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:
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Added by stirgy on 09-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 126 | Ratings: 138
Photo of smcolw
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This doesn't look like a cream ale--too dark. Amber color and clear. Decent head that recedes into rocky foam but does not leave any lace.

Mild aroma without any off smells. Mostly malt, but it isn't sweet. No hops.

Slightly sour flavor. Again, mostly malty and reasonably dry. One dimensional in the flavor profile--the initial sip matches the swallow and aftertaste. Full bodied and carbonated well.

Nothing too bad about this, but not one I'd likely to seek out again.

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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 bboven
3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Meduim copper color which is too dark for the style, but it has a nice one-finger head that lasts. Lighten up on the crystal for this one.

Smells of very basic two-row and a little fruity sweetness.

Lots of fruity sweetness in the flavor dominates, green apple in the forefront from the yeast.

Very bubbly and extremely drying, the best part of this beer.

Not bad, a little fruitier than I expected for a cream ale, definitely at the extreme end of those limits for the style. If the color was a bit lighter it would be more pleasing to the eye.

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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 animal69
3.14/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one leftover from the brewers box ; pours a med. reddish-gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my nonic, quite a bit darker than my Genny ; a surprisingly nutty caramel smell w/ a faint hop and alcoholic yeast by-product undertone ; a sweet, malty flavor w/ a creamy diacetyl at first, then kinda fizzles into a macro-ish flavor midway, not much in the finish, maybe a weird "artificial" taste i can't quite put my finger on ( like new PVC almost) ; a med. body, actually, a little on the thick side, especially for the style, light on the co2 side as well ; not a bad drinking beer, just not quite a "cream ale"

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Photo of hwwty4
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a light almost golden amber color with a little had that dissipated very quickly. The aroma is malty sweet with a little roasted malt also. The taste is strange. Its malty sweet with just enough hops to balance but there is this weird sweetness (reminds me of how the sweetness of saccharine lingers) that stays all the way through the beer. It was just plain, nothing really exciting about it. I would find it hard to drink more then 1 in a sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't let the name fool you. It's called a Cream Ale, but is more kin to a timid American Amber. Initial aromas share the duty with cereal grains, light caramel, and pine / citrus hops. The beer's appearance is more copper than blonde and is mild both on head formation and retention. Flavors are similar as in aroma, beginning with a lightly sweet caramel taste and raw cereal grains. A medium hop flavor begins to round the beer out, but struggles with the grain / husk character. The feel is light, but with an over sparged-like astringency late. Finishes with a mild caramel, pine, grain taste and a medium bite in the end. The beer is somewhat in between styles and difficult to assess.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.52/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AP: A clear golden amber color with mild carbonation and slow moving bubbles create a light, bubbly head that is 1/2" deep and didn't last very long.

Nose: Very earthy and herbal garden scent with peppery hops and caramel, toffee wheat malt.

Flavor: The herbal and zesty hop profile stands out most with a complex and peppry yeast edge and the malt is mildly sweet and smooth with subtle currents of vanilla and coffee.

Feel: medium bodied, crisp, refreshing but very smooth going down.

DA: I enjoyed this, despite it's pretty low rating here, I wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of Clockwork420
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance was a golden copper color. Very pretty.
Light bubbles. Thick head that slowly dissipated to nothing or little.

Smell was not complex. Very little smell.

Taste was very pleasent. Slight sweetness to it like a malty taste. No gagging aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Very nice ale. Smooth as all get out. Slid right down the hatch. No hiccups. Flowery accent at the end.

Mouthfeel was thin. But thats not bad for this one. I was sweating my jewels off and then I drank this beer and it was like, Godly. Id drink a few more if I hadnt got things to do.

Far better than some others I have gotten but at $6.29 a 6 er. I couldnt pass it up.

I would drink this if I was feeling in a ale mood. Or if I wanted to spoil myself after drinking Natty for a while. VERY GOOD IN THE HEAT.

I will drink again im sure of it.
Buy this one.

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Photo of Durge
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper color, with thin head but covers well. The aroma is crisp and grainy with a touch of malt. First taste jumps out as very carbonated, almost sodalike. A bit watery, refreshing, yet there is a little "creaminess" to it. But cream is not the signature here, and that is the quality that I miss. This is more of a tart, summer brew with that kind of lemon touch as you swallow. Effervescent, relatively light, but there is a mild overtone of alcohol. This sort of takes away from the "pound 'em after mowing the lawn" quality I might otherwise like after the disappointment of not delivering on the classic cream ale theme. Not bad at all, but not memorable.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, white, one-finger head. It was highly carbonated and surprisingly left some lace.

