Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenSierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-12-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,019
Reviews:
1,375
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
334
Gots:
716
For Trade:
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Ratings: 4,019 |  Reviews: 1,375
Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled 8/25/2011. Pours a nice and hazy golden straw color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention that reduces a nice cap that lasts. Some spotty lacign on the glass; and some nice fine carbonation is streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, lemon peel, pepper, bread, wheat, and yeast spices. Fantastic and classic hefeweizen aromas here with great balance. Taste of banana, clove, pepper, wheat, yeast spices, lemon, and some breadiness. Lingering notes of yeast spices, bread, clove, and banana on the finish for a bit. A hair on the watery side, but still has a very nice flavor profile. Medium-high carbonation with a light-medium body. A very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel that is highly enjoyable. Alcohol is hardly even present as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is an excellent and well balanced hefeweizen. Very drinkable, enjoyable, and widely available at your local grocery store beer aisle. Definitely something I will keep in mind next time I want a tasty session beer at a good price.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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

Poured into Town Hall Weizen glass.

Color is a hazy pale golden yellow. Pours 2 fingers of creamy white head. Nice retention leaving some splattered lace.

Aroma: typical hefe aroma. Bananas, cloves, orange peel, lemon zest, wheat. Not to bad.

Taste: Big banana and clove taste with some mixed spices. Nice fruit flavors with orange peel and lemon zest. Very similar to the aroma. Wheat of course. Not to bad.

Mouthfeel: crisp and smooth. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with a very dry fruit and clove aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty good representation of the style. It is nothing above and beyond, but at the price it cost, I don't mind having it around all the time. A good beer at a good price.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, cloudy bright yellow with a good white head in my weizen glass. Nose brings forward clove and banana along with some bubblegum and light hops. The taste brings a tiny bit of spice and citrus as well as banana. Mildly sweet. Good body with really nice carbonation; this drinks quite well and is one of the better American versions of the style that I've had.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One finger of white head on top of a dark golden body with a cloud of hazy yeast spreading throughout from the swirl. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Musty yeast with spicy wheat notes, vanilla, and a bit of clove.

T - Spicy wheat and smooth yeast notes of clove and vanilla. The wheat becomes a bit spicy in the middle and then gives way to yeast for the finish with more of the vanilla notes, a little banana, and some spicy, slightly lemony, hops.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a semi-dry finish.

D - This beer is very drinkable. It is a bit more subdued than some German wheat beers but still has good yeast character and a lot of zesty wheat. This is a refreshing, simple, and very enjoyable beer that I could drink all night.

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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 chinchill
3.16/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Peroni glass, this beer pours a hazy golden-yellow with a rather short-lived white head. Banana and clove in the nose, but not as pronounced as some Bavarian versions. More ripe banana in the fruity flavor.

M: light body; near medium carbonation.

Overall: perhaps the first SN beer I don't want to have again. Not bad and true to style, but an average version of a style I don't usually care for.

(light revision with 2013 bottle in Sept. 2013).

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

I wasn't quite sure of what to expect from Sierra Neada's Kellerweis.

Not that Sierra Nevada isn't a favored and trusted brand of mine, it's just that I've had so many California-brewed "weizens" that were far more American than Bavarian. As I eyed the bottle, and rolled it to release the yeast sediment from the bottom, I wondered to myself "will this be overly-hopped"? Thankfully, the answer is no.

There is a quick note of hops that's almost required -it acts as the Sierra Nevada signature - but beyond that it's all wheat, banana, clove, and soft fruit (mainly apple, but there's some pear as well). And I actually enjoy the quick hop note as it's a little bit unique.

Beyond that, I found the appearance to be quite good, and although the lacing wasn't at par with the absolute best, it was still pretty damned good. The aroma was decent, and again checks in but doesn't rank at the upper-most eschelon. I thought that the overall flavor, however, was right up there in balance and roundness, with all of the components working together but standing out a little bit on their own. And that leads to drinkability, thus another great score...

