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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
80
good

442 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 442
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%


Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 11-17-1998)
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bethebean66

California

4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my absolute favorite beer from Sierra Nevada. I still have a couple stored away, never to be had again, but to create a memory to hold onto.

What has always been my favorite wheat beer, this was far superior to their current filtered wheat (Old Chico Crystal Wheat).

I'm longing for the day that Ken and Brian decide to bring this one out of retirement, even if just for the Chico community. One can dream, right?

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:46:26 | More by bethebean66
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jgbuff

Wyoming

4.58/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great tasting Wheat Beer, this is by far the best american wheat beer I have tried. It's not made with spices. Just wheat, barley and some hopps. Very smooth wheaty taste, with a good hopp after flavor. Does seem a little bitter at first, but that passes after a couple swigs. If you like coriander, lemon, honey, orange, in yur wheat beers then stay away. This is more like a German import.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 18:45:14 | More by jgbuff
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ryanonline

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange yellow with a large white head, when swirled. no substantial lacing.

the smell is citrus with berries and a slight piney hop aroma. maybe a little caramel malt.

taste is citrus up front with a nice lightly bitter finish.

mouthfeel is spritzy and clean, light bodied.

a lot of wheat beers are very filling, but this one seems to not run into that problem.

really good beer, an excellent example of the style while making a lot of improvements where a lot of other American wheat beers fail, largely, in balance and body.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 01:30:07 | More by ryanonline
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a yellow golden color with a large four finger head that settled to a half inch of white frothy foam. nice fruity wheat malt with a slighty pepper ending. medium to thick mouthfeel and carbonation is good. great tasting beer, plan to have some all summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 23:20:51 | More by billybob
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usmittymc

Mississippi

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy yellow/ gold that poured a nice bubbly 1.5 finger head that reduced to a nice lacing

S: Hoppy nose for a wheat. Nice fruity and spicy.

T: Nice malt presence on the entry with a nice citrusy hop presence in the middle that lingers through the end. Slight yeast taste on the finish.

M: Substantial mouthfeel due to the fact that this beer is unfiltered. Nice and crisp.

D: This is a perfect warm weather beer. Low alcohol, nice hoppyness that really quenches the thirst. An excellent wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:54:19 | More by usmittymc
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JArami

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sierra Nevada Brewery doesn't call this brew a Hefeweizen like Harpoon, Widmer, and even Sam Adams Boston Beer Co boast. Hefe's are more bready, more yeasty, and much sweeter than these American contenders. Most importantly, a true Hefeweizen is German. Why would these other breweries reject the American-ness of their beers for a name that invokes imported hype. Beats me. This is now my favorite American Pale Wheat Ale. It has something that the other don't: Hop presence.

A: Straight up liquid gold with an unfiltered slight cloudiness and a formidable white, rocky head.

S: Hops! Cascade for sure. Makes sense, but uncommon in American wheats.

T: A refreshing wheat backbone graced by a pleasant pine and grapefruit tinge from the hops. It's sweet and crisp, and the hops are not over bearing. Not as much citrus as you would find in others, but leaves the lemony smoothness in the end.

M: Awesomely smooth, great amount of carbonation, the hops leave the mouth clean and dry, definitely not sticky.

D: New session beer for sure. I could drink this stuff all day, and all year. Very smooth. Surprisingly unfilling for a wheat beer, which is quite the opposite of its body and flavor.
Brilliant!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 17:48:28 | More by JArami
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mrsoul12

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this beer in the bottle from the local store. A good session wheat beer. A good gateway beer for non craft beer drinkers. No single flavor stands out. Balanced and easy drinking. Light straw in color. All of its faults are more faults of the style i.e generic flavor, super clean yeast character, or lack there of.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 17:38:38 | More by mrsoul12
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depechemode1983

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type - 12oz bottle

Apperance - pale cloudy golden straw color with decent white head and little lacing

Smell - bitter pungent smell. a little bit grainy with light hops and faint malts

Taste - bitter hops taste with little malt...hops over powers malts. very bitter

Notes - i love this beer.. perfect for a hot summers day..very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 08:29:44 | More by depechemode1983
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AtlasBrew

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Unfiltered, hazy, golden straw color with a nice white lacy head typical of a wheat beer.

Aroma: Nice citrusy aroma, probably from the hops, with just a hint of a spicy yeasty aroma.

Flavor: Sweet grains up front, citrusy taste with a spicy yeast flavor and a mild bitterness that increases as it dries. Medium mouth feel.

