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Sierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPASierra Nevada Snow Wit White IPA

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DaltonC on 02-23-2014

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 1,191
Photo of HeroicDoses
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I haven't been inspired to write a review in many years, but that changed after I drank this beer....or maybe I should say, after I first sampled this style. Because I will admit that I'm new to the whole IPA/Wheat style, so if this is just beginners excitement, I do apologize, but god damn this is a tasty beer. My introduction into craft beer was Hoegaarden, and my favorite beer of all time is Heady Topper, so this is kind of a no brainer for me. Tremendous brew, can't wait to try more. Sierra continues to consistently rank high in all categories, imo.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

bought a single bottle, mostly based on the sierra nevada name

A seems VERY light to the eye thin ish head settles fast to just a file with minimal lacing
clear, thin yellow color

S ahhh hoppiness but not at all overpowering

T much stronger hops on the tongu than the nose. NICE

M thin and watery

D supremely drinkable I call this a sessioner

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Photo of ordybill
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Speigelau IPA glass.
5.7% ABV,

A - Poured with the sediment swirled into the beer, Snow Wit is completely cloudy, hazed through by yeast but, it's plume of carbonation stemming from the etching in the glass can still be seen feeding the tall head. The giant white cap of foam that refuses to settle shrouds the glass in lace for a classic look.

S - Delicate and inviting, this gentle beer intertwines the hops' floral and light citrus nuances with a bright Belgian yeast that brings subtle coriander and white pepper spice to the mix for an exotic, intoxicating aroma.

T - Grainy pale malt and husky wheat create a nice course base for the hops and yeast to spring from. Herbal, earthy floral hop notes blend well with the yeast's coriander spice notes but slightly overwhelm them in the long run, leaving a lingering earthy presence on the tongue.

M - Snow Wit's carbonation is elevated but the tiny bubbles and smooth body make for a great combo that drinks wonderfully and finishes out with a moisture-robbing dryness and lingering-yet-delicate hoppy bitterness.

O - Balanced wonderfully, Sierra Nevada's Snow Wit teeters between spicy classic Belgian yeast and the "experimental dwarf" hops' herbal, floral, and slightly citrusy complexities for a refreshing white IPA that doesn't drink like it's alcohol percentage.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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 TonyC
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snow Wit and the 7 Experimental Dwarf hops White IPA. Another offering in the 4 Way IPA pack.

A: A nice golden color, with a giant thick white head and a great lacing.

S: Where to start...a wonderful floral, spicy, aroma, with essence of bread and citrus. A nice rendition of a Wit/IPA balance.

T: Pure Wit start, spicy and fruity, a nice Belgian style with a surprise of hops to finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, very easy to drink.

O: Nice offering from a great brewery. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greatt looking beer with a huge foam head. Huge Belgian yeasty clove smell with an herbal earthy hop and some fruity hop character in there but mostly the Belgian yeast smell. You get a sort of numbing hop taste which is very quenching and something I've never really had in a beer. Not too bitter but just with the best way I can explain it a numbing hop flavor that leaves a nice mouthfeel on the tongue.

Loads of Belgian yeast flavors with the spicy clove battling with the hops and its pretty even although the hops leave a bitterness. They are earthy herbal and somewhat fruity. I get some doughy yeast flavor in there as well. The malt is light but has a wheat like flavor and is mostly covered by the yeast strain. An all around spicy beer that I would definitely have again.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy golden color with thick foamy head. Lacing on side of the glass is good. Floral aroma with hints of citrus. Can discern banana as well. Malty taste of front with moderate hoppiness in the middle. It ends with a banana taste. Mild bitterness at the end. Good light IPA. White IPAs are not my favorite type, but this one will do. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Into my tulip, at a pretty cold temperature.

Appropriately, the white, soft and tight-knit foam atop this hazy golden ale looks similar to snow. There's about three cm of accumulation, and it sticks around persistently, leaving much pretty lacing behind.

It smells both hoppy and Belgian. The pine SN is known for is noticeable, but there's also lemony citrus and that definite Belgian golden ale mix of stuff like peaches, green apples, and a touch of banana.

Woa-hooo... that is a punch in the palate I didn't quite expect. Really bitter astringency asserts a vice-like grip immediately, like lemon juice, lemon peel, and pine needles in concert. A softer fruitiness follows, allowing some tart nectarine and mellow pear to convene before a crispy bread and astringent herbal finish sets in.

