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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
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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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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jbweld

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-19-2011 01:35:59 | More by jbweld
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

3/5  rDev -13.3%

12-05-2011 21:14:49 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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caseyoharaa

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

12-03-2011 19:21:02 | More by caseyoharaa
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tbizzle0

California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

12-03-2011 04:14:28 | More by tbizzle0
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johnhenryconway


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

11-24-2011 09:44:20 | More by johnhenryconway
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drno904

California

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-18-2011 07:27:29 | More by drno904
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MasterMustace

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-16-2011 20:55:43 | More by MasterMustace
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projhex

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-15-2011 20:55:57 | More by projhex
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Travisnin

Idaho

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 18:42:25 | More by Travisnin
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ales4baldo

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

11-14-2011 02:46:55 | More by ales4baldo
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Bobheed

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2%

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.

11-02-2011 01:16:18 | More by Bobheed
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BilbosNuts

California

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

09-23-2011 04:40:52 | More by BilbosNuts
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illidurit

California

2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

09-22-2011 08:21:39 | More by illidurit
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Billolick

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4%

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.

09-17-2011 17:28:05 | More by Billolick
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-18-2011 19:31:44 | More by Haybeerman
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litheum94

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

08-11-2011 04:29:51 | More by litheum94
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

08-10-2011 23:06:26 | More by alexgash
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

07-19-2011 13:09:55 | More by tdm168
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

07-10-2011 21:22:55 | More by ArrogantB
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.73/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

07-05-2011 03:02:15 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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scottfrie

California

3.98/5  rDev +15%

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a clear deep golden yellow with a couple fingers of bright white head that slowly faded into a thick film that left thin streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of crackery wheat and clean grains with lighter notes of spicy hops.
T: Big wheat flavor that is light and clean with a touch lemon and earthy spice in the finish. Aftertaste is minerally but refreshing.
M: Light body with a really crisp, lightly dry and refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively but nice.
O: A really great, clean and refreshing drinking beer, and one of the better examples of the style.

06-24-2011 00:58:53 | More by scottfrie
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climax

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev +2%

This one pours a straw gold color, very good clarity. It is alive with bubbles and a tall fizzy head. Retention is good, as well as lace.

The aroma is certainly wheat. Yeast, and phenolic notes are present but subtle. The warmth of and strength of the wheat is good, and still very clean. The hop profile seems on the Noble side of things, none too strong however.

The flavor has a definite wheat edge to it, and a good one at that. Only the slightest hint of lemon, earthiness, and a dash of spicy clove surface, but add that extra dimension to keep my mouth interested.

It has a good smooth medium body and a feel that very carbonated and sharp, perhaps a bit too alive. However once it settles down, a nice coating feeling soothes the pallet and prepares it for another drink.

This is a thirst quencher with very good flavor. Nothing extreme, but certainly a solid wheat beer.

06-22-2011 00:32:36 | More by climax
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beerman21

California

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Current temperature outside is a sweltering 98 degrees. I needed something refreshing and easy to drink. So i got this brew. Lets see how it goes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass aggressively. substantial head bright snow white that dissipated to a rather thin lace. Color pale bright wheat in color. Looked quite refreshing, if you've ever had there summer fest it looks very similar.

Smell of lemongrass, malted bready sweetness, nothing over pronounced but interesting enough and quite complex.

Taste of Malt bready sweat back palate bitter lemon grass up front. One word refreshing. Good stuff, much better than the pee water that Anaushser Busch and Coors produce. Not even on the same playing field, but excellent session beer.

The texture is creamy and smooth, leaves a lingering lemon grass flavor that keeps the taste buds awake.

Overall great session beer and yet another well rounded produced craft brew from Sierra Nevada. I recommend this to anyone who wants something toned down and easy to drink on a hot day.

06-20-2011 23:06:20 | More by beerman21
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afausser

Montana

4.45/5  rDev +28.6%

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.

06-02-2011 00:26:43 | More by afausser
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armock

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%

Bottle from Safeway in Manteca, CA.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light nose with some wheat and mild hops

T - Like the smell this is a mild beer with wheat upfront with mild hops and a hint of lemon in the finish

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

O - This is a very enjoyable beer thats light and refreshing this will beer a good beer to have on hand this summer for BBQs worth getting sometime to try

05-29-2011 00:40:17 | More by armock
Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.