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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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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