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Kellerweis Hefeweizen by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
4.80 % ABV

Review by everetends on 07/04/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 17 4 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle I picked up as a sixer here at the Grub Mart down the road. Sierra Nevada sixers seem to have dropped in price around here to about 7.99. Much more affordable than in the past. Served up in a weizen glass.

A: This pours out a very light orange in color, much closer to a yellow than an orange but its orange . . . I think. Has just a touch of haze to it but you can easily see through it. Carbonation is pretty active and decently fast on motion. The pour got me about two fingers of crisp white foam. Sadly, it falters pretty quickly to a long lasting white top cap which is thin. Doesn't really toss up too much lace, but enough.

S: The nose is subtle, but very nice indeed. Very light wheat presence that just brings out that earthiness and slight sweetness just enough. Behind that you get some of that hefe banana one would expect. Slight clove and bubble gum aroma coming out. German malts are noticeable but really just act as a support frame for the previously mentioned aromas. Very nice.

T: Not bad in the least. Very nice wheaty start, lightly sweet and earthy. Not overly big but enough to keep you interested. Banana is probably the biggest flavor in here, and it is quite nice. Fresh and ripe banana is never a problem for me in a hefe. Light citrus presence, nice clove, and a touch of sweet bubble gum in here. This is a touch on the sweeter side than I am used to, but its not a crazy candied sweet. Nice.

M: Light side of medium in the feel here. Not too heavy, but enough to let you know this beer is no light bitch. Just enough weight to here. Carbonation is good and crisp. Touch sweet on the palate but nothing near the area of cloying or too much. ABV doesn't play a factor really at all. Aftertaste is some nice bubble gum and banana.

D: Oh so crisp and refreshing. This is what I look for in a hefe. If it isn't refreshing, WTF is the point? Hefes are supposed to be light and refreshing with a good amount of flavor. This beer has all of that. Sure it could be beefed up a bit more, but an easily accessible session brew is always nice. I can see myself picking up sixers of this for a while if it sticks around. God willing.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-19-2009 06:00:05

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by seaoflament on 07/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
I picked up a bottle of this recently from SouthBay Drugs and Liquor.

Pours a hazy apricot color with a creamy egg-shell white inch of foam.

Nice combination of citrus, banana, clove, and sweet wheat aromas. Honey notes with a touch of sweet apricot. Later on I pick up some powdered sugar, orange blossoms, and more tangy wheat. Very good. This seems to focus a little more on the citrus with lower levels of banana and clove. Well balanced though.

Citrus and wheat flavors upfront with low banana-gum and clove notes. Wheat bread in the finish, lemon and orange zest in the middle. Flavors of honey on lightly toasted bread. Zesty and crisp finish, clean and refreshing. Would have liked a little more malt presence though, the finish is a tad thin.

Full mouthfeel, high carbonation but smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable. One of the better American made Hefeweizens I’ve had.

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by SAP on 07/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 4 7 2009
Bottle Code 91131 17 12; Sampled June 2009
The beer pours into my New Belgium Goblet with a hazy, straw-hued, pale amber color. It is topped by a two finger, pale tan colored head. The aroma is not exactly the “classical” balance that a typical Hefeweizen has; instead this is a balance between spicy notes, some pepper, a herbal hop note, definite clove, perhaps some light banan as well as som grain like notes with a big wheat contribution and some hay-like notes. I like the added herbal and spice note that are not typically found in a Hefeweizen, at least to this level; these notes are well in balance with the other, more typical notes.

The beer is fairly light bodied and it has a spritzy carbonation as it rolls across my tongue. The finish has a spicy hit of clove to it that is definitely traditional. The beer is quite dry, but does have something of a chewy body to it. There is a light tartness here that couples with a bit of pepper in the finish and the wheat character is nice and chewy with a touch of grassiness. This is quite easy to drink; in fact I find my 12oz pour disappearing a bit too quickly. Clove flavors are present here, but the banana character is quite soft. There is a hop character here that contributes to the perceived spiciness of this brew as well as contributing a mildly biting bitterness in the finish. I do like the body of this brew, especially as this warms up a bit, it is fresh and chewy, though it is not quite as good as the decocted, lush, fresh, Live Oak Hefeweizen.

This is on the spicy / herbal side compared to your typically traditional HefeWeizen, but it actually works quite well here and in fact boosts the complexity. The traditional Hefeweizen notes are here, but they are perhaps not as pronounced as when found in a traditional example; luckily the additional character is here, as this would be a bit too muted without the spicy / herbal components. I definitely feel like I need to pick up a couple more of these before I ultimately decide if this one is a go to beer or not.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Served In: Tulip

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