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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85
very good

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,006
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 3.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 130 | 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)

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Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

bought a single bottle, mostly based on the sierra nevada name

A seems VERY light to the eye thin ish head settles fast to just a file with minimal lacing
clear, thin yellow color

S ahhh hoppiness but not at all overpowering

T much stronger hops on the tongu than the nose. NICE

M thin and watery

D supremely drinkable I call this a sessioner (348 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Speigelau IPA glass.
5.7% ABV,

A - Poured with the sediment swirled into the beer, Snow Wit is completely cloudy, hazed through by yeast but, it's plume of carbonation stemming from the etching in the glass can still be seen feeding the tall head. The giant white cap of foam that refuses to settle shrouds the glass in lace for a classic look.

S - Delicate and inviting, this gentle beer intertwines the hops' floral and light citrus nuances with a bright Belgian yeast that brings subtle coriander and white pepper spice to the mix for an exotic, intoxicating aroma.

T - Grainy pale malt and husky wheat create a nice course base for the hops and yeast to spring from. Herbal, earthy floral hop notes blend well with the yeast's coriander spice notes but slightly overwhelm them in the long run, leaving a lingering earthy presence on the tongue.

M - Snow Wit's carbonation is elevated but the tiny bubbles and smooth body make for a great combo that drinks wonderfully and finishes out with a moisture-robbing dryness and lingering-yet-delicate hoppy bitterness.

O - Balanced wonderfully, Sierra Nevada's Snow Wit teeters between spicy classic Belgian yeast and the "experimental dwarf" hops' herbal, floral, and slightly citrusy complexities for a refreshing white IPA that doesn't drink like it's alcohol percentage. (1,367 characters)

Photo of TonyC
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snow Wit and the 7 Experimental Dwarf hops White IPA. Another offering in the 4 Way IPA pack.

A: A nice golden color, with a giant thick white head and a great lacing.

S: Where to start...a wonderful floral, spicy, aroma, with essence of bread and citrus. A nice rendition of a Wit/IPA balance.

T: Pure Wit start, spicy and fruity, a nice Belgian style with a surprise of hops to finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: Nice offering from a great brewery. Pleasant and easy to drink. (512 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatt looking beer with a huge foam head. Huge Belgian yeasty clove smell with an herbal earthy hop and some fruity hop character in there but mostly the Belgian yeast smell. You get a sort of numbing hop taste which is very quenching and something I've never really had in a beer. Not too bitter but just with the best way I can explain it a numbing hop flavor that leaves a nice mouthfeel on the tongue.

Loads of Belgian yeast flavors with the spicy clove battling with the hops and its pretty even although the hops leave a bitterness. They are earthy herbal and somewhat fruity. I get some doughy yeast flavor in there as well. The malt is light but has a wheat like flavor and is mostly covered by the yeast strain. An all around spicy beer that I would definitely have again. (783 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Lacing on side of the glass is good. Floral aroma with hints of citrus. Can discern banana as well. Malty taste of front with moderate hoppiness in the middle. It ends with a banana taste. Mild bitterness at the end. Good light IPA. White IPAs are not my favorite type, but this one will do. Would definitely drink again. (369 characters)

Photo of TastefulNudity
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1/24/14, bought today

A: Hazy golden orangey yellow with big fluffy white head that sticks around. Nice lacing, attractive.

S: Big Belgian yeast, orange zest, clove. Deep sniff is grapefruit, pine, resiny.

T: Sweet, yeasty goodness leading in to grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

M: Highly carbonated, drying.

O: Tasty, tasty brew. Glad I finally caved and bought the variety pack. (386 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 012414

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch white fluffy head that retains very well before reducing to an 1/8 inch. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Lovely aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast phenols and hops. Also lots of spices. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Great fruity flavor that's well complemented by the spices and yeast. Mildly bitter hops round out and tie the profile together.

M- Sharp and bright with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I was expecting this to be good, but this is surprisingly fantastic. Just about everything I look for in a Belgian IPA. (656 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD 06/26/14".

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, yellow straw color with a one finger off-white head and good retention, the head eventually dissipated leaving a thin unbroken layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, slightly higher than average carbonation, there was a good amount of lacing present.

SMELL: bread, pepper, pears, grapefruit.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, there is an initial lemon citrus, then a mild pepper and pine hop profile with bread and yeast mixed in, to top it off there was a sour note at the end, very complex for the style, the 5.7% alcohol was almost imperceptible.

