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Willy Vanilly - Alpine Beer Company

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Willy Vanilly
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

264th review on BA
Draft to pint

On tap @ Alpine

App- A standard wheat color with some haze to it and some lighter yellow highlights. A pretty big two finger head on this one.

Smell- Light all the way around. Wheat is most prevalant but the vanilla will pick up on a huge whiff.

Taste- I can't deny I am a sucker for vanilla. This was pretty heavy vanilla and I was diggin on it. Nice wheat base on which it played from but dominant character was the vanilla.

Mouth- A bit thin with wasn't a huge suprise. The carbonation level was fairly high on this one.

Drink- I could drink this all day. It had a big punch of flavor and was super soft and not at all filling.

FosterJM, Feb 20, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the the alpine brewery

A-straw yellow with white whispy head that quickly disapates

S-almost a syrupy vanilla. Thank goodness it tastes better than the smell

T-light body and very smooth. Sooo much vanilla. Little bit of wheat try to balance it out but fails

-medium body and smooth

O- if you like vanilla then this is for you. If not, better luck next time!

brew3crew, Nov 09, 2011
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4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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On-tap at Alpine

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a fluffy white head.

S: The nose is sweet and has a strong vanilla presence. I still am able to pick up some of the wheat as well, which I was a bit surprised by.

T: While the vanilla flavor is pronounced, it is not overwhelming (like I feared it might be). The beer is definitely sweet, but not cloying. As with the nose, I was amazed by how much "beer" flavor was still there. It was almost reminiscent of a Nilla Wafer cookie.

M: The body is medium with a bit of crispness and a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was expecting this to be just bad, but it was actually quite a nice balance of malt and sweet vanilla flavors. I don't think I'd suck down a growler, but a glass was nice.

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Willy Vanilly from Alpine Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.