Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPASierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA

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Ratings: 1,006
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by stakem:
Photo of stakem
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Slatetank for gifting me with this. Standard 12oz bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a clouded pale color with white froth atop that leaves a spotty webbing of lace. A swirl revives the cap displaying solid retention powers.

The aroma is lemony at first blending to dank and catty. Some wheat and herbaceous aspect that gets almost a perfuny oil thing going on towards the back. The taste is bitter lemony rinds with some grass and lightly fruity notes almost vinous. This is good stuff.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry with plenty of hop flavor and not too bitter. This is clean and easy drinking, I could down a couple of these.

More User Reviews:
Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pale golden glass shows excellent clarity and holds a solid finger of white foam.

Smell: Odd mix of coriander and hops, comes across as floral, and a bit like a Saison.

Taste: A bitter lemon lime peel tonic at the front really reinforces the Saison profile for me along with the fruit esters. A lot of lemon, which often doesn't do much for me in a beer (a fresh lemon wedge is a different animal; I'm talking brewing with lemons). A grassy hop note as well, not a hop driven beer like an IPA should be.

Feel: A bit fizzy, light body, dry finish.

Overall: Love Wits, Love IPAs, don't love this so much.

Photo of leantom
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not very partial towards Belgian IPA's (too many different things going on). However, I'm quite partial towards Sierra Nevada. Let's see how they do here. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear yellow. Pours a nice head that leaves a lot of lacing. Some carbonation, but not a lot considering the style. OK. Also a lot less yeast than in other beers of the style.

S: Mix of coriander, Belgian spices, candied sugar and...hops. Hops are piney and grapefruity. However, rather than each of the scents complementing one another, they produce a rather weird concoction.

T: OK, but not great. Candied sugar, spices followed by some hops. However, it's quite watery. I'm used to a more bready mouthfeel from Belgian beers - this is too different from what I'm used to.

F: Watery - not very good.

O: An OK beer, but has some serious flaws.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a bottle with a packaged on date of 5/9/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - a cloudy yellowish orange, with bubbly carbonation that builds a creamy, thick white head. Lacing is superb!
Smell - a spicy, herbal nose with banana, mandarin oranges and cloves!
Taste - tasty and refreshing, but not much that suggests an IPA, let alone a Belgian IPA.
Feel - very little bitterness, more of a wit or Hefe feel. Very nice, but even the "white" IPA label is misleading.
Overall - easy to kick back with a few of these, however, I get the feeling the characterization of white IPA may have been a ploy to sell this as apart of the 4 Way IPA mixed 12!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit Winter White. A pun on "snow white?" Say, what do Californians know about snow or winter, anyway? Me, I'm sick of it, and I could do without a reminder. What can we do, it's everywhere we turn. Don't look out the window, don't leave the house, let's have a summer beer, and pretend.

Hazed, golden appearance, surprisingly slim head. (Maybe my pour was off? Did I wash the glass wrong?)

Aroma: Witbier spices are here, some citrus, and coriander. A little hoppier than normal, but not by much. Lovely, though.

Taste: Bold, bright and fruit-forward. Now, finally, in the flavor, I'm getting the sense of an IPA. Lots of citrus zest taste, just gets brighter and brighter, wheat feel comes forward, too. Tropical fruits too, pineapple, banana. I'm liking this more and more. Medium-bodied, supremely drinkable. It's good beer, and you can drink it. Yum. Tast-y!

Hey, what's the official word: "Snow Wit is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. (Okay, bringing the Snow White reference full circle.), giving it a complex, grapefruit and herbal hop character accentuated by spicy notes of an authentic Belgian yeast."

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Other than Torpedo, I liked this one the best of the IPA sampler.

In a pint glass it was a hazy gold color with a small tan head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Aroma was funky, spicy, and a little flowery.

Funky taste. Cinnamon. Some pine. Melon, which I didn't get in the aroma.

Crisp, easy drinking.

I easily drank the three of these in my sampler.

