Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Wheat Beer
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Sierra Nevada Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Wheat Beer

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 11-17-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 409
Reviews by Kemmerlin:
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden color with very thin white head that doesn't disappear quickly.

S: Citrus like orange with a sweet grass or hay smell mixed in there. It reminds me of summer time.

T: Again the citrus comes back but in the mix with the malts and hops. Tastes also like you're chewing on hay a little bit. Malts stick around for a good aftertaste.

M: Kinda feels like drinking a soda with plenty of carbonation tingles watery flow and sugary mouth.

D: I will definitely pick this one up again during the summer but will hold off on it during the winter unless I want a summer reminder.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely light yellow with a nice big fluffy head,aromas are pretty off here almost skunky very grainy,very unexpected.Now the flavor doesnt have the same characteristics as the aromas thank god,very grainy and slightly lemony but more on the toasted grain and wheaty malt flavors.Beer goes down easy it has flaws but is drinkable,would be a good summer quaffer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Thick, hazy yellow in the body with a huge, foamy head that showed decent retention and left a little lacing.

Smell – This is one hoppy wheat ale. I could barely pick out the wheat notes in the aroma. What I got for sure was a complex mix of hops, predominantly floral.

Taste – This one had a good flavor, but I find it difficult to classify it as a weizen, even a pale one. The wheat flavor was almost nonexistent, and it took a very patient and careful review to find the taste. Mostly this is another (very tasty) SN Pale Ale with some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel – This was a solid medium in the body with some light carbonation and a refreshing dryness at the finish.

Drinkability – This went down well enough, but I’d have trouble telling anyone that it was a Hefe Weizen.

Comments – If they sold this as a balanced pale ale I’d probably have 4’ed it. I hate to be too rigid with the style classifications, but I think a beer should be advertised and labeled properly in order to get a good rating. If it’s a little off-style and good then that’s OK (IMO), but this one was so far off the mark it bordered on deception.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist cap bottle, red label. Its being unfiltered is touted throughout the labeling.

Appearance: Thick, sticky, clumpy, rocky white head that reduces to a creamy white lace. Cloudy (due to its being unfiltered) pale/straw in colour.

Smell: Herbal, slightly spicy hop aroma.

Taste: This is a smooth beer. The malt is rich with mouthfeel and chewiness, while the hop flavour is well balanced, starting with a crispness which is aided by the wheat -- going a bit lemony towards the end. Finishes clean and refreshing.

Notes: Without a doubt, one of the best American Wheat Beers available. 4.4% abv.

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Photo of Dmann
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great hot weather beer. This beer looked very nice with a pale yellow color and lots of nice cloudiness from the yeast. A nice white head stayed atop the beer till the last sip. The smell was kind of spicy and fruity and very inviting. The taste was great with A very crisp mouthfeel along with a great light hoppiness that rounded out the lemon flavors. I would recommend this one to anybody who wants a good session beer, conversion beer or hot climate beer! Good stuff!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before now...pours a cloudy yellow orange with a small bubby white head. There's a nice mellow lemony citrus along with hints of wheat grain and a slight peppery spice. Not bad, but fairly mellow.

First sip flows over the tongue with some lemony wheat tones and a nice pale, crisp maltiness. Hints of grassy, spicy hoppiness come through along with a bit of sweetness.

A nice smooth, easy drinking mouthfeel with a medium body. I enjoy this one during the summer when I'm mowing the lawn or working's easy to session and is quite refreshing.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really, really pale, in that almost-clear way that a lot of B.M.C. products have. The bone-white, soapy head makes up for the color somewhat. Good amount of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle.

Yeastyness coming through strong on the scent. I dont really smell any of the usual citrus tones.

Taste is a little bland. Definitely light. The wheat comes through at the end, and the beer finishes with a sourness.

Mouthfeel is positive. Relatively low carbonation and very light bodied.

