Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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Reviews by Shadman:
2.75/5 rDev -19.4%
Pale straw yellow beer, cloudy as one would expect from this style. Yeasty wheat bread smell. Faint citrus tries to emerged from the wheat malt taste. Decent mouthfeel as this beer has carbonation that 'feel right' for this style. Might be tempted to have this one again come July
02-12-2007 03:45:40 | More by Shadman
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2.33/5 rDev -31.7%
(served in a 1/2 pint sampling glass)
A- Orangish yellow with a wee bit of haze and a thick smooth head that lasts for a while.
S- Sweet honey smell with a hint of hops. No fruit or clove smells at all.
T- Pale malt honey taste with a zippy orange/lemon zing and a crisp finish. Some faint coriander was barely noticed.
M- watery mouthfeel that ended in a fizzy finish due to the high carbonation
D- Not a complex flavor that I would expect from any time of Weizen. No fruit except for the zippy citrus and complimentary flavors from the yeast. I was disappointed in this beer.
03-09-2005 03:33:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.13/5 rDev -8.2%
20oz pint at the Original Joe's Oliver location, another after-work bitch and moan session in full swing.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow colour, with two skinny fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and tangentially creamy off-white head, which leaves some thick low-pressure system cloud lace around the glass as things slowly abate.
It smells of mildly sweet biscuity, grainy, and bready wheat malt, yeast, muted floor-cleaner lemon, a bit of fermenting wine wine must, and soft pithy citrusy, grassy hops. The taste is more yeasty, softly grainy and edgy wheat malt, a touch of fruity stale lemon, a light sugary candy character, and faint earthy, citrusy hops.
The carbonation is basically tame and barely frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit sticky in its wheaty, um, 'smoothness'. It finishes mostly dry, grainy, awkwardly fruity, and otherwise clean, a strange toastiness emerging as it warms.
A little sweet up front, and kind of all over the place for a new-world attempt at a hefeweizen, or even the local generic version of a wheat ale. Easy enough to put back, I suppose, but when actually thinking about it, one pint is all I really want.
03-13-2009 23:29:24 | More by biboergosum
2.5/5 rDev -26.7%
wheat? Looks, like wheat. Popular here. Citrus taste didn't work for me,sour and acidic maybe if very fresh-like same week made. Not smooth, could not finish much of it. Medium mouthfeel. on-tap at Hop In with Presario. Fizzy, watery, not good example of style.
Had on tap 1.5 years later at the brewery and it was better in terms of creaminess and drinkability.
09-22-2005 14:12:13 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -4.7%
Had this on tap many times and enjoyed it, but never did a critical review
A - poured a hazy golden into a pilsner glass, creamy white head was short and didn't last too long
S - rich wheaty biscuity malt smell, some very light grassy hops, and maybe a little citrus
T - the wheat flavour really overpowers anything else, there is a faint grassy hint but only after several gulps
M - the carbonation and the savoury breadiness make for a fuller mouth feel than it looks
D - it is fairly easy drinking, although a little one dimensional on the flavour, I like it better on tap
08-01-2010 02:14:52 | More by joemcgrath27
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
This came out of the bottle with a dense, one finger head over an opaque, golden body resulting from a two-part pour. Before I even had a sip, this looked like one inviting beer, though the smell was underwhelming and I couldn't quite put my finger on it.
The taste was one-dimensionally citrusy, but the overall feeling I got was that this was a smooth brew with a nice crisp finish. It felt medium-bodied with carbonation that was lively, but not abrasive. An adequate beer from Wild Rose. Refreshing and drinkable.
(I know we don't hand out marks for packaging and I haven't done so here but kudos to Wild Rose for inserting a longhand note from "Rose" explaining how to pour a hefe weizen. It was amusing, and for the uninitiated, informative!)
04-13-2006 03:51:17 | More by vanrassel
2.28/5 rDev -33.1%
Hazy pale yellow with a finger of white head after an aggressive pour. Head fades rather quickly and leaves only a little lacing.
The smell is somewhat yeasty and citric. Doesn't have the aroma I expect from a hefe.
Light citric sweetness followed by a dry grainy finish. Lemony up front. Doesn't have any of the charm that a hefe should.
