Old Chico Crystal Wheat - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat

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80
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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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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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 gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Jan 2012. Served in the Saint Arnold wheat glass.

Large light yellowish head. Well carbonated. Clear bright yellow in color. Aroma is light, wheat, mineral, slightly fruity tart. Relatively light in flavor as well. Some mineral and lemon to start. Medium body. Light ethanol. A pithy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Well balanced. Easy to drink.

Photo of brotherloco
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of creez
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jesus808
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of codynevels
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jjohnston87
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of raynmoon
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's completely clear and light gold in color. Very small head that disappeared pretty quickly. Looks like a typical Macro lager but slightly more orange in color.

It smells very grainy, a little grassy maybe? Sweet malts.

The taste is much better than the appearance and the aroma. Really crisp, a little bitter, but refreshing.

Overall it is pretty nice. Reminds me of some pilsners I've had. Not the greatest offering from Sierra Nevada, but worth trying. The packaging definitely sells it.

Photo of czfreeman
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hoppy and light-bodied beer. Dry and biscuity wheat malt taste. Nice nose of hops with a lingering but restrained bitterness. Just a touch of flowers. It is fairly sharp on the tongue, starts out well carbonated, but flattens out fairly rapidly. Looks nice in the glass with the light amber color.

Certainly one of the better entries in this often anemic category. Flavorful and a good choice for a lighter alcohol version.

Photo of kaseydad
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear yellow (dare I say pee) ale with a fizzy white head. The smell is definitely cracklin wheat and a whiff of light lemon. Not getting anything else here. Yikes…I might even be getting some cereal like characteristics. Uh-oh. The taste is wheat…and more wheat with a healthy dose of hoppiness on each sip. Slightly peppery but not all unpleasant. Nothing of note on the mouthfeel. A tad thin. Overall I was not overly impressed with this offering. If you are a wheat loving person….this is your beer. I could see myself partaking of this on a hot summer day washing cars…or the dog but otherwise I would pass. Cool label though. Rustic and just plain cool.

Photo of williamjbauer
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
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 Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
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 marshrat63
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled around 01DEC11

A: pours a brilliant straw ale with a finger of fine, white foam. This falls to a sheet of the same leaving soapy lace.
S: Wheat, grain, dust, some earthy crispness. It seems to have a decent pilsner tone with subdued earthen hops.
T: Some sweet cereal flavors with a bit of crispy pizzazz that provides a slight peppery flavor. I can dig.
M: thin with hi carb and a dry finish.
O: Really a drinkable beer. I wouldn't got too far outta my way to drink it, but if it were 100F outside, I'd be happy to split a pitcher.

Photo of jbweld
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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