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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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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

01-30-2012 03:04:08 | More by jfcaa193
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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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rab53

Washington

2/5  rDev -42.9%

12-07-2011 02:35:11 | More by rab53
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Cyclon

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +42.9%

12-01-2011 23:04:35 | More by Cyclon
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barnzy78

Illinois

3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-01-2011 03:00:50 | More by barnzy78
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-29-2011 19:54:38 | More by brandoman63
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bob727

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-21-2011 06:40:30 | More by bob727
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-15-2011 20:39:13 | More by ROGUE16
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rrryanc

California

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-14-2011 21:15:55 | More by rrryanc
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.69/5  rDev +5.4%

Had a cloudy, darker than usual wheat appearance. Somewhere between amber and dark yellow. Aroma was fruity for a pale wheat beer, enjoyable.

This one had flavor, even a degree of nutty flavor in a wheat beer. Slight hops, stayed away from typical lemon flavor, this one had more of a very slight orange and pepper to it. Not over the top by any means. Balanced and with a good deal of malt and wheat to hold its own. Might not be your girlfriends favorite wheat beer, but this one is just one of the good three wheat beers Sierra Nevada makes.

Ah, the old wheat debacle on BA, not barrel aged, not rare, not high abv = ratings slump.

10-02-2010 15:14:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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pugpresley

California

4.05/5  rDev +15.7%

No way they retired this beer. One of my favorites, I loved that beer. What a bummer. I hope the reconsider, or people make enough noise. This beer, to me, was along the line of the porter, stout, pale ale. Like a standard. Man that sucks. Why did SN retire this? Not enough sales?

09-29-2010 06:11:44 | More by pugpresley
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taster is the same , citrus and spices coming through, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

09-25-2010 16:51:31 | More by tone77
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zachary80

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

This SN is a straw color and had a head that dissipated very quickly; the beer leaves no lacing as I sip it out of my pint glass. The beer is very clear and I'm not getting the "unfiltered" part from it at all. The smell isn't too far off for a wheat beer but it seems to have a sour bit to it. The taste is similar: a little sour added to a very basic wheat taste. Overall this beer isn't something that I'd want to buy again. A mediocre review for a mediocre beer.

04-04-2010 21:12:16 | More by zachary80
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womencantsail

California

3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +8%

served in a weizen glass between 45-50 degrees
Appearance:
pale yellow color that is slightly cloudy, a great puffy 3-finger head, lots of tiny bubbles, moderate lacing left

Smell:
floral, fruity, sweet smell, slightly of citrus...all around appeasing!

Taste:
a faint lemon taste, faint grass notes? that's the problem...everything's too faint to pick up on

Mouthfeel:
you can feel the small bit of carbonation from the very first moment the beer hits your tongue and that feeling remains the same throughout, almost seems watered down...

Drinkability:
great! the low ABV and non-offending taste really make this one easy to down

Thoughts: Not bad but I was hoping for more flavor out of this one. It's not what I would call refreshing (say for the spring or summer months) or heartwarming (as one would want for the fall or winter months) beer. It's definitely better than your average American Lager but for higher grade
brewers...it's just about average.

02-10-2010 07:06:51 | More by Buckmaister
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ryanonline

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +29.4%

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.

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.8/5  rDev -20%

A- Pale blonde hue, 2 finger creamy head that reduces quickly, lacing good.

S- Nothing of note to me, some sweet candied fruit, maybe apricots

T- Faint floral hop notes, citrus, all very faint

M- Spritzy and refreshing, although watery

D- To be honest, disappointed, lacked depth in character and flavours. Watery backbone makes it refreshing although forgettable

11-28-2009 22:49:36 | More by seanyfo
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merryjoulton

Arkansas

2.65/5  rDev -24.3%

Pours a slightly cloudy stark goldenrod yellow with lots of fizzy bubbles and a loose fitting head that dissipates quickly after a vigorous pour. It tastes and smells as though they were trying too hard to make this taste light and in doing so neglected to include any flavor in the final product. Just seems like something is missing in this one.

