Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale - Pete's Brewing Company
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Reviews by tfinn:
2.9/5 rDev -8.5%
pours strong deep straw, short of amber, with decent brilliant white head. brilliant clarity, strong carbonation, as style-appropriate.
scent is very bready, with a strong sweetness I associate more with vienna than munich malts. there is a slightly sweaty green hops odor which isn't terribly pleasant and seems a little out of place for the style.
taste is solid bready malt with slight non-descript hop edge that seems to take over and collapse the malt sweetness at the end.
mouthfeel is sufficiently full throughout the beginning of the flavor ride but the nondescript hop edge pulls it apart at the end and leaves me with an unpleasant bitterness as well as some grainy astringency. not enough to make me throw it out, but in my experience a cream ale should be more creamy in the finish, while this one is a even a little on the harsh side.
the bottle mentions cluster hops, which were once (still are?) the standard north american industrial lager hop. this beer of course uses quite a bit more than those do, but I have to wonder if a different hop choice might make this beer more smooth. I also wonder what the grain bill for this really is. the bottle mentions munich and wheat malt, but it must not have much munich, or else it would be darker. if I had to speculate, I'd guess there's even some six-row and corn in here... it just kinda has that "cheap" flavor as a base. not awful, but it could be better.
drinkability is just OK. I would not order another pint of this if I were in the pub, and I won't buy another bottle. Hale's cream is a superior product, and if I'm jonesing for this at home, I can usually get ahold of some wexford.
11-24-2005 03:36:44 | More by tfinn
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3.13/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured a lighter amber with a fluffy white head after a harder pour,a light toasted grain aroma is the most I pick up in the nose a little sugary sweetness but faint.At first the beer seemd harsh flavor,and mouthfeel wise but after drinking a second the flavors melded more lightly sweet with a biscuity malt undertone a touch of hop zest in the finish but not much there.A no brainer beer after work after the initial harshness it came together okay.
01-24-2006 03:30:33 | More by oberon
2.15/5 rDev -32.2%
Appearance Thin light orange in color but with a big foamy head. The head is marvelous and looks like a thick valley fog.
Smell The light, grainy cream ale aroma was putrid and brought along some light, very faint fruity hops.
Taste This is nasty, rotten grain followed by creamed corn.
Mouthfeel This light-bodied ale is thin and cheaply carbonated.
11-01-2004 15:55:54 | More by RoyalT
3.13/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a reddish copper, just about clear. Little to no head with not much carbonation.
Smells a little cream soda-ish. Some sweet.
Not much. Cream tasting. No hops. Some malt. Not very deep, but not bad.
Feels light, smooth. Not much there, but nothing real bad.
Overall pretty decent for what I would call an American Macro. Was a xmas gift in a mixed 6pack, so Im not overly disapointed.
01-01-2007 20:28:29 | More by JasonA
3.49/5 rDev +10.1%
Wicked Ales were some of the first craft/non-Bud style beers that started me on the road to realy good beer.This one has a nice clear golden yellow color with some light carbonation moving up to a just off white head. This head quickly settles down to a light ring of slick foam. (No lacing) The aroma was mostly grainy, cereal like, with some malt sweetness and herbal hops. On the tongue it is a fairly smooth and has mild malt sweetness and light cereal like gain noted that dry out in the mild herbal finish.
09-02-2012 17:37:35 | More by generallee
3.05/5 rDev -3.8%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Tightly knitted tiny bubble off white lace holds well, the tawny clarity shows a stream of active carbonation.
Smell: Malt sweetness in the form of nutty dextrins and faint toasted malt, clean to the nose like a filtered macro-ale.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth with a creamy moderate body, a half hand of malt brings some sweetness to the palate. Vague toasted grain. The hop bitterness is placid and only helps to balance. Odd lingering sweetness throughout drops out in the drying finish.
Drinkability & Notes: This is it? This is the winter seasonal they throw at us? Not a bad beer but this is weak this is like getting socks for X-mas, youll use them but they are no fun.
12-02-2004 00:22:10 | More by Jason
3.43/5 rDev +8.2%
I got this for $3 a six at Total in VA so I couldn't resist. Pete makes a decent beer and this is no exception. Slightly cloudy in the glass with a frothy head that was quickly gone, clean malt nose, malty flavors on the dry side with a light finish. All in all, a very refreshing beer, particularly considering the price.
02-23-2006 21:58:48 | More by BeerIsland
3.58/5 rDev +12.9%
12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness dating. Pours a nice looking golden amber, quite clear, supporting a medium sized near white head, respecatable, fine ,spotty and stringy lacing. Next to no nose that I can pick up, maybe just some straw. This tastes like a moderatly crisp pilsner. German tasting drying hops on the palate, as well as some fruity notes. A decent sessioner IMHO, better then I expected.
01-01-2006 23:40:36 | More by Billolick
3.4/5 rDev +7.3%
Thanks to swalden29 for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.
