Ovila White Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #30
Ranked #13,972
3.95 | pDev: 7.34%
Jan 17, 2022
Jan 29, 2017
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Yet another Sierra Nevada review from the backlog. Not sure whether Bruery or Sierra Nevada are champ, but I'm damn sure I have over 100 reviews of each.

Pours golden. Slight haze. 4/5" white head, very pristine, great retention to it. Aroma hit the citrusy wheat note, coriander but not much else from the spice rack. And now I think I know where they're trying to go with this one.

Taste is easy going, there seems to be a bigger wheat percentage here than the more famous one(s) that have a good amount of market share behind them. Still citrus and coriander. Is there a peppercorn note here or am I confusing this with another beer? Seems like it, also pushed by a bouyant carbonation level.

Its a well made beer and I know which group of drinkers they're going after. Its not necessarily my cup of tea, but I can respect it for what it is, and why they made it.

Jul 31, 2020
3.54 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Oct 19, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Nvrmind16 from California

A classic European flavor with good mouth feel. Spicey aroma, Sweet but not fruity.

Sep 23, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by penguinsgoboom from California

A: Pours a thick one finger head. Color is a hazy light straw

S: Heavy coriander, wheat, yeast, a muskiness,

T: Begins with a citrus fruitiness, then the wheat and coriander really come to play. Finishes clean.

O: This is a great representation of the style. Solid Belgian witbier. Refreshing.

Jan 15, 2019
4.19 by B_B from California on Jan 09, 2019
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4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

A very good Belgian Witbier. I prefer this to the more popular witbiers on the market. Beer is well balanced, very drinkable, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. I will have to get more of this in the future. Sierra Nevada has made some great collaboration beers and this is no different.

Oct 27, 2018
4.04 by nyrblue2 from New York on Sep 27, 2018
4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Jul 31, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Hazy light golden color with a bit of white head. Aroma is slightly spicy with bittersweet orange peel. Taste is sweet, grainy and just slightly spicy with a light bitterness on the finish. Light body with medium plus carbonation. Overall it's a decent wit but not very intense.

Jul 25, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottled 4/10/18 (nearly 3 months ago) poured into a chalice 5.3% ABV. Purchased at the SN gift shop in Mills River, NC. I've wanted to try this beer since it came out but have never seen it and apparently it doesn't even move quickly at the brewery. The beer pours mostly bright light straw yellow with a nearly white head which recedes to a small island and leaves a small amount of lacing. The aroma is equal parts wheat and coriander. The taste is semisweet wheat interwoven with citrus and coriander. No bitterness to speak of. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. It's a shame that this beer isn't more widely distributed. It's very well done, restrained in adjuncts and quite enjoyable. That's coming from someone who rarely enjoys a Witbier.

Jul 08, 2018
3.83 by vidisad from California on Jul 05, 2018
4 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jul 01, 2018
4.19 by MeIquiades from Illinois on Jun 29, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - pale yellow color with a slight white head. Slight haze
Smell - wheat coriander scent with slight citrus, Belgium yeast
Taste - a little more citrus than the scent but good light wheatiness and coriander.
Feel - medium light body with a crisp light carbonation
Overall - great Belgian white!

Jun 02, 2018
4 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 23, 2018
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3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania

This review might be a little unfair to the beer since I had it in the cellar for almost exactly one year. So the beer probably tastes different than if you were to buy a fresh bottle at a local beer store.

I've had a LOT of Belgian beers, it is one of my favorite styles (dubbels, triples, etc). This beer to me seemed flat, and that's possibly due to sitting for a year. Everything seemed a bit muted. But it was still drinkable and smooth. I wouldn't recommend letting this beer sit around for a long time.

I'll have to try it again some time and edit this review. I'm leaving this review here as a mental note that I did drink this brew.

