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 ummswimmin
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer in my pursuit of reviewing the top 100 beers of fame. It also doubled as perfect for the warm Florida weather in March. I love hefeweizen's in the summer.

I like the golden/orange color in my pint glass. There was about one finger of foam that goes down quickly. The carbonation came up quickly throughout my enjoying this glass.

As expected, you get those banana esthers from the glass. This is a very clean smell.

The flavor was pretty good. I picked up a metallic presence which hurt it a little. This is a good example of a hefe. But, if you want the best I recommend picking up a bottle from Wehenstephaner.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled May 23 2012.

A: Pours a hazy light golden with a one finger white head. Head sticks around for a minute before disappearing. Some pretty serious carbonation visible in the body.

S: Loads of yeast and light malts. Wheat and a hint of banana.

T: Nice banana notes, good belgian yeast. I like the wheat characteristics. A bold hint of orange. I like the malt aftertaste this leaves.

M: Light body with good carbonation and a nice crisp finish.

Overall a great beer in the Sierra Nevada line up that is easily overlooked. Need to look for this when its fresher.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a sixer at Steve's on University

appearance: poured into a tyranena imperial pint glass, hazy orange body with a nice white froth and decent lacing left behind

smell: light yeast, a load of pale wheat, sweet citrus whiffs...a little jumbled. there is a bizarre sulfur aspect as well that others appear to have noticed - odd

taste: a little on the sweeter end of the style -juicy citrus, banana, clove, pepper, pale wheats. enjoyable, but doesnt hold up compared to the dancing man wheat thats also in the fridge

mouthfeel: medium body, sweeter and thicker than the norm

drinkability: good

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Photo of philipquarles
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark gold with a billowing white head the consistency of meringue. Nice lacing. Tangy wheat on the nose with heavy yeast character--citrus, some banana, and a bit of clove, as one would expect. The taste echoes this, though more faintly, with sharp wheat flavors, milder citric notes, and light banana and clove in the background. Light-medium body with medium-high carbonation. A nice take on a hefe.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy pale yellow. Large white foamy head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet grain and banana dominate. Mild spiciness and lemony citrus.

Taste - Grain and banana, with the grain being more prominent. Surprisingly tart, lemony finish. Some spice, but not especially prominent.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light. Crisp

Overall - A little different from many hefes - more sour, less spice. Refreshing and flavorful and definitely not cloying.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mJJJJJJJ
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured as instructed on the bottle 2/3 into the weizen glass, swirled and then the remaining third. Huge fluffy white head, beautiful straw, hazy body. Accentuated by the glass.

S - Heavy on the coriander & lemon.

T - Not as powerful as the smell led me to believe, pepper, coriander, some clove.

M - Light, smooth & refreshing. Hard to take this one slow. Low carbonation. Perhaps my pour was too aggressive and I released all the Co2 early.

O - I'm a true believer in SN and I'm partial to almost anything they make. Even though Hefeweizens aren't my usual go to I was very satisfied with this brew.

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Photo of Cresant
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pweis909
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely straw yellow, hazy, with half inch foam that persisted for about 4 minutes. Aroma presented muted characteristic clove. Fruitiness, e.g., banana, nearly absent. Taste was cleaner than I expected, and malt flavors were subdued. Possibly, they use US 2-row instead of a German pilsner malt? Mouth feel, however was as close to perfect as it gets - soft kisses. For American brewers, New Glarus still gets my top vote for hefeweizen. Their beers deliver a bit more boldly than this one.

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Photo of BPMeyer27
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded light orange with a big frothy head.

The aroma is banana and yeast with some spice. Smells delicious, but not extraordinarily interesting.

Big orange and banana flavors. A zippy carbonation tingles along with the spices. Lemon and wheat come out later and hang around through the finish. Tastes great, but the mouthfeel is a lot thinner than I'd like for the style.

Another top notch brew from Sierra Nevada. I'm really glad they replaced the Wheat Beer with this hefe, because it's so much better. I'd gladly drink a bunch of them.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-A very thick looking dark orange. About 1 finger of frothy white head. Very velvety looking as it pours, some lacing remains.

Aroma-Immidiately get the biscuity yeasty aroma. Followed my some spice and then alot of banana.

Taste-Starts off with a strong biscuity taste, followed by banana and spice. Crisp Orange/Lime finish. Not bad, pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Extremely pleasant. Medium bodied. Only negative is it could use a litle less carbonation but the velvety texture is really nice.

Overall-Nice beer, another good Sierra Nevada product. 7.50 for a 6 pack can't go wrong, another great summer day beer.

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Photo of mpyle
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big white head, creamy with good retention. Beer itself is an amber golden color, and very cloudy.

Big banana and clove aroma - fruitier than some hefeweizens. A sweet fruitiness. A touch of sulfur?

A bit of wheat graininess, fruitiness from the yeast is evident but not as prominent as in aroma. Nicely attenuated and/or sufficiently hopped to prevent any runaway sweetness in the finish.

MF has a lightish body, with fairly high carbonation as fits the style.

A hugely drinkable style, and a nice example. Think there are other examples that I like better, but nice to see an American brewer producing one to stand up against the best that Germany can produce.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold color, with notes of orange around the edges. Not fully hazed, but definitely not clear; somewhere in the middle of filtration spectrum (at least from the tap). Pale wheat, slightly sweet on the nose, with plenty of banana - clove and spice are a second fiddle here.

The flavor is spot-on for this style; hefeweizen yeast brings the banana hard, clove is a solid backup, not much wheat-chaff flavor. Fairly sweet, but the finish is clean and dry enough not to be cloying. Smooth mouthfeel for easy drinking - nothing superlative, just...nice.

Solid weissbier from a solid brewery.

