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Old Chico Crystal Wheat - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat

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BA SCORE
80
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 04-03-2011)
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2/5  rDev -42.5%

scuttlebutt21, Nov 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

MilkManX, Nov 12, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +8%

T1i1m1, Nov 05, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, into a wheat ale glass.

Deep light bronze body color, crystal clear, with a perfect amount of rising not too fine, not too big sized bubble carbonation. Head is fluffy white, with a big soapy cap, light smooth top, and big island retention of four fingers. Great looking brew.

Really fascinating aroma, hinting more hop forward. Hints of floral and big herbal spicy quality it seems, with a real nice sweet dry clove. Very inviting aroma, but hints almost towards czech style pilsner. When rested sweet malty aromas come out more like a pils than wheat. Doughy and crisp sweetness with a big hint of tangy quality. Smells really delicious.

Palate seems to take itself down a notch. The herbality hints more towards American on the hop angle, flushing out an almost creamy herbality and indistinct fruit and tropical zest. Very clean finish, almost lager like with a good but not great mouthfeel. Crisp body and accentuating the hop quality nicely. Not much sense of chewy wheat density to this.

Overall a real fascinating beer, quite neat and enjoyable.

smakawhat, Nov 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

dannymo24, Oct 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

DrkLgr, Oct 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Hophazzard, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 12, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +16.1%

rudedude985, Oct 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Professor_Yeesh, Sep 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

MattSlem, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

TheMole, Sep 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

SDRedDevil, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Brohal, Sep 02, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +18.4%

Syraquse, Aug 31, 2014
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5/5  rDev +43.7%

Tigre, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

little_star, Aug 17, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

thedankness, Aug 12, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Bp123, Aug 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21%

Jbowmann, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Spreetaper, Jul 16, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had to pick up a 6-pack of this while in California for namesake purposes, and always nice to try new/locally unavailable Sierra Nevada of course.

Appearance - Pale yellow body with a puffy cloud of white head. Retention: thick ring, lace: not much.

Smell - Actually some decent (albeit tame) hop presence - I get lemon, grapefruit, and some grassy resin. Cereal/wheat/grain as well, along with just a slight meh/adjunct feel to it.

Taste - Lemon, wheat and grainy flavors all around with some light grassy and spicy hop. Finishes with some cereal and baked bread. Some papery flavors here and there but mostly ignorable.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and light with pleasant extra-foamy carbonation.

Overall - Pretty straightforward American wheat ale, not too much for off-flavors, clean, drinkable and enjoyable. Not the first 6-pack I'd think to reach for but better than most for the style in my opinion.

Chico1985, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

KnowYourCraft, Jul 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

ccoyle, Jul 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

metamorphosis316, Jul 07, 2014
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Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.