Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev 0%
Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus, earth, spice, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a fairly underwhelming aroma, but the taste has a nice balance of citrus forward hop and Belgian yeast characteristics.
03-04-2014 03:52:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
Resting upon an armature of Belgian Wheat Ale, its doughy and spicy undertow is perfectly suited for the experimental hops that push the beer's bitterness into the IPA stratosphere.
Its heavily hazed appearance carries the expected yeasty haze from the Belgian side of the fence, the protein of wheat from the Wit, and the hoppy haze from IPA. This beer's clarity simply didn't stand a chance! But leave all that in if it comes at the sacrifice of filtering out its flavor. That unfiltered character ensures a creamy and liquefied head that creates a calderon of froth to outlast the session easily and laces with random specs along the way.
The beer's scent of Witbier is paramount and not-so-subtle. Its bright and tangy citrus character from wheat and yeast is elevated with citrusy coriander and overt orange peels. But even that character is kicked into high gear with hop aroma- tangy grapefruit, tart lemon, lemon pepper, fresh-cut grass and damp straw all weave into a bready and citrusy matrix.
Snow Wit's flavor opens with the taste of fresh baking wheat bread- doughy, cracker-like and rich with direct vegemite. Its subtle sweetness is lightly of sugar cookie before trailing off quickly- favoring hops at middle palate. That's where hops start its citrus dominance: white grapefruit, dried oranges, lemons, tangy green berries and green apple carry a fruity tone across a spicy balance of white pepper, soft coriander, sassafras, and fresh-cracked black peppercorn. All that concludes in an effortless finish of bitter grass, pine and citrus pith.
Lighter in body than even your average IPA, the beer's dry texture is much more attributed to its Witbier infrastructure. What starts creamy and with only hints of sweetness quickly dries considerably and leaves the hop dryness, spiciness and smug astringency to liven up the finish with peps of alcohol warmth for a minty-peppery sensation.
With whatever convergence of highly hopped Witbier could be imagined, Sierra Nevada might not have hit a home run, but it definately made it to the warning track. Its a highly rewarding beer for fans of hops and Belgian wheats and just might challenge both onto the other side of the fence.
03-06-2014 06:22:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.79/5 rDev +3%
I guess this is a night for Belgian IPAs. My third this evening.
A decent and easy drinking version of the style. Nice citrus tones with a minimal earthy edge and some sweetness as well. I could deal with a bit more hop influence. But what's here is nice. Could go for several of these over a night.
04-11-2014 04:24:55 | More by RblWthACoz
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, wheat, citrus, floral hops and light caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with some grassy hops bitterness followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
05-21-2014 03:19:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.01/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-18-2014 05:07:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.91/5 rDev +6.3%
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
03-20-2014 04:47:49 | More by russpowell
3.84/5 rDev +4.3%
I picked this up in the 4-way mix pack - enjoyed chilled from the 12oz into a tulip.
The color is hazed golden and a somewhat peachy appearance with light creamy foam with thick 2 finger depth...lace clings in a film. The smell has a light belgian yeast character with subtle spice and mild citrus aroma the hops are present with mild wheat malt and a hint of hops accenting with a mild hint of lemon ester. The feel is very good with moderate carbonation and slight spiciness up front with smooth wheat in the feel with moderate bitterness and low alcohol influence on the palate.
The taste hints at citrus and coriander like a wit with some mild yeast flavor and a moderately bitter hop with complimentary citrus accent with mild wheat tang along with the belgian yeast with a peppery accent as it finishes on the dry side. Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer, very nice balance of the wit style with an IPA..the abv is within range for a hybrid that very made.
03-15-2014 23:40:58 | More by Slatetank
3.79/5 rDev +3%
Pours a nice large pasty white fizzy frothy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with lots of frothy lacing, very hazy tan golden color.
Nose starts like a wit, lots of grainy toasty wheat with mild spices like coriander, faint touch of banana, a mild citrus orange peel like, grassy, little lemongrass and hay, with a mild grassy lemony like hop. the wheat brings a mild creamy note as well.
Taste is more of the same, but citrus takes off first, with a mild orange peel and come mild orange juice added in, into a little lemon grass and grassy hay like wheat, a bit of a creamy wheat with mild grassy but grainy flavors. Also a hint of coriander and spices, zesty spring spices with straight up dried orange peel. Hops also bring a little grapefruit pith and zesty citrus rind, with a little lemony grassy note as well. Fairly bitter throughout but not a lot, with the finish turning the bitterness up a notch with more grapefruit rind and lemony notes, little sticky but dry, that long lingering rind bitterness like I bit a grapefruit rind 10 minutes ago and it won't go away.
