Old Chico Crystal Wheat - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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

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Beer added by: flexabull on 04-03-2011

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Reviews by DesertRat:
Photo of DesertRat
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.
A: Weak head confirms this is not a Hef or strong wheat beer. Color is clear, definitely filtered.
S: Light yeast, reminds me of a lager yeast.
T: Very mild. Unsusspectingly noticeable hop middle. Tasting lager yeast on the finish. Interesting and light.
M: Dry and crisp up front, but finishes leaving me wanting a sip of water.
D: Nice alternative if your feeling like a lighter beer to have with food and not interested in a more boring option. By no means a bad beer, I think I was just expecting more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle without freshness info.

Pours very clear, light straw/golden in color. The head is off white and tightly knit. Leaves just some very fine and minor lace on the glass.

"only available locally" hmmm, good thing I wa in California and got to sample some of this.

Peppery with grainy hops, light and easy drinking. Decent summer sessioner and glad I gave it a try, but not close to being anything special.

Photo of williamjbauer
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A light golden-amber color
S Medium wheat scent with light pine overall very light scent
T First strong wheat flavor with citrus tones afterward
M Pretty smooth mouthfeel

Overall - best drank on a hot summer day, an average wheat beer, I'd drink it if it was on sale or a gift :)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden straw, with a finger width head, dissipates quickly, and leaves behind a fair, sticky lace.

Smell - Primarily wheat, some sweet malt, and a bit of hoppiness. All very basic.

Taste - A little on the hoppy side, but plenty of wheat maltiness shines through. Very plain. Not much outside of a basic wheat, hop, and yeast profile.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

Overall - A fairly bland, lifeless wheat beer. Drinkable, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow with little head, carbonation is evident. Very little in the nose; mild straw and hint of yeast. Taste is much the same; wheat and yeast. Mouthfeel is incredibly light and dry. This beer lacks strong flavor and backbone, but if your looking for a sessionable beer this fits the bill.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Half finger of head, golden transparent color.

A metallic smell with a mild orange.

Soapy taste, orange, banana and lemon.

Crisp and clean body, moderate carbonation.

A good enough beer, maybe for throwing back a couple on a summer day.

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear blonde with a nice half inch cap of foam.

Nose of wheat and some citric/lemony hops. An intriguing blend of American and German hop character is evident.

Taste is solid and offers a nice lingering finish. Unique for the sttyle with some background spice characteristics.

Feel is solid with a good carbonation, quite lingering on the finish.

Photo of Tiffany88
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very refreshing with a nice mouth feel. Heavy on the wheat.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
4.8% ABV

A - Crystal clear, there's no false advertising in the beer's name! This golden brew has a plush white head that covers the glass in clumpy Swiss cheese-looking lacing for a beautiful appearance.

S - Bright and vibrant, Old Chico has an exuberant wheat aroma that capitalizes on the simplicity of the beer, transporting me to a field of wheat gently swaying in the summer breeze.

T - Grainy pale malt comprises a base that's reminiscent of milling grain before brewing and is wonderfully overcome by gentle wheat, which finishes out with a crisp cleanliness.

M - Light bodied, crisp with sparkling carbonation, and refreshing, Old Chico is a beer that demands to be downed on a hot summer day.

O - Sierra Nevada's Old Chico is a crisp and refreshing wheat beer that offers delicious simplicity with crisp and refreshing drinkability. If this beer was distributed here it would be at the top of my summer lawnmower beers list!

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Effervescent pale gold. Extremely clear as expected, with a nice creamy head that retains well and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smell: Very wheaty and bready. A little lemon fruitiness and light phenols, though it's a pretty clean and malty nose overall.

Taste & mouthfeel: Again, bready malts are dominant on the tongue, backed by a light citrusy fruit profile and a touch of peppery spiciness. Bitterness is reserved, offering a modest kick to the finish. Nice creamy mouthfeel, especially given the low ABV. Not a particularly sweet beer, nor overly dry. There's a metallic note to the finish that puts me off a little bit, but otherwise this is pretty nice stuff.

Photo of beerman21
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Current temperature outside is a sweltering 98 degrees. I needed something refreshing and easy to drink. So i got this brew. Lets see how it goes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass aggressively. substantial head bright snow white that dissipated to a rather thin lace. Color pale bright wheat in color. Looked quite refreshing, if you've ever had there summer fest it looks very similar.

