Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #76
Ranked #24,330
3.86 | pDev: 10.1%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by Eman17:
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Eman17 from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 01, 2020
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MGibbons from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 30, 2019
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ssimpson89 from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 26, 2019
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Collaboration with Teton Gravity Research. Canned on 12/12/19. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with great clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have some corn along with some fresh bread, crackers and grains. Hints of caramel. Malts are there. The flavors are clean, crisp and refreshing. More grains, bread and crackers. More corn along with some barley. More caramel along with some hints of toffee in the mix. Some fresh grass. Subtle hints of citrus. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, very fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a nice lager. Once again, it's clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Sierra Nevada has always done a nice job with their lagers, and this one is no exception.

Feb 01, 2020
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beer-daddy from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Dec 25, 2019
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Zaphog from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 17, 2020
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HaoleBoy from California

3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 29, 2020
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light yellow-hued body, crystal clear, with a tall surge of whitish foam.

Smell: Gently bready pils note with a very light, low hint of toasted grain. Pleasantly spiceful, lightly floral, fruity hops. Very nice aroma from the underlying yeast.

Taste: Lightly bready, mildly sweet. Little touch of fruitiness, Noble-esque spiciness, faint herb and florals. Minimally bitter. Slight yeast character. Pleasing acidity throughout. Finishes exceedingly clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Top-notch flavor, devilishly drinkable.

Nov 11, 2019
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2020
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap @ Mills River.

Half-sized pint glass. Classic clear gold, ordinary appearance. Nice lingering lacy head.

Grainy, clean scent, no odd stuff,can't complain.

Soft, so slightly sweet malt, tingle of background hops, thin, but ends a little flabby. Of course it's clean. Very close to something generic. Wanted a pinch of bitterness or acid the finish this.

Nov 26, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Initial gut reaction from my first 12 oz pull-tab can:

Vibrant yellow body. Serviceable off-white head. Looks on the mark for a Munich lager.

Subtly bready with a grassy hop profile and abundant fresh helles malts. Grainy and minerally. Strangely, I'm getting an extremely subtle but nevertheless present smoked malt flavour from it as well, which is quite welcome but quite unexpected. Did Weyermann source malt for this?

Balanced and easy drinking. Not so bready that it's overwhelming or feels like a liquid meal.

One of the better American attempts at a Munich lager, but not quite on par with the best German-brewed expressions of the style. Damned drinkable...the kind of beer I could crush paired with hot wings, pizza, etc.

B- (3.35) / WORTHY

Jun 05, 2020
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jun 07, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'PKGD 102419'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Two finger of white head upon pouring, quickly reduce to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of grain and biscuit malts. Hops are floral, earthy, and a little citrus.
Taste is malty (cracker and white bread) with the snap from the earthy hops. Slightly sweet with a touch of citrus.
Medium mouth feel. Excellent carbonation.
Easy drinking. Excellent choice for refreshment after outdoor activities.

Jan 16, 2020
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nov 28, 2019
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funku2 from Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dec 20, 2019
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MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Usually not a huge fan of this style, but I bought a case of this (in cans) on a whim. Very nice.

Oct 03, 2019
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TrojanRB from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dec 29, 2019
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Elicoleman from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 22, 2020
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jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden straw, pillow like white head. Aroma is cereal grain, fresh bread and mild earthy hop. Flavor is a biscuity malt backbone, with a citrus rind hop profile that works together quite well start to finish. Moderately carbonated, mild bitter finish. Great easy drinking brew, would probably satisfy a wide array of palates.

Feb 14, 2021
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steveh from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I stumbled on this one by pure accident -- didn't even remember it was being brewed. Can't pass up a beer from a favorite brewery that advertises "Bavarian-Style." Or, can I?

neat little six-pack of cans packaged in full-wrap cardboard. Difficult to read dating ink-jetted to the can bottoms: PKGD 09/05/19. Hmm, nearly 4 months old, but it's in cans, right? Poured into my tall Becher.

L -- Clear, pale gold with a sudsy white head that settles slowly to nothing.

S -- Light, crackery malts with stronger herbal hops dominating.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready and crackery malts up front with herbal, lightly citric and piney hops balancing. Bitter, resiny hops linger through the aftertaste with the sweetish malts fighting a gallant battle to balance.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to light-medium body.

O -- I'll admit that the last Hofbrau Original I had tasted hoppier than usual for the style, but the hops in that beer weren't lemony or resinous. I'd like this beer more with less hops (especially the Magnum) and more of the sweet malts. Not big, Maibock-like malts, but a little more aggressive than the hops. Then again, it *is* a Sierra Nevada beer.

I'll have to see how this review compares to my Nooner review.

Dec 31, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Part of a variety 24-pack Costco $26.99
82 days old
Light citrus smell
Golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium-high carbonation
Sweet citrus, light malt flavors
Overall a nice easy drinking beer. Would make for a great summer beer.

Jan 15, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned September 6th 2019.

It pours a clear gold with a massive head of foam, lacing is top notch.

The smell is malty, bready, fruity with a mild hop bitterness.

Malty with mild sweetness, bready, some grainy notes, light bitterness in the aftertaste. I don't taste anything of the fruity character that I got from the smell.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Oh yes. Thanks for brewing this so drinkable Bavarian style Lager. Hey, it's a collaboration with Teton Gravity Research??

Dec 08, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a well made helles lager with more flavor than a lot of them have. its just a little fuller feeling too, like rich without being sweet, which definitely makes it a four season lager, which is nice this time of year. i always think these guys do such compelling lager beer, but they dont come around all that often, so i was stoked to see this one come out. frothy and almost creamy in texture, medium bodied but dry, some obvious european malt character to this, but a little less german on the lager yeast to me, the fermentation profile is quite minimal, clean as can be and crisps this up well at the end, but it doesnt have that old world bready character that a lot of helles types do, its more about the grain, and frankly the water chemistry, which presents minerals and even a touch of salinity, which makes this distinct at the same time that it fit so well within the style guidelines. some nice fresh bittering hops on this too, with a noble grassiness and a touch of bite at the end. faint citrus, dried grass, and earthy spice as well. drinkable but not watery, simple but flavorful, and just so professionally executed. sometimes i prefer lager types like this from the bigger craft breweries than the mom and pop ones, the quality of this can only come from real expert brewmasters. very well made beer here, super satisfying after hockey too!

Nov 11, 2019
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JDoHo from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 28, 2020
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 11, 2020
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