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 Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 3/27/15, in this year's summer pack. Poured into a Guinness style pint glass.

A - Pale, cloudy and yellowish hue, with orange accents. Pours to a thin lace.

S - Clove, banana, pepper

T - Follows the nose, with some bread and grains.

M - Carbonation seems a touch above average. The heft is medium light.

O - Great hefe, I normally don't drink many in this style, but fans of the style will want to give this a go.

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Photo of rossindo530
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Luscious golden cloudy haze(especially if follow pouring instructions)

Smell: Sweet juicy citrus contrasted by banana bread yeasty goodness

Taste: Tastes just as it smells but with a slight natural wheat metallic taste...not too bitter at all being an ipa fan to the fullest. Just enough hop to counter sweetness.

Feel: Very refreshing medium bodied low abv beer...creamy thick head that dissipates within seconds, leaving a nice thin layer of white foam through out start to finish and great glass lacing.

Overall: Perfect as a session beer...definitely a must have if your a fan of German style brewing...Great job Sierra Nevada by showing your versatility in craft brewing.

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Photo of TheMadJack
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown glass bottle into Hefewiezen glass.

A: Very much like champagne, with a bolder, deeper yellow color. Very slightly cloudy. White frothy head with good retention and light lacing. No sediment.

S: Lemon flesh, green banana, vanilla. Bubblegum as the beer warms.

T: Banana, grass, citrus pith, a faint hint of black pepper or grains of paradise. Carbonation and a trace of clove carry the finish, clean and bright. The bubblegum on the nose as the beer warms joins the flavor palette at the same time.

M: Light and well carbonated without sacrificing smoothness.

D: An approachable and well executed hef, well suited to the summer heat and its cuisine. I've had a few of these out of the bottle and this beer is exceptionally well served by being put in a glass - the nose is subtle and almost all flavor is lost when you can't let scent reach you.

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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 Diameter
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a giant fan of SN. This beer changes that a little.

This is all nitpicking, but there is a hoppy finish that I would not get from anything else that calls itself a Bavarian. And a smidgen of something that starts out as funk and settles out metallic in the smell. Oh and there is a ton of yeast in it. More than you want.

Still, I will enjoy drinking more of this.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely loved this and I'm not big on hefeweizens. But I think it's mostly because craft brew in the U.S. don't do it well.

L; Hazy gold yellow masterpiece.

S; Floral notes and banana

T: Banana with some citrus notes in there. Light orange but mostly banana. Delicious.

F: Nice and creamy.

O: I'm so glad the sampler I picked up was relatively fresh. A little more than a month old. I had heard this was a good one and it's completely changed my mind about hefeweizens. Now if only I can find the german ones fresh. If there's a good date on this, I won't hesitate to pick this up. Delicious.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hefeweizen glass. Pkgd 3/27/15

Appearance: The first 3/4 of the bottle poured a pretty clear pale gold, then I shook the last 1/4 vigorously and poured, turning it hazy with an initially 3 finger eggshell head that turned to 1 finger. Still tons of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. The little white cap retains very well, and the lacing is of otherworldly proportions.

Aroma: Bubblegum, citrus, artificial grape. Very yeasty. If you like the traditional Hefeweizen smell, this has it in spades. Many people say that smells like cloves, but I don't get clove at all.

Taste: Mildly sweet arrival, turns tart for a second, then clears the palate with a very mild bittering. That tart second is a little bitter orange with some green banana. Perhaps a little white grape or Riesling wine.

Mouthfeel: Heavier side of light, crisp, low carbonation. Lingering slickness is slightly unpleasant to me.

Overall: I am rarely in the mood for this style beer, but for when I am, this would be my #2 pick (so far, only Schneider-Weisse was better to me, but I haven't had many). This is my second bottle of Kellerweis, and this one was far better than the first. Extremely light and complex with a bold nose. 4.8% ABV is perfect for the style, I could drink these all day. Slickness and low hopping stops it from being what I would consider refreshing.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color was how your want for a hefe, hazy straw yellow color. Flavor and aroma were actually a little bland in my opinion, none of that sweet banana flavor you usually look for, but a much smoother finish. Mouthfeel was very nice, smooth and almost chewy going down. Good stuff, but I think a touch overrated.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very hazy straw colored with a 2 finger white head. A nice fermented wheat aroma with flora hops and a pinch of light citrus. Taste is similar with a nice floral hop profile, hints of citrus on the wheat base. Easy to drink lighter style that is very tasty.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great gaze to it, and a nice wheaty aroma with a little bit of floral in it. Sierra Nevada made a great choice in putting this in summer sampler. It is a wonderfully refreshing wheat beer, with just the right balance of wheat and floral notes that never dominate.

