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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
80
good

443 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light colour, with white head, and no smell for a wheat. Rather astringent ( "real") lemon sour off taste. Lightly hopped, smooth, oK carbonation, but forgettable.Had about two years' later and while less sour it was still acidic and bothered my teeth.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 20:01:15 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev 0%

01-20-2013 04:11:38 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly murky golden amber with a small number of larger suspended bits and a great deal of vigorous carbonation. The beer becomes considerably more cloudy when the final few ounces are added. The head is large, is a shade darker than pure white and is surprisingly sticky. The middle remains elevated as it drops first at the edges, leaving a respectable amount of lace behind.

The nose is subdued and is rather bland. Not much malt--just a little untoasted pale wheat--and almost no hops. The flavor is interesting and I can't decide yet if I like it. It definitely tastes wheaty, like liquid wheat bread. There also an understated hoppiness that's growing on me as I drink. Maybe just a hint of lemon as well. The mouthfeel isn't what I'd call crisp, but it is clean and just short of dry.

Sierra Nevada Wheat isn't a world beater, but in the end, I found something to like. It did a great job of quenching my thirst after the round of golf that I just completed. It may not be as impressive as some of the other SN brews, but I will most likely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2004 23:36:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a bit of an enigma to me. I had never actually tried it before last night apparently. I thought I had but after the first sip I new I would have remembered this one. It poured a clear bright golden amber with a nice white fizzy and fluffy head on top. This faded quickly and left behind only some token lace and lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Smell was full of yeast and fresh cut grass, lots of wheat as well, with a touch of banana and a bit of lemon. That can pretty much describe the taste as well. It had a light body and amble carbonation, and a very bright taste. There was definitely a lot of wheat in there and the yeast was giving it a bit of a tartness that I had not had before. I would have remembered this flavor as it was quite unique. A really cool interpretation of the style, I thought it went very well with a chicken dinner. It is pretty sessionable, though the flavor might wear on you after a while. Overall this was more then a decent offering, but I would not go as far as to call it a favorite. It was good for what it was, but not really my cup of tea. Still worth a shot as I am sure you can find it around.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 00:51:18 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a white/yellow color slightly hazy beer with a quite large foamy white head with good retention. Aroma of weak is lighter then expected with subtle hops that are also discernable. Weak taste of wheat with a slight touch of bitter hops, which don’t really fit in. Carbonation is just incredibly high which I don’t mind for the style. Overall, I guess this is just a bit boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 19:56:17 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good American Wheat beer. Usually timid and undercut in comparison to German Wheats, this beer proves to be of much better quality than is usually expected from American brewers. Quite saison-like in the aroma with scents of wheat, citrus fruits, cloves, malt, and paw-paws. Not quite as intense as the bananna and bubble gum aromas of Germans, but pleasant and crisp to the nose. Flavors show very similar qualities, but with a mild dirty flavor and emphasis on the crispness. The texture is mild, but never waters; just remains crisp and clean throughout. The finish is very clean with a lingering citrus / hop flavor and a spicy / peppery follow-up. Though I still prefer good German Wheats, this one is certainly better than any American rendition that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 04:31:52 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy light golden orange color with a finger's worth of white foam which dissipates into a thin layer and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is somewhat fruity and sweet with some mild hop notes present as well.

T: The flavor has a moderate bitterness with a fruity and citrusy quality that's refreshing. Overall, though, the flavor is not very intense.

M: The beer has a nice crisp carbonation but the body is a bit thin.

D: Definitely an easy drinking beer, and actually better than most American wheat ales, but still not one I'd look for as a regular beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:55:04 | More by womencantsail
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

01-23-2014 03:06:58 | More by jaydoc
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oberon

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely light yellow with a nice big fluffy head,aromas are pretty off here almost skunky very grainy,very unexpected.Now the flavor doesnt have the same characteristics as the aromas thank god,very grainy and slightly lemony but more on the toasted grain and wheaty malt flavors.Beer goes down easy it has flaws but is drinkable,would be a good summer quaffer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 21:24:39 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus and clove.

T - Tasted of a good dose of wheat. Also, had some nice spice. There was a citrus/corriander flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good wheat beer. Yet another good product from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 04:18:12 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-14-2012 19:36:35 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the benchmark by which all American wheat beers should be measured. It pours a surprisingly clear golden body until the yeast swirl is added, clouding it and adding an orange-ish cast. The short and creamy bright white head collapses shortly but is easily revived with a simple swirl of the glass. Left unattended to, it still maintains a thin creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses a distinct wheat character with some mild fruitiness and softly citrusy Cascade hops. The body is light and refreshing, enhanced by a spritzy, very fine-bubbled carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor displays a mildy tart (low pH) and lightly sweet and bready wheat malt that's backed by a firm bitterness and infused with a gently citrusy hop flavor that appears quite lemony. The finish is dry with a dull lingering bitterness and some mouth-coating astringency. Refreshing. Tasty. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 17:14:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of wheat along with a little bit of pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of wheat, lemon and light malts. There’s a little bit of sweetness and a mild hops presence, but the wheat flavors ends up taking over in the end. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, it’s a nice beer to drink for a while, especially if you want something light, however there are many others that I would choose first within the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 02:33:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly hazed, pale , straw-yellow appearance. glistening cap of snow-white foam atop, solid, but settling assuredly.
Aroma: lemon zest, orange peel, a hint of spice, but over-all smooth and pleasant.
Nice citric bite at the fore, tingly hops, then all is soft and palatable. Good wheat texture in the mouthfeel, hits the back of the throat amiably. Banana meets orange in the flavor, with a hit of lemon at the side.
Quite refreshing, and a very welcome addition to my fridge now that the temperature is climbing up there.
(Summer in Minnesota, the best 2 weeks of the year!)