PALATE: this beer had higher carbonation and was somewhat creamy with medium body.

OVERALL: I really liked this beer and was a little surprised that a wheat beer could be this complex, I'm still trying to find a beer from Sierra Nevada that I do not like. I guess there is a reason these guys have been around for so long. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian style beer or wheat beer, will definitely buy this again. (1,097 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with a large whit head. Scent is very herbal with some lovely Belgian yeast and spice aromas. Some fresh baked bread and spicy aromas. A lot more than I was expecting in the hop department with this one. Taste is initially Belgian yeast-forward and spicy. Hints of clove and banana. Lots of hop flavors. Finish is spicy on the tip of the tongue, fruity on the back. Drinkability is VERY high. Mouthfeel is light, but spot-on for a white IPA. Overall, this beer blows Chain Breaker out of the water. This beer is much better than I was expecting. From all the white IPAs I've had, this one drinks a little more like a Belgian IPA. (656 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance:
Bright straw color, cloudy. Lots of fine bubbles rising. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Spices, peppery, coriander, a little tropical fruit, sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Spices and fruitiness throughout the taste, peppery, coriander, nutmag, banana, a little mango. Sweet bready malt. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, citrus-leafy. Finish is very crisp, yeasty, dry. Body is a little creamy, crisp, refreshing, dry, a little tangy.

Overall:
An excellent Beligan-style IPA. (505 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

BOD 111/14. Pours golden with a touch of haze. Outstanding head, lacing and above average retention. Light, but interesting, complex nose - grapefruit with tropical notes over a spicy background. Light medium body that manages to be almost creamy in texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The unique flavor profile is quite complex and well balanced. It begins with the sweeter tropical hop notes, flows into grapefruit, then takes on a spicy character. The finish is a well flavored light bitterness that is slightly astringent with grapefruit rind qualities. An excellent wit/IPA cross!! (634 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with light fruit and sweet bread aromas following. There are some bright citrus notes toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front here as well before orange and grapefruit hop flavors take over. Belgian yeast and bread flavors are present throughout before a lightly bitter but clean finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is crisp and drinkable.

O: A pretty damn good beer, overall, and my favorite of the mixed IPA pack. It has a nice mix of Belgian and hoppy flavors and is more drinkable than their session IPA. (702 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is real genius here, and this is further confirmation that sierra nevada is the best of the big boys, head and shoulders best. a white ipa, finally one without orange peel! they substitute lemons instead and to great effect, they really show up in the finish and give greater acidity to aid the refreshment factor of this brew. thats not the only interesting feature either, they use what they term dwarf hops, apparently more of a hedge set up than a tall vine system, producing denser clusters of cones according to the label. i dont know much about this, but i do know the hops are interesting in this brew, very punchy and citric, grapefruit and new zealand white wine come to mind, but so do passion fruits, nectarines, and sprite soda. a nice combo to say the least, and not solely confined the finish, but present throughout. wheat malt base is light in color and flavor, but creamy and frothy in body, just the way i like it. the label declared belgian yeast as yet another twist, but i dont get a ton of that. this is one of the few successful fusions of ipa and belgian wit though, where the belgian part doesnt trum the ipa or vice versa, it is truly in line with both styles. the yeast adds a higher carbonation level and dryness, but doesnt really do the whole fruity ester clove spice thing. more subtle, but highly refined. this is the beer of the summer so far by me! (1,388 characters)

Photo of hitter114
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 4way variety pack poured into stella chalice while spinning rubber soulive on vinyl... a great mix for a day off

A: I like how it looks... Unfiltered but clean orange with a nice white head
S: Can't knock a Belgian for smelling like a Belgian...yeasty clove/banana smell but with nice fruit upfront
T: I like how this one tastes as well... it is light but refreshing. Got Belgy tastes going on but it is nice and not overbearing. There is some nice tropical fruit on this which comes from a good hop bill, that distinguishes this from being a typical Belgian Wit ( which I think it leans slightly more towords than an IPA )
M: Light and spritzy goes down easy

O: I think this was a great beer, especially in a variety pack. I think a lot of people could get down with this one, beer geeks and beginners alike. It has aspects of both a Belgian wit and an american ipa, but neither are overdone. A nice harmony (916 characters)

