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 the_awesometeer
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: The beer is a golden hazy color with lots of carbonation. The had a head that lasted less then a minute but died down quickly to a thin layer that lasted the whole beer.

Smell: I get strong aromas of bananas and cloves. Not overly malty or hoppy but a nice under aroma of yeast.

Taste: I really enjoy this beer, I want to to describe it as an intense hefeweizen. I get a nice ueast flavor with a banana and clove flavor, followed with minimal bitterness

Feel: Short crisp and clean beer, nice carbonation.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

love this beer yall!

a light orange hazy appeal with a fair amount of head....

smells of banana, and can almost smell the carbonation...

taste is get the wheat on the front with a huge banana taste on the back with lots of tingly carbonation...

kinda dry, yet refreshing.... nice lacing...

you can easily drink these all summers day long

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

Poured a hazy golden sunny color with lively carbonation, producing a pillowy thick head. Not much lacing down the glass. Smelled slightly of bananas and clove, yeasty. Taste was similar, but when coupled with the cold liquid is very pleasurable. The fruity part of the flavor is just there enough to be delicious, but does not overwhelm; it just refreshes. A great beer (and style) for most foods.
Mouhtfeel was very good, the carbonation cleans the pallette; and drinkability is very high, a leading session beer for sure. Nice to see such a tasty Hefe that is domestic, and not from abroad.

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

A: A cloudy yellow/orange with a thin line of bubbles for a head.

S: There is a nice bready wheat and yeast smell coming off of the beer. It also has a citrus quality to it.

T: The flavor is consistent with the aroma. A very nice sweet, but not too sweet, wheat/yeast flavor with a bit of clove spiciness, bubblegum like flavors and citrus tang to it. I really like the bready quality to this beer. There is more depth and flavors in this beer than most hefes, I like the flavors.

M: There is a nice spiciness to this beer due to the carbonation and clove-like flavors. It could use a little bit more though. Althought, the feel is nice and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing and delicious.

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

Appearance: The Sierra Nevada Kellerweis pours a cloudy yellow with a thin, quickly evaporating head. Minimal to no lacing.

Smell: Orange, lemon, banana, clove and wheat.

Taste: Spicy lemon, orange, clove and wheat. The lemon really comes through in the taste - very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very refreshing, flavorful beer. A perfect low ABV summertime beer, and one I will definitely purchase again.

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

Appearance - Big frothy head formed at pour. Carbonation is thin but retains a nice ring around the glass as the head retracts. Cloudy (as expected from the style) with a lively presence. Inviting.

Smell - Wheaty aroma grabs your nose first, followed by a large amount of ripe bananas and a spice/clove nose. Nice and full aroma. Nothing subtle here. It's in your face.

Taste - Malty sweet, nice mild hop bite at the end. Just what you would expect from a Hefe. Clean crisp throughout with an excellent balance.

Mouthfeel - Livey carbonation makes it's appearance again to lead this offering around your tongue/mouth. Very enjoyable and very full-bodied. A nice finish leaves you ready for the next sample.

Drinkability - Very well done. Nicely balanced and an easy drinker. Would make an excellent summer offering (perhaps a bit less quenching that typical summer-fare, but still well worth a look-see). Yes, I would put this up there with a Weihenstephaner Hefe. Good job SN.

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

On tap at the brewery.

Tight white head and a hazy straw yellow appearance.

Great Bavarian style wheat beer. Intense aroma of ripe bananas and spicy clove. Predictably low bitterness. Very fresh malt flavors and a general grainy taste.

Very well done and very true to style. Its great to see this ale-heavy brewery tackle traditional German beers and take full advantage of their open fermenters.

Carbonation is a tad bit on the high side, but the body is medium-light and very drinkable and delicious.


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

Served from bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard.

A- Hazy golden color with one finger of soapy white head.

S- Strong banana and almost bubblegum like notes.

T- Strong banana and bubblegum notes throughout with a nice amount of spiciness to keep it from being too sweet. Also some bready and yeasty notes throughout as well.

