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Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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85
very good

39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jrenihan on 04-10-2013)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

10-13-2013 13:46:26 | More by Jeffo
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-21-2013 22:24:55 | More by beerhunter13
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1%

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.

05-02-2013 11:42:17 | More by Sammy
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Boozecamel

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-17-2013 02:50:30 | More by Boozecamel
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

01-21-2014 03:24:14 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-17-2013 01:42:42 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

10-26-2013 01:14:25 | More by ssmack
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-19-2013 13:38:26 | More by ritzkiss
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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

08-28-2014 21:14:57 | More by papat444
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-12-2013 00:12:30 | More by liamt07
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gloryhole

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-07-2013 19:44:01 | More by gloryhole
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

06-27-2013 22:35:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-10-2013 23:44:27 | More by jrenihan
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-24-2014 14:38:00 | More by fizzyted
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Rlombardi75

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-12-2014 01:09:15 | More by Rlombardi75
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baylz

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

03-12-2014 00:32:09 | More by baylz
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Jerboat

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-25-2014 16:57:41 | More by Jerboat
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2014 03:19:12 | More by Kmat10
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

07-01-2014 03:46:52 | More by leaddog
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2013 02:13:04 | More by KeKeKumba
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +5%

Pours a hazy copper with some suspended particles. A foamy off-white head lasts forever, draping the glass in lace. The aroma is lightly malty and citrusy. The taste is grapfruit hops mixed with a light, bready, caramelly malt profile. I guess hops win out, but balance is quite even. The mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a creamy, full carbonation. Light bitterness in the shortlived finish.

This is a simple, but well executed session ale. It shouldn't be measured against the great APAs, a different ballpark all together. I recommend it on tap especially.

12-11-2013 01:56:50 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Jlefa

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-30-2014 22:36:23 | More by Jlefa
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-02-2013 07:15:09 | More by yancot
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

10-08-2013 23:16:22 | More by biegaman
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +5%

My parents brought this home from Toronto. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden or dark orange. Good soapy two finger white head on top with strong carbonation. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Zest, light fruits, light citrus, peach, grass.

T - Same as the aroma. Light/zesty fruits. Passionfruity, citrus peel, extremely hop forward.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice and light with lot's of hop character. Very similar to a few Australian beers. Nice session ale by North American standards.

07-03-2013 21:04:10 | More by tbeckett
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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
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