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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of zdk9
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the bottle a golden straw color- cloudier than a thunderstorm with a finger of head that doesn't last longer than one.

S- Yeast, white wine musk, corn, honey, flowers, sulfer.

T- Taste is light and slightly bready. I can find some banana if I look for it, especially in the aftertaste, but it's not strong. Stronger is the taste of unbaked bread, and flour.

M- Light, I would take some more carbonation, but this is fine.

O- A fine beer. Not the most flavorful thing I've dranken but tasty still.

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Photo of vancurly
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/5/12

a) Hazy pale orange. Big white head, somewhat coarsely bubbled.

s) Wit-like spiciness, almost coriander seed-like. Banana & bubblegum, fleshy smallgoods. Warms to a BBQ steak aroma, and some clove.

t) Stronger clove notes on the palate than nose. Rich wheat flavour; well attenuated, so quite dry.

n) Fairly light for style, I think; not as creamy as some German examples. Perhaps a bit hollow.

d) Very easy to drink; suitable for warm days and a thirst.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is straw-colored, with a fingers-width of white foamy head.

Smell is dominated by wheat malts, lemon, and coriander.

Taste is spicier than I expected, including coriander and floral hops. I am not a fan of the lingering bready aftertaste, however.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied. There is a bit of carbonation, but maybe not enough (which might explain the aftertaste).

Overall a good hefeweizen, but not one I will go out of my way to buy again.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle copped singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange... Copper-colored hue... Minimal head and lacing... Not much to write home about. Aroma reminiscent of cloves, banana peels, and fresh yellow peppers. Crisp, dry mouthfeel with an overall easy level of drinkability.
Good, but not great.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to Hefe glass.

Smelled like Citrus and clove, with a subtle hint of warm Banana. Not much head and what there was disapeared quickly though left a nice lacing.

Again Tasted much like it smelled Citrusy and clove, with perhaps in taste a very subtle banana, andslightly bitter right towards the very end. Went down pretty well. It's a great brew to sit outside and enjoy on a summers afternoon.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A = Pours a decent hazy orange with a large frothy head.

S = Light cloves, some lemon, not as much banana as I prefer, but still well within the range of acceptable hefe smells.

T = I found the taste slightly disappointing. It is good but the clove and banana flavors are very subdued, while there is a little too much of a watery taste mid-palate. Again, it is good enough to enjoy drinking and is within style, but just not quite as forceful as I would like.

M = Good medium body, smooth and frothy.

D = This is a very easy drinking beer and is a good pick for a hot Summer BBQ or something.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy-golden color with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of yeast, banana and a hint of cloves. Flavors are banana, light spicy hops and creamy wheat malt. Light body, medium carbonation. Quite decent, easy drinking hefeweizen.

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Photo of froghop
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy yellow with a large white foamy head, and a very good lacing.

smell is of wheat, citrus, banana, and some spice.

taste is crisp, wheat, a touch of citrus, some banana, and spice, ends on the dry side.

overall an above average hefeweizen.

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Photo of hangh
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - rich, golden colored with a fine 1" head that lasts for a good two minutes or so. Nice and cloudy hefeweizen, yeast is well mixed when poured. Nothing sticks to the glass

S - Definitely some clove hops. Pretty mild otherwise, a little bit of fruit undertones but dominated by the clove smell. It's nothing special

T - Slightly tart beginning leading into a smooth prolonged finish. Clove tastes along with some yeast and honey. It's a pretty average hefeweizen taste though, there are others I'd perfer

MF - Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, pretty smooth

D - It's cheaper than some other hefeweizens so I'll probably have it again.