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Photo of fx20736
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From their Summer Variety 12 pack.Turbid banana yellow, white souffle head. Clove like aroma. Classic banana bubblegum hefe flavor. Spongy mouthfeel. Tasty, well done Hefeweiszen.

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Photo of 57md
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy pale straw in color. The nose is typically funky. The wheat really comes out in the flavor profile. There is also a nice hint of lemon on the finish.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Golden yellow and hazy. Pours a white, pillowy two to three finger head.

Aroma- Sweet citrus fruits, a little clove spice, and a sweet grainy wheat malt.

Taste- More on the citrusy side for a hefeweizen, with lemon combining very nicely with a banana fruit flavor. Mild clove spice flavor adds some bitterness. Wheat malt adds sweetness to the fruit flavors and dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, and very pleasant feel overall with a crisp yet creamy/chewy feel.

Overall- No doubt about it that is a world class hefeweizen. The feel is perfect with a creamy/chewy texture and the flavor combo of citrus/banana is nearly perfect. Maybe a tiny bit more characteristic clove spice would enhance this, but that's subjective and nitpicking. Can't always get some of the great german hefe's fresh, but I have no doubt this stacks up to the best of em. If this gets removed from the SN yearly lineup that will be a damn shame.

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Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally, finally getting around to reviewing this one. Truly one of the ales I have left behind in my journey; having it several times and not getting those notes down. Part of the 2015 Summer mixed-12.

A- The stubby bottle reveals a rather hazy, golden brew into my slender, tall glass. A massive, three plus finger, creamy white head rises up with amazing retention. Very thick blankets of lace attach to the glass.

S- Bright, simple and clean. Bananas, yeast bread, oranges, lemon zest, clove and pink peppercorn come to mind right away. Pale pils grains and bready wheat provide a backing.

T- Quite a bit more bready and grainy than the aroma but the esters and phenols are still bright and certainly flavorful. Lightly tart lemon juice feel with banana, clove, very slight pepper, vanilla sweetness and a big bready finish.

MF- Creamy and silky consistency probably in part due to the wheat in the bill. Carbonation comes in high but is padded fully by the puffy feel.

Finds a great balance. The esters and phenols do not scream at you but are present in moderation with a great use of wheat in the flavor and body. I always admire an American brewery that can make a good wheat beer.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
1.91/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I love a good hefeweizen. This was an uninspiring attempt at best. All the classic hallmarks are there but barely noticeable. Banana and clove barely perceived , soft velvety creamy head missing entirely. You can only tell this is a hefeweizen by comparing it pale ales. What a disappointment.

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Photo of do_ob
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Great lighter beer, and well balanced. Banana and clove spice mainly on the taste with a sweet yeast character in the background. Would make a great session beer, with plenty of taste but relatively low abv.

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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 tillmac62
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 314/14. Pours a cloudy light amber. Outstanding head volume and retention, normal lacing.

Light nose with a hint of clove and banana over biscuit with a light airy touch of citrus notes, possibly orange.

Medium body that is almost creamy. Perfect carbonation that starts with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a prickly explosion in the finish that imparts a nice little snap.

The flavor profile is world class. Bold in intensity, very complex and balanced to perfection. It begins with a blend of flavors that separate into the finish. A light tart biscuit sweetness arrives first, then banana, bubblegum, lemon/orange, wheat and yeast. Underneath is a clove presence that continuously increases in intensity and dominates the finish. Clove lingers in the somewhat dry finish that is also a bit tart.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a very cloudy orangeish gold, with a thick white head. Head fades but leaves nice lacing.

S: Bready malts, banana, and clove.

T: Lemon, banana, subtly sweet malts, bready malts, oak, and a slight taste of earthy hops.

M: Light bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp goes down great.

O: A solid American interpretation of a German classic. Perfect summer beer. I could easily put 24 of these bad boys down rather easily.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Completely cloudy yellow with a fluffy white head. I shook the last bit in the bottle to make it extra yeasty.

