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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
79
okay

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | 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 kaseydad
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

kaseydad, Jan 19, 2012
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
Photo of Zorro
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Zorro, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +14.9%

marshrat63, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

harrymel, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jbweld
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

jbweld, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -13.8%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of caseyoharaa
3/5  rDev -13.8%

caseyoharaa, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of tbizzle0
4/5  rDev +14.9%

tbizzle0, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

johnhenryconway, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of drno904
5/5  rDev +43.7%

drno904, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of MasterMustace
3/5  rDev -13.8%

MasterMustace, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -13.8%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ales4baldo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

ales4baldo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Bobheed
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear bright yellow. About a two finger bright white head, lots of bubbling.

S: Wheat. Actually reminded me of the smell of whole wheat flour, a bit of fruitiness from the hops as well.

T: Very refreshing, crisp, smooth, definitely get the wheat malts, some small hop bitterness.

M: Highly carbonated, but still goes down like water.

This is what we call a river beer. Not too complex, but still a great, refreshing beer to enjoy out on the river.

Bobheed, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

BilbosNuts, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of illidurit
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Typical transparent gold with a mediocre white head. Musty rotting bananas and cereal on the nose. Not exactly an intoxicating bouquet. Flavor is a subtle blend of tart fermented wheat, barely-there citrus hops, banana peels, and sticky grains. I’m not sure why I punished myself by buying what is obviously a lame-ass beer (another coveted wheat ale tick!) but what’s done is done. I emerge from this experience unsatisfied.

illidurit, Sep 22, 2011
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
Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, pale yellow/straw color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head with fair retention to an even skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Wheat malt, citrus, bubblegum and a little yeast fruitiness.

T: Crackery with light yeast fruitiness. Light and active on the palate. Finishes dry and crisp with a little citrus zest.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

O: Very sessionable. Smooth and refreshing. Light malt and yeast character.

Haybeerman, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/23/10.

P: Clear, straw yellow color with a thin, bone white head that settles to an even thinner cover. Pretty good stickyness on the glass.

A: Yeast and grains, a touch of bubble gum sweetness. Lemon citrus and toasty malts.

T: Light and effervescent. Cereal grains and yeast. Cracker dryness on the finish. A touch of lemon zest.

Tastes like summer in a glass. Pretty simple, but good flavors and drinks so damn easy. I'd drink a whole case on a hot summer day.

litheum94, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a brilliant, clear, golden yellow. Two fingers of whipped, thick, bright white head. Good lacing too. Clean nose of fresh barley, wheat bread, light honey, peppery spices, and a little citrus zest.

Toasted bread malts and slightly skunky, herbal hop bitterness up front. Grainy malts fill in, with light notes of apple and honey. Moderate bitterness follows, with grassy, peppery flavors. Some lingering toasted grains in the finish. Dry and crisp in the end, which makes this pretty easy to quaff on a nice summer day. Moderate body, with a lively feel. Not bad, but I'll reach for the Kellerweis before this one!

alexgash, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of tdm168
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
Photo of ArrogantB
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to LivMtdew420 for this local that I had never heard of. Bright yellow, transparent and looks like a light beer. Smells yeasty, not bad. Flavor is wheat and yeast but so darn light. I could pound these at a barbecue but at the same time I'd rather just have two pale ales. I was still quite glad to try this beer.

ArrogantB, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jul 05, 2011
Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.