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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 MorgothBauglir
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%

This was my first experience with what would become my love affair with Hefeweizen. An awesome example of the style & the best one made outside of Germany that I have had to date. Kudos to Sierra Nevada for the exceptional job they have done in creating it!

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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 imaguitargod
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada brews horrible beer in my opinion and I can't stomach then one bit. If I'm offered a free pint of it, I turn it down. That's how much I hate them. Oh, I've tried to like them, believe me. I've sampled a lot of their beers but they all taste the same and I can't stand their hop profile.

BUT this one is amazing. I'm flabbergasted at how good it is. It's almost like some other brewery made it. Beautiful hefe cloudiness and color, fantastic malty banana sweetness with a hint of cloves. Amazing head retention with some lacing, stellar champagne like carbonation and a very small hop presence. Fantastic example of the style, hats off to you Sierra Nevada.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of icetraxx
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange, just like any typically good hefe. Pours a rather small two finger head that is sort of creamy, though not as creamy as some of the German-made hefes. The head quickly reduces to a single finger. Lacing and head retention are poor for a hefeweizen. the head soon dissipates to a pitiful cap.

S: Quite a bit of clove and spicy from the German hops, malt is pretty strong as well. Banana and fruit like esters aren't as strong as some hefes, but are definitely prevalent and the banana is rather aromatic. There is a bit of a sweet and sour overtone to the aroma, as well as some biscuity goodness.

T: This is surprisingly a banana-dominate hefe, considering the spicy aroma. As you drink it, the spiciness comes out and balances the banana somewhat. The finish is surprisingly long, and the after-taste holds onto the banana esters (I dislike this attribute). There is a bit of tannin-like astringency in this one that I don't get in some of the best hefes (Weihenstephan, Schneider Original). This one is on the sweet side (like Hacker-Pschorr) and isn't balanced very well by hop bitterness. Bubblegum is a bit too strong and masks the flavors of the malts while exacerbating their sweetness. Absolutely nothing in the taste of this beer sticks out, this is your typical basic hefeweizen.

M: One of the creamiest wheat beers I've ever had. Medium bodied from the suspended yeast; not thick enough to reduce the refreshing aspect of a hefeweizen. Excellent carbonation.

D: Pretty refreshing, so the drinkability is pretty high. This one is a bit sweet and heavy to be perfectly drinkable.

O: German wheat beers require a giant billowing head that sticks around in my book, this one fails to accomplish this. Otherwise, this is a good incarnation of the hefeweizen from an American brewer, but one I do not care to drink again. Absolutely nothing interesting is going on in this beer that isn't done better by other hefes, extremely boring overall.

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Photo of bohemiandonut
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I interrupt my busy schedule of being unemployed and watching free things on the internet to bring you my review of another Sierra Nevada - absolutely my favorite brewery.

Pours lovely into my New Belgium chalice, lots of foam and a compelling aroma of bla bla bla perfectly done hefe-weizen.

Of course Sierra Nevada nails it out of the park AS USUAL and I'm jealous, as will be just about any brewer attempting the style. Can't beat this brand. The discount craft. The supreme value. God Bless America.

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Photo of hoppyhampy
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on May 11th. Pours an opaque, hazy yellow with a half inch of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Nose is yeasty with notes of banana and clove. The flavors don't jump out at you like they do with many other Bavarian hefewiezens. Medium-light body with somewhat low carbonation. The taste is quite nice. There is enough body so that the beer sits on the palate long enough for the flavor to come out. Sweet citrus (tangerine) and banana with a slight hint of coriander. The extra body adds to the flavor but takes away from the drinkability. Still, very sessionable.

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

Pale straw/golden with a 2-3 finger white fluffy head.

Lots of sweetness with a fruity aroma in the background.

First thing I notice is a fruity (banana) taste upfront followed by a subtle malt sweetness. A standard hefe and very enjoyable.

Very typical for the style. Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation.

