Old Chico Crystal Wheat
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Wheat Beer - Kristallweizen
Ranked #13
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
80
Ranked #27,439
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 15.67%
Ratings:
221
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 09, 2021
Added:
Apr 03, 2011
Wants:
  14
Gots:
  33
SCORE
80
Good
Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat
Notes: None
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Ratings by mdlb44:
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3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by mdlb44 from California

Jan 30, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

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
 
3.69 by jakecattleco from California on Feb 18, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by True_Bodhisattva from California

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
 
3.77 by SierraNevallagash from Maine on Jun 15, 2020
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3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by patre_tim from Thailand

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
 
4 by AnotherDisease from California on May 27, 2018
 
3.65 by Wontonst from California on Jan 23, 2018
 
4.27 by mistaya from Oregon on Dec 27, 2017
 
3.76 by HaoleBoy from California on Sep 25, 2017
 
3.5 by Jodio from Texas on Feb 11, 2017
 
4.1 by Manzanarescarrillo from Nebraska on Feb 06, 2017
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3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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4.66/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HattedClassic from Virginia

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
 
3.65 by vikinggary28 from California on Oct 17, 2016
 
3.75 by crob3888 from California on Aug 05, 2016
 
3.62 by Avatar113 from California on Jul 12, 2016
 
3.75 by Ultimate from New Jersey on Jun 23, 2016
 
3.83 by LXIXME from New Mexico on Jun 05, 2016
 
3.87 by windowside from Germany on Feb 18, 2016
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5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Kokobutter from California

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
 
3.55 by VABA from Virginia on Oct 30, 2015
 
4 by boku56 from Nevada on Aug 28, 2015
 
3.67 by gefinley from California on Aug 10, 2015
 
3.4 by sinodux from California on Jul 04, 2015
 
3.42 by StoutSnob40 from California on Jul 04, 2015
 
3.6 by aoampm from Hawaii on Jun 23, 2015
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3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

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
 
3.46 by ssgunbond from Belgium on Jun 15, 2015
 
3.76 by chossboss from Oregon on Jun 07, 2015
 
4.07 by BradExtreme from California on May 16, 2015
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2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by deanzaZZR from California

A simpler beer for simpler times.

May 03, 2015
 
3.78 by mindfuldave from New Jersey on Apr 17, 2015
 
3.14 by grahamboudreaux from Tennessee on Mar 26, 2015
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1.17/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by DrunkEnTraining from Arizona

Unless you are very, very big on pale ales with wheat in them avoid this one.

Mar 17, 2015
 
3.5 by BabaBeer from California on Mar 01, 2015
 
3.46 by CJNAPS from California on Feb 13, 2015
 
3.5 by Lelampp from Ohio on Feb 08, 2015
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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Tiffany88 from California

Very refreshing with a nice mouth feel. Heavy on the wheat.

Jan 31, 2015
 
3.53 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Jan 29, 2015
Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 221 ratings