Light bodied with fairly ample carbonation. Feels coarse as it finishes, almost agitates the throat a bit.
This is a miss for the style. Doesn't have that refreshing or thirst quenching quality that it should.
10-29-2007 02:24:59 | More by elricorico
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
A- Pours a hazy yellow with a tinge of orange, which makes sence considering the amount of residual yeast left in this product, definately worthy of its' name. Really no head to speak of when I poured into my glass, which dissapointed me a bit and really no lacing to speak of.
S- A little citrus, I pick up a bit of orange and lemon, but also has a soft yeasty aroma about it as well. I also smell a mild malt aroma that is pleasant and cuts through the sharpness of the citrus a bit.
T- I really liked the flavors that come through in this, which would contradict the underwhelming looks and typical smells. I detect a really nice hop finish that just catches the back of my palate. There is a nice malty sweetness that is noticeable upon immediately hitting the palate that is countered by a mildly acidic fresh lemon zestiness.
M- Nice medium body, with a delicate creaminess to it. There is also a mild carbonation that just keeps it refreshing enough to keep me anticipating the next mouthful. Good job here!
D- This is a beer that I would enjoy 3 or so of before needing to either stop or at least need to switch to something lighter, as this has lots of flavor and could in my opinion, do a decent job of filling you up. I think this would be a good beer to have with some food....probably an Asian style meal!
12-31-2007 22:46:40 | More by ChrisCage
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
A: Medium dark yet rich golden, totally hazed, it looks to have good carbonation as some bubbles are still visible at the edge of the glass. Good-size, stark white head with nice retention & some okay lace.
S: Fairly clean US style wheat beer. Hint of grain, hint of bready yeast, faint bit of softly lemony twang from hops and/or yeast. Good strength & reasonably nice.
T: Usual wheat beer for this hemisphere. A bit grainy, a bit bready, a really slight bit of sweetness with perhaps a pinch of light crystal (perhaps not), bright – but not overly potent – hops, and a very slight & soft lemony twang at the edge.
M: Slightly over medium body with moderate and slightly under-matched carbonation. Soft up front, but a touch of an edge of tartness at the back gives it some quench. Refreshing.
D: Standard, but a quite fine rendition. This is what you would expect when ordering a wheat beer in pretty much any brewpub in North America. Well done and highly drinkable.
08-26-2012 05:30:49 | More by SickGnar
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
My fourth and final Wild Rose bottle poured straw gold with a light and creamy pure white head. Some lace clung to the glass.
On the nose is light malt and wheat, with a citrusy hop aroma underneath. Some grassy notes.
Brightly citrus up front, lots of fresh lemony flavours. The finish is loads of wheat and toastiness. In the middle it's quite empty, and very mild overall. No real bitterness at all. No real ester or phenol character.
The mouthfeel is light and easy-drinking. I could drink a lot of this easily, and happily. It seems to fit right into the character of the other Wild Rose bottles: very light flavour and very easy drinking.
08-27-2003 00:46:07 | More by Garin
3.43/5 rDev +0.6%
A: Foggy blonde pour, topped with a creamy and foamy head of offwhite. Patchy lacing left behind, though it kind of tightens up into little bits of lace.
S: A soft wheat / light malt roast. A soft fruitiness, and a light aroma something like brown sugar. Soft and decent.
T: Very, very light, which loses some points. A soft wheat and sugary flavour. A little bit of grassiness. Pale malts.
M + D: Low carbonation, and fairly smooth. With a brew this light, it could do well with being a little more sparkling, but it makes for a very easy summer gulper. At a modest 4.5%, it is suitable to do that with. Good as a lawnmower beer of sorts, and I'd happily use it as such.
07-23-2008 23:06:51 | More by Proteus93
3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a 1 litre flip-top brown bottle. Medium sized head that recedes to a thin film, leaves some nice lacing. Pale hazy straw colour. Nose of hay and citrus, light floral hops. Big citrus taste, almost a bit too much, it drowns out all other attributes. Still, it's quite refreshing, like having the lemon in your hefe without it being served on the rim of the glass. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but works fine for quaffing this on a hot day. This would make an okay patio sessional for scorching hot days.
