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 zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a one-finger, bubbly head of white foam. It left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of lemon, clove, banana, wheat and some spicy yeast.

T - Great balance of banana, clove, wheat and yeast provides a nice sweet flavor with just enough spice.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a really good American version of a hefeweizen. There are some German ones that are better, but this is pretty darn good.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a cloudy, thick consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of wheat, hops, bananas and some malt.

T: Tasted of hops, malt, wheat, bananas, a little spice. Not as sweet as some hefeweizens, but tasty nonetheless.

M: A high amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable American hefeweizen. This is a solidly made, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I badly need to be refreshed, and Harnas didn't work. Time for a hefeweizen. On to the beer:

It's as yellow as the inside of a mango, cloudy of course, with the head over a finger thick. The clove in the aroma is mild, and it smells like someone is making banana bread, but on a subtle scale. Taste...this will refresh me. Banana and baked bread are the first things to come to mind. Moderately spiced with clove. Touches of lemon come into play, and I didn't even garnish my beer with lemon. Chalky texture with the occasional snap of carbonation. Light esters, spice, and malted wheat sit around in the aftertaste.

This is nice. Another pleasant beer from the folks in Chico.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large foamy off white head, Moderate retention with pretty good lacing. The beer itself is a hazy dull yellow.

S- Some what hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still pretty good, hints of banana and clove hidden behind a floral citrus hop. Also some caramel and vanilla sweetness in there with a touch of bubble gum.

T- Again a little hoppy for a Hefeweizen but still very good, Big sweetness up front, little banana, some vanilla and caramel then bitter floral hops dry out the pallet. Nice flavor and very easy to drink.

This is different from most Hefes I have had do to the hops but it is some what expected from SN. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of tdawgydog
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Noticed this beer on a recent trip to my local beverage store. I thought I'd give it a try as I am a big fan of Weizens...

A - Pours a nice hazy golden brown. Right from the start I could tell by the unfiltered nature of the beer that I was in for a treat!
S - Sweet wheaty smell. Very true to the style
T - An almost impeccable American Weizen. A great beer for a hot sunny day or any other day of the year for that matter. I could drink this stuff all the time.
D - Goes down really smooth. The unfiltered nature of the beer gives it an added extra flavor that makes it extremely enjoyable.
M - Great body to this beer. Not too gassy.

This was honestly one of the best American Micro Hefe's that I have ever had. I'm going back to the beer store tomorrow to get some more!!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a single 12 oz bottle of this recently. Poured into a weizen glass. This beer is a very cloudy, hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head over an inch thick when poured, settling eventually and after a few sips to sadly, nothing. No lacing at all either. Aromas of clove and banana are nicely present. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet banana and clove with a bit of a bread like quality to it as well. Slight spice from the clove. This has very little to none of the very distinct hop bitterness that has always been present in all of the other beers that I have had by Sierra Nevada. Smooth, crisp full bodied with moderate carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one a lot and would certainly have it again!


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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 GClarkage
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

07/13/09- Purchased at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no visable freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Pale golden color with a bit of clouded appearance. 3/4 inch creamy head and some light lacing left afterwards.

Smell- Traditional notes of heavy clove, banana and a bit of bubble gum. Smells the part.

Taste- Quite a flavorful hefe. Lots of banana and lots of clove. Flavors are not lacking here. Bubble gum comes into play and is lasting. Intense flavors at times.

Mouthfeel- Wow, this is damn smooth and quite creamy. A lower carbonation level. Almost seems heavy, but it's not.

Drinkability- Quite impressive! Great flavors and tremendous mouthfeel. Winner winner chicken dinner!

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz, typical SN packaging in a yellow color. Also the same cryptic date code .. I'm not sure with all that SN has done for the beer industry why they can't start putting some normal dates on the bottles.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow orange color, nice frothy head with decent retention.

Smell: Yeast, a hint of citrus. Nice amount of wheat.

Taste: Nice amount of wheat flavor, not overly yeasty but there is enough there to make things interesting.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, nice flavors. A nice addition to the SN stable.

