RATINGS: 1684   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2413) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2012
Poured into a tulip glass. Light yellow color in the pour. Once settled in the glass it is opaque golden colored with a finger of white head that quickly broke down to a thin covering. Smells great. Lots of banana, some nectarine and orange. Nice taste. Starts like a normal Hefe with some banana. Then an undercurrent of bitter takes over with a sparkling water ending. Crisp with moderate carbonation. Hefe is not my favorite style. I liked this one because it was not overly fruity. It had just a touch of banana at the beginning and then mixed it up with a more interesting flavor sequence than a normal hefe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thellgren (891) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
0.33 l bottle from Systembolaget Stockholm, Sweden. Appearance is golden, almost clear, well, at least it is not cloudy in any way and a small head. Aroma has wheat. Taste has yeast, but no banana, just some sweet relaxed yeast balanced with uptight wheat flavour. To be honest, I excepted a bit more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Almogabar (12) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - JAN 15, 2017
Botella de 12 fl. Oz. Comprada en la web on line de La Casa de las Cervezas (Santa Malta). Una gran cerveza, muy fiel al estilo hefe weissen. Color amarillo mbar, turbia. Poca espuma. Aromas frutales y levadura. Sabor tradicional de las cervezas de trigo, notas de pltano o fruta tropical. Muy equilibrada.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tapefuzz (246) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2017
12oz bottle. Pours a burnt gold with a medium foamy white head. Aroma is heavy on the clove with a touch of banana and vanilla. Taste is banana, clove, bubblegum, light citrus, coriander, wheat, and a little yeast. Spicy finish. Light body. Medium carbonation. Fluffy, smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nybol (1666) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
Den smager ikke af klassisk hvedel. Den mangler banan og den syntesiske smag. Men ellers en fin l, og er god frisk i det.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjsint (2596) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine & More, St Petersburg. Mid-gold, hazy with a tiny uneven film of white head. Dough, lemon/orange, clove, coriander, vanilla and a hint of ginger. Sweet herbal taste, fairly typical of a good Hefe, but here is more of a bright citrussy hop nite than would normally be expected. Sweet/astringent wheaty and lemony finish. Thin body for the style, and carbonated to high heaven. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moebbels (760) - FINLAND - DEC 4, 2016
A hazy dark yellow beer with a rather disappointing small white head. Nose has very nixe notes of bananas, cloves, bread dough and yeast. Taste is sweetish with a banana-like flavor and a dry, crisp finish. Licely carbonation and medium palate. Very well made beer with nice notes and good balance. Especially good for the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ston3s42 (234) - - NOV 18, 2016
Cloudy golden appearance with lots of head. Tastes of banana, pear, brown sugar and herbs. Medium body, smooth carbonation and a finish of warm brown sugar. Mm, Hopfensmoothie

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nordcore (1365) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2016
Bottle 33 cl. Yellow, hazy with a medium white foamy head. Wheat aroma, spices and some banana. Light sweet, light bitter with a soft wheat end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ngejo (976) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, golden, minimal head, white foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, & astringent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4830) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2016
The American craft beer revolution originally drew on old English traditions more than anything else but a German influence also crept in at an early stage, and this is one of the classic American interpretations of the Bavarian Weissbier style. Medium thick, egg-white, creamy head leaving a dense rim around the glass and a thin veil in the middle, but certainly a lot less frothy than I am used to in this particular beer type; immediately and equally cloudy straw blonde robe with slight ochre-ish hue. Aroma of ripe banana, apple peel, some biscuit, white bread crumbs, dried orange peel, old cloves, white pepper, vanilla sugar somewhere, straw, pear juice, sweet (unpickled) gherkin, sweetbread, melting butter, raw turnip, field flowers, artisanal honey, candied pineapple. Crisp, fruity onset, lots of the expected banana ester (isoamylacetate), sweet, paired with balancing green plum-, starfruit- and unripe kiwi-like sourishness, refreshing with spritzy, minerally carbonation slightly coarsening an otherwise smooth, fluffy mouthfeel. Pleasantly soft bready and biscuity barley sweetness in the middle with utterly soapy and very gently souring wheat, carrying the banana and other fruit flavors onwards to the finish, meeting with an earthy yeastiness and soft hayish hop bitterish touch as well as aromatic phenols - quite strongly so, but still feeling natural and actually quite enjoyable. Banana flavor lingers a bit along with the biscuity malts and softly sourish, very soapy wheatiness. Authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen can be a real treat if fresh enough and served properly and many attempts at this ancient style that have been made out of its historical region seem to lack finesse and balance, often ending up as a one-sidedly banana-drenched caricature of the style. This one, however, understands the refinement, balance and subtlety of it: it is very heavy in the clich banana flavor of the style, but also adds the spicy phenols that are indispensable for the overall balance; its mouthfeel and overall personality well match the German standard. The only thing lacking a bit for me, is a lush, whipped cream-like head formation, normally established by the wheat, and indeed it seems the wheat factor is a little bit understated here. Apart from that, I can imagine this being an introduction to Weissbier for many young American consumers, and having tasted dozens of German examples, I can only confirm that this is a credible, genuine and very useful beer to get acquainted with the style- though I also think it is a bit overrated here as a result of the American prevalence in its ratings. Sierra Nevada, one of the US pioneers in craft brewing, has done many influential things for the craft beer movement in the New World and its good to revisit them every now and then.

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