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 scottyb88
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ayinger Wheat glass/bottled in January of 2010

A- pours a clear dark yellow until the yeast gets incorporated and it becomes cloudy; great 3 finger head that slowly dissipates to a 1/4 inch layer of foam; not a whole lot of lacing

S-slight amount of clove and banana; some grassy oily notes and wheat

T-not as sweet as some german brews; the banana/clove character isn't as strong, has some grassy/wheat

M-very smooth; the aftertaste is slightly sweet at first, but then leaves a dry almost bitter finish

D-low alcohol and not overly powering on the palate, you could drink a few of these on hot summer days-great bbq beer

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

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle yellow and clear; swirled the remaining amount in the bottle and the ale turned typically cloudy with yeast with a nice pillowy, fluffy white head.

Initially I was disappointed when I popped open the bottle - there was very little aroma. However, after the pour the familiar yeasty aromas of the hefe-weizen came through.

It began with a very spritzy, refreshing taste of banana and faint bubble gum. I was pleased with the faint clove like flavor that is often too noticeable in other wheat ales.

Lighter in body than more traditional german hefe-weizens but still packing a lot of flavors with perfect carbonation for this style. Very smooth and sweet mouthfeel.

This is a very quaffable wheat beer - from the lighter flavors and lower alcohol than the hefes I have tried. It can be difficult to find american versions that do this style justice - this one is more or less on the mark.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden hue. I was suprised with how much head this beer has even with a slow pour. Head retention is good, and lacing is very nice.

S: Malt is dominant, with grassy notes, bread, and a hint of banana. Hops are faint, but lend a bit of citrus to the nose.

T: Banana is very prominent up front, with bread, spice, and straw. There are other fruity elements that I cannot pick out. Hops dry out the finish, making the beer crisp and very refreshing.

M: Medium-bodied. This has more girth than other beers of this style from the US. It has a silky mouthfeel and a short, but pleasant finish.

D: This may turn out to be my "on the porch watching the ballgame" brew. Very tasty. No matter what time of year, this brew will find itself in my frige quite a few times more.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to try a few SN beers while on a recent trip to DC. These are common in the US but significantly harder to find north of the border. I had the pleasure of drinking mine on a patio on a fall evening under the warmth of a patio heater at Pizzeria Paradiso and it all started with an excellent pour by the server.

He poured half the beer normally and then to my surprise swished the the rest of the beer around in the bottom of the bottle and violently dumped the remainder into the glass. The last time I saw a proper pour like that was over a decade ago in a small beer bar in Ottawa. I rarely buy hefeweizen's in bottle as we get them on tap in my area quite frequently.. so while it may be common to some, the pour was a nice surprise for me.

The beers attractive orange gold colour combined with a beaming white and cloudy head is a sight to behold. I was smitten and loved the gobs of lacing left behind. The smell is very representative of the style with oodles of clove and banana.

I found the beer itself to be a tasty blend of sweetness and banana but not over powering. It was balanced and enjoyable. The mouthfeel was refreshing and smooth with tiny pinpoint sized bubbles of carbonation.

Despite their refreshing nature I find hefe's a touch sweet for long term drinking and this one was in a similar vein. A pleasant find though.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy gold with a little less than a finger of loose, fluffy white head.

The nose consists of a lot of banana somewhat like a popsicle, because the smell comes off as artificial banana, even though I know that no bananas were harmed in the making of this beer. I hope that makes sense. Probably not, oh well.

Flavors of banana, lemon, yeast and sweet wheat. The nose and flavor certainly lend to one another.

Very drinkable. Medium body and a little more than medium carbonated. Smooth and oddly enough a mildly rich feel to it.

I can't believe I've been passing this beer by all this time.

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

12oz bottle poured in a standard pint-glass a hazy pale yellow with a decent frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of sweet fruits, malts and bubblegum with slight hop presence. The taste is loads of classic hefeweizen regulars such as sweet fruits and bubblegum with just a hint of the textbook Sierra Nevada hop presence. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing, as the style should be. This is a very enjoyable summer brew, one of the best hefeweizens I've had yet.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy bright golden yellow with a white, pillowy head.
S -bready yeast, light banana and light citrus fruits.
T - bready and slightly sweet, light cloves on the finish.
M - well carbonated, creamy. A full-bodied Hefeweizen.
D - A delicious example and one of the best American Hefeweizens I've had. A spring and summer outdoor sipper.

