Pete's Wicked Ale | Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked AlePete's Wicked Ale

Brewed by:
Pete's Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 511 |  Reviews: 370
Reviews by Soozy:
Photo of Soozy
3.39/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, it's a very nice color on this beer. Smells extremely malt and crisp. Has caramel and a light nut taste to it. Nothing too impressive, honestly. Has a creamy feel to it and reasonable drinkability.

I've heard a lot of hype about this beer as it being unbelievable, but it didn't really live up to my expectations.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium off white head dies quickly leaving a medium or less lacing above a clear amber colored beer.

Mild Aroma of an almost sweet caramel malt with a light nutty edge to it.

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with its sweet caramel and nutty grain malts, maybe a bit more sweet than the aroma.

A slight bitter drying aftertaste on the light medium to medium bodied beer.

The slight bittering effect of the aftertaste is just enough to make you want to take another drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Light orangish-brown in color with a huge head that showed good retention and even left a bit of lacing. I’m impressed.

Smell – The grainy brown notes smell bitter and are offset with some light sugars and a tiny hop compliment.

Taste – Not good, not bad. There’s nothing offensive here, and the brown malty base isn’t cheapened by the typical McNasty American macro sugars. The hop balance is a bit more prominent at the taste, although still light.

Mouthfeel – Light-bodied and cheaply carbonated but, again, nothing too bad.

Drinkability – This went down well enough.

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Photo of Dmann
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An average beer for sure. This one poured a nice ruby red color with a small frothy white head that faded as soon as it was poured. The smell was mostly sweet malts and nothing too special. The taste was decent though with a nice carmel malt flavor and just a touch of bitterness to round it out. This beer reminded me more of an Amber than a Brown ale, but it was decent nonetheless.

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Photo of blitz134
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a gift from my I can't complain too much...never had it, beer always tastes better...

Brown-ruby perfectly transparent body. Poured with a thin head that disappeared quickly to nothing. Smell is mainly caramel malts with some straw, floral hops. Not much too it.

A bit astringent to start but transfers over to a caramel sweet malt body. Overall sweet with a touch of bitterness. Not much nuttiness though. Average flavoring.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy, but still not overly full. Good drinkability. A good transition/micro-initiation beer.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
1.88/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

There's something not right with this beer.

It looks & smells like your average brown ale, but...

Pete's Wicked Ale is very noticably sweet. I love sweet alcoholic drinks, and this just does not taste good, or even correct.

Its not sweet-ish like a hefeweizen, its just syrupy-sweet. Very ill.

The sicky sweet syrup taste is even present in the mouthfeel.

Not a beer with drinkability. I cracked one open in the car last night, and had to toss it out the window, half full, because I was so appalled.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a light brown with a little head, it looks like caramell and It smell a little bit like caramel too.It have a good taste, nothing to be impressed about. It feels it the mouth like when you eat too much sugar. Is a good beer to try one but not for having more than one. I think it would be great with some spicy food or some barbecue meat.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Dark copper with a off-white/tan foam head. It settles quickly to a lasting lace, with a bit of stick.

Smell: Rich caramel, fruity esters, faint touch of burnt raisin.

Taste: Body is light to medium. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, smooth, but also a bit coarse. Semi-astringent upfront with a sharp hop bitterness that fades quickly. Fruity esters rear-up, riding in on the hop flavour then the beer smoothes into the malt profile. Subdued caramel, faint chocolate, toasted/biscuit, caramelized fruits and even a touch of sweet grape. There's also a distinct twang to the beer that seems to be the running theme throughout. Nice balance, overall. Finish is dry with raw grain notes.

Notes: Pete's Wicked Ale is a found memory for me. It's simply a solid American Brown Ale -- always available and always enjoyable as a session beer or a fallback beer.

And, even though Pete probably doesn't brew anymore and that they are owned by Gambrinus ... I really like this beer. I also like Pete's new change in marketing direction ... let's just hope they don't catch any of those Corona kuddies from the Gambrinus folk.

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Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured nice red brown color, nice head nice not great carmel hop aroma, sweet rich initial carmel malt taste thick texture at first , but seemed to get dry and thin at the end. Everything about this beer says that it is a nice drinking beer not a beer to savor.

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Photo of generallee
3.34/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Petes Wicked Ales were some of the first craft/non-Bud style beers that started me on the road to realy good beer. This beer has a medium brownish color with coppery highlights and good clarity. This is top by a small quick fading white foam head. It has a mostly sweet malty character, in both taste and aroma which is faily light overall. There was nothing about this beer that stands out but there was nothing off putting about it either. The palat was light and easy drinking.

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Photo of Guden
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light chestnut brown with a small bubbly head and light lacing.

S- Nothing too much here but a small amount of coffee and just the slightest bit of earthy hops.

T- Balanced, nothing is too strong but a great balance of bitter and sweet, hops and malt, light chocolate flavor and especially coffee shine through but just enough to keep me coming back for more.

M- Right on for the style, light carbonation and good body make this one easy to drink and goes down easy.

D- Balanced enough to keep drinking, just could use a little more complexity or overall strength to make it more exciting of a choice.

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Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better on tap and ice cold during a big feast of bbq. Certainly on the sweet side and some thing I quaff to wash down messy rib at my local bbq joint. A decent no brainer beer that has a touch of flavour to throw in the mix. Not something I’d drink as a regular beer though.

