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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 03:31:55 | More by leaddog
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Avant_Garage


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-09-2012 23:43:17 | More by Avant_Garage
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TJMcScmeebs


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-21-2012 13:42:21 | More by TJMcScmeebs
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 22:17:51 | More by Converge
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mdevonshire

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-15-2012 17:48:52 | More by mdevonshire
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hockeybarbie

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18%

01-15-2012 08:33:47 | More by hockeybarbie
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-28-2011 06:47:57 | More by EskimoDave
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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-23-2011 06:29:09 | More by Vandelayindustri
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 06:02:36 | More by thehyperduck
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 05:32:07 | More by CrazyMike
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WalterWalter

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 21:18:26 | More by WalterWalter
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:50:48 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:01:59 | More by andrenaline
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 02:14:52 | More by joemcgrath27
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beerbum05

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 22:27:04 | More by beerbum05
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 02:26:45 | More by scott451
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 04:57:33 | More by wordemupg
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 21:14:03 | More by berley31
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2009 23:29:24 | More by biboergosum
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 21:08:32 | More by Voonder
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 23:06:51 | More by Proteus93
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:25:52 | More by canucklehead
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:46:40 | More by ChrisCage
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.28/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 02:24:59 | More by elricorico
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 03:45:40 | More by Shadman
Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
78 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.