Photo of greentam2
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very clean feel for an ipa, without any back bitterness. There are spicy flavors of both citrus and cumin in a full mouth feel that is not confused, but distinct and complimentary. The final taste is one you expect from an ipa, some lingering hops, letting you know you have tasted a beer that will leave you with sensory memories. (347 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a glowing honey with a frothy and thick greasy white head that faded into a sticky and rocky film. Sheets of bubbly thick clinging lace were left down the glass. Well retained head.
S: Tangerine, chalky yeast and orange juice, wheat, and herbal, spicy hops.
T: Very spicy hops with herbal, earthy, and dry hop flavors. There's a kiss of citrus rind and grainy wheat. The finish is lightly bitter, and the aftertaste is full of creamy wheat and spice. There is faint hints of clove and peppery hops as well.
M: Medium body, soft and tingly carbonation. Fluffy and clean mouthfeel. Drinks well.
O: Bitter, clean, and quaffable. Good creamy wheat, tons of unique spicy hops. Drinks well. (730 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz short brown bottle with a label done Sierra Nevada style which is always nice! Snow Wit Ipa's chosen picture is quite nice. Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - hazy yellow straw that absolutely glows in the light. Snow White head pours massive and graces the top of this body with style. Fluffy, and plump. Slow moving stick cakes to the walls of my pint glass. Yeast is present as there is some laying atop the massive head. Oh my! How I love Belgian inspired funk! Chunks of sediment floating near the bottom of this glass. Beautiful ale!

S - yum.. A little citrus and fruit up front. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of lemon. Belgian style yeast provides a nice funk to this aroma with Belgian spices and clove. Bready malt balances the nose very well.

T - much in line with the nose. Citrus and grapefruit hop notes, orange, lemon, soft ripe banana, clove spice, Belgian yeast and funk, bread malt. Just one right after the next in a nice smooth rhythm.

M - lower medium body and very drinkable. Nice texture and typical SN style thickness make this a very enjoyable ale. Mouthfeel was exactly what I'd look for in something like this.

O - a very nice offering from Sierra Nevada once again. Good enough to be in their regular rotation no doubt. But hey, most of their limited/variety pack stuff is good enough for that. One thing is for certain, this is a damn fine creation. Odd and different but extremely tasty. These guys never seem to lose a step when creating new bottlings. (1,514 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden straw with maybe a centimeter off white head.

Nose has some lemon zest with a white peppery character. Some raw dough notes as well. This may be more of a yeast character than anything.

Crisp bite initially on the tongue. Hits the tops of your mouth and leaves you wanting another sip. The bottle boasts dwarf hops with grapefruit and herbal notes. I get some zesty noble hop character with an herbal/flowery bit coming through but there is more pepper than grapefruit. Some clove character but this comes through fairly clean and leaves no real note of hot alcohol. The yeast really drives this overall.

Bigger mouthfeel than a typical IPA. From the hazy color I am guessing wheat was added which would also bring a chewier mouthfeel. This would be expected and it comes through well. Nice medium-bodied IPA.

Although this category is still developing, I think Sierra hit it on the nose. This comes through more on the Belgian side of the category. I like that the hops chosen were fitting to the yeast. (1,028 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the new 4-Way IPA case, PKGD 01/24/14
L - opaque, cloudy yellow colored ale with a huge, rocky off-white head that holds excellent retention
S - zesty, citric aroma with spicy, fruity Belgian wit yeast, mandarin, and grapefruit
T - nice zest of orange and grapefruit, a bit earthy and spicy, yeast, Juicy Fruit gum, coriander, white pepper, wheat
F - medium body, finishes fairly bitter and semi-dry
4 O - I like this one; I have had better ones for this unique and newer style, but I look forward to drinking some more of these as the weather warms up. I'm finding it to be very refreshing and delicious! (622 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer guru had picked up a variety pack from Sierra Nevada and saved me one of these. Good looking beer with a nice head and not overly clear. Good smell that and I liked the spice. Taste followed the smell, good and interesting. Definitely grew on me as I went. Overall is was a pretty good beer and one I would have again. (326 characters)

Photo of brunop
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as i am definitely not a belgian drinker, i'm not the best to review this brew. but from my limited experience this seems to be a very nice example of the style. or is there even a traditional belgian white ipa?

the aroma is the thing here.

this is one beer with belgian yeast i think i could drink more than one of. (318 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.