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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 370 | Ratings: 511
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of C hop, chocolate malt. Good carbonation. Nicely hoppy, citrus, and brown in that it had a bit of root beer taste to it and had a reddish brown colour. Well malted, tasty and I could have this as a regular brew.A very nice ale, in a blind taste I thought it was a Great Lakes.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pete's wicked was a pretty standard brew. The color is on the darker side which is pretty nice. It separates itself from the normal flag ship brews. I remember this brew being quite drinkable and friendly on the palette. Lightly roasted malts make this brew interesting.

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Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is relatively clear dark garnet in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of caramel and nutty malts in the nose along with some notes of fruity yeast.
T: The taste has nutty flavors along with some notes of malty sweetness and hints of caramel malts. A very slight amount of bitterness is present, which helps prevent the sweetness from becoming cloying.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This was a pretty good beer among those available in the early 1990s but doesn’t really stand up to some of the other craft beer offerings currently available in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Would not have considered this beer to be a Brown Ale. It seems more similar to amber ales with a more toasted character. Anyhow, they are obviously going for a traditional English flavor. Even at that, this one falls a bit short. A modest brown-amber color cased a light head and fell without a lace. Aromas are grainy and malty with a light whisp of hop aroma. Perhaps a slight amount of caramel and chocolate. Flavors are toasty, bready and similar to aromas. Waters considerably in the body, but makes for an easy drinking beer. The finish is clean and refreshing. A safe beer, but not interesting enough for me to drink regularly.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say the only connection I have to this beer is from Denis Leary's beer rant..."Who the fuck is Pete?"

This beer pours a clear dark copper hue, with one finger of dense foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent jet entrails of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of sweet orchard fruit malt, and some mild nuttiness. The taste is big on the malt, the bready, nutty sort, with a mild leafy, earthy hoppy offset keeping things from devolving into a Wicked Diabetic state. The carbonation is a bit below average, the body medium weight, smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the nutty malt tempered by the leafy hops.

A decent enough brown ale, with some stronger American hop sensibilities. It ain't Bud, Mr. Leary, but at least it doesn't have any cranberries in it...

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Photo of brentk56
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber, almost caramel color with a modest ecru head that leaves some nice lace

Smell: A little vegetal with a hint of tea; not very enticing

Taste: Brown bread up front, with an unusual herbal sweet bitterness that develops by mid-palate; the bitterness is grainy, while the sweetness has a hint of caramel; after the swallow, the flavors fade quickly and the finish is very clean

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although there are some interesting elements, it is almost as if all the character has been brewed out of this beer; just OK

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Photo of LXIXME
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
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 zeff80
3.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an amber/orange color with a small, white, bubbly head. Fairly good carbonation and left minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt and caramel. Also, a slightly fruity aroma.

T - It tasted malty and somewhat bready. Also, some good caramel flavor.

M - It was a little thin but still fairly crisp. A light bodied beer.

D - This is an okay beer. It works as a session brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed in Tumwater, WA / Eden, NC. Pours a clear, reddish-mahogany body capped by a creamy light tan head. The head holds shortly, and then drops to a decent, creamy collar and cottony surface covering. It leaves some transient lace that's nice while it's there. The nose is softly sweet with notes of Munich malt and a touch of chocolate, but there are no hops to be found. A smooth and creamy, fine/gentle carbonation and medium bodied mouthfeel boosts it's maltiness; and the flavor reflects the aroma. It's malty and softly sweet with the rich, grainy character of Munich malt and some minor caramel and chocolate. Light, spicy hops dance across the palate. The bitterness is restrained, but it finishes drying with a quick flourish of hops and some mild residual malt. Although this is clearly not the beer it once was, it is enjoyable. It lacks the hops that it once had in its aroma, flavor, and bitterness; but it's well-balanced, and possibly even more so than the more aggressive original version.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, maple, nuts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of maple, caramel and nuts. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very slightly hazy dark amber to brown in color with a half finger tall light beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is dominate by the malts with some caramel coming through as well as some hints of dark malts.

T: Slightly sweet in taste with some caramel maltiness, overall a pretty malty beer with some hints of dark fruit. Very little hops/bitterness detectable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This one brings me back to my early days of drinking craft beer back in the early to mid 1990s. Not a bad beer though not as good as I remember it - I attribute that more to my palate evolving over the last 18 - 20 years and the much greater availability of quality craft beers. Easy enough to drink and sessionable. The alcohol is well hidden and

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-brown body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish malt nose of nutty, caramel accents along with a light, fruity note of grenadine.

Taste: Lightly nutty, lightly grainy maltiness with just a touch of dark caramel sweetness. Dash of club soda. Vague hint of cherry fruitiness. Spicy hops with a mild bitterness. Touch of acidity. Finishes dry and a bit fizzy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Performs a bit under par, I must say, and in no way would it be, for me, a go-to brown.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear reddish copper. The head is light 'toast brown' and is soft and frothy. It falls unevenly, but quickly, with the end result being almost no lace. The nose is of caramel malt, lightly spicy hops and grain.

