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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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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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Rocketman8911, Feb 21, 2012
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4.65/5  rDev +33.6%

This BEER has exceptional characteristics. As the bottle states it is Sierra Nevada's LIGHTEST offering. This characteristic makes Old Chico IRRESISTIBLE on those HOT Chico days and nights. It has THE purest ingredients, and the finest quality. It is too bad that most people will NEVER enjoy the pleasure of drinking this beer -- as it is only distributed locally. This beer is found at LOCAL establishments in Chico, California, and neighboring areas. I feel BLESSED by the Creator everyday that I wake up, and Old Chico is still on my local market shelves.

Thank YOU Ken Grossman, and thank YOU to everyone who read my review! Have a POSITIVE day.


TheDeezler, May 09, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

jacobs426, Sep 25, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +27.9%

Pours crystal clear. It's quite light but manages to glow, taking on the color of whatever's around it and making it more radiant. A very light, unique color with plenty of carbonation bubblees and a finger of fluffy white head that quickly disappears into a ring around the glass. Really beautiful.

Smells really light, more complex than most beers this light, though. Not a whole lot to say about it beyond that.

Manages to be one of the easiest beers to drink, just sitting around, but has more flavor, complexity, and a higher ABV than what many would view as similarly functioning beers.

Also, perfect mouthfeel.

afausser, Jun 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

metamorphosis316, Jul 07, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +18.7%

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 21, 2014
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Syraquse, Aug 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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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Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

DaveHS, Apr 20, 2011
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Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.