Smell of lemongrass, malted bready sweetness, nothing over pronounced but interesting enough and quite complex.

Taste of Malt bready sweat back palate bitter lemon grass up front. One word refreshing. Good stuff, much better than the pee water that Anaushser Busch and Coors produce. Not even on the same playing field, but excellent session beer.

The texture is creamy and smooth, leaves a lingering lemon grass flavor that keeps the taste buds awake.

Overall great session beer and yet another well rounded produced craft brew from Sierra Nevada. I recommend this to anyone who wants something toned down and easy to drink on a hot day.

Photo of DrunkEnTraining
1.17/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Unless you are very, very big on pale ales with wheat in them avoid this one.

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden colored ale with a medium sized white head.

Smells of wheat cracker and lemon with a slight citrus funk. Truthfully the scent is very light.

Starts out light and mildly sweet with a wheat cracker flavor. Slight vanilla and caramel flavors. This is lightly flavored and fizzy, pretty much a lawnmower beer.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is OK and a good choice for treating thirst. This is just a light wheat ale.

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear golden straw color with 1 inch of fluffy, vibrant white head. Reduces slowly, leaving chunky rings of lacing.

S-Clean and crisp. Light earthy hops, a touch of white pepper.

T/M-This is easy drinking stuff. Clean, simple flavors of pale and biscuity malts, backed up by chewy yet restrained wheat and a hint of clove. Light earthy hops add a tinge of bitterness to the otherwise dry, clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with refreshing carbonation.

O-Would be great on a hot day. I could see drinking a lot of this.

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear, pale golden color. It appears to have a high amount of carbonation that gives it a nice sparkle. It has a medium white head that reduces quickly to a thin film.

S: The overall scent is very clean with barley, wheat, and yeast aromas. There is a grassy hint and also a touch of hops.

T: Mostly wheat comes through in the taste. There are also some subtle earthy and clove spices that can be spotted.

M: It is a very smooth drink with a body on the lighter side. There is definitely a lot of carbonation, maybe even too much so. It's very clean and easy to drink.

O: This is a very clean drink and easy to drink. I could see myself throwing a few of these back no problem. Some aspects were lacking in the taste, but not bad overall.

Photo of vkv822
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz : tulip
bottled May 2nd, 2013

Pours a brilliantly clear, golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Aroma, while pleasant, is quite subdued, with just some faint floral hops and grainy, malty, wheat notes. The taste follows through with pretty much the same profile.

Medium-full body with foamy carbonation.

The taste was not unpleasant, but it was quite subdued, which is what led me to score it as I did.

Photo of climax
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a straw gold color, very good clarity. It is alive with bubbles and a tall fizzy head. Retention is good, as well as lace.

The aroma is certainly wheat. Yeast, and phenolic notes are present but subtle. The warmth of and strength of the wheat is good, and still very clean. The hop profile seems on the Noble side of things, none too strong however.

The flavor has a definite wheat edge to it, and a good one at that. Only the slightest hint of lemon, earthiness, and a dash of spicy clove surface, but add that extra dimension to keep my mouth interested.

It has a good smooth medium body and a feel that very carbonated and sharp, perhaps a bit too alive. However once it settles down, a nice coating feeling soothes the pallet and prepares it for another drink.

This is a thirst quencher with very good flavor. Nothing extreme, but certainly a solid wheat beer.

Photo of flexabull
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Limited release NorCal only beer. For awhile, this was Chico only, now it's getting a little bigger distribution.

Pours a bright and clear gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are dusty and floral, with some wheat grain.

Taste is really crisp and clean. Light cream malt sweetness, soft wheat grains, and faint lemon citrus hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth and full, with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer. It's definitely a "gateway" type of beer that seems to be designed to appeal to the non beer geeks. But it has it's redeeming qualities, it's refreshing, and easy drinking, but it's really simple.

Photo of ales4baldo
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation- nice bottle. Shows the brewery or what seems to be the old one. Nice.

Appearance- really clear. A soft light gold like color. Like an apple juice almost.

Smell- not really getting much. Yeast and wheat are present. Minimal hops. Normal.

Taste- Lots of wheat for sure. Clean. Subtle.

Mouthfull- Nice carbonation. Has a lot of it too. Clean and bubbly. Finishes nice and somewhat dry.

