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Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

Wolaver's Wildflower WheatWolaver's Wildflower Wheat

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BA SCORE
83
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195 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%


Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-05-2011)
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy wheat dark straw body. Cusp of slivered foam. Greasy wannabe lace.

Musty wheat with a beachy saltiness, some floral character, and a trace of honey. Okay.

Eh, too sweet. Caramel, wildflower honey, musty wheat, light chalkiness. Not enough hop to break that gunky malt.

Swishy. Good carbonation levels. A little sticky. Lighten it up a bit, please.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 06:02:59 | More by thecheapies
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Billolick

New York

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours heavily clouded dull darker tangerine. Minimal signs of carbonation. Some sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

Honey is dominant on the nose.

More honey and lots of sweet fruit on the palate.

Too much honey and too sweet for me. Maybe with some dessert on a hot day. Besides that one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 16:46:57 | More by Billolick
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mtnasty116

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have to give this beer props for being organic but I was otherwise disappointed. Maybe it's because this style isn't really my taste, but I was underwhelmed. I expected a bold, wide earthy flavor out of this beer. The wheat and floral tastes are there but they are thin. I did like the honey after taste. After I few sips (and I know someone will put out a hit for me on this) I just started to taste Budweiser. A must nicer Budweiser, but Budweiser none the less.

Although I can't help but think somehow or someway that this beer is good for me :)

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:24:31 | More by mtnasty116
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Zackcavalier

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I selected bottle for this review as my most recent experience was from a bottle. My first experience with this was a 20oz draft at the brewery. Initially this beer really appealed to me. The first scents I picked up were floral notes. Tasting presented a clear honey note, and then hints of floral. Things went south from here. As I drank, the scent of the beer moved to overly sweet, and almost smelled "flat". Does not hold carbonation well in both bottle and draft experiences, and to me, this made the flavor feel heavy. As another reviewer said, maybe on a scorching summer day, this might feel and taste right, but I have not been able to finish the 6 pack I brought home.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:53:44 | More by Zackcavalier
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toddicus13

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - 4-5, golden. Slightly cloudy. Fizzy head w/little retention & no lacing.

S - Sweet, herbal, floral, & the Vermont honey comes through. Yeasty/grainy/bready. Slightly alcoholic? Somewhat flat.

T - Crisp & floral. The sweetness of honey comes through initially (DMS?). A kind of sweet grainy/bready flavor from the yeast. Hints of astringency at times.

M & O - Sweet & creamy with a nice, medium finish. Very well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:12:10 | More by toddicus13
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A - Hazy golden as the honey it contains. A thin white head wells up from the pour, within a few minutes its reduced to a half covering of timid bubbles. Some carbonation and sediment as it is unfiltered.

S - Honey sweetness comes of the top first. Not as fruity as the hefes they descend from. Some nondescript spice mélange that does suggest the hefe lineage. The malt based backbone keeps all this together.

T - Malty up front, and kind of monotypic, a one note charlie. A slight honey/flowery aftertaste, but otherwise just strong malts. The aroma is a more complex experience.

M&D&O - not terribly complex or flavorful. I continue to enjoy Otter Creek without being a huge fan of Wolavers. It is smooth, refreshing, and sessionable. Maybe I should go mow the lawn in 95 degree weather and I would enjoy it more.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:35:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden with a very thin white head that almost immediately becomes a small wispy island. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain (wheat) with honey and a mild floral touch.

The taste is of a kiss of honey sweetness soon becoming a cracker-like dryness with a floral touch.

It has light to medium carbonation with a crisp, light body.

It's a decent wheat ale with a hint of floral notes. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 19:17:37 | More by jwc215
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datalager

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is simply one of the best, crisp, warm weather ales I've had. Excellent balance of honey and yeast in aroma and flavor, with a nice fresh mouthfeel. 4.25% ABV makes this a perfect compliment to a summer lunchtime sandwich. It never disappoints. One of Otter Creek's/Wolaver's best, along with the Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 18:16:19 | More by datalager
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am really enjoying this one this summer. this is a fine example of a honey wheat, everything in exceptional balance. the pour is hazy orange golden, with a fluffy inch of pure white head on top. the aromatics of this beer are splendid. lots of sticky clover honey, light and flavorful, but not a sugary sweet smell at all. notes of soft white wheat and relaxed hops are also present. the flavor is exceptional. the honey is present all the way through, bees seem to swarm to my glass here, the pollen and liveliness of this is remarkable, like a wildflower itself. the chamomile is just right too, not tea heavy or out of place, but distinct, mildly bitter, and a fitting contrast to the honey. this is an artfully made beer with a fuller body for the style and abv, which I love. crisp and clean in the finish despite the honey, perhaps the best beer ive had from wolavers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 16:41:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat

LOOK: Pours a bright hazed golden color. Soapy white head forms and recedes to a ring. Lots of carbonated micro bubbles rising to the surface.