Overall: Very nice wheat beer, very drinkable, good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 07:09:41 | More by AtlasBrew
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Andreji

Colombia

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! i've been focused in the north east but snatched this baby up in a small-time market in the fulton area in NYC.

Pour is cloudy golden with light head and some lacing, it's very light toned and seems a distant cousin of those witbiers from bellgium.

the smell is beautiful, a sweet popurri of dry herbs and spices bursting through a wheaty background, quite inexplicable. so is the taste, which very fruity and herby somewhat tea-like. soft hoppy finish with a medium body and nice carbonation make it tasty but still refreshing.

All in all this is top, worthy of trying anytime.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:56:12 | More by Andreji
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time with this beer

A- Vivid carbonation makes for an active head on top of a golden-amber hazy-clear body

S- Smells like everything a wheat beer should be. Malted wheat dominates with subtle citric hop flavors noticeable along with a classic brewers yeast.

T- Tastes like it smells. Lacks a filling malt taste that I like in my pale wheat ales, but qualifies as a session brew with it's light, background flavor qualities

M&D- Like I said in "Taste", this is a session brew that is so smooth and drinkable it may be the new water. Smooth carbonation

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 04:08:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My personal favorite from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Pours out to an exceptionally beautiful golden yellow color with perfect carbonation and a slighly floral and fruity aroma. Evenly balanced, complex flavors that are very crisp and direct. Tastes of wheat, hops and a touch of bitterness. Finished very clean and crisp. An amazing beer overall, highly recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji loves this brew. He especially likes the foam from when I over-pour the beer. This dog has great taste in beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 00:00:31 | More by Frozensoul327
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating of any kind, pouted into a hefeweizen glass. I swirled the sentiment and poured it as well.

Appearance: Pale yellow color, slight haze appeared once the sentiment was swirled in. The head poured thick and generously, then faded quickly into a lace.

Aroma: grassy and spicy overall, just a hint of hops.

Taste: Very clean overall. A smooth wheat malt is present up front, with some hops in the middle. The finish is sort of lemony.

Mouthfeel: Excellent. I'd call it medium, not too strong, not too weak. Carbonation balance is good as well.

Overall: Simply a marvelous brew. Very clean and refreshing. They don't get much better than this in the states. I'd put it on par with Harpoon UFO, which is my favorite of all American unfiltered brews. If you like wheat beers and have never tried this, you're missing out.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 02:32:10 | More by FenwaySquid
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very distinct wheat beer. Like other SN brews this one is hopped to the limit of the style. The spicyness of the hops is a refreshing change from the sweet yeasty flavor of most good wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2002 09:17:34 | More by beernut7
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Poser

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very hazy pour but it's too homogenous. Pale yellow. Wheaty aroma with some spices. Goes down smooth with a light texture. A touch watery in the mouthfeel, but that makes it a perfect wheat beer in the summer. So smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The lemon is very subtle in the aroma but comes through in the finish.

I know what I'll be buying when it starts heating up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 23:59:01 | More by Poser
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GreenWBush

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally the weather has turned, so its time to get back into 'smaller' and more refreshing beers. No "need warmth" excuses anymore! In lieu of SN's Summertime lager, which I find a decent but overpriced prize I decided on SN's Wheat.

This one pours out a shockingly 'macro' appearance. When you pour the entire beer in the glass, you are happy to see a few twinges of amber. The head was surprisingly small for the style, and though their was a lace, the appearance isn't as enticing as most 'authentic' weiss beers.

The nose is all clean grain with a slight swipe of citric hops.

The taste is shockingly simple, true, and delicious. I miss the banana, clove feel of most non-American weiss beers, but the Chico yeast goes well with the style. Super refreshing. Even got a few hop burps in there as well.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin for SN, but pretty big for a common weiss beer. Enjoyable. The aftertaste is very "Two-Hearted"esque.

Overall another immaculate product from SN. Sure, it isn't spot on the style but I wasn't expecting it - as this is truly the American interpretation of the style.

I could drink these all night, and this eve, I just might.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 04:26:36 | More by GreenWBush
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada- Wheat

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- hazy yellowish orange with a thick head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Light fruit. Peach and Grapefruit with a light cereal wheat aroma.
Taste- Grapefruit hops blended with a peach/ apricot fruitiness. Malt appears in the back end.
Mouthfeel- slighty bitter but finishes off crisp and malty.

Overall- a delicious summer offering!