08-04-2003 19:22:04 | More by IronDjinn
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
I was a huge fan of this beer when I lived in Calgary. It was easy to find it at the local liquor store and was generally very fresh.
The appearance is a very nice yellow-orange with lots of cloudiness from the yeast. Sometimes a bit of settled yeast pours at the end and I tend to try to get as much of it into the pour as possible (swirling the last bit around in the bottle to dissolve it if necessary). As with many of these beers it seems the yeast settles out over time and the cloudier it is, the fresher it is (or the more agitated it was on the drive home).
The aroma is very, very sweet; an empty bottle smells like candy - very sugary.
Taste is likewise quite sweet. I used to find it quite rich and complex, but I think I've been spoiled by some of the microbreweries on the west coast. After picking up a new batch on a recent trip I found it to be more blunt than I remembered. Nevertheless it is a good beer, though my taste for it may be inspired somewhat by nostalgia (freezing cold nights around the backyard firepit in the middle of winter with a 6-pack of the stuff). But the sweetness is quite dominant. Otherwise it has sort of typical hefeweizen-type flavours (wheat malt and yeast, not hoppy) without the banana esters found in real hefs, or the added spices / citrus of other wheat beers out there.
Mouthfeel is excellent; has a fullness that I appreciate.
Because of the apparently high sugar content it is a bit difficult to drink more than a couple of these, but I did my best to polish a few of them off while reminiscing about Calgary.
Would recommend it to a friend, and would drink it again, but there are nicer unfiltered wheats out there. I still prefer it to, for example, Rickard's White.
01-03-2011 21:18:26 | More by WalterWalter
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
Tried a sample of this draft, first time I have seen on tap, at Bottlescrew Bill's. Light color, with cloudy, unfiltered appearance you would expect from a wheat beer. Very unique aroma - kind of sour citrus. Someone at the table described it as rotten fruit, but not sure which fruit. Taste continues this sour lemon and citrus flavor, almost a tart finish with some hoppiness. Kind of similar to Hoegarden as far as the citrus, but not a clone. Not as much yeast as a true belgian hefeweisen. Will be interested to see if the bottled version is the same.
11-21-2004 02:44:21 | More by BigBry
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours an appropriately foggy golden-orange colour with a thin white head that doesn't hang around long. A collar and some patchy lacing remains on top. The odour is both fairly pleasant and potent, with notes of citrus, wheat, yeast, malt sweetness, and granny smith apples. The smells blend together well and aren't easy to make out individually, but the overall bouquet is very nice.
The flavor is a bit of a letdown after staring at and sniffing this beer, but it's still quite good; just a little two-dimensional. Wheat flavours dominate along with slight bready malts and yeast. There is a nice citrusy quality to the hops, but this takes a back seat to the aforementioned flavours. A bit of bitterness remains on the tongue after swallowing, along with the taste of yeast. Rather heavily carbonated; refreshing but not all that crisp/clean - this looks light-bodied, but the wheat, yeast and bready malt flavours make it a bit thicker and linger on your tongue. I guess that's kind of the idea though.
A solid pale wheat ale, more 'true-to-style' (and slightly better IMO) than their Wred Wheat Ale, and considerably better than Big Rock's Grasshopper. Still, there is nothing here that will blow your mind. Worth a try, along with the rest of Wild Rose's brews - this was the last beer in a 6-type sampler, and they were all quite good.
05-22-2011 06:02:36 | More by thehyperduck
2.78/5 rDev -18.5%
Poured a 341-ml bottle into a long tulip glass.
Appearance - faint cloudly light gold colour with light carbonation, has a short little head that dissipates into surface bubbles.
Smell - not much going on here, a little cream aroma over light wheat malt.
Taste - fairly active and even taste, with the wheat flavour punching through at the eleventh hour without any citrus or floral qualities. In some regards this is a rough, hard wheat ale.
Mouthfeel - not too bad but far from anything special, fizzy and active has a short thirst-quenching quality.
Drinkability - two of these is where I'd stop as it is rather uninspiring. Gives a decent refresh but not a premium example of taste.
11-20-2010 04:50:48 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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