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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.41/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally, I tried a few of the Pete's beers. I was expecting a micro brew, but found a macro. This pours actually pretty good looking, darker than most in color. The nose get grains. Taste is a little malty, but very grainy, mostly corn. A little floral, grassy? Finishes unimpressive. I didn't care for this too much. maybe the other varieties are better.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red/brown with some ruby hues. Cocoa colored head has good retention and leaves a considerable amount of sheet and ring lacing. Nothing special to the nose, but some nice notes of caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate, with some floral American Northwest hops in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, perhaps rich, and well carbonated. Taste has a malt backbone, with lots of caramel and toffee up front. Roasted grain tastes are prominent, but there are some fruity and floral hops present to keep this from being syrupy or sweet. This is a very good American brown ale. Well balanced, and a pleasant drinkability.
I'm certain that this was a more interesting ale 10-15 years ago, and it does seem to lack the big hops presence described in reviews of that time. Still, I would recommend sampling this one against the Sam Adams lager or stock ale.

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Photo of jakester
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this bottle at a friend's house. No date on the label! ;-(

Pours a pretty clear average amber with just a touch of brown. A two finger head of beige foam shows on top after a fast pour. Head eventually drops to tiny islands and a ring. Good lacing at first, then that slows to minimal lacing. Carbonation evident.

Aroma is of sweet dark malts. Caramel and raisins, estery, a little butterscotch, and faint herbal hops. Not bad at all. As this warms, the aromas increase.

Flavor is a little thin, but might be on style. I was expecting a little sweeter and more flavorful. Some hop bitterness is present. This is crisp and on the dry side. Caramel is there, but restrained. There are also hints of some spicy/herbal hop flavors. As this warms, you pick up more raisins and dates. Aftertaste is brown sugar and fruit.

Mouthfeel is low to medium sweetness, fairly strong carbonation, and a short dry finish.

This beer is ok, but with just a little tweaking, it could be very good. Needs a little more of everything to place it among the top beers in its category.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Watery ale. Thought this was a bitter amber while I drank it. Auburn pour with a teeny head. Aroma is a flowery malt. Taste is mostly malt, but the hops are detectable. No nuts. This was good, but nothing special. Expected as much from a macro trying to produce a craft beer.

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Photo of Hugh37
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.69/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,ruby red color just like the bottle stated. I" off white head dissapated very quickly,leaving a slight coating of foam looks a bit on the flat side,some very spotty lacing.

Good moderate fruity aroma,some nuttyness the rest of the malty aroma were very faint.

Fruity taste reminded me of a pear with some tartness.A light nutty midtaste,finishes with light tartness. Very clean taste, no off flavors, the taste was on the watery side.

Very light mouthfeel with some grainyness. Goes down like water,not filling, just how many can you drink before you want something with more taste. I used to love this beer when it first came out it's not the same beer it used to be,I know my tastes have changed throughout the years but not this much. Wish this beer taste like it used to but its nowhere close. RIP Wicked Ale.

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Photo of jsolack
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average appearance, medium brown with amber accents. Head dissipated quickly

Light creamy smell. Malt is dominant. Would like to have a bit stronger smell.

Light and malty flavor. Creamy with a mild finish... I feel this beer would benefit if it were a little stronger.

Light feel on the tongue with a crisp finish. Mellows off at the end to leave a pleasant aftertaste.

The mild nature of this beer makes for a drinkable brew!

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Photo of Dusty278
3.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark reddish hew, 1 finger head that dissipates with no real lacing.

S - Some coffee and caramel aromas, very sweet.

T - Powerful malt presence with tastes that match the smell, not much hops to balance.

M - Medium bodied with balanced carbonation.

D - Not bad but I won't buy it again if there are better beers or new beers around.

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Photo of niknar
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like many other people who have recently reviewed this beer, I feel as though I "cut my teeth" on Pete's Wicked. I haven't had it in a long time, but it came in a Domestic Multi-Pack that my wife bought me for our here goes!

It pours out a ruby-brown color (as the bottle would lead you to think), but it could also be described as copper or even a dark amber. Almost no head at all. Like many others, I could not discern a smell until it had warmed for a few minutes. Afterward, it smell slightly of malt and very faint hops. The taste was nothing special at first (still too cold). I would have described it as seriously over-carbonated. Again though, as it warmed it took on a better flavor, allowing the malt and hops to come through. Still a little bit too carbonated, which contributes a very thin feel in the mouth. This is certainly a drinkable beer, and an obvious step above the typical "macro" brews. However, I would strongly recommend drinking it cool as opposed to cold!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hey, remember this stuff? Pours a light brown, good carbonation rushes to the top. Sweet aroma.

Taste, this was hoppy back in the day, whether the recipe changed or my palate, or a combination, who knows. Very sessionable. Just enough caramel to make it respectable and drinkable. This and SNPA really helped me cross the bridge to craft beer.

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Photo of ADR
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent "mega" microbrew, hop statements make you glad you're not hoisting a Michelob. Set-up is decent, nice copper brown color and a head that's respectable. Pleasant tang in the aroma. Settles into a balanced malt/hop balance typical of a non-assertive Brown. Slight all-spice mid-tongue taste. A pretty good "conversion" brew, something to intrigue macro beer drinkers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby amber brown with a tan toffee toned two fingered generous head. Leaves a semi even trickled lace around my pint glass. The aroma has a sharp fruity tone that is sweet at first with little or no hop aroma. Seems like a mass produced run of the mill ale that at one time could have been worthy, but the flavor now is unbalanced between the predominantly sweet tones mixed with the harsh bread like flavors and basically no defineable hop bitterness. The light to medium bodied beer is lacking in body a bit thin and uncomplex definitely artificially carbonated in this one. I could drink a couple of these mediocre excuse for a "micro", but why with all of the other great beers out there today I choose to keep this a beer of the past.

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Photo of chrisms86
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a lasting, lacy head which stays with you. Tastes slightly sour, with some fruity flavors which make it incredibly drinkable. Could easily down a few of these and not even notice it.

A great beer for the price. Not the best brown ale out there, but I didn't expect that at $6 a sixer.

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Pete's Wicked Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 511 ratings