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
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.
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.