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Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat Beer - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat BeerSierra Nevada Crystal Wheat Beer

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-03-2003)
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New York

2/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a taste on draft at The Gate in Brooklyn on a magically lovely summer evening. Unfortunately, the mood could not transform this beer which was disappointingly bland. Looked like Bud, had a weak and watery and lacked the character of a usual wheat beer or of a usual Sierra Nevada brew, for that matter...Don't bother.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2006 14:25:00 | More by mfrogs
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3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken in 2009. Served in an imperial pint glass at the brewery.

The body is a beautiful light golden color. There is a one finger bubbly white head that sits atop the liquid. As the name states, the body is crystal clear and a stream of bubbles can be seen in the middle of the body coming from the etched bottom. This causes the head to stay around for the whole session. Even with a constant head, no lacing is formed in the glass as this beer goes down though.

Not a lot going on here for me. Mostly just bready malts and a night floral hop presence.

Taste is much like the smell, not a lot going on. Slight hops with a lot of bready malt taste. The finish is nice and crisp. Wish I had spent a bit more time looking for flavors in this bee.

Pretty thin bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This goes down very easy. But at times seems a bit watery.

This is a pretty drinkable beer due to it being fairly light. With that said, there isn't a ton of flavor here either. I could easily see myself drinking a good amount of this if Pale Wheats were a style I liked more. I'm glad I got to this this because I don't know how far outside the brewery this gets distributed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2011 20:30:37 | More by Swimsum
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2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from my girlfriends Dad who was just in Chico and able to bring some back.

The head was lacking which I though weird for a wheat beer. Super clear yellow color.

The smell is kinda strange as well and Ive been trying to put a better word to it for a minute or so but all I can come up with is urine.

The taste is a good bite of carbonation and slighttt malt as well as very slight hops.

Its a decent beer for what it is and I think they use it as their BMC alternative for people who visit the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 06:01:46 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Now released in bottles, Butte Co. only from what the dude at the brewery said.

A perennial favorite of mine, used to be drafthouse only as far as I knew, but then, bam, they have it in bottles at the brewery 2 weeks ago. Yellow pour, a limited amount of head and lace, but decent enough for style.

A bit of hops, lemon and clear, refreshing wheat feel. This was the first wheat beer I actually found good flavor in back in the day. Big citrus level in the style. Can tell its from SN. But they don't crush the skull with hops or alcohol, which is nice. You don't have to do that on every beer, nor should you. A little bit of banana, but nowhere near the amount in the kellerweis.

Overall, a much better option than Summerfest in my opinion.

Serving type: can

09-30-2010 00:20:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had off the tap at a bar in Brooklyn. Gold color, clear, with some head and lace. Fairly bubbly. Had a slight wheat scent.

The taste was interesting: tart, tingly taste. Very dry aftertaste. Very interesting sweetness that I can't put my finger on. Not loving it as I drink it more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 22:46:24 | More by Amalak
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a relatively clear straw yellow with a thin head, little carbonation, and decent lacing. The aroma revealed surprisingly little complexity for a wheat ale, with only lemon, pine, and a little bitterness present. The flavor was much better, with a little more woodiness and banana present, but it still didn't rank in the upper echelon of American wheat ales that I've had (Flying Fish Exit 11 comes to mind). The mouth feel was thin, and the finish was a little too bitter/dry, e.g. imbalanced. While this certainly was thin enough to session, the flavor was lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 06:12:30 | More by donniecuffs
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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered a pint of this at The Endzone in Chico a few nights ago. Review written from notes.

Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: (Crystal) clear gold body with loose, sticky, white head. Head dissipates to a thin film quickly, dragging nice, cobweb-like lacing in its wake. Light carbonation can be seen. What's it supposed to look like?

Smell: Faint wheat malt, lemon, and a touch of skunkiness.

Taste: Light and wheaty. Citrus (particularly lemon), spice, and pine needles also join in. That's about it; nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, generously carbonated, and clean.

Drinkability: I had heard a lot of good things about this beer, but this was like a lightly-sweetened, wheat Budweiser for me. Easy to drink, but very lame. I will revisit this one at the brewery sometime soon.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2009 15:29:24 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Straw in color. No floating yeast and very clear; true to style. Little carbonation and no head, which was probably due to how it was poured. No lacing, though head retention was good post-swirl. Definitely an American interpretation of the beer!

S: Mild aroma. Noble hops were possibly used, though if so, not much. No real malt smell and very little hops coming off the beer.

Later, beer smelled bright and almost sweet. Could it be the wheat? Crisp!

T: Wheat taste finishes off with bitterness. The balance is very mild and doesn't seem to have a lot of flavor.

M: Smooth slightly wheaty, though nothing like the German versions (Kristalweizen) of the style.

D: Probably it's best trait; smooth and very drinkable.

C: I can't say I have ever fully appreciated a Crystal-style Wheat Beer like I have the non-filtered Hefeweizens, but nonetheless, this beer just strikes me as leaving a lot to be desired.

