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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale | Pete's Brewing Company

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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream AlePete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale

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

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 09-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 138
Photo of Mitchster
4.48/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Munich, Pale, and wheat malts. Hopped with Cluster.

5.6% ABV, 183 Calories/12 oz.bottle. OG=13.8 Plato, 18 IBU's

Pours out to a sparkingly clear light copper, forming a very rich, poofy, whipped cream head quite unlinke anything I've ever seen. It forms sticky gooey tentacles to the sides of the glass and takes on a dextrinous cake-batter appearance. The retention is absolutely amazing with a very unique lacing pattern akin to a heavily frosted window. The bubbles meander to the top with a lazy gesture, making this a very uniquely attractive beer. The aroma is quite nice...sweet yet toasty "Pac-man" residuals with a touch of caramel and well-balanced, yet assertive floral and spicy hops. Kinda like a cleanly fermented Dead-Guy Ale. Very nice nose. Mouthfeel is punchy with plenty of hoppy zest and a medium-firm body. The taste begins with an relatively strong and assertive citric and floral flavor hop profile which is ultimately well-balanced by a firm pale and amber malt backbone. Medium-strong bitterness lingers into the aftertaste with the residual sugars tagging along. Very cleanly fermented with no perceptable off-flavors. Hoppily astringent in the finish and in the belches. A great combination of ingredients.

This is very similar to Boston Ale or Dead Guy Ale, but superior to either. I am really impressed with this brew and will undoubtedly have to pick up some more. I haven't had a good beer (let alone an excellent beer) from Pete's Wicked in a long time, so this was a very nice surprise. I could gladly drink these all night long. I love it! Highly recommended.

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Photo of parsleyd12
4.29/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutly love this beer, although I'm a little bias with Pete's Wicked because of their Strawberry Blonde

Very smooth and creamy "tasting"

Very drinkable

This could be one of the last beers on earth and I would be fine with that.

We sell it @ South Cumberland Liquors in Cumberland, Md! Stop by and try it

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Photo of powoo19
4.1/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a collector of bottles, I had to buy this brew..Upon trying the brew it poured nicely with a small but creamy head..It was smooth with a hint, though very small, of sweetness..It went down smooth and left a good mouthfeel..
I would recomment this as a sippin brew, maybe 3 or 4..
Also, I recommend trying it on tap..It is much better then bottle....

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Photo of tgbljb
4.02/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with a cream ale. Poured a light copper color with extremely large puffy head. Smell is a cream scent that is pleasant to the nose. Taste is smooth and fells good on the tongue. Mouthfell leaves a pleasant smooth creaminess. Not a good winter offering but a good brew nonetheless.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.96/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear amber hue with an off white one finger head that lasts for a while, and settles to a thin cap. Stacked solid lacing along the glass.

Husky wheat malt aromas with a little bit of light hops.

Smooth and creamy malt flavors with a very light touch of hop bitterness. Some cracker like grain can be found with the malts. Light-medium bodied with high carbonation, adding a good fizz to the feel. The finish is dry and grainy.

Not a bad cream ale. This isn't really a beer that I see myself getting into, but it still holds its own in its category.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-gold color with creamy head that disappears quickly, leaving a thin layer that clings to the glass. Has a sweet citrusy smell to it that is very pleasant. Tastes very sweet, but not very malty or hoppy, but pretty fruity. Very nice. Really creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable, sweet & smooth, pretty much like a cream ale should be. I like it a lot.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear caramel colored body, highly carbonated by the looks of it. Head grows to about ½” before fading into a frothy surface. Smell is creamy and sweet, with caramel candy and slight floral hops present. Taste is very pungent and malty, grassy and sweet, which are smoothed over by cream and finished with caramel. Robust and flavorful, the body is a little on the watery side. Hops are at a good level, and this is not a bad beer, actually quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent, pleasant, lightly malty, easy-drinking beer.

Copper-gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly dissipating to a thin foamy and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is bread, toasty grain, overall malty with a light pine element.

The taste is similar, malty, lightly toasty grain, faintly caramelly with a faint bread quality and a very faint meatiness to the grain. It is lightly sweet with a light element of pine and grass givign a faint bitterness near the finish. It's a bit soft on the palate. It has a light "malt liquor" taste, but more toasty-caramelly in the grain and less sweet or corn-like, and with more full-bodied character.

