - nothing distinctive about the smell.

Taste - I always have a difficulty discerning specific nodes, but there certainly is al ot going on. Citrusy - Yes. Hint of cloves - Yes (now that you mention it). Tastes like is comes from a legit Euro brewer - Yes.

Overall - Sierra seem to have hit the mark on the head with this German-Belgium inspired brew (I find anything labeled American-Wheat to be a bit dreadful).

No need to grab a Hoegaarden or Leffe at your local big market if you have this one at your fingertips.

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Photo of Gavage
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a 3" head that lasts forever. Nice lace develops in my hefeweizen glass.

Smell: banana, wheat, and some yeast spice easily rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: mildy grainy wheat base with some banana, clove, and a nice yeast spiciness. Bitterness is mild but nicely balancing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp at the start, lightly crisp and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long and dry as the flavors hang in the mouth.

Drinkability: simply superb. After my third bottle it was hard to end the session. A very enjoyable beer from SN.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Surely one of the better American version of the style. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a nice big foam head that has good head retention.
Malts and yeast help to bring out a nice banana scent. Lemon zest can you get too.
Flavor is sprite with banana and clove taste. Tart. Flows easy over the tongue smooth.
A good refreshing version of a German classic.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of MightyYui
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nommy. No off flavors, pretty color for a hefeweizen. Extremely likable in a sort of a moderate 'there's not really anything to dislike here' sort of a way. If I had a friend who was new to hefeweizen and I wanted them to like them, I would start by introducing them to this one.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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