Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis HefeweizenToday I’m starting a new series titled “Silvo Saturday”. Silvio is an everyday kinda guy that I met on Twitter. Although he has no prior beer reviewing experience, he’s really gotten into it since I invited him to do guest reviews here. His previous reviews include Clay Pipe Hopocalypse and Kona Pipeline Porter. I like his down-to-earth writing style, as it resembles my own! So starting today, each Saturday Silvio is going to bring us a new review.
A good hefeweizen always reminds me of summer – possibly the best way to end a long, hot day outside. So, because I (and much of the Mid-Atlantic region) am currently snowed in by the blizzard of 2010, I figured the best way to cure my cabin fever would be to crank up the heat, crack open a Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, and pretend I was in the grip a 90-degree July day.

While my summertime delusion didn’t last long, at least the Kellerweis lived up to its end of the deal. From the first pour, I knew I was going to like this beer. A thick foamy head graced the top few inches of my pilsner glass, with the hazy rich yellow brew below it like a lemon meringue pie.

My first sip resulted in a foam mustache, and one of the best hefeweizen tastes I’ve ever come across. Sierra Nevada touts the “nutty, spicy flavor” and they’re dead on. The first flavor I recognized was bananas, subtly but distinctly, followed by a smoky nutmeg aftertaste. I quickly took a few more draughts and detected hints of lemon and cloves.

Hefeweizens often inspire heated debates over whether or not to include a slice of citrus fruit, and if so, whether lemon or orange is a better accent taste. I myself am an orange-slice kind of guy, but so as not to offend readers in another camp I didn’t use any fruit for this review. However, I think any variation of the theme will work well – this beer will easily adapt to any accent taste you choose.

Unfortunately, as often happens with good hefeweizens and me, my glass was soon empty. The light and refreshing taste went down quickly, and only carried a 4.8% ABV. I know that come summer, I’m going to enjoy putting away a few cold six packs of the Kellerweis without worrying about the side effects of a high alcohol content.

The bottom line is if you like hefeweizens, Sierra Nevada’s Kellerweis is a must try.

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Author: Silvio

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6 thoughts on “Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen”

  1. Silvio,
    Thanks for the review. I had one of these right after mowing the lawn last summer and it was perfect. I'm not a big Hefe fan, but Sierra Nevada did well by this brew. I appreciated your observation about a smokey nutmeg aftertaste…did pick up on that last time. Now when I try it next time I'll look for that.
    Cheers!

  2. I have to admit, when I read that Silvo tasted nutmeg I was surprised and skeptical. Thanks to Tom for piping in and confirming!

    -Lost

  3. Granted it was very minor and I could not put a name or taste to it so I failed to jot that down. Silvo helped to put a name to the taste…thanks! Have you tried any Hefes by Weihenstephaner?

  4. Kellerweis is one of the few American made hefeweizens that is actually as good as the Bavarian/Bohemian beers, such as Primator from the Czech Republic or Schneider Weisse. With a style like hefeweizen, I am convinced that authenticity in ingredients and brewing methods is vital making something that stands out.

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