Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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American Lager
Ranked #211
Ranked #40,397
3.65 | pDev: 12.88%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Notes: 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
Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 282 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Tucquan
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2020-03-17 in Las Vegas, NV from a 12oz can

Clear straw with short white head. Grain and agave sweetness. Grassy spice and mild bitterness. Easy to drink. Flavor suits me.

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Photo of Suds
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a yellow-orange aluminum can, this brew is an unclouded light yellow color. The head is thin and disappearing. It looks like a macro light-lager. Not really impressive. The aroma is faint and the taste is a bit grainy. Light body and a bit dry. Just okay.

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3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Seeking nostalgia?
Pricier than PBR:
—then this is your beer

In all seriousness, this is red solo cup college taste at commercial craft price. Hashtag not bad though.

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Photo of leantom
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Ok, certainly not complaining given what it is. Here goes: A: Golden with a slight haze. Pours a massive head that lingers and leaves great lacing. S: very generic. Grassy hops with baker’s yeast and lots of cereal grains. Grainyness is very apparent. T: follows the nose, but is slightly better in flavor relative to scent. Grainy malt backed with flavorful Pilsner hops. Very easy drinking. F: nice and crisp. O: smooth-drinking beer. Not bad for what it is

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Photo of Tshane
2.01/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

NOT good.
Might have been good without all the hops, but they don't offer a version with that taste and the hops flavor overwhelms any other flavor.

Not floral as advertised, simply bitter. Too bitterly hoppy for a lager beer. Might as well be an IPA Lite. Yes, from Miller. I'm well aware the misspelling of light is a Miller beer trademark.

Thank you Sierra Nevada--NOT-- for creating a much worse beer than one of the worst American adjunct lagers!

The beer industry is so enamored of and catering to hops lovers with their regular hopping, dry hopping, New England and American IPAs and many other variants, they are ignoring we who hate hops except for minute amounts only for taste balance against sweetness!

I venture to guess, because I have no data, that about one quarter to one third of all American beer drinkers don't care much for hops. That's a HUGE market segment to alienate!

PLEASE LIST IBUs for each beer. Asking for about the 20th time. It matters.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Presents a clear and bright straw color with decent retention and lacing.

Smells like a lager, although does smell floral. Notes of lemongrass, grain malts, honey, cracker, wheat, and lemon.

Taste is light and clean, also herbal. Tastes a tiny bit sweet but with all the notes mentioned in the aroma, it's a great complementing flavor. Floral and somewhat earthy. Feel is medium-light.

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Photo of 59stumble
1.36/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer is as advertised on the 12oz. can..... argued over.
My pals raved about the smoothness, aroma, and appearance. I grabbed a Hamm’s out of the fridge and enjoyed my beverage.

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass. A thick white head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is mostly clear straw. Aroma is mild, just some grain. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry finish. Flavor of lightly toasted bread and lemon peel. Overall: good but the lemon hops carry a hint of furniture polish that is unpleasant.

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Photo of hophead723
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I got a six pack of this in a hurry on Thanksgiving morning to add to the festivities. It was fresh and on sale so I went for it. Poured into a pint glass.

Look: Clear pure golden color, perfectly translucent with a pure white head that dissipates to just a ring. The head, although quick to fade, still lingers more than any other "Mexican Lager" out there. The color is spot-on for the style and the rich carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass adds to the attractiveness.

Smell: It is quite floral on the nose. Mild grainy malt, lemongrass, and Orange-blossom honey prevail in the subtle aroma carried by the fleeting white head.

Taste: It follows the nose with a clean, crackery malt upfront. There are flourishes of Orange Blossom honey and toasted cracker alongside slight Saaz-like spiciness. The hop balance is there and is very floral and nuanced. They used just Sterling hops throughout (a cross of the Saaz and Mount Hood hop varieties) so this is a great exhibition of Sterling hops' terpene profile. At only 18 IBU, it is not bitter but the balance is spot on for the style.