The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is pretty malt with some malt sweetness and some corn notes. The flavor is more of the same with cream, malted sweetness and some adjuncty corn notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
03-27-2010 16:16:04 | More by Mora2000
3.25/5 rDev +2.5%
poured into a tall pilsner glass from a brown long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.
Clear,golden with a bright reddish hue.I" white creamy head with good retention,very livey looking constant streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.
Delicate,subtle aromas light sweet malt,perfumy,and a bit of bisquityness
A light sugary taste followed by grassyness finishes slightly tart with some light bitterness. The taste was slightly bland, but pleasing.
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable,could pound these on a hot summer day. Would be a good starter beer for the BMC crowd.
03-18-2007 03:49:49 | More by jcdiflorio
3.03/5 rDev -4.4%
Clear sub amber bourbon-like color, head rises high on a hard pour and has good lasting properties. Laces in wide stripes, like fancy garter belts at weddings. Malty aroma, distinct sense of baker's vanilla extract. Carbonation is medium, mouthfeel reasonably smooth but a little lighter than it could be. Starts out toasty, almost nutty, but the flavor turns quite fast -- gets cottony and mediciney bitter, almost phenolic. Finishes broadly on the tongue but without a lot of aftertaste. Gets a little papery on later sips but the slight metallic tastes persist. Not tragically flawed by its flavor but could be more agreeably composed for a Cream Ale. Thanks to Jessica M. for the holiday sample pack that this was a part of.
12-19-2004 22:03:01 | More by ADR
2.28/5 rDev -28.1%
Pete's Wicked- Wanderlust Cream Ale
Appearance- light caramel orange with a thick white head that held up well and laced the inner glass nicely.
Smell- light caramel mixed in with the malt. Hints of Vanilla and apricot.
Taste- Light skunky malt with a touch of vanilla. Weak flavor.
Mouthfeel- weak and watery. A slight Malty and metallic aftertaste.
Overall- I wanted to like it but...! Actually tastes more like a Macro (BMC) blended with a touch of vanilla and malt. Not good, stay away!
03-23-2006 21:55:53 | More by NJpadreFan
3.53/5 rDev +11.4%
AP: A clear golden amber color with mild carbonation and slow moving bubbles create a light, bubbly head that is 1/2" deep and didn't last very long.
Nose: Very earthy and herbal garden scent with peppery hops and caramel, toffee wheat malt.
Flavor: The herbal and zesty hop profile stands out most with a complex and peppry yeast edge and the malt is mildly sweet and smooth with subtle currents of vanilla and coffee.
Feel: medium bodied, crisp, refreshing but very smooth going down.
DA: I enjoyed this, despite it's pretty low rating here, I wouldn't mind another.
08-19-2007 01:40:26 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
2.73/5 rDev -13.9%
This pours a clear amber with a nice two finger head.The smell is very weak,but you can detect some floral and vegatable scents.The taste is a little hoppy,but not much else.There is a slight malt and nuttiness to this,but not much.The m/f is light ,weak,and watery.This is an average beer,and a below average winter beer.
12-21-2005 04:19:43 | More by jmz62565
2.93/5 rDev -7.6%
Apperance: nice dark golden color....looks like cream soda. Head was foamy, bubbley and went away quickly. Nice overall color and apperance does look like it would be smooth, not much lacing.
Smell: uummm...not to much to say here. Has an off sweetness smell to it and I could tell that it was going to be watery by the smell. Slight hop smell but not nothing more.
Taste/Mouthfeel: toasted grains and minimal hops. Odd sweetness takes away what little flavor is in it. Does finish dry and clean and is very smooth, interestingly smooth character. Yes finishes a bit watery as well.
I like Pete's brews but this one was kind of a downer. It is a smooth drinkable beer but lacks in overall taste
11-21-2006 18:30:25 | More by Magpie14
3.45/5 rDev +8.8%
Burnt brass with a modest, lacy off-white head.
Fragrant of caramel grain maltiness, inching sweeter towards vanilla nougat. Backed with a sense of lemon.
Begins with a Munich malt structure that presents as carameled almonds. Flees towards things doughier, towing the wheat it carries. Turns the corners with a fleeting soggy vegetal impression, a la creamed corn. Ends lemony, with a stray phenol or two, as the meager hops come in to provide a tinny dryness.
Medium build with low-to-moderate carbonation.
I've come not to expect much from Pete's. A Cream Ale as their "hearty winter seasonal? Um..what? Nevertheless, even if this has some awkward moments, it sits squarely as average. All things considered, that's probably a success.
01-02-2005 17:45:31 | More by cokes
3.58/5 rDev +12.9%
Pete's Wanderlust Cream Ale pours a dark copper body beneath a creamy head of white. It's darker than might be expected, and that's a good indication that this is more than just another golden ale that's been cold-conditioned.
The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice, thin, "branchy" lace about the glass.
The nose is sweetish and slightly fruity with some mild nutty and toasty nuts from the malt. No hops are present; but it's otherwise clean and welcoming.
