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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 Sammy
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Sammy, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of wordemupg
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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

wordemupg, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of canucklehead
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

canucklehead, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of andrenaline
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

andrenaline, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

IronDjinn, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of schnarr84
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

schnarr84, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

BigBry, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev -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

joemcgrath27, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

pootz, May 19, 2004
Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Kmat10, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Proteus93
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Proteus93, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of deonreds
2/5  rDev -41.5%

deonreds, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

thehyperduck, May 22, 2011
Photo of elricorico
2.28/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

elricorico, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of leaddog
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

leaddog, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Shadman
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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

Shadman, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -5%

cam477, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Exeter, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of berley31
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

berley31, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

YamagamiTravis, May 31, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%

FadetoBock, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -12.3%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
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Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.