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 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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Photo of runner72
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving: 12 oz bottle

It pours a cloudy, blonde color. Nice, white head, two fingers high. Lots of carbonation with small bubbles of carbonation throughout the beer. Smell is very pleasant with banana and clove tones. Taste is smooth. First to hit is the banana and cloves. Lots of carbonation in the mouth, smooth feel. Drinkability is excellent. Overall, a very good American version of a German classic!

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very excited to review this beer, looks wonderful

Appearance has a cloudy hazy golden color with a soft white pillowy head that leaves some sudsy lacing. The smell upfront is banana, clove, yeast, and bubblegum. The taste is the smell just more upfront. I get the citrus, yeast, wheat, and spice up front and clove and lots of banana in the aftertaste. The banana is very pronounced and taste like sweet ripe bananas, it is excellent. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, medium body with some moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very high, a great American hefe. Definitely the best i've ever had. I'm looking forward to enjoying plenty more of this beer during the rest of this hot Louisiana summer.

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Photo of Southside830
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best of the style by an American brewery IMO. Nice banana and clove notes without overwhelming the brew with too much clove flavor like some other breweries. Also has a pleasant sweetness to it. Banana pudding??

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

Have been drinking this one regularly from SN since its release earlier this year. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a creamy tight bubbled head.

The aromas are plum, clove, pear and banana.

Flavor is somewhat yeasty, clove and balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little more full and toward the oily feel of wit but not over the top.

A truly outstanding Hefeweizen. You will be hard pressed to find a better mass produced example in the states, brewpubs on tap only and extremely fresh perhaps, but this great.

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

poured from familiar sierra bottle into pint glass. has that nice yeasty stuff on the bottom...good sign. i poured about 2/3 of the bottle before swirling the rest and finishing the pour. appearance is opaque and orange, with a nice thick white head. looks like a fine hefe. smells citrusy, with spicy, clove character. the yeast is present, and reassuring before the first sip. taste is muted banana, mingling with that classic spiciness you'll find in the best german hefeweizens. a bit spicy up front, then bready and mild in the middle before the spice returns with a nice bittersweetness on the finish. absolutely refreshing. mouthfeel is just right...decent carbonation, and a little thin-medium bodied. i liked this one alot, and its drinkability soars. you could drink these all day. good job sierra nevada.

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

Poured into Sierra Nevada Kelleweis glass. Wishing SN would release this beer in 12 or 24 packs; would love to have a butt load of this in the fridge at all times.

Glorious toasted yellow/orange glow with wheat cloudiness. Almost like orange juice. Nice white head that fades into a blanket after a couple minutes.

Smell right off the bat is tart and electric. Lemon, bubblegum and shock tarts. Smells refreshing.

Wheat taste is upfront, followed by sour/tartness, and leaving the mouth with a tart and bitter orange peel taste. Mirrors the smell.

Feels fizzy in the mouth. Soft, smooth, and light. Light bodied.

VERY drinkable. The smoothness of the wheat helps it go down easy. Gulp-able, but much better savored.

I've been very happy with Kellerweis, and have purchased many 6-packs. Weihenstephaner Hefeweis bier would be my first choice, but Kellerweis holds up well. Plus, newcomers to beer are usually pleased with it.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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