Snow Wit White IPA | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Snow Wit White IPASnow Wit White IPA
Snow Wit White IPASnow Wit White IPA

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 202 | Ratings: 1,198
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two bottles, one poured into a mug and the other in a pint glass. The appearance is basically the same color between the two - hazy yet somewhat clear golden color with an adequate amount of carbonation seen rising. The head is the same in both glasses - it rises with a foamy current just a tad above both glasses and then falls into little valleys here and there. A nice amount of thick foamy lacing clings to both glasses. The smell is the same in both and has some light tropical fruits such as pineapple and orange pervading through some light spicy hops. The taste is spicy yet sweet and also adds the elment of bitterness all combined wonderfully to have a great smoothness all around in the flavoring. There is a slight bitter yet spicy aftertaste and leads to a quick dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a medium on the body with a fairly defined harsh quality on the carbonation of this beer. There is a somewhat light sessionable quality to it that could be fair with its respected food. Overall, is this an AIPA or a Witbier? In my opinion, Sierra Nevada has taken two styles and made a wonderful combination between the two.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Chicago (5/27/17): Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Bottled 11/5/15. Pours golden cloudy yellow with a puffy white head, mild carbonation. Aroma of hops, citrus and wheat. Taste mild citrus, nominal hops taste. Light but carbonation holds. Overall OK offering, somewhat different than the Belgium IPA offering this beer is categorized.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is pine, earth, hops.
Pale yellow appearance. Good carbonation.
Taste Harsher taste than sierra nevada nooner. Pine, sap. Mineral.

Just OK.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very hazy orange color with a white soapy head that was somewhat creamy in thickness.

Kind of a vegetable smell with some hop notes.

Taste was an unusual bitter hop flavor with a note of sourness on the finish.

The mouth feel borders on the medium with a wet finish.

This is an unusual beer that states it is brewed with seven varieties of experimental dwarf hops. I think this adds to the unusual taste as the normal pine and floral hops are not to be found here. I find this to be an unusual and quite unique beer that stands alone.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one surprisingly solid brew. And not because Sierra Nevada doesn't do great things, but rather I didn't expect this much hopping in wit style beer to be such a great combo! This beer pours a clear golden/orange *unless you swirl the bottom yeast loose...with a dense 1.5 finger white head on a controlled pour. The smell of the belgian yeast and hops comes through at the first whiff. The first part of the taste is a black pepper hop bit that slides into the spicy sticky belgian yeast goodness that I love! The body of this beer is very good and and I highly recommend. A wit with a kick!

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Photo of jopezu
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very cloudy peach color with a large, foamy head. nose; smells like a saison! belgian yeast, banana, citrus hops & bubble gum. taste; belgian yeast, grapefruit pith, banana, white peppercorn, citrus hops & some light apple/pear sweets. coriander & gum on the aftertaste. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. yeast funk builds to an artificial & dirt taste. this seems like a sierra nevada pale ale and a decent belgian farmhouse in one. no exceedingly high marks in either area, but a nice aside.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a big frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and leaves plenty of thick lacing.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast, lemony citrus, herbal almost woody, biscuity malt, and a hint of light sweetness.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, some spicy and floral notes, maybe a little pine, earthy herbal dank, mild Belgian yeast funk, biscuity malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, kinda creamy.

O: The last time I had this one it was straight out of the bottle and I wasn't a fan at all. Today given a proper pour it's really grown on me and I'm usually not a big fan of Belgian style anything.

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Photo of brewale4me
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance Yellow with a slight haze. White fluffy head. lots of lacing.

Aroma grape fruit and the earthy Belgian yeast.

Taste Banana clove bubble gum and citrus fruit. It is a Belgian ale so you get the wet horse blanket yeast taste.

