Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat | Otter Creek Brewing

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Wolaver's Wildflower WheatWolaver's Wildflower Wheat
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Wolaver's Wildflower WheatWolaver's Wildflower Wheat

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.25%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Organic wheat ale with chamomile flowers and Vermont honey.

Added by Brad007 on 03-05-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by cnwillis31:
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iam not into wheat ales very much unless they are the uber hopped variety,but this one was full of flavor and complexity and was damn good!Poured into a becker a hazed pumpkin infused golden with a large fluffy white head atop.Toasty wheat,chamomole,and pumpkin-like cardamom spice in the nose,it seems almost like a pumpkin wheat ale?Again caramom spice and toasty wheat on the palate,the chamomile and honey is prevelent in the finish.Honey and spice to mix with toasted wheat malt,a great combination,Iam not sure if there is cardamom in it but its gives off the warming spice.I loved it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #51 (April 2011):

Honey and wheat pretty much sums up what most people envision in a spring seasonal ... most. Sweet honey edge with some bready notes and a very fine camomile tea fill the nose. Had to take a sip to remind ourselves that this is a beer. Honey and wheat fit over taking the credit for the smoothness. Palate is semidry with up front camomile tea-like flavors; honey flavor diminishes quickly, though the breadiness form the malt pushes forward. Hops are very light, but everything is in bal- ance. For a delicate, dainty beer, it comes off as being drinkable, and the addition of camomile makes this beer EXTREME!

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Photo of generallee
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a short description and a USDA organic seal.

Appearance: It has a hazy amber or light honey colored body with a light creamy head. The head fades quickly but leaves a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass that hangs on till the end. This makes some spotty lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell: There are lots of floral chamomile notes with hints of wheat, sour dough bread, oat/light grain, and honey.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a light wheat base with light grain notes, mild honey sweetness and plenty of floral (almost tea like) chamomile. It finishes semi-sweet with light wheat tartness for balance and no real noticeable hop bitterness at all. The palate is soft and easy to drink.

Notes: I see this being a very good hot weather beer/ middle of the day beer with a light lunch. Overall, I really like it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours heavily clouded dull darker tangerine. Minimal signs of carbonation. Some sediment floating in the bottom of the glass.

Honey is dominant on the nose.

More honey and lots of sweet fruit on the palate.

Too much honey and too sweet for me. Maybe with some dessert on a hot day. Besides that one and done for me.

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1.75/5  rDev -52.6%

Photo of ghostdeini
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You have to try this beer! I would have never tried it if not recommened by the bartender, as I am not a big fan of wheat beers.

Awesome summer beer, light and crisp mouthfeel.

The best part is the finish with honey and spice.

You can't really tell from the smell all of the wonderful honey and spice, so you just have to drink it!

When served from the tap the beer had about a finger tall white head and poured from a bottle it has about half that.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden and modestly hazy in appearance, plenty of rising carbonation bubbles apparent with a fluffy white head. Looks flavorful and refreshing.

Aromas are vibrant and rich: freshly baked bread with spoonfuls of honey and a spot of herbal tea, all in one. Plentiful sweetness attributes for sure.

The nose doesn't pull any trickery on this one, it tastes just as you would expect. What I really have to applaud is the balance; it would be too easy for the sweetness to be cloying and throw this out of whack, but this really works. Honey is very pronounced initially, fading to give way to the bready wheat support, with some complementary spice and floral elements also detectable. Hops are there for balance, not for bitterness, but contribute some slight acidity as well.

Medium bodied, this drinks clean and effortlessly; a great summer session beer.

Solid brew, a welcomed change up for summer drinking, especially if you like Hefes or other wheat beers like I do.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Slightly cloudy gold with a fluffy, white head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Honey, wheat, noticeable chamomile, herb edge.

T: Fine smooth wheat, biscuit, sweet tinge of honey, herbal edge of chamomile balances the sweetness.

M: Fills the mouth, smooth and soft.

O: A nice beer with an amazing mouthfeel. It has a pleasant sweetness that is balanced, though the finish might be sharp.

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Photo of KrissyKat6
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like honey!

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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a lightly hazy but bright gold in color, topped by a tight white cap of foam just under a finger high. It holds up for a while before fading, leaving a little thin lacing as it recedes.
Wheat forms a strong base in the aroma along with a biscuity malts backbone and a light touch of sweetness along with something a bit floral.
The flavor is very nice, light but flavorful and very clean, with plenty of wheat malts. Floral, light hops notes remain and compliment the clove throughout, and a note of yeast lingers. Snapping underneath is a peppery edge that initially reminds me of something like cinnamon, but just gives a spicy bite as this beer warms.
The motuhfeel is very nice. The body is appropriately light, about medium in strength, with a big crispness that never fades but gives way, with ample but not overdone carbonation, to a nice, smooth finish with plenty of character.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazed-out yellow-gold and a mellow vibe. 2" lively head recedes pretty quick to not much at all.

the smell of corn and wheat, mostly malt and some sour fruit, allspice, subtle sweet honey rounds it out.

A soft spice and sour malt is what comes through, subtle honey with light and fluffy flavors, not very complex, pretty simple. Light on the hops with earthy and chamomile with minor lemmon zest notes. the flavor's are rather strange together.

This brew will do well on a very hot day when you need some added refreshment.

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Photo of cjtuggle
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pleasantly surprised with this one. I had a pint at Volpe's in Emmaus, PA. Yes, you can taste the honey and chamomile (I'm not usually a fan of chamomile) but they're expertly balanced off the clean, crisp and distinct bready wheat malts. Typically I'd expect the spice or honey to dominate and define the beer, but really this is a complex American wheat that doesn't need to rely on massive hops flavor. Heck of a beer for the style, and just plain tasty overall. Check this out.

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Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat from Otter Creek Brewing
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