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Photo of confer
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed with this beer. Maybe I was expecting too much after reading about background and looking at the fantastic pictures from the open fermentation tank.
The appearnce is actually a little less cloudy that most Hefes, but the color is the typical rich gold. The smell is faint banana and clove. The taste just doesn't thrill me. Banana and clove is there but very understated. A little bit of a salty taste. Creamy mouthfeel and very easy to drink. I won't be buying this beer again.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy and straw blonde
Besides the ever present clove and coriander aromas, I get slight citrus, malt and yeast. Smells crisp
It is crisp and light, I enjoyed the initial flavors, rather than the finish. Malt, coriander and clove were present of course. It felt well balanced
It may or may not be well know that I’m not the biggest fan of these beers, but I think this one has a good flavor, is balanced and is light and refreshing. I would recommend this to fans of this type of beer.


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Photo of thekanna
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice slightly hazy gold with about 2-3 fingers of white, frothy head.

S: Relatively light, some alcohol and wheat malts, plus a slight malt sweetness. Not much.

T: Sweet wheat malts, strong yeast taste. Some bananas, slight bit of alcohol, followed by an almost artificial yeast flavoring-like aftertaste.

M: Slightly thin and under-carbonated.

D: Decent for a domestic brew, but the slightly overwhelming, cloying and artificial yeast taste at the end kind of kills it. Still, a relatively easy one to drink a few of.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine brought some for me directly from Cali.
A: pours a hazy-straw color, with a very low carbonation leaving almost no head at all

S: citrusy, cloves and yeasty aromas

T: Mild taste of grains, the coriander flavor is much less than the one in hoegarden beer, slightly orangey

M: light beer, very refreshing easy to drink in a hot day

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disney Rainforest Cafe thimble glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Served refrigerator cold. Expectations are high given its current rating, but I am suspicious of Sierra Nevada as a brewery. Not paired with food.

Poured per the label's instructions: poured two thirds, swirled, and then poured the rest. (I assumed the glass was to be swirled, not the bottle).

A: Pours a three finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a murky hazy light burnt orange. It's pretty standard fare for a hefeweizen. No unique elements here, and nothing sticks out or impresses me.

Sm: Yeast, faded orange peel, and some lemon citrus ester hops. A light to mild strength aroma. It's clean rather than dirty like some hefeweizens (a good sign).

T: Wheat as the foundation, with light orange peel on the climax and in the third act. Some clove, mainly on the climax. Light banana throughout. No yeast really comes through, a shame. It's well balanced for a hefeweizen, but lacks any inventive boldness or unique element. Built well, but plays it safe and is a bit boring as a result. I enjoy it and it's certainly pleasant and refreshing, but it lacks that something extra I expect from a great hefeweizen.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours well. Some coarseness in the third act to coax out the flavours more. Not too thick nor too thin. Unlike many hefeweizens, it's not too sharp or overcarbonated going down. Quite well executed for the style. Impressive.

Dr: Very drinkable, but most beers in the style are, and this one doesn't particularly set itself apart. It's a quality hefeweizen and I'd certainly have it again, especially on draught. A lovely little hefeweizen.


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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeast, with some nice spice notes. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, yeasty, grassy, with some spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but I've had way better.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one is pretty good. No overpowering yeast or spice, both were noticeable but subtle. Smooth and drinkable. Good summer beer. yb

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Photo of CoverMePorkins
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12oz bottle poured into a wheat glass

Appearance - Typical hefe look. Murky golden straw color. Solid head with descent retention.

Smell - Some clove and banana. Very pleasant.

Taste - Taste matches smell with a little tartness to it which I wasn't expecting.

Mouth fell- Good medium body fitting for the style

Overall - Is this as good as some of the big hitters from Bavaria, no. However for the price and availability it is a solid hefe. I would buy this again for the price alone. For the craft beer noob this would be a great beer to introduce them to beers with more flavor.

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Photo of livewire05
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy golden color, with a thick creamy head.

Smell: Spicy, with a distinct banana undertone.

