Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager | Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)

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Wild Hop Organic Amber LagerWild Hop Organic Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
California, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

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Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mark Green sent me an email announcing the arrival of several new beers at Vulcan Bev, and three of them are new A-B affiliated craft offerings. This one, the Stone Mill Pale Ale, and Jack's Pumpkin Spice. So i had to go pick up singles of all, and i must revisit the world of reviewing beers for the sake of this momentus event. Craft beer being distributed by A-B guys in Alabama. That's a big deal and bodes very well for the success of FTH next year.

I decided to go for the organic lager first, assuming it would be mildest and let me progress to stronger flavors.

Appearance is pretty strong. Instead of a typical macro straw color, we have here a fairly attractive golden-amber color. Head was timid but did linger longer than a Bud would.

Smell is primarily a faint hint of hop goodness. Wish it was a little more potent, though. Took some serious sniffing to pick it up.

Taste is not earth-shattering, but it is pleasant. No corn here. Very subtle hop presence. Not PacNW hops, of course. These appear to be noble. And you can actually taste some caramelized malts, as opposed to strictly pilsner malt. This is enjoyable folks, if not exciting.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is about right, and it's clearly not thinned with corn like a macro, nor noticeably watered down.

Drinkability is definitely up there. Nothing to turn you off, and actually some stuff to make it just a little interesting. I could put a few of these down.

Off to a good start. If A-B is taking craft beer seriously, good things could happen for those of us who love the stuff. I was skeptical, but this was a positive first encounter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lager beer I have to say I had never seen or heard of until today,poured a lear bronze with almost no head to speak of and what was there really left quickly leaving a flat looking beer afterwards.Decent aromas some toasty and lighlty sweet caramelly malt with a decent dose of grass and sharp herb,basic not much frill on the palate outside of a pretty good sharpness imparted by a healthy dose of hop otherwise somewhat sweet and caramelly upfront.Somewhat flat mouthfeel kinda wentdown like water in a bad way.Its decent close to being very good but misses on a few key points.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a clear, light bronze-colored beer with very little head and some effervescence. There is a very light, fruity, hop aroma. This beer has a soft taste. Hop fruit pushes up through sweet, bready, base. This lager is a little on the maltier side. This beer does actually do a decent job of foregrounding hops without any real attendant bitterness. I'll take it over many american lagers, and I'm glad this is a getting a foothold in bars in my area.

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Photo of Doppelmax
2.34/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as a Christmas gift. Not an especially notable product.
Clear amber head dissipated very quickly, no veil. Aroma, hello where are you? Light flavor, I guess it was to be expected from this quasi AB product.
Carbonation seemed to be the strong point of this beer for me. No thanks, no more for me. Try a Peak brewing product if you want to go organic.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I saw this in Total Wine in Landmark, VA and wanted to give it a try, having read the recent ASN and MABN articles on the A-B hop farm in Idaho that mentioned it. When poured in the glass, it's a nice amber color and very clear. The head starts OK but thins out, but there are lots of bubbles that keep bubbling right on until the end. This beer has a clean, malty aroma that smells pretty good. There's a decent flavor, a little thin, but a lingering finish and good balance all the way through. I think there's probably too much carbonation for the body of the beer. All in all, there's not enough going on to really want any more.

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Photo of Billolick
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seek out craft beer not this bogus, AB swindle of a brew, "Green Valley Brewing" please, this is a rip and a greedy grab for a sliver of the organic brew market...NIce looking brew, clear, tan head, respectable lacing left on the glass, but things go downhill from there....thin nose, cabadgy notes, sweet, sweet, sweet, minimal complexity..pass this stuff by...not to hard to find a "'real" craft beer made by folks who care about their product, not just profits and ripping off the consumer...sorry to rant, but this type of swindle pisses me off...

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Photo of sammy44
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this in bottle from a Ruby Tuesday's.