Mouth feel High carbonation.
I would recommend any one who likes an IPA and Belgian give it a try.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear pale yellow, white fluffy head that degrades into a ring; tons of lace. Smell is peppery, a bit of bitter earthy hops. Flavor gives more attention to chalky herbacious yeast, bringing out flavors of oregano and peppermint. The pepper bit is still there. Supremely dry, but none of the quenching hops flavor or bitterness. Highly carbonated.
I don't think the brewers even knew what to make of this. Is it Belgian or an IPA? The telltale sign of confusion is when a brewer mentions 'experimental hops'. The smell was promising with a good strong note of spicy pepper, but the flavor focused more on the construction material (drywall) notes, and the hop flavor never came through. It's pretty uninspiring, but not enough to make me stop buying their mixed 12 packs.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer hits the glass in a hazy, straw yellow color. A small and dense, frothy head forms and retains a little bit with just a little bit of lacing. When you take a whiff of this beer, the impression is somewhere between Belgian white ale and IPA. Banana and clove are prominent up front before some mild to moderate hop bitterness kicks in. The hops are mostly a light, pine bitterness.

When the beer hits the tongue, there is some confusion for my taste buds as to whether this is a hefeweizen or an IPA. Clove, coriander, and banana-like esthers mix with mild, citrus hops to provide a unique overall flavor. On the palate, this beer is moderately carbonated and easy to drink. The combination of hefe and IPA provides for an easy drinking beer.

Overall, this is really a unique take on a white IPA. There are plenty of hefe qualities and still enough IPA qualities to make it appealing to a hop head.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky blonde color with a towering soapy white head. Leaves generous flecks of lace.

Near perfect marriage of yeast and hop in the nose. That sharp note so artfully hushed by the softness of wheat. Stale barley behind the rest of it.

Upon the taste I have to say I've had far better Belgian IPA's. But this isn't the worst by any means. Some sharp citrus notes (namely mandarin orange surfaces) meet with stale pine stabs/discarded grapefruit rinds; the yeast and wheat take a back burner but still manage to deafen the loud bitterness somewhat. Notes of pepper and quite a bit of coriander also surface. I could have taken more Belgian inspiration here on the palate.

Feel is creamy like a wit, but still zaps the palate with hoppy zing. A delicate electricity, if you will.

Overall this beer comes across as half hearted and very muted. Snow Wit is a beer I will pass on in the future. It's not terrible, but similarly priced, styled, and available beers like Accumulation and Isolation completely destroy this one.

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

Sierra Nevada Snow Wit IPA.

The ' other ' beer I haven't had in the snow pack. SN does well with IPA style beers but I don't think I have to tell you that. Bought it for the coffee and got this as well. Not sure what to expect so I guess we'll see what we get.

Look - Hard poured from the twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very tripel /wheat ale looking murky yellow with a two finger rather white head that sticks around for quite sometime before dying down to a thick finger of cap amongst the nectar. Small bits ot sediment also seem to be floating around. Carbonation is moderate. The lacing is low though sticky.

Smell - The fruit esters are highly apparent and it comes off as far more Tripel like than ipa like. The hops are rather subdued an the nose doesn't have much more than your typical solid Belgian minus the alcohol they sometimes bring to the party. The wheat are all there as well.

Taste - Bubble gum comes through quite a bit in this profile and the hops make more of an appearance but once again they take a bake seat to the Belgian flavors. The aforementioned wheat doesn't come back and it picks up where the scent left off in terms of the esters. Malt in minimal and nearly nonexistent in this brew. Spicy aspects come through on the back end.

Feel - The feel on this brew is moderately thick with a high level of cold and nearly cutting carbonation. There is a high level of cream seeing as the head is still a very thick cap of froth. Flavors turn a bit more hoppy in the mouth and the wheat comes back.

Overall - This beer is a perfect example of why we have ratings in quarter increments. A straight 3.75 across the board. A bit weird if you're a casual ipa drinker but a pleasant brew nontheless that brings something new to the table. As always, grab one and try it for yourself. May keep the other two around a while an see if they change..

