Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
80
good
450 Ratings
Sierra Nevada Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
409
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 409
Photo of uturn
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of soupermirl
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ThomasG19
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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 Nate
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of rab53
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of Cyclon
5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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
Appearance:
pale yellow color that is slightly cloudy, a great puffy 3-finger head, lots of tiny bubbles, moderate lacing left

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

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

Mouthfeel:
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...

Drinkability:
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
brewers...it'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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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.5 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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