WRed Wheat - Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 12.58%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From the distinctive red-amber hues, to aromas of biscuits and a sweetness of caramel, this beer is not to be taken lightly. Wild Rose WRed Wheat is hand crafted, striking a fine balance between malt and hops. The final result is a beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing.

16 IBU

(Beer added by: Sammy on 03-30-2007)
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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of pootz
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle:

Pours a clear amber with a shimmering red highlight to it. 2 finger cap retreats quickly, poor lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is 2 dimensional with caramel malts over grassy hops.

Thin body, bit of wheat dryness and biscuity taste at the front, thin balanced center, lightly bitter watery finish. Needs more malt or some toasted grains to bring up the body and set off the profile.

Really forgettable.

Photo of scott451
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear reddish brown with a two finger frothy cream coloured head. The head diminished to a ring but the thin lacing persisted. Mild bread yeast smells. Slight esters. Taste was bready malts with a slightly metallic hop finish. Mouthfeel was light in body, lightly carbonated. Drinkability was pretty good. A worthy beer. I hope to try it on tap soon. A rather unusual malty wheat. A couple of bottles in the six were not properly carbonated. Probably a sealing problem.

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pint at the taproom in Calgary. As I just missed getting to try the barley wine on draft by less than a day, I guess it's time to give this long-overlooked offering a spin.

This beer appears a clear medium ruddy amber colour, with one fat finger of puffy, bubbly, and weirdly creamy ecru head, which leaves some bubble-wrap lace around the glass in its generous wake.

It smells of semi-sweet, slightly biscuity and fruity wheat and caramel malt, buttered toast, and leafy, earthy, and floral hops. The taste is more biscuity caramel malt, a twinge of sweet wheatiness, and more mild, earthy hops, with the slightest of alcohol edges (could be because I'm drinking this on the patio, in early May - why am I the only one out here?).

The carbonation is moderate, just a wee bit frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and just a tad prickly in its smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, the caramel and wheat malt sashaying out of here all nice and cozy-like.

A pleasant enough, bolstered wheat ale, I could see having a few of these on the patio, once this bloody Alberta weather smartens up. Not a lot of examples of this blending of styles out there on the market, so best you try it from these guys.

Photo of BiologySean
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium bodied ale with good mouth feel. Not overly sweet as some red and amber ales tend to be. It has some minor floral flavors and hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Hops are well balanced and evident in the finish. This is the kind of beer i could drink every day. Really nice during the summer with some ribs or steak on the grill.

Photo of sammytag
4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- beautiful dark red colour. Wred, you could say. With lazy little bubbles rising to the top. Puffy white head forms after a very agressive pour. Magical head leaves lotsa lace.

s- stiff, woody. serious malt influence. classy. Not a whole lot of hop here, but that's by no means a bad thing.

t- Solid, well balanced beer. Reminiscent of the WR Brown Ale, but less hoppy and much smoother. The malt is subtle but not shy. The herbal hops come in late to give a nice
drying aftertaste which is long and satisfying.

m- Medium bodied, good carbonation to back it up.

d- This is a professional beer. It wears a suit and tie, and doesn't fuck around. Very, Very drinkable yet not oversimplified. A pint of this stuff would be great at the bar
with fish and chips or some nice salty appetizers. Easily beats anything in its class as far as Canadian red ales available in Alberta are concerned. Good Job WR, Good Job.

Photo of berley31
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a spare, off-white head that quickly diminished to almost nothing. Body was amber-colored and slightly hazy. Aroma was of light wheat, some slight malt in there as well. Medium-bodied on the palate, thin-textured yet slightly oily. Average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish. Tasted lightly sweet and wheaty in the beginning, but finished with a very low bitter taste. Interesting. Overall I liked what they've tried to do here, and I feel they've succeeded more than they've failed. I'd definitely have it again.