11-24-2009 07:59:14 | More by merryjoulton
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jgbuff

Wyoming

4.58/5  rDev +30.9%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

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

California

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%

I thought this bottle might have been old, but then I checked the code on Sierra Nevada's website and found that it was bottled on Saturday, March 28th at 2:52pm. Sounds fresh enough to me.

Poured into a 12oz. weizen glass-thingy. It's the only kind of beer glass available at Happy Garden in Chico.

Appearance: I was kinda surprised when I first poured this one: it was crystal clear! That ain't no unfiltered wheat ale! I then realized that it needed to be swirled first. Oh... right, yeah. That looks better. Okay, so once I poured it correctly, this is what it looked like: cloudy, orange-gold body with a soft, white, frothy head. Good height and retention on the head, and decent lacing too. Nice.

Smell: Prior to the swirl, the nose was mainly lemon with wheat more or less in the background. The swirl intensified the wheat aroma, and added some effervescent spiciness. All in all, pretty bland and simple, but smooth.

Taste: Lemon and grassy hops dominated the pre-swished flavor profile. That's not what I should be scoring though. Following a proper pour, whole grain wheat loomed large. Lemon and grassy hops were still strong as well, producing a tart and bitter bite. Maybe a little too much bite. I can't say I was a big fan of SN Wheat's taste, though it was better than the other pale wheats I've had.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp with a clean finish. Body was well-balanced and not too full. The tartness and bitterness mentioned above should probably be mentioned here also, as it gave the beer a sharp nature. Still, not too shabby.

Drinkability: I'm simply not a fan of American Pale Wheats, but this one was the least offensive I've had. If you're a fan of the style, give this one a try while you still can.

08-27-2009 20:29:46 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -2%

Pours an almost transparent, yet slightly hazy deep golden with a 2-finger white head. Good retention & surprising amount of lacing.

Scent subtle--is mainly wheat with some lemony citrus; light fruits. The taste is rather bitter, there's sour citrus & herbal hops along with lots of wheat. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated, dry.

This is a very drinkable Pale Wheat. It goes great with Mexican food. Too bad it was retired, but I think the Kellerweis is a superior brew.

08-13-2009 03:12:01 | More by theghost3
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kenito799

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Medium golden brew with decent head and some lacing. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, swirling nd adding lands a lot of haziness to the brew.

Aroma is fresh and tart, wheaty. Flavor brings a nice sour tanginess that is simple but very drinkable. A bit heavier than many wheat beers, and there is some bitter hop notes that make thi brew feela bit schizophrenic--a whea with hoppy American ale aspects creeping in. Still, the overall effect is quite good.

08-01-2009 03:56:46 | More by kenito799
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morimech

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a large white head that had decent retention. Quite a bit of lacing is also left on the glass. The aroma... what aroma? Sadly it is sorely lacking. Just a weak malt aroma and a ghost of a citrus hints. I probable gave it a higher score than I should of but at least it was not offensive. Thing come back to life in the flavor. Solid wheat flavor with citrus hints and even some hops come into play. The hops give some grassy and floral input. Finishes dry but has a bit of a unappealing aftertaste that lowers the score. Light body and lively carbonation that suit the style. A nice low ABV drinker. Nothing spectacular but also nothing off putting either.

07-22-2009 21:13:28 | More by morimech
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RickS95

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +5.7%

Looks like grapefruit juice, only cloudy; minimal head.

Hops present in the nose, masked slightly by the wheat.

Smooth, dull taste...you get hops, but like in the nose, they are gently subdued by the wheat.

There is slight carbonation in the mouth; a touch of bitterness gives way to a slightly sweet finish.

This is a nice-tasting, lowish alcohol beer that you could easily drink all night.

07-18-2009 19:08:54 | More by RickS95
Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.