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Somerset Wild - The Wild Beer Co.

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 05-04-2014

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Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

- Spontaneously fermenting yeast + pale + sour beer.

A: Pale straw pour with a pristine clarity reveals a softly rising mist of carbonation. Snow white capping is micro-bubbly on the surface, of a decent a size, but is quick to dissipate with a low appeal of lacing.

S: Sour orange and lemon, light sense with a hint of sweet malt and straw.

T: Crisp flavor is sharp of a light lemony sourness, wheat and sour fruit. Green apple with a touch of cinnamon spice. Lightly tart, some lime, white grapes with some slightly sour citrusy hops.

M: Bubbly champagne like carbonation is very sharp in crispness. A bit acidic.

O: Drinks like a crisp white wine, good pairing with fish. Lightly sour, easy drinking wine substitute.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wild Belgian yeast, burnt malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mildly sour bite. Then an odd malt character breadiness pokes in. The malt character is thin but seems burnt and throws everything off. Once the odd flavors fades a bit there’s a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely cloudy straw yellow in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and a hint of lemon yellow highlights. The beer has an eighth of the finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sourness/tartness and funky barnyard over the top of lighter aromas of pale malts. Light aromas of lemon citrus as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale malts and wheat. That is followed by moderate flavors of sourness/tartness and a moderate flavor of lemon citrus. Light flavors of funky barnyard/wet hay towards the finish. Overall there is a moderate amount of sourness/tartness to this brew.

M: Light to medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable. Moderate amounts of sourness/tartness and just a light amount of funkiness. Definitely one I would grab again if I came across it.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at Draft House in London.

Pours a very cloudy pear-juice colour, almost green-yellow. Head is a little frothy, but very thin, leaving only a little mess on the top of the glass. Lacing is minimal. Looks pretty interesting at the very least.

Nose has definite sourness to it, plus funk and a bit of decomposition. Lemon sherbet at the sweeter end, green olives at the more dank end. Probably some Brett to it, but the guy behind the bar seemed to think it was a sour mash, so perhaps not. Still, it's pretty complex, if a bit whiffier than the cleaner, straighter wild ales.

Tart entry on the palate, more vegetative notes towards the mid-palate and a bit of rotting undergrowth or wet, mouldy grain. Slightly briney on the back, with lots of acid. This leaves it bone-dry, but astringent and very sour at the same time. Finish cleans it out: champagne-like, dry and tart, and slightly salty.

Feel is dominated by the acid, which has free reign to shape the palate.

Overall, it's very crisp and drinkable especially on the back. I like how truly acidic it gets—blended with the funk it ends up being a pretty complex and impressive package.

Photo of Colby8938
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great way to get into sours

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-little head and very very light in color
-slightly sour with a pleasant fish smell
- a slightly sour pale ale with all the dryness from the hops
- over carbonated but served good with this style
-would only drink again with seafood but good beer

Photo of larryi86
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a flute

A- A slightly hazy light golden color with a three finger white head that hades quickly.

S- Some pears and lemons, grainy cereal malts, slightly tart. Not bad, but doesn't make me excited to try this beer.

T- Better than the nose, but still something seems just a little off that I can't put my finger on. Sour lemon, light fruits, slightly funky, again cereal like malts, kind of light in flavor.

M- Light body, crisp.

O- Kind of disappointing but drinkable. There is something slightly off about this beer I feel, has potential but doesn't really deliver.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 330ml bottle into half pint glass. My first sour beer (except Berliner Weisse).

L) Very pale yellow, cloudy, looks very fizzy. Large pure white head, flattens out quickly.

S) Raisins, muted citrus. No malty odours.

T) Sour! Doesn't really taste like beer. Very light, more like a cloudy lemonade. No discernible hop or malty flavours.

F) Fizzy, a bit soapy and a distinct drying of the mouth on the finish.

O) A good introduction into sours for me, I will try some more if I see them. Hard to rate, as I don't know the style, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle into a Stone snifter

Pours a very clear yellow with a slight bubbly head that instantly dissipates. Smell is of sour pear juice...not exactly appealing but a bit different of a nose than ive encountered before. Taste is very bland... and has an off-putting sourness to it that just doesnt blend well or work. Finishes with a lasting saltiness and dryness. Cant say im a fan here. Body is very light and carbonation is mild. Drinkability is decent i suppose, other than the flavor that i dont dig.

Overall id avoid in the future.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's a cloudy lemon yellow colour, no foam to speak of.

Sour wheat and a very musty smell.

Sour tasting with a musty barnyard flavour but not in the Brett way.

Light body and carbonation.

Nice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

with how much I loved the base somerset saison with all of its sorachi ace glory, I wanted more from this little guy. supposed to be featuring some wild yeasts, it comes to me a little to passive to be a sour, and not funky enough to be a wild. like partially fermenting compost, its more bitter acidity than anything bacterial in the beer sense, and just not as flavorful a base beer as the other one. the dominant smell and taste for me here is pilsener malt, with very little else. some light farmy weirdness to the yeast finish, but its all stale and turning grain in here. I like its lightness, but think it largely unsuccessful as a wild ale. I want it to be more dry, more funky, and have some distinguishing element, but it all seems a bit generic too me. I appreciate where the wild beer co is going, but this is not the best illustration of their work.

Photo of shleepy
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Straw yellow. Very pale.
Virtually no head. Wheaty sour smell.
Taste is pretty mildly sour.
A bit of a citrus flavor; banana; clove. Not fantastic or too interesting.
"Dirty," malty aftertaste.
Wouldn't buy again.

Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy yellow to golden, large bubbles on the edge that reduce to smaller bubbles in about a minute

S: get a lemon and sour milk tartness, but not much else, which is fine for a sour

T: up front sour that is a little more lemon, combined with a grainy malt flavor I am not used to in a sour, I am used to a little more fruit flavors. The sour is a bit puckering, though, which is good, but it does seem to mellow a bit as the beer sits. I agree with another review that said there was an indication of rotting grains.

M: puckering early, but the body is a little on the thin side. The carbonation is ok, but the beer just kinda fades quite quickly.

O: my first impressions were a slight bit higher than I finally settled on. It has a decent sour bite, but the flavor profile behind it is a bit lacking. Could have this again, as I might have to consider its freshness, given its recognition level could be low.

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Somerset Wild from The Wild Beer Co.
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.