Photo of bobsy
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I would call this an 'american pale wheat ale' - its not within the range in terms of colour, and it not crap like the style usually seems to be.

Pours a rich mahogany with a tight off-white head that lasted for a while and gave up some spotty lace. Husky wheat and caramel aroma, with a touch of sweetness. The flavour is very solid, and impresses me for a beer of this kind. There's a lot of nut mixed in with some caramel and a slight sharpness from the wheat. A good deal of light roast tones can be found throughout, and the hopping is surprisingly high, providing a decent bitterness. Medium body and medium-light carbonation seem well suited.

I've had a fair few of these wheat ales in my time and they've never impressed me with their insipid flavours and inconsequential watery bodies. This one is different, though. The flavours are solid without overpowering, the appearance is pleasing and the body has substance. Its a beer I could quite easily session, and one that I'd be happy to reccomend.

Thanks to Alex (voonder) for the bottle!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of wheat with some dry caramel malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also a nice mix between some wheat malt with light cloves ester and some dry caramel malt. Very refreshing with good carbonation and average body.

Photo of stagger
2.42/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Certain ales make the transition from tap to bottle well. This is one of the ones that didn't.

I've never had it on tap, so I've got to take other BAers' word that this is a worthy beer. Now that I've had it in bottles, I'll be really hard pressed to try the draught version if there's any other choice.

Pours a clear dark amber (who classified this as a hefe?) with a moderate head that settles down pretty quickly. Smell is of old dry leaves and twigs with a little lager spilled on them. Taste is mild and dry, and completely unremarkable. There's a hollowness to this beer that's startling when you stop to examine it. It demands you drink it as quickly as possible. Out of the bottle it's near undrinkable - in a glass it's slightly better. It's like a Grasshopper with all the sweetness and character notes sucked out of it.

Wild Rose has shown us that they're capable of so much more -- their Imperial IPA was nothing short of fantastic -- so why are their regularly bottled offerings so bland? It's almost as though Alberta's brewers all have the idea that Albertans are rough-hewn sons of the soil that view any kind of flamboyance in a beer as suspect. That may be true, in the main, but there's a growing number of drinkers looking for something a little wilder.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served with a small creamy white head, the body is a deep nutty transluscent amber in appearance. Sweet yet tart aroma, caramel malt with a bit of husky wheat grain. Robust nutty and toffee malts up front in the flavour. Some sharp wheat in the middle, along with mild coffee notes on the finish, accompanied by dandelion-like hops. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. This is a surprisingly savoury and malty wheat ale, nothing like I was expecting, but in the end it makes for a great sessional.

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to try another pint at the brewery while waiting to pick up my party pig.
Beer is a clear, amber gold color with a decent sized head of white foam. There is good retention, with thin lace and a thin cap that lasted almost to the end. There some caramel malt smell with hops present. There is good flavor, with some grainy malt mixed with the wheat finish. Some grassy malt character also. Well carbonated keep it fresh and light.
Tasted very good while sitting in the sun on a hot day.

Note to Self: Ranked #11 American Dark Wheat Ale when I tried it (but it is a really short list)

Photo of vanrassel
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured a pint of this at home with my WR party pig, filling my glass with an amber brew topped by a sizable off-white head. It had good retention that left a creamy cap and lacy rings on my glass. The aroma is predominantly caramel with some floral hops.

The flavour parrots the taste, with some biscuity malt and a grainy finish thrown in. A touch dry and a bit smoky, too. The carbonation is prickly and too high.

This isn't a hefe in the true sense of the word, that's for sure. Putting style aside, however, cutting the carbonation would measurably improve things and bump up its drinkability. As it is, it's subtly-flavoured brew that I haven't minded taking home.

Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery, revived after several years. Reddish with a small crown. More a wheat and little characterstic of a hefe as wattery and malty,caramel but not overally sweet. not shaken up creaminess. More of an all-malt lager slash cream ale. Above average carbonation.

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WRed Wheat from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
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