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 stirgy on 09-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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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 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 JasonA
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper, just about clear. Little to no head with not much carbonation.

Smells a little cream soda-ish. Some sweet.

Not much. Cream tasting. No hops. Some malt. Not very deep, but not bad.

Feels light, smooth. Not much there, but nothing real bad.

Overall pretty decent for what I would call an American Macro. Was a xmas gift in a mixed 6pack, so Im not overly disapointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"So raise a cheer to those forgotten years,
Back to the corner where we went our separate ways."

--from 'Wanderlust' by Flogging Molly

Burnt orange with a busy look thanks to all the miniscule bubbles ascending within. The pale orange crown is nicely creamy and should last well into the review. Most cream ale isn't this dark, but there's no sense in marking it down for looking like an Oktoberfest.

The nose is strictly average. It's more malty than hoppy... and isn't very malty. Whiffs of barely toasted Munich malt and faintly musky hops are appreciated. The rest of the grain bill includes pale and wheat and the hops are Cluster. A lack of any real negatives keeps the aroma on the acceptable side.

Cream ales have a tendency to be unimpressive unless the brewer is truly committed to the style and uses quality ingredients. Wanderlust is unimpressive. Munich malt was not a great choice since it contributes a earthy, toasted grain flavor that should not be present in a beer of this style.

Even though the malt contributes flavor, there isn't enough of it. There aren't too many cream ales that are this light. A lack of malt translates into a lack of sweetness and a lack of a smooth, sufficiently creamy mouthfeel. The bottom line is that this isn't a very good example of the style and doesn't adhere very closely to the guidelines.

The word is that Pete's Brewing Company beer was better in the good old days. In the good new days, though, it ain't so wonderful. I haven't yet had Strawberry Blonde, but it's doubtful that it's any more of a quality fruit beer than Wanderlust is a quality cream ale.

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Photo of leedorham
3.24/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker yellow to amber with an off-white 1" head. The beer is very clear and, besides the decent head, there is little visible carbonation.

Aroma is not offensive but leaves something to be desired. Can't detect any hops and there is little character.

The taste is malty-sweet and fruity. This definitely strikes me as a sweet beer. Seems a little off balance towards the malt side. I think it would benefit from a smidge more bitterness. That being said I enjoy the taste and smoothness sip to swallow. Seems to be undercarbonated for my liking but that also seems to contribute to the smoothness. Who knows if it would benefit from more. Overall I like it but I think it be a tad less sweet. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very underachieving. Don't find many cream ales so I was excited to find this one, and I'd remembered some good experiences with Pete's Brewing Co's products, but this one didn't impress me at all.

Poured with a pretty scant white head, average lacing. Light gold, and well carbonated. Nice, smooth mouthfeel.

Tastes very much, like other reviewers have said, like a slightly better version of an average macro. Sweet but pretty flat malt, almost no hop presence. Has some fruitiness. As it warms, it becomes rather boozy.

Would be a good choice for a mixed group as it is decent, but not one I'd pick up again.

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Photo of adammills
2.12/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was really looking forward to this beer, and more than a bit disappointed. It tastes like a macro, very little to offer. It does have a nice billowy creamy head, but that is the only thing cream about it. The malt is flat tasting, touch of hops,, I was expecting more. Too bad.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear bronze color with a one finger foamy head. Slight bits of lacing. Smell is sweet, of corn and amber malt. The taste isn't as sweet as it smells, it starts out hoppy transitions to malty and back to hoppy. The mouthfeel is light bodied and is creamy as advertised, but not overly impressive. Overall I would have to say that this is an average amber beer.

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Photo of Magpie14
2.91/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apperance: nice dark golden color....looks like cream soda. Head was foamy, bubbley and went away quickly. Nice overall color and apperance does look like it would be smooth, not much lacing.

Smell: uummm...not to much to say here. Has an off sweetness smell to it and I could tell that it was going to be watery by the smell. Slight hop smell but not nothing more.

Taste/Mouthfeel: toasted grains and minimal hops. Odd sweetness takes away what little flavor is in it. Does finish dry and clean and is very smooth, interestingly smooth character. Yes finishes a bit watery as well.

I like Pete's brews but this one was kind of a downer. It is a smooth drinkable beer but lacks in overall taste

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Photo of tugdriver7
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first of the style. Now I know why I didn't try it before. Pete's isn't a bad microbrewery, but this is (IMHO) a bad microbrew. If I closed my eyes, it tasted like Molson Ice. Glassy smooth with little carbonation, mild hops taste that quickly melted into an alcohol astingent flavor on the tongue. The color was a weird (almost artificially enhanced) pink; and that lended to my negative opinion, I'm afraid. Reminded me of a flat Killians, with a bit more alcohol bite in the end. Sorry, Pete. Just not something I'll try again.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There isn't much to this cream ale from Pete's. It's a basic amber colored ale without much depth to it. It is refreshing and smooth if that's a factor for you. Pretty much a below average "micro brew" if you even want to call it that.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Wanderlust Cream Ale at a grocery store out of curiosity. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours an amber/gold color and is clear. A creamy two-finger stark white head forms and produces a lot of lace on the sides of the glass.

The smell is floral, and perfume like. It also has a bit of a hospital sterile alcohol aroma.

The taste is grainy, cereal, with a mild hop finish, and a little skunk flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

This is a drinkable beer, but the smell and taste are a bit odd. I've had better smelling and tasting beer, and I'll probably pass on Wanderlust in the future.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a nice clear orange amber with a small white head.

Smell. Has a very light and lemony aroma, very sweet lemon, like candy.

Taste. Nice light hoppiness to it, and is dry initially. Malts come through and gives it a nice sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite low, especially compared to the bubbles rising. Balance is ok, but i just find this beer a bit too thin.

Overall. Worth trying, and i'm glad i did, but i dont think i'll get this again.

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Pete's Wicked Wanderlust Cream Ale from Pete's Brewing Company
3.19 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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