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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 bmwats
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Cloudy bright yellow orange, I'd say almost mango. Cloudy doesn't really fully represent the appearance, opaque is probably more accurate. Pours into a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly quickly, pretty much dissipating entirely. No lacing to speak of. Color seems to thin out.

S: Pungent wheat, lemon and orange citrus, also a subtle(but full) sweet nectar, and a little banana. Kind of a freshly cut grass, and freshly baked banana bread.

T: Wheat and hay. Really grainy. A touch of bitter fruity flavor.

M: Light but full. This one really fully coats the palette. Lightly bitter flavor remains throughout.

D: Light, refreshing, and very pleasing.

Really nice atmosphere. Great coloration especially. The different components of the nose are subtle, but there is some complexity there. Flavor is pretty simple, and standard for the style with the exception of an added bitterness that kinda' sets it apart. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a flute/footed pisner glass to showcase the appearance.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed sunset yellow-orange, with the wavelength of the hue of the body decreasing in the same direction as the relatively large streams of bubbles are traveling (that is, this beer is a bright yellow at the bottom, but shifts slowly towards the orange end of the spectrum as the diameter of the pilsner glass increases). The crisp, creamy white head has solid staying power, fading from a one-finger white mass to a thin, wispy, but uniform and consistent cap in about 5 minutes time. A few erratic patches and runny streaks of lacing begin to appear once you start sipping this one. A good beginning.

Aroma: Candied orange slices and honeyed lemon zest, sprinkled on a bowl of cream of wheat ... ok, that's not what it smells like, but real life examples of what pure wheat qua wheat smells like are a little hard to come by. Suffice to say it is fairly wheaty, but also very earthy, wholesome, almost oat-like in places. The bananas don't come through nearly as much as they do in the taste (see below), but there are a few distinct, obviously more-volatile spicy notes that emerge with agitation: cloves, faint cardamom, perhaps even cinnamon. A very pleasant (and obviously very satisfied) yeast strain was used in this one.

Taste: A solid, flavorful brew. A little on the "green" side of things perhaps - that is, it's a little tart and earthy in places, but in a good way. What is it not, however, is "green" on the banana side of the equation - the banana esters in this one are prominent, full, cleansing, and overripe in that sort of way that I enjoy. Soft, powdery wheat makes up the body of this one, providing a fine palette for the aforementioned banana esters, green notes, a slight hint of earthy, yeasty nuttiness, a handful of citrus overtones, a robust, rustic, whole wheat "bread crust"-esque note in the middle that seems to intensify as it warms, and a few stray phenolic spices that manifest themselves as the obligatory clove more than anything else.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side, and a little on the well-carbonated/full side, but it's remarkably even despite the two aforementioned characteristics, characteristics which usually render a beer a fizzy, uneven, explosive mess. This one just manages to stay crisp, light, fluffy, pillowy almost, enhancing its drinkability.

Drinkability: A fine addition to Sierra Nevada's year round repertoire, and as drinkable a beer as is made by any American brewery. As I've said in previous reviews, I try not to give a beer a higher score on drinkability than I've given it in any of the other categories, but I will do so if I feel it deserves that "bump," that certain something that I'm just not getting across. This beer has whatever that certain something is. It's a great stab at a under-brewed style by an all-American brewery, and I think this point actually bears further mention - the "American Pale Wheat Ale" is a style I'm not terribly fond of, because, in my mind, it's always seemed like some sort of bastard red-headed stepchild of the hefe. They're usually remarkably (or unremarkably, as the case may be) bland, underhopped (or overhopped, to compensate), and - while generally being fairly inoffensive - aren't really anything I find myself ordering. Not that there aren't good examples of the style - Oberon and Lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' are two fine brews, for instance - but that one's just never sat as well with me as a good hefe does.

But I digress. This is an extremely quaffable brew, perfect for the season, and I can see it becoming a part of any backyard BBQ cookout, romantic picnic, afternoon of lawn mowing, or just a plain ol' lazy back porch day. Also, as with all things SN, you better believe the price is right. Cheers to Sierra Nevada for continuing to make well-crafted, approachable, inexpensive brews.

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded golden yellow with a fairly thick foamy white head that leaves strands of lacing.

