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 Sammy
2.44/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light colour, with white head, and no smell for a wheat. Rather astringent ( "real") lemon sour off taste. Lightly hopped, smooth, oK carbonation, but forgettable.Had about two years' later and while less sour it was still acidic and bothered my teeth.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This style probably gets the worst reviews out of any, but I knew Sierra Nevada could never make a bad beer. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a nice fluffy head to it.. some good lacing to it too. Taste is light bodied, with some lemon type twinge to the taste. Easy to drink, nothing spectacular.. then again it's hard to make a wheat beer really stand out. One of the better wheat beers I've had and a solid beer.. but when I'm looking for a beer for the night a wheat beer is one of the last style I would go to.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good American Wheat beer. Usually timid and undercut in comparison to German Wheats, this beer proves to be of much better quality than is usually expected from American brewers. Quite saison-like in the aroma with scents of wheat, citrus fruits, cloves, malt, and paw-paws. Not quite as intense as the bananna and bubble gum aromas of Germans, but pleasant and crisp to the nose. Flavors show very similar qualities, but with a mild dirty flavor and emphasis on the crispness. The texture is mild, but never waters; just remains crisp and clean throughout. The finish is very clean with a lingering citrus / hop flavor and a spicy / peppery follow-up. Though I still prefer good German Wheats, this one is certainly better than any American rendition that I've tried.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a white/yellow color slightly hazy beer with a quite large foamy white head with good retention. Aroma of weak is lighter then expected with subtle hops that are also discernable. Weak taste of wheat with a slight touch of bitter hops, which don’t really fit in. Carbonation is just incredibly high which I don’t mind for the style. Overall, I guess this is just a bit boring.

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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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, citrus and clove.

T - Tasted of a good dose of wheat. Also, had some nice spice. There was a citrus/corriander flavor, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - A pretty good wheat beer. Yet another good product from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weizen glass, best thing I had to a wheat glass. Color is a straw yellow. A little bit pale. Pours a light white head, medium amount of lace.

Aroma is an obvious wheat smell, but it is complemented by a lemon zest.

The taste is quite similiar, except the lemon is much more present in the taste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, becomes rich after swallowed. Medium level of cabonation.

Overall, this is a really easy to drink beer. Very simple, nothing to complex. I would easily have this for a session beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly the benchmark by which all American wheat beers should be measured. It pours a surprisingly clear golden body until the yeast swirl is added, clouding it and adding an orange-ish cast. The short and creamy bright white head collapses shortly but is easily revived with a simple swirl of the glass. Left unattended to, it still maintains a thin creamy collar and leaves some spotty lace throughout the glass. The nose expresses a distinct wheat character with some mild fruitiness and softly citrusy Cascade hops. The body is light and refreshing, enhanced by a spritzy, very fine-bubbled carbonation from bottle conditioning. The flavor displays a mildy tart (low pH) and lightly sweet and bready wheat malt that's backed by a firm bitterness and infused with a gently citrusy hop flavor that appears quite lemony. The finish is dry with a dull lingering bitterness and some mouth-coating astringency. Refreshing. Tasty. Very drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a short foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of wheat along with a little bit of pale hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of wheat, lemon and light malts. There’s a little bit of sweetness and a mild hops presence, but the wheat flavors ends up taking over in the end. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very good representation of style, it’s a nice beer to drink for a while, especially if you want something light, however there are many others that I would choose first within the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly murky golden amber with a small number of larger suspended bits and a great deal of vigorous carbonation. The beer becomes considerably more cloudy when the final few ounces are added. The head is large, is a shade darker than pure white and is surprisingly sticky. The middle remains elevated as it drops first at the edges, leaving a respectable amount of lace behind.

The nose is subdued and is rather bland. Not much malt--just a little untoasted pale wheat--and almost no hops. The flavor is interesting and I can't decide yet if I like it. It definitely tastes wheaty, like liquid wheat bread. There also an understated hoppiness that's growing on me as I drink. Maybe just a hint of lemon as well. The mouthfeel isn't what I'd call crisp, but it is clean and just short of dry.

Sierra Nevada Wheat isn't a world beater, but in the end, I found something to like. It did a great job of quenching my thirst after the round of golf that I just completed. It may not be as impressive as some of the other SN brews, but I will most likely buy it again.