SMELL: Wheat, hay, bread and a hint of the wild flower honey.

TASTE: Very interesting taste. Honey is there right up front, not only sweet but very flavorful. Herbal chamomile is present but takes a back seat to the honey and wheat. Light but still detectable citrus hop profile. Pale and wheat malt give the beer good body. I can dig it.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Drinks smoothly and easily, with tea like herb and honey being the lingering flavor.

OVERALL: Consider me impressed with this one. The honey was very flavorful and worked well with the other ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:58:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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apants007

New York

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured form bottle into pint glass

a: what a beautiful beer. nice golden yellow. I would say it has a nice "glow" as opposed to saying it's cloudy... small white head goes pretty fast. nice carbonation with tiny bubbles.

s: nothing overwhelming. a little citrus.

t: really nice. like a dream about eating crumpets and orange marmalade... a little bit of iced tea bitterness... a hint of honey (might just be the suggestion from the label)... fruit forward without being "fruity"... farmhouse without seeming amateur. great for sumer.

mf: the tight carbonation make this really smooth on the tongue... nice slow aftertaste.

pleasantly surprised. had never seen this brand. always afraid of beers that sell themselves on "organic". I assume most craft brewers are using the highest quality ingredients they can come by. this has proven itself as a great beer that I will drink and share as often as i can find it.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:08:17 | More by apants007
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold with a fluffy, white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Honey, wheat, noticeable chamomile, herb edge.

T: Fine smooth wheat, biscuit, sweet tinge of honey, herbal edge of chamomile balances the sweetness.

M: Fills the mouth, smooth and soft.

O: A nice beer with an amazing mouthfeel. It has a pleasant sweetness that is balanced, though the finish might be sharp.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:08:34 | More by ianjsullivan
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SouljaSaia17

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This Wildflower Wheat pours a hazy, light orange color with a 1/4 inch soapy, bright white head. Has a good amount of carbonation to it, good looking beer.

S: Very floral smell with some wheat and honey mixed in. Not too complex but the aromas are pretty strong and it smells good.

T: Wheat flavor up front that is accompanied by a wildflower flavor, hence the name I guess. Finishes off with some honey and a dry bread feel.

M: Sweet on the tongue, very earthy and refreshing. Nice, strong unfiltered beer.

O: Havent had too many Organics when it comes to beers, but this one is top notch of its kind. Perfect for spring and summer, great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 20:52:00 | More by SouljaSaia17
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JGargano

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was a pleasant surprise. I was looking for something different but not too light. The color was of a light beer but the taste was very nice. It smelt a little like dirt but did not taste that way at all. I would be able to drink this beer on a regular. Not like certain beers where you can only have one and then have to switch it up. Nice flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 17:34:58 | More by JGargano
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours from the can as a lightly hazed golden orange color with a one finger white head. The head fades very fast to give only a tiny level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of wheat and sour lemon. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of yeast and a malty smell.

Taste – The taste starts out of wheat and malt and is quite lemony. The lemon taste gets even stronger as the taste moves on. As the taste moves on with the lemon increasing in the flavor becomes more and more tart. In the end a rather mouth-puckering lemon and wheat flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. Good for the style as it balances out some of the tart flavors by not allowing them overpower the tongue but yet the feel yields to a more refreshing feel.

Overall – A bit on the tart side for me, but that is to be expected for the style. Not a bad flavor profile and rather refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:42:19 | More by Darkmagus82
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a bright, slightly haze, orange-gold coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout and a slim ring of frothy white head around the surface. Aromas of subtle honey and lemon sweetness on a biscuit and wheat background. Smells like a cookie, almost. Flavors are rich and sweet on the forward tongue, almost like a Fall seasonal style. Rich, buttery tones on a biscuit backbone give the palate a heavier load than is usual for Summer beers, or wheats for that matter. Honey and banana highlights are accented with some cinnamon and clove spicing, leaning more towards the White style. No hops presence to speak of throughout the beer. The aftertaste is light, with some roasted qualities accompanying the dying sweetness. Clean, fairly crisp finish, the beer is kept light throughout by the carbonation and balancing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:22:54 | More by GarthDanielson
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up via the single bottle up in Totowa. I hadn't had a beer of this style in a while and for the season, I figured that this would be a good example of the style to try. Even though it's a bit too easygoing, even for an American Pale Wheat Ale, there's enough here to like and this was still full enough as not to feel watered-down!

The pour was typical with a goldenrod hue that was mostly cloudy and a fair amount of head. No lacing on the sides of the glass and the carbonation was brisk and crisp. Lots of pale wheat here with honey, light floral notes, and even some graham cracker/pie crust to sweeten things up a bit. This almost felt like a sour soda because it was so light but this never felt sticky or heavy enough to be cut with a piece of fruit. The grassy notes stuck in the back and there was just a hint of sourness in the aftertaste, which softly faded away.