M- Highly carbonated with a medium body

O- Highly drinkable beer with good balance and very refreshing.

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

I went looking for a good hefe, and around these parts that can be a chore. No Franziskaner or its ilk to be found, and I didn't feel like an hour drive to Fayetteville for some Bridge Brewworks product (damn it, distribute into Charleston, guys!). But I wanted a clove-banana delivery device and settled on this. Not a bad choice, I must say.

Pours a cloudy darkish-yellow, white head that could be fluffier considering the style. Some lacing, good carbonation. Yeast chunkies on the bottom.

Nice wheat malt base with clove-y phenols with peach and banana esters in background. Not overpowering clove but solid.

Banana esters and spicy cloves again on palate with and some minor green apple, but the good kind of apple and not the cidery acetealdehyde variety. The peach from the nose is missing but the apple makes up for it. Tasty. Could'a been more extreme on the flavors but good, solid, hefe character.

Solid mouthfeel but thinner than I'd prefer. Quite drinkable on this fine - that is to say hotter than hell - Fathers' Day.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Cloudy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. About an inch or so. Rapidly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Great banana scent, fruit, citrus and a light clove. First taste is citrus and banana with clove. Banana remains prominent throughout. Mouthfeel is medium to light. Generally one of my favorite hefewizens. Highly recommended.

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

When poured, the color was of a hazy lemon yellow, with very little foam, but some lace retention. The smell of cloves and citrus was very evident, with a hint of a yeasty nature. The taste of cloves, yeast, wheat and lemon citrus was pleasant, I could not pick up the banana flavor. Nicely balanced fruit and spices to make this Kellerweis Hefeweizen very exceptable on the palate.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy unfiltered yellow gold with lots of fluffy white head and lacing.

S-Spicy banana and clove. Very robust and appealing.

T-Following the nose, lots of banana and spice notes, a bit sweet and also a bit tangy.

M-Medium bodied with a richer than expected texture. Very nice.

D-A great summer beer and a great low ABV beer. Most of our case is already gone after just two weeks


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

Pours a hazy golden with a big, lively fluffy white head. The aroma is rich, spicy, and phenolic, with pronounced fruit, apricot, pear and apple. The flavor is rich and wheaty, with huge fruit esters, particularly spicy apricot. It is rich and round and powerful, far more robust and flavorful than the ABV would suggest. The mouthfeel is thick and carbonated.

This is a delicious beer.

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

A:Nice hazy looking straw color. Really nice haze actually. A finger and a half of white head with nice lacing as well.

S: Tons of banana. The clove is in there as well but damn does the banana shine through. Little bit of citrus in the back with the wheat pulling it's weight as well.

T: Follows right along with the nose. Really nice and complex heff of which there are not that many. The yeast is very powerful and flavorful.

M: Perfect. A touch thick but the carbonation pushes it right down.

D: I have had live oak in growler form and on tap and dare I say this is a poor man's Live Oak. That being said I in no way want to sell this beer short. This is a world class heff. Recommended.

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Photo of mjaskula
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden almost orange color with a thick and dense off-white head that reduces to a decent film with thick lacing.

Aroma is thick with bananas and wheat yeast and cloves. Flavor is more of the same with the banana and clove asserting themselves. Carbonation is high and the beer as a somewhat creamy character. There is a slight dryness and a touch of tartness that leave you wanting more. A great beer.

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Photo of olegv40
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At first poured a very yellow, but when it settled and became murky, it was a nice golden. Hints of ripe fruit and citrus.

This is a really good hefe. Slightly malty and fruity. It tastes mostly of banana and orange, and is absolutely velvet smooth. No hint of alcohol. I could easily put down a 6 pack of these without thinking twice.

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Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle.

My first beer of the night, and boy was it a great start.

A: Cloudy, hazy golden yellow with amber hints within the clouds.

S: Traditional Hefe aromas. Perhaps a bit dialed back compared with a Weihenstephaner. Nevertheless, a very inviting aroma for discriminate Hefeweizen drinkers.

