Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mitchster on 11-17-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in sturdy like it isn't just yellow, there is some auburn running up in this. Decent clarity for a wheat beer. Smooth up in ya like the Bullet Boys. 1/2" white head. Aroma dropped a seriously fruity yeast like a steam lager in here with ample wheat.

Mild earthy hop quotient, mild nuttiness with the wheat presence, like that bread with all the sunflower seeds and shit in it. One of the more underrated summertime beers back in the day.

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Photo of bethebean66
4.71/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my absolute favorite beer from Sierra Nevada. I still have a couple stored away, never to be had again, but to create a memory to hold onto.

What has always been my favorite wheat beer, this was far superior to their current filtered wheat (Old Chico Crystal Wheat).

I'm longing for the day that Ken and Brian decide to bring this one out of retirement, even if just for the Chico community. One can dream, right?

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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 pugpresley
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No way they retired this beer. One of my favorites, I loved that beer. What a bummer. I hope the reconsider, or people make enough noise. This beer, to me, was along the line of the porter, stout, pale ale. Like a standard. Man that sucks. Why did SN retire this? Not enough sales?

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taster is the same , citrus and spices coming through, good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of zachary80
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This SN is a straw color and had a head that dissipated very quickly; the beer leaves no lacing as I sip it out of my pint glass. The beer is very clear and I'm not getting the "unfiltered" part from it at all. The smell isn't too far off for a wheat beer but it seems to have a sour bit to it. The taste is similar: a little sour added to a very basic wheat taste. Overall this beer isn't something that I'd want to buy again. A mediocre review for a mediocre beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly cloudy light golden orange color with a finger's worth of white foam which dissipates into a thin layer and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: The nose is somewhat fruity and sweet with some mild hop notes present as well.

T: The flavor has a moderate bitterness with a fruity and citrusy quality that's refreshing. Overall, though, the flavor is not very intense.

M: The beer has a nice crisp carbonation but the body is a bit thin.

D: Definitely an easy drinking beer, and actually better than most American wheat ales, but still not one I'd look for as a regular beer.

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Photo of Buckmaister
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a weizen glass between 45-50 degrees
pale yellow color that is slightly cloudy, a great puffy 3-finger head, lots of tiny bubbles, moderate lacing left

floral, fruity, sweet smell, slightly of citrus...all around appeasing!

a faint lemon taste, faint grass notes? that's the problem...everything's too faint to pick up on

you can feel the small bit of carbonation from the very first moment the beer hits your tongue and that feeling remains the same throughout, almost seems watered down...

great! the low ABV and non-offending taste really make this one easy to down

Thoughts: Not bad but I was hoping for more flavor out of this one. It's not what I would call refreshing (say for the spring or summer months) or heartwarming (as one would want for the fall or winter months) beer. It's definitely better than your average American Lager but for higher grade's just about average.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange yellow with a large white head, when swirled. no substantial lacing.

the smell is citrus with berries and a slight piney hop aroma. maybe a little caramel malt.

taste is citrus up front with a nice lightly bitter finish.

mouthfeel is spritzy and clean, light bodied.

a lot of wheat beers are very filling, but this one seems to not run into that problem.

really good beer, an excellent example of the style while making a lot of improvements where a lot of other American wheat beers fail, largely, in balance and body.

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Photo of seanyfo
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale blonde hue, 2 finger creamy head that reduces quickly, lacing good.

S- Nothing of note to me, some sweet candied fruit, maybe apricots

T- Faint floral hop notes, citrus, all very faint

M- Spritzy and refreshing, although watery

D- To be honest, disappointed, lacked depth in character and flavours. Watery backbone makes it refreshing although forgettable

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Photo of merryjoulton
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy stark goldenrod yellow with lots of fizzy bubbles and a loose fitting head that dissipates quickly after a vigorous pour. It tastes and smells as though they were trying too hard to make this taste light and in doing so neglected to include any flavor in the final product. Just seems like something is missing in this one.