The smell is of classic banana/clove. The bananais robust and the clove intermingles nicely.

The taste is banana is prominent. The sweet bubblegum, and hint of bubblegum, is balanced by spicy clove. It has a refreshing, semi-dry finish. The banana/clove remains on the palate through the finish.

It is crisp, velvety/creamy smooth.

This isn't an American Wheat called a HW, but one true to style - and it nails it. Great banana with a spicy, clove balance. Appropriate light-bodied, but not watery at all. I would believe this to have been one of Bavaria's better examples of style, had I not known better. SN has a real winner here!

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Photo of medic25
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color, hazy, with a pillowy thick white head. Aroma is a tasty wheat, with a hint of bubble gum. Flavor is fantastic; the best American version of a Hefeweizen that I can recall tasting. Primarily yeast and wheat, with a little spiciness and bubble gum flavor. Incredibly easy drinking beer; a great summer choice.

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Photo of Shaw
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw in color, even cloudier after swirling the final ounces in the bottle. The head is big and white, but vanishes quickly.

It has a good aroma of banana and spices.

The taste is classic Hefeweizen: Slightly spicy with just a hint of funkiness, probably from the open fermentation?

The body is crisp and bubbly, a nice zing to add to the spicy notes. And there is plenty of heft to this beer: It's far from watery.

This is a very fine Hefeweizen -- it's very refreshing -- and that should be no surprise since it's brewed by Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerweis pours a hazy yellow color with a huge, fluffy, white head. Lots of bubbles. Looks like a hefe should. The nose has a lot of banana with some underlying clove and some lemon underneath both of those.

The flavor starts our with the malt which gets out of the way to lead to creamy banana flavors. The finish is quick. Not much aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizens but this one was above average for me.

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly clove, some breadiness.

Taste: A little bit of everything. Some lemon, moderate sweetness with a hint of banana, some spicy clove and pepper.

Mouthfeel: Feels kind of heavy and slick.

Drinkability: Tasty, but due to the heavy feel it comes down a peg.

It's summer, so let's try the new SN wheat. I enjoyed their old wheat, this one has more of the traditional wheat flavor to it but isn't quite as sessionable. Still a good beer though.

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

Not a style I look to find very often but after seeing the reviews I wanted to try it,Iam glad I did.Poured into a weizen glass a hazed golden with a shade of peach,a frothy large head atop settled very slowly into a creamy mass leaving mulitple sheets of lace behind.Aromas of banana and some toasty grain,the clove-spice is not overpowering wich is nice.Nice creamy mouthfeel its full but airy light if you can understand that.Flavors are fruity up front with some lemon pith to go along with the big banana notes,the clove and toasted cereal grain flavors finish up.A great hot weather brew well rounded and flavorful,likely the best of the style I have had I think.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass for a cloudy pale orange body and a light, soapy head. A mixture of citric and banana along with minor clove spicing and a little bit of a yeast twang. Chewy and fluffy with the wheat giving it a soft and minor sweetness, along with some caramel taste. Slightly sharp and citric with lemon pepper spices, thin-bodied with minor fruit notes like banana and orange. Goes down smooth and easy, slightly slick; good balance. Overall, a good but not noteworthy hefe that is a good try if you're a hefe lover but nothing that is overly fascinating.

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Photo of kels
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours from the bottle into my pint glass a bright shade of golden yellow. The liquid has only the slightest tinge of haze with light visible carbonation. The 1 finger head is only retained for a short while before fading to a frothy white skim. Light lacing is lingers behind.

Smell: The smell is pretty notable in this beer. Yeasty fruitiness dominates, and notes of banana and powdery grains come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really nicely balanced taste. The malts are only slightly sweet and the grains are crisp and toasty. The yeast stands out in the taste as it did in the smell, and there's a slightly tart citrus and juicy plum. The feel is bright, full and fizzy and somewhat creamy thanks to the nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Really high. This is a very refreshing and tasty beer that is good with food or just on its own.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a single of this up as a little something extra last time I was at Total Wine. Had a chance to try it at the ACBF and thought it was pretty solid for an American hefe, figured I'd give it a whirl.

