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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: 15.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 09-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 126
Photo of Celt44
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a light clear amber. Small foamy head that lasts throughout. No lacing.

Aroma - Malts upfront with a strong sour sweetness. Didn't like at first.

Taste was suprising after the aroma let down. Sweet and creamy. Green grapes comes to mind. Hint of the malts. No hops to speak of.

Creamy and smooth - typical of the style.

Overall not bad for the style. Slightly suprised by the sweet taste. Wouldn't go out of my way again to buy this one. I'd probably give it a shot if I saw it on tap.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my shaker glass. Appears a crystal clear bright golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white foam. No lacing to speak of. Smells and tastes of lightly toasted grains, sweet malts, very light grassy hops. Crisp and dry finish. A bit thin in body with medium carbonation. I really wish the same amount of attention was paid to what is in the bottle as was spent on the cool looking label.

Photo of JMBSH
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden color with about two fingers of head after a hard pour. The head shrinks to a nice coating leaving a lot of thick lacing on all sides of the glass.

S - It smells light with a slight sweetness. The offical website says wheat is used. No hops are detected.

T - Toasted malt with no hop bitterness.

M - Smooth but also very lighty. Almost watery. No aftertaste. A lot like other cream ales I have tried.

D - Very light and refreshing. This is marketed as a winter seasonal though during the hot summers I think it would go nicely on a patio.

Photo of nick76
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is light but has a sweet malty character and both grassy hops and dust as well. The appearance is light amber gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bit of a macro like taste which isn't great but is actually not bad at all. The palate is typical for the style. This is good enough to drink just about anytime but isn't terribly good.

Photo of SickBrew
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew by Petes pours a nice shade of copper and leaves a dense head of of white. Upon receading at a moderate rate, it left some fair ribbons of lacing.

Nose is more average than I was expecting based on the color. It is mildly malty, slightly sweet and only has a twinge of aromatic hops. Flavor is just as the nose hinted but the malts come out a bit more and the sweetness has notes of caramel.

Body is medium and the carbonation is fair. Overall this is a an average brew, but as a higher than average drinkability.


Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden amber color. The head is kinda flat but still clingy. Not much else going on.

S- Honey, clove and spices can be whiffed out of this beer. There is a slight nutty/malty aroma in the beer.

T- The sweetness of the honey and clove are there. I'm getting a spicyness there at the end. But something there is strange, almost a weird grain taste. More drinking of this will have to be used to investigate.

M- Feels like a beer of this style should.

D- Drinks like a beer should, nice and easy.

Photo of HatTrick
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Nice copper / amber color with a thick creamy head, about 2 fingers that reduced down to about a fingernail. Leaves a nice layer of lacing on the sides.

S: Smells hoppy, a little malty, bread / yeasty and cloves.

T: Wasn't as creamy as I thought it'd be. Tastes like hops, cloves, grapefruit, slightly of malts. Seems like a pretty typical amber...not what I expected at all. Has an odd tangy-after taste, sorta citrus like.

M: Carbonated, light-bodied.

D: As an amber it is pretty easy to drink but I am a bit disappointed in it since it had a really intriguing label and name. I was expecting a little better from Pete's. Also I was wanting a creamier beer. Overall just ok.

Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent, pleasant, lightly malty, easy-drinking beer.

Copper-gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly dissipating to a thin foamy and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is bread, toasty grain, overall malty with a light pine element.

The taste is similar, malty, lightly toasty grain, faintly caramelly with a faint bread quality and a very faint meatiness to the grain. It is lightly sweet with a light element of pine and grass givign a faint bitterness near the finish. It's a bit soft on the palate. It has a light "malt liquor" taste, but more toasty-caramelly in the grain and less sweet or corn-like, and with more full-bodied character.

It's actually fairly good but I agree with others that this doesn't seem like a "winter" beer.

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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big goddamn name, is it a big goddamn beer? Well, out of the bottle it poured a dark gold/nearly amber color with a two finger head. Good retention and lacing. Aromas of malt and not much more. Slightly sweet, caramel hints. The flavors were malty as well with some grassy hops. A little buttery. Reminds me of a lager. Creamy mouthfeel but only a medium body. Really not what I think of when I want a winter beer and not nearly heavy enough.

Photo of changeup45
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an dark golden color with a moderate head and some lacing on the glass. The head tapers off rather quickly. This seems and tastes more like a Lager to me. Malty, grassy aroma. Slight hoppy flavor with sweet malts mixed in and a bitter, dry finish. Not a bad overall beer and very drinkable. Nothing specatacular though.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with 2 fingers of head. Decent retention, settling to a thick film, with moderate lacing.

