Old Chico Crystal Wheat
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Ranked #12
Ranked #27,826
3.51 | pDev: 15.67%
Nov 15, 2022
Apr 03, 2011
Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat
Notes: Old Chico Crystal Wheat is our lightest offering. This filtered beer is brewed with malted wheat and barley, and perfectly balanced by unique Crystal hops. Old Chico is a great choice for those new to craft brew and longtime beer aficionados alike—light-bodied, refreshing and wonderfully drinkable.
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Crystal clear body, light gold; dense, lively carbonation; thick, white head, semi-creamy and sculpted, long lasting; spidery sheets of foam and fingers of lacing coat the glass. Light grain scent with a bright sweetness; nice esters, fresh cut pear and apple. Fair flavor; very light cracker; moderate overall hop bitterness. Light, crisp mouthfeel; mainly dry overall.

Nice, easy drinking beer that looks great and has decent other aspects.

Pouring temperature: 45 °F; bottling info: 080122 C
Nov 15, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz can stamped 080122 C 09:32 (presumably 27 days old and brewed in California) poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV. Purchased at the Mills River gift shop two weeks ago. The beer pours bright, light gold in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to an uneven ring and a splotchy layer of bubbles. Full, web-like lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is mild with only wheat malt to my senses. The taste is semisweet wheat and 2 row malt with floral and grassy hops. Mild to moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good beer. Not in the classic German style, if that's what you're looking for.
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, grassy, fruity notes, a little peppery spice, a bit grainy, wheat twang, and just a touch of sweetness.

T: Floral, peppery spice, grassy, a little citrus zest, underlying fruity notes, peach, apricot, and pear, grainy malt, wheat twang, and just a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: It's been a long time since I had my first taste of this one. Wasn't a fan back then, but I've warmed up to it a bit now. Not as ester-y as I was expecting, it's a fair bit crisper and cleaner. Nice beer for a warm spring day.
Apr 09, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by jakecattleco from California

Feb 18, 2021
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Reviewed by True_Bodhisattva from California

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Very clear beer. Huge head with a good frothy head after being poured into a frosted pint glass. Smell was what you’d expect, typical wheat beer smell. Flavor was not bad: crisp, clean, and with a hint of white peppercorn.
Jan 04, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Light golden with a hint of haze, champagne like carbonation and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of lemon juice, bubblegum and coriander.

The taste follows the nose and adds a fruity, floral quality. It ends in a light, dull bitterness.

Light body, lots of carbonation.

Got at Trader Joe's in Redding, drinking at Motel 6 North, Aug 5th, 2018.
Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4 by AnotherDisease from California

May 27, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by Wontonst from California

Jan 23, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by mistaya from Oregon

Dec 27, 2017
Rated: 3.76 by HaoleBoy from California

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Jodio from Texas

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by Manzanarescarrillo from Nebraska

Feb 06, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clean with clarity golden color, 2/3" white head on the top, good retention. Aroma was of wheat, grain, husk, slight lemon to it.

Taste, refreshing, highly carbonated, light mouthfeel of a beer. They stayed off the spice rack thankfully on this one. All those words about being crisp, refreshing, light, carbonated, vibrant seem to play here. The malt is light, the carbonation high. Mild citrus notes. A nice clean wheat beer.
Dec 27, 2016
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.66/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Creamy white head. Clear medium gold with a really nice metallic sheen to it. It looks really nice.

Smell is delicious. Light honey with a moderate yet powerful banana note. There is also some light clove. An overall balanced but favoring the banana.

Taste is great. Banana note with a very light but still noticeable hop bitterness. Light clove.

Feel is also very good. Light body but doesn't lack any of the substance. Tingling carbonation with a refreshing finish.

Overall, fantastic kellerweisse. Worth searching for near the Chico brewery.
Oct 31, 2016
Rated: 3.65 by vikinggary28 from California

Oct 17, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by crob3888 from California

Aug 05, 2016
Rated: 3.62 by Avatar113 from California

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Ultimate from New Jersey

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by windowside from Germany

Feb 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Kokobutter from California

5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
As a resident of the California area this is my favorite Sierra Nevada offering. Privy to only those in the Northern California area, this beer succeeds beautifully at exactly what it wants to be, a crystal wheat beer. Not too heavy, not too light, this beer is pure delight. It will bring a smile to your face after a long day of hard work outside, or a cold night snowed in by the fire. I love this beer, 365 days a year, no overpowering sourness or bitterness - have no fear. Crisp and refreshing, do not make the mistake of over-analyzing this beautiful gift. It is a mighty fine brew!
(If you like Corona with lime, not a big fan of wheat beers, a fan of wheat beers, if you like imperial, try this!!!) It has drinkability. Need more!
Jan 13, 2016
Rated: 3.55 by VABA from Virginia

Oct 30, 2015
Rated: 4 by boku56 from Nevada

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.67 by gefinley from California

Aug 10, 2015
Rated: 3.4 by sinodux from California

Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 3.42 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 3.6 by aoampm from Hawaii

Jun 23, 2015
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Reviewed by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Had this on 2014-06-22 in Reno, NV from a 12 oz.

Tasty, light American Wheat. Very good mouthfeel. No clove or banana. Plenty of grain. Touch of lemon. Refreshing and smooth. Very little bitterness.
Jun 23, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by ssgunbond from Belgium

Jun 15, 2015
Rated: 3.76 by chossboss from Oregon

Jun 07, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by BradExtreme from California

May 16, 2015
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Rated by deanzaZZR from California

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
A simpler beer for simpler times.
May 03, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by mindfuldave from New Jersey

Apr 17, 2015
Rated: 3.14 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee

Mar 26, 2015
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Rated by DrunkEnTraining from Arizona

1.17/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
Unless you are very, very big on pale ales with wheat in them avoid this one.
Mar 17, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by BabaBeer from California

Mar 01, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by CJNAPS from California

Feb 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Lelampp from Ohio

Feb 08, 2015
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Rated by Tiffany88 from California

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Very refreshing with a nice mouth feel. Heavy on the wheat.
Jan 31, 2015
Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 223 ratings