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Willy Vanilly - Alpine Beer Company

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Willy Vanilly
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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The base for this beer is Willy Wheat. They add Vanilla to the tanks during aging. Try mixing it with Alpine's Captain Stout for a Captain & Vanille.
Draft availability only.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003)
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Reviews by bmmortale:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bmmortale, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

aquazr1, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of magictrokini
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surpisingly good beer. The vanilla takes over this beer, but it is not overwhelming. The solid wheat base is a good choice. Very sweet beer, but in a natural way. I can't see drinking too much of this brew, but I would not turn it down in the future.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Alpine brewpub. Cloudy yellow appearance, thin white head.

Tons of vanilla in the nose, man this is heavy. Possibly the most vanilla I've ever smelled in a beer.

Light wheat smoothness accompanied by the heavy dose of vanilla. Light orange in the mouthfeel. Pretty mild malt bill. The heavy vanilla probably obscures its minimalism.
Carbonation is probably a little lower than most wheat beers.

I think you really have to be a vanilla fan to be into this beer. I like vanilla, but I can't see drinking this in mass quantities like the hoppy offerings from Alpine. Its a soft wheat and massive vanilla bomb. I liked it, a vast improvement over the non vanilla willy.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ste5venla, Jun 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Reappropriated, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Johnny58
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Johnny58, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Tuckersmth
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Tuckersmth, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Served with no head. Beer is a cloudy lemon that reveals ample carbonation. Little to no lacing with very little stick.

S: Nose is simple and sweet but very pleasant. Vanilla, wheat, citrus, and lemon with the first aroma coming on very strong and lasting through the entire glass.

T: Vanilla is big and creamy at the outset. Lemon, wheat sweetness lasts to the end. Cane sugar in the middle and slightly bready at the finish. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and highly carbonated. Lively, abrasive, and coarse in the mouth. The same going down. Finish is slight messy with little aftertaste.

D: Very drinkable and an appreciable twist on a very familiar style. Vanilla is apparent here and Alpine makes it clear that they didn't just dabble with this flavor infusion. Definitely worth a try if you're in the area.

SpeedwayJim, Nov 14, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

emilylee, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the brewery on 11/11/09.

Pours a clear gold, with a soft creamy covering of brite-white head. This stays rich on the edges, leaving some moderate foamy lacing behind. The aroma is floral hops and wheat, with a pronounced (yet not overdone) vanilla character, which gives this an agreeable creamy sweetness in the nose. Pretty cut & dry.

The taste matches this, with a nice overall sweet mix of toasted wheat, citrus notes, and then that vanilla, which creeps across the palate with a soft flush. Some light hop activity drys out the finish. Quite an easy and pleasant profile. The mouthfeel is light bodied, with a bit of a firm prickle to the proceedings but this is mostly very easy drinking.

This wasn't bad at all. Luckily the vanilla flavor here lacked a real artificial feel to it, which I think helped it from wearing on the palate and keeping this quite drinkable. Tasty stuff.

Kegatron, Dec 06, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

terpinsd, Apr 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

GRG1313, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

jlb502, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

TheRealDBCooper, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Raul is ineffable. Raul does not know what to think. To think that he likes a beer called "Willy Vanilly" is crazy; like, Lindsay Lohan behind a wheel "crazy!" Beautiful vanilla notes on the nose, and a small flourish of the same on the tongue.

Not an every day brew, or even a weekly one, but, woot!

RaulMondesi, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beer pours a slightly hazy gold, the head white and creamy with the lace a thin sheet to seal of the glass. Nose is rich in sweet vanilla; fresh, very pleasing, start is quite sweet, nicely malted and the top light. Fair to middling carbonation, lightly hopped and the sweet vanilla last to the end of the aftertaste. A nice beer, not something I’d drink all the time, but something nice at the end of a long day when you want something light.

Gusler, Jun 14, 2004
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

danwho, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Beerbuddy21, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of dmsohyea
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Alpine brewpub, served in a taster glass.

A - Straw yellow with a bit of murk inside the glass. Very little head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Vanilla, orange peel, honey. The vanilla is very strong on the nose. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste follows the nose exactly. Tons of vanilla and orange flavors. For how bad the Willy was, this is great! I didn't have high hopes considering how much I didn't like the Willy, but with this addition of vanilla, there is a huge complexity added that makes a bland beer taste much better.

M - still watery like the normal Willy. Not terrible but nothing to write home about.

O - Since the Willy set the bar so low for me, I was very impressed. The flavor is there and it's still very drinkable.

dmsohyea, May 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

robear, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DarthKostrizer, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

ystazi, Jan 31, 2014
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Willy Vanilly from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.