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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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 143
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looks like an amber ale. Lots of clarity. Aroma was disappointing for having the word hop in the name.

Taste was bland, amber lager kind of thing. No hops, just a colored beer lacking in malt viscosity and mouthfeel. Lame.

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Photo of pbecsu2008
1/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is a fake microbrew made by Budweiser. It is a cheap attempt to push actual craft brewers off the shelves of your local liquor of grocery store. Watch the documentary called Beer Wars. I flat out refuse to purchase any Budweiser products after seeing it.

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Photo of mjurney
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light amber color, clear. Some little bubbles. Head looks pretty thin, dash of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very mild, sweet caramel malts, a little floral.

Flavor is a little thin and watery at first. I get some sweet caramel malts, a little toasty and some butter. Hops is very mild, a little floral. Fairly smooth finish with slight dry aftertaste. Body is light. Carbonation is pretty low.

About average. Nothing really speical.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and citrus. Then there's a mild hops presence that comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it might not be the best organic beer out there but it's worth drinking for a little while.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Amber in color with loads of prickle and no discernible head. Classic "beer" nose, nothing out of the ordinary or noteworthy. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp and I would say refreshing. As a matter of fact I found the mouthfeel to be the highlight of this beer other than the "organic" labeling. The flavor shifts to a flat and earthy flavor. Unfortunately the best comparison I can make for the flavor is day old keg beer. . . like the stuff you try to drink the day after the keg party, but didn't quite keep warm enough.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Organic... meh. I've had good, I've had bad. Also noticed on the bottle - a website that is the beer name rather than a brewery. I must admit to finding slightly 'spicious.

Pours with a couple of pinkies' width of white head. A copper, amber color, clear. Continuous and active carbonation along the sides.

Nose of... not much at all. Grains and a very slight hint of grassy spice.

Some caramel malt carries throughout the taste, with some nuts and grain. A decently full flavor. Some citrus hops thrown in. Grainy, earthy bread notes to the taste, but not to the feel.

Finishes almost completely, watery clean, with just a hint of malt and even less hops.

Drinkable, but not really that good.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.98/5  rDev -1%
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 Overlord
2.14/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up in a single bin at Whole Foods. I hope that becomes a regular feature (and that they reduce the pricing). I had foolishly forgotten that I had tried this brewery's [terrible] pale ale. Oh well.

Actually doesn't look bad, pours a bright golden orange with an inch or two of white foam. Smells vaguely of sweet malt. Actually, it really doesn't smell like much.

The taste is just a muddled mess. A bit of malt (which is either slightly skunked, or has a dour earthy component I don't care for), and maybe a bit of hops, but I can't be sure. Just. not. good.

A little too watery.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a clear dark straw. Head is immense!! I poured over onto myself with a mildly aggressive pour. Dies quickly and leaves a small amount of spotting.

Smell is very mild, not too much to talk about here.

Taste is malty and coppery with a small hop backing. Not much to talk about here, it's just not that great.

Mouthfeel is average, not dry but not sweet, kind of in the middle. Watery, not much body.

Drinkability is good as it's so watery....if you can get past the taste.

Overall, not that great. An OK beer, but nothing to remember.

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Photo of Spikester
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
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 Mitchster
1.95/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

$1.50 for a 12oz bottle. 150kcal per bottle. 5.0% ABV. Brewed with 100% organic metcalfe and Harrington barley malt. Hopped with Cascade & Willamette.

Pours ut to a sparkingly clear light amber, forming a tall creamy head with great retention and very nice lacing. Gorgeous beer. The aroma has that A-B yeast smell with a slight degree of caramel fruitiness and vanilla when swirled. Mouthfeel is soft, lightly dry in the finish, watery, with a light body. The taste is quite muted...there is a slight damp cardboard mustiness about it. The bitterness is chemical in nature. There are some fusel alcohols in the finish. As it warms, the oxidization becomes more noticeable.

Well, I wasn't expecting much, and I certainly didn't get much. I couldn't call this a Vienna lager, more of a domestic macro amber lager. Kinda reminds me of a A-B stab at Sam Adams Light.