Overall- Not bad for a wheat beer. I don't drink much of these types of beer but it's pretty good. It's really mellow, good drinking beer. I like.

Photo of dfillius
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of pure white head with poor retention; only a thin film remains. Better head retention please. Liquid is crystal clear pale gold.
S: Light apple, ester, yeast mustiness.
T: Delicate. Bready with a gentle but noticeable citrus and apple hop bite in the aftertaste. A bit 2 dimensional in that it is not quite full and round. Not entirely cohesive either.
M: Dry, kind of thin. A bit too dry. made with fresh hops? (not sure why I noted the last sentence in my hand written review)
D: Enjoyable, but I wouldn't order another or buy 6. Maybe I'd grab a second if at a BBQ or something like that.

Photo of DragonXero
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To be completely honest, this is a beer that doesn't do anything wrong, but isn't particularly special.

Sierra Nevada doesn't seem to know how to seek a middle ground for their beers. This is a fairly average-tasting wheat beer, but it definitely has its high points.

This is a very lager-tasting beer. There are certainly hints of the wheat left after filtering, but it lacks that gritty mouthfeel of the unfiltered wheat. For many, including myself, that's definitely not a bad thing. I've actually had this both from a botltle and on tap, and both are extremely refreshing. The issue might be that it tastes a bit watery for some who like their beers chewy, but that's pretty much the style here.

Basically, this pours looking like a pretty standard lager. It has a fairly thin head, fair carbonation, and a nice, pretty light-gold color, but it certainly doesn't stand out.

It's a great summer beer, but it definitely doesn't have the consistency to hold up in the fall and winter months, so if you're going to buy a pack, get it while it's scorching outside. There's very little bitter taste, and it finishes quite smoothly.

In short, this isn't the kind of specialty craft beer you pick up to do a tasting with friends. This is something you'd be happier just grabbing a six-pack for yourself and downing it to cool off. Be mindful, however: This does have a fair kick to it, betraying its smooth taste. A six-pack of this will definitely get you further along than the macrobrew lagers, and its less-bitter taste is quite deceptive.

It's a beer you'll probably want to drink more of, simply because the flavor is there, but not overwhelming. It's smooth and crisp, but it will get the job done. It may not be cheap, but it certainly beats the taste of a macrobrew lager.

Photo of pitasoup
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to flexabull for this bottle from the blind bif #5. Didn't realize this was a local-only distro.

A: Clear yellow with half an inch of head that quickly subsides. 3.5

S: Subtle floral hops. Not much else here. Noble hops (saaz?) after a few sips. 3.0

T: A bit of hop bitterness, perhaps biscuit malts, and a slightly metallic finish. The smallest hint of cloves at the end, then more lingering bitterness. 3.0

M: light and refreshing. 3.5

O: I mistook this for a generic pils. Clean body and straightforward presentation of hops. This was an uninteresting beer to me, nothing wrong with it, but nothing to write home about. 3.5

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden straw color. Fairly transparent. Light bubbly 1/4 inch head. Very nice presentation. Good grain color. Looks like a good European lager. Filtered. Carbonated.

What a light and pale beer. I smell wheat and floral hops. The hops have a nice light spicy citric quality. The beer is like zesty lemon juice blended with a grain malt. Some grass and chamomile smell. Some carboard smell that is produced by light bittering hops. Not strongly aromatic, but absolutely no off smells either.

The beer has a tough wheat taste. I taste vegetable matter and bread. There is also a slight bitterness. It's amazingly light for Sierra Nevada. The balance is fine and it really contends well with european beers made in the same style. The taste is cooling and finishes perfectly with nothing lingering too long.

The mouthfeel is crisp light and refreshing. I love a beer that is light but not watery. This beer really hits the mark far a light tasty beer to drink on the 4th of July. Overall another great Sierra Nevada product.

Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow with a couple fingers of bright white head that slowly faded into a thick film that left thin streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of crackery wheat and clean grains with lighter notes of spicy hops.
T: Big wheat flavor that is light and clean with a touch lemon and earthy spice in the finish. Aftertaste is minerally but refreshing.
M: Light body with a really crisp, lightly dry and refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively but nice.
O: A really great, clean and refreshing drinking beer, and one of the better examples of the style.

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Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.