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 MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
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 biggmike
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small white head that didnt last. A bit of a hoppy aroma. Much more of a hoppy flavor than the usual standard A-B fare, but nothing special. Drinkable. I dont get the incognito idea with the Green Valley Brewing. Did they think we wouldn’t find out this is an Anheuser-Busch product?

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Photo of lawman834
3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/Amber. Thin off-white head that dwindles quickly. Lightly carbonated.

S: Not much of one, but what's there is malty with a hint of citrus.

T: Not very impressed. Just like the smell, it is malty with a hint of citrus. Very little hops. A little light and tangy for a Vienna Lager.

M: Thin and tangy. It feels more carbonated in the mouth than it appears in the glass.

D: Very drinkable. Goes down easy and smooth.

Overall: Meh. Not wild, not hoppy, not worth the 8 bucks. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not good. Many better choices out there in the category for the price.

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

Poured from a bottle that states it's USDA certified organic. The color is a pale clear amber color with a two inch white head. The head falls to a thin top and leaves very little lacing. There is a good amount of rising bubbles.

The aroma is grainy and fruity with hints of lemon and honey.

The taste has small amounts of grains and a mild to medium hop flavor along with some sweet maltiness.

The mouthfeel is light and tangy. This one is not very hoppy nor wild as the name indicates but it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
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 Jarod
2.27/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured crystal clear and amber brown with a descent level of carbonation. The head that was produced was an off white pillowy foam, thick and sticky and good density of bubbles. The head lasted a good way down the glass until it fell to virtually nothing with nothing left even clinging to the sides. This was pretty much the highlight of the beer. The aroma was almost non existent, some light malt and a hint of hops but that was it on the nose. The taste was pretty much like the nose, some malt, hops and finished light with fading taste that left you pallet very fast. The body was light on the tongue and in the mouth. Drink-ability maybe again depending on the menu, and I might give it a chance since this could have been a bad batch, but I will wait and see.

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Photo of Gavage
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear light amber in color with a 1/4" head that disappates immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: no discernable aroma at all.

Taste: mild malt profile with caramel, hints of grass, and a touch of grapefruit. Little bitterness at all. Dull and unexciting beer.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Almost a clean aftertaste. Lighter side of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: overall I found this a boring beer that I had a hard time finishing the pint. Not worth trying.

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

A - Pours a clear, skinny red amber with a foamy one finger head

S - Corn grits, fusel alcohol notes on top of subtle citrus hops

T - Lemon zest, grassy hops, macro-lager

M - Thin, very watery

D - It's decent offering from a Macro brewery. If they want to keep this sort of thing up, I won't complain. It's better than Busch or Bud, and any presence other than that in the chain grocery aisles is a plus in my mind.

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Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19. Cheaper than most of the micros and didn't seem to be on sale. This was a hint that it was an A-B beer.

Poured a clear copper color with a small, tight white head that dropped fairly quickly. Victually no lace.

The smell was clean, with a mild floral hop scent. Very mild, earthy grain scent as well.

The taste is pretty similar to the smell. Very restrained, not terribly interesting, but not bad either.

Carbonation isn't bad, in fact it's better than that of most A-B beers I've had.Mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery, with just a bit of fizziness.

Not a bad beer, but not much else to reccomend it. Blandly satisfying would be a good phrase to use for it. I did note that the fine print states only the malts are organic, which seems a bit underwhelming when the label refers to the beer as Organic Wild Hop Lager with a picture of hops. Oh, well. Still, this is probably the most palateable A-B product I've ever had. I probably won't buy this again unless I have to, as there are so many other, more interesting beers around, but if it happened to be around it would work for something to drink from the bottle while watching a baseball game

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Photo of danmoran
4.35/5  rDev +44.5%
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 BattleRoadBrewer
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Packaged in 12 oz amber bottle. Claims to be "organic" in big letters, but the fine print says only the barley malt is organic, no mention of the hops or yeast culture. USDA "organic" is such a crock. Only 95% or whatever has to be organic, the leftover 5% can be weed killer, PCBs, gasoline, strontium-90? Anyway, I digress...

Aroma at the neck is slightly malty, a bit sour, on par for a good lager.

Pours nicely into "Boston Lager" glass, creating an off-white head leaving moderate lacing. Color is a golden straw, a bit lighter than expected for a beer labeled "amber" on the label.

Aroma a combination of typical pilsner sourness with a slight whiff of sweet toffee. No notable hop aroma.

Taste is canonical pilsner, fairly bittered, less soapy than many German examples.

Mouthfeel is typically thin, finish isn't as dry as expected.

Drinkability is nice, enjoyed it. If this WAS Bud, then I'd DRINK Bud.

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Photo of dickroop
4.07/5  rDev +35.2%
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 TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager is another Anheuser Busch attempt to appease the growing number of organic beer lovers, and A-B did not do too bad of a job.

In the way of aromas, sweet toffee fragrances as well as floral hops are immediately perceptible.

As far as appearances, this has a decent finger thick head that drops to sticky lacing, which sticks to the glass all the way through. This is highly filtered, as lagers should be, and has a copper amber and clear body.

Tasting this brew is where the points drop a bit. It is, however, nothing to snub one's nose at, but unfortunately tends to be a bit watery. This seems to be the case with the other organic beers that I have tried. Likely, this is due to the cost of organic ingredients and the lack there of, but I am not an agriculture expert so I will forgo talking about this any further. Anyhow, the tastes contrast from light lemony hops with a smidgen of toasted white bread qualities.

Overall, this brew isn't too bad and is a good thirst quencher. If you are into organic foods and alike, this is a great alternative to beers brewed with traditionally tampered ingredients.

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Photo of srrn
1.98/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought this because I was wanting a decent clean lager like Brooklyn Lager. This is too expensive a beer to have adjunct but my first thought after the pour was uh-oh, corn. Mostly malt and very hard