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Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Beer pours a slightly hazy golden copper in color with what appears to be heavy carbonation based on the fact that there are a ton of bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. Head is very tall even with an easy pour and frothy in appearance. Head dissipates very slowly to a isolated rockiness by the end. Head is white in color. 4/5

S - Aroma is very typical of a pale ale with notes of banana, clove, and Belgian yeast dominating. Also prevalent in the aroma is citrus rind and a bit of white bread. 3.75/5

T - Banana and clove comes out right off the bat along with a peppery spiciness that transitions fairly quickly to a cereal malt and buttered biscuit notes. Grapefruit and citrus rind come in on the back end after the malt and there is a lingering bitterness upon swallowing that stays around for a while. 4/5

M - Decent carbonation burn up front and at the end of the tasting. Light and crisp throughout although somewhat smooth and creamy in the middle. Medium bodied IPA. 3.75/5

O - Nice flavor transitions and interesting combination of mouthfeels lead this to being a very interesting IPA. Yeast to malt to hop transitions are obvious and pronounced. 4/5

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Photo of ordybill
4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The Appearance is a murky light orange with a large white head. The aroma is chock full of citrus, coriander and cloves. The taste highlights the wheat and citrus flavors. Overall and very nice beer from SN.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Mad Elf snifter. Packaged 11/5/15

Pours cloudy yellow with a health finger and a half of foam that coats the glass. Aroma is banana yeast and citrusy hops... smells like a hoppy wit.

Flavor is nice - there is banana/clove up front, moderately sweet middle, and a lightly bitter finish. Nothing mind-blowing here, just a well-made beer.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opaque honey-amber, with layers of suspended filmy particles swirling and mixing themselves into the general cloudiness as I move the glass around. Whitish head, thick, fine, fluffy, and delicate with retention hard to beat for just about any style, and chunky lacing mostly around the rim of the Spiegelau IPA glass I brought out for the occasion. Smells like a Saison, spicy, dirty, but with the addition of a chemical aroma in the background, like burning old, cracked rubber. I don't think this is an off-quality. It is neither overly strong nor unpleasant in this bouquet. And this beer is fresh and has been kept cool. Zest and weak lemon tartness, clove, coriander, tea leaves, marjorum, melegueta flavors. I honestly don't know what people mean by banana and bubble gum. Closest thing to that would be cloves, and then a breadiness that is almost lost in the balance. It's a little more herbal and a little less fruity or peppery than I prefer, but it is still very good. Finish is rindy and soapy. Right on the border between light and medium, with plenteous finer, gentler bubbles that are about as fun to pop as bubble-wrap. Extremely drinkable for how dirty and soapy it is.

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Photo of matcris
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

LOOKS: Yellow/Amber from aggressive pour into Nonic Pint glass. Pillowy off white 3 finger head that lasts all the way down the glass, and leaves a killer lacing. Lots of small bubbles.
AROMA: Smells like bubblegum, banana, cloves, banana bread. Can't pick out any hops over the smell of the yeast.
TASTE: Very mild flavor as far as the banana/yeast qualities go. A little bland. A nice bitterness throughout the sip.
MOUTHFEEL: Lots of carbonation, which I like in this type of beer. Medium light body, very dry.
OVERALL: Falls a little flat in the taste. Delivers a nice amount of bitterness but everything else is quite subdued. Glad I tried it, not my favorite by a long shot from SN.

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Photo of Ottoj55
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer started with the wonderful cloudy yellow and white head I expect from a wit. Then it proceeds to screw it all up. The aroma is a hellish blend of phenolic Belgian character and American hops. It tastes like bananas, cloves, bubble gum and hops, a terrible terrible idea. The flavors all fight each other for attention. The mouthfeel is average for a wit, and terribly cloying from an IPA, WTF? A bad idea. Sierra Nevada should stick with what they do well and stop ruining other beer styles.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Clear straw golden color, with a creamy white head and nice lacing on the glass

Smell: Grainy, some belgian yeast, lemon and a little grassy hops, also some dank hops

Taste: Lemon and orange, some graininess, a light bitterness, Belgian yeast

Feel: Light body, medium carbonation, not overly bitter

Overall: More reminiscent of a wit than a ipa

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale gold pour with bright white head; minimal cap and good lacing. Spice and clove nose. Very clovy flavor; a little citrus and a little hop bite; clove finish. Moderate carbonation and lite mouthfeel. Clove dominates the linger.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Semi Cloudy deep gold. White frothy head. Smell of sweet citrus. Slight yeast. Slight pine. The taste is the same as the smell. Feel is effervescent. Will drink again.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer. I like that light-golden look and the slightly hazy look which gives a slight gravity feel to the beer. The taste is definitely not what I was expecting though.