Appearance and smell was of a standard lager, a little behind a Sam Adams which seems to be the most obvious comparison. Had a very strong metallic taste to me that didn't seem to belong. Interesting, but not something I would really try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a light copper amber hue with an off white decen sized head dwindles pretty quickly carbonation is large bubbled and lacing is sporadic and sparse on my glass. Aroma has soft bready sweetness touch of caramel malt with a light hop profile definitely shouldn't be called "wild" hop maybe "tame" hop would be more appropriate pretty boring. Flavor is really mild grainy sweetness no real hop profile here touch of herbal mix of grassiness with a light toasted caramel malt flavor, very boring and tame at eight bucks a sixer I'll pass. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation is a bit too high and somewhat sharp on the palate. Drinkabiltiy is low my crave factor to have or want another is nonexistent, I'll pass on this one in the future.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple of organic beers before this one, but this is the first I've considered drinkable. Very pretty lager, clear, reddish, and with a huge, wonderful froth on the top. Doesn't smell like much, perhaps a tad metallic. Taste is a dash sweet with a rather subdued hop flavor that makes this beer drinkable and enjoyable, if not overwhelmingly impressive.

There's few good organic beers out there, and this is one I can get behind.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I do my best to try and hopefully really enjoy anything that strives for the goal of totally organic. I havn't been able to fall in love with Organic Beer or Wine however.

AP: A totally clear and active light-amber with a thin, bubbly, pure-white head that dissipated quickly to a thin cap.

Nose: A mildly sweet and wheatie scented malt with a whiff of yeast. A very subtle herbal scented hop is detected way down deep.

Taste: A pleasant but a bit thin and mildly sweet malt dominated flavor with hints of nutmeg and an herbalized, wheatie flavor. There is a very subtle hop flavor that pops out at the very end.

MF: A rather light bodied brew with a mildly crisp and smooth feeling. A tad bit thin on overall.

DA: I tried.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber body. Off-white head that holds very well and leaves nice lacing.
S: Sweetish, lightly toasty malt and floral hops.
T: There's some nice malt here, gently toasty and grainy, even nutty. It's threaded through with gently spicy, herbal, and lightly floral hops. Interesting...there's a kind of anise or cardamom like spiciness to it. Bitterness is well-heeled, leaving the malt to kind of teeter toward sweetness, but never really letting it go there.
M: Medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that's initially crisp before settling to become almost creamy.
D: Nice. Interesting. There's more malt here than I was expecting based on their pale ale. And the unusual hop flavors are intriguing. It's also balanced nicely and it kind of draws you back to have another sip. I could see this pairing well with veal sausage, maple-barbequed cornish hens, pumpkin soup, salmon, or a baked potato with sour cream and chives. I'll keep this one in mind when I go to pick up beer for a party where drinkers tend to be on the fence. Worth trying!

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Photo of cjgator3
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light orangish amber color that produces a small fizzy head that quickly dissapears into nothing. Very faint and mild aroma that features some mild toasted malt and a faint whiff of hops. Taste is faint toasted malt that finishes with a faint hop presence. Overall, I find this to be a pretty bland and extremely watered down brew. I can almost compare it to a watered down Sam Adams Boston Lager. I like that A-B is trying to make better beer, but this one needs a little more work.

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Photo of prototypic
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: It's golden in color and arrived with a foamy one-finger head. Retention was short and very light lacing remained.

Smell: It mostly has an earthy, grainy type smell. There's a touch of corn aroma in addition. I really think the hops in this beer are not that noticeable. I was expecting more from the name, but they're fairly light on the nose.

Taste: It's okay. Not all that different from a macro. Mostly an earthy taste with a touch of corn in there. But, it does have more of a sweet taste than is typical of most macros. Again, hops are weak. Not very bitter at all. It's also tastes a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and goes down easy enough. But, it doesn't taste that good. Definitely not something I'd want to session. Overall, it's not very good. This was my first experience with an organic beer. I'm not antsy to try another.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 3 fingers deep white head.Slight lacing & zero head retention

S: Slight hop nose

T: Citrus hops & malt sweetness up front. Not enough malt to really round the taste as a vienna, works more like an amber lager.
Slight fruittyness follows & then you get a hoppy/lemony finish

MF: Light/medium body & decent carbonation

Drinks okay, but not enough here to get excited about, having said that this is a step in the right direction for AB & I'd buy it again at many locales where there aren't many micros to choose from

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Photo of xmahns
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little sweet. Nice attempt at a big hopped lager, thought not sure of the IBU's here, and Victory Prima Pils is much better example of big hopped lager. But good balance, even though I wanted a little more malt cereal to come through, but that;s my personal preference.

