Ovila White Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.96/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian 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
Ranking:
#10,796
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
107
pDev:
7.07%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nyrblue2
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jkblr
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vidisad
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MeIquiades
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

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

Photo of Fear4Beer
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Chuckles21
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Tjb14
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of red_5_sooner
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of shelby415
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BenHoppy
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Elgallagher
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Ovila White Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 107 ratings