S - It smelled of malt and wheat.

T - It tasted spicy/grassy. It was also fairly malty. I also detected a banana-like fruit flavor.

M - It was sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - It didn't really seem like a Cream Ale, more like an APA or a Blonde. Still it was a descent brew.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pale amber body with thin white head which fades to lacing.

S- malt, suger, cooked vegatables.

T- initial taste of cooked veggies, some malt, and sugar, clean finish.

M- light carbonation and light body. smooth but not as smooth as I expect a cream ale to be.

D- overall unoffensive and drinkable

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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 wedge
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden orange, darker that average...nice color, disappointingly weak head. Noticeably cheap smelling, though not too bad: faint sweet malts and not too much else. Sweet, toasty malt and grain flavor with a vague doughy touch. The sweetness lingers awhile, ending with a flash of fruit. Slick, well-carbonated medium-light body.

In my opinion, most cream ales aren't all that great and this is no exception. I'm also interested as to why this is their "winter seasonal"?

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into a tall pilsner glass from a brown long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,golden with a bright reddish hue.I" white creamy head with good retention,very livey looking constant streams of tiny bubbles racing to the surface.

Delicate,subtle aromas light sweet malt,perfumy,and a bit of bisquityness

A light sugary taste followed by grassyness finishes slightly tart with some light bitterness. The taste was slightly bland, but pleasing.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable,could pound these on a hot summer day. Would be a good starter beer for the BMC crowd.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lively rust color with medium carbonation but little meaningful head. Even though I'm sad that Pete doesn't actually make the beer that bears his name anymore I still try to patronize his moniker's products when I see them just because of what he meant to microbrew's rebirth. Some nice fruity apricot on top of wheat tones in the nose backed by some European trending malt notes.

Fruit and maybe a touch of spice in the taste and generally a light, drinkable quality to the whole shebang. Perhaps a touch too much carbonation but the texture is smooth as advertised and I can see downing several of these without trying too hard although heritage aside, this isn't really one to seek out.

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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 alexskovan
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured pale amber with a half-inch of white head from a vigourous pour.Very subtle aroma of creamy malt and some mild bittering hops in the nose. Taste is sour-creamy (I mean that in a good way) with a bitter twang at the end. A light and uncomplicated beer, but refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of robmorris31
3.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was trying to find some unique Pete’s Wicked anything and I came upon this.

A- Nice transparent dark orange color.

S- A very light Ale scent.

T- Wow. I was very surprised. The Wheat-Cream flavor is the first taste followed by the ale as it goes down. Very nice.

M- Mouthfeel is full bodied. I was expecting a lighter texture due to its color.

D- Drinkability is good. Pleasing and not filling in a bad way.

I would recommend this Ale for lovers of Pete’s!

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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 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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Photo of beeragent
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this a few years ago, and didnt really care for it, but I thought I would try it again, and see if my taste has changed. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured an amber color, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, leaving medium rings of lace along the glass. The aroma is light, smelling of hops with a hint of citrus. The taste is light hops, maybe a little grain, and a little malt. The mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Overall, this is a very easy beer to drink, and a definite session ale. Better than I remember it tasting.

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

This is a definite session beer. Pours a light cider color with a nice bright white cloud cover that lingers, but not overly long. Smells a bit macro/lagerish, certainly not offensive though. Taste?
Not to far a cry from a mass produced lager, but still refreshing. With slightly more body, and an actual creamy texture during the mouth feel, it added quality to the beer. A good, fresh tasting, all purpose light ale that paired well with a cold Italian deli sub....Enjoy

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Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange/amber color with a very small fizzy head that dissapears within seconds. The aroma is sweet malt and a touch of vanilla. The taste is much like the aroma with a lingering sweet malty flavor with a very small hop presence. The mouthfeel is smoot and creamy. Overall, this is not a terrible brew but certainly nothing I have the desire to pick up again.

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Photo of billybob
3.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a half inch head which fades rapidly to a faint ring on the glass with some lacing and a honey color. fruity smell with a fruity sweet malt taste with no hop balance. mouthfeel is smooth but with a oily after taste. its ok but i probably would not buy it again.

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