Spicy hops have their say throughout the mouthful, but play second-fiddle to the sweet, toffee-like, toasted malt base. The modest bitterness of the hops peeks through to a slightly greater extent on the back end. The body could stand some firming up; its a little too light.

I have no preconceived notions with regards to Pete's Wicked Ale because this is the first bottle that I've ever had. My understanding is that it was much better in the old days. My opinion of this version is that it's a fair-good brown ale, no more than that. It isn't likely to challenge anyone's taste buds, but then all beer doesn't need to do that, does it?

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark amber with a light caramel head. Light lace left on glass as I drink. Acceptible head that retained a thin layer of champagne-like bubles. The aroma is subtle: very light on malt and hop, but well-balanced. Strong, sweet caramel flavors that linger through the swallow. The bitter hop flavors come at the end. Again, well-balanced for this style. The aftertaste reminds me of the aftertaste of milk. This is a very pleasant beer that I could easily keep drinking.

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Photo of Jason
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
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 womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head sitting on top.

S: Intensely sweet on the nose with a big time dark fruit character, possibly prunes and raisins. Some toffee, caramel, and brown sugar gives additional sweetness as does the hint of chocolate.

T: Sweet toffee and brown sugar are present all the way through. Some mild dark fruit notes and perhaps a hint of nuttiness and toasted bread.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A little too sweet and not much else going on.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is ruby brown with a sticky, average-sized head. Retention is pretty good. The aroma is of caramel malts, with a touch of hops spice. The taste is of caramel malts with just a little hint of nuttiness. A dry, citrus hop twang joins the mix towards the finish. The highlight here is definently the malt character, I was pretty surprised at how good this beer was considering the rest of Pete's line-up. For me this makes a great choice for a session ale.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
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 stakem
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a slightly off white head that doesn't display much retension. Aroma of malt and a touch of hops. Taste is pleasantly malty that is met with just a minor hop bitterness. Carb on this is overboard to the extent of being quite prickly and a distraction. Med to light feel. Lingering taste of malt and grain is left in the mouth. A very drinkable beer and fine example. Only gripe being the carb and lack of head, other than that pretty decent.

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Photo of jwc215
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown with a thin head that almost immediately becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of roasted malt. Earthy with a hin of nut. Subtle berry-like fruitiness.

The taste is of slightly roasted malt. Plenty of water. Some earthy tones. Hint of nut and vague berry-like fruitiness. A bit soapy. Rather bland with a short finish.

It has a rather thin body. Lightly carbonated. Flat aftertaste.

This is a mediocre/average brown ale. Not too bad, but rather ho-hum.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label reads: Brewed and bottled by Pete's Brewing, Utica, NY", not San Antonio.
..."an experience out of the ordinary, Our tantalizing ruby-brown ale with distinctive nuts and aromatic Brewer's Gold hops is sure to stir up an urge to let loose." Not sure if I agree with the grammatical structure there, Pete...(though I know the real "Pete" is no longer around.)

Last time I had one of these was close to 4 years ago, under a different label. Let's see if it's anything like I remember, or, I hope, perhaps better.

Clear, magohany (or, "ruby-brown") in color, brieg cocoa-tan head, gone before you know it.

Sweetness in the nose, recalling nuts, maple, brown sugar, but just barely.

Put past the lips, it just leaps on board the palate, and slips through the mouth with no trouble at all, but neither does it make an impression. Hops play their part lightly, malt makes little of it's supporting role. Meedium to light in body, with a slightly weet, if forgettable finish. Called "exceptionally smooth" on the 6-pack box, but that means little with such a paucity of character.

For a non-threatening, easily guzzled brew, this isn't bad. I'm not in the mood to knock it, but can't recommend it, really. When I last had it, I was deeply disappointed, this time...not so much, though I'm not in the slightest satisfied.

Far better browns out there, ...and "Wicked"? Don't make me laugh...
Maybe 15 years ago...

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
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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Photo of Gavage
2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Back in the early 90's I remember Pete's was a staple beer in my refridgerator because of its uniqueness and great flavor. Today's version reminds me of nothing of that version I enjoyed.

Appearance: brown in color with some orange highlights. A short 1/4" head falls apart immediately. No lacinf develops.

Smell: soft caramel and fruit sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, ripe plums, very mild bitterness, and a hint of breadiness makes up a dull and unexciting beer.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short-lived as the caramel and fruit sweetness linger softly on the tongue.

Drinkability: this beer is as dull as you can get while sporting a bit of flavor. Tough time finishing the bottle and not looking forward to having this again. I'll live of the memories of when I enjoyed it.

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Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, so this is classified as an English brown, and the the flavor is light enough for it. All the malts, however, are very American. So it's kind of an American brown, dialed back with very clean, light roasted grains. There really aren't any hops in the mix or deeper cocoa flavors like a lot of browns. Still, it's not bad beer and this could make for a good craft beer starter.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brown color with a small head. Smell is mainly of malts, some hops. Taste is good, malts and hops, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a decent product.

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