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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 69
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-04-2003

A special blend of 50% wheat malt and 50% barley gives this unique unfiltered ale a distinctive hazy, golden colour and a fresh tangy character. The choice is clear. The beer isn't.

8 IBU
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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 69
Photo of m33lad
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather buy AGD! But I dont mind the taste at all. Pretty good price too. Specially on Tuesday nights, wings and beer!! oh bother, I die right there!!
grrreat taste!! & combination.
If it was from Ontraio, I'd never would of looked at it though.
ALBERTA ROCKS!! so anything that comes out of here, I'm game. (310 characters)

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cloudy and orange with minimal head. Smell is mostly of citrus and wheat, also picked up grass and fruit.

Taste is also dominated by wheat and citrus, picked up pepper, bread and grass as well. Texture is very ceamy. Light bodied with good carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and spicy.

Overall, this is a decent wheat ale and good introduction to wild rose. Would recommend on tap. (393 characters)

Photo of ThomasT
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured into pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy yellow, with some sediment. Head is foamy and fades fast with some lacing.
Smell: Wheat and yeast.
Taste: Very, very smooth. Creamy wheat with light citrus on the finish. Coats your mouth, but no intense flavours.
Overall: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. Not super complex, but still tasty. (334 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Velvet Fog: a fitting and clever name for a wheat beer. A healthy, 2 to 4 centimetres of head sits atop a nontransparent white/yellow beer. The head forms a small, creamy layer quickly after, leaving ample and attractive but fast-disappearing lace. The appearance is, thus, not outstanding, but definitely above average. Wait until you pour the last glass from the bottled version, because, if you are one who prefers to pour the sediment, you will notice large, large pieces of sediment(possibly yeast? I am not sure if this is a hefe-style or not). Oh yes, the last glass from the bottle is where you truly see the meaning of "unfiltered," as the bottle suggests. Thick, thick, thick. Go on, drink it, it is healthy. Now, the aroma piqued my interest because of the generous hops: never have I smelt such hop presence in any other wheat beer I have tried. Note: smell immediately after pouring, with the head still full, and you will see what I mean. I thought it an interesting, atypical characteristic for a wheat beer, and one I quite enjoyed, so I rated the smell quite highly. Additionally, the aroma has wheat malt, fruit, and citrus qualities. From the bottle, Velvet Fog has perhaps a little watery mouthfeel, but nothing that detracts markedly from the taste; and the draught version lacks any of this wateriness. Tart wheat, very strong citrus flavours, and, again owing to the unusual hop level of this beer, a delightful hop finish; one that is definitely stronger than is usual for a wheat beer. Oddly, however, there is not much bitterness. Really, really taste and you will detect the hop presence. I, for one, like it. Drinkability is high--these 1-litre flange-top bottles empty very quickly. Serve me this over Calgary's other major wheat beer(Grasshopper, by Big Rock) anyday, although Grasshopper is flavourful. It will be another pint of Velvet Fog for me, however! (1,888 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a foggy straw yellow with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell- Barley, malts, citrus, grainy/grassy.

Taste- Bready malts and barley with a grassy finish. Light wheat flavours. Mild flavours overall.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and light creaminess to the body.

Overall- A refreshing and light wheat ale by Wild Rose. Crisp, clean flavours and a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy summer session brew. (471 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

I have a soft spot in my heart for this brew, which is one of Wild Rose's longest running beers. I first had this at the now defunct Barley Mill south location prior to a ski run to Fernie. This beer is a great package - hazy, grainy, grassy and of course, Alberta wheat. I love the current packaging - any beer with a Mel Torme buffalo is a winner in my books. (361 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,322 characters)

Photo of berley31
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with an average-sized, off-white head that diminished to a very thin film. Body was dark-yellow and quite cloudy. Aroma was quite boring... slightly wheaty, but that's all. Thin with a bit of oiliness on the palate, average carbonation. Nice taste of light wheat, and slight bitterness in the finish. Overall, a decent beer of its style, but nothing special. (365 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,345 characters)

Photo of WalterWalter
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,732 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (556 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (977 characters)

Photo of Garin
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (654 characters)

Photo of beerbum05
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Medium head, lots of carbonation, cloudy/foggy, yellow with a hint of green in the colour.

Smell - Wheat and hops

Taste - Wheat, smooth tasting

Overall - It's a nice light ale taste. It's quite mild almost watery. A nice summer's light ale. (256 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 1liter ceramic stopper bottles...advertised as an unfiltered wheat ale....You're expecting a Hefe weiss..right?

Poured a cloudy light straw color, attractive puffy cap but did not stack out of the glass like a German weissbier.

Aromas were subdued but pleasant....sweet gassy smells, bready malts.. not much fruit aroma.

Starts with a tart pilsner-like character (citrusy, dry and effervessant) then slumped to a silky fluid body...the finish crisp and dry from unmalted wheat.... a nice lingering toasty-bready after taste.

Light and very drinkable wheat infused beer . However at this price you can buy a real German weizen....have to get the price down on this one to make it a pub staple of mine. (724 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (512 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (675 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass oct8 2009

A cloudy light peach color with one fingers worth of fast falling head that left a ring of lace at the top of the glass

S lots of grain with some mild yeast and citrus

T like I'm drinking bread, lots of wheat some mild citrus and a little bit of yeast, as it smells really

M light, crisp and refreshing with a little bite

D not bad overall may be better with a hot sunny day instead of this crappy October snow I see outside my window

one of the better beers from Wild Rose and hard too avoid in Calgary so you might have to try one when your in the area (608 characters)

Photo of sAws
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy unfiltered light amber colour. Smell has some fruity notes but nothing outstanding. This is the part the shocked me it feels creamy in the mouth and the taste has hints of apricot. I really enjoyed the flavours and feel of the beer. It has not bitter flavour and is a smooth easy drink. (298 characters)

Photo of Voonder
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudly hazy yellow in colour with no head. Not too much smell here, citrusy and malty notes. Taste a bit citrusy as well with a bitter finish. Feels good, with just enough carbonation. It's drinkable, but I don't think it's a good wheat beer. There is just something else you would expect from a wheat beer. (314 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!) (760 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (575 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with some white foam that breaks quite quickly. Aroma subtle but what's there is grainy, bready malt and fruity esters that make me think stale cheap wine. Palate is mild and unassuming. Yeast, some apple and root cellar/vegetable notes and subtle lemon/lime on the finish. Fine example of the style but unremarkable. Pass on the lemon garnish if you want to truly taste the beer. Many people don't. Creamy but refreshing mouthfeel and a clean finish with some lingering sweetness. No clear hop flavor other than the aforementioned subtle citrus. Alberta session beer in classic form. (613 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a glass using the" Hoegaarden method" (pour half, swirl, then pour the rest) as recommended on the box. Moderately cloudy, slightly greyish yellow. Two finger fluffy white head which quickly diminished to a thin layer. Weak lacing.
S - Lemony citrus
T - Weak fruity taste. Moderate hops.
M - Light smooth
D - Very drinkable. The hops might get to you after a while. (382 characters)

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Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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