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Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours straw/golden with a 4 fingers white head. Minimal head retention & no lacing

Smell: Slight fruittyness & grassyness then malty wheat

Taste: Lemon & malty wheat up front. Dryness & grassyness follow,. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Medium with effervesence

Drinks too easy, a pretty good american wheat ale

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a bit of an enigma to me. I had never actually tried it before last night apparently. I thought I had but after the first sip I new I would have remembered this one. It poured a clear bright golden amber with a nice white fizzy and fluffy head on top. This faded quickly and left behind only some token lace and lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Smell was full of yeast and fresh cut grass, lots of wheat as well, with a touch of banana and a bit of lemon. That can pretty much describe the taste as well. It had a light body and amble carbonation, and a very bright taste. There was definitely a lot of wheat in there and the yeast was giving it a bit of a tartness that I had not had before. I would have remembered this flavor as it was quite unique. A really cool interpretation of the style, I thought it went very well with a chicken dinner. It is pretty sessionable, though the flavor might wear on you after a while. Overall this was more then a decent offering, but I would not go as far as to call it a favorite. It was good for what it was, but not really my cup of tea. Still worth a shot as I am sure you can find it around.

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slippery lace on the glass. Nearly pure white head. Nearly clear--unusual for a wheat beer. The color is straw yellow.

Crisp and slightly wheaty. There's a bit of metal in the background.

Interesting flavors: the metal shows up on the initial sip. This is a dry beer without much wheat to the taste. Faint apricot. The hop shows up at the swallow.

Overall a good thirst quenching beer.

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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 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 Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Neveda Wheat is a hazy straw color with a nice level of carbonation. The head is thick and rocky, but has weak retention. The aroma has a strong wheat smell with an underlying malt sweetness. The taste has an excellent wheat flavor with an underlying sweet malt body. A mild lemon zest accenuates the wheat flavors. German hop flavors come into play towards the finish and add to the crisp mouthfeel. This is one of the most flavorful wheat beers I've expirienced, wheat fans should not pass this one up.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.47/5  rDev -29.4%
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 jwc215
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded, more like hazy, pale yellow with a thick white head that slowly descends to a thin cover, leaving some lacing.

The smell is very mild - a hint of wheat with a light, slightly musty, citric note.

The taste is of wheat tang with a hint of lemon. A bit of sweet with a bit of tart. Mellow. Finishes crisp and dry. Light-bodied and a bit fizzy.

A hot day's thirst quencher.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly hazed, pale , straw-yellow appearance. glistening cap of snow-white foam atop, solid, but settling assuredly.
Aroma: lemon zest, orange peel, a hint of spice, but over-all smooth and pleasant.
Nice citric bite at the fore, tingly hops, then all is soft and palatable. Good wheat texture in the mouthfeel, hits the back of the throat amiably. Banana meets orange in the flavor, with a hit of lemon at the side.
Quite refreshing, and a very welcome addition to my fridge now that the temperature is climbing up there.
(Summer in Minnesota, the best 2 weeks of the year!)

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus (lemon) first, slight hops, some wheat, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level, slightly watery though. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then wheat, slight hops comes through next, and last some slight lemon. Overall, a good blend of flavors, really smooth, and a nice body (not too thick or thin). This is what I've been looking for from this category; reminiscent of a Saison with less noticeable yeast.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy gold pour with little yeasties floating around. Smallish head and very light lacing.

Smell- Smells fairly hoppy for a hefe. That's about all I smell. No cloves or banana or anything.

Taste- Hmmm, hefe this is not, but it makes for a pretty good hoppy pale ale! Decent amount of hops in here. Very little wheat taste.

Mouthfeel. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Hate to knock the beer down a little because it makes a good pale ale. But a hefe, it is not. No cloves or banana or the like. Good brew, but not as a hefe.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've typically found this style a bit boring - it tastes like wheat, big deal - but this was a nice surprise. While the clean wheat and barley flavor a big part of the beer, a mix of the yeast and hops made for a complex mix of spicy flavors that sets this beer apart.

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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 WesWes
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a really fruity wheat scent that is sweet and kind of dry. The taste is good. It has a nice wheat flavor with the addition of hops to make it original, although it works against the style. It is fruity and slightly bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer that is adequately carbonated. This is a good wheat beer. I can't figure out the poor reviews. It's light, full of flavor, and has hops, which I love. I think it drinks well.

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