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Wizard Wolf - Bellwoods Brewery

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86
very good

49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 6.75%
Wants: 1
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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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Vyronian, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

hunterjames, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

liamt07, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tbeckett, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

beerhunter13, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

DaveBar, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

griffeyb, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Adamthornton13, Oct 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

ritzkiss, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

gloryhole, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Kmat10, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

KeKeKumba, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Jlefa, Jul 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

yancot, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

FEUO, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

valianes, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

4ster, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DaPan, May 04, 2013
Photo of Luisc94
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Served from a bottle into a tulip, has a nice gold colour, very cloudy, small 1 finger head with medium to small retention.
It has some nice strong citricy and tropical fruit smells.

Delicious citricy flavor, it tastes like it smells, citric with some sweet undertones that are overtaken with the light bitterness of the hops.

Overall I really. Enjoyed this beer, it is a very solid product that most beer people would apreciate.

Luisc94, Sep 26, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy orange colour, 1.5 fingers of dense and rocky white head, lots of lace. Smell is packed with citrus fruit, orange, grapefruit and mango, a bit of malt in the mix as well but a big hop presence is dominant. Dry and bitter up front, lots of juicy citrus, orange flavours lead to a bready malt sweetness, more drying hop in the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Solid pale ale here, low abv with a ton of flavour, not unlike the Common but much drier.

peensteen, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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

papat444, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a bright golden colour, very cloudy with a strong couple fingers of rocky head, showing great retention and lacing.

S - is light but so intricate and flavourful, lemon and grapefruit citrus, guava, some rich berry and almost tropical papaya notes, florals are definitely there along a solidly crisp pale malt body. Really a lot of parts working together here.

T - along a firm pale malt bready body there is a flavour of citrus character, Meyer lemons, with some light hoppy oils, grassy and floral tones, also some passionfruit , guava and more robust tropical notes, the light body really showcases some flavourful hop flavour without a pressing bitterness, definitely a good dose and mix of late hops to add a lot of flavourful complexity to this. In my mind the light citrus and tropical fruit work together decently well. Toward the end it does appear to turn a bit more toward the grainy side and putter out.

M - a light carbonation for the style, the lightness of the body helps the lighter floral and fruity hops take more of the stage and supports the light body. Needless to say it has great sessionability, very flavourful and with a light crisp finish it makes it very easy to return to. Lingering pale malt and dry floral citrus.

A decently flavourful and balanced pale ale from bellwoods, packed a lot of really intense and intricate hoppy flavour into a lighter beer while still making it both satisfying and balanced. That is the main theme here and I think they did a solid job. Could it be better? Most likely. Probably just depends on your hop preference, this wasn't overly bitter but had a good tropical and citrusy blend of flavours to it, I would definitely have no trouble with this as a go to session option, nice lingering hop character to it, with a generous C-hop portfolio.

mick303, Apr 24, 2014
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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.