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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

164 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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California

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

04-03-2014 03:56:34 | More by Mikeb8
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +14.9%

02-25-2014 19:41:24 | More by Beermazter310
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-16-2014 19:50:49 | More by Texasfan549
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hopspiller

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

01-18-2014 06:14:18 | More by hopspiller
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westcott

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-03-2014 20:00:37 | More by westcott
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David_Knows_Beer

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12-29-2013 17:47:51 | More by David_Knows_Beer
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DesertRat

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a tulip.
A: Weak head confirms this is not a Hef or strong wheat beer. Color is clear, definitely filtered.
S: Light yeast, reminds me of a lager yeast.
T: Very mild. Unsusspectingly noticeable hop middle. Tasting lager yeast on the finish. Interesting and light.
M: Dry and crisp up front, but finishes leaving me wanting a sip of water.
D: Nice alternative if your feeling like a lighter beer to have with food and not interested in a more boring option. By no means a bad beer, I think I was just expecting more.

12-27-2013 22:58:54 | More by DesertRat
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thegiantc

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-13-2013 06:12:38 | More by thegiantc
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sharpski

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

12-07-2013 08:33:41 | More by sharpski
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SeatsTaken

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-16-2013 05:30:17 | More by SeatsTaken
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NickBeery

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

11-14-2013 07:17:20 | More by NickBeery
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Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -21%

10-28-2013 16:08:02 | More by Newbiebeer
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stressfree00

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

10-26-2013 19:58:57 | More by stressfree00
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Onelove

California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

09-25-2013 02:33:21 | More by Onelove
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California

2.75/5  rDev -21%

09-24-2013 04:43:41 | More by 111213forlife
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david131

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-16-2013 04:58:40 | More by david131
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Bushwood

California

2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

09-06-2013 00:23:12 | More by Bushwood
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DragonXero

California

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%

To be completely honest, this is a beer that doesn't do anything wrong, but isn't particularly special.

Sierra Nevada doesn't seem to know how to seek a middle ground for their beers. This is a fairly average-tasting wheat beer, but it definitely has its high points.

This is a very lager-tasting beer. There are certainly hints of the wheat left after filtering, but it lacks that gritty mouthfeel of the unfiltered wheat. For many, including myself, that's definitely not a bad thing. I've actually had this both from a botltle and on tap, and both are extremely refreshing. The issue might be that it tastes a bit watery for some who like their beers chewy, but that's pretty much the style here.

Basically, this pours looking like a pretty standard lager. It has a fairly thin head, fair carbonation, and a nice, pretty light-gold color, but it certainly doesn't stand out.

It's a great summer beer, but it definitely doesn't have the consistency to hold up in the fall and winter months, so if you're going to buy a pack, get it while it's scorching outside. There's very little bitter taste, and it finishes quite smoothly.

In short, this isn't the kind of specialty craft beer you pick up to do a tasting with friends. This is something you'd be happier just grabbing a six-pack for yourself and downing it to cool off. Be mindful, however: This does have a fair kick to it, betraying its smooth taste. A six-pack of this will definitely get you further along than the macrobrew lagers, and its less-bitter taste is quite deceptive.

It's a beer you'll probably want to drink more of, simply because the flavor is there, but not overwhelming. It's smooth and crisp, but it will get the job done. It may not be cheap, but it certainly beats the taste of a macrobrew lager.

08-19-2013 10:39:02 | More by DragonXero
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grissom51

California

2.75/5  rDev -21%

08-18-2013 18:50:02 | More by grissom51
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DSkilling

California

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

07-27-2013 04:00:11 | More by DSkilling
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Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

07-26-2013 23:42:30 | More by Segelstrom
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California

4/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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California

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

07-04-2013 20:33:01 | More by SerpentX
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vkv822

Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -7.8%

12oz : tulip
bottled May 2nd, 2013

Pours a brilliantly clear, golden with a thick, foamy white head.

Aroma, while pleasant, is quite subdued, with just some faint floral hops and grainy, malty, wheat notes. The taste follows through with pretty much the same profile.

Medium-full body with foamy carbonation.

The taste was not unpleasant, but it was quite subdued, which is what led me to score it as I did.

07-03-2013 07:55:24 | More by vkv822
Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.