Photo of Beaver13
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bready malts, coriander and some earthy yeast and hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, a little fruit and coriander, earthy yeast and a good sized grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, interesting white IPA - good bitterness but a kind of odd mix of earthiness, coriander, bready malts and grassy hops.

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange with billowing, white head and great retention.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, clove, banana, coriander and pepper.

Taste: Witbier base of wheat and spices, balanced by grapefruit, mango and lemon notes from the hops. Finish is somewhat bitter, with clove, coriander, pepper and lingering citrus.

Feel: Relatively light body with high carbonation. Somewhat silky and quite dry.

Overall: This is the closest to a true "White IPA" that I have tried, with great balance between the Witbier and IPA characteristics. Refreshing and flavorful. Very nice overall.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and fruity Belgian IPA style aroma with good hints of hops, yeast, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy hop hints of grass. Also some fruit esters of banana and green apple. Bready malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian IPA taste with good notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with notes of coriander, peppers, and clove. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass. Fruit esters of banana and apple along with a slight bubblegum note. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, juicy, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian style IPA. Good mix of yeast and fruit esters with hops.

Photo of GOBLIN
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit

From the 4 way ipa pack

Poured into pint glass

A: Hazy and cloudy straw colored brew with fizzies floating to the top of glass.

S: Wheat. Some citrus notes but again. . . Where's the hops ?

T: Good. Nothing to get excited about but a solid wheat beer and nice flavors.

M: Easy drinking. Smooth yet just a slight crisp as with alot of wheats.

O: Snow Wit will be a nice addition to the many wheat beers that will soon flood the shelves this summer. S.N. advertises this beer as an ipa but I really don't see it as such. A little dissapointed with the lack of hop flavors so far from the 4 way.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is screaming summer, hazed golden orange body with a bright white billowing head these beers are so good at looking appetizing. Head is thick and dimpled cloud like appearance with fine evenly dispersed head. Aroma has citrus, spices, coriander, soft herbal tea with earthy notes. Very much reminds me of the Kellerweiss in appearance. There's no huge hophead hop profile here the dwarf hops are here but they are overshadowed by the spice profile, let's taste the White IPA. A bit more lingering citric/tropical fruit hop flavor not much in the way of bitterness, it barely peaks onto the radar with hop bitterness, but the hop flavor is available. Well played spicy, white ale with some hoppy edges to it, remains balanced and easy to drink with so much going on I give the thumbs up to the brewmasters on this one. I'm really happy with the way this one feels on the palate, I'm used to dry bitter finishes when the spice and orange peel additions come in, but this one remains perfect on the palate not overly bitter really nice beer I'm ready for more high quality beers to be made to this caliber. Carbonation is perfect rolls along easily without being cloying or too effervescent, perfect light to medium bodied witbier with some minimal IPA notes, which in my opinion makes this White IPA a winner with balance and overall drinkability.

Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter (from notes).

A full pour produced a smallish but durable head and left a ring of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

"Seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops"? No doubt, but the most striking aspect of this "IPA" for me was the complexity, spiciness and other properties from the Belgian yeast. The wheat base is also very obvious. Unusual but, after some adjustment, appealing and decently balanced mix of flavors.

Medium-light body; medium+ carbonation; dry finish.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. 01 24 14 inkjet on the neck.

A: Pours a hazy pale light yellow with a dense white head on top. Just a little bit of visible carbonation. Very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice fruity hop aroma as soon as you take a whiff. Lemon peel and Belgian yeast intertwine in the background

T: Well crafted flavor that remains balanced and doesnt over power. Starts off with a grapefruit like hop flavor that blends with the lemon peel and coriander.

M: Medium body with a creamy aspect to it from the belgian yeast. Very drying on the tongue. Remains easy drinking.

Overall its an enjoyable one that adds another dimension to the IPA lineup that Sierra Nevada is accumulating. The seven varieties of experimental dwarf come across as fruity and low in bitterness.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 4-Way IPA 12 Pack.