Though it's made with several hops and has the bitter factor to label it as an IPA, the taste and smell are absolutely like a Belgian Wit. Though there are many good wits, its not quite what I expected in this beer. Wits seem sweet, fragrant, and very light. Whereas IPAs I picture as heavier and a little more pungent.

Though I see this labeled as a Belgian IPA, which makes sense because it IS and IPA just sweeter and less pungent, it does not poses the same taste profile I expect from a BIPA. BIPAs are a little citrusier and tend to have a unique twang and subtle malty or sweetness in place of the abundant bitterness of other IPA styles.

Overall, a decent beer, but not quite what I was expecting.

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Photo of hophead723
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I grabbed a "Snow Pack" from Sierra Nevada, with three of these in it so I had a chance to try it and give it a review.

Look: Cloudy golden yellow color, soft white head with solid lacing, and a steady rising flurry of carbonation make up this beer's excellent appearance. It does look like a traditional wit.

Smell: This beer has a very complex and amazing aroma. First, there is a nice fruity, hoppy mango sort of flavor followed by all the characteristics you would expect from a Belgian Wit, with orange and coriander alongside providing a bit of sweetness. There is also a solid amount of esters from the yeast in the aroma.

Taste: Grassy and tropical hops, mildly dank, sweet orange peel, dry granny smith apple, coconut water, a touch of coriander, and a sourdough-like flavor at the back with a Tripel-reminiscent complexity. A lot of interesting and unique characteristics from both the hops and the yeast.

Feel: Medium body, smooth, dry and mildly bitter at the end. There is an oily lingering all over the tongue from the well-executed dry hopping with experimental dwarf hops.

Overall: I love it when brewers use experimental hops. We all know and love the common varieties like Cascade, Columbus, Citra, Chinook, and Simcoe to name a few but it can get old after a while. This beer also has a lot of flavor just from the yeast, orange peel, and coriander so there is a lot of complexity going on here.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a hazy golden color, with a one-finger large white foamy head.

Smells like sweet cloves, apricots, and banana, with some noticeable Belgian yeast notes as well.

The taste follows the smell, with the Belgian characteristics of this beer being quite noticeable. Drinks like a slightly more bitter version of a German hefeweize. It's quite dry, which is not necessarily my preference. Otherwise, the mouthfeel is light.

Not my favorite Belgian-styled IPA, but it won't offend you (especially not if you are into Belgian Beer).

Purchased as part of the Sierra Nevada Winter Sampler Pack. Got a 12-pack for $15 (with MN liquor tax).

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Photo of whatthehull
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass hybrid from a 12 oz bottle

A - A hazy golden with a touch of orange, one finger bright white head and a touch of lacing

S - Ripe peach, sugar, rose, freshcut pineapple,Hawaiian sweet bread, Belgian yeast (banana), sweet malts, fresh grains, citrus/floral hop notes, a nice pine comes through and more sugar

T - Citrus rind, potpourri, pine, pineapple, dry grains, sweet malts, lots of green earth, terrior, wheat, banana, dense sweet bread and a nice sugar. The nose is much bigger than the taste

M - Medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a fruity hop sweetness from start to finish

D/O - Very refreshing. More of a late winter early spring type of beer -- though I have never had one in the snow and I could be wrong. Easy to drink, excited the IPA, Whit and easy drinking ale part of me. Not to heavy on either spectrum yet still very flavorful. Some to be tried for sure. I could have this time and again. Very well constructed.

Final Thoughts - Came in a 12-pack sampler (Snow Pack) for $14. The ABV is perfect for the style. Sierra Nevada does it again.

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Snow Wit White IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,198 ratings