WRed Wheat - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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3.35/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured a bottle obtained from a Pick 6 craft beer wall into a weizen glass. A nice looking brew, dark reddish bronze with around two inches of light khaki colored foam. Smells like classic grainy wheat spice, cereals with hints of caramel, grassy hop and fruity ale yeast esters. Unless the particular example is well-hopped I find it hard to detect much aroma in this style. On the palate, I get a strong wheat flavor coupled with nuts and delicate brown sugar, along with more vague fruitiness. A tad syrupy yet somehow watery as well, difficult to describe this seeming paradox ... Likely a diacetyl by-product, almost a buttered bread effect going on here. Aggressive carbonation that lifts up the wheat husk and spice. Someone below compared this favorably to Grasshopper and I echo that sentiment. A decent showcase for rather unadulterated lightly toasted wheat flavor.
04-09-2014 01:59:49 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.13/5 rDev -4.6%
A: Light copper leaning to amber/red, bright & clear with multiple streams of rising bubbles, a small supper light-tan head, and just a bit of lace.
S: Caramelly, toasty, biscuit, and a fair bit of diacetyl. Just the barest bit of sweetness. Perhaps just maybe the barest ghost hint of hops in the background.
T: Caramel & biscuit are still there, but toasty really grows & gains a grainy edge too. Sweetness is a bit more faint from nose. This is a more dry & toasty brew. Diacetyl gets in there too. Hops are both herbal/grassy and citrusy in only a slightly muted manner.
M: Just a hair over medium body with a matched carbonation. A fair bit of sweetness at the start, a bit of chew in the middle, & a sort of semi-dry at finish mostly from hops. Slightly flabby pub feel.
D: An amalgam of styles. A mix of English & US pale and a US dark Kristal wheat. US pub pale grain bill with both US and English hops. US overall, but with noticeable diacetyl & noticeable wheat base. A bit different without expecting it. Tasty & drinkable though.
08-26-2012 05:35:05 | More by SickGnar
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance - Pours a pale copper colour with a half finger width of cream-coloured head.
Smell - Caramel, wheat, biscuits/bread... sweet baked good aromas.
Taste - Crisp wheat flavour supported by the sweet caramel notes, with a touch of biscuits.
Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth body.
Overall - A great dark wheat ale by Wild Rose. Almost sits on the border of being a wheat ale/red-amber ale hybrid. Great flavours for those who enjoy caramel and bready flavours.
08-18-2012 23:36:32 | More by leaddog
2.43/5 rDev -25.9%
341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
A - Clean amber-red with a foamy cap of light tan head. Decent head retention with some nice patches of lacing.
S - Mild sweetness, cereal grain, that's about it. Really underwhelming nose here...
T - Mild sweet maltiness with a nutty undertones. Aftertaste gets blasted away with a harsh metallic taste that pretty much destroys what little this profile had going for it. No wheat flavor really. The sweetness is almost cloying. Really no redeeming factors here...
M - Light to medium body, carbonation is a touch too fizzy for my liking. Doesn't help the flavor at all.
D - I fail to see a difference between this and any other boring dark lager out there, and I don't see much of a point in having a style dedicated to this type of beer if they all taste this boring. Call a spade a spade, this is a dark lager, and not a good one at that.
05-24-2012 04:30:57 | More by Converge
3.38/5 rDev +3%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/10/11
A clear reddish amber with enough bubbles to form a two finger tan head that hangs around long enough to leave some random lace
S nose if pretty faint with some plum a little hops and lots of cereal
T lots of grains and a little nutty chocolate to go with what I smell
M light bodied almost to the point of being watery, bubbles liven it up a bit pretty average in this department
O easy enough too drink but pretty one sided
an OK beer but nowhere near some of Wild Rose's better offerings, not sure how I've never tried this one before
10-20-2011 20:27:35 | More by wordemupg
3/5 rDev -8.5%
A- Poured into my standard bottle glass, and was greeted with a decently thick eggshell colored head, that receded into a good layer of dense foam. Coloration is a mostly clear rusty color with lots of carbonation rising to the top, with a couple of big looking bubbles swiftly coming up as well. Lacing is modest at best, with fizzy looking wisps of foam clinging, then disappearing into obscurity.