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

This beer poured with a small amount of head. There was not a lot of smell given off by this beer. What it lacked in taste it gave in taste. It obviously had a strong wheat taste with a great compliment of sour, oranges, lemon, and bananas. Like most wheat beers this is a great summer beer to relax to. Cheers.

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

This beer pours a nice light gold. The yeast leaves a good murkiness to the color. It builds a good two finger head which has good retention.
The smell certainly announces banana and yeast.
The taste up front has a lot of this banana flavor. In the middle the yeast takes charge and combines a little malty flavors into the palette. At the end some citrus notes and the clove finish the beer of.
A great summer beer, very drinkable and a good cousin of it's German relatives.

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

12 oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL. Served in a flute glass more suitable for a witbier than a hefeweizen. Review from notes taken shortly after tasting.

A: hazy orange with golden yellow hues and a thick cap of frothy, cream white head.
S & T: ripe banana, clove, bubble gum, nutmeg, wheat malt, and a floral, citrus hop spice to end. The flavour is more robust than you'd expect for a 4.8% beer, and I can see why this is so highly rated.
M: soft, crisp, spicy and thirst quenching. Straightforward but spot on for the style.
D: certainly something you could drink continuously on a summer afternoon, and the ABV accommodates sessioning. Another great beer from Sierra Nevada. I have yet to try a bad or mediocre offering from their lineup.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Magic Hat #9 pint glass. This was on sale at my local grocery store which had me worried that it's been sitting on the shelf a while, so I learned how to read SN's freshness dates to see if that were so. So, if I'm reading it correctly, it was bottled May 3, 2012. Not bad.

A- Pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2 inch white head that immediately fizzes away leaving a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a big bump of surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- A good amount of banana aroma and some clove. Crisp.

T- Straightforward banana flavor with a bit of spice to back it up. Basically tastes the way it smells, which is fine. The low ABV explains why it's so light and easy to drink.

M- Standard feel but a bit zesty. Medium carbonation and a light-ish body. Somewhat watery.

O- This was one of the first Hefeweizens I'd ever had and it still holds up pretty well today. Not one of the best of the style but SN's kinda past the point of trying to win medals.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a six pack as a gift. Poured into standard pint glass.

A: Extremely cloudy pale brownish yellow with a huge head. Good carbonation.

S: Lightly toasted bread, lemon grass, cut hay, subtle notes of earth.

T: First off, skip the lemon. Some hefeweizens are just better without it, and this is one. Kind of an average Hefe if you ask me. Heavy on the wheat, a little too thick in the mouth.

Drinkability: Easy to polish off a sixer in an evening.

Value: Slightly overpriced, as most Sierra Nevada brews are.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A hazed yellow in color with no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma full of hefeweizen scents, spice, sweetness and fruit notes.

Solid hefeweizen characteristics, funky yeast lends notes of banana/bubblegum. Distant clove. Munich style malts. This could have very well came from Germany, as all the flavors are quite authentic.

Medium bodied and fairly smooth going down.

A very well crafted hefe'. Its quite good and a nice departure from the usual hoppy offerings from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Oz poured into a Weizen glass

Directions- Pour 2/3 into a glass, swirl, then pour the rest.

A- Cloudy yellow orange with a foamy 3 finger head. A lot of trub or dead yeast poured out of the bottle that was sitting on the bottom.
S- Very grainy and lots of yeast presence, Smells a lot like a euro pale lager. Some notes of belgian hops and yeast. very interesting smell.
T- Tastes like it smells, odd hops and yeast, truly unusual but strangely good at the same time. Some bitterness. Wheat.
M- This beer has a remarkably creamy feel, goes down smooth. A good session beer. In my opinion, its best if had cold because its drinkability faded with its temperature.
O- One of my first run in's with this style. It seems odd that sierra nevada would attempt this style but I think they did a decent enough job at it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body and a thick voluminous white head.

Spicy clove heavy on the aroma. Banana and some wheatiness.

Flavor follows suit with spice in the forefront with banana and some crisp wheat in the back.

Oh ya the mouthfeel is great. Creamy and bubbly.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six-pack of Kellerweis in a grocery store. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale hazy gold color. Very few bubbles in the glass. Initially there is a sizable white head on top of the beer, but it is not very resilient for the style, and fade quickly to a quarter inch froth.

