Willy Vanilly - Alpine Beer Company
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3.43/5 rDev -7%
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
4.01/5 rDev +8.7%
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
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
11-14-2010 04:39:39 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.83/5 rDev +3.8%
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
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
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
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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 Id 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
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-01-2011 06:48:40 | More by dmsohyea
Willy Vanilly from Alpine Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.