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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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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Vigilante, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

SanFranJake, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Billolick, Sep 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

westcott, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of williamjbauer
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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 :)

williamjbauer, Jan 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Beer21, May 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

hansenme, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

TheSixthRing, Apr 02, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

tdm168, Jul 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

dertyd, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Origamianimals, Jun 22, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Fatehunter, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

HalfFull, May 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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3.76/5  rDev +8%

T1i1m1, Nov 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

TrojanRB, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Segelstrom, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Rave, May 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

caseyoharaa, Dec 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

jkbrules1, Jun 21, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Apr 22, 2014
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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%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Vlaminck, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Spaz7, May 24, 2013
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Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.