Monday, September 6, 2010
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Chico, California, United States
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.
~$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.