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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-11-2006

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice bright light gold color with a nice full off-white head and very active carbonation. Very nice grainy and light hop aroma. Nice grainy lager with good hop balance. Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean and smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Not sure I'd say Vienna Lager but certainly a very nice Premium All-Malt Lager from A-B which I didn't know until after reviewing... way to go A-B !

Per label: "USDA Organic"

Per GV-WH website: 100% organic barley malt certified by the USDA. Cascade hops from Willamette Valley.

'06207' printed on label (Bottled?)
Tasted: 09/03/06

($6.88 / 6-pack)

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Photo of danmoran
4.35/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice medium hoppiness, definitely "there" but not too strong, with a clean finish, reminiscent of berries. Maybe a little too "fizzy", but not bad. Well-chilled on a hot day, it's very good. All in all, a clean, crisp brew. Plus it's organic, which I like.

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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 dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle that I copped for about $1.50 from Wine and More in West Orange, scored this organic lager which admittedly caught my eye because of the organic advertisement on the bottle... from the website, learned that this 5.0% Vienna Lager is organically brewed with the finest malts and barley... I really liked the taste from this brewery in California that I've never heard of... appearance was nice bronze and copper with a nice head... smell was robust, very clear and slightly hoppy... taste was very crisp, clear, clean, and smooth... nice slight caramel and vanilla color that went down like water really easily... this brew is really great... easily drinkable with a good mouthfeel... slight bread and butter flavor with an unrivalled smoothness... Definitely recommended..

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Photo of dickroop
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I scored a bottle of this brew recently in Illinois (of all places). Never heard of it before that, but glad to get a sample of it.

It poured a pale amber clear ale, with a generous egg-shell head. The aroma was hoppy and earthy, but no particular hop flavors stood out to my palate. The flavor was a rich lager with hoppiness permeating. The malts were semi-sweet with a little sourness. There was mostly bitterness, with flavor notes of juniper and fresh berries.

The beer sat well in the mouth, with a slightly sticky finish. Overall it was delightful, lighter than an ale, with excellent flavor.

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with nice clarity. The thin white head becomes a lasting patch that leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is floral with earthy fruitiness.

Well-balanced between malt and hops. There is a malty, grainy sweetness with a crisp bitterness in the finish. Not complex, but clean with enough taste to make it enjoyable. Flavorful though mild.

It has a smooth, medium body.

This is nothing earth-shattering, but nice for its simplicity. A good choice for an easy-drinking "session".

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Photo of mentor
3.97/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was a 2006 GABF left-over that was given to me as a reward for my volunteer efforts. Thanks a million to GABF and to Green Valley for the opportunity.

Hard pour earns a half finger dirty tan-white head over a crystal clear copper liquid. Pretty. Smells soured malt with a touch of citrus and caramel. Iron and pine.

Tastes dry iron and oranges with biscuit malt. grassy hops. Malty, but not wet. Little bit of tettnanger or hallertauer (noble for sure) hop finish. Heavy carb washes the liquid off the palette. body may be as much as md, but hard to tell with the too much carbonation. Decent offering.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Wild Hop" is a rather bold name for what gets sold as an Amber (what the hell is the difference betwen an Amber and a Vienna, anyway?). And, although I know that I can't blame Green Valley brewing what I'm about to rail against, I must nonetheless speak out:

People are misusing the word "hop." Not beer people, and certainly not hop heads, but the general public. At THREE separate bars in my area, I've had the bartenders claim that a beer with little to no hop presence was "totally hoppy." At one bar, the tender told me that La Choufe was the hoppiest beer that they had--in spite of the fact that they had Alpha King and dozen others.

I'm afraid that "hop" is becoming a generic placeholder for "flavor," so far as beer novices are concerned; kind of like how every cocktail is now referred to as a "Martini."

Please, stop this. Don't be a jerk or a snob when people make this mistake, but gently explain to them what hops actually are, and why a good malt or spice complexity in a beer should be regarded as something different.

Now, onto this beer, which pours a very nice dark amber below a small head that fades to a tasty foam cap.

Smells of single pilsener-y malt, grassy and flowery, with a distinct but non complex hop. If this was a pilsener It'd be a 4.0 smell, but for a Vienna it's a little weak.

Tastes great. The grassy and floral malt starts things off, gets nice and sweet near the middle, and then ends on a very pronounced, dry west coast hop. It's simple, but it's a wonderful simplicity, and the hop really is there.

Good session brew, this. Also a great crossover beer. But certainly not something for hop heads.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, into chalice glass. Pours a pleasant walnut-amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Big hoppy aroma, grassy and citrusy. Flavor is a moderate, lightly caramel malt with a pleasant grassy bitterness. Lightly fruity with a dry finish. Body is a tad watery.