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Photo of squack
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8/30/09 and many times since. From Notes.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a towering 2 finger cloudlike head, ultimately subsiding to a sturdy film.

I can smell the banana esters as I pour the glass and they are even more apparent when I stick my nose in for the first whiff. Herbal hops, spice notes and a light citrus and lemony twang compliment the wheat and yeast characters.

Initial sweetness in the taste balanced by wheat twang and yeasty character. Faint spice, nicely balanced, but could use a bit more 'pop'.

Very balanced and a very good example of the style. It might be my new go-to for this style.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Hefe in the middle of winter

A- pours a nice cloudy unfiltered Hefe look. Very inviting with a ridiculous cloudy marshmallow head of foam. Lacing all over the sides as well

S- good banana, clove, and spices all over KH. A little musty and yeasty but that is rounded off with some good lemon

T- delicious and refreshing at the same time. Good flavor that begins with the same clove and banana. The same musty flavor is there as well. It's almost like a banana shake with some dryness at the end

M- creamy creamy creamy. Flavor lingers and that is good

D- Kellerwies is extremely refreshing and full of good flavor. Very sessionable and easy drinking

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So I am actually reviewing two "versions" of the Kellerweis from Sierra Nevada at once. The first part of this review will describe a "Kellerweis Hefeweizen" packaged in early August 2014. The second part will describe a "Kellerweis Bavarian Style-Wheat" packaged in early April 2015. Are they the same beer, just enjoyed at 15.5 months and 7.5 months, respectively? Or was there in fact a change in recipe that somehow managed to keep the 4.80% ABV from before? I'm leaning towards the latter, even though Beer Advocate does in fact have both versions on this site, one considered a Hefeweizen, one considered a Kristalweizen, though I'm certain that is a mistake and I intend on reporting an update.

"Hefeweizen": Hazy orange with yellow tint and smaller whitish head of decent retention. Yeasty and spicy phenols, light lemon on the nose. Lemony tart throughout and extremely clovey after bubbles have smoothed out, banana is there but watered down. Yeast quality apart from cloves and banana as well, spicy and fungal. Slightly bready aftertaste. Medium-bodied, thickish, chewy, lightly carbonated, not as smooth as label lead me to believe it would be.

"Bavarian-Style Wheat": Dull semi-clear yellow at first with mirky clouds of yeast slowly sinking from below the head. Soon more of an orange haze. Head is white and retains alright despite how thin it is from the start. Decent lace. Yeasty phenols, almost Band-Aid, and bready aromas. Lemony tart throughout and clove-likeness sets in almost immediately. Yeasty. A bit of pepper, especially in retro-olfaction. Don't really detect much for banana. Medium-bodied, thickish, lower and gentler carbonation, very smooth.

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to trying this summer type brew.

Poured this critter into my freebie Sammy glass, nice unfiltered amber with a darn fine white head that leaves sheets of lace rings on the way down.

Malty wheat, clove and banana in the aroma. I'm a likey so far. Quaff is not too bad, but a bit disappointing after such a good start. Above flavors were just not as pronounced as I thought they would be - and a bit of soap drops in for a short stay. Good malt backbone thoughout.

A very nice brew, I'll put some in the DBF next summer for sure, the price is right for a good hefe - even though it seemed a bit flavor weak.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright yellow, super murky liquid rests under a pillow of threew inch high airy white foam. Too cloudy to see any carbonatin rising. Only a few lace ribbons.

A nice clove scent was the first to burst in the nose. A very faint lemon rind and banana background is a bit more subtle then most beers in the style.

Overall crisp lemon flavors have a nice backing of wheat behind them. Hops flavors added just the right finishing bitterness to keep the flavors balanced nicely.

Thick without being chewy. Carbonation bubbles without overpowering the tongue.

A good brew. This is a great summer fare brew. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for yet another solid offering in their lineup. Good choice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured the Kellerweis in a pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy dirty yellow with a finger or two of white head

S - The light grass or straw with clove on the background

T - Excellent flavor from this Hefe , some wheat, clove and touch of banana.

M - Medium carbonation on this one, very hard to drink just one, not even gonna try

O - I've had better but this is a strong American version of the German Hefe, Enjoy this one, Cheers!

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Photo of Tdenham
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jimmys
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A: hazy, lazy pale yellow. frothy head leaves a good retention behind but no lacing.

S: cloves and a little bit of cinnamon. chewy wheat. pears, bananas.

T: similar to the nose, a bit of bananas and a touch of wheat. just a touch. this is pretty easy drinking, as it should be, and the yeast is giving most of the flavors here.

M: moderate amount of fizz on a light body.

D: wouldnt hate a touch more carbonation, otherwise super drinkable and refreshing. just what a hefe should be.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy pale yellow with some light orange highlights. Little bubbles continually shoot up towards the top. The head is typical hefeweizen, massive and white. It falls very slowly, leaving thick rings of nearly symmetrical lace all the way down the glass. Retention is excellent, as a solid 1/3 inch of foam remains atop throughout.

S: Rich, yeasty aroma showcasing some light banana and clove, raw wheat malt, and light orange. There's a bit more spice here than in typical German examples, but it's not too out of balance. Solid aroma, but not quite as full as the best German examples.

T&M: Decent flavor. Banana flavor is rather restrained, showcasing a bit more spiciness and some clove. A graininess and clean wheat flavor also contribute. Finish is drying and lightly herbal and spicy. I'd prefer a bit more of the traditional banana and clove, but that's probably not what SN was going for. Body is light and fluffy, with a zesty carbonation that's on par for the style.

D: Very drinkable. Light, with an easy-to-handle flavor. This beer is replacing their old APWA and I think fans of Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer will not be disappointed in the least by this upgrade. For the price, I'll probably make this a fridge staple anytime I'm craving hefeweizen.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,027 ratings.
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