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 ruckus232
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, but can still see through to the other side of the glass. A medium amount of head and lacing.

Smell: Rather bland but a slight citrus smell, more specifically lemon

Taste: Mildly sweet taste similar to many beers of this style but lacking any strong spice. When you drink it there is that sense that there will be that bitter bite at the end but nothing ever comes of it. Very nice to drink but could use a little more flavor.

Comment: I do enjoy this beer and I am sure I would enjoy more of these but really could go with just a little bit more flavor.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale and hazey banana peel skin hue. Two finger head to start that recedes to an all encompassing film that leaves some lacing on the glass. A little sharpness in the nose, maybe some hints of orange peel. But all in all a bit bland. The hops seem to cut through the banana and clove flavors way too quick. You really don't get a chance to enjoy the yeast and malt of this wheat beer. Not enough balance between hops and malt here. A little light and almost bland in flavor, but some sharpness too. Pretty easy to drink, despite the unbalance of flavors.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To be perfectly fair, before I begin my review, I am not a big fan of this style of beer, they always seem to be "weak Hefeweizens" if you will, but I am a big fan of Sierra Nevada, and wanted to give this one a go.
Pours out a slightly hazed tone of light golden amber. The slight murkiness is appreciated, as I am missing my Hefe-sediment, head is nice, light and remains actively bubbling for several minutes.
Smells of lightly malted wheatiness, some yeasts in there adding a bit of creaminess, the German Spalt hops used for bittering are usually used for Pilsner, and the upfront aroma is definatly more Pilsner than Hefe. The nose is clean,citric, and finishes with the nice Spalt note.
Taste is light, slightly lemony. White grapes, passionfruit sorbet, orange, bit of pineapple, something floral almost like the lightest touch of lavender. A splash of wheat adds a slight bit of creaminess to what otherwise would be a fine German lager. I am almost reminded of a restrained version of Victory Prima Pils in drinking this brew.
Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, clean, finishing with a tight hoppy citric bite.
I enjoyed this beer, what a great session beer to have on hand. It is not really a "wheat beer" in my book, but a fine drink nonetheless. The light ABV and avaliability already guarantee a spot for this brew in my fridge in the summer.
After many dissapointments with this style(UFO hefeweizen, Circus Boy, Sam Adams wheat) I am glad I found a good offering.

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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 AtlasBrew
4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Unfiltered, hazy, golden straw color with a nice white lacy head typical of a wheat beer.

Aroma: Nice citrusy aroma, probably from the hops, with just a hint of a spicy yeasty aroma.

Flavor: Sweet grains up front, citrusy taste with a spicy yeast flavor and a mild bitterness that increases as it dries. Medium mouth feel.

Overall: Very nice wheat beer, very drinkable, good session beer.

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Photo of steveh
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this brew after many years -- with a new perspective and added beer sampling experience.

A -- Hazy golden color with a long-lasting white head.

S -- Spicy German noble hop character off the top with a grainy, nutty character back. Some vague DMS.

T -- Mild citrus up front with the same graininess from the nose through the middle, mingling with bready malts. Dry, spicy hop finish with out being overpowering.

M -- Soft and vaguely syrupy with a light to medium light body.

D -- Outstanding -- flavor and body make this a great session beer along with the 4.4 ABV. The beer reminds me of a cross between Oberon and Goose Island's Summertime. I'm not a big fan of American Wheats, but this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of yeastsipper
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very weak looking yellow with a nice white head. Lots of bubbles fighting their way upwards, and continue to do so minutes after the pour. Not the darker, cloudier look I would expect from an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell is fine if nothing noteworthy. The wheat comes through, followed by grain and a slight floral aroma.