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 20:48:03 | More by NJpadreFan
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AshevilleSippin

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short Version:
Very smooth and refreshing. Almost crisp with dominant wheat flavor and excellent balance. Wonderful finish with sky high drinkability.

Details:
This beer was suprisingly good. Fresh and lively. It poured clear and fizzy with a 2 finger snow white rocky head. Very boisterous carbonation.

Light yellow with the clarity and color of an american macro lager. Then I swirled the last 1/2" of the bottle and poured it through the head. Watching the two tango and meld into a homogeneous cloudy masterpiece was scintillating. The aftermath color is white-ish creamy yellow. Maybe a tad golden.

The smell is light and fresh with grassy herbal hops dominant. Some lemon hints.

The taste is remarkably refreshing. Light side of medium bodied. Dominant wheat malt up front. Light bready notes. Shortbread maybe. Still the herbal thing going on. Grass mabye.

Taste is sweet and mellow. Some hop bitterness showing through giving enough balance to keep it multidimensional but not enough to rob it of its refreshing qualities.

Lacing is present as I drink but it doesn't hang on the glass long. Seems to drop back into the beer or evaporate off the edge within a minute or so of each drink. Looks nice for awhile.

The finish rounds off soft and pleasant. Aftertaste doesn't differ much from the mid-palate taste.

Makes me thirsty for another. This is definitely 'six-packer on a sunny day' material. Very good stuff. I'll buy more of this for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 07:09:58 | More by AshevilleSippin
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ralree

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Really cloudy, lots of sediment. Dark yellow. A decent 1-finger head that recedes slowly.

S: Flavorful, fruity, lots of sugar in the malt. A little wheat.

T: Flowery and fruity flavor with lots of spices. Tastes really good - would be even better with some lemon. Aftertaste has hints of wheat, and is very clean. No alcohol detectable. Not cloying at all as I thought it might be from the smell.

M: Medium-bodied and non-astringent, with good carbonation (just slightly more than I like).

D: Drinks like a dream - very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 03:10:04 | More by ralree
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oelergud

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy pale sunny body with a white rocky head. Great retention and lace. Moderate carbonation.
Malty, flowery and lightly spiced scent.
Taste is very good and similar to the smell but more complex. Hops come through in the aftertaste followed by mellow caramel malty flavors.
Good mouthfeel and coating.
Highly drinkable and yet another reason why Sierra Nevada enjoys such a well earned reputation.
This is a great candidate for a summer session beer. Tasty, refreshing and low ABV.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 18:16:11 | More by oelergud
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ndekke39

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a bottle of this after a hot summer day of work. Oh, yeah...

Decanted into a pint glass. Slight haze. Straw color. Frothy white head that descends into a consistent ring of lace around the glass.

Nice wheaty smell to it. Light malty backbone. Hints of lemon and orange.

Good citrusy wheat flavor. Nice and light and clean. Touch of hops in the finish - good balance.

Pretty light bodied, good carbonation.

This is a very drinkable summer beer - nice clean flavors, very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 02:44:14 | More by ndekke39
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Dannyt

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. short brown bottle into pint glass.

This pale gold/straw colored brew had a minimal amount of crisp white head, which almost immediately dispersed.
The aroma was of wheat (imagine that) and more subtle grassy notes, with that trade mark Sierra Nevada finish.
A crisp wheat flavor is what is immediately present, almost a sweet alphalpha like finish followed up with the subdue hop bitterness.
A low carbonation and a nice medium body make this a great hot day beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 15:53:25 | More by Dannyt
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden straw color with a moderate off-white head and good carbonation. NIce grainy wheat aroma and yeasty notes. Grainy and yeasty flavor. Light-medium bodied and refreshing with a lightly bitter finish.

A nice summer session beer.

Label states "Malted Wheat and 2-row malted barley"

($6.49 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 10:45:29 | More by RBorsato
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WesWes

New York

4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a really fruity wheat scent that is sweet and kind of dry. The taste is good. It has a nice wheat flavor with the addition of hops to make it original, although it works against the style. It is fruity and slightly bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer that is adequately carbonated. This is a good wheat beer. I can't figure out the poor reviews. It's light, full of flavor, and has hops, which I love. I think it drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 23:02:03 | More by WesWes
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice head decent retention
Smell: nice alcohol on the nose. Wheat is strong. Hops are citrusy
Taste: Bitter for a wheat ale. Still balanced, though.
Mouthfeel: thcik on the palate, crisp and refreshing
Drinkability: a nice beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 22:47:46 | More by jasonjlewis
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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 442 ratings.