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
Photo of slimntubbs
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.35/5  rDev -59%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Neck stamped 05191 1610.

Appearance - Clear medium brown body. Pours one finger offwhite head with decent retention and decent to low stick.

Smell - Awful. Pungent. Smells like dirt/dust and port-a-potty. Possibly the worst smelling beer I've had so far in my 350+ beers rating career.

Taste - Very dusty and musky. Very stale and somewhat metallic. Some hidden corn and noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Stale and astringent. Body offers decent effervescence. Otherwise light bodied.

Overall Drinkability - One of the worst beers I've had in a while due to the ovebearing off-characters listed above.

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Photo of bilbo2012
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of waughbrew
1.53/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Just had this on tap and wow was it not good. Looked ok, being brownish with a small head with no retention. Smell is of sweet caramel malt, with some hops trying to push their way through. Taste is cloyingly sweet and has a bunch of acetaldehyde. Apple juice anyone? Feel is slick, drinkability is not good. I had trouble finishing one of these.

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Photo of warmstorage
1.78/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle, pours a deep reddish brown, clear. Medium dense light beige head dissipates rapidly. Leaves no lacing.

Aroma: very little. Burnt sugar / sweetness.

Taste: very little. Sugar, sweet malt, minimal hop bitterness. Thin and uninteresting. Very slight smoke on the finish?

Mouth: slightly tingly carbonation.

Overall, a deeply boring beer. I think this has always been a bland, uninteresting beer, but it seems that mass marketing has homogenized it even further. It's about as good as Michelob Amber Bock, or AB's fake attempts at the micro market.

About the best thing I can say for this beer is that the website has good brewing information. (It lists the beer as 5.3% ABV.) Of course, it also includes calorie content and carbohydrate information, which indicates one market they are going after: uhhh, Michelob Ultra, anyone?

Bleh: drain poured 90% of it, even with yardwork to be done.

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Photo of beerluvr
1.8/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

What happened Pete?? This was once a distinctive brown/nut brown ale, but since being bought out, this beer has fallen quite a few notches. To my tastebuds this is just a mere shadow of it's former self. I forget where I read it, but someone said the whole portfolio seems to have been "tweaked", with dissappointing results.

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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 MrSeth
1.98/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Ap: Light light beige colored head on top of a nutty brown body. Lots of lace and swirls.

Sm: Very nice, fruity with vegetal (artichoke, boiled spinach) notes mixed in. Also there is an effect like English breakfast tea in the nose.

Ta: The tea element continues in the taste.. is this ale or fizzy iced tea? No, wait.. beneath all that is something like an amber ale flavor. The nose had promise but now I feel let down. What is this that I’m drinking?

Mf: Adequate carbonation, nothing special. The tea comparison is again unavoidable as the intensely dry puckering finish and aftertaste remind me of a can of Arizona.

Da: Not. I seriously doubt that I will ever try this one again.. Maybe.

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of vdread
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pete's Wicked Ale pours a dark amber/red with a fizzy little head.

aroma is slightly sweet, with some caramel.

taste is just rank. super-grainy, slick on the palate, watery mess. watery caramel malt, a slight bitterness imparted from both hops and sour grain.

mouthfeel light, slick, nearly no carbonation.

would not and will not be trying again.

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of nige4958
2.06/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Absolute crap, and a mere shadow of its former self. This beer used to be in the form of a texas brown ale. It now tastes like Michelob dark. Original was a big brown ale, dry hopped and gorgeous. Now a run of the mill, shit beer brewed in Texas. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.06/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured a copper/red color with no head due to the pepsi like carbination. The aroma is of very little sweet malt, witha background of hops. not much to it. The taste...the taste is of rubber bands, oranges and paper. Not pleasing at all. Mouthfeel of large bubbles and a high carbination. There is also a bitey feeling but not a hops kinda bitey but more a tannin bitey. Overall I'm not going out looking for this one again.

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Photo of Guardian
2.11/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is bitter. I tried it for the first time today and I was not impressed. The taste was very bland and nothing notable about it. I was hoping for a caramel taste or some fruit flavor, but almost none spring out.

If you are looking for an easydrinking pleasant tasting beer, this is not for you.

If you are looking for a beer that will give you a good buzz, this is only adequate.

I drank one of these out of a sampler pack, and I'm sorry to say that I will not buy another one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.17/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I used to drink this back in the day when I was first introduced to beer. Recently heard they were phasing it out, so I snagged some for nostalgia sake. Here's how it seemed to me now.

Poured from a bottle, the beer is a clear ruby-brown color, with no head. Smells of slightly sour malt and toasted bread (or toast, I guess). The beer tastes sweet, with notes of raspberry and cherry, combined with a sharp roast flavor that is not overly pleasant. The beer is over-crisp, to the point of being sharp, in mouth. Very light and overcarbonated. The aftertaste is a bit clumsy, and leaves a fruity and slightly sour flavor in mouth. Lingering finish that is more than I care for, this beer also leaves an overcarbonated feeling after you swallow. Kind of a bummer for what I remember being such a classic so long ago.

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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

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 jcalabre
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I originally sampled this on 26 December 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
How the mighty have fallen. I remember years ago when Pete's was considered a top micro. Not any more. Here are my notes,
"opaque brown color. Malty flavor up front w/ a tinge of alcohol in the finish. no aroma"
I found that this better used in making French Onion soup. The maltiness really added some flavor.

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Photo of jar2574
2.31/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer looks good but smells bad. Nice one-inch head after being poured out of a 12 ounce bottle. Ruby-brown color, as the bottle's language suggests.

The smell is extemely faint, but what smell there is, is not pleasant. Honestly, it smells a little like sweat. And yes, I meant "sweat", not "sweet." Weird. There might be a touch of spices, but it's just too faint.

The beer is malty, musky, dank. Not good. I think it's supposed to be a "nutty" flavor. But this is almost undrinkable. Wonder if I got a bad bottle, or if this beer just sucks. Well too bad, I'm not trying it again because the experience was not good at all.

Mouthfeel is okay, if that's any consolation. The beer's consistency is fine. The smell and taste are unique, but in a bad way.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.38/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this one at an Italian restaurant with some Penne Vodka. Poured with little to no head. Clear, burnt red color. Very malty like a red ale but with no body at all to back it up. Slightly acrid and cardboard like aftertaste that distracts you from whatever hop flavor is lurking in there. Definitely wasn't a huge fan of this one.

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Photo of Vancer
2.38/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I surmise by earlier reviews that this must have been a good brew years ago. Not now, wow! A surprisingly plain and bland frosty.

Clear cola pour, quick dying tan head. Almost no aromas. Very weak hints of chocolate and spices detected in the thin and watery mouthfeel. Earthy and hoppy, but not in a good way.

Would be OK as a summer brew, must there are too many better browns available.

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