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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

445 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 445
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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Photo of Jon
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

SN's wheat offering pours a cloudy yellow with a rocky white head, which soon dissipates. Notes of lemon peel, spices and west coast hops are present in the nose. Taste is similar, with more focus on the wheat and lemon peel. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and the beer finishes rather clean. Easy to drink, this would be a good summertime quencher. It certainly has more character than the SN Summerfest, and I like the fact that this beer is unfiltered.

Jon, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of hyuga
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a pure white sticky head. Subtle aroma of hops, grain, and a little banana. Refreshing taste of sweet grainy malt and crisp hops. Hops are a bit lemon-like in the middle of the palate. Well balanced and light bodied with a bitter citrus finish. A bit light and lemony for my taste, but still a good refreshing beer. Seems like it should be a summer seasonal.

hyuga, Oct 16, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly "Chill Hazed", golden in color, the head is white, frothy, long lasting and the lace in sheets. Nose is earthy, sweet, malt, clean and crisp. Front is malt sweet, the top light, the finish is dry, moderately carbonated, lightly hopped and a drinkable but not a great beer. Ranks #907 on my current 1000 beer masterlist.

Gusler, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden in color with the normal wheat haze. There is some spiciness to the flavor, but, the wheat flavor in this beer is not over powering. A very good wheat beer for any time during the year. Introduce this beer to your friends never have had a wheat! This would be a good starter.

BeerManDan, Sep 25, 2002
Photo of Riggo
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow, cloudy/hazy appearance. Good head retention. Nose is fruity and slightly citrusy, but more akin to pineapple than, say, lemon. There is a fresh, subtle aroma that can best be described as having a "sea air" quality. Good, silky smooth mouthfeel. Exhibits a very good balance of hops and malt; one of the greatest balances of these two elements I have tasted. A very drinkable beer with the soft malt taste of a wheat balanced with the cleanness of the hops typical of this brewery though by no means as dry as most Sierra brews. This wheat beer is more American than Bavarian in its shying away from the richer banana/clove notes and its reliance rather on a clean and drinkable balance of soft malt and crisp hops. A nice, mellow summer refresher from Sierra.

Riggo, Sep 10, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy medium gold color with a nice off white cloudtop head that retains fairly well, decent lace. Aroma of malt with strong botanical notes and some spiciness. Flavor begins with sweet malts, hops assert themselves towards the middle of the taste, finishes with citrus notes and mild bitterness in the aftertaste. A refreshing and very drinkable beer.

Pegasus, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color. Moderate white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal carbonation and a citrusy/flowery sweet aroma. The flavor was lemony citrus. There was longlasting flavor and full mouthfeel. The difference between the wheat beer and German style hefeweizen eludes me. I prefer the German hefeweizens to this, but not a bad beer.

ryanocerus, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of BeerBob
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer pours a light hazy but still transparent yellow from a 12oz brown bottle.
Head forms nicely and dissolves to a thin cap with thin ring around the glass.

Nose is wheat with floral hops and palate is a thin carbonated wheat with floral hops.

Sierra Nevada has a number of top notch brews in its stable, sadly their unfiltered wheat Beer is not one of them. While not unpleasant, there is no umph to this wheat Beer... no hutzpah.

BeerBob, Aug 09, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly chalky, golden body. Plenty of carbonation visible. SN Wheat sports a thick, creamy white head that has excellent retention, and leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Nice aroma of mild wheat malt and a bit of lemon blend with some hop spiciness. Refreshing brew. Fairly light wheat flavor with lemon dominates the taste. Some hops, mainly noticeable in the slightly bitter finish. Carbonation gives it a slightly rough feel, but leaves a slightly oily feel afterwards. Overall, this is a great brew for these dog-days of summer. I wonder why they brew Summertime? I guess I'll have to try it to find out!

Viking, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of frank4sail
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wheat malt and citrus (lemon) nose. Golden color with a nice white lasting head. Very, Very clear for an unfiltered beer. Smooth malted wheat taste with a thurst quenching slightly bitter (hop)/lemon/tart finish. Nice full mouth for a wheat. Slides down, nice and easy. Very clean tasting. I love this as a summer selection.

frank4sail, Jul 02, 2002
Photo of doerickson
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as cloudy as I expected, considering that it is unfiltered; pale golden coloring. Hoppier than other summer wheats, and gets less drinkable as it warms (i.e. don't bring it out in the sun for very long, as I did). Solid, but I didn't think it was outstanding.

doerickson, Jun 01, 2002
Photo of beernut7
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.

beernut7, May 26, 2002
Photo of Murph
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pale straw color with a nice fluffy white head that stays around well. Smell is of spicy hops. Wheat shows up on the tongue first followed by a nice yeasty taste which fades into a nice subtle hoppy flavor. Very crisp and refreshing which makes the beer highly drinkable. A very nice summer brew, will taste great cooling me off on a hot day.

Murph, May 16, 2002
Photo of aracauna
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice foamy head, but the big streaming bubbles make it look a little like a golden-beer colored soda. Starts off bitter, but then ends up a little biscuity. Towards the end when it warmed up I noticed a slight chemical taste that I didn't really like. Not sure what it was. This seemed a little bitter for my tasted in a wheat beer. That and it's really hard to be impressed by a filtered wheat beer in my opinion.

aracauna, May 10, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color w/ a very slight haze. Topped w/ a dense well - retained head. Knock SNPA down a couple degrees lovibond and you'll have this one. A bit of wheat tartness and a touch of grassy, herbal Spalt hop nose, but not much at all aroma-wise. Light bodied w/ a an agreeable mouthfeel. The hop bitterness is above the norm for style and the subtle noble hop flavor adds to the drinkability. The finish is a touch tart w/ mild grainy notes. It's certainly the least impressive of Sierra's brews, but there are more insipid "wheat" beers out there.

marc77, Apr 16, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice big white foamy head, that stayed for a while. Easy floral smell, some yeast, but alot of florals as well. Not as as much yeast or doughy as other wheats. Alot of hops noticable for a wheat beer. I was hoping for a bigger yeast taste. Very balanced and very easy to drink. Like all Sierra Nevada beers, very enjoyable. Good enough to drink another one.

StevieW, Apr 11, 2002
Photo of Jordan
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The wheat really comes through in this brew. Also sticking to Sierra Nevada tradition, there is a strong hops presense as well. Nothing much happening on my nose, very faint leafy hops scent. A golden amber cloud in my glass. Expected more from Sierra Nevada. A bit bitey at start finishing soft. Enjoyable.

Jordan, Nov 21, 2001
Photo of John
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American (weak) wheat beers in general don't offer enough of anything to make them worthwhile IMHO. This one unfortunately is no exception.

John, Oct 10, 2001
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid wheat. Very mild hops with the barest hint of floral/citrus notes.

Brent, Jul 11, 2001
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle, red label. Its being unfiltered is touted throughout the labeling.

Appearance: Thick, sticky, clumpy, rocky white head that reduces to a creamy white lace. Cloudy (due to its being unfiltered) pale/straw in colour.

Smell: Herbal, slightly spicy hop aroma.

Taste: This is a smooth beer. The malt is rich with mouthfeel and chewiness, while the hop flavour is well balanced, starting with a crispness which is aided by the wheat -- going a bit lemony towards the end. Finishes clean and refreshing.

Notes: Without a doubt, one of the best American Wheat Beers available. 4.4% abv.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 17, 1998
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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.