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Photo of jgbuff
4.57/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great tasting Wheat Beer, this is by far the best american wheat beer I have tried. It's not made with spices. Just wheat, barley and some hopps. Very smooth wheaty taste, with a good hopp after flavor. Does seem a little bitter at first, but that passes after a couple swigs. If you like coriander, lemon, honey, orange, in yur wheat beers then stay away. This is more like a German import.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Rehoboth Beach DE. Poured chilled from the stubby 12oz into a mug.

A - A cloudy pale amber w/ more golden hues at the edges w/ 2 1/2 fingers of bone white w/ a small bead. Good lacing appears and clings on the sides of the glass

S - A crisp wheat nose w/ mild floral and subtle sweet odors w/ hints of citrus fruit

M- crisp, again I know, but in texture w/ mild sweetness and high carbonation and somewhat light medium body w/ a clean dry finish

T - A great fresh taste of wheat w/ mild malty nuttiness and crisp citrus undertones, mild lemony flavor w/ a hint of hop in the pepper-like background. Very malt forward in the residual taste w/ creamy wheat flavor and mild floral hop w/ nutty wheat as the last sips w/ subtle tang of yeast.

D - I found this to be refreshing, flavorful and balanced w/ clean flavors and could be the best American Pale wheat I have had, Unfortunately it is no longer made.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I thought this bottle might have been old, but then I checked the code on Sierra Nevada's website and found that it was bottled on Saturday, March 28th at 2:52pm. Sounds fresh enough to me.

Poured into a 12oz. weizen glass-thingy. It's the only kind of beer glass available at Happy Garden in Chico.

Appearance: I was kinda surprised when I first poured this one: it was crystal clear! That ain't no unfiltered wheat ale! I then realized that it needed to be swirled first. Oh... right, yeah. That looks better. Okay, so once I poured it correctly, this is what it looked like: cloudy, orange-gold body with a soft, white, frothy head. Good height and retention on the head, and decent lacing too. Nice.

Smell: Prior to the swirl, the nose was mainly lemon with wheat more or less in the background. The swirl intensified the wheat aroma, and added some effervescent spiciness. All in all, pretty bland and simple, but smooth.

Taste: Lemon and grassy hops dominated the pre-swished flavor profile. That's not what I should be scoring though. Following a proper pour, whole grain wheat loomed large. Lemon and grassy hops were still strong as well, producing a tart and bitter bite. Maybe a little too much bite. I can't say I was a big fan of SN Wheat's taste, though it was better than the other pale wheats I've had.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp with a clean finish. Body was well-balanced and not too full. The tartness and bitterness mentioned above should probably be mentioned here also, as it gave the beer a sharp nature. Still, not too shabby.

Drinkability: I'm simply not a fan of American Pale Wheats, but this one was the least offensive I've had. If you're a fan of the style, give this one a try while you still can.

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Photo of theghost3
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost transparent, yet slightly hazy deep golden with a 2-finger white head. Good retention & surprising amount of lacing.

Scent subtle--is mainly wheat with some lemony citrus; light fruits. The taste is rather bitter, there's sour citrus & herbal hops along with lots of wheat. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated, dry.

This is a very drinkable Pale Wheat. It goes great with Mexican food. Too bad it was retired, but I think the Kellerweis is a superior brew.

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Photo of kenito799
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Medium golden brew with decent head and some lacing. Lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, swirling nd adding lands a lot of haziness to the brew.

Aroma is fresh and tart, wheaty. Flavor brings a nice sour tanginess that is simple but very drinkable. A bit heavier than many wheat beers, and there is some bitter hop notes that make thi brew feela bit schizophrenic--a whea with hoppy American ale aspects creeping in. Still, the overall effect is quite good.

