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

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Wolaver's Wildflower WheatWolaver's Wildflower Wheat

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.25% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-05-2011

Organic wheat ale with chamomile flowers and Vermont honey.
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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by apants007:
Photo of apants007
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam not into wheat ales very much unless they are the uber hopped variety,but this one was full of flavor and complexity and was damn good!Poured into a becker a hazed pumpkin infused golden with a large fluffy white head atop.Toasty wheat,chamomole,and pumpkin-like cardamom spice in the nose,it seems almost like a pumpkin wheat ale?Again caramom spice and toasty wheat on the palate,the chamomile and honey is prevelent in the finish.Honey and spice to mix with toasted wheat malt,a great combination,Iam not sure if there is cardamom in it but its gives off the warming spice.I loved it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Honey and wheat pretty much sums up what most people envision in a spring seasonal ... most. Sweet honey edge with some bready notes and a very fine camomile tea fill the nose. Had to take a sip to remind ourselves that this is a beer. Honey and wheat fit over taking the credit for the smoothness. Palate is semidry with up front camomile tea-like flavors; honey flavor diminishes quickly, though the breadiness form the malt pushes forward. Hops are very light, but everything is in bal- ance. For a delicate, dainty beer, it comes off as being drinkable, and the addition of camomile makes this beer EXTREME!

Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a short description and a USDA organic seal.

Appearance: It has a hazy amber or light honey colored body with a light creamy head. The head fades quickly but leaves a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass that hangs on till the end. This makes some spotty lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell: There are lots of floral chamomile notes with hints of wheat, sour dough bread, oat/light grain, and honey.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a light wheat base with light grain notes, mild honey sweetness and plenty of floral (almost tea like) chamomile. It finishes semi-sweet with light wheat tartness for balance and no real noticeable hop bitterness at all. The palate is soft and easy to drink.

Notes: I see this being a very good hot weather beer/ middle of the day beer with a light lunch. Overall, I really like it.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of ghostdeini
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You have to try this beer! I would have never tried it if not recommened by the bartender, as I am not a big fan of wheat beers.

Awesome summer beer, light and crisp mouthfeel.

The best part is the finish with honey and spice.

You can't really tell from the smell all of the wonderful honey and spice, so you just have to drink it!

When served from the tap the beer had about a finger tall white head and poured from a bottle it has about half that.

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden and modestly hazy in appearance, plenty of rising carbonation bubbles apparent with a fluffy white head. Looks flavorful and refreshing.

Aromas are vibrant and rich: freshly baked bread with spoonfuls of honey and a spot of herbal tea, all in one. Plentiful sweetness attributes for sure.

The nose doesn't pull any trickery on this one, it tastes just as you would expect. What I really have to applaud is the balance; it would be too easy for the sweetness to be cloying and throw this out of whack, but this really works. Honey is very pronounced initially, fading to give way to the bready wheat support, with some complementary spice and floral elements also detectable. Hops are there for balance, not for bitterness, but contribute some slight acidity as well.

Medium bodied, this drinks clean and effortlessly; a great summer session beer.

Solid brew, a welcomed change up for summer drinking, especially if you like Hefes or other wheat beers like I do.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.78/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a lightly hazy but bright gold in color, topped by a tight white cap of foam just under a finger high. It holds up for a while before fading, leaving a little thin lacing as it recedes.
Wheat forms a strong base in the aroma along with a biscuity malts backbone and a light touch of sweetness along with something a bit floral.
The flavor is very nice, light but flavorful and very clean, with plenty of wheat malts. Floral, light hops notes remain and compliment the clove throughout, and a note of yeast lingers. Snapping underneath is a peppery edge that initially reminds me of something like cinnamon, but just gives a spicy bite as this beer warms.
The motuhfeel is very nice. The body is appropriately light, about medium in strength, with a big crispness that never fades but gives way, with ample but not overdone carbonation, to a nice, smooth finish with plenty of character.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazed-out yellow-gold and a mellow vibe. 2" lively head recedes pretty quick to not much at all.

the smell of corn and wheat, mostly malt and some sour fruit, allspice, subtle sweet honey rounds it out.

A soft spice and sour malt is what comes through, subtle honey with light and fluffy flavors, not very complex, pretty simple. Light on the hops with earthy and chamomile with minor lemmon zest notes. the flavor's are rather strange together.

