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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 lwillitz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Belgian ale glass

A - cloudy body of bright yellow under a 3-finger rocky head; visible carbonation is low

S - light grainy malts, Belgian funk (bananas & cloves), hint of lemon

T - bready and grainy, grapefruit/citrus, funk, herbal hops, plenty of peppery spice in the finish; pleasantly complex

M - solid medium body; carbonation is low to moderate, but prickly

O - Snow Wit is a respectable Belgian IPA. I'm still not the biggest fan of Belgian ales in general, but they're growing on me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up this single 12oz bottle at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pear yellow color with a huge 4-finger rocky white head. Good retention and nice lacing

Citrus and spice aroma with a bit of funky mustiness underneath.

Wow! Wasn't expecting the huge grapefruit hop taste right up front. Under the citrus there is a wheat malt flavor along with some peppery spices.

Light to medium bodied with some very spritzy carbonation.

Surprised this isn't listed as a witbier considering the name, but in any case it's very good, very hoppy, and a very refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of jpro
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from the 4-way IPA 12pk. Poured into a tulip glass...

A: pale, straw gold; hazy; one finger of white suds; no lace.

S: light citrus; Belgian yeast / peppery / cloves; orange peel.

T: light bready malts; Belgian character; nice citrus peel hoppiness - Sorachi Ace like.

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; good.

O: my favorite of the 12 pack; a nice white IPA; good summer time beer.

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Photo of juanny
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A wonderful coming together of India Pale Ale and Belgian Wit! A nice hazy honey-yellow color with a full creamy head (too full with my pouring skills). Smell is very wit-like with corriander zesty and a background grassy hop nose. Taste was ideal wit in my book, smooth lemony wheat with a strong kick of the end of corriander and pepper, along with a good burst of grassy hops. Fairly carbonated in the mouth-feel, light but smooth and drinkable. Totally nailed the wit for my tastes.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a wit: Pale gold beer, very cloudy, with a small head. Smells like a wit too: nice coriander, lightly curacao peel aroma, though a faint grassy hoppiness. Bitterness comes through very well in the taste, along with a lot of coriander flavor. Hop flavor is there as well, but restrained, kinda herbal, a little spicy. I like the coriander better, myself. Much dryer than a typical wit. Light bodied, appropriately.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little too fast into the glass and suddenly 80% of it turned to head and overflowed, be warned, so there's a huge white bubbly head, fades at a decent clip but still retains quite an amount, good amount of sticky lacing on the glass, a pale straw color with a bit of hazy but no sediment.

Smell is a mix of lemony zest and a slight touch of clove, not picking up much of a hop aroma, more yeasty instead.

Taste is fairly straight forward if considering this a Witbier or an underwhelming Belgian IPA, flavors are typical of a Witbier with a large citrusy presence with some peppery spice, hops are still quite lacking in any aspect and the only bitterness I'm picking up is the kind you might get from eating a lemon rind, carbonation is on the high end but it is much softer in the mouth than I would have though, finishes semi-dry with a lemon aftertaste.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow color with a small bubbly white head that has good retention

S- herbal hop with some citrusy notes, spicy and peppery yeast, slightly musty & earthy

T- Belgian yeast gives a nice peppery flavor up front, mixes of fruity and citrusy hops, some herbal notes with a hint of must on the finish

M- medium body with foamy and bubbly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and crisp finish

O- nice spicy yeast notes and very drinkable

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful, effervescent, orange-gold beer, this one is a great summer brew. It has a bright white head (lots of longevity) and lot of yeasty haze. Clean and hoppy aroma. Some citrus. The taste is moderately bitter and very herbal. Some soft, yeasty anadromous spice notes. Flavorful and solid.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the 12 pack from Market Basket.
Hazy deep straw color with a huge bubbly white head that makes it difficult to pour in one a single attempt. Aromas of Pepper and clove with hints of sweet light fruit and some yeasty earthy esters. The flavor has a bit more spicy earthy hop flavor than I found in the aroma that mingles nicely with the peppery clove and mild malty sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy bubbly mouthfeel. Nice WIPA a bit bubbly for my tastes, but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of TonyC
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Four Firkins snifter.

Appearance: Pours a nice looking, yellowish-orange color. A decent sized off white foam head, with okay retention. Good lacing.

Aroma: An absolute explosion of oranges upon first sniff. Some wheat in there as well. Hints of honey. A little bit of maltiness in there as well. Overall, the orange dominates.

Taste: First sip reveals an excellent balance of orange, lemon, and wheat. Bready malts. A little spice. Despite the good balance, it's got a relatively underwhelming taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a perfect amount of carbonation. Could've benefited from being slightly thicker.