As far as Sierra Nevada's beers go, the unfiltered wheat is pretty much low-man-on-the-totem-pole. Its not a bad beer, but it can absolutely be improved upon. I'd like to try this on tap, or in the summer, when I'm sure a beer like this would be more appropriate, and refreshing.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy yellow color with a thick white head that quickly dissipated. Fair amount of carbonation. Grainy/grassy, citrus aroma. Slightly nondescript. Citrus (lemon) taste, with a little hops late. Pleasant beer, not outstanding. Still, a nice beer to drink

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Photo of SamuraiJack
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent "cheap" everyday beer for a climate like we have here (hot and dry), and a great pairing for a spicy curry (like I just ate). While not possessing the character of a european wheat beer, it's more true to the tradition than most American wheat beers.
First pour shows a quite thick and rocky white head which eventually diminishes to an excellent and attractive lace with good stickiness. The colour is a gorgeous pale golden with slight orange highlights. The aromas are grainy with a slight bitter hop overtone and some nice citric touches.
Initial taste leaves an overwhelming impression of smoothness. While there is a nice rich malty flavour and feel, the backbone is hops and wheat - a crispness that masquerades as citrus and is wonderfully refreshing.
It's nothing stunning or eye-opening. It's not incredible. It's not a great beer - but it certainly is a good beer to drink, and a great beer to have in your fridge.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The SN Wheat pours a hazy light straw color with a few small unfiltered floaties. It has a pillowy white head that goes down to a collar and thin layer that remain to lace the glass.

Its aroma is a musty, yeasty, grassy wheat scent. Some citrus shows up as it sits.

The flavor is a musty, almost metallic yeastiness initially. Some lemoney fruitiness and sweet malts come out, but not much. It has a kind of harsh acidic mouthfeel from the carbonation.

Overall, this is an OK wheat beer, but I think the flavor could be better. This wouldn't be too bad as a summer refresher.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, medium yellow body with a small, wispy, ivory head. Hardly any lacing.

Aroma is subdued, with soft wheat malt and a hint of grapefruit(Cascade hops?).

Mouthfeel is smooth and soft, with low carbonation.

The taste is mild, with some soft, bready malt, a hint of wheat grain, and a touch of citrusy hops. Not very complex, but crisp and refreshing. Finish is smooth, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Sierra Nevada's pale ale is my staple beverage of choice, but this Hefe Weizen leaves a lot to be desired. Definitely, a very easy one to sip, but lacks complexity and depth. They need to work on this one a bit.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: full creamy head with a a rich gold color. there is a foggy haze because this beer is unfiltered.

S: The smell reminds me of citrusy floral hops

T: There is a distinct grainy bread flavor that finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness

M: very light bodied, smooth

D: High in drinkability, I really enjoy this one from Sierra Nevada. Call me crazy because I know they are completely different beers in terms of ingredients, style, and pretty much everything else but it honest to god reminds me of a lighter version of Pilsner Urquel. see what you think though

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Photo of mattster
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a frothy white head atop a dark straw hazy brew with lots of bubbles.

Smell of wheat and slight hop action with a light malty essence. Palate is Citrus and a herbaceous tone. Bubbles enhance the citrus and finish is only slightly hampered by aftertaste.

All in all, a good brew.

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Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: poured a cloudy , paler golden color with a small bright white head.

Smell: some tart wheat, lemon rind.

Taste: Light body of mildly tart and quenching wheat, some citric quality on the lemon side with just a bit of orange, some crakerish malt, lightly spicy hops make for a clean and crisp finish that begs for another gulp.

Mouthfeel: medium to light body, smooth and soft.

Drinkability: Quite a drinkable and fresh brew. Nice wheaty taste and texture and i liked the lemon-like aroma and taste, nice refreshing qualities.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy golden color. Moderate white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal carbonation and a citrusy/flowery sweet aroma. The flavor was lemony citrus. There was longlasting flavor and full mouthfeel. The difference between the wheat beer and German style hefeweizen eludes me. I prefer the German hefeweizens to this, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of sammy44
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Recently tried this one. Very good. Doesn't fit totally into the Hefe weizen style as is more hoppy than the norm but is good.

Poured with a big rocky head that fell to about 1/4" cream on top of the beer. A steady stream of carbonation rises to the head to keep it intact. Nice nearly opaque color, more of a pale ale's coppery color than a hef's orange.

Smell was where it deviated from style the most. It seemed that the banana and cloves aroma that I love so much from a hef was overpowered by the hops. Now I like hops but if I wanted hops I would get an IPA or a Pale Ale. This is a hef and I want my bananas dammit! Anyway it wasn't like it was skunky or anything, just not to style.

Taste was very refreshing. It had some of the hef's sweetness cut with more of the hops and was very nice. Excellent on a hot day.

