Ovila White Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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54 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The monks at the Abbey of New Clairvaux hold themselves to a higher standard. So when they challenged us to create a beer that transcends all others, our brewers blended Old World tradition with modern-day mastery to deliver the perfect expression of Belgian-Style witbier worthy of a goblet but comfortable in a pint.


Added by LambicPentameter on 01-29-2017

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
19
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of dertyd
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dillinger
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a wheat beer glass

Pours a hazy and golden color, though a skosh darker than a true wit--more like an American Wheat (i.e. a Boulevard Wheat or something similar). The head looks nice, but is a little subdued. However, the carbonation is excellent and so is the lacing.

The aroma is skewed a little tart, with lemon a little more present than classic estery banana. There are clove and coriander too as promised. Overall, it's a pleasant smell, but it's a little lacking in something, including strength. Nice, but not spectacular.

The palate is pretty special in many ways. Big fruity esters take the main stage, with the expected (banana) but with other nice players as well including honey, apple, pear, and, maybe most of all, lemon. The spice is strong in this, with phenolic clove leading the charge, and coriander in the background. The flavor is a bit more aggressive than a typical wit, but that isn't a problem at all when the flavors are this good and complex.

The mouthfeel is pretty classic for the style. Light to medium bodied, with just enough carbonation and sourness at the finish to remain crisp and semi-dry.

Overall, this is a fine take on one of my favorite styles. It doesn't quite look or smell like a wit, but it sure tastes like a great one.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into Sierra Nevada pint glass, bottled on 5/24/2017. Pours opaquely hazy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness and yeast/coriander spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with an great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slight dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is an outstanding witbier! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and highly refreshing to drink. Amazingly flavorful for the ABV; with perfectly balanced yeast, spices, and pale/wheat malt flavors. A highly enjoyable offering. Once of the best I have had, flawless example of the style.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Herbal, white pepper, coriander, yeast, some orange-peel, smooth, clean finish, somewhat creamy mouth feel. Sweet wheat and herb nose. Pale gold, hazy, with a white head and broken ring lace. Medium body. 22 IBU

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Photo of seanchai
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-draught @ Beer Culture, New York, NY. 5.80% ABV.

Has a nice softness to it's mouthfeel and the Belgian saccharomyces ale yeast brings some nice esters to the table. Spicy clove, citrus peel.

Belgian pale malts, 2 row, flaked wheat.

Pretty well balanced, albeit simplistic.

It's drinkable style-appropriate fare, but with Allagash White on shelves - nevermind less widely available witbiers like some of Mikkeller's - I couldn't see myself getting this again unless it was offered at a serious discount.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lastmango
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly. Very light lacing was present. The nose was faint coriander, lemon and spice. Taste is a gentle wheat beer with spice and lemon zest. Carbonation is medium with a light body. Overall this is an ok beer. For me, I guess this just is not my style.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau wheat glass.

Look is a pale yellow wheat with little to no head.

Aroma is spicy wheat.

Taste is light with less spice than the aroma. But very refreshing.

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Photo of MinerBob
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty offering from Sierra Nevada. It pours a pale yellow with a large white head. The smell is a classic wit smell coriander and citrus. The flavor is what you expect very good just a little more carbonation than I like. Would definitely but again.

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Photo of user785335
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FBarber
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/cloudy bright yellow gold color. Thin white head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of tight white foam along the outside of the beer. Head reappears momentarily as the beer is consumed.

Smell has notes of belgian yeast, wheat, lemon, lemon zest, and spices.

Taste follows the nose with a nice blend of belgian yeast, lemon, lemon zest and the classic wit spices with a nice wheat malt backbone.

Feel is too thin and watery - I'd expect more heft from a beer with wheat malt. Mild carbonation - could be a bit livelier.

Overall a well done wit - but I'd like to see some more body and a tad more carbonation. In spite of this, I'd drink this beer all the time.

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Photo of zeff80
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden color with a large, fluffy white head of foam. It smelled of coriander, lemon, wheat and spices. Nice yeasty flavor with banana, lemon and clove notes.

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Photo of MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/29/17 bottle @ Asheville home

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Photo of mamaraza
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brymtb
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

....for the style its very well done...kudos to sierra nevada for keeping the relationship going with the monks of clairvaux....

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Ovila White Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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