Taste is good, though not complex in any way. To me, tastes like a typical lager with an infusion of wheat. Not picking up any of the fruit/spice flavors I have with other wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonation very good. Not at all a bad beer, and I will enjoy the rest of the 6 pack, but not a beer I will seek out.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden color. I was surprised it was clear, considering the bottle claimed it is unfiltered. There is a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but not enough to make the beer cloudy in any way. There is an abundant amount of carbonation, and an aggressive pour produces a thick white head. It produces an impressive amount of lacing as well.

Has a very light aroma. Does have some earthy and floral qualities, but mostly grassy with a hint of citrus.

Has a nice wheat flavor. Besides that, there is a light hop presence. As it warms the citrus comes through stronger, but is never overwhelming. I get a tiny hint of a bitter aftertaste.

Has a light body and an ample carbonation. Very drinkable, and very enjoyable. My only knock was that it wasn't cloudy or hazy, but clear. I was expecting a translucent liquid, not a clear one. Other than that, no complaints.

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

Pours a hazy gold with fluffy, long lasting white head. Smell: pale and wheat malt, slightly musty with a hint of grassy, spicy hops. Taste: lemony, spicy, tangy, bready, slightly medicinal. Mouthfeel: smooth with fluffy wheat feel. Kind of like a helles with wheat. Would make a decent sessioner.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color with a frothy two-finger white head supported by a constant stream of bubbles. The head becomes rather rocky as it dissipates. The head stay around for the entire drink and leaves lots of lacing. Doesn't get get better than this.

S: Not too strongly scented, smells of wheat and hops with a small amount of citrus.

T: Nice wheat flavor with citrus hops and a bit of clove flavor, not amazing but not overly wheat heavy.

Overall: Very crisp and carbonated with bubbles flowing strongly for the entire drink, its very drinkable and not very expensive, one of the best wheats I've had.

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Photo of glid02
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a turbid light straw color with a one-finger white head. The head sticks around before dissipating into a wispy layer on top that leaves decent lacing.

Smells very grassy with hints of sweet lemon as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grassy pale malt flavors up front, and as it warms it almost gets tart with citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness for the style and the carbonation is just right.

Drinkability is alright. One of these is enough for me.

Overall I'm still trying to appreciate wheats, and this one does a little bit to further its cause. Worth a shot.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium pale straw color with a big white foamy head. There was a tons of visible carbonation for a wheat that burst to the surface in a mad fizzle.

S: a nice fresh wheat aroma, along with light citrus (lemons). The nose was fairly clean and light.

T: The flavor had a nice wheatiness to it, light, dry and crisp with light citrusy flowery notes to round things out. A decent tart flavor but really nothing to get excited about.

M: crisp, dry and fairly smooth and creamy with a liveliness from the carbonation.

D: Ok drinkability, not terribly complex. Would make for a decent summer picnic beer.

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Photo of mjurney
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pale cloudy color with a nice rocky head.
Aroma: Citrus, herbal, some hint of banana from the yeast.
Taste: Lemony, spicy, bready. Really refreshing taste.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fruity and clean finish.

The best American Wheat Beer I ever had.

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Photo of Durge
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold from the bottle this one is perfectly clear light gold in color with a modest but sturdy white froth and a sticky coating of solid lacing. The aroma is a substantial grape hop tartness, somewhat floral but with some "body". The flavor is an interesting mellon and wheat, fair bodied for such a crispy styled brew. It has a skunky quality like some pilsners and the hint of hops pops up again. It's well carbonated, refreshing and quite drinkable. This skunky mellon combo isn't really my favorite idea, doesn't really capture what I expect from a wheat beer, but it's OK.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a creamy white medium to small head that has great endurance. It leaves ok to rocky lacing.

Aroma is of wheat and citrus with some yeast.

Flavor is pretty much the same with a hint of bitterness and some bread.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth drinkin'. Not watery at all. It's pretty good in my book.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

The appearance is a cloudy straw colour. A decent white head is gone quickly and leaves some lacing.

Wheat (of course) and lemons are in the nose. The taste is the same wheat and lemon, with bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Drinkability suffers a bit since the bitterness follows the drink down the throat and hangs around for a few seconds.