There are some (in my opinion) really stand-out beers from Sierra Nevada (Torpedo for example) but if there's one thing they know how to do and do well, it's making "textbook" beers. If you're interested in learning what a certain style taste like, see if Sierra Nevada makes one. While they are solid, tasty and very enjoyable, they just aren't memorable after they're gone.

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Photo of jjh19
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle an opaque hazy golden color. Decent head. I took the label's advice and poured 2/3, swirled the bottle, and poured the rest. Solid presentation.

Smell: Distinct hef tanginess in the nose.

Taste: The tangy nose carried over to the taste. There's a refreshing crispness that borders on a tinny taste. But it doesn't go over the line. Probably stays further from the line on draft.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation levels were noteworthy with the very tiny bubbles.

Drinkability: Not as complex as some other Hefs I've had (despite what the label says) but the Kellerweis is a solid, straight forward representation of the style. I'd have no problems recommending this to a friend that enjoys a better than average Hefeweizen.

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

Poured from the 12. oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

Kellerweis appears a brilliant hazy gold, with hints of copper and orange. The head is rather attractive at first, then mellows down to the sides with decent lacing.

The nose is spot in the banana and clove departments, with some nice citrusy notes as well. The aromas on this one are what I look for in a hefe, but there's nothing extra as far as I can tell.

Taking my first sip, I get a pleasant tangy flavour, followed by wonderful spice and bananas, with a sweet, slightly drying finish followed by apple and pear flavors. There's just enough hop bitterness at the end for me. Quite tasty.

The mouthfeel could be slightly better, maybe a little smoother, but the carbonation is absolutely perfect. In fact, the carbonation makes this one really drinkable.

This is a quite a nice Hefe, and is now my go-to hefe when I can't get to the beer store, or don't feel like spending that much dough. Good on you, SN!

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Photo of Tee76
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with a nice thick white head which dissipates quickly.

Smells like bananas,yeast and some wheat

Taste is that of "bubblegum" and bananas.With banana being the most noticeable

Mouth feel is light yet very carbonated

Drinkability is high, goes down smooth and has a lot of flavor.It's very easy to enjoy a few of these on a summers day.

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Photo of bboelens
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-Liquid gold, slight flakes of copper but almost pure gold in appearance a stark white 1 inch head sits atop this fantastic looking beer.

S-It definitely smells like banana with a slight bready smell to accompany.

T-Wheat and Banana take the forefront while the clove and yeast take a nice complimentary finish, creating overall a great tasting beverage.

M-Medium body with good carbonation, nothing special.

D-A very good beer, perhaps a little too heavy on the banana side for me to be able to have more than one at a time though.

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

A - Pours a murky yellow orange with a hint of brown after pouring in the yeast. One finger of white head with good retention.

S - Citrus fruits, with a bit of banana and yeast. Smell is not as strong as I expected, but nice.

T - Taste is light and refreshing. Yeasty and citrusy. Same as the smell, not quite as bold as I'd like, but tasty overall.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice. Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D - Drinkability is very good as well. Will be great in the spring and summertime.

Notes - Overall a nice hefe, but just doesn't seem to quite have the strength of flavor that I'd like.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best American Hefe you can buy. I think it is quite tasty but I'm not a big fan of the sour like taste to it. I'm just a Hefe brat, I've had the best in the world, so I do perfer other hefes like Ayinger Bräu Weisse or Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. I would drink this but if I could choose other Hefe's first I'd choose them.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look- hazy yellow/orange with at least 4 fingers of head that hung around for a while and had a good lacing on the glass

Smell- of Banana and to me almost a honey and wheat

Taste- Wheat, banana, and a bit of spice with a sour hop finish

feel- light to medium with a bit of dryness

Overall- This is the first Sierra Nevada beer that I somewhat liked most go down the drain but I am still not a fan letter grad C

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Photo of James954
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Teku glass.

L - Pours a cloudy, light golden yellow with an airy white head.

S - Wheat, banana, and a bit of spice.