S- Unboiled malt quickly comes to mind at first, and lots of raw grain to go with it....not what I really expected. There is also a berry and/or roasted coffee bean like sweetness to compliment this. Not really is there any hop bitterness to offset all this sweetness....
T- There is a lot of graininess to the beer as well as lots of sweet malt. It seems that there is almost a syrupy quality here as well. It's a weird blend of fruitiness and toasted bread, possibly with some roasted nuts mixed in as well....no distinct hop bitterness on the finish.
M- Medium/lite body with some yeasty bread like quality to it. Carbonation is generally smooth and provides a creamy feeling. Nothing really special here....
O- This review was more difficult than I anticipated it would be....this beer doesn't stand out and unfortunately, I think it's Wild Roses' weak point so far. I would still drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. I prefer Rickards Red to this as far as a red goes. Not offensive, just not my favorite is all and I think it could be improved on!
06-12-2011 02:06:30 | More by ChrisCage
3.43/5 rDev +4.6%
Wild Rose's WRed Wheat Ale pours a slightly hazy copper-brown colour with a thin head that dissipates to a patchy cap before a minute passes. Some lacing is left behind on the edges. Odour is dominated by wheat, sweet and nutty malts. No real hop presence in the smell. Promising so far, but I am a little worried this will be too sweet.
Fortunately, it isn't. There are some malt flavors, nuts and caramel sweetness, but wheat is the center of attention here and leads into a (very) slightly dry finish that lasts despite its subtlety. A little tangy. Medium-bodied; carbonation is moderate and appropriate for the style.
Another thumbs up for Wild Rose. This is much better than Grasshopper, which is its logical competitor as the only other Albertan pale wheat ale I can think of. I'm not sure it's really all that pale though. There's nothing stunning here, but it's still a refreshing, somewhat novel example of the style.
05-18-2011 05:46:16 | More by thehyperduck
3.48/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance - amber-coloured brew with a thin beige head that starts about 1/4-inch and then recedes to some surface foam. Very slight lacing noted.
Smell - fairly deep malty aroma, not overly spicy as one might expect from a wheat ale. A bit of sweetness anticipated.
Taste - quite a balanced flavour with a slight sweet malty flavour up front then comes the typical WR roasted taste and a bit of faint hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel - overall pretty active at the start and then a thinning change to leave the mouth wet.
Drinkability - good and refreshing, one of the better offerings from these guys.
12-11-2010 03:38:20 | More by DoctorStrangiato
3.53/5 rDev +7.6%
I've had this on several occasions, but this is my first formal review.
A - Pours a copper colour with a reddish hue, thin layer of head which quickly dissipates to small islands and some fine sporadic lacing.
S - Bushels of wheat and grassy hops, followed by some sweet caramel and burnt sugar. The finish is quite nice, but the wheat is a bit overpowering.
T - Again the wheat dominates, full grains overload the palette followed by some sweet caramel malts and grassy hops. The taste of burnt bread lingers on the tongue, with some roasted nuts also coming through. Unique flavour indeed.
M - No harm done in this category, light bubbly feel, finishes wet and goes down smooth.
D - A tasty and unique offering. Again, not a favourite of mine from Wild Rose, but I would never turn one down. It's easily drinkable, but the overwhelming wheat flavours are a bit of a turnoff. Would like to try this one on tap to see if the flavours come through differently.
09-25-2010 00:42:06 | More by andrenaline
3.48/5 rDev +6.1%
A - a clear bubbly bronze, short white head didn't retain very long
S - wheat with sweet and nutty malts, and a subtle pineapple hint
T - a rich roasted nut flavour, a wheat breadiness with a touch of sweetness
M - kick of carbonation leads to a thickish savoury bread feel
D - everything about this beer is a little better than the average wheat ale, nothing special, but is non the less enjoyable
08-01-2010 00:28:40 | More by joemcgrath27
WRed Wheat from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
77 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.