Feel: The crisp, dry body begs for another gulp. It is extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Overall: I love this beer, don't get me wrong. But, I tried it with lime one time because it is supposed to be a "Mexican Lager" but it was too complex and flavorful to really be complemented by the lime. It tasted off. So it really just drinks like a nice clean lager that is fine on its own. This is actually a good thing; they didn't fail at brewing a good beer. But due to the fact that it doesn't go well with lime makes it definitely NOT a Mexican lager. Maybe they could rebrand it as a single hop variety lager or something because the "Mexican Lager" thing may seem gimmicky to some and therefore be a divisive option deterring people from trying it. It does showcase the Sterling hop variety though and should be billed as such.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow-gold, clear and minimal heading.

Slight sulfur, crackery malts and light floral hops.

Clean, crisp slightly sweet malts balanced by a softly bittering floral hops.

Light and effervescent.

Not bad, easily drinkable and goes great with chips and queso... but not terribly distinctive.

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Photo of soze47
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice drinkable option drank about 10 weeks old. Corny and crisp - even a little note of skunk on it somehow. Maybe a little psychosomatic from the name and style. Glad to have a sixer of this in my fridge for a cookout or hot day. Good for football watching at the moment.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz can, PKGD 06/25/2019; purchased cold six-pack... poured into 14 oz mug)

L: polished-clear, pale yellow liquid; white foam forms and soon collapses to bubbly collar, which later breaks up; no lace

S: herbal-floral hop overtone, with very slight hints of pithy lime peel and a crackery malt... vague similarity to a Bohemian Pils, but the hops have a bit more chlorophyll to them as opposed to flowers

T: floral, fruit oil burst upon the palate; peppery-spicy noise in the aftertaste; rather dry front to back... second sip finds a bit of white-flour grain creeping up to support the pungent hop buzz... lovely dryness, superb spicy-bitter bite... subtle cereal grain honeyish background note emerges later

F: dry, clean, light-bodied, but with a mellow, yet rich resinous residual viscosity... palate becomes lit up by the peppery hop spice and soft nudge of alcohol

O: this is the second can I've tried out of the pack and I do rather like this beer - this can even more than the first... shame I waited so long to try this, as it seems to be an ideal summertime refresher... I'll enjoy the rest of the sixer and maybe get more (1603)

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head.
S: Light aromas of lemon citrus are present in the nose along with hints of floral and herbal hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of lemon citrus and floral hops along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes like a premium version of a light lager.

Serving type: can

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Photo of hreb
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap in terminal B of Logan airport. Crisp, refreshing, but mostly inoffensive with just a bit of biscuit flavor and lagery brightness. By far the least hoppy thing i’ve ever had from Sierra Nevada, but it’s clearly a very special purpose beer. in this case, that purpose is whatever nonsense “Temazcal” turns out to be.

Update: Temazcal turned out to be at least as unimpressive as one would guess, but I'm dropping this because my uncle brought it to Thanksgiving and I was reminded what a dud it is.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Spicy herbal notes, twangy wheat, slightly floral, light citrus, lightly toasty crackery bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Spicy, slightly floral and grassy, twangy wheat, a little citrus zest, slightly toasty crackery bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking, but not my favorite. The wheat and citrus aspects are throwing my palate in a loop, almost like they combined a pils and a wit.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some hints of citrus. Taste is of malts, citrus, crisp and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer that I could easily crush several of.

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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: 3.5 Pale yellow with good carbonation and a short white head
S: 3.25 sweet and grainy
T: 3.75 corn! the level of sweetness from the corn distinguishes it from other beers of the style. I like it.
F: 4 Very drinkable.
O: 3.75 A premium alternative to adjuncts. Give it a shot if you spot it around.