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Photo of morimech
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a large white head that had decent retention. Quite a bit of lacing is also left on the glass. The aroma... what aroma? Sadly it is sorely lacking. Just a weak malt aroma and a ghost of a citrus hints. I probable gave it a higher score than I should of but at least it was not offensive. Thing come back to life in the flavor. Solid wheat flavor with citrus hints and even some hops come into play. The hops give some grassy and floral input. Finishes dry but has a bit of a unappealing aftertaste that lowers the score. Light body and lively carbonation that suit the style. A nice low ABV drinker. Nothing spectacular but also nothing off putting either.

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Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like grapefruit juice, only cloudy; minimal head.

Hops present in the nose, masked slightly by the wheat.

Smooth, dull get hops, but like in the nose, they are gently subdued by the wheat.

There is slight carbonation in the mouth; a touch of bitterness gives way to a slightly sweet finish.

This is a nice-tasting, lowish alcohol beer that you could easily drink all night.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared at a home brew club meeting. Still around.

A - Pours yellow with a 2 fingered white head. Dissipated moderately fast and left little lacing.

S - Wheat and honey.

T - Wheat, honey, spicy and bitter hops.

M - Malt dominated, light in body and finished thin.

D - This is average for a wheat beer. I can see why they want to replace it with the kellerweiss. That is a hell of a beer.

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Photo of mikedashg
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Seriously cloudy yellow pour. Hey, unfiltered wheat, looks like one to me! Small foamy white head

S- Orange Citrus, Red grape, red wine like smell, interesting.

T- Quite tasty. Bread/cracker yeast, spice, not too complex though. Smelled better then it tasted I think.

M- Good carbonation, body and overall mouthfeel.

D- Very easy drinker

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Photo of cameraman
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale golden color in the glass, though it says unfiltered on the bottle, the look is very clear. It almost looks like a pilsner. A large puffy white head forms on top, it slowly sliding down the glass, leaving its mark along the way. The twang of yeast hits the nose at first scent, followed by a strong bread and the pleasant aroma of lemon. The taste of light wheat bread and biscuits come through at the beginning of each taste. A very mellow bitterness comes out, briefly, the wheat flavor is consistent. The feel starts light, a little watery, becoming heavier as slides to the back of the throat. It finishes with a slightly chewy feel. A very easy to drink beer, the mellow wheat flavors and the fairly quenching feel, make this a good choice for a summertime beer.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: The fact that this beer is labeled as unfiltered has me baffled because I've had plenty of unfiltered wheat beers before and this is has a relatively clear golden body. The 1.5 inch head was frothy and white.

S: Has a wheat and hop smell to it. No fruits or other additives.

T: This tastes very light compared to what I was expecting. If Hoegaarden ever came out with a light beer, this would be it.

M: Crisp and smooth the whole way down, this wheat beer is refreshing with no overbearing flavor.

D: I could definitely kick back a few of these chilling out by the pool. It is a very drinkable and light wheat beer. I wish it had more complexity though.

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Photo of philbe311
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of fizzy, yet rocky, white snow colored head... Loads of rushing carbonation throughout... A muted mustard yellow color... Lots of sticky white rings form around the glass during the session...

S - Very slight aroma all the way around... Faint hint of sweet lemon... Wheat... Really not too much else going on here...

T - Loads of wheat and grain... Lots of bread and biscuit... Liquid lemon cough drop... A slight hoppy kick on finish... Astringent aftertaste...

M - Rich creamy foam touches the lips first... This is followed by massive amounts of fizzy carbonation on the tongue... Light to medium bodied... Pretty smooth, but a tad on the thin side...

D - Sorry to say this, but aside form a solid appearance, this reminds me of a glorified macro... Weak aroma and taste... Average at best mouthfeel... The 4.4%ABV does make it quite sessionable, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one...

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Photo of Brencr
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a wheat beer, I guess I expected a little more. Poured with about 1/8" head. Had a some what flat aroma, but it goes down smoothly. I think I stick with the Big Foot. Then again, I'm and IPA man so take what I say with a grain of salt. Overall, it is average but high in price.

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