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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 71
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 21.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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:
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.

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 71
Photo of elricorico
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.31/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(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.

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Photo of RileyYeast
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer was ok. I was expecting better from what I had heard about Wildrose. I enjoyed the character of the brewery itself, hopefully they contiue that in the new brewery! I really like the Wrasberry they had but not his one. To yeasty, not much mouthfeel for a cloudy beer. Had a strong presence of corn on the back of my mouth.

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Photo of Sammy
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Shadman
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After tasting a great new Hefe from Vancouver Island brewery I was dissapointed in this offering as it really had little of the banana notes of a Hefe. There was a citrus note to the finish but this to me was a straight American Wheat. I actually liked Grasshopper better than this as I found the mid body watery and lacking any real flavours.

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Photo of Converge
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a remarkably bright, glowing yellow. It's almost opaque, but still light as hell... odd. Aggressive pour yielded almost no head, which is peculiar for a wheat beer, but the small bit of foam that did appear retained well. The color still strikes me as being unnatural, though.

S - Mild wheat presence for a moment, but instantly gets buried under piles of insanely sweet fruit. So much mango and peach this literally smells more like juice than beer.

T - tastes nothing like the nose implied. Pretty much a generic Western Canadian APWA here, with a profile dominated by uninteresting barley malt upfront, with the wheat character taking the backseat. Maybe even some adjuncts in here as well. The fruitiness from the aroma just barely shines through.

M - Carbonation is fairly high, bordering on fizzy. Body is pretty light, sort of watery.

D - While the appearance and aroma had me thinking this APWA might go beyond the generic, boring beer I'm used to getting with this style, the flavor still ended up being the same old song. A marginal improvement over other beers I've tried under this style, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not the first time having this, but first time reviewing.

A - Pours a very thick, hazy, golden orange, no real head, nor any lacing. The yeast was a little "lumpy" and unattractive, which is consistent with the other times I've had it.

S - Smell is rather mild, but a grassy wheat dominates, with a sour lemon citrus scent on the finish. A bit of pepper spice and sour apple as well.

T - The flavour is decent, the grassy wheat is complemented by some very mild hop flavours and a bit of pepper. The lemon comes through as well, but is more sweet then the scent implied. Finish is quite bready as well, lingering on the tongue.

M - Very light, nicely carbonated and goes down quite smooth.

D - Quite tasty, nothing mind blowing, but nothing offensive either (except for the lumpy yeast). Memorable? Not really. Would I turn one down? Never.

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Photo of scott451
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -3%
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

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Photo of vanrassel
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
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!)

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Photo of Voonder
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of sAws
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beerbum05
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Garin
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BigBry
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of WalterWalter
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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