Not that bad an effort for an A-B beer. It sure beats Miller's explorations into craft brewing. Too bad they were 20 years late in getting it to market.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber, crystal clear color with moderate white puffy head. No lacing to speak of.
Smell is sweet and malty, with some flowery hop nots also present.
Taste is more malt combined with a pleasant hop bitterness at the finish.
Ending is more dry than sweet and very refreshing.
A nice drinkable lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer, but nothing really special. I appreciate the eco-friendly and all-natural approach, but I won't go out of my way way for it again. A light caramel malt body and flavor with an assertive addition of grassy, earthy hops. Lightly pecan-like and mildly peach and appricot tasting. All characters blend well in the nose, but the flavor is dominated by the hops, leaving the beer seemingly thin and out of balance. I think that the malts are properly scaled, but the hops are very heavy in comparison.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased in six pack form. This is the final brew in the pack from Whole Foods. The organic labeling is more of a turn off than anything that makes me want to buy it. Kinda gimmicky if you ask me. Poured the contents into a pils glass it forms an average size head and has decent staying power. Shiney and clear copper body.

Light grassy notes are up front. Little bit of a hop zinger about 3/4 of the way through is welcomed. Pretty crisp and clean. Sweetened citrus makes up a small but important fruit section. This is a sessioner. Very easy to drink and enough going on to keep my interest.

Notes: I see they are affiliated with Anheiser Busch and that doesn't really surprise me as they brew a very clean product and this is along those lines. I don't believe this is a vienna lager, at least the Vienna's I've tried don't share much similarity with this. Regardless of style this is a quality offering and if Whole Foods wasn't such a complete chaos fest every time I go in one I'd buy this more often.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. This one pours a nice translucent amber with a thin film of off-white head. Smells slightly like caramel malt. Tastes sweet like caramel, chocolate and coffee malt with a hint of hop bitterness toward the finish. Not overpowering certainly, but a nice balance of subtle flavors. Lighter in body with a generous bit of carbonation, though it's just slightly sticky or lingering. Overall a decent beer, though not the best example of the style. Not bad.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.76/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a sort of dark golden, almost amber but not quite, and sports a nice white head. The aroma is good - a nice blend of spicy hop, some malt breaking through, and some fruitiness- but it seems too fruity for a lager. The flavor is nice too, well balanced between malt and hops, perhaps a touch cloying but not bad at all - I still get a little of the fruitiness but it is more reserved. Overall this is a good solid offering. I don't think its quite as robust in its maltiness as I'd like but its pretty close and its a heck of a lot better than the regular AB stuff.

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of drotski
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark straw color, with a thick white head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

Smelled good, of malt and hops.

Taste was pretty decent. On the lighter side, like a lager should be, but lots of delicate flavor. Nice hop/malt balance.

Feels good in the mouth, but average.

Very drinkable. Light flavor makes this a good every day beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle given to me by my boss to try. Anything new he finds, he gives me one to critique.

A: Nice golden honey, copper, rust color. Thin head, dwindling to a thin ring with almost no lacing.

S: Mild sweetness with a very mild hop smell.

T: Pleasant but mild. Good enough. Mild hops.

M: Carbonation, but not that bad. Very thin.

D: Very good, easy to pound. I like this beer as a staple, but it is not great. I am highly pleased that this quality can come from AB.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention ad vey good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a soft grainy malt with a solid flowery hop aroma.

The taste was well balanced. A gentle pale malt doughiness was complimented by a light saaz hopiness. There was a hint of wildflower honey as well.

The mouthfeel was clean and a bit creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall a very drinkable lager, I was pleasantly suprised with this beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.67/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew. The initial head is poor, but it stays for a while and clings well.

The smell is of caramel malts and some hops. The taste is nice and balanced. A nice caramel malting, and a nice hop bite to balance. the malts were sweet, but a little thin. This beer was mildly crips and clinged decently. Just average though.

This beer was easy to drink. A nice organic brew. Give it a try.

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

Pours a light translucent amber with better than average head.
Aroma is of munich malt and yellow pear.
Silky smooth texture for a lager, slight malt detection that builds up rather quickly and ends with a hoppy bite that subsides into a citrusy bitter tounge pillow. A little Kumquat flavor going on in the citrus.
Highly drinkable, subtle but well done.

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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 Brent
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nicely hopped-up for a lager, but somehow the balance seemed a bit off. The hopping had a touch of harshness or raw-edge that needed some ale malt to smooth out, and it was a bit much for the lager to carry. It is nice, however, to see this A-B affiliated enterprise taking on the task of making a hoppy beer, and actually using hops.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a super clear light-to-medium copper color with a nice white 1/4 inch white head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing around the edge of my pilsner glass. No freshness date seen on bottle.

The smell is light and candied sweet with malts, trailing with the slightest hint of hops.

I lots of malt and caramelized sugars - possibly cane or brown sugar. It was lightly roasted malts and a hint of hops. Overall – a nice tasting Vienna Lager.

This beer was ok, but didn't blow me out of the water. Frankly, it reminded me too much of Murphy's Irish Red, but with a name like "Wild Hop", I expected more of an overall hoppier bite or overall heavier body.

Nice, but I don't see myself running to buy more in the future.

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