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 | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottled on May 12, 2011 into a pint glass. Bonus points to SN for including the bottling date.

Appearance is a hazy, golden yellow with some lively carbonation.

Smell is yeasty/bready with a definite tang. Cloves come through clearly. Some herbal hoppiness as well.

Taste of banana, cloves, tart with some spicy/earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is light and prickly but enough presence to be satisfying. Dry finish. Very nice for the style.

Overall I think this is a quality American hefe well suited for the summer months.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is a cloudy wheat colored beer with a thin white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a spicy clove aroma (oh, and banana). It's light bodied and smooth; a little watery at the finish. The banana/clove flavor is prominent in the taste, but it's not the only thing going on. There is a nice, fruity, wooden bitterness with almost a hint of cassis. This is an ideal Hefeweizen.

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Photo of kaybort
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was almost no head when I poured it. It was a beautiful light apple juice color. Very dense and cloudy, not unlike other hefeweizens I have had. Bright and lively looking. It had a sweet smell, I could detect a sort of yeasty smell. Again, much the same of other hefeweizens. The taste was slightly more mild than I was expecting. It had a floral like taste, and I could also taste the banana and clove aspect as stated on the bottle. Although, it wasn't as strong as I was expecting that part to be. Overall this is a great take on a hefeweizen. Easy to drink, with no unpleasant aftertastes.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazed bright yellow gold. Head is bubbly, bright-white, and creamy. Decent retention keeps at a couple cm for the duration. Some minor specks of lacing, but nothing much. Nice lively carbonation.

Smell: Bready yeasty banana funk. Loaded with esters. Banana and a mild underlying spiciness. Nice twang of wheat punches up, especially as the beer warms. Grass and some green apple skin. Almost musty at times with some mild earthiness. Background of citrus. Melon. Powdery yeast. Bubblegum.

Taste: Powdery banana yeast candy. Seriously laced with bubblegum and powdered clove. Candy. Light pale malt sweetness plays over some big yeast flavors. Watermelon rind. Slight twang of wheat layered in the back. Hay and earth. Even a touch of lemon zest. Taffy and banana candy. Mildly tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. Slightly dry finish, but clean overall.

Overall: Banana and clove bubblegum. NECCO wafer style.

Missing that spark I thought it had the first time I tried it. Still a solid take, but a bit heavy on the bubblegum and banana candy.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, wheaty colour. Cannot see through the haze. Nice looking beer. Scents of yeast and wheat shine through. Tastes very crisp, yet lacking some clovey flavour, which I like in hefeweizens. Smooth on the palate. Very clean. A bit thin. Nice beer, needs some "tweaking".

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass

Appearance – Pours a very hazy light yellow-orange/golden color. There is a billowing white head that is formed upon pouring. The head has a good persistence and fades to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of banana, yeast, and pepper; very classic Hefeweizen. Mixed with three three stronger previously mentioned aromas is a lighter citrus aroma in the background.

Taste – A lemon citrus and bready flavor meets the tongue. These are soon meet with flavors of yeast, which bring with it a flavor of banana and pepper. The banana is light, but the pepper gets stronger and stronger as the taste advances. Other spices and some sweeter citrus flavors then work their way in toward the end, with the pepper and yeast taking big command of the taste. In the end it has a very yeasty, peppery and citrusy flavor.

Mouthfeel – A medium thickness in body and an average level of carbonation. Nothing too special here.

Overall – Not bad, but nothing too spectacular either. Easy to drink but nothing special.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen pours a hazy orange with hints of yellow around the edges from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma and the taste are both fairly mild. Banana and clove both make appearances but leave me wanting more, more banana and more clove that is. Easy drinking but I think I'm a bigger fan of the weizenbocks and darker weiss beers.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly clove, some breadiness.

Taste: A little bit of everything. Some lemon, moderate sweetness with a hint of banana, some spicy clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Feels kind of heavy and slick.

Drinkability: Tasty, but due to the heavy feel it comes down a peg.