This brew will do well on a very hot day when you need some added refreshment.

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pleasantly surprised with this one. I had a pint at Volpe's in Emmaus, PA. Yes, you can taste the honey and chamomile (I'm not usually a fan of chamomile) but they're expertly balanced off the clean, crisp and distinct bready wheat malts. Typically I'd expect the spice or honey to dominate and define the beer, but really this is a complex American wheat that doesn't need to rely on massive hops flavor. Heck of a beer for the style, and just plain tasty overall. Check this out.

Photo of hophugger
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale golden color with lots of bubbles heading upwards, decent creamy white head and clingy fingers of lacing wrapping around the inside of the glass. Aroma is sweet and light, almost nonexistent. Taste is very very light, with the honey coming through just enough, but not too much to sweeten this beer too much. Overall, the balance seems good. This beer is so sessionable at 4.25abv that I believe you could drinka a 12 pack of this easily,.....sayin"

Photo of nickthetick
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy gold into an American shaker with no head that in turn leaves no lacing.

S: a lot of honey and kind of spicy.

T: honey, much like a mead. Cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin pie. Leaves allspice on the tongue.

MF: medium body, poor carbonation and a bit watery.

O: probably a beer I would skip over in the future.

Photo of OldIronLungs
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy bright gold into a deep stemmed RR glass with a light head that quickly falls into a ring.

Nose of wheat, banana, honey, and light spice.

Tastes similar to the nose, sweet bready wheat and some honey rounded out by a light citrus hop spice back end. Mouthfeel is clean, could be puffier carbonation and body for a wheat - very light instead.

Overall this seems pretty appropriate for the style - light enough but not too sweet. Bright and clean. Good summer drinker, but wasn't overly impressed by the interpretation...then again I've had Gumballhead and Lil' Sumpin Sumpin.

Photo of HopsYeast
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this in a bottle poured into a frosted mug first time. very delicious summer beer. and will look forward to for many years.

a-golden. looks like you would expect it to. has a very light almost white head.
s-very sweet. pick up various hints of hops, and chamomile, but the honey is dominant.
t-at first it is a low level hop then slowly transitions to chamomile. the middle begins a transition to honey and leaves you with a sweet honey taste in the end. the sweetness of the honey is a bit much though and eventually starts to wear on your palate.
m-beer is very light and is slightly more carbonation than i prefer. this in no way takes away from the other features though.
o-very enjoyable. dont know if it is something i can drink more than 1 or 2 of in a sitting, but for a hot summer day after working outdoors this beer hits the spot wonderfully.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on May 19, 2011. This poured honey-amber with a quick head and slightly cloudy. The honey is noted in the aroma along with thinner wheat. The body has the sort of greasy texture of honey but not as heavy. The honey is in the taste but at the same time abstract with a slightly sharp hop finale. This seems like a very nice warm weather beer.

Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy straw yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of honey in the nose along with notes of wheat.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a good balance between flavors of honey and wheat. There are notes of sweetness throughout the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink, quite refreshing and very flavorful. I would definitely try this one again.

Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft sweetness and a bit of spice, maybe cinnamon.

The taste consisted of a chewy wheat malt and pleasant earthy honey.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty and interesting wheat ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy light orange with a half inch of head that turns to a slightly sticky ring.

S - Bread, Honey, sweet malts, with a touch of wheat and grains.

T - Starts of sweet with the honey then quickly turns with a mild bitterness from the hops and grain. Finishes sweet with a touch of hay and wheat.

M - Kind of watery so it drinks with a light body.

Overall another organic offering from Wolaver but kind of lackluster. If anything it could use more body.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Photo of mtnasty116
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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 :)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent honey color. Quick to fade thin white head leaves no retention or lace. Looks like a glass of mead.

Aroma is fresh and springy. Floral potpourri, honey, and freshly sliced green apple. Good stuff.

Chamomille, clover honey sweetness and sweet and spicy Fuji apple. Clean and well assembled.

Not a sexy looking beer but drinks pretty fine, especially for such a lackluster style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

On-tap 3/19/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus sweetness comes in. The hops presence is very mild and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent light wheat beer to drink for a while.

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