Smell is pretty good, a little faint, but there are soft fruit fragrances and spices.

The taste is quite good. Banana and clove flavors dominate, with a very mild dry bitterness. A traditional representation of the style.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and dry. The brew is lightly carbonated, perhaps a little flat.

A very drinkable and authentic styled hefe. And I got it for $7 a six-pack. It doesn't get much better than that.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a pale golden straw. Just a slight bit of haze.

Nose is light and bright. Lots of lemon, grass, melon. Heavy on the lemon.

Taste is surprisingly bready. Little burst of lemon up front, followed by lots of lovely malty yeasty bread notes.

Feel is pretty solidly medium. Little more than I would want for a hefe.

Great beer on a hot summer day. Sessionable, but might be too much lemony brightness to drink through the night. Daylight hours only.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not a huge fan if Hefe's, and this beer didn't turn me on to them, although it wasn't bad.

It poured the typical cloudy yellow, with a foamy head that maintained on the side, and provided some lacing. The nose nose mostly banana, and done lemon. I didn't get much spice (clove).

The taste was bready, with the same banana-lemon notes. Again, not much spice to me in the taste. It was somehow both smooth (like banana pudding), but seemed slightly watery. I realize it's a lighter style, but it didn't seem quite right.

As stated, not going to run to re-evaluate my opinion on the style because of this one, but I would have another as an option or change of pace.

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

A: Nice yellow color, hayish, little carbonation

S: very subtle banana and clove aroma, not as much as a german hefe weizen, but still a veryu nice citrusy aroma!

T: A very complex body! Nice hefe body with a citrusy american taste!

O: A very easygoing german wheat beer! Apealable to anyone!

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Photo of DZiegler
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle

A: Deep golden color with the typical cloudy look from hefeweizens. Decent sized head that dissipated after about 30 seconds but left a little bit of lacing.

S: Definitely smells of citrus and bananas. There is a nice hint of spices in the background as well, maybe cloves or cinnamon

T: The fruitiness stands out, first you get the bananas and the citrus creeps up towards the end

M: Very smooth and easy to drink with a decent amount of carbonation

O: Overall one of the best domestic hefeweizens I've had. It has complex flavor layering, but easy to drink at the same time. Fantastic beer would go great on a hot summer day. Definitely getting more of this soon.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass from a bottle.

L - has a nice golden color to it. just a slight haze. there was no head retention to speak of. no lacing on the glass

S - smells like banana bread. lots of yeasty pepper aroma.

T - tastes more like bitter lemon peel and cloves. the peppercorn notes gives it a bit of an edge. tastes like a hefeweizen for sure. not quite as much wheat content as what I expected.

F - the mouthfeel surprised me. there isnt really any body to this beer. very clean and refreshing. slightly carbonic.

O - i really enjoyed this beer. would make a great summertime beer. Sierra Nevada makes great beer at good prices.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. into a weizen glass

P: Cloudy orangish gold with one of the best-looking heads I've come across in a while! The huge, white crown of healthy foam is ultra-thick, sturdy as can be, and rocky as hell with excellent retention. Forms huge muffin tunnels and gigantic dimples as it sinks to reveal a thick sheet of lace all over the glass. Excellent!

A: Huge waves of ripe bananas, tons of cloves, wheat malts, and some herbal hops. Really nice aroma that drew me in from the first whiff.

T: Wheaty, cracker-like malt is at the core while the palate is greeted with some lemony bitterness at first sip. Banana is layered throughout, but stays pretty subdued in relativity to the rest of the flavors. The clove, though, is great! They combine with the herbal hops to put this one firmly on the spicy, herbal side of the hefe spectrum as opposed to the fruity side, as the hops deliver a nice little spicy kick on the crisp, dry finish. Nice and sublte, but very well put-together.

M: Light-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation that adds some fluffiness to the already airy, crisp feel.

Notes: Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this is good! I love the spice & herb combo going on here, but I do wish the banana flavors were a little more pronounced on the palate, mainly because they tasted so delicious. I actually did a side-by-side with this and the Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss, and it held its own even though I would prefer the Franziskaner. But, considering that one came from the motherland of wheats, I was impressed.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 3,996 ratings.
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