... and in conlcusion, I'd say it ranks right up there with the greatest exampless from Bavaria. (And that I've now got another favorite to rely on)!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, spice, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of wheat and a light but hearty malt character. There are sweet flavors of bananas, citrus and spices. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice wheat beer with flavor and substance that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy light to medium yellow in color with some notes of orange when held up to the light and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall slightly fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of banana, clover, and bubble gum in this beer and there is just a hint of the yeast as well. The smells are spot on for the style but lack a little in intensity.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is not quite as intense as I would have liked but the proper flavors are in the taste. There are notes of banana, lemon/citrus, and clove with the clove/spice being more intense than in the smell.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink, sessionable, and refreshing - this would be a great thirst quencher on a real hot summer afternoon. I could easily put several of these down in a session and would suggest making this a regular summer cook-out beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubby bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowous fingers of foamy off-white head that makes good use of this glass's volume to say the least. This eventually peters down into a rich 1/2 finger, that fires up beautifully when swirled, leaving back lacing that hangs in thick swathes down the sides of the glass. Really nice Hefe look here. The aroma is fruity with citric notes of lemon and orange, as well as notes of yeasty ripe banana, light bubblegum, and sweet malty wheat, which holds the whole thing together. Just a nice fresh pop in the nose from this.

The taste is crisply sweet from the wheat and citrus, with the yeast really blooming out nicely along the backend, along with clove and some very lightly spicy Noble hop charcter, which really dries the finish out and lets this end with a bit of a zing. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with an extremely crisp feel and easygoing nature to this. I'm actually a little surprised by the amount of presence this has in the mouth for a sub 5% beer.

Impressive. Full flavored, crisp, and refreshing, this is by far one of the better American-made Wheat beers that I've had in the bottle. A steal at the price and perfect for summertime imbibing.

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

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

Lovely lemony amber color in the tulip glass with cloudy appearance. Not a traditional Hefeweizen but it's elegant yet flavorful. Crisp with a nice acidic touch, yet mellow with a restrained clove and banana taste. Excellent creamy carbonation, much like a good German beer such as an actual Kellerbier. Nice touch of hops gives a good beery finish.

One of my favorite American wheat beers, however this fits into the styles. Lighter body than many Hefeweizens, but real flavor unlike the typically anemic American Pale Wheat Ale style.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy white head filling the top of the glass. Very good head retention with just a bit of lacing.

The aroma shows a lot of the traditional banana, clove and wheat hefeweizen flavors to it. It's citrusy, yeasty and has some spices coming through. Very flavorful and appropriate for the style.

The taste follows the nose in that the banana and spice flavors really come through. Some lemony citrus flavors are present and add some nice refreshing flavors to it. It has a moderate bready, wheaty, yeasty flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very good tasting interpretation of the style. It's light and refreshing and very tasty overall. I found it very solid in all categories but just a bit short of some of the very best of the style.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

"To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest." You're the boss, bottle!

Appearance: Rather well hazed, dull, dark yellow body with a voluminous, lasting, whitish head. Fair amount of gooey lace left on the way down.

Smell: Ah, the unmistakable aroma of wheat malt, replete with some sweet-scented, tangy qualities but also a scent of gently kneaded whole wheat bread dough. Pungent notes of semi-ripe banana and spice with a lesser hint of chewing gum and squeezed lemon.

Taste: Sweetish, tangy malted wheat with a distinct taste of grainy, mealy bread dough. Add in a few freshly-sliced lemon wedges and some dried banana chips. Good dash of earthy ground cloves. Spicy-minded hops with a low, subtle bitterness imparted. Very thin vein of tartness in the last third of the sip. Finishes dry, spicy, with little "goodbyes" from the wheat, lemons, and bananas. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Smooth, somewhat fluffed mouthfeel which has nice depth but also a delightful airiness about it.

Drinkability: Remarkably enjoyable and certainly recommended! It was difficult completing the review before I had greedily gulped this one down. Regretfully, I picked only the one lone single, but I'll be sure to return for a proper six-pack.

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

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 2 fingers of fluffed up pearl colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Bananas & cloves that fade a bit as this warms

T: Grassyness, banana, cloves & breadyness up front. Lemony motes, plus some juicyfruit show as this warms along with the aforementioned bananas, plus green bananas as well, cloves, & tartness. Finishes with green bananas & tartness, almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & a bit juicy

Drinks pretty easy, this is a damn authentic stab at the style. Well done Sierra Nevada!

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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 4,019 ratings.
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