The feel is very prickly. Highly-carbonated. Good for this style.

D not underestimate the Snow Wit. Its strength is mild, but its bite fierce.

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Photo of TastefulNudity
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dated 1/24/14, bought today

A: Hazy golden orangey yellow with big fluffy white head that sticks around. Nice lacing, attractive.

S: Big Belgian yeast, orange zest, clove. Deep sniff is grapefruit, pine, resiny.

T: Sweet, yeasty goodness leading in to grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

M: Highly carbonated, drying.

O: Tasty, tasty brew. Glad I finally caved and bought the variety pack.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says 012414

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/2 inch white fluffy head that retains very well before reducing to an 1/8 inch. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- Lovely aroma of wheat, Belgian yeast phenols and hops. Also lots of spices. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Great fruity flavor that's well complemented by the spices and yeast. Mildly bitter hops round out and tie the profile together.

M- Sharp and bright with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- I was expecting this to be good, but this is surprisingly fantastic. Just about everything I look for in a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "PKGD 06/26/14".

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, yellow straw color with a one finger off-white head and good retention, the head eventually dissipated leaving a thin unbroken layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, slightly higher than average carbonation, there was a good amount of lacing present.

SMELL: bread, pepper, pears, grapefruit.

TASTE: the taste mostly follows the nose, there is an initial lemon citrus, then a mild pepper and pine hop profile with bread and yeast mixed in, to top it off there was a sour note at the end, very complex for the style, the 5.7% alcohol was almost imperceptible.

PALATE: this beer had higher carbonation and was somewhat creamy with medium body.

OVERALL: I really liked this beer and was a little surprised that a wheat beer could be this complex, I'm still trying to find a beer from Sierra Nevada that I do not like. I guess there is a reason these guys have been around for so long. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Belgian style beer or wheat beer, will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Johnstone
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks golden and cloudy with a fine off-white head.
Smells like a Belgian beer probably from the yeast with very little hops aroma
Tastes like a Belgian beer again it must be the yeast, some spicy notes of banana and clove (and maybe coriander?), slight sweetness.
Lovely mouthfeel, good carbonation with smaller champagne like bubbles
Great beer to me, but it's really on the Belgian end of the spectrum. I wish the dwarf hops were more pronounced.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with a large whit head. Scent is very herbal with some lovely Belgian yeast and spice aromas. Some fresh baked bread and spicy aromas. A lot more than I was expecting in the hop department with this one. Taste is initially Belgian yeast-forward and spicy. Hints of clove and banana. Lots of hop flavors. Finish is spicy on the tip of the tongue, fruity on the back. Drinkability is VERY high. Mouthfeel is light, but spot-on for a white IPA. Overall, this beer blows Chain Breaker out of the water. This beer is much better than I was expecting. From all the white IPAs I've had, this one drinks a little more like a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Bright straw color, cloudy. Lots of fine bubbles rising. Thick bright white head.

Spices, peppery, coriander, a little tropical fruit, sweet bread.

Spices and fruitiness throughout the taste, peppery, coriander, nutmag, banana, a little mango. Sweet bready malt. Moderate hop bitterness towards the end, citrus-leafy. Finish is very crisp, yeasty, dry. Body is a little creamy, crisp, refreshing, dry, a little tangy.

An excellent Beligan-style IPA.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +13%

BOD 111/14. Pours golden with a touch of haze. Outstanding head, lacing and above average retention. Light, but interesting, complex nose - grapefruit with tropical notes over a spicy background. Light medium body that manages to be almost creamy in texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a nice effervescent finish. The unique flavor profile is quite complex and well balanced. It begins with the sweeter tropical hop notes, flows into grapefruit, then takes on a spicy character. The finish is a well flavored light bitterness that is slightly astringent with grapefruit rind qualities. An excellent wit/IPA cross!!

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Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with two fingers of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Belgian spices and candy sugar up front with light fruit and sweet bread aromas following. There are some bright citrus notes toward the finish.

T: Belgian spices up front here as well before orange and grapefruit hop flavors take over. Belgian yeast and bread flavors are present throughout before a lightly bitter but clean finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is crisp and drinkable.

