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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Photo of deonreds
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of elricorico
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of RileyYeast
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Photo of Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of Shadman
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%
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

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Photo of Converge
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Duggyb
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of andrenaline
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of scott451
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Trancesexual
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TJMcScmeebs
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of vanrassel
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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!)

Photo of FadetoBock
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

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