It's not bad, but I probably will not revisit when there is better beer available.

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

This is a very hazy beer with a lot of head and lace. The body is a bronze color. It has a clove and wheat aroma with some other spices in the mix that I cannot put my finger on. The taste is not as much like a traditional wheat or weizen as thought it would be. This has a very spicy taste but sweet at the same time. The mouthfeel medium with a mild bite. It has slight hop bitterness.

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

First time with this beer

A- Vivid carbonation makes for an active head on top of a golden-amber hazy-clear body

S- Smells like everything a wheat beer should be. Malted wheat dominates with subtle citric hop flavors noticeable along with a classic brewers yeast.

T- Tastes like it smells. Lacks a filling malt taste that I like in my pale wheat ales, but qualifies as a session brew with it's light, background flavor qualities

M&D- Like I said in "Taste", this is a session brew that is so smooth and drinkable it may be the new water. Smooth carbonation

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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 meatmallet
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Straw colored with a white head that left a ring around the glass.

Smell: Not very strong but I can pick up wheat and yeast.

Taste: Kind of watery with a hint of citrus and wheat. Hoppy end but nothing special.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Carbonation is light and overall this is an unforgetable beer.

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Photo of Schwarz04
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale with a hint of orange. Very clear for an unfiltered wheat beer. Nice thick head that dissipates slowly. Sparse lacing clings to the sides of the glass as you drink.

Smell: Wheaty with hints of lemon and orange.

Taste: Very slightly bitter, with mild mixed citrus notes. Very enjoyable.

M: The slight bitterness becomes more apparent as you let the beer wander in your mouth, bringing out the faint hoppiness. This dominates the more pleasant citrus notes to an extent.

D: Drinks very smoothly and easliy. Not my all time favorite Unfiltered wheat but will definatly purcase again sometime...

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Photo of patobandito
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Been looking forward to this, as I generally like wheat beers. Now I regret my anticipation. It pours a slightly hazy yellow color, not as hazy as I expected with it being labeled 'unfiltered'. Leaves a slight head with moderate lacing. Smells like wheat, ie: kinda of citrusy. then there is a hint of unexpected hops. Taste is similar, lemony and wheat, then a hit of hops on the finish. Its the hops that really turn me off to this beer. I don't mind hops, but not this much in a wheat. Its this bitterness that lowers the drinkability in my opinion.

Not bad, but I wont be trying this again.

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Photo of bmwats
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A: Pale cloudy straw. Pours into a giant white 3 finger foamy head. Settles forming little craters, foamy spiderweb lacing clings to the sides of the glass as it does.

S: Wheat (surprise), although not a wheaty as you'd expect and a little lemon.

T: Hoppy and bitter, with subtle citrus hints.

M: Hoppiness is a bit of shock. Overwhelms a bit, distracting from any other flavor, and leaves the bitter aftertaste behind.

D: Okay. Doesn't drink as easily or smoothly as you'd like.

I'm a big wheat fan, but this one is a little distinct. Not just a whole lot of flavor, and a shocking taste for this style. Atmosphere maybe a little better than flavor.

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

A - pours a cloudy pale gold color that produces a foamy white head that left no lacing

S - has a nice wheat scent accompanied by some grassy and lemon hints

T - mild hops and wheat, lemon and floral tastes as well

M - thin bodied almost watery, slight carbonation

D - very drinkable beer, very light and tasty, can have many over and over again

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Photo of Dannyt
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. short brown bottle into pint glass.

This pale gold/straw colored brew had a minimal amount of crisp white head, which almost immediately dispersed.
The aroma was of wheat (imagine that) and more subtle grassy notes, with that trade mark Sierra Nevada finish.
A crisp wheat flavor is what is immediately present, almost a sweet alphalpha like finish followed up with the subdue hop bitterness.
A low carbonation and a nice medium body make this a great hot day beer.

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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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