The creaminess promised by the label is, indeed, present, and it's medium-bodied, somewhat dextrinous, and moderately carbonated leaving it smooth as well.
The flavor is pretty much as the nose suggests, with a combination of yeasty fruitiness (soft berries) and nutty, just slightly toasty, sweetish malt that's backed by a supportive, but truly sublime, bitterness. Again, no real hop flavor is present, although there is some in the bbackground if you want to get technical. Surprisingly, it finishes relatively short and dry with just a drip of residual sweet malt and a juicy smear of sugary red berries.
Wanderlust surprises, in more ways than one, and it can be quite charming at the right time, and/or with a receptive audience. In a way it reminded me of their strawberry blonde, but a touch darker. It's very drinkable for what it is, and I'd imagine that it's quite popular.
02-09-2007 01:36:01 | More by NeroFiddled
2.65/5 rDev -16.4%
Pours a light orange/amber color with a very small fizzy head that dissapears within seconds. The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of vanilla. The taste is much like the aroma with a lingering sweet malty flavor with a very small hop presence. The mouthfeel is smoot and creamy. Overall, this is not a terrible brew but certainly nothing I have the desire to pick up again.
01-18-2007 03:14:16 | More by cjgator3
2.83/5 rDev -10.7%
Very underachieving. Don't find many cream ales so I was excited to find this one, and I'd remembered some good experiences with Pete's Brewing Co's products, but this one didn't impress me at all.
Poured with a pretty scant white head, average lacing. Light gold, and well carbonated. Nice, smooth mouthfeel.
Tastes very much, like other reviewers have said, like a slightly better version of an average macro. Sweet but pretty flat malt, almost no hop presence. Has some fruitiness. As it warms, it becomes rather boozy.
Would be a good choice for a mixed group as it is decent, but not one I'd pick up again.
12-05-2006 19:09:39 | More by johnbonham1980
2.73/5 rDev -13.9%
Amber-gold in hue, the color is unexpectedly eye-catching! There are gobs of animation racing towards the white head; at the apex the foam was two fingers in height. Head retention was decent; it faded to a soapy, fairly thick cap. This cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was very webby and quite widespread. Its off to a good start! The nose is malty sweet with grainy aromas. There is a weak suggestion of spiciness, from the hops? Husky. Clean. Filtered. It doesnt smell like a Cream Ale. Inoffensive but not inviting, the potency is low and it fails to say much anyway. The palate is okay; I dont enjoy that distinctive Petes aura. Aside from their Summer Seasonal I havent had a Petes in years yet I can remember what they all taste like. The house yeast, even filtered like it is, is still noticeable. Hell, maybe its the water. I dont know. Back to this beer Cream Ale? Hardly. Adjunct Ale? Im buying that. There isnt any sophistication in this beer. I assume there was supposed to be. Yeah right, who am I fooling? The beer was brewed to be bland and popular with the macro-lager crowd. They succeed. Sweetness is moderate. Husky. Grainy. Caramel malts are found in small doses, lightly toasted. No bitterness. Lightly nutty and metallic. Bland yet muddled. Clean to a point. There isnt anything foul about this beer. There isnt anything really good about the taste either. The aftertaste has a slightly rotten/cooked veggie thing going on. This really hurts the likeability. Medium-light/light in body, the carbonation is active and appropriate for this beer, overall the mouthfeel is decent, uneventful but workable. The more I drank, the less I liked it. Thankfully I have only one bottle. It is not drinkable. It is not enjoyable. It is hardly worth a damn. Not recommended. I purchased one bottle in Lincoln, NE as part of a mixed six-pack of winter beers.
A Cream Ale for a winter seasonal? Comical.
12-10-2004 20:55:20 | More by bditty187
3.65/5 rDev +15.1%
Why are there only 2 other reviews besides this one? Poured with very little head, lacing, or carobonation to speak of. Nice amber color, but no real scent. First cream ale I've tried in quite a while so a little hard to compare to others. Enjoy the sensations at first and very easy to drink. Great name and label for a cream ale. Would definitely try again.
10-04-2004 03:07:57 | More by Backer2004
3.15/5 rDev -0.6%
Dark golden in color, a thick sheet of lacing that lasts until the final drop. A large malt based nose. Slick off the cuff; but lacks in the character department; thin malt based body, some toasted malts perhaps? Grainy and a bit bitter. Rather acidic and cloying; yet not to annoying. It is creamy, but average; dont expect much here.
12-04-2004 03:18:04 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.8/5 rDev +19.9%
A big surprise. Found this on sale for around 50 cents a bottle. It had avery nice appearance...light copper, creamy head and excellent lacing. Smell was a nice blend of fruitiness, grassiness and earthiness. Taste was mainly malt, although there was a light hop presence. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This carries over to the drinkability which gives a light and smooth presence.
01-02-2007 00:21:53 | More by edchicma
Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.