Smell: Pretty strong yeast - bread, ripe banana, clove.

Taste: Yeast continues to dominate. Wheat shows up in the middle, finishing dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Well carbonated, but not in a tingly way.

Overall: Good clean Hefe.

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Photo of Nctide
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: cloudy golden color with a persistent white head.
Smell: ripe bananas along with some cinnamon and clove notes
Taste: typical of a German Hefeweizen.
Overall: Very refreshing no frills wheat beer. This is the closest thing to a southern German weissbeer that I have found stateside.

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Photo of Buck89
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just revisited out of the bottle, but I know how beautiful it is in a Weizen glass. . Nice banana and floral aroma with some citrus and orange. Tastes just like the nose with ever-changing esters, banana, orange and a hint of malt. Finish is clean with moderate carbonation. A great drink on a hot day like today.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like sludge when poured out. I get a lot of banana and cloves dominating the aroma and, not surprisingly, the flavor. Hefe’s aren’t my style in general and this one doesn’t change my mind. Sorry guys.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Last of three bottles from the Summer Pack; bottling date is March 30th, 2015.

Looks pretty much how I'd expect a hefeweizen to look -- very, very cloudy (can't really see light through it at all -- phone held right up to the narrowest part of the glass *just barely* penetrates, but only as a glowing square, you definitely can't read anything through this one.) It's a light orangey color, with a decent bit of white foam on top, which shrinks into a thin coating on top after a bit and as I'm starting to empty the glass, has started to shrink away even more. I can see trails of yeast-goop left in the bottle from where it didn't quite all pour out, even when I did the "swirl the last little bit of the beer and pour it in" thing. The foam looks a tad darker in places where the last drips of the yeasty stuff fell through it.

Difficult to describe the smell. Mostly it's just incredibly yeasty, I'm assuming in part due to the abundance of yeasty stuff from the bottom of the bottle that I (mostly) poured in along with the rest of the beer. Maybe a bit bready too. Finding it difficult to pick up on other smells through the yeastiness, which is a little funky at times. On further sniffs I'm starting to pick up some of the banana-like thing (definitely present in the beer's flavor) in the smell too. A bit odd that that doesn't show up right away smell-wise, considering how noticeable it is in the taste.

The taste is a whole lot nicer than the smell. Banana-y flavor is the first thing that makes a strong impression, and it actually reminds me of an actual ripe banana or perhaps banana bread rather than leaning more in the "banana candy" direction. There's also a sweet bready taste, and then on the end a whole lot of wheaty flavor, which borders on spiciness at times. Lingering breadiness, with maybe very slight banana and spice at times, afterward. I don't really detect anything that seems like a "hoppy" flavor to me (if there's much in the way of hops here, they're blending in well enough with the rest that I'm not really noticing them) or any noticeable bitterness either. Definitely leaning on malt and yeasty weirdness.

Mouthfeel may just be my favorite part of this one. It's fizzy but never in a prickly or uncomfortable way, extremely smooth and easy to drink quickly. I think the suspended yeasty bits make it feel a lot thicker and make me want to drink a lot more in one gulp than normal -- kinda like how juice (especially the kind with the pulp still in) and milk (and I mean real milk, not 1% or skim or some crap like that) just feel nicer to drink than plain ol' water or other drinks that don't have that kind of thing going on. Kind of coats your mouth with banana-y and bready flavor afterward, too.

Overall, this is a very nice beer -- very different from most of the beers I drink (I've only had one other hefeweizen before this one) but tasty, and with a really great mouthfeel that makes me want to go ahead and drink another one. Sadly, however, what I just drank was my last bottle so that won't be possible unless I can find more. Here's hoping this one sticks around -- every once and a while I see mumblings that it might end up discontinued at some point on the forums around here -- even if it is just as a summer seasonal or in variety packs.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: slightly hazy gold with average white head, leaving a film.
Smell: fruity clove-like
Taste: Nice variety of flavors from the light maltiness to banana and clove and little hops influence. There is some sourness that is a bit of a turnoff but is not overwhelming.
Feel: Light, somewhat effervescent

Overall: I have to confess I was expecting more from this beer. Although enjoyable with a decent variety of flavors, it didn't give the impression of being anything more than an average wheat beer. I noticed that it was a little on the older side based on the bottled on date so I will look for a fresher sample at some point to check again.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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