The pour produces a pale white head a finger and a half thick. The liquid is a cloudy mix of orange and wheat color with some golden hues and there's steady carbonation evident.

I must say I was surprised by the aroma of banana and clove like a Weihenstephaner that first hit my nose. I wasn't expecting that. This aroma was followed by more goodness, from sweet malt to wheat and yeast and orange peel. Aside from the initial aromas, everything else was subtle but still present and pleasant. Certainly a lot going on.

Drinking the beer was an experience. There's a lot going on in the mouth and many different flavors to boot. The beer is yeasty and slightly bitter and I get orange peel and other citrus notes, then some sweet malt that meshes with grapefruit at the finish. Snow Wit is effervescent, light, but still slightly creamy and sweet.

I'd say this is a good beer. I like it. Not quite as good as my favorite from the pack, the Nooner Session, but the diversity of tastes and smells work pretty well together.

Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice semi cloudy straw gold color with a finely bubbly white head and a couple patches on the glass. Aroma is actually quite spot on wit. Doesn't have that authentic Belgian feel but has many of the qualities in place. That being creamy banana, coriander, flowers, lemon, phenols, peppery spice... Not sure if I can smell anything that makes it stand out as an IPA version of a Wit beer but pleasant nonetheless. Taste is a little more IPA though, at least in the bitterness. Peppery and dry. Pretty nice. All the flavors match up with the smell with added piney, acidic citrus, and bitterness. Interesting beer that I don't dislike.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on date of 03/07/14

Appearance - Pours a hazy, muted orange with a finger's worth of white head. Good retention, leaving a thin layer of surface suds. Spots of lacing is left on the glass, with fair stick.

Smell - Wheat and solid hoppy citrus notes; orange with hints of grapefruit. Slight spice.

Taste - Hits on your typical wit flavors upfront: wheat and some corriander spice that evokes clove and orange character. Hops peak through about mid-taste and peak in the finish, leaving a fair amount of citrus pith bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with fair to lively carbonation. Goes down smooth. Much more body than your typical wit.

Overall - Think typical Witbier with a light to moderate hoppy citrus bite, and you have Snow Wit. It's decent, but wits don't really do it for me. Something about that wheat/orange/spice combo that doesn't excite my taste buds. That said, if you love wits and you love hops, you'll love this. Great execution in marrying the styles.

Photo of secondtooth
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden with nice head of fine, white bubbles.
Thin, slight lace.

Nose says Belgian yeasts and tropical fruit. Delicious. Seems more Belgian
than IPA so far.

Taste is amazing - traces of citrus hops meld with touches of spruce
and a distinctly Belgian candy sugar tone. A unique and tasty treat
that combines two classic styles into a drinkable and complex mix.

Well-done, and maybe my favorite of the Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA mix.

Photo of Roguer
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful 2 1/2 finger firm, snow-white head, with excellent retention. Brew is a cloudy, nearly opaque orange-gold-yellow color, with nice center bubble action. Nice lines of lacing.

Banana aroma from the yeast immediately while pouring, which is more muted once it settles into the glass. Light lemon and grapefruit citrus aroma, but not overpowering. Yeast, very light, sweet spice, lemongrass, and wheat. Beautifully balanced aroma.

This is a very interesting mix between a more traditional Wit and an American IPA. First, a dry, earthy, and slightly citrus peel bitterness hits; then, yeast, wheat, bananas, and clove; finally, grapefruit citrus hops and light tobacco bat cleanup. There really is quite a lot going on in here, and the flavors don't really sit still.

Somewhere around medium feel, with noticeable sting, no foaming, and a semi-dry and lasting finish. Not a gulper, but doesn't require careful sipping, either.

This is a very solid Belgian IPA. The yeast is very present, but not dominant; the hops are numerous and complex, but not overwhelming. Everything is incredibly well-balanced.