This was nice and low in the alcohol department, which made it perfect for a nice Summer day. Not a lot of complexity here and this may be the first beer of the season that I would want to have as a dessert, because of the honey and sugary sweetness. No doubt that this is better than the "lawnmower beers" that are out there and worth a try for those looking for some depth during the hotter days.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 17:58:40 | More by JerzDevl2000
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger's worth of crisp slightly fizzy dull white colored head... Modest retention... An even very thin veil of lacing is all that remains... The color is a pale lemony yellow with a slight amber hue when backlit... There is an ever so faint haziness... A modest bit of sluggish carbonation rises randomly throughout...

S - Cracked wheat... Some lemon zest... A bit of cinnamon... Simple, slightly unique and very pleasant...

T - A very interesting mix of wheat and cinnamon with a bit of lemon zest mixed in... Nothing more, nothing less...

M - Light to medium bodied... Sturdy... Some brisk carbonation... Slightly sleek... A bit of a dry chalky finish...

D - Light... Fairly refreshing... This would actually make a very unique winter seasonal given the cinnamon (read: holiday) spicing... Decent, but not something that I would readily invest in each and every summer...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 01:57:18 | More by philbe311
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Adrock1011


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It says honey, but i taste cinnamon. Its not a bad thing, but apleasant surprise. Very drinkable and would be good during any season. Also, its organic. Has a clean feel like a boddingtons, but less creamy.

I would recommend this for both the beach, and the christmas party.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:02:16 | More by Adrock1011
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear gold bodied beer with a small white head that settles slowly and leaves nice lacing. Aroma of lightly sweet honey, floral hops, wheat and grain.

Easy drinking and refreshing. Light bodied with fairly crisp carbonation. Moderately sweet honey and malt intermingled with light flowery hops, wheat, and cereal grain flavors. Modest bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste, overall pretty dry in the finish.

A simple wheat beer that’s perfectly suited to a hot summer’s day. Unremarkable but well made and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 19:58:00 | More by tobelerone
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright hazy golden hue with a bright white head. Lots of sweet cereal grains on the nose with touches of honey and floral hops. Prominent honey as the beer warms.

Overall a rather sweet beer but a pretty nice one at that. Makes for a good summer drinker. Sweet cereal grains up front while pungent floral hops burst on the back end of the tongue. Honey taste throughout. Touch of wheat rounds out the body very nicely. Chamomile adds a silkiness to the beer as well as coats the throat (kind makes you feel like this beers good for you)

Sweet and floral with a soothing presence without being cloying. This one goes down easy and tastes great. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 23:29:48 | More by jtierney89
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had this one around when it first came out, but I'm not sure exactly when or where. This review applies to a recent tasting at TJ's, Paoli, PA.

Pretty standard stuff here in the world of wheat beer. Poured a hazy straw-yellow with a moderate puff of white head that mostly receded, leaving a thin layer of lacing behind. Aromas of bready malts, some spice, flowery hop presence. Basic wheaty profile on the palate, sugar, maybe a drop of honeysuckle pollen, light peppery spice. Light body, fairly drinkable for the style, but I really gotta be in the mood for something like this.

*Usually when I say that, it means that this is a beer that the wife is drinking, and I'm just sampling it. ;)

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 05:25:56 | More by Rifugium
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Finn

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep yellow, with a firm, creamy head. Aroma is mild, with chamomile and light grains. A sip reveals a mellow, tasty balance between sweet malts and a mild vanilla/chamomile element going on. It finishes a touch sweet but not cloying. The mouthfeel is crisp and creamy. Overall, a unique take on an American wheat ale. It stands apart from the average american hefe for sure. Quite drinkable, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:22:19 | More by Finn
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albertjr21

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass, brew pours a slightly hazed and glowing yellow gold with a nice display of diverse carbonation bubbles floating toward a white head. Notes of sweet honey and herb (I'm guessing chamomile flowers...)hint at a zesty and possibly tart wheat brew. Dry and almost sticky mouth coating (non tart) flavors of honey and chamomile gently caress the palate in a well balanced and relatively intense concentration of flavor (stylistically speaking).

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 17:11:27 | More by albertjr21
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into ommegang chalice

A - hazy yellow orange body with frothy white head two fingers thick that settles quickly with good lacing.

S - earthy malts, melon, citrus and a touch of floral notes on the edge.

T - floral earthy notes hit big. wheat, melon come in and theres a bit of citrus in there as well. its alright.

M - lots of carbonation with a low to medium body. coats the mouth well.

O - its an ok beer nothing i'd buy lots of.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 01:09:56 | More by celticfutblclub
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Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
83 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.