It's actually fairly good but I agree with others that this doesn't seem like a "winter" beer.

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Photo of knm
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says it was brewed in Utica, NY...Not sure why this says San Antonio, TX. The bottle is right though.
Never the less-what a crazy beer! I like it overall. A semi-light beer, medium head goes quickly to nill, big carbonation stays.
Taste is creamy and malty, but light and easy to drink. Most cream ales I have had are darker than this. But Wonderlust is totally different! More of a easy drinking summer cream. Worth a try!

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Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big surprise. Found this on sale for around 50 cents a bottle. It had avery nice appearance...light copper, creamy head and excellent lacing. Smell was a nice blend of fruitiness, grassiness and earthiness. Taste was mainly malt, although there was a light hop presence. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This carries over to the drinkability which gives a light and smooth presence.

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Photo of cjunior955
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was part of 3 sampler pack from Pete's. The only other "cream ale" I have tried was Genny, and that was not saying much, quite frankly. Pour into pint glass with a 1" head. Medium copper color and slight smell of cream. Medium body drinkablity with, I thought a nice dry and creamy, caramel aftertaste. Not bad beer and price wise did not kill you in the wallet. $19.59 for the sampler case.

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Photo of grahambo
3.74/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on special at one of the bars here in Keene, NH.

This was a interesting beer, I expected it to be much lighter in color, but it was more amber than straw. It had a sweet scent, some kind of citrus I suspect, but also some maltiness.

The beer's taste was much like the smell a little sweet, but in my opinion enough malt and hops to balance it out. It was a little over carbonated but in the end I could have more than a few of these beers.

It doesn't compare to Wexfords or other Irish Cream Ales, but it's a much more nuanced beer than Genny or any of the other American Cream Ales I've had. Cheers to Pete's for being daring with a traditional style.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gave this beer a try at a local bar in Rochester, NY called O'Callahan's. It poured not-so-heady, but had a nice deep red color. The aroma was mainly that of strong malt/sweet caramel. It was light bodied yet very creamy and smooth. The aftertaste was sugary and mellow, not a hint of hops. Overall a neat beer. My first cream ale to be exact. Maybe I should give genny cream ale a chance one of these days.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep golden color with a thick and creamy snow-white head fed by streams of small, fast-rising bubbles. The retention is excellent. The lacing is quite thick, leaving rings of foam on the glass walls.

Aroma: Pleasant aroma of bready yeast and mild citrus hops.

Taste: Opens with a mild honey-like sweetness, followed by a bready malt character, overlaid with mild citrus hops, finishes with a mild metallic bitterness. There is a medicinal note that appears well after the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, creamy and full, soft on the palate, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A really nice, pleasant and drinkable session beer, not at all intimidating for macro drinkers, and yet far better than a macro. The label art is surreal and stunning.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Analog_kid
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Either my sense of taste and smell are different from other reviewers of this ale, or I just have bad taste in beer. Either way, I think this beer is a tad maligned.

I've had bottles of this beer that were wonderful. Those that were wonderful were definitely creamy with a lovely amber color and pleasant aroma that went down smooth. These samples I could drink consistently throughout an evening without changing to anything else. However, I have had samples that were a bit on the bitter side.

Overall, this is a solid beer worth trying.

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Photo of whisperjet
3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: looks like cream soda. Very thin head fades fast.

S: creAmy and sweet. Caramel malts with light honey tones.

T: sweet and creamy. Light roasty flavors. Heady malts with sweet hoppy undertones.

M: medium bodied. Fills the mouth well

D: decent tasting cream ale. Nothing too special

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Photo of mgdeth
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer poured nicely, with a white head that left lace on the glass. The color is pale amber, and is reminiscent of many pale ales I've sampled.

Smell - The aromas in this one are subtle. I can only detect a malty sweetness and maybe just a hint of hops.

Taste - The taste actually is sort of creamy. Go figure. The label says is has Cluster hops, and Munich and wheat malt in it. I can taste the wheat, which sort of imparts a sweet flavor to the beer. The hops don't really seem to show up until the aftertaste. A strange, but pleasant, malty flavor hangs around in my mouth as well, which I am guessing might come from the Munich malt. There is also a biscuit-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, but not lager smooth. Bigger than what I expected, but not a big beer.

