Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by Mitchster on 11-17-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
409
Ratings:
450
pDev:
14.9%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of merryjoulton
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
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 +30.9%
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 +18.9%
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 -7.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +3.2%
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 -1.4%
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 +4%
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 taste...you 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 -8.9%
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 +11.7%
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 +1.1%
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 +3.2%
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 -15.2%
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 -5.4%
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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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.9%
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 +9.5%
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 -5.2%
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 +6%
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 +10.3%
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 -2.6%
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 +18.9%
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 +4.9%
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 +4.9%
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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Sierra Nevada Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 450 ratings
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