Taste: The taste wasn't exactly what I expected. I don't have much experience with heffeweizens, so the banana in the background took a little getting used to. Definitely not bad though.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I'm still not sure what to make of this. I could see how one could put a few of these away, but I'm not yet sure if they're my thing. I still have the remainder of a six pack, so I'll see whether I change my mind.

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Photo of tito42
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to a weizen glass. Bottled 1/31/2012.

A: Cloudy from the yeast and straw to golden across the glass. Light, white, sudsy head without the best lacing/retention.

S: Lacking in the nose. Heavy yeast with wheat and some clove. Not picking up the phenols like I do in the best hefeweizens. A slight lemony note as well.

T: Yeast forward with wheat following, then a bright lemon/tangerine citrus note. A nice citrus presence but missing out on some of the other fun phenol flavors.

M: High yeast content yields a nice bit of creaminess, though this is still a refreshing beer for a hot day. Nicely done.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this offering from SN, and I generally really like their beer. It's not bad, but isn't really great in any respect other than mouthfeel.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Intensely cloudy yellow honey in colour, medium size dense white head. Heavily carbonated.

Aroma: Clear citric notes, with grainy wheat hints. Can definitely smell bananas, kind a banana bread-like. Slightly acidic bready yeast.

Taste: Very bready grain-like flavours. Sweet fruity banana. Lemony citrus, providing a mildly sharp hit. There is a very subtle spicy flavour, possibly cloves.

Mouthfeel: Lively, and medium bodied. Quite chewy.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and enjoyable. Will probably have this again. Not as good as Weihenstephaner, but who is?

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Photo of nkronma
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy gold....nice white head that quickly dissapates.

S - Bananas, clove, spicy. Slightly yeasty.

T - very faint hints of banana flavors with strong clove and hops finish. Very refreshing, lasting after taste.

M - Creamy medium body. Carbonation is perfect...smooth

O - Very refreshing, a good American Hefeweizen

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown glass pry-top. Proprietary stamp on label above barcode. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. Lots of sudsy, creamy white head atop a translucent but hazy orange gold brew.

Nose: Hello bananas. Bavarian hefe more than Belgian hefe. There's an earthiness to the nose too.

Palate: Crisp with some light acidity to it. The carbonation tries to make it creamy, but that little bit of acid washes it away. Lots of fruity banana and some light yeasty notes. Palate is clean on the finish. Not a lot of texture.

Notes: The lack of texture on the palate makes this a really clean hefeweizen. Not my favorite, but has solid (and correct) flavors for the style.

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

A-Dark golden with lots of haze not much of a head-just a white film.

S-Heavy on the yeast, banana esters are evident. Not tremendously aromatic.

T-A lot like the aroma. Yeasty with banana, comes out stronger as the beer warms. Weak on the spice but some clove aroma/taste.

M-Nice body-medium to on the heavy side for a hefe, moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Like all SN beers this one has more of a bittering hop note than others of the style. This bittering finish is not a characteristic I'm fond of.

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Photo of climax
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot yellow. The head was fairly large and white, leaving clumpy web lacing.

Noticed immediately after opening the bottle, a skunky rubber smell emerged. Aaaand the same was whiffed in the glass as well, hmmm. Wheat and the aforementioned unmentionables was the general aroma, er stench. As it warmed the stench subsided slightly, revealing more flattering notes of coriander and banana.

The flavor was better, helping me forget about the nose. Pleasant soft wheat tones begin, and are soon followed by coriander, candy bananas, and a bold clove finish.

The body was medium, and the feel was very smooth with sharp carbonation. It was more slick than dry after the finish, yet left a chalky clean aftertaste which helped it go down very quickly. What was the issue with the nose?

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Photo of Anthony1
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a perfect pint

poured a hazy straw color. 2 finger head and not much lace.

smells of citrus and east, some spice, lemon, but everything is mild

tastes wheaty nice pale malts and citrus. hints of the banana/clove, but not enough.

easy to drink, would definitly get it at a bar, but not bother bringing more home

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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