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 BayouBengal1537
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass while watching the LSU Tigers in the College World series

Appearance - Cloudy, straw/pale color, thick white head that recedes to a thinner patchy head. Cloudy due to the unfiltered effect

Smell - herbal, citrus/lemon, malts, some hoppy aroma

Taste - smooth, malty richness, good hops balance with the wheat. Citrus at the end, very refreshing

Mouth feel - Light to medium body, high carbonation, crisp, clean finish

Drinkability - great summer beer on a hot summer day, overall a good wheat beer and quality product from Sierra nevada

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Photo of Beerbythepool
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.
Beautiful 2 finger head that is very white, like liquid paper white. Fluffy head that leaves great lacing. Actually thick lacing that builds a texture to the side of the glass.

Light golden color with a slight haze, but not as hazy as I would expect from an unfiltered wheat.

Smells of grass and lemon, but not much flavor when I take a sip. Maybe a little too watery for this type of beer. But goes down very easy and could be a good session beer. Lawnmower beer for sure. Good mouthfeel with no aftertaste.

I like lacing and fluffy heads so for me this beer looks better than it tastes for me, but I would have it again on a hot day.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow/orange with a big fluffy 1.5 finger head with sudsy lace that doesn't stick.
Smells of pine, orange peel, spice, and wheat.
Taste is a little bolder than other wheats I've had with a hoppier bitterness than others. Its like a light IPA/Wheat. Light citrus and wheat flavor with a medium bitterness.
High carbonation with a crisp refreshing feel. Drinkability is pretty high.

Overall a good beer but a little shy of greatness.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: The body is crystal-clear and pale straw in color. But the star of the show is a monstrous, luxuriant head that leaves awesome curtains of doily-like lace and endures until the bottom of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma: A pale wheat base with decent hops and some hints of citrus. It's pretty thin overall.

Taste: It's much the same story in the flavor profile. A pale, somewhat bready wheat body with a nice citrus kick and decently bitter hops. Quite mellow, but much more intense than the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Just short of dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Absolutely top-notch; perfect for grilling on summer's day.

Verdict: Sierra Nevada is a solid, tasty Wheat beer, and I'm sad to see it go. Sure, it may not be the most exciting beer in the lineup, but it will be missed.

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazey but not cloudy yellowish color edging towards being gold. Not as murky as German Hefe's. Head was thick and white and held up well. Aroma was of lightly malted wheat,some fruit and citrus notes but very neutral. Flavor was bready and pretty blasee. No hop flavor. Body was low to medium and appropriate for style.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow with a really foamy white head and some really nice lacing.

The smell is very biscuity with some hints of fruits.

The taste is fruity with some earthy wheat flavor with some hoppy feel. Some hints of lemon, tangerine, and grapefruit.

The beer has a pretty good mouth feel, pretty carbonated with an easy drinking, crisp feel.

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

I've been on a long search for a quality American-style wheat, & finally found one I can attach to.
Appearance is very light yellow, cloudy (unfiltered), & pours with a medium, lacy head. Could be better if a little more darker, however.
Aroma is very mild with yeasty, citrus, and hop notes. No strong orange and corriander that's found in the German styles.
Taste is very smooth. Starts with the wheat & lacks maltiness, very little bitternes, mild citrus, and finishes with just a hint of hops to balance it out. Crisp & refreshing. Nice to not have the spices & orange that is found in most wheats.
Mouthfeel really sets this beer apart from others. Little chunky with some texture, with a good amount of carbonation.
Overall, a very drinkable beer. A refreshingly smooth one to drink on a warm day, that doesn't have any overpowering flavors. A very well balanced wheat beer.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into Duvel tulip.

A- cloudy, light yellow with a hint of orange. Head is white and falls more quickly than expected but not suddenly.

S- sweet malt is the dominant aroma, with hops in the background. Maybe a little lemon zest or something, but over-all very plain nose.

T- crisp and well carbonated, with more of a fresh lemon flavor than presented by the nose. Overall flavor is malty and lemony, without much depth or variation. Aftertaste is very clean, this would probably be very good with an oily fish to benefit from the sweetness and the palate cleansing. On its own, however, it is nondescript and uninspired. Decent, but not impressive.

