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Sierraveza | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the classic cervezas served ice cold by the beach, we created our own take on those light and easy beers born south of the border. Sierraveza is golden and crisp, with a balanced malt flavor and a hit of floral hops that will have you calling out for another round.

YEAST: Lager yeast
MALTS: Pilsner, Wheat, C-60

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Photo of woodychandler
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was out to The Beer & Beverage Shoppe today with a very specific Want/shopping list & I got EVERYTHING that I was hoping for! This was one of them & even better, it is a CAN to be included in The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Family Owned, Operated & Argued Over"; "Easy-Drinking Lager".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. I was interested to see it come foaming up unbidden & so I backed off & down to allow it to do its thing. I wound up with just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with low retention, quickly fading to wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity, allowing me to see into the future. It didn't look good for my PGH Penguins! 8=( Nose was fairly clean with a lime & salt zest, marred only slightly by a light corn presence. I get that they were going for a CANternative to Corona et al, but really, why bother, except for market share? Mouthfeel was thin, about standard for the style. The taste was interesting in that they had managed to mimic a MexiCAN Lager with lime without requiring me to squeeze a lime into it. Other than that, it seemed to be a run-of-the mill example of the style. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing, but for me, not really sustaining. YMMV.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy pillowy foamy bright white head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass.

S: Moderate aromas of cereal grain + cracker malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. Light aromas of citrus/lemon zest + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of cereal grain + cracker malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of citrus/lemon zest + spicy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which slowly fades away.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol with a nice crisp mouthfeel and definitely sessionable. Perfect after a long run on a hot/humid evening.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BayAreaJoe
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer on 2-10-19 from TW Arrowhead for $7.99. Canned on 12-6-18; consumed on 4-7-19. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a smallish white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is grainy with some light floral hops in the background.

Taste is grain forward with some sweetness. Finish is hopped enough to balance things out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Overall a pretty tasty lawnmower beer. Previously had a couple of cans after a day of running around on a warm spring day and found it nicely refreshing at that time as well!

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Photo of griz281
1.25/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bought by mistake, reminds me more of a poorly done sour beer, maybe spiked cheap soda pop.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oddcopter
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like it. A tasty alternative to big beer. Nice mild bite from carbonation and noble hops. Easy drinking lager, for sure.

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mj24053
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's exactly what it says it is..an easy drinking lager. If that's what you want, this is one of the better choices. Surprising amount of flavor for such a light beer. Perfect warm weather, easy drinking beer

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer is served a golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is grainy with a little bit of bread and yeast. Along with these aromas comes some notes of caramel and a bit of a sweeter corn smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready taste that has a little bit of a corn and caramel sweetness. The sweetness gets stronger and stronger as the taste moves forward, all while some other flavors of yeast and some lighter hop flavors of grass and herb, along with a hint of citrus, come to the tongue to leave a balanced and very easy going flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness with a carbonation level that is average. A slightly thinner body may have been slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall – A quite easy drinking, somewhat more malty and sweet, but very balanced mexi style lager overall. A rather good session like brew.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a moderate, soapy white foam with medium retention. Sweet malty and light bready aromas. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Sweet and bready malt flavors with medium light spicy hop bitterness. Finished cleanly with alight herbal hop and malty aftertaste. An easy drinking lager that had some characteristics of a helles lager.

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Photo of mrovelli
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jakecattleco
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of khargro2
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkrich
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: clear golden hue with a quickly receding frothy white head - very nice looking lager pour.

Very fresh aromas of light citrus and malt.

This intensely quaffable lager has a decidedly sweet profile much like a helles or even a dortmunder style; however, each sip remains refreshing with just the right touch of hops. This is no typical Central or South American lager. Indeed, this lager rivals many Czech pilsners. Hints of wafer and lemon round out the flavor profile.

It is interesting to see numerous craft breweries suddenly taking an interest in the "oridinary" lager style. Many reviewers have criticized the price point for just a plain lager, but I believe this lager is very well made and is a true "craft" beer. I only hope Sierra Nevada keeps this one permanent.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, light and golden in appearance. Has several fingers of white head and lazy carbonation bubbles.

Smells like unsalted crackers. Picking up a hint of sweetness and white bread. Just the faintest note of hops.

Taste is very good! Picking up a touch lime along with a fresh well crafted lager taste. You know the biscuits and crackers thing and like the smell there is just a touch of hops way in the back to keep a nice balance going.

Mouth is light with a crisp finish.

This is good beer! If you are looking for a Corona or similar Mexican lager go purchase one. This beer is a similar yet very different animal. While done in a similar style this is so much better crafted. This product better be around for a long while. Love to see this in 15 packs for those hot summer days when you want a cold refreshing beer. This one would definitely work. Very easy and smooth drinking and at 5% a person could have a few while running the grill and than enjoy another with the meal. Very good beer!

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Sierraveza from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 177 ratings