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 01:45:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first came across this beer I was suprised to see that Sierra Nevada made a wheat. The first thing I thought was yeah it has to be different. This unfiltered bottle conditioned wheat beer pours with a magnificant white head, and has a deep golden hazy hue. The aroma is filled with a hint of hops, and citrusy undertones.However, the yeast that pours in almost overbears the other aromas in this beer. A long lasting head that leaves a nice heavy lace, as the glass empties. Overall, the taste wasn't what I was expecting. This beer just doesn't work for me. It's not bad, but I cannot stand behind this American version of a great style. A nice carbonation from the bottle conditioning, but overall the flavors don't seem to go well at all. The bread taste is to thick and overbearing for this beer to be truly enjoyable. Not a beer I will go after again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 18:21:26 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw/golden with a 4 fingers white head. Minimal head retention & no lacing

Smell: Slight fruittyness & grassyness then malty wheat

Taste: Lemon & malty wheat up front. Dryness & grassyness follow,. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Medium with effervesence

Drinks too easy, a pretty good american wheat ale

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 03:48:22 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE. Poured chilled from the stubby 12oz into a mug.

A - A cloudy pale amber w/ more golden hues at the edges w/ 2 1/2 fingers of bone white w/ a small bead. Good lacing appears and clings on the sides of the glass

S - A crisp wheat nose w/ mild floral and subtle sweet odors w/ hints of citrus fruit

M- crisp, again I know, but in texture w/ mild sweetness and high carbonation and somewhat light medium body w/ a clean dry finish

T - A great fresh taste of wheat w/ mild malty nuttiness and crisp citrus undertones, mild lemony flavor w/ a hint of hop in the pepper-like background. Very malt forward in the residual taste w/ creamy wheat flavor and mild floral hop w/ nutty wheat as the last sips w/ subtle tang of yeast.

D - I found this to be refreshing, flavorful and balanced w/ clean flavors and could be the best American Pale wheat I have had, Unfortunately it is no longer made.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 20:15:31 | More by Slatetank
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded, more like hazy, pale yellow with a thick white head that slowly descends to a thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is very mild - a hint of wheat with a light, slightly musty, citric note.

The taste is of wheat tang with a hint of lemon. A bit of sweet with a bit of tart. Mellow. Finishes crisp and dry. Light-bodied and a bit fizzy.

A hot day's thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 01:17:52 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy gold color. Smells of a light lemony tartness with a bit of fruitiness, overall very faint in the aroma department. There is a nice pale head to this one. Tastes sharp, lightly tart. Fairly clean wheat beer, with no strong flavors. Has a bit more taste than your average American wheat beer though. Nice refreshing example of the clean American wheat style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 16:49:49 | More by Gueuzedude
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slippery lace on the glass. Nearly pure white head. Nearly clear--unusual for a wheat beer. The color is straw yellow.

Crisp and slightly wheaty. There's a bit of metal in the background.

Interesting flavors: the metal shows up on the initial sip. This is a dry beer without much wheat to the taste. Faint apricot. The hop shows up at the swallow.

Overall a good thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 16:57:00 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy light yellow, with a full white head with good retention, looks a lot like a witbier.

S: Lemon zest and rind, pepper, yeast, light hops.

T: Citrus juice, lemon along with wheat malt. Later some hops, come out with a similar profile to SNPA, though not as strong.

M: Smooth and light, but with too much excess carbonation which I didn't like to much.

D: Solid wheat beer that is relatively cheap. Drinkable, could have again if I'm in the mood.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 03:37:15 | More by Halcyondays
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GClarkage

California

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy gold pour with little yeasties floating around. Smallish head and very light lacing.

Smell- Smells fairly hoppy for a hefe. That's about all I smell. No cloves or banana or anything.

Taste- Hmmm, hefe this is not, but it makes for a pretty good hoppy pale ale! Decent amount of hops in here. Very little wheat taste.

Mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Hate to knock the beer down a little because it makes a good pale ale. But a hefe, it is not. No cloves or banana or the like. Good brew, but not as a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 23:39:05 | More by GClarkage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TomDecapolis for this...
Appears a hazy light gold with a small white cap that fades into a small fizzy collar.
Smell is of citrusy lemony wheat with a touch of cream.
Taste is of citrusy dry wheat. Reminds me a bit of the Widmer Hefe. Could it be the same Uerige yeast strain?
Mouthfeel is dry, with a clean, mildly lemon tartness.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 13:38:40 | More by weeare138
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy unfiltered orange/yellow color with a decent creamy white head. Smell is clean and crisp with very a faint citrus aroma. Taste is much like the smell in that it is an extremely clean and crisp tasting beer. There is some orange and maybe a little grapefruit in the taste to go with a subtle wheat flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 08:52:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.