M- crisp, carbonated thoroughly, light body. Very refreshing mouthfeel.

D- this beer is lightly colored, bland smelling, generic tasting, and slightly watery body. But it is very drinkable. If you want a sweet, somewhat lemony wheat beer that you can drink all night long, this is a good contender.

Overall - this beer is generic and unimpressive. It is a bland, forgettable example of a bland forgettable style. Frankly, I was hoping SN would do something impressive to create an American Wheat that wasn't, well, like this. But it is like most American Wheats, and that is too bad. I'll finish the 6 pack (unless somebody else wants them) but this is a "miss" in my book.

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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 IMincedTheKing
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange with a lumpy head and some lacing.

The nose is bready and herbal. Continuing that theme, it tastes of bread and herbs with some mild spice, a hint of citric hops, and a drying finish. In the mouth, it feels full with little carbonation. I think it's slightly too astringent, but overall, it's quite inoffensive.

However, because it's so inoffensive, I don't really want any more, even though it'd be easy to polish off a bunch of these.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: FOUR huge fingers of white, thick foam over a somewhat hazy dark orange to light copper color. There is a respectable amount of lacing and head retention.
S: Fresh wheat and spice under a crisp aroma of damp grains.
T: Not the hugest flavors, but those discernible include citrus and wheat. The flavors are not as spicy as the aromas would lead me to believe. The sip ends in a bitter fruit character. There is also a delicate perfume sense about the flavor that I quite enjoyed.
M: Water at some moments, but mostly crisp and refreshing.
D: I'm more than happy to finish the 6er of this brew and make room for the Kellerweis! But I do want to point out that this beer is great to pair with a salad.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a rich gold in color and holds a light head when poured into a pint glass. Not a whole lot coming out of it in the way of aroma. Perhaps just a slight hoppiness on the nose. Very straightforward flavor-wise for a wheat beer. They have obviously resisted the urge to overdo it with fruits and spices. This is a simple wheat beer which I prefer. It is very good and the absence of a "heavily fruited" or "spiced" flavor is right on. I would call this beer well crafted with a nice structure. There is some mild prickle from the carbonation. One of my favorite wheat beers to date.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium gold into a pint glass with a nice finger of off white head. The head had good retention and lace.

The smell is of wheat malts and a hint of citrus. Nothing really stands out, it's all understated.

Nice wheat taste with some citrus undertones. Very nice blend of malt and hops. Nice clean finish.

Medium body and light carbonation.

Overall a very tasty and easy to drink brew.

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Photo of Andreji
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa! i've been focused in the north east but snatched this baby up in a small-time market in the fulton area in NYC.

Pour is cloudy golden with light head and some lacing, it's very light toned and seems a distant cousin of those witbiers from bellgium.

the smell is beautiful, a sweet popurri of dry herbs and spices bursting through a wheaty background, quite inexplicable. so is the taste, which very fruity and herby somewhat tea-like. soft hoppy finish with a medium body and nice carbonation make it tasty but still refreshing.

All in all this is top, worthy of trying anytime.

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Photo of mempath
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours like any other stellar wheater...cloudy pale and alot of intricate lacing

nose is a yeasty spice-malty, but not overpowering...just upfront in a delicate way...again, nice

taste is...dang, underwhelming...not delicate or sublime as the appearance and smell were...there just isn't any depth and thus...balance to even weigh...not bad at all...fine and all that, but nothing stellar as i would expect from the makers of celebration and torpedo!

carbonation evident in the pour is gone by the time it is in the mouth...not flat and not quite uncrisp...but it's ultimately neither...if that makes sense...drinkable for sure, but why session this. again, maybe it's the context...SN is a great brewery...this is decent, would be great with any chowder...(or alone in the summer...seems like a summer ale)

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Photo of FarmHouseJam
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light faint orange color, hazy with sediment.

Smell takes over nose as I sip white head not much lacing,.

Bit of alcohol comes through over malt.