T - Banana, clove, citrus with a slightly sour hop finish

F - Weaker carbonation, watery almost.

O - Bottle packaged on 05/13/15. It's heavy on the cloves and weak in the carbonation...but it's okay for lovers of citrus and spice beer lovers.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color, nice fluffy head. Spicy aroma. Some banana, clove, and wheat and malty taste. Pretty smooth, creamy feel with mild carbonation. Can definitely taste the Bavarian influence.

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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 beerman21
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Appearance- bright orangish murky hue. Classic unfiltered hef. White soapy head holds up well if poured right. Brew that is as inviting seen across the room just as much if held in your hand.

Smell-strong clove, un ripened banana.

Taste- clove, banana, medicinal flavors, real nice Bavarian yeast flavor. Nice spiciness, a lot of banana flavors which you'd expect from the style, but the clove spiciness from the yeast strain is probably the most upfront in this beer.

Drinkability- go to on a hot day, refreshing, goes down smooth. Real nice body. I'm all about hefeweizens right now and this is by far my favorite american rendition of the style. Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints. The yeast strain the use totally is on point for the style. Way better this Widmer or Pyramid actually puts those two to sham!

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Photo of cpone
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to wheat beer glass.

Had this after the gym on a warm, humid day - definitely hit the spot.

A: Cloudy pale gold. 2 finger+ head stays at 1/2 finger. Soapy, watery lacing.

S: Immediately get yeast. Lemon, Banana, and a hint of clove.

T: Lots of banana, citrus. Some tropical fruit. Wheat. Mildly crisp yeasty flavor.

M: Light, but the yeast is filling. Slightly watery. Clean finish - slightly sweet.

D: Very drinkable, well-balanced beer. Hits the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh, what would we do without quality wheat beer? This beer brings one over just with the aroma. The clove and banana gets the mouth watering from the word go. Next after inpecting the hazy, yet intrigueing chalky amber coloring, you get the real gift; the taste.
A little spice goes a long way to make this enjoyable but not overpowering. It is very light on the palate, and perfect for warm weather drinking. By a 6-er and head out to the porch!

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Photo of mpcrump
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 10 oz. glass.

A: Pours a cloudy but pale yellow with average carbonation. Good sized soft head that reduced very slowly.

S: Light hint of citrus with wheat grains.

T: Starts with a good wheat taste but quickly changes over to bananas. A hint of lemons.

M: Very light and citrusy - typical of a lot of wheats. A bit of sweetness.

O: Very nice beer. Good light taste. The strong bananas may not be for some. For a change of pace this is a good choice for me.

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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 californiakulak
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Firestone pint glass.

A. Cloudy, creamy and wonderful looking. Orange color with thick hef like head.

S. Light smell of cloves and banana bread. Typical hef smell but kind of faint.

T. Yeast and bubblegum. Great tasting hef. Tangy and fruity.

M. Smooth and thick and creamy. Medium carbonation and light bodied.

D. Anyone who wants an easy drinking beer for the summer shoud drink this.

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Photo of bjohn84
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Swirl of haze comes through a light yellow color. Excellent 2 fingers of creamy head

S - Bubble gum and baked banana bread

T - Strong banana flavor and clove with less sweetness than I was expecting. Doesn't seem to linger much in the mouth

M - Tiny bubbles seem to coat the tongue with a great deal of drinkability

O - A bit dryer than I was expecting here, but very refreshing and could easily drink more than a couple. Only thing keeping it back is maybe a little bolder flavor, but then again that might make it lose some of its sessionable qualities

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is potent and of banana and orange with some yeast tones. At first taste there was little to nothing there in terms of subtlety and flavor. After it warmed, it improved dramatically; the flavors of a true Hefe come out for a short stint, however, the Hefe character is cut off prematurely by the end note, which is fairly acrid, dry, and even somewhat watery. A much more authentic american attempt at a Hefe, but I think years of German tradition and experience seem to give them the leg up when it comes to making one of these.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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