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Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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86
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from brewery. Enjoyable bitter ale, more so than being a classical APA. Light citrus. Floral hops. Moderate foam head on light orange body. Soft mouthfeel. Very drinkable and refreshing. I see this being available in cans, replacing much big lot beer.

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +5%

Sample at Bellwoods before choosing bottles at the shop.

A- 4.0- Very good. Unfiltered. White goodness. Nice white head

S- 4.0- Yeasty good! Typical white beer

T- 3.75- Bit thin here. Not a Hoegaarden by any stretch but a nice try

M- 3.75- Pretty good. Nice and creamy but not as good as the aforementioned

O- 3.83- That is what the rating should be for this one. Overall a nice try but not worth the high price

Food Pairing

Did not have anything from the kitchen on this visit

Enjoy

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention with some good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops with light citrus notes is quite interesting. Taste is a solid mix of citrus and earthy hops with some light dry caramel malt. Body is fuller than expected with good carbonation. Hoppier and tastier than I had expected for a low ABV session-style beer. I wish this was accessible to me.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from the brewery but no freshness info was apparent. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium orange with a half finger of cream coloured head.

S - Massive fresh hop aroma with grapefruit, tangerine and some pine notes. Lighter peach aroma is present as well as a slight caramel malt sweetness.

T - Moderate bitterness up front with grapefruit, tangerine and pine flavours. A slight caramel malt backbone provides some balance. The palate falls short of the wonderful aroma, but this is still tasty, especially given the ABV.

M - Light to moderate carbonation with some hop oils present. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of griffeyb
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ssmack
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle from brewery.

Dark amber caramel colour. Half inch fine head. Good streams of carbonation. Some lacing but it slides away.

At first lemon citrus hops aroma that quickly fades. Then nice buttery caramel.

The taste is weak. The dark colour makes me expect strong malt taste. The aroma promises more hops. The strongest flavour is burnt toast. Mild caramel and mild herby hops. Low bitter aftertaste.

A watery feel but good carbonation bite.

This is a light pale ale. It is definitely a session ale as the label says but I need an ale with a stronger flavour.

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Loads of lemon zest and peel; finishes with hints of grapefruit. Quite refreshing.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the brewery, 500ml into a tulip.

Hazy orange, with a dense white cap. Great retention and lacing. Nose of citrus, mostly oranges, light malt notes and some sweetness. A good bit of pine as well. Taste is generally citrusy and bready, some toasty malt and bread crust on the back end. More orange and a touch of orange pekoe. Medium feel, medium carbonation. Tasty, and while not a session beer, I could consume this in comparable quantities.

Photo of gloryhole
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, orange-gold coloring with a filmy, clingy, white surface coating of head. Nose of citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine forward, with a biscuit backbone. Flavors of pepper, cannibus, and oregano spices in the forward hops profile, with a tangerine and grapefruit backbone. Very light and crisp in mouth. Bitter and sweet aftertaste, with a slightly filmy, dry finish. Very easy to drink.

Photo of LarryAppleton
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but it can't be more than a week old.

Beer is cloudy orange. A very small white head dissipates quickly. No lace.

Smell is nice; hop focused with lots of tropical and citrus fruit. Some grapefruit, pineapple. A bit of a herbal scent and slight bready malt.

Taste is fairly bitter (surprisingly so). Hop focused again, but not as full as the nose. Pineapple, grass, a bit of pine. Some bready malt. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Refreshing. A bit thin, but certainly a good feel for a beer designed for sessioning.

Overall, fairly flavourful for a low abv beer, but my first impression is that I would take the Common Pale Ale over this.

Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Rlombardi75
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of baylz
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jerboat
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of leaddog
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus hop, grainy/biscuity malt, grapefruit peel, lemon

Taste - grainy/biscuty malts along with lemon and citrus hop. Light bitterness lingers. Not as hoppy as the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A crisp and easy drinking session ale. The aromas suggested a more hop forward session ale, but in the taste it is more of the grainy/biscuity malt that takes charge. This is a not necessarily a bad thing. A sessionable ale worthy for the masses.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.