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Velvet Fog - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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62 Ratings
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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 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 ChrisCage
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

ChrisCage, Dec 31, 2007
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 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 vanrassel
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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!)

vanrassel, Apr 13, 2006
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 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 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 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 Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Cwrw, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Garin
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Garin, Aug 27, 2003
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
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Velvet Fog from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
79 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.