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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat
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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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Ratings: 4,089 |  Reviews: 1,392
Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small pint glass, this hefe comes out a hazy peach-skin color with a small white head. The nose is highly fruity with a few spicy phenols. Very good german weizen flavor, with a bubblegum fruitiness together with a nice cloviness. Bitterness is appropriately low, but higher than in many examples, drying the finish a bit. Could benefit from some more carbonation, but otherwise the body is light and refreshing.

A definite improvement over the old SN wheat beer. Very nice.

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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer of this to restock some of my dailies in the fridge, just fresh out of Inversion and Torpedo so figured I'd roll with the Kellerweis. Served into my Hefeweizen glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Orange-yellow, but is pretty filtered, which is just a bit disappointing for me. I like a cloudier, unfiltered Hefe, but its color was certainly not bad. Good, thick white head and fluffs up nicely with a solid pour.

Smell: Citrus is present, but banana is probably the most pertinent fragrance. I smelled a little clove and a hint of peach / apricot, maybe just a little vanilla.

Taste: Yum, a tasty little Hefe. Got very little bitterness to it and a lot of flavor, with a little wheat and grassy-ness to it, but main flavor comes from the citrus and banana in the nose, making for a bit of sweetness. Lively finish too, never alcoholic or bitter, and for such a little beer ABV wise, it packs pretty refreshing and tasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, with a nice clean finish. Wheat is left in just a slight amount, but other than that it's very clean and easy-going.

Drinkability: Almost a 5, but just a little sweet for the long-run in some ways, but very pleasantly surprised with this. I've always been a pretty big fan of Sierra Nevada, from their Summerfest, Torpedo, and Pale Ale, this is no exception: a solid, tasty, and refreshing summer beer that simply begs for an outdoor sessioning.

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Photo of CTbeerboy
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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Photo of axeman9182
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy lemon yellow into my Duvel tulip, with a 2.5 finger white crown that forms quickly and fades slowly. Lacing is a bit of a letdown though. The nose is largely of banana, though clove is definitely appreciable as well. The taste follows suit in that banana is dominant rather than clove, and there's an undercurrent of vanilla sweetness from the wheat running through the whole thing. The carbonation is a bit too much, it becomes overly prickly at times, but otherwise the mouthfeel is solid, as the wheat lends the beer a certain smoothness. As with any good hefe, Kellerweis is very quaffable, but the previously mentioned carbonation level keeps it from matching with the best in the style.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Smith tulip pint glass.

A: Pours a beautifully cloudy golden yellow color that's surprisingly well blended in spite of its yeasty fog. The head isn't particularly impressive, it's a one head white color with mediocre retention/lacing.

S: There's a heavy noble aspect to this, which leads me to suspect it was well hopped with Saaz, Hallertau, and the like. Beneath the earthiness lies some banana and clove character.

T: I notice the clove notes first and foremost, but also a hit of noble hops on the finish. I also find a bit of citric character buried beneath the weizen notes, an excellent addition, in my opinion. The yeast is noticeable but it never gets in the way on the back end, always a good thing. Flavorful and easy to kill.

M: Very, very well carbonated without being overly so. Medium bodied with an amazingly crisp, subtly dry finish. The drinkability factor is incredible.

O: My favorite American-made hefe, and my favorite Sierra Nevada beer. Not quite on the same level as Weihenstephaner's (brilliant, brilliant) hefe, but easily on par with the Ayingers and Franziskaners of the world, perhaps even a touch better. Plus, it's cheap and very, VERY easy to find, which is criminal for a beer of this quality.

In fact, I'd even consider it a go-to beer for me - the highest compliment you can ask for.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nicely done American take on a hefeweizen at first, but then it swings back like a boomerang and hits your palate with a dose of rich, wheaty deliciousness.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with lots of sediment, and 1 finger of off white head. Leaves almost no lacing

S: Smell is of ripe banana and clove spice, with some yeast, lemon and light wheat aroma as well

T: Starts offwiththe ripe banana and cloves, followed by lemon and orange. Finishes with a wheat and yeast flavor, slightly bitter. Follows the nose very closely

M: Nicely carbonated, and very smooth light body

D: This is very easy to drink, and low in abv, making it a good session beer. I could definitely drink a 6 pack of these and greatly enjoy it

Overall, this is a very good hefeweizen. It follows the style very well, and is very delicious and drinkable. Another great Sierra Nevada offering.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a leftover from summer at the fabulous Neil St. Piccadilly, so I grabbed one as I made my sampling rounds yesterday. Cloudy yellow-orange with practically no head. Oozes banana, vanilla, and clove aromas--really nice.

Delicious sweet-spice mix. Banana and clove unquestionably carry the day, but a dash of pepper lurks in the background, as does some welcome lemon zest; impressive. The mouthfeel has a soda-like zest that, while I'd prefer more malt smoothness, is not off-putting.

I was honestly a bit surprised to see how quickly drained my pint glass. Kellerweis is a fabulous representative of the Hefeweizen style, one that Hefe fans should embrace and stock by the sixer when it appears. Delicious.

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Photo of FishMan123
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer so that I'd have something to drink with pizza. I have a number of singles that I wouldn't want to "waste" on pizza. So I picked up a 6-pack of this beer. Wow. It's pretty good.

A: Pale golden yellow; very cloudy. Thick foamy head. Sediment in bottle.

S: Very little smell - lemon/clove.

T: Nice wheat, lemon, clove. Some banana. Lemon leads, but is not overpowering.

M: Nice carbonation.

D: Smooth, easy to drink. Nothing offensive standing out.

Will definately buy this one again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden wheat beer with 1 finger head that quickly disappears

s - a very strong nosed beer. Very strong scents of bannana and clove with lots of malt and bready notes to boot

T - Is this straight from Germany? No its from Chico,CA but its so well crafted it could easily pass as a German imported hef. Exceptional flavor and authenticity.

M - Full bodied and nice.

Overall - A incredibly well crafted Hefeweizen by an American brewer. Germany should be leary. Sierra Nevada does it again.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a heavy hazy golden color with a thick white head. (Take the time to get the yeast out of the bottom of the bottle.) Average lacing.

Love the aroma. Cloves, coriander, and apricot notes. Very yeasty, but what do you expect!

Subtle fermented fruit taste up front: lightly sour with a hint of paper napkin. Biscuit dough is there, too.

Medium body, with soft carbonation. Long finish with lingering spiciness.

Very pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of Petewheat
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KazikliBey
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most impressive offering from a bigger brewery. Very complex flavor and aroma. Can't say enough good about this one, it's entirely drinkable, and even the price is acceptable.

Hat's off to the brew master(s) he/she/they have developed a real winner with this one.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright, hazy yellow with a creamy two-finger head. (poured as to the bottles instructions)

A: Big ripe banana, clove, wheaty malt, and a touch of spicy, herbal hops.

T/M: Light bitterness up front, moves into a creamy body rich with bready banana, clove spice, touch of tart wheat, and herbal hops. Very smooth.

Overall: An awesome Hefeweizen, extremely balanced and a superbly smooth body. Sierra Nevada has solid offerings all around, but I think this one stands out as one of the best.

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4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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