Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is one of the many new brews coming out of Northern California’s Sierra Nevada. This one is brewed in the traditional style of the Bavarian hefeweiss bier. This beer is only available in the spring time and has a 4.8 % ABV.
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.
Pours a honey blonde color with a noticeable cloudiness. You can’t see through this liquid at all. The head is nothing but a mild film, with practically no lacing.
Being that a Kellerweis is a European style of hefeweizen, it doesn’t surprise me that Bavarian yeast notes appear in the nose. Hints of citrus are also present, with an odd wine grape scent in the backend.
The taste is what I have come to expect from the kellerweis style: honey, crackers, Bavarian yeast and almost non-existent lemon notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This beer goes down smooth, but does leave behind a little drying in its wake.
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis is an easy drinking beer. It’s similar to a Bavarian hefeweizen and not as citrusy as its American counterparts, but still a pleasant drinking experience.
Overall: 6 out of 10
As a HEFEWEIZEN: 7 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Weihenstephaner HEFEWEISSBIER, Franziskaner HEFEWEISSE, Erdinger WEISSEBIER,