Old Chico Crystal Wheat | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Old Chico Crystal WheatOld Chico Crystal Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by flexabull on 04-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
212
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
28
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of Kokobutter
5/5  rDev +40.8%
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!

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Photo of drno904
5/5  rDev +40.8%

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5/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.66/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

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Photo of Mikeb8
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of jacobs426
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of afausser
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of TheDeezler
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This BEER has exceptional characteristics. As the bottle states it is Sierra Nevada's LIGHTEST offering. This characteristic makes Old Chico IRRESISTIBLE on those HOT Chico days and nights. It has THE purest ingredients, and the finest quality. It is too bad that most people will NEVER enjoy the pleasure of drinking this beer -- as it is only distributed locally. This beer is found at LOCAL establishments in Chico, California, and neighboring areas. I feel BLESSED by the Creator everyday that I wake up, and Old Chico is still on my local market shelves.

Thank YOU Ken Grossman, and thank YOU to everyone who read my review! Have a POSITIVE day.

Deezel & EEZYCHEEZ

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Photo of metamorphosis316
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
4.8% ABV

A - Crystal clear, there's no false advertising in the beer's name! This golden brew has a plush white head that covers the glass in clumpy Swiss cheese-looking lacing for a beautiful appearance.

S - Bright and vibrant, Old Chico has an exuberant wheat aroma that capitalizes on the simplicity of the beer, transporting me to a field of wheat gently swaying in the summer breeze.

T - Grainy pale malt comprises a base that's reminiscent of milling grain before brewing and is wonderfully overcome by gentle wheat, which finishes out with a crisp cleanliness.

M - Light bodied, crisp with sparkling carbonation, and refreshing, Old Chico is a beer that demands to be downed on a hot summer day.

O - Sierra Nevada's Old Chico is a crisp and refreshing wheat beer that offers delicious simplicity with crisp and refreshing drinkability. If this beer was distributed here it would be at the top of my summer lawnmower beers list!

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Photo of bobbyhands
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Syraquse
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, into a wheat ale glass.

Deep light bronze body color, crystal clear, with a perfect amount of rising not too fine, not too big sized bubble carbonation. Head is fluffy white, with a big soapy cap, light smooth top, and big island retention of four fingers. Great looking brew.

Really fascinating aroma, hinting more hop forward. Hints of floral and big herbal spicy quality it seems, with a real nice sweet dry clove. Very inviting aroma, but hints almost towards czech style pilsner. When rested sweet malty aromas come out more like a pils than wheat. Doughy and crisp sweetness with a big hint of tangy quality. Smells really delicious.

Palate seems to take itself down a notch. The herbality hints more towards American on the hop angle, flushing out an almost creamy herbality and indistinct fruit and tropical zest. Very clean finish, almost lager like with a good but not great mouthfeel. Crisp body and accentuating the hop quality nicely. Not much sense of chewy wheat density to this.

Overall a real fascinating beer, quite neat and enjoyable.

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Photo of BradExtreme
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudedude985
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

Photo of HalfFull
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear blonde with a nice half inch cap of foam.

Nose of wheat and some citric/lemony hops. An intriguing blend of American and German hop character is evident.

Taste is solid and offers a nice lingering finish. Unique for the sttyle with some background spice characteristics.

Feel is solid with a good carbonation, quite lingering on the finish.

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Photo of Nage37
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of double2chin
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear golden straw color with 1 inch of fluffy, vibrant white head. Reduces slowly, leaving chunky rings of lacing.

S-Clean and crisp. Light earthy hops, a touch of white pepper.

T/M-This is easy drinking stuff. Clean, simple flavors of pale and biscuity malts, backed up by chewy yet restrained wheat and a hint of clove. Light earthy hops add a tinge of bitterness to the otherwise dry, clean finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with refreshing carbonation.

O-Would be great on a hot day. I could see drinking a lot of this.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Old Chico Crystal Wheat from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 212 ratings.
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