It's summer, so let's try the new SN wheat. I enjoyed their old wheat, this one has more of the traditional wheat flavor to it but isn't quite as sessionable. Still a good beer though.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a little white head. Nose is banana , clove. Taste is mostly banana, with a bit of clove on the finish. A bit sweeter than I would have liked, its like a sugar dipped banana, pretty effervescent and a lot of wheat. It was good overall.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a rather murky hef with a significant amount of wheat malt at the bottom. the nose comes out fruity, the smell of wet flour, and some cereal. palate is thick and one dimensional. there is a quintessential hef palate of banana and other fruit ester... but its quite yeasty. not light. the wheat/yeast is too much. mutes the latitude and makes it a slower drink.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Camping in Lake George, NY and this pulled from the cooler. Smelled like a beer, not too strong and definitely not a Coors Lite. Tasted crisp and clean and not too heavy. Enjoyed the entire to the last drop. Not real fancy and not too hoppy. Good beer.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner glass, proper hefe swirl and all.

Cloudy straw color with thick airy head that laces well throughout. Biscuity nose with a hint of clove, with clove more assertive in taste. Banana taste is more subtle than in most hefes.

Great mouthfeel; very drinkable, but hops a bit too crisp in the finish. Almost biting...

A good beer, I'll drink it again.

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Photo of Moose90
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle poured into Weizen glass

A — Pours a hazy banana yellow with a wheat colored head that leaves behind incredible lacing.

S — Smell is classic, banana, clove, wheat, malt, light yeast, white pepper, nice.

T — Taste is solid and refreshing. Light notes of yeast and wheat play with banana and clove notes, slightly estery and sweet on the finish.

M — Refreshing, dry, clean, leaves you wanting to come back for more and more.

O — Very nice overall, a good example of the style.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Piccadilly in Champaign, IL.
No easy bottled on date, but SN's code says this was bottled in late July.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours a fairly large, thick head composed of small bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a modestly bright yellow-gold away from light, a pale yellow with even paler yellow highlights when held up to a point source. Not as dark as the Weihenstephaner. As the head descends over the course of a few minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken. Better lacing than Weihenstephaner.

Strong aroma of wheat/barley malt combination along with lemon or other bright citrus and some ripe banana and band-aid odor. Other scents are present, but less robust, and include: yeast, miscellaneous sweet spices. Less complex overall than Weihenstephaner, seems to be less robust and in-your-face, somewhat drab.

Taste opens with bright sweetness that quickly clouds over into ripe bananas. Other flavors include bubblegum, yeast, and very light coriander. Aftertaste of bready, yeasty, ripe bananas, unripe pears, and is slightly tart. Still, not as "aggressive" as Weihenstephaner. I've found that to really enjoy the taste of this beer, it needs to be in a glass and sit for a bit; drinking directly from the bottle doesn't allow much of the flavors to develop, for whatever reason.

The beer is medium-bodied with a mild carbonation level that lets this feel very smooth on the palate, maybe a bit undercarbonated, actually. Finish is dry, which complements the mild tartness in the aftertaste nicely.

This was a good hefeweizen. A bit muted, compared to Weihenstephaner, but sometimes that's what you're looking for. Also, probably the most acceptable clone of a German wheat beer I've found.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy golden straw color, decent head.

S - Smell subtle spices and muted sweet malts.

T - This does not taste like a traditional Hef it reminds me of a belgium white ale (i.e. a
Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue) more than a Hefeweizen. I had a Pyramid Hef last week and found it a bit more enjoyable.

M - This had a decent amount of carb, others have said otherwise but it seemed like it was plenty bubbly from the pour.

O - I think this is a great tasting white ale, not a traditional Hefeweizen. It doesn't taste at all like any of the Sierra Nevada offerings, minimal hops. Good nonetheless and obvsiouly a good price.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on May 11th. Pours an opaque, hazy yellow with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Nose is yeasty with notes of banana and clove. The flavors don't jump out at you like they do with many other Bavarian hefewiezens. Medium-light body with somewhat low carbonation. The taste is quite nice. There is enough body so that the beer sits on the palate long enough for the flavor to come out. Sweet citrus (tangerine) and banana with a slight hint of coriander. The extra body adds to the flavor but takes away from the drinkability. Still, very sessionable.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Looks like a hefe should. The nose has a lot of banana with some underlying clove and some lemon underneath both of those.