O: A pretty damn good beer, overall, and my favorite of the mixed IPA pack. It has a nice mix of Belgian and hoppy flavors and is more drinkable than their session IPA.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is real genius here, and this is further confirmation that sierra nevada is the best of the big boys, head and shoulders best. a white ipa, finally one without orange peel! they substitute lemons instead and to great effect, they really show up in the finish and give greater acidity to aid the refreshment factor of this brew. thats not the only interesting feature either, they use what they term dwarf hops, apparently more of a hedge set up than a tall vine system, producing denser clusters of cones according to the label. i dont know much about this, but i do know the hops are interesting in this brew, very punchy and citric, grapefruit and new zealand white wine come to mind, but so do passion fruits, nectarines, and sprite soda. a nice combo to say the least, and not solely confined the finish, but present throughout. wheat malt base is light in color and flavor, but creamy and frothy in body, just the way i like it. the label declared belgian yeast as yet another twist, but i dont get a ton of that. this is one of the few successful fusions of ipa and belgian wit though, where the belgian part doesnt trum the ipa or vice versa, it is truly in line with both styles. the yeast adds a higher carbonation level and dryness, but doesnt really do the whole fruity ester clove spice thing. more subtle, but highly refined. this is the beer of the summer so far by me!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Snow Whit

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 9/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 88/100

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Photo of hophead723
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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 hitter114
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 4way variety pack poured into stella chalice while spinning rubber soulive on vinyl... a great mix for a day off

A: I like how it looks... Unfiltered but clean orange with a nice white head
S: Can't knock a Belgian for smelling like a Belgian...yeasty clove/banana smell but with nice fruit upfront
T: I like how this one tastes as well... it is light but refreshing. Got Belgy tastes going on but it is nice and not overbearing. There is some nice tropical fruit on this which comes from a good hop bill, that distinguishes this from being a typical Belgian Wit ( which I think it leans slightly more towords than an IPA )
M: Light and spritzy goes down easy

O: I think this was a great beer, especially in a variety pack. I think a lot of people could get down with this one, beer geeks and beginners alike. It has aspects of both a Belgian wit and an american ipa, but neither are overdone. A nice harmony

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Photo of greentam2
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very clean feel for an ipa, without any back bitterness. There are spicy flavors of both citrus and cumin in a full mouth feel that is not confused, but distinct and complimentary. The final taste is one you expect from an ipa, some lingering hops, letting you know you have tasted a beer that will leave you with sensory memories.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a glowing honey with a frothy and thick greasy white head that faded into a sticky and rocky film. Sheets of bubbly thick clinging lace were left down the glass. Well retained head.
S: Tangerine, chalky yeast and orange juice, wheat, and herbal, spicy hops.
T: Very spicy hops with herbal, earthy, and dry hop flavors. There's a kiss of citrus rind and grainy wheat. The finish is lightly bitter, and the aftertaste is full of creamy wheat and spice. There is faint hints of clove and peppery hops as well.
M: Medium body, soft and tingly carbonation. Fluffy and clean mouthfeel. Drinks well.
O: Bitter, clean, and quaffable. Good creamy wheat, tons of unique spicy hops. Drinks well.

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Photo of bsp77
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy light orange with billowing, white head and great retention.

Smell: Citrus, tropical notes, clove, banana, coriander and pepper.

Taste: Witbier base of wheat and spices, balanced by grapefruit, mango and lemon notes from the hops. Finish is somewhat bitter, with clove, coriander, pepper and lingering citrus.

Feel: Relatively light body with high carbonation. Somewhat silky and quite dry.

Overall: This is the closest to a true "White IPA" that I have tried, with great balance between the Witbier and IPA characteristics. Refreshing and flavorful. Very nice overall.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, juicy, and fruity Belgian IPA style aroma with good hints of hops, yeast, and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Citrus hop hints of orange, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy hop hints of grass. Also some fruit esters of banana and green apple. Bready malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty, spicy, and fruity Belgian IPA taste with good notes of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with notes of coriander, peppers, and clove. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, and grapefruit. Earthy and floral hops with notes of grass. Fruit esters of banana and apple along with a slight bubblegum note. Pale malt with notes of wheat, grains, straw, and cracker. A pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, juicy, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian style IPA. Good mix of yeast and fruit esters with hops.

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