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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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194 Reviews
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Reviews: 194
Hads: 1,168
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 28.19%
Wants: 18
Gots: 188 | FT: 0
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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Reviews: 194 | Hads: 1,168
Photo of smanson56
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer poured a light orangey yellow color in my snifter glass. A nice foamy white head on top.
The nose is mostly an earthy bready type of aroma. Not much of a hop aroma that I could find.
The taste followed the nose for the most part earthy bready with almost a little funky (a slight Brett like taste possibly) even though they list it as having a Belgian Style yeast. There is a sharp bitterness to the finish of this beer.
The mouth feel is smooth.
To me this a beer that needs to come in a mix pack as I could see no way I would ever buy it again on it's own. I guess when 3 out of the 4 beers in a mix pack are good you just got to live with the 4th. Perhaps they should have called this something other than a white IPA.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian beers are not my thing, but I love SN and had to give this a shot. Look is a very hazy light golden orange. Too light to look like OJ and too dark for lemonade. Small white head that leaves excellent lacing. Smell is that typical belgian funk with a light piney hop present. Taste is much the same, very belgiany, but not as overpowering as many other beers of this style. Feel is light, crisp and very drinkable. Overall not my fav style, but this is a decent take on it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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."

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

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!

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Photo of leantom
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About the lightest golden you can imagine from an IPA, with only flecks of orange at its darkest, capped by snowy white head.

Bananas, spicy cloves, hoppy on the nose - most definitely a Belgium of sorts, though there is something a bit acidic that leaves a great deal to be desired.

Similar to the nose, with a focused unique hops spiciness and acidity coming through, as well as ripe bananas.

Low carbonation, but still spikes the tongue and accentuates the cloves and spiciness within.

Nothing of this beer says "Snow" to me other than the marketing to position it that way - just as timely as a spring seasonal as anything. Not wrong with the beer, but nothing great about it either.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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

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Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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

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

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.

An excellent Beligan-style IPA.

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Photo of Das_Reh
4/5  rDev +6.4%


Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A = Cloudy pale straw color with 2.5 finger billowy white head. Streams of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. There is a ring of yeast around the bottom of the bottle, and in true Belgian style, is swirled and mixed for added flavor and aroma. Lacing is foamy and thick.

S = Sweet, floral and fruity, heavy on the citrus. Notes of bread, orange, and a peppery spiciness linger on the nose.

T = Citrusy hops compliment this well. Grapefruit, orange, and a hint of something tropical, perhaps mango. Crisp and light, bready and citrusy, with just enough hop bite to round things out. Very tasty and refreshing white IPA.

O = A good example of a white IPA, certainly recommended. Crisp, refreshing, and good to the last drop.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Pours out a hazy gold with a thick white head. Belgian spicy yeast is the biggest thing I pick up in the nose. Light citrus of the hop aromas mixes well with the witbier base. Tastes yeasty with citrus and coriander notes. Hops add a punch of bitterness, but the hop flavors get muddled with the wit characteristics. Mouthfeel has a light prickliness, but it is fairly creamy and full. This is pretty good, but lacking more hop character for a white IPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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!!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours clear gold with a fading head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian yeast, light floury wheat along with spicy, earthy and herbal hops.
Flavours include more spicy Belgian notes, herbal and spicy hops, light malt character and an assertive but not aggressive bitterness.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Sam Smith pint glass. The beer is a hazy straw with a fluffy white head.

The beer has an aroma of grains, a bit of tropical fruit and a hint of citrus. Not much of the spice you get in the nose of some wits. Maybe the dwarf hops overpowered them?

There is a bit of coriander/pepper in the initial taste. There is some juicy fruit gum like tropical flavors and grains. I like the touch of sourness in the back end.

The mouth is sprightly with aggressive carbonation.

This would be a change of pace beer for me. There is nothing wrong with it at all, it just isn't really in my wheel house.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is about as high a rating you will ever see me give to a wheat beer. I hate them in general. This one is pretty good and I attribute the hops to this to give that rancid wheat beer taste some kick. It was light in color, but the hops were there and made for a well balanced brew. I got this in a mixed 12 pack. Apparently every store in my area is running amazing sales on Sierra Nevada right now, I guess awaiting the Beer Camp. Which, is an amazing idea, but so far I have not been overly impressed. I am giving it a true chance though. This one is good. And from me that's a bold statement. Not that I am an expert, but I generally hate wheat beers. So, take it as you will. Those who don't like wheat beers but IPA's give this a try, those who like wheat beers you may still get something out of this. Hell, it may get you out of your wheat beer challenged world into some big boy beers!

