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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

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.05%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, grains, and some slight hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is light and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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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.

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of wheat with some orange zest and other citrus flavors, with some light grassy and floral hops.

T - Starts off some wheat with some lemon and orange peel and bit of citrus hop. Through the middle, some grassy and floral hops come through with a touch of bitterness. The finish is a mix of wheat, lightly sweet malts, with some floral and citrus hops.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Feels smooth and very crisp. A good session ale with enough flavor and balance to stay interesting.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- amber with a thin white head that disapates.

S- floral hops, bread, wheat, and citrus.

T- wheat, bread, sweet maltiness, subtle spice, and lemon.

M- mild bitterness, nice carbonation, and a slippery mouthfeel.

O- good drinkable beer from SN but not great. I want to try it on tap.

Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.