Monday, September 6, 2010

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen


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


4.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
Kellerweis is one of the only American Hefeweizens made using the traditional Bavarian style of open fermentation. This difficult and labor-intensive technique adds uncommon depth and flavor complexity. Our hazy-golden hefeweizen is deeply flavorful, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day. To serve, pour two-thirds into a glass, swirl and pour the rest.

General Pricing:
~$7.50-$8.50 6 pack, ~$28.00-$31.00 case

Background:I have had this beer several times in the past. I actually bought a 6 pack this time to wet down my pork ribs while smoking them for several hours. So while the ribs are smoking I thought I would review one of these Hefeweizen brews from Sierra Nevada.

Review:The beer pours a hazy golden pale straw color with orange hues and a very rich bright white head.

The nose is nice with sweet wheat malt aromas along with notes of clove, banana and yeast.

What a nice refreshing beer. This is a little light for an authentic Hefeweizen but it has all the correct flavors for the style.

There is a nice sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue then a very pleasant effervescence over the tongue in mid sip. The mid-sip effervescence is also very cleansing and refreshing. The back-end is very smooth and easy drinking; it just glides down your throught with no effort whatsoever. The finish is fairly dry and also a little sweetness that’s normal for a Hefeweizen. The final aftertaste is sweet with yeast, banana and clove notes. The final aftertaste is pretty much taste just like the nose smells.

This is going to be a short review. Since this is such a refreshing beer it is not hanging around very long.

Well, that’s about it. This was a very good refreshing Hefeweizen. It’s a little lighter than the authentic German counterparts but all and all a very nice beer. I’m going for a B- on this. 

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