Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style WheatSierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.6%

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2.02/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

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2.22/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From the nearby town of Chico, this beer promised to be an exploration of excellent German-style wheat beer. The problem is, Sierra Nevada has done quite well with the Crustal Wheat and Old Chico beers, so this venture into Hefeweizen is an interesting choice.

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go by memory on this one, as I am unwilling to try it for a fourth time.

First off, the smell: A warning of what's to come. The scent of rotten bananas and clove cigarettes pours from the opening of this bottle from the first twist. Not discouraging enough, of course, but it's still a good sign of an unusual beer. I love odd flavors in beer, generally. An apple flavor here or a lemon zest there, never something to avoid outright. The problem is this beer simply reeks of bad produce.

Next up, the taste, which is the most important to me, especially with Sierra Nevada brews. Frankly, all I could taste was fizzy rotten bananas and cloves. I may be a bit biased, as I like neither of these, but I feel they could have been made more subtle. Instead, it's a chemically taste followed by the uncomfortable reminder of bananas. This would be fine, but this combination doesn't feel complimentary at all. It's a bit sweet and the rush of hops pours in to ruin any synergy between the unusual flavors.

The mouthfeel is hard to dismiss. Again, that chemical taste bleeds into feeling, as the beer tends to almost feel like rubber, drying your mouth out. It is wonderfully fizzy though, and the feel while drinking it is enjoyable. It's just that the beer seems to like sticking around and keeping that clove taste stuck to your tongue.

It's a pretty standard microbrew in terms of color and head. It's plenty fizzy and looks great in a glass. I just can't personally stand the taste. Had I more closely read the bottle I would have avoided it the first time, but I hadn't expected a heffeweizen to be so odd-tasting.

Overall, not something I'd recommend to people who enjoy a nice solid wheat beer. Sierra Nevada offers two different types of wheat, one filtered, one unfiltered, which would easily satisfy that desire. If you enjoy bananas and clove cigarettes, this is definitely a great beer for you. It may be worth a try if you just want something fairly unique, but the flavors just don't seem to blend with the beer taste very well to me.

If you're looking for a good American wheat beer, absolutely pick up a pack of Sierra Nevada's Crystal Wheat or Old Chico. I simply cannot recommend this though.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Thought maybe it was a Keller style with a weiss mix or something. I was hoping to experience something original and different. The pour was promising. A small bit of sediment which is always nice esp for a hefe. Nice foam and body appearance for a genuine hefeweizen. Nose was not as promising. I smell a hurried produced beer with various smells that seem disconnected from each other. As if they were concocted. The taste was a let down primarily imo because it is similar to other American failed attempts at genuine German beer styles that I have personally drank since the age of 21. The mouth feel was lacking natural carbonation and lacking proper yeast flavor. Certainly some banana, wheat and spices, but not in a natural, carefully produced way. SN always produces a great pale but not hefeweizen and with a misleading name as Keller.

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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2.28/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Not a fan. Actually did not have that great flavor of a Munich hefe.

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2.36/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a 12-oz bottle that I picked up at a new store, that sells singles.

The beer pours hazy light amber with a white head that dissipates quickly.

The first sip is full of cloves and bananas with pretty good carbonation but since I am not a fan of cloves (in ham or beer), I didn't like it very much.

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2.38/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Decent as a beer but not exciting as a hef

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2.39/5  rDev -41%
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2.43/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Simply not my style of beer.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,092 ratings
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