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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 08-04-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of m33lad
4.23/5  rDev +23%
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.

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4.12/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of hockeybarbie
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ThomasT
4/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

Photo of dalehihn
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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!

Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of Gsmack
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of ChrisCage
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WalterWalter
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
79 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.