As a huge fan of SN, I definitely was disappointed in this one!

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2009 00:19:39 | More by melagnus
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New York

3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/3/08. On tap at BT. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma is weak, just some light sweet malt. Flavor of sweet malt, some light fruits, wheaty finish with bittering hops. Had a champagne-like spritziness. Not bad-- it was pretty tasty and drinkable.
6/4/7/3/14 (3.4/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 22:14:48 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(From notes)

A - Clean light gold, with little head or even retention. No haziness or rising carbonation

S - Faint wheatiness; really have to try to tease out that it's a wheat based beer

T - Not very complex, and not very representative of the style. Lacks tartness and other characteristics (such as yeastiness) that are often associated with the style.

M - Light viscous body, with a little touch of carbonation

D - It's nice and light, but really doesn't deliver on the taste front.

Overall, I was confused as to what SN was trying to do with this brew. I wouldn't bash this brew, but would not go out of my way to recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2008 20:44:46 | More by Nickls
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3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hate this style. Haaate it. Pours a slightly hazed gold amber. Thick white head falls fast. Flavor is acidic, bitter, and just wrong. Too much grain. Too much tang. Feel is boring and uninspiring. Man this beer is lame. Yet another reason I hate this style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 20:15:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap 08-24-08 at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA.

A - Medium gold, mostly clear. Not a bit of head to be noticed, nor was there any lacing to show one's prior existence.

S - A little citrus. But that's it.

T - A little banana in there. But mostly unimpressed.

M - A quite watery wheat. Good carbonation, but I would've preferred a bit less; it got in the way.

D - Fairly forgettable. About 1/3 way through, I was contemplating my next choice.

NOTE: I enjoy many of Sierra Nevada's brews, just not this one. Also, American Pale Wheats are not on the top of my list either...

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2008 05:32:18 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance> Light in colour, looks like an american pale wheat. low head becomes no head quickyl. Served with a lemon, which sort of bummed me out, but it was the bartenders fault not the beer. Note to self> Never blame beer.
Smell> heavy nose of hops and wheatfields. mmm. nice.
Taste> salty start, burst of hoppiness, heavy on the wheat, sweet, and light almost lager-like finish. More hoppy than the last american pale wheat I had. Clean finish.
Mouf> thin, small bubbles.
Drinkability> Its not a bad beer (Never blame beer, 1759Girl!)
Its just okay, and SN has such other tastier beers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 23:30:30 | More by 1759Girl
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3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Hollingshead in Orange tonight, glasses were $5.50 each, my friend decided to order me one of these

A-Pale yellow color with a bit of murkiness, resembled a Macro in many ways, weak 1/4 inch white head, settled almost immediately, no lacing

S-Faint wheat aromas, some lemon juice, small amount of hoppiness, slight banana scent, floral qualities as it warmed

T-Tasted like a light hefeweizen, more lemon than normal though, taste got overly sweet as the beer warmed because of its high levels of citrus, too much lemon in my opinion, not much malt, some earthy hops at times but nothing that really stood out, not much to this and could have used some more complexity

M-light mouthfeel, thin body, not enough carbonation, taste did not last long, watered down and one dimensional

D-Could drink lots of this but it is not flavorful enough to keep going, ABV does not seem too high, pretty light on the stomach, almost too smooth if that is possible

Had never heard of this beer before, another one of Sierra Nevada's tap only beers, not too impressed with it, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, not much to it, recommended if you are in the mood for something different and you happen to come across it, would probably not drink it again myself

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2008 08:01:19 | More by Floydster
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3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

Without the yeast, this beer looks like a blonde lager or ale. Without the yeast, this wheat beer also makes for a different taste. Short and sweet is the best way to put this beer, and it's a refreshing choice without any major flavors getting in the way.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2008 17:55:48 | More by DoubleJ
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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Chico. I had never heard of it before as its difficult to find outside of Chico.

The color was a pale color, almost too light but what surprised me was the level of clarity in the beer. I thought it was supposed to be a wheat beer.

It didnt have much smell to it. It almost smelled of cheap beer but if you smell close enough, and i mean by putting your nose right above the beer, you can almost smell the wheat along with the European Pilsner quality.

The taste was good. It was quite refreshing on the hot summer day on which it was sampled. A bit bland but refreshing.

There was a bit of carbonation and a thin white head. Again, for a wheat beer, its pretty clear. Not a lot of wheat texture.

Overall: its a good beer if you want something cold on a hot day or if your in downtown chico and wanna slam a $3 pitcher on a thursday night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2007 03:20:53 | More by t0rin0
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3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kelly Cole's in Syracuse.

A pleasant surprise in NY. This is basically a clean tasting wheat beer (no big yeasty flavors) a goo kick of grassy hops. Kind of a cool combo of American brewing with Euro hops. If you're a saaz fan check this out, it fairly similar to a good Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2007 06:59:25 | More by tempest
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Sierra Nevada Crystal Wheat Beer from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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