Wildfire Lager
Fitger's Brewhouse

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Fitger's Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States
Chile Beer
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3.6 | pDev: 16.39%
Aug 28, 2019
May 29, 2005
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Rated: 3.6 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Aug 28, 2019
Rated: 3.47 by CSO from Illinois

Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured a clear golden color with amber highlights. Smelled of spicy heat. This beer hits you with subtle heat and caramel sweetness. The heat builds at the back of your throat. Nice balance of sweet and heat.
Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by hinemk76 from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2016
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Rated by SF_Posse from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Strong pepper smell and strong pepper taste. Finishes nicely with a vegy and pepper blend. If i didnt know it i would swear i was drinking a salsa.
Sep 18, 2015
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Reviewed by deebo from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Hey this a spicy meatball. Lots of different pepper flavors in here-fruity, earthy, green pepper with a fairly high level of heat. It's a very malty lager reminiscent of an amber ale. Low carbonation with a definite heat burn. Nice flavors-good for a pint. It will probably make me pay on the way out.
Sep 05, 2015
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Rated by BigAl18 from Minnesota

1.71/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
Smells ok but the heat overpowers the flavor. Never again
Apr 25, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Has the hot pepper fire and spice and a little vegetal flavor from the chilies. Its a little on the hot side and when you are finished you wonder if you will ever order it again.
Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by dheldman from Minnesota

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by FitgerFanatic from Minnesota

Oct 04, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by BriaCloette from Indiana

Aug 23, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ImagenSeinfeld from Minnesota

Aug 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

May 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by p-wagz from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by Koopkid from Minnesota

Oct 26, 2013
Rated: 3 by Jeffrey2310 from Minnesota

Aug 19, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by einman from Minnesota

Aug 17, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jul 05, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by elcrawl from Oregon

Jan 15, 2013
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Reviewed by imthaschmidt

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours amber to copper in color

It has a very spicy taste to it.. mutiple peppers and chilis used to create this beer.

It is definately a speciatly beer, had a hard time trying to drink a whole pinty by itself... they said that people typically grab the lighthouse golden ale and go half and half so it drowns out the spicy in the beer

The smell is incredible, very strong pepper smell from the get go
Dec 28, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by Seefeldt from Minnesota

Nov 16, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by NilocRellim from Minnesota

Oct 06, 2012
Rated: 4 by bscalt from Minnesota

Sep 05, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by KingStephenR from New York

Jul 11, 2012
Rated: 4 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Jun 15, 2012
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Little white head. Color is a dark amber.

Aroma: just a massive amount of peppers and spices. Habenero peppers showing the most. Wow.. Intense.

Taste: this beer is incredible hot and spicy. It burns all the way down. Tons of peppers! Habeneros show with a good amount of jalapeños.

Mouthfeel: dry and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends with peppers.

Overall, this was a bit too hit for me. A small glass was enough.
May 12, 2012
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Reviewed by yamar68 from Minnesota

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
This is really a hard review for me. I'm a huge fan of all things spicy and a huge fun of beer but I'm having a hard time dissecting the way in which they mix here. Had it on tap at the brewhouse along side a Gale Force.

The body is a hazy burnt orange with a finger of dense white head. Good lacing. Every thing seems in order in that respect.

The nose had me wondering... there was an obvious malt presence that seemed balanced enough, but it was overshadowed by the smell of the peppers. And not in the way you would expect - no real spice, more like sweet bell peppers.

The taste took a similar direction. Up front there were some soft, basic malt notes. But then a wave of vegetable bits that then get snuffed out by the one redeeming aspect of the taste for me: immense heat.

I actually enjoyed the prolonged burn of the serranos and habaneros, but I can certainly see how this could be a turn off for some.

Overall, I sort of hope that the veggie bits were a mistake and not the norm, as I found lots of potential in every other corner of this beer.
Apr 25, 2012
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Reviewed by beckje01 from Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Reddish gold appearance, still no head. It smells of burn and strong pepper, maybe some banana pepper. Pepper. Start with a pepper taste then just a big burn of my throat overwhelming everything. I personally can not handle this one at all to even try and find taste other then pain and pepper. If you love peppers which many do this beer is for you. But I just can't do this one.
Aug 13, 2008
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Reviewed by Redrover from Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
The Wild Fire lager pepper beer is back on tap as of 7/29/08. The beer is a brassy bronze with a beige head. It has a big nose of green and jalapeño peppers with the "beer" smell pushed way back.

The beer has a bite. The pepper is snappy with a residual burn. It really overwhelms the base beer. Peppers become even more prominent as you work your way through the beer.

The mouth is fine, but a definite one off for me. This is the first time I've needed a beer to chase another beer with!
Jul 31, 2008
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Reviewed by dfried from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at the Brewhouse December of 2006.

Deeper amber/toffee like color, thin tan head. The aroma was ofcourse full of chili's, but not quite the nose burner that the ale version of this beer was. The aroma of this one actually has a detectable malt character. The taste is all pilsner like lagery malt right away, the peppers actually give you a chance to taste taste the malt before you get assulted by heat. The heat actually dies down a bit between sips, but not much.

Verdict: I love spicy food, so I actually enjoyed this beer a lot. Thier e-mail anouncing its release called this their most drinkable version of Wildfire to date, and I would have to agree with that, but it's still not for those who can't handle the heat. There wasn't excessive face sweating like the ale version. If I could I think I would have one of these every night I went out, good stuff.
Dec 22, 2006
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5
I had the previous version of this at the Autumn Brew Review 2004, last fall, and it set my face on fire! Supposedly mellower, this is the new brew, courtesy of a growler delivered by fantome, bless his heart.

Peppers peek out on first pouring the brew, hot, hot, hot!!!

Clear amber/crimson color, no head at all...
Aroma: ow! Hot, hot, hot!!! 100% peppery! wow, what a mix!
Taste: AAAHHH!!!! OWWWW!!! OH, JEEZUS!!! AH, AH, AH, Ah, [email protected] F*@$!!! SH*%!!!
...take a drink of water...does no good...MY MOUTH IS ON FIRE!!! AGAIN!!!

I think I'd prefer this as an ale, actually, with a bit more going on in it, to provide some balance, something else going on to contend with the heat...the HEAT! WHOA< GOD, IT's STILL ATTACKING MY [email protected]!!! AAAHHH!!!!

I swear to God, I will finish this pint...on this, I swear...OW!!! I really mean it!!!
Holy F*^&..pant, pant...wheeze, wheexe...Holy m%th#rF87=ng H#((!!

Better than Crazy Ed's Cave Creek, but still suffers by lacking the body and flavor it would get just by being top fermented with ale yeast, I think, ever humbly...

more water, gulp, gulp, cool down, cool down...

I loook at the 1/2 pint left, and fear it...what will I do with the rest of the growler?
water, water, water...yet temperature still rises...

read fantome's review and hear of the peppers employed to learn of the intensity...Great Vishnu, Almighty Zeus, Most Honored Mohammad, Towering Jupiter, Blessed Buddha...someone save me!!!

...the drinkability is impaired because it can't be called "average" or anything higher...what can it be compared to? Nothing!

and, yet it's quite good, for what it is, which is nothing like anything else...my lips are ablaze, and I haven't touched it in 5 minutes...Oh, please, most benificent Odin...Jesus, Buddha, Spongebob...someone...help...someone help...
Jun 02, 2005
Wildfire Lager from Fitger's Brewhouse
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 34 ratings