The flavor starts our with the malt which gets out of the way to lead to creamy banana flavors. The finish is quick. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizens but this one was above average for me.

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Photo of sethmeister
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass this beer is a cloudy lemon yellow with one finger of bright white finely-bubbled head. No lace.

Scent is spice, lemon and tangy yeast

Taste is quite spicy with cloves, coriander, black and white pepper. Lemons and lemon zest. Tangy and tart. A hint of banana; less than other hefeweizens.

Mouth starts sharply carbonated but ends velvety.

Very refreshing. Love the spiciness. Would appreciate a bit more banana. Good solid hefeweizen.

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Photo of harrymel
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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 davey101
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz tall pilsner glass. Swirled and poured in the last 2 ounces.

A - Cloudy light orange/dark yellow body. Dirty soapy off-white head.

S - Fairly typical hefe smell. Wheat, lemon grass, clove, black pepper and a hint of meat.

T - Similar to the aroma. Light wheat flavor and some lemon and belgian yeast. Mild spice and sweetness towards the end. Faintest hint of bannana. Carboantion is nice, but the bodys pretty thin.

O - Witbiers really aren't my style, so much so that Allagash white was a drainpour for me. Something about the clove, black pepper and lemon grass that reminds me of lunchable grade sausage. I can do hefes though, and this one is really solid. Certainly the best American hefe I've tried. As always with SN, its priced extremely well too.

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Photo of bbeerman
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A..A very soft golden/amber color, almost bordering on a dark honey look.

S..The smell is nothing exceptional for a hefeweizen. Light citrus hints, but that is about it.

T..An above average hefeweizen here. The taste yields a bit more than the flavor. However, I don't find as much intensity as I do in other Sierra Nevada beers. It is not bad, but I was hoping for more citrus tastes that make me realize winter will end each year.

M..I like the bouncy mouthfeel here a lot. I swear this beer hits heavy/thick in the feel right of the bat. Something about it remninds me of honey. Then, as the "weight" of the beer dissipates after 1/3 of a second, the beer seems to jump around in spirited fashion (reminiscent of soda's carbonation, but not in a negative way).

D..Good here too. I could make this a short-session beer.

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Photo of wcintula
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very atypical versus many hefeweizens. The look is good, with its unfiltered body, and big head with yeast contained. The smells gives off some of your typical hefe aromas, spice, clove banana, and wheat but there a very tart aroma and taste in there that's reminiscent of apple or grape peel. Hops take a half step back in this one, adding just a little spice to the beer. Not bad, but not my favorite.

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Photo of JT2875
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy very pale yellow with a two finger head. Which quickly fades. Not much lacing.

S- Banana's, yeast, wheat, and cloves with a hint of citrus.

T- Banana with a touch of citrus. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

M- Very creamy and smooth with a rich feel.

D- Goes down very well!

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Photo of fizzgig
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Opaque gold, streams of carbpnation rising. Half finger head dissipates quickly.

S: Butterscotch.

T: Bit of caramel, maybe banana.

M: Carbonation comes on midway, slight wheat thickness. Goes away suddenly.

O: Decent hefe, a bit different than the most traditional German examples. Easy going but I'll go for some from the Fatherland next time.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is potent and of banana and orange with some yeast tones. At first taste there was little to nothing there in terms of subtlety and flavor. After it warmed, it improved dramatically; the flavors of a true Hefe come out for a short stint, however, the Hefe character is cut off prematurely by the end note, which is fairly acrid, dry, and even somewhat watery. A much more authentic american attempt at a Hefe, but I think years of German tradition and experience seem to give them the leg up when it comes to making one of these.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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