Drinkability - Good. The taste is strong, but not overwhelming.

Comments - When I saw "cream ale," I was expected something much ligher colored and lighter bodied. The beer is actually pretty complex. This is quite an unusual ale. I definitely recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet and dry malt aroma that light and a bit fruity. It boasts of pale, Munich, and wheat malts. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet with Munich malts. I detect some hops in the finish, but not much. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It is sweet and dry; a decent cream ale. Pete's brews some decent beers. They're never great, but they drink well.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber in color with a creamy, off-white colored head.

A sweet sugary smell overtakes the nose. Hops are also evident.

A touch of sweet maltiness matched with a pinch of hop bitterness. Probably could use a little more of each. Finishes with a cereal malt flavor. Fairly tasty for what it is.

Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Finishes very smooth and silky.

Drinkability is nice as well. I only bought a single, but I wouldnt mind having a sixer or more for a cheap price. This might not be a bad beer for me on a night like new year's eve when I'll be looking to get absolutely trashed all night off of a decent beer without spending an arm and a leg.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured to a clear amber, almost golden color with a very thin but retentive creamy white head that leaves virtually no lacing. The smell is just a little bit hoppy, but mostly I smelled yeast. The taste is not bad. It is similar to a light pale ale with a creamy mouthfeel. I could drink this all night, but I didn't give it too high of a drinkability rating because of the fact that it is not good enough that I will buy more. This was good, but there are much better offerings for the price.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild malt with a hint of hops. Smells like fresh beer, which is to say, a hint of yeast as well.
Appearance: Very clear light yellow glass with a firm fluffy white snow cap that left strong tide marks to show its passing.
Flavor: Classic Cream Ale, mild, clean, restrained hop and spice notes serve to balance the malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Light body with firm carbonation.
Overall Impression: Very drinkable beer. As per style, it is light, mild and clean, but has enough positive tastes to make it preferable to water. Looks just great. A fine beer I could see spending many summer nights with, but not many winter ones.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why are there only 2 other reviews besides this one? Poured with very little head, lacing, or carobonation to speak of. Nice amber color, but no real scent. First cream ale I've tried in quite a while so a little hard to compare to others. Enjoy the sensations at first and very easy to drink. Great name and label for a cream ale. Would definitely try again.

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Photo of shirfan
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold with just a tinge of red -- average head that dissipates after a couple minutes.

Oktoberfest-style malts, just fewer of them. Moderately chewy mouthfeel and a mild tingly bittering in the finish. An easy drinker but with a fuller mouthfeel than expected.

Not an incredibly exciting beer but it was tasty and didn't stray into the realm of macro-style brew.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small, dense, white head. Swoopy lacing. Very clear, nice amber-gold beer. Sugary nose: nutty, grapesy, sweet, nice. Bitter, sour, nutty, wheaty front. Oily, somewhat vanishing middle has a little barbershop. Nice, nutty, bitter finish. This is better than I was expecting. It's a nice, nutty, bitter ale. Strangely, it gets a little chemically and cloying after a while.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pete's Wanderlust Cream Ale pours a dark copper body beneath a creamy head of white. It's darker than might be expected, and that's a good indication that this is more than just another golden ale that's been cold-conditioned.

The head retention is good, and it leaves some nice, thin, "branchy" lace about the glass.

The nose is sweetish and slightly fruity with some mild nutty and toasty nuts from the malt. No hops are present; but it's otherwise clean and welcoming.

The creaminess promised by the label is, indeed, present, and it's medium-bodied, somewhat dextrinous, and moderately carbonated leaving it smooth as well.

The flavor is pretty much as the nose suggests, with a combination of yeasty fruitiness (soft berries) and nutty, just slightly toasty, sweetish malt that's backed by a supportive, but truly sublime, bitterness. Again, no real hop flavor is present, although there is some in the bbackground if you want to get technical. Surprisingly, it finishes relatively short and dry with just a drip of residual sweet malt and a juicy smear of sugary red berries.

Wanderlust surprises, in more ways than one, and it can be quite charming at the right time, and/or with a receptive audience. In a way it reminded me of their strawberry blonde, but a touch darker. It's very drinkable for what it is, and I'd imagine that it's quite popular.

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