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Willy Vanilly - Alpine Beer Company

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Willy Vanilly
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of aquazr1


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-22-2013 19:29:55 | More by aquazr1
Photo of magictrokini


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

12-04-2008 19:48:54 | More by magictrokini
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.01/5  rDev +9%

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.

03-13-2013 16:19:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of ste5venla


4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-08-2014 21:44:53 | More by ste5venla
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

03-24-2014 20:47:47 | More by Reappropriated
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-23-2013 20:32:06 | More by Johnny58
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

12-06-2013 02:27:22 | More by Tuckersmth
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-14-2010 04:39:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of emilylee


2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

07-25-2013 05:55:53 | More by emilylee
Photo of Kegatron


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

12-06-2009 21:55:16 | More by Kegatron
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-27-2014 05:56:40 | More by terpinsd
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-13-2014 22:14:05 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-29-2014 03:34:32 | More by LakerLeith
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 02:22:52 | More by jlb502
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-16-2011 17:46:13 | More by TheRealDBCooper
Photo of RaulMondesi


3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

04-22-2013 06:05:33 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of Gusler


3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

06-14-2004 21:18:45 | More by Gusler
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-13-2012 00:32:30 | More by danwho
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-05-2013 18:19:52 | More by Drink_LocalSD
Photo of dmsohyea


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-01-2011 06:48:40 | More by dmsohyea
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-24-2014 16:22:27 | More by robear
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-12-2012 17:40:19 | More by DarthKostrizer
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-31-2014 21:55:41 | More by ystazi
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-27-2011 05:55:13 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Thorpe429


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured a very light brown with a little bit of a haze; nice lacing as it goes down. The smell is dominated by the vanilla beans, which mix well with the wheat-beer style, but it just isn't quite the same as Alpine's fruit-infused beers. The taste is again primarily the vanilla bean, with a little bit of wheat-induced sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, light, and crisp, which leads to a fairly-nice drinkability.

01-20-2010 23:50:40 | More by Thorpe429
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Willy Vanilly from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.