Mouth is med to lighter bod, little creaminess, lots of fluffy carb.
Overall OK, not bad, but nothing too special, another one that's not really my style, usually wheat based beers are not my forte, but the hops seem to blend well with this, nice citrus, grapefruit pith, rind, lemony notes, grassy, all around goes together nicely. Just that long rind bitterness on the finish is a little difficult to get through.
03-30-2014 21:53:36 | More by jlindros
4.19/5 rDev +13.9%
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!
04-30-2014 03:44:24 | More by StonedTrippin
3.8/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours clouded yellow with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.
The smell is a mix of grapefruit, lemon-flavored bubblegum. Different - but, it works.
The taste is of sugar-coated grapefruit and lemons. Grapefruit and lemon bitterness and tartness stand out over the sweetness, though the sweetness does stand strong, giving it balance. Herbal notes come through as it progresses to give it a unique added complexity. The American hops and Belgian yeast strain work well together, in a unique, satisfying way. Finishes with a refreshing bitterness, reminiscent of sugar-coated grapefruit.
There is ample carbonation without being fizzy. Smooth and pretty creamy.
This is a fairly complex brew. Sophisticated but very drinkable. It has a certain unique quality to it. The blend of American hops, the malts and the Belgian yeast strain all work together to make this a hoppy, delicious drink!
03-19-2014 19:21:50 | More by jwc215
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Large, white head. It settles slowly with plenty of lumps, both on the glass and in the froth itself. The liquid is very cloudy with a gold color.
A bit sour and a bit like stew aroma wise. Not my favorite.
The flavor is a step up. I can detect the Belgian lace as it shows up in the front of the taste. Plenty of biting hop in the swallow. Low level of carbonation on the above average body. There's a bit of cream in the aftertaste, otherwise it's all black pepper.
07-04-2014 23:06:04 | More by smcolw
2.6/5 rDev -29.3%
PRESENTATION/INFO: 12 fl oz bottle with uninteresting label art and branded brown pry-off pressure cap. 5.7% ABV. Reviewed as an IPA. Acquired as part of a 12-pack variety box at my local H-E-B Grocery. "Brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops."
Side-poured at fridge temp into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, TX.
No bubble show forms as it's poured.
HEAD: Two fingers in width. White in colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Recedes fully within a minute and a half, leaving no lacing. Pretty unremarkable overall.
BODY: Murky nontransparent yellow-copper with straw hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears overcarbonated judging by the overabundance of bubbles. Fizzy as hell. Subpar vibrance. It's even a bit weak and watery looking.
Overall, it's a below average appearance for an IPA, but I'm optimistic. Far from unique or special.
AROMA: Crackery malts. Floral hop notes. Belgian yeast notes, including biscuity character and clove. Flaked wheat. Starches. Herbal hop notes. Not real citrusy or juicy; I'm not a big fan of this hop profile based on the aroma. It's not the clean straightforward hop aroma I was expected. Pale malts are actually less prominent than flaked wheat here, which helps lend the beer more of a Belgian style vibe.
No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.
It's a pleasant aroma of above average strength, but isn't particularly remarkable for the style.
TEXTURE: Overcarbonated. Slightly coarse and dry. Unrefreshing. Medium bodied. Has too much weight and heft on the palate for the lack of diverse and deep flavour. It feels a bit stale. Poor presence on the palate. This texture makes the beer seem reticent and doesn't suit the style well.
Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.
TASTE: Has an odd almost farmhouse-esque lemongrass twang accompanied by some muted citrus. Coriander? Sure. There's ample flaked wheat, some pale malts, and a pretty restrained hop profile - vague floral character, herbal notes...and that's about it. Hints of Belgian yeast include clove and biscuity character. It's surprisingly starchy and even crackery for an IPA. I'm not digging the hop profile, and it doesn't play well against the malts.
Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration.
Pretty simple for an IPA, lacking much in the way of intricacy or nuance. It's not a subtle flavour profile by any means, nor is it gestalt (or even cohesive). It's a scattered brew, but it isn't a mess. They're trying to muck about mixing an IPA profile with a witbier profile or something, and it's clearly not working. I applaud the experimentation, but this isn't well executed or balanced.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Downable but forgettable. Another mundane Sierra Nevada brew. I wouldn't go for this again nor would I recommend it to friends. I get what they're after, but they didn't hit their mark. While it hides its average ABV decently, it's far from the most drinkable IPA out there. Offers little to the discerning drinker.
04-28-2014 02:19:46 | More by kojevergas
Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.