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Photo of nortmand
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fizzy soda like head. decent amber orange body.

Sulfury caramel and resinous hops dominate the smell. Both are good, but don't quite go together as much as I'd like.

Lager grassiness accompanies an assertive hoppiness. Pretty nice bite at the end.

Light bodied and surprisingly flavorful. I'm beginning to think that the marketing strategy here is less "fool the beer geeks" and more "hide the true brand so Bud drinkers don't think we've gone all fruity." A surprisingly nice offering from AB nonetheless.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber body with a thin head that goes down to a thin ring, leaving miniscule lacing. Body looks still from lack of bubbles. Clean, toasty malt in the nose with some floral hop. Simple, clean but bready malts along with some sweetness and floral and herbal hop notes. Not bad. Mouthfeel could have a bit more carbonation, but the body is moderate. Solid drinkability.

This is way better than the Stone Mill Organic Pale Ale or whatever. This actually is inoffensive, and even goes quite alright with the pizza I'm having. Not bad, but not worth the price tag when I can get Boston Lager for cheaper.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a sunset orange color with a slight off white head. Visible carbonation was light.

S: faint caramel with some grains.

T: The flavor was light toasted grains, honeymalt sweetness with a mild herbal hopping. The flavor was fairly clean with the exception of a slight metallic tang. The beer finishes sweet with light toast notes and a dry herbal hopping, but was not as hoppy as the name led you to believe.

M: thin, a bit watery and lightly carbonated.

D: Mediocre drinkability and overall enjoyment. Worth a curious try but not at the expense of a six pack.

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Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been trying a fair number of organic beers lately mainly because a local health food stores has them in a cooler and sold as singles for a reasonable price.
Poured a pale amber with a large white head. I must have shaken this bottle somehow as it took quite a while for the head to go away. Nice hoppy, earthy aroma and a bit of pine needles.
Taste is toasted malt and citrus with a nice hop bitter finish. Kind of a mild APA but interesting.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin but O.K.
Drinkability was good and if I find a sixer on sale some time I will buy it. Good sessionable brew.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear amber hue with a light red tint. A one finger off-white head that slowly settle to a thick cap.

Sharp grapefruit-like hops aromas dominate, with only hints of grain in the background.

A mix of cracker like malts along with somewhat tame piney hop flavor. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is papery with a little bit of the grainy malt lingering, and hints of hop bitterness. The overall taste of the finish is relatively sweet.

Comprable to a somewhat tame American Pale Ale, this one is hard to get behind. The mediocre amount of hops just doesn't mix well with the low amount of esters found in a lager.

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Photo of buzzy
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

1/3 beer and 1/3 head as poured into a pint glass. Light tan head disolves into a considerable amount of lace left on the glass. Body is a honey gold in color. Nose hits first with slight tangy hops than quickly yields to raw wheat and mineral feel, but very light. After first sip I must say I had to scan the label to make sure this one wasnt secretly produced by one of the Big three(come to find out it is affiliated). Overall bland, with just a tease of what would be considered "wild hops". Slightly bitter earthy feel is very soft on the mouthfeel. Drinkable as you would expect from a bland lager.

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Photo of A38Fitness
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Today was my first time trying this beer. I'll keep this short and sweet. Nice looking bottle. Tastes more like a pale ale than a lager if you ask me. Great amber color. The head could have been a bit more creamy and thick. Over all I have to say it was a nice experience and most of all I got a nice buzz. I had a hard time finding the strenght of this beer but, if I had to judge it on my own I would say it is close to 5% maybe a little higher.


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Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Poured a very clear, effervescent, amber with lots of orange highlights. The head was quite large, white, frothy. Very little staying power, and just a hint of lacing

Aroma - Somewhat sour up front. A dry maltiness with some hops.

Taste - Descent blend of malt sweetness and a low level of bittering hops. The barest hint of toffee in the after-taste.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, just about right for the style. Has an odd dry, yet non-puckering quality. I like it. The carbonation was spot on to. A little CO2 burn on the very tip of the tongue.

Drinkability - This is an okay Vienna lager. Not great, not horrible.

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Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 143 ratings