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Free beer from a friend.
I poured this into a borrowed chalice.
The appearance was a gentle hazy white to yellow to orange color with a slim fingered white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was speckled and glazing all over the glass.
The smell had a decent amount of coriander and light sweet to bitter citrus and orange peel.
The taste followed the nose in pretty much every aspect but added a nice sweet lemon to it.
The mouthfeel had a nice sharp sweet rolling spiciness to my tongue. I really liked the texture.
Overall, I say this was a good Belgian IPA I could bang again.

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Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A slightly hazy golden orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, lemons, Belgian yeast, somewhat earthy.

T- Lemon, grapefruit/citrus, peppercorns, earthy/piney finish, Belgian/Saison yeast.

M- Smooth, crisp, light to medium body.

O- Overall a nice enjoyable white IPA, yeast works really well with this beer. Easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of marshmarsh
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - pale orangey gold with a thick white head

s - clean lemon and grapefruit

t - complex lemon flavors, woody, and light. Citrus linger. Good amount of hops, but doesn't ruin the Wit flavor or overpower it.

m - moderately full, nice coating in the mouth lingers

o - I really like this style, this is a very good American made Wit, and the hops make a great addition to the style. The flavors are refreshing and complex.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-hazy yellow straw color with one finger of off white head that dissipates to 1cm.

S - Grapefruit and lemon are at the forefront of the aroma. There is a hint of Belgian yeast.

T - Grapefruit hops are prominent, followed by lemon and a hint of orange. I taste a good amount of Belgian yeast. There is also a smooth wheat flavor. This is somewhat dry and slightly bitter.

M - Thin-to-moderate body with moderate-to-high carbonation. It's crisp and refreshing with a nice citrusy aftertaste.

O - A pretty good hybrid of a Belgian IPA and witbier. This is great for the summer, as it is light and refreshing without being too bitter.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 11, 2014.

Pretty typical looking cloudy pale yellow pour with a big white, foamy head that lingers and leaves lacing in the glass.

The aroma is fascinating with its mixture of white Belgian spice and malt characters intermingling with a subtle but noticeable citrus hop sensation.

A pretty good light to medium body with a kind of smooth texture to it.

The taste has a definite grapefruit-like and citrus hop bite to it along with those Belgian spicy and toasted caramel and biscuit. But it is not the usual grapefruit flavor. It resembles a grapefruit-cantaloupe mashup. But not in a bad way.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden-orange hue with plenty of haze and a finger of frothy white foam atop. Not too bad at all!

Smell: sweetish, with a slightly funky and grassy character, kind of like a saison. Hops have a light character of tropical fruitiness which really round out the aroma. I like it.

Taste: a little bit more of a mess than the aroma, but still good. There's sweetness and graininess from the malt, a bit of funk and a hint of tartness from the yeast, and a moderate bitterness and grassy, herbal hop character. All over the place, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, well-integrated carbonation and a huge, satisfying creaminess. Ba dow!

Overall: an interesting beer. Not sure if I'd go out of my way to buy it again, but I will definitely finish the few I have left.

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Photo of qchic
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Part of the 4 Way IPA pack:

Hazy orange-yellow with modest off-white head. Some citrus and Belgian yeast spice. Tastes different than other white IPAs--maybe it's the experimental dwarf hops? Hops are herbaceous and the yeast keeps it so dry. Hints of pineapple and grain in the finish. Not my fave example of the style, but not a chore to drink, either.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"You don't need a magic mirror to see the lure of this beer. It's brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. These hops are so called because of their uncommon growing method- shorter hedgerows rather than tall trellis systems- that yields a denser heap of cones with unique flavors that diverge from their full-grown botanical counterparts. Snow it is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops, giving it a complex grapefruit and herbal hop character accentuated by spicy notes from an authentic Belgian yeast." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. Available exclusively in the 4 Way IPA variety pack, in 12 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Sierra Nevada tulip glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an off-white creamy frothed head over a hazy straw yellow amber body. Carbonation is sparse and modest. Retention is good, lacing is moderate and curtained. 4.25

(Smell) Mildly bitter hops with a moderate grassiness, fruitiness alongside a cracker and pale malt body. The yeast profile lends a mildly dry, floral and spicy nose to the aroma. Altogether it's a fairly mild and approachable aroma with a nice balance of hops, yeast and malt profiles. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) Cracker and biscuity pale malts with a floral, fruity and mildly bitter hop profile. The yeast profile generates a dry, peppery and zesty flavor, not too much unlike a milder saison. Very easy drinking and sessionable without an overly assertive yeast profile, it's very well balanced in flavor and light enough to enjoy more than one. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, mildly chewy, slightly dry. Carbonation generates a moderate frothiness for a mellow frothiness and a touch of zip. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is just about even. Alcohol presence is very light, off characters are minimal. 4

(Overall) I like the subtlety of all the flavors in play here- they all work together collectively to build a complex but mild mannered White IPA. Very drinkable and enjoyable and I recommend giving this and the 4 Way IPA pack a try. 3.75

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's
Snow Wit White IPA

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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.