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Photo of assmasterson
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice deep brown in the glass, very faint head that never builds, disappears to nothing quickly.

S: Pretty similar to Budweiser, not surprising since Green Valley is a branch of A-B. Fairly strong aroma of hops...

T: ...but that's where they end. Having the name Wild Hop leads you to believe this would have a strong hop flavor, but there isn't. It's pretty bitter, but for some other reason. There is no real kick to this brew, it just tastes oddly bitter.

M: Kinda thin, but not overly carbonated. Not bad.

D: If it wasn't so bitter, it may be more drinkable, but alas... Not only that, at $8-9 a 6-pack, the price is insanely high for what it is. Probably because it's "organic".

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Photo of armock
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a light amber color with a thin white head

S - Is pretty light malt with a faint bit of hops

T - Follows the smell weak malt with a slight amount of hops

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a fairly average beer nothing to say wow about its decent and coming form AB I'm surprised they put out an organic brew

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Photo of theopholis
2.98/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of AlexJ
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber pour with a solid white head that quickly fades, leaving slight trails of lace.

Aroma is mild and sweet, featuring light grain and corn with faint earthy, grassy hop notes.

Flavor is not as sweet, but still maintains that course corn and cereal note from the nose. It has a mild finish of grass and light noble hops.

Body and drinkabilkity are very average as is this beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
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 alexskovan
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light copper gold, clear, wtih a sturdy off-white head. Aroma is very subtle, just a hint of sweet malt. Taste is a bit thin, sweet then bitter. Nothing really wrong with this, but nothing really special either. Good alternative to macro I guess.

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Photo of sammy44
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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 DoubleJ
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

And now for something completely different, a beer made using organic barley malt. On to the beer:

It's clear copper in appearance with a two-finger head on top. Metallic hop twag and sweetish malts make up the aroma in the beer. Sweet and doughy flavors from the malt in the taste with a mild bitterness for balance. It has a thinner feel with mild carbonation. The aftertaste has a mild biscuity note. Overall, a middle of the pack brew.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear straw color with a thin white head and minimal lacing. Mild (not wild) hops aroma with a touch of grain. Light-bodied and crisp with subtle hops and musty malt flavoring. I don’t know if pesticides would help the flavor but I doubt they would hurt much. The finish is mildly bitter and short, and there is a lingering sweetness afterward. Below average all around, which unfortunately seems to be the case with most organic beers.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks good- nice amber with healthy head and good lacing. Smell is somewhat harsh- raw grain and alcohol. None of that lager yeast tang, and no crispness. Taste is no great shakes either. Also harsh, with more grainy notes, a touch of metal, and sweet fruitiness on the end. Mouthfeel is slightly prickly, but not especially crisp. Eh. Willing to give it a chance despite the ploy, but not much here for me.

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Photo of drpimento
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Trying to figure out the purpose of this beer and I can't do it. Considering the resources behind the brewery they could do anything and instead you get this: a lightly hoppy, light bodied lager with light body, very little character, almost no head and no lace. Fruity. Nice clear amber color tho for what that's worth.

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Photo of jettjon
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle with no date evident into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). This one’s a darker shade of gold with good clarity and pretty solid carbo streams. Thick, creamy white head looks good and fades away slowly leaving a modicum of lace behind. Nose of sweet malt and not much hops, fitting pretty much within the Vienna lager style. Relatively simple palate consists mainly of sweet malt (rather reminded me of a Sleeman’s) with a touch of very faint piney hops toward the end. Semi-dry lightly sour-bitter finish. Mouth is rather full and creamy with unsurprisingly high levels of carbonation which manage to avoid going over the top. Not really crisp, but far from flat. Drinkability is ho-hum; there’s not much to bring me back for more here.

Overall: As far as Vienna lagers go, I guess this one’s fair to middlin. Not something I’d rush out to buy more of.

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Photo of zeff80
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/yellow color with a white, foamy, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left a little bit of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and some hops.

T - It tasted of caramel roasted malts with some spice hops. As it warmed it had an odd bitterness.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay vienna lager. The odd bitter taste wasn't good but it still tasted descent.

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1.99/5  rDev -33.9%
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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