Overall: A decent beer, but nothing to write home about. Well balanced, but as far as Sierra Nevada goes, this one can be left off their list of must-have beers.

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Photo of Shaw
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second white IPA, after New Belgium's Accumulation.

This one -- part of Sierra Nevada's 4-Way IPA variety 12 pack -- pours a lovely cloudy gold/straw in color with a tight, very white head.

Aroma of Belgian yeast and bread with notes of spices like coriander, though I'm sure that's an ester from the yeast, and not actual spice. A note of vegetables, too.

The taste is Belgian wheat, with a bright hop flavor and medium bitterness. I'm quite fond of it.

Lovely body with that wheat beer heft.

Overall another excellent beer from Sierra Nevada. Will it be offered stand-alone, or only in this mix pack? And will this mix pack be year-round or seasonal?

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Photo of watermelon
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint

A: Golden yellow body with a huge white head. Tons of lacing and retention.

S: Mostly faint citrus as well as some grassy hops

T: Spicy and citrusy with a fair amount of yeast flavor

M: Light with mild carbonation

O: Its decent I would drink it again but probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of silverking
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy gold with a thick pillowy white head. Lots of carbonation can be seen rising at a steady rate in the glass. Excellent head retention, spotty lacing.

S- it smells really light and fresh. It has a decent herbal quality and I think that I detect some coriander. It has a nice yeast character as well, a little banana and some spice. Overall though, the aroma is really light.

T- it tastes pretty damn good. Grapefruit, orange, coriander. There is a notable hop bitterness as well, and it carries right into the finish.

M- light, refreshing, prickly carbonation. It feels like a witbier.

O- pretty good, but strange. Nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into tulip.

A: a slight haze on a mostly straw yellow body. I actually wouldn't mind a decent amount more haze here. actually it is not that bad. plenty of conditioning yeast left behind in the bottle.

S: mild hop character in the aroma. a little bit of lemon. some fermentation aroma, but that is mild as well. I want more.

T: sweet and slightly tart? maybe that's just the wheat snap talking. a little sulfury. yeast bitterness into the finish. a little too much. grainy as well.

M: average carb on a medium-ish body.

D: not a bad stab at a wheat IPA, but it leaves me wanting more of everything. more fermentation flavor, more hop aroma and flavor.

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Photo of chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at 41 F poured into a tulip. 015 14 C2 0735 or 012414C17:18 is the bottle code.

Pours cloudy, pale yellow, small white head, dissipates slowly. Lots of fine carbonation. Smell is Belgian fruity with a nice crisp hoppy character. Some banana.

Taste is mild Belgian wit, bananas, citrus, some piney bitterness.

Mouthfeel is effervescent, but not very notable. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Swirled up the dregs in the bottom of the bottle, so the pour into my Sam Adams lager glass was a hazy bright yellow with rocky white head that persisted. Smells of orange, coriander, grapefruit and wheat. Very bright and citrus like. Tastes orange like and citrus forward. Soft hop flavors that scream summertime like citrus, orange, pineapple, melon, etc. light and easy drinking. Soft bitterness that plays nicely with citrus and seemingly acidic fruit notes.

I first tried this in late winter/early spring and did not like it. Now that it's Memorial Day and temps have started hitting the high 80's, I'm really starting to dig this. Refreshing on a hot day, it certainly quenches my thirst. Now I had only wished I had the others left from the 4-way IPA case.

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Photo of Mojo
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - light gold. slightly cloudy with a big two inch foamy head. Retention is pretty good, and lacing is above average.

S- Lemon is the dominant note with floral and earthy notes as well.

T - Very citrus forward with a sweetness that is fresh oranges and a big lemony presence. The finish is dry with a mild bitterness.

M - average carbonation, not much of an aftertaste

O - easy to drink, fairly tasty.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 013114 at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of lemons
Head large (7.5 cm), rocky, white, most diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing nearly complete rings of small to medium bubbles, some gaps present
Body light yellow, hazy from sediment
Flavor begins slightly bitter with a soapy taste. It ends slightly sweet, but a chalky aftertaste appears. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, with soft carbonation

At 5.7% ABV this seems very pretty weak for an IPA, but maybe I’m just used to DIPAs. The flavor is not very good, with a little soapy taste along with the lemon, sort of like lemon Joy, but not so pronounced. The dwarf hops make small addition to the flavor but at least overbalance the malt. Maybe it’s just the age (I had to go to MI to find this mixed 12 pack), but I won’t be buying any more of this.

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