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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale - Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream AlePete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale

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138 Ratings

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 15.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-20-2004)
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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

djrn2, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"So raise a cheer to those forgotten years,
Back to the corner where we went our separate ways."

--from 'Wanderlust' by Flogging Molly

Burnt orange with a busy look thanks to all the miniscule bubbles ascending within. The pale orange crown is nicely creamy and should last well into the review. Most cream ale isn't this dark, but there's no sense in marking it down for looking like an Oktoberfest.

The nose is strictly average. It's more malty than hoppy... and isn't very malty. Whiffs of barely toasted Munich malt and faintly musky hops are appreciated. The rest of the grain bill includes pale and wheat and the hops are Cluster. A lack of any real negatives keeps the aroma on the acceptable side.

Cream ales have a tendency to be unimpressive unless the brewer is truly committed to the style and uses quality ingredients. Wanderlust is unimpressive. Munich malt was not a great choice since it contributes a earthy, toasted grain flavor that should not be present in a beer of this style.

Even though the malt contributes flavor, there isn't enough of it. There aren't too many cream ales that are this light. A lack of malt translates into a lack of sweetness and a lack of a smooth, sufficiently creamy mouthfeel. The bottom line is that this isn't a very good example of the style and doesn't adhere very closely to the guidelines.

The word is that Pete's Brewing Company beer was better in the good old days. In the good new days, though, it ain't so wonderful. I haven't yet had Strawberry Blonde, but it's doubtful that it's any more of a quality fruit beer than Wanderlust is a quality cream ale.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't let the name fool you. It's called a Cream Ale, but is more kin to a timid American Amber. Initial aromas share the duty with cereal grains, light caramel, and pine / citrus hops. The beer's appearance is more copper than blonde and is mild both on head formation and retention. Flavors are similar as in aroma, beginning with a lightly sweet caramel taste and raw cereal grains. A medium hop flavor begins to round the beer out, but struggles with the grain / husk character. The feel is light, but with an over sparged-like astringency late. Finishes with a mild caramel, pine, grain taste and a medium bite in the end. The beer is somewhat in between styles and difficult to assess.

BEERchitect, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Although, they were unable to scan the bottle properly, and ended up using the Pete's Wicked Strawberry Blonde price. Close enough, I suppose!

Appearance: Pours a brilliant, amber body with a creamy-looking, mid-sized, white head. Excellent clarity, but it seems a tad darker for a Cream Ale.

Smell: Fairly mild nose of sweetish, lightly toasted malts with a mere hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Lightly toasty, lightly sweet maltiness. Faint, far-off fruity esters. Light earthy hop character with an equally light bitterness to counter the sweetness. Drying, brief finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, easy-drinking beer that I would coldly accuse of being forgettable, but, come on, what Cream Ale isn't?

ChainGangGuy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found this brew to be quite watery. I feel like it should be used mostly for beer pong and oter drinking games. It's very easy to put down a few in a sitting. I like most cream ales I feel that they are a classic style and I like that a lot. This brew should be revisited because I can't remember a whole lot about it other than I wasn't impressed.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and surprisingly left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and wheat.

T - It tasted spicy/grassy. It was also fairly malty. I also detected a banana-like fruit flavor.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - It didn't really seem like a Cream Ale, more like an APA or a Blonde. Still it was a descent brew.

zeff80, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of Jason
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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, you’ll use them but they are no fun.

Jason, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and dry malt aroma that light and a bit fruity. It boasts of pale, Munich, and wheat malts. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet with Munich malts. I detect some hops in the finish, but not much. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It is sweet and dry; a decent cream ale. Pete's brews some decent beers. They're never great, but they drink well.

WesWes, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of smcolw
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This doesn't look like a cream ale--too dark. Amber color and clear. Decent head that recedes into rocky foam but does not leave any lace.

Mild aroma without any off smells. Mostly malt, but it isn't sweet. No hops.

Slightly sour flavor. Again, mostly malty and reasonably dry. One dimensional in the flavor profile--the initial sip matches the swallow and aftertaste. Full bodied and carbonated well.

Nothing too bad about this, but not one I'd likely to seek out again.

smcolw, May 03, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've seen this beer around forever but finally got around to buying a single of it and enjoying it tonight.

It isn't the most exciting beer out there but it is sure drinkable. Has a very smooth and clean taste to it without being overbearing flavor or alcohol wise. Not the best beer out there but it was tasty with the pizza I had and washed it down good.

oriolesfan4, Nov 01, 2008
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

imperialking, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Billolick, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of Zorro
1.83/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear reddish gold colored ale with an off white colored head.

Smell is corn and nothing but corn. There are some herbal hops in this trying to cover up the smell, but this is just plain corn.

Taste is corn and some hops trying to cover up the corn and a strange metallic flavor. BLARG! This is worse than even really cheap malt liquors!

Mouthfeel is competent.

OK what you have here is your regular glass of crap. If you ever consider buying this beer save your money and go down to where the bums hang out and buy what they are buying. 100% PURE CRAP! Worse than Corona.

Zorro, May 28, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear, deep amber color. Light - medium bodied and carbonation. More malts than hops but not a lot of sweetness, smooth. More flavor as it warms. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

jdhilt, Jan 09, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

LXIXME, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very nice copper hue. A creamy two finger head with good retention and lacing.

The smell had a nice hop and grass aroma.

The taste was creamy, yet clean. Good hop presence. Very good carbination as well. This is essentially a higher quality Genny Cream Ale.

The mouthfeel was full and nicely effervescent.

A very drinkable cream ale. I would recommend this as a good example of an often overlooked style.

plaid75, Apr 20, 2006
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3/5  rDev -5.4%

harpus, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer dispenses the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous amber color with a behemothic sized creamy light tan head and after its demise, the lace forms a rather thin sheet upon the glass. Nose is malt with a slight hint of caramel, sweet malt dominates and maybe I detect a touch of hops, start is sweet with a light grain profile, the top thin. Finish is lightly acidic and the hops modest in their spiciness quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable but only average beer.

Gusler, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Sinkability – Ugh!

RoyalT, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Contract brewed by FX Matt in Utica, NY.

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and very nice active carbonation. Lightly spicy nutty malt aroma and flavor .. leans sweet but had a bit of hoppiness when it was fresh. Medium bodied and lightly smooth with a lightly bitter finish...

Per label: "Utica, NY"

Per Pete's website:
MALTS: Munich, pale and wheat
HOPS: Cluster
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 13.8 Degrees Plato
IBU: 18

RBorsato, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with thin head but covers well. The aroma is crisp and grainy with a touch of malt. First taste jumps out as very carbonated, almost sodalike. A bit watery, refreshing, yet there is a little "creaminess" to it. But cream is not the signature here, and that is the quality that I miss. This is more of a tart, summer brew with that kind of lemon touch as you swallow. Effervescent, relatively light, but there is a mild overtone of alcohol. This sort of takes away from the "pound 'em after mowing the lawn" quality I might otherwise like after the disappointment of not delivering on the classic cream ale theme. Not bad at all, but not memorable.

Durge, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

cjgator3, Jan 18, 2007
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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.