T&M: Wonderful, fruity flavors come forth. Traditional banana and clove. Well balanced. Tastes "genuine" and not fake or cloying. Very pleasing. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a nice crisp finish that beckons another sip.

I was very impressed by this beer. I went in with high expectations and it didn't disappoint.


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Photo of elniko
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Kellerweis and it finally arrived in North Texas. Poured into weizen glass.

A: Huge pillowy head that slowly dissipated but still left a good finger. Nice lacing and murky coloring. Exactly as I would want a hef to look.

S: Heavy wheat tones with some spiciness as well. More on the bready side of the hef equation. I don't really get the banana that most of the German hefs have. Nice but probably the least of the qualities..

T & M: The bready wheaty tones come out in the taste as well. No cloying sweetness, very crisp mouthfeel. Nicely bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable hef that I will be drinking quite often for the remainder of the summer.

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Photo of manahansf
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy gold color topped with a thick lacy white head which recedes quickly. The brew gives off a biscuity malt aroma with soft hints of banana esters. The body is light and highly carbonated and is full of banana flavor with a background of biscuit malt and clove flavors. The finish carries the banana through the end and dances around the palate with the fizz from the carbonation. The finish is gentle but fades relatively quickly.

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Photo of RyanPoff
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy yellow gold with about a finger of effervescent, fairly quickly dissipating but with good retention. Truly excellent.

S: Wheat, bananas, some mild fruits, and hops. A complicated, enticing smell.

T: Wheat, spice, a bit of candy gum like flavor, and a slight floral hop bite. Some of the best I've had in this category.

M: Bubbly, fresh, and just the right amount of body.

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Photo of Soonami
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a delicious beer. Kellerweis pours a deep hazy yellow, with a bit of ephemeral head that leaves just a trace of lacing on the glass. The bouquet is very yeasty and full of clove and ripe banana as well as the earthiness from the wheat malt. The hefeweizen is very complex, with the fruit and spice flavors as well as a deep yeast must and a sweet taste that quickly dissipates in the dry, clean finish.

Great example of the style from the classic American brewery. You will not be disappointed by this beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Date: July 23, 2015... Glassware: Ayinger willibecker... Occasion: well pump replaced, and a tan replacement scheduled for tomorrow--time to drink... Appearance: golden yellow body is murky as a muddy river; ballooning, cratering off-white head leaves maze-like pattern of lacing .... Aroma: intense clove and banana, as expected; some fruity esters from the yeast make for an alluring, if not unique, hefeweizen ... Palate: lively, swirling, creamy body; bombards the tongue with activity, and suggestive of a surprising wheat complexity ... Taste: big, full bouquet of clove, banana, bubblegum, and secondary flavors of apple, pear, lemon grass and ginger--quite a stable of favors.... Overall: Sierra Nevada continues to impress with its portfolio of beers--they have top fermenters locked down, and now the wheat world is served notice that a refreshing, formidable, complex wheat is in the mix now....

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color weizen with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of wheat malt with nice ester of banana and cloves. Taste is very refreshing with great notes of banana ester with subtle cloves and loads of wheat. Body is full with nice bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Very well done for the style with great refreshing factor - I think it is wonderful to keep this level of quality with the quantity of beer being brewed by this brewery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz just picked up at the COOP today... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger meringue like head.. great retention and lace.. the brew is a hazy pale golden color.

nose smells like it made the trip from the motherland... very bready and ripe bananas... subtle cloves and just whaffs of pink bubblegum.

Flavor has alot more mashed bananas than the aroma.. a little more bubblegum this time that lingers more in the finish.. again very bready and just minor clovey notes. The body is on the thicker side and carbonation is light lending toward a creamy mouthfeel.

This is a pretty damn fine hefe... I really like it... the drinkability is pretty high... I had 2 way earlier in the evening that went down too fast... I wanted to save my final one to review, but this glass is clearing pretty quickly too... hats off to the crew at Sierra Nevada.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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