A little thin in the mouth, but overall not too bad.

Almost too drinkable as I just wanted to guzzle it down. Low alchohol means that you can do that too without worrying about getting hammered right off.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a cloudy, darker than usual wheat appearance. Somewhere between amber and dark yellow. Aroma was fruity for a pale wheat beer, enjoyable.

This one had flavor, even a degree of nutty flavor in a wheat beer. Slight hops, stayed away from typical lemon flavor, this one had more of a very slight orange and pepper to it. Not over the top by any means. Balanced and with a good deal of malt and wheat to hold its own. Might not be your girlfriends favorite wheat beer, but this one is just one of the good three wheat beers Sierra Nevada makes.

Ah, the old wheat debacle on BA, not barrel aged, not rare, not high abv = ratings slump.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with creamy white head. Lots of even carbonation bubbles visible.

Smells of lemons and wheat.

Tastes like it smells, lots of lemon, and bread, no bitter at all.

The yeast was hard to mix up in the bottle, came out in big chunks, a little chewy, but eventually it broke up.

The best thing about this beer is its drinkability. Very smooth and refreshing. I could drinkk this stuff all day.

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Photo of ADR
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have not seen this beer in Minnesota before. Light straight yellow color, slight cloudiness but not much. Head is decent, compact and shiny with good retention. Laces are pretty thick, especially on the far side of the pint glass. Aroma is different, honey sweetness and an oats quality, not a lot of the classic esters. The flavor itself goes in a different direction, spiced with prickly cinnamon, maybe a slight bit of clove gum, but there are more strident grapefruit elements indicating distinct hop notes that are kind of strange. Mouthfeel is a little light and the aftertaste is dry for a Hefe. OK, in drinkability, but I have to say that this brew seems lost in meeting the style qualifications in so many categories.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.47/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

When I first came across this beer I was suprised to see that Sierra Nevada made a wheat. The first thing I thought was yeah it has to be different. This unfiltered bottle conditioned wheat beer pours with a magnificant white head, and has a deep golden hazy hue. The aroma is filled with a hint of hops, and citrusy undertones.However, the yeast that pours in almost overbears the other aromas in this beer. A long lasting head that leaves a nice heavy lace, as the glass empties. Overall, the taste wasn't what I was expecting. This beer just doesn't work for me. It's not bad, but I cannot stand behind this American version of a great style. A nice carbonation from the bottle conditioning, but overall the flavors don't seem to go well at all. The bread taste is to thick and overbearing for this beer to be truly enjoyable. Not a beer I will go after again.

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Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a turbid light straw color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around before dissipating into a wispy layer on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells very grassy with hints of sweet lemon as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grassy pale malt flavors up front, and as it warms it almost gets tart with citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness for the style and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is alright. One of these is enough for me.

Overall I'm still trying to appreciate wheats, and this one does a little bit to further its cause. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rastaman
2.26/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle- pale, slightly cloudy appearance. Pretty typical American wheat, even though its unfiltered, theres no real yeasty clovey flavours, only a slight tang from the hops, pretty crisp, with a short palate, easy to drink. All the great beer i could have had for number 1500, and i drunk this?

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bit above the glass gives this beer a big white head that slowly settles above a cloudy golden colored beer.

Grains, mostly wheat I guess with light citrus and some hops present in the aroma.

A better than average if not even better tasting wheat beer, none of the overbearing lemon or banana a lot of them have, instead as in the aroma grains, the wheat, with light citrus and some hops.

A medium or slightly less body on this beer without much aftertaste.

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Photo of mcarroll10177
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- strawish yellow unfilitered look not as much head as I would have expected

S-some cloves citus and hops not as much wheat as i would have thoughout

T- good but a bit hoppy for a wheat beer, more than was expected

M- some carbination but a bit on the watery side

D- an easy drinking beer, would have gotten a highet score if the wheat was more pronounced and the hops were less pronounced.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.23/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada- Wheat

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

Appearance- hazy yellowish orange with a thick head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Light fruit. Peach and Grapefruit with a light cereal wheat aroma.
Taste- Grapefruit hops blended with a peach/ apricot fruitiness. Malt appears in the back end.
Mouthfeel- slighty bitter but finishes off crisp and malty.

Overall- a delicious summer offering!

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