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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Ratings: 143 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of xmahns
3.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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 plaid75
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
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 cjgator3
3/5  rDev -0.3%
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 FightingEntropy
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wild Hop Lager starts with a light white head that falls quickly into just a ring around the edge and a few islands of foam. No lace on the way down. Bright golden color, very clear and sparkling, not dark enough for the Vienna Lager listed as the style on BA but more macro lager, which makes sense since the website says Green Valley Brewing is owned by A-B. Clean aroma with the fruityness of the cascade hops coming through the nose. Actually fairly assertive for a lager. Apple-ish smell like Bud--can't remember what causes it (yeast??) but not suprising after looking at the website. The nose has a bit of complexity, at least more than a normal macro. Enjoyable if you're expectations aren't too high.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Wild Hop Organic Lager was amber in color and very clear with an off-white head. The head was medium in size with decent retention. The aroma was citrus hops and light malt. The taste was light hops with some sweet malt. The finsh was dry, with light hop flavor and a touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin with good carbonation. Drinkabilty was above average. It's not nearly as hoppy the name "Wild Hop" would suggest, but a decent beer overall.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a light amber/dark yellow with less than a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left no traces of lacing on the glass.

The smell was very sweet, almost perfumy, with only a hint of spice in the rear of the nose.

The drink sweet at the front with a sour hit of something resembling hops in the middle and a clean watery finish.

To me the beer was way too thin in flavor and smell. I was hoping that when A-B jumped into this end of the market they would bring better than this. It was quite drinkable and refreshing but more like a lawn mower domestic macro than a flavorful micro. At $7.99 a six pack I could have gotten more for less.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.02/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear orangish amber with small white head.

Smell. A light sweet honey aroma with a touch of hop that is a bit spicy. interesting.

Taste. Light citrus hoppiness at first. I also get just a touch of vanilla as well. Malts give it a sweetness that slightly balances out the small amount of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel. I find it just a bit thin and slick on my tongue despite the lively carbonation. Balance of hops and malts are there, but just seems a little off.

Overall. It's new, so i had to try it. It's not bad, but for the price ($7.50), i can get a better beer. Being affiliated with AB, it's one of their finer beers.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wild Hop Lager
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date on the side label - 06250 FH96
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a light orange with a bronze tint. Little, thin lace around the top of the beer. Minimal or no trails of lace.

The nose is a little funky with whiffs of women's perfume, grains and some hops in the background.

Taste provides flavors of toasted grains and malts. A tad fruity hints of green pears and sweet honey. The mouthfeel is rather soft and smooth.

A slightly above average, middle-of-the road smooth lager with a nice hop presence. Nothing more, nothing less. I like that this beer is USDA certifed organic, but the fact that this is connected with A-B balances that out in my book.

On a side note, is this really a Vienna Lager!?!?

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Photo of A38Fitness
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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 scooter231
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tangerine with some off white head and minimal lacing. Smell is a bit weak, some maltyness but not much there. Taste is a bit richer, more malty, and some crisp hoppyness in the background. Mouthfeel has some body to it, some suds, but finishes on the thin, soapy side. Overall fairly drinkable, light and refreshing, but the soapyness would really start bothering me after a few.

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Photo of ZAP
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orangish golden color...big fluffy white head..

Nose is perfumey...some mild toasted malt characteristics..

Don't really care for the taste much....it has some toasted maltiness but along with a bit of the perfume like hoppiness....leaves a bland aftertaste...relatively watery body....not a whole lot of flavor...personally I think I'd take a Bud over this....not impressed with AB's latest foray into microstyle beer (And I wanted to like this one)...

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a bright copper color with some carbonation, a thin off-white head that lingered and little lacing. I was able to detect some hoppy fruit, although aroma was faint. Flavor was hard to pick out anything dominant, but it did taste. Finish was some bitter dryness, though not as much as I expected when you have "Hop" in the name. But this was still a big step up for A-B.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +52.8%
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 SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent looking light copper colour with a foamy to creamy head atop the body, and there's mild stickiness here as well.

The aroma is fairly thin, although there is nothing inherently wrong with it. You'd think a "Wild Hop" lager would key in on its namesake, but it doesn't. There's a slight floral hop essence to this but its fairly thin overall and blends decently with a mild malt aroma as well. There's some general sweetness as well, but that's about it.

The flavour isn't half bad, but is relatively bland overall. It echoes the aroma in its simplicity of basic floral hops, some sweetness and a hint less malt here, and also adds a bit of chalkiness and some slight fruit notes as well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a touch thin overall.

This is a curious move by Anheuser-Busch. It's a move toward craft beer without giving any hint of being from AB on the packaging. It seems they're trying to lure back some craft beer drinkers without scaring them away with the AB name. The problem is, this one won't lure back the craft beer crowd. It's just nothing special and is essentially the first baby step in crossover beers. My only hope for this "series" of brews from AB is that one or two actually stick around and infiltrate the Bud, Miller, Coors bars to at least give a passable option for craft beer drinkers when at one of said locations...other than that, this one is an average if not solidly made brew.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear golden color with a quickly dissipating head. The smell was surprisingly sweet for a beer called Wild Hop. The taste of this beer was smooth and balanced between malt and hops. The mouthfeel was full with a carbonation bite. I wasn’t really expecting much with the organic hops being advertised, but was pleasantly surprised. I think this is a delightfully drinkable beer.

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Photo of russpowell
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 NEhophead
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"Brewed and bottled by Green Valley Brewing Company. Fairfield, CA".

12 oz brown bottle.

Thin, burnt copper in color. Fizzy, off-white head that lacks retention leaving zero lacing.

Lightly sweetened adjunctory ingredients: rice, corn husks, cabbage. Astringent, musty floral hop aroma.

Faint caramel, toasted malt. Musty wheat, rough corn and rice flavors reminiscent of an American macro. An astringent, grainy bitterness is followed by a boiled cabbage, adjunctory-tasting aftertaste. The 'wild hops' are seemingly absent from my pint.

Light in body; airy and grainy on the palate. Intensely carbonated.

An A-B product? I have to plead ignorance when I picked this up as there is no mention of this being made by the world macro superpower. Needless to say it took only a few sips to uncover the Busch similarity, and for me to make pennance to the God's of Good Beer.

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