S - Indistinct malt with an almost maple syrup tinge. Light aroma of stone fruits.

T - Grainy malt that yeilds a more buttery, caramel flavor. Sweetness suddenly appears and just as quickly, disappears. The entire last half of the taste is dominated by an earthy, metallic bitterness that does little to add flavor. Finish is semi dry and sickeningly metallic.

M - Smooth and highly carbonated.

D - While this seemed like a decent session beer at first, the finish/aftertaste really deters. I don't know if this brew was hopped in some disgusting way, but without that horrible taste this beer would be a great, low priced session ale.

Photo of smcolw
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of cjunior955
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was part of 3 sampler pack from Pete's. The only other "cream ale" I have tried was Genny, and that was not saying much, quite frankly. Pour into pint glass with a 1" head. Medium copper color and slight smell of cream. Medium body drinkablity with, I thought a nice dry and creamy, caramel aftertaste. Not bad beer and price wise did not kill you in the wallet. $19.59 for the sampler case.

Photo of bboven
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meduim copper color which is too dark for the style, but it has a nice one-finger head that lasts. Lighten up on the crystal for this one.

Smells of very basic two-row and a little fruity sweetness.

Lots of fruity sweetness in the flavor dominates, green apple in the forefront from the yeast.

Very bubbly and extremely drying, the best part of this beer.

Not bad, a little fruitier than I expected for a cream ale, definitely at the extreme end of those limits for the style. If the color was a bit lighter it would be more pleasing to the eye.

Photo of grahambo
3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on special at one of the bars here in Keene, NH.

This was a interesting beer, I expected it to be much lighter in color, but it was more amber than straw. It had a sweet scent, some kind of citrus I suspect, but also some maltiness.

The beer's taste was much like the smell a little sweet, but in my opinion enough malt and hops to balance it out. It was a little over carbonated but in the end I could have more than a few of these beers.

It doesn't compare to Wexfords or other Irish Cream Ales, but it's a much more nuanced beer than Genny or any of the other American Cream Ales I've had. Cheers to Pete's for being daring with a traditional style.

Photo of animal69
3.14/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one leftover from the brewers box ; pours a med. reddish-gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic, quite a bit darker than my Genny ; a surprisingly nutty caramel smell w/ a faint hop and alcoholic yeast by-product undertone ; a sweet, malty flavor w/ a creamy diacetyl at first, then kinda fizzles into a macro-ish flavor midway, not much in the finish, maybe a weird "artificial" taste i can't quite put my finger on ( like new PVC almost) ; a med. body, actually, a little on the thick side, especially for the style, light on the co2 side as well ; not a bad drinking beer, just not quite a "cream ale"

Photo of hwwty4
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a light almost golden amber color with a little had that dissipated very quickly. The aroma is malty sweet with a little roasted malt also. The taste is strange. Its malty sweet with just enough hops to balance but there is this weird sweetness (reminds me of how the sweetness of saccharine lingers) that stays all the way through the beer. It was just plain, nothing really exciting about it. I would find it hard to drink more then 1 in a sitting.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance was a golden copper color. Very pretty.
Light bubbles. Thick head that slowly dissipated to nothing or little.

Smell was not complex. Very little smell.

Taste was very pleasent. Slight sweetness to it like a malty taste. No gagging aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Very nice ale. Smooth as all get out. Slid right down the hatch. No hiccups. Flowery accent at the end.

Mouthfeel was thin. But thats not bad for this one. I was sweating my jewels off and then I drank this beer and it was like, Godly. Id drink a few more if I hadnt got things to do.

Far better than some others I have gotten but at $6.29 a 6 er. I couldnt pass it up.

I would drink this if I was feeling in a ale mood. Or if I wanted to spoil myself after drinking Natty for a while. VERY GOOD IN THE HEAT.

I will drink again im sure of it.
Buy this one.

Photo of Durge
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale amber body with thin white head which fades to lacing.

S- malt, suger, cooked vegatables.

T- initial taste of cooked veggies, some malt, and sugar, clean finish.

M- light carbonation and light body. smooth but not as smooth as I expect a cream ale to be.

D- overall unoffensive and drinkable

Photo of Rudgers73
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gave this beer a try at a local bar in Rochester, NY called O'Callahan's. It poured not-so-heady, but had a nice deep red color. The aroma was mainly that of strong malt/sweet caramel. It was light bodied yet very creamy and smooth. The aftertaste was sugary and mellow, not a hint of hops. Overall a neat beer. My first cream ale to be exact. Maybe I should give genny cream ale a chance one of these days.

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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.