This would make a good Wit replacement on a nice Summer or Spring day. Not sure I would pick it up to satisfy an IPA fix, though.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

This is a decent beer.....taste much like most wits....has a Belgian base with spices present along with some bittering/floral like hops. The beer pours a classic yellowish golden color with white head that is leaving a nice lacing. The scent and taste are as most Wits. The mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall a solid offering.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours two finger of head on a cloudy straw colored body.
The aroma has a little banana, lots more grain and some lemon.
The taste starts would with some soft fruit flavors: banana and plum. Then there's a moderate grapefruit and lemon bitterness that takes it to the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
This Wit version appeals to me.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent & hazed gold/bronze with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & head retention

S: Floral hops & a little grassyness

T: Slight yeasty pepper notes, along with a kiss of grapefruit up front. Grassy notes mix with grapefruit pith as this warms, yeast only contributes a slight bit of phenol & pepper in the background. Finishes with grapefruit, lemon zest, & lemongrass & just a bit of white grape

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, that gets a bit assertive once warm, nicely balanced

Drinks easy, was really expecting more. Having said that; this is about the best offering in this mixed 12 pack, or perhaps blindfold??? I would buy this again as a summer seasonal, especially if canned

Photo of HalfFull
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Snow Wit seems appropriately named in my view, while the White IPA moniker not so much. Snow Wit pours a hazy lemon orange into a large wine glass and sports an inch of nearly white foam. The pour shows decent retention and lacing in a Wit sense.

Aromas of Belgian yeast notes, some coriander spice and just a hint of wheat. Dubbing this as a Belgian IPA seems more precise than a 'white' or American IPA in my view. Alas, at 5.7% all concept of IPA is suspect, unless this is a Session White Belgian IPA that is, style pending. That aside this beer does offer a touch of sweet citrusy wheat on top of a light spicy Belgian component and is overall quite pleasant.

Taste offers more light citrus and wheat in a true Witbier sense and adds a hint of bitterness on the back end. Still to call this or have in its name, IPA, is a bit of a reach. Seems everything is an IPA today. Offers a fullish mouthfeel and a light pleasant soapy finish of nobleesque hops.

Nice but no IPA qualities in any way I know of but then a bit rich for a witbier. OK, it is rather hoppy vs. wheaty. Slightly chewy, crackery. Give me another....

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color with a massive whipped cream like head that had excellent retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap with massive amount of sticky lacing left down the glass.

Show off its Belgian yeast elements in the aroma. Spicy with notes of cloves and pepper. The hops are quite herbal with minor notes of grapefruit. Nice appealing aroma.

Belgian yeast driven flavor with its cloves and spices. The hops are more of a complimentary force with its herbal and grapefruit hints. Lightly bready malt lays a solid foundation for the more robust flavors. A touch of lemon as well. Bitterness is not at a high level.

Solid mouthfeel as always from Sierra Nevada. A little more lively carbonation compared to other SN IPAs but it belongs in this beer. Nice amount of body heft for a sub 6% ABV beer.

A really nice Belgian IPA. Nice amount of Belgian yeast and hop flavors.

Photo of Flopjack
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Very pale orange to yellow in color, just over 1 finger white head, nice lacing.

Smell - Heavy wheat and yeast that seems to blanket the hoppy citrus character that comes through with subtle grapefruit, and pine.

Taste - The beginning brings out most of this beers wheat character. You get wheat, a spicy yeast flavor, both of which seem to unveil some bitterness that carries forward. The middle to end really bring out the the floral hop character with pine and resin favors. You also get subtle citrus resembling grapefruit and the bitterness that has carried from earlier on.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp and smooth.

Overall - Good beer. Lots of wheat and yeast but there is still a good citrus presence. Glad I tried it, bought this as a single.

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 5/29

Pours hazy light golden bronze. Fluffy patchy sticky white foam. Citrus nose, strong. Peppery nose too. Taste is light lemon white wheat, mild bitter. Sour aftertaste. Like grapefruit. Sticky bitter finish. Creative IPA with a wit blend. Enjoyable.

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,006 ratings.