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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
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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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Ratings: 4,084 |  Reviews: 1,392
Photo of mjtiernan
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Ratal tulip. Bottled May 23, 2012.

A: One finger head...not as much as most other Hefeweizens. I didn’t pour this into my usual tall weizen glass and I’m glad I didn’t...plenty of space. Has the requisite hazy bright yellow body though.

S: More wheat than yeasty esters. There is some banana and clove...enough to get some of the bubble gum aroma I’m used to, but not as much as usual.

T: Clean tasting, but not as complex as the hefes I normally turn to. Some esters to start and then grainy mid-palate and then some nice floral hops near the end.

M: Somewhat crisp and dry at the start but with a refreshing finish.

O: It’s a nice thirst-quenching beer that I would gladly drink on a hot day.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip...

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow color, but at the core of the glass it almost looks like a light to eventual darker peachy color; strong carbonation bubbling up into a big 2 finger frothy white head that eventually falls to a one finger head, and then falls even further into a fair and full layer on top.

Smell: Much like the bottle says, there is an immediate presence of banana (although it's a little artificial - kind of like a banana popsicle) and clove; upon closer inspection, there is a firm presence of yeast and a grainy wheat.

Taste: Really mirrors the smell in an exacting manner -- banana and clove, yeast and grainy wheat; flavors come across very smooth and unobtrusive -- not quite mild but I don't think I'd want to pair with any strong food as I feel the flavor would be lost; aftertaste is predominantly clove.

Mouthfeel: Very strong carbonation followed by a light stickiness; body is nice -- not thick or thin and the finish is moist and refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite high, really. This is a great summer beer and I feel rivals a couple of my favorites for the season -- it's got a slightly different flavor due to the spiciness of it and the ABV is more than manageable, so I may be picking up some more.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of wcudwight
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale yellow in color with a hint of orange. Sticky white head that fades quickly leaving behind a collage of sticky lace.
Loads of bananna and clove in the aroma.
Taste follows the aroma pretty well. Pale and wheat backbone with tons of bananna and clove flavors. This is a very tasty Hefe.
Silky mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
Very drinkable. This is a go to beer for the summertime.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of csurowiec
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hockey_Fan
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbl_delta
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kerry4porters
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PDXHops
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 12-ounce bottles poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. The body is glowingly golden with a fat fluffy and puffy 3-finger white head. Excellent retention and quite impressive lacing.

Wonderful beer here, authentic in every way it would seem. Smells like it just got off the plane from Bavaria. The body is thick and smooth with tangy wheat weaving its way in and out of abundant sweet banana bread and cloves. The sweetness lingers for a moment after the swallow before being snapped off by a good 3 seconds of lemony bitterness.

Overall impression: Best hefe I've had from this side of the Atlantic. Insanely drinkable, and highly recommended.

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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, dirty blond colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: banana, clove, coriander, yeast

T: sweet banana, clove, nice wheat beer flavors, quite sweet, very impressed after mediocre appearance and smell

M: a bit heavy for the style, needs more carbonation

O: it's not common to find a beer that tastes better than the rest of it's qualities would lead you to believe, just for it's flavor I would buy this beer when I wanted hefeweizen on par with good German offerings

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Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of smb71481
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jason1337
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of puck1225
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy yellow pour into a pint glass. Small foamy head with decent lacing. Very citrusy taste with lemon and orange taste along with a fairly light banana taste. A God hefe, and I like a good hefe!

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The Pour was a hazy amber yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white foamy head that lasted throughout and produced fair streaky lacing.

The aroma was a light grain malt and a mild doughy yeast with notes of banana, citrus (lemon), a bit of coriander and a hint of vanilla.

The taste was slightly bitter and rather yeasty with a hint of citrus pretty much throughout, with the finish having a slight spiciness towards the end. The flavor was short lived with a mild citrusy yeast taste fading quickly from the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a thin creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Hefeweizen, with a nice creamy yeasty taste and a good drinkability. This is a brew that I will definitely drink again, especially on one of those extremely hot summer days...


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Photo of Brushkanna
4.61/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I went to Germany to visit relatives for a wedding in the south by the black forest. The prevailing beer served was Weizen. The local favorite was from the Alpirsbacher Klosterbrau. In the US, before I tried a good German Hefeweizen, I turned my nose up at wheat beers. What was served at bars in the US was too citrus forward flavored for me and they always left me wanting for a glass of water after every beer. I tried Sierra's Kellerweis, Yea! there is a beer that can hold up against the great German styles. This is now my go to Hefeweisen, love it, try it you will like it.

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Photo of mattsucks
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of kornkid8600
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Bavarian-style Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 4,084 ratings
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