Beer is fair nothing out of the ordinary of rouge.

After another swig i believe this beer is quite malty. Too much for my reference.

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Photo of BigJim5021
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy pale straw with a chunky white head. Balls to the walls with lacing. Just way more lacing than can be expected from a wheat ale.

Smell is pretty much nonexistent. I just detect a faint malty sweetness and some soapiness.

Flavor is pretty bland. This is -- sadly -- about what to expect from an American wheat ale. Not much to say, really. It's the tiniest bit citric.

Mouthfeel is good. Quite smooth with proper carbonation. This is the beer's strongest attribute for sure.

I could drink a couple of these, but it's just downright boring. Hell, this style of beer is fucking boring. The only time that it really works is when someone does something different with it. You can keep this middle-of-the-road shit. If I'm gonna have an American wheat, I'll take an Oberon or Gumballhead. Otherwise, give me a wit or a Bavarian any day of the week.

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Photo of necrat
2.24/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well. I knew from the get go this would be a lighter beer. I didn't expect this to be along the same lines of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Normally I would do an indepth report on it, but it;s not worthy of it.

It's OK, if you like American Lager style beers.

Overall, eh.

Never again.

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Photo of CAP1868
2/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into my favorite Wasabi 88 pint glass.

A- Looks exactly like a bud light or miller light any macro or lite/light beer

S-No real smell to speak of

T- Tastes thin watery not really much to this brew.

M- Thin watery nothing much to speak of

D- Sure you could drink a ton of these low carbonation and low ABV make this an easy drinking brew

Had I known it was going to taste like a Coors light I would've saved myself a good bit of money $9 for a 6-pack of coors is what I got.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden appearance. Though very light in color, looks thick and chewy.

Smell is spicey. Some herbs and hops there too.

This beer is perfectly in balance. The problem is there is simply not much ther in the way of malt or hops. Some citrus in the aftertaste.

Good mouthfeel. Much more full-bodied than the appearance indicates.

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a weizen glass.

Cloudy honey color, big white head.

Smells of fresh cut hay, malty/wheaty tang. Slight bitter/tart scent.

Tastes of mild barley and wheat. Slightly bread-like, but mostly just fresh grain. Mellow sweetness. Very slight grass taste at the end. Very cooling, refreshing. Since it doesn't have the banana and clove thing going on, it lets you taste the grain itself more. Slight refreshing lemon. Traces of hops.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carbonation.

Very drinkable. Refreshing and mellow. Because of the type of beer they were going for, I don't think this would ever get a super high rating, because it's not supposed to blow your mind with incredible flavors. It's sessionable, mellow, and perhaps on the simple side.

I bought this when I heard it had been discontinued, to be replaced with the kellerweis. It was bottled last october, but it still tastes pretty fresh. Might have been better when it was actually fresh though. A good beer.

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Photo of atis
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with half finger head that soon fades to patchy and bubbly layer, some patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is wheat with citrus herbal hops.

Taste is sharp lemony herbal hops with sweetish finish and light bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with slightly above average carbonation.

Overall, refreshing and rather bittery brew.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy straw yellow, with a little puff of white head that maintains a little trim around the edges of the glass.

S: Lemon peel, and a slight hint of fruitiness... almost berry-like. A soft wheat graininess rounds it all out.

T: Flavour is similar to a Belgian wit with a lemon zest taste that reminds me of cereal. It's not spiced the same way, but it's close.

M: A little sting of carbonation that sticks around for a few... it goes down with a bit of the fizzle holding on, almost feeling a little over carbonated, perhaps.

D: I had hopes set for a little more, maybe, but it's not too bad. I don't see myself seeking it out again in the near future, but I'm glad to have taken the time to try it.

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Photo of LyonsHead
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 tronester
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a thin white head. The sediment must have stuck to the bottom of the bottle. Smell is faintly of wheat. Taste is of tart wheat, a thin grain, with an interesting fruity hop flavor. Bitterness levels are nice. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, good carbonation. Very drinkable, 4.4 abv is nice, almost a session beer. A pretty good beer overall, but I like Sierra Nevada's other offerings better.

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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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