Southern Gothic
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #53
Ranked #17,279
3.88 | pDev: 11.34%
Jun 20, 2021
Feb 04, 2017
Very Good
Notes: Steeped in tradition, yet ready for anything—that pretty much sums up our Southern Gothic Unfiltered Pils. This hop-forward but light-bodied pilsner is crisp and drinkable, perfect for an afternoon on the porch or a night down at the pub. We left it unfiltered and raw to bring out its complexity and add a depth of flavor.

BITTERING HOPS: Magnum, Saphir
FINISHING HOPS: Saphir, Sterling
MALTS: Pilsner, Vienna, Acidulated

38 IBU
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Rated: 3.77 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
just another short review, getting too lazy these days... lovely lager this, rich white bread malt flavour, lemon zest, honey, grass, earthy, floral, nice bit of bitterness on the finish, nicely sweet, medium bodied, crisp and refreshing, good stuff.
Nov 26, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by beerrat from Virginia

Sep 20, 2020
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Jun 18, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

May 11, 2020
Rated: 3.29 by JDoHo from Michigan

Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by afinepilsner from Iowa

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by crob3888 from California

Feb 08, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Griff64 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I poured this beer from the bottle into a pint shaker style glass. It is foggy and lemon-gold. The tight head covers the surface for a few minutes then fades to a ring around the edge with a lace the hugs the glass with ever tip. It smells of light citrus and sweet grain. The flavor is a smooth fruit flavor (think of and orange that didn't get very sweet) the aftertaste is sourdough. It's mouthfeel is light to medium. As for drinkablility I usually don't get an urge to gulp beer but this one makes me want to take big gulps. Don't get me wrong I love my IPA's but this is a welcome change from the hopbuzz.
Jan 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $27.99
77 days old
Smell of wheat, citrus
Hazy golden color
Medium-light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Citrus, wheat flavors, light bitterness finish
Overall ok.
Jan 17, 2020
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Rated by PennFan2002 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had this today on draft at lunch. Really enjoyed it and extremely drinkable. Will be looking for it in 6-packs next time I'm at the store.
Jan 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A - Yellow body, largely clear, extensive carbonation, and a moderate white head.

S - Strong pine and resin notes, floral notes.

T - More floral in the taste, honey and malt mingling with hop pine and earthiness.

M - Clean, crisp, drinkable with just a bit of dryness in the close.

O - Not particularly remarkable, but quite quaffable.
Jan 11, 2020
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Rated by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Grassy and lemon flavors. Light, smooth body with medium carbonation.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.43 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.93 by TrojanRB from Texas

Dec 31, 2019
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can, PKGD 102219. Hazed golden body with a tall & frothy off-white head. Aroma is earthy & grassy hops and Pilsner malt. Assertive hops render grassy, herbal, and earthy notes along with biscuity Pilsner malt. Medium body, moderate carbonation, dry, bitter, and semi-crisp finish. Good not great in my opinion.
Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 11, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by ClePaul from Ohio

Nov 24, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Davidpolenz33

1.31/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
If youre looking for a light bodied beer that has the complexion of the "i forgot to flush before work this morning" toilet, and has the taste of El Presidente, with the smell of a skunked corona... this is the beer for you.
Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by SLewis from North Carolina

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by Van_boi from New Hampshire

Oct 31, 2019
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Reviewed by WYeates from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours with a fluffy head into a pale cloudy color. It has a wheat aroma with a slight skunk. Taste reminds me of bread with a hoppy crisp taste that goes down wet.

Definitely drinkable.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Initial impression from a CAN:

It's actually strangely bad for a Sierra Nevada beer - I hate to say it. Minerally and over-hopped, straying from pilsner style conventions horribly. Mouthfeel is dry, starchy, and unrefreshing.

It's only $1.45 per can in New Orleans, but as a Sierra Nevada fan I could never have predicted this would be this lacklustre. Probably the worst beer I've had from this brewery in the last 5 years...did I get an old can or something?

Oct 16, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Sep 24, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by Johnlippi88 from Tennessee

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Jul 20, 2019
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
In Laurel:
LOOK: Has to be the clearest unfiltered beer I have ever seen! Pours a clear gold with an all white head . Retention is decent.
AROMA: Floral and herbal hops, followed by grain and bread malts.
TASTE: Both the hops and malts in the aroma, also drying.
Clean, refreshing. The lack of complexity fits the Pilsner style.
Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by Aeroscorp from Tennessee

Jun 26, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by juicebox from Kentucky

Jun 17, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Love the huge white head with white bubbles asparse but thick sticky lace. Earthy bread note in the nose that adds a mellow sweetness. Am surprised a little by the yeast atack in the taste as I guess it's a while since I enjoyed a kellerbier. It's a lot of yeast but the aftertaste is doughy and delicious and I find this pretty drinkable.
Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap into a pint glass. A hazy golden yellow color with a medium white head. Faint floral and pine aroma, along with faint cracker malt. Taste followed. Fairly bitter approaching IPA territory. Clean and fairly dry on the finish. Medium bodied. Overall a tasty beer, seeming to blur the lines between Kellerbier and American IPA.
May 29, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by biteme398 from Virginia

May 27, 2019
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Reviewed by mpyle from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Saw this one for the first time today, and had to give it a try. Was in can form. 5.2% ABV per my can.

Straw color, slightly hazy. Pours a big white head, creamy and lingering.

Has a crisp, clean nose with just a bit of slightly spicy noble-type hop aroma.

Has some malty sweetness up front, and a gentle hop flavor. Flavor seems all about drinkability, as doesn't have rough edges. Hop bitterness is pretty mellow, but dries out enough in the finish to invite another sip. A lovely, clean lager.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A nice, refreshing mouthfeel.

A clean, flavorful pils with some hops. As drinkable as the macro lagers, but with more flavor.
May 10, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by robebo44 from Virginia

May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Carnold84 from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I have been to Prague and had the 11° and 12° Vaclav and Staropramen. I have misgivings about how quick the head dissappears and that the ABV is higher, however this is one of the only beers close enough to be deemed a Pilsener here in the USA. I think Czech people would actually like this. I really enjoyed this beer because I was so spoiled by excellent beer in the Czech Republic. Na Zdravi!
May 04, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by vabeerguy from Virginia

May 01, 2019
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Rated by mj24053 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Excellent example of the style. Great pilsner flavor.
Apr 02, 2019
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 116 ratings