Sierra Nevada “Kellerweis” Review (#133)

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Sierra Nevada "Kellerweis"

Sierra Nevada
“Kellerweis”
Chico, CA

From The Brewery

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.

Starting Gravity: 12.3 Plato
Final Gravity: 3.5 Plato
Bittering Hops: Perle or Sterling
Malts: Two-row Pale, Wheat, Munich
Yeast: Ale
ABV:4.8%
IBUs:15

Review

Appearance: Per the directions on the bottle, and something I have done many times, I poured the first two thirds of the bottle, swirled around the remaining third, and poured it hard in the middle.  It is a hazy opaque golden yellow beer with a white airy but solid cap on top.

Smell: Sweet and earthy with clove and banana with a nice amount of hops mixed in.

Taste: Classic wheat up front, moving to  banana yeast middle finishing with a very balanced citrus hop ending in a southern California style of presence. Really opens up nicely over the glass; full flavored.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy – nice head retention played a major role in that.

Drinkability: High

Notes: A very solid member of Sierra Nevada’s regular portfolio. I searched all over Orlando the week this debuted, with no luck. Finally, after giving up, I ran into it a few days later in a smaller store with a usually limited selection. This is my go to American hefeweizen.

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