Appearance- Pours a very nice hazy golden amber. Mild pour yields lots of pillowly head with very tightly beaded bubbles. However, the head dies down very quickly to a thin layer across the top that stays. Decent amounts of sticky lacing on the side of the glass as I drink but not a ton. Really the only disappointing aspect of the appearance was the speed with which the head died.

Smell- Not terribly complex but very pleasant. Lots of fresh banana in the nose backed up by a fairly noticeable bready/yeastiness. Not a lot of spice comes through in the nose but very fresh and full of fruity esters.

Taste- Again, the fresh banana characteristic is the strongest element in the taste for me. However, it isn't an artificial taste and it is still backed up by a very prominent yeastiness in the flavor as well. I still don't get a lot of the spices that I'm used to in wheat beers but a very refreshing flavor profile that in no way reads artificial like some of the other American hefes I've experienced. One of the best and fullest flavors I've experienced in an American hefe in fact.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Decent amount of carbonation that beads up the side of my glass throughout the duration of the drink. Good amount of body to the beer and much more than I'm used to in American versions (think Widmer...). The refreshing taste and smell, along with the medium body and solid carbonation of this beer really make it a thirst quencher.

Overall, a great summer beer and one of the best American hefeweissens I've yet to try (I still put it behind Live Oak however...). Strongly recommend it if you're looking for a solid and fresh hefe.

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Photo of magnj
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - When poured according to the directions this beer still has a rather clear body. Atop sits a 1 finger fluffy white head that hangs around a while before settling to a few sticky spots which leave some lacing. Tiny bubbles rising all over.

s - Lot's of yeast character. Cloves and mildly banana, a bit bready, pretty typical hefe smells and not too funky.

t - Again really nice complex yeast driven flavors from clove to banana bread. None of them stick out and it has been really cleanly fermented. Ends just right, a little dry but not too hard.

m/d - Again it ends clean and dry but leaves a little taste behind reminding you to try it again. Body is slightly on the thin and clean side for the style which is really nice and refreshing on a hot day. This went well with a fire while camping and with dinner at home.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Cloudy, pale yellow with about 3 fingers of head. Retention is decent with a persistent cap. No lacing. A little on the light side and a little less murky than it's European brethren, but still well within it's rights as a hefeweizen.

S - Banana aromas are present to a moderate extent with some spicy clove cutting in lessening the perception of sweetness. Peppery, earthy notes are present as well leading into a faint appearance of phenols.

T - Faint banana is laced throughout the taste but never shines. Early on the taste is dominated by spice; clove, pepper, coriander, even somewhat herbaceous at times. Earth, grain, and indistinct spice lead into the finish where there's a bizarre and unpleasant moment where medicinal, sour, and herbaceous flavors come together. Lingering banana sweetness with a burst of lemony sourness wrap up the finish.

M - Light to medium bodied, smooth with low carbonation. Maybe less spritzy than other hefes but still good.

D - Kellerweis is an easy, low ABV brew to kick back with and not think to much about. In the realm of American hefeweizens it's better than most, but like them also it can't match the big boys across the ocean. The banana element is far too subdued and there's an interesting but overall unappealing spice element. A decent beer, but if not for the Sierra Nevada name, it would fall by the wayside to be forgotten.

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Photo of jpro
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6'er last weekend... Pours a pale, straw yellow - nice and cloudy with a puffy white head; good head retention. Aroma is of yeast, bread, pepper and some very light hints of banana / clove. The taste is mostly of bready malt / wheat, banana-fruity esters, spicy and a little tart. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy; its light-medium bodied and very drinkable and a great summertime brew (although its probably not something I would go for on a regular basis).

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow/light orange brew with a white fluffy 1/2" head. Head settles to a nice thin head has nice lacing. Looks great.

Brew smells of banana and clove an yeast and other spices.

The brew tastes very creamy; having a nice balance of the spices and yeasts. Very nice creamy finish along with a subtle spice on the tongue.

A very good hefeweizen, and another very good offering from Sierra Nevada. One of the better american Hefe's. Very drinkable - and very solid.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,001 ratings.
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