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Photo of cbutova
4.09/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- The truly. very pale gold pour from the 12oz can into a tall chalice. A foamy two finger white cap rises quickly and has fairly good retention. A fluffy island in the middle left behind as a wide belt leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- As one would expect, fairly clean through and through with just a hint of sweet base grains, mild yeast esters and herbal, spicy hops. Minimal and pretty clean as the style calls for.

T- Becomes more interesting on the palate as the beer comes off rather dry and crisp on the whole. The malts give a slightly sweet, crackery and bready character balancing off of spicy and floral hops. A moderate bitterness accentuated by the dryness of the beer.

MF- Light bodied with a very high level of carbonation. Creamy and foamy texture and a dry bitter finish.

Initially wasn't sold on this one but after a few sips it settles in and is a dry, clean lager that has a nice balance of pale grains, subtle spicy hops and a bitter dryness. Should not be a surprise that Sierra can brew a great brew like this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.


Appearance: Pours a yellow-hued, clear body with a very small-sized, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Spicy hop note bolstered by light hints of clean citrus, dried herbs. Crackery, lightly doughy with touches of crisped grains

Taste: Again, it's crackery, doughy with a subtly sweet sheen about it. Spicy, herbal tones to the hops, though it ramps up a firm lemony flavor as it progresses. Lightly bitter. The initial, light sweetness attempts to persist through the crisp, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, lightly effervescent.

Overall: Fairly tasty, refreshing and reasonably reminiscent of the Mexican lagers, though with just a teensy bit more 'mmph' to it.

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Photo of Scrapss
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can dated 20181206 into a nonic pint. Yes. Last year.

A: Head starts out big then dies to a thick ring. Minimal lacing. No legs. Decent carbonation. Relatively clean clear light yellow. Had to ding for lack of head retention.

S: light noble hops, pinch of a light sewery note. Not corny like AAL.

T: light earthy herbal noble hop notes followed by light cracker background.

M: light body and the correct mouthfeel for a American Lager. Slick on finish followed by light kiss of hops and not bitter but clean lightly sweet finish.

O: This has ruined every AAL for me. I wish I never had this beer. Every AAL manufacturer should try this and see what their lagers should have tasted like. It is like the first dog you ever lived with and you know there will never be another dog like him. It is that damn good.

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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 5/1/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale golden with great clarity and transparency; eggshell white head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are basically what you would expect from a pilsener/lager. Some floral and citrus notes. Some bread and crackers. Some malts. The flavors are very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. More floral notes. More hints of citrus. Some fresh grass. Some black pepper in the mix. Some lime coming through in the finish. Low bitterness. Alcohol obviously goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, spritzy, smooth and very easy to drink.

This is a nice brew. It's not flashy, but it's simply a well executed lager. The craftsmanship is on point. It's extremely refreshing. This one is perfect for the summer. Well done.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours golden clear yellow with light white cap. Clean hop lager notes on this crisp and fresh easy drinking summertime lager. Strong in its class as a standard lager.

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Photo of ZipDipper
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The name (or at least the tag line under the name) fits the brew- It is an easy drinking lager! I tend not to reach for lagers due to the maltiness, opting instead for more hoppy beers. But this one strikes a nice balance, begging to be enjoyed on a warm summer evening (like tonight).

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $25.99
Smell of corn
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Light carbonation
Sweet corn taste. Very light bitterness finish
Overall just ok. Tastes like a well made cheap beer. Not much flavor, nothing special, but no harsh taste either. Would not buy again.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoying this beer at my sister's house in Irvine, CA while my parents and I were there visiting my sister and her family. Poured out of a 12 a oz can into a standard pint glass, this beer pours a clear light to medium golden color with a tall white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to just about nothing at all. Barely any surface foam and perhaps the most minuscule trace of lacing. Aromas of some bready and slightly grainy malts that provide some sweetness that's rounded out with a bit of hops. An extremely similar flavor profile, with somewhat bready, grainy, slightly sweet malt flavors with a bit of herbal grassy, floral hop taste to round out the flavor profile. Has a smooth, slightly crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way a refreshing way with a lean finish.


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