May 22, 2018
3.85 by Chuckles21 from Oklahoma on May 18, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Poured 12 oz. bottle into chimay goblet.
Beer pours a beautiful straw color. Almost lemon like when held up to the light. Thin white crown sits on top.
Smell is fresh earthy smells like oranges and floral mixed with straw. Great smell but wish it was a little stronger.
The taste is that freshness too. Oranges and lemon with floral and straw notes. Very good.
The mouthfeel is crisp. Refreshing. Perfect carbonation.
Overall, I wasn't let down by this brew.

Apr 25, 2018
3.5 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Mar 08, 2018
3.25 by red_5_sooner from Oklahoma on Mar 07, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. "Ovila White Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, PKGD 04/03/17 2058"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ah, Sierra Nevada, a brewery I can always count on. But this is a pretty old bottle so let's see how it goes. Nice slightly hazy yellow gold body beneath a short head of bright white. So good so far. Aroma of orange and lemon and coriander with some yeasty phenols over a delicately sweet malt base. Good again, and I'd imagine that if it's lost anything it would be in the aroma but it's fine so let's continue. Mmmmm, great flavor. The spices are soft and blend in with the wheaty and lightly sweet malt perfectly. The coriander adds more of a spiciness than flavor, and along with a moderate bitterness it finishes mostly dry with a little bit of everything lingering gently in the finish. Soft in the mouth with a gently tingling effervescence upfront before it warms to become more supple and smooth. This is very easy to drink, and quite satisfying and enjoyable. I'm probably drinking it faster than I should but it just keeps calling back to me. A perfect example of the style, unlike some of those heavier and sweeter versions (Blue Moon I'm looking at you). Oddly I've never had this before, but now that I know it's out there I'll be looking for it. A new favorite of mine. Absolutely worth seeking out for fans of the style.

Feb 07, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by KTCamm from New Jersey

12/29/17...pale muted yellow, some white foam. Classic wit nose, citrus and wheat at the forefront. Citrus forward flavor, wheaty, smooth. Juicy too. All wheat in the mouthfeel, very smooth.

Feb 04, 2018
3.78 by shelby415 from Oregon on Feb 01, 2018
3.79 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Feb 01, 2018
4 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 29, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Riff from Virginia

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a large, white head that quickly fades away. Dominant smell is coriander, notes of malt, cloves, and wheat. Slight hint of funk. Tastes of coriander, cloves, white pepper, wheat, sweet malt. Medium light body, dry finish. Very drinkable, could session this easily, and would be a nice summer drink.

Jan 26, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BenHoppy from Michigan

A cloudy yellow appearance with flavors of peppery lemon and orange with a bit of dryness. The lemon is over powering and having had other witbiers, this one is just okay.

Jan 21, 2018
4.25 by ArnoldBlumenthal from Maryland on Jan 05, 2018
3.75 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Dec 22, 2017
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4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Elgallagher from Delaware

Nice balanced coriander and orange. Easy drinking. Would love to clone it

Dec 15, 2017
4.07 by Techichi from Texas on Dec 13, 2017
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours an incredible pale and cloudy straw orange color. Not much of a head on this sucker.
In the nose there is a slight funkiness at first, but it is fleeting. Aromas of orange, coriander, pale malts and wheat.
Medium to light bodied, prickly carbonation, and clean when served cold. As the drink warms, the flavors open up; orange peel, gummy wheat texture, peppery spice, cloves. The dry finish increases drinkability.
Simple and well made. This one grew on me.

Dec 12, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Tone from Missouri

Pours a cloudy straw color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, coriander, clove, citrus hops, and yeast. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, coriander, clove, citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and strong yeast. Overall, good blend, body, and aroma.

Nov 27, 2017
4.17 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on Nov 22, 2017
3.79 by Prue from Maryland on Nov 18, 2017
4 by ColSanders123 from Georgia on Nov 13, 2017
3.5 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Nov 12, 2017
4.19 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Nov 11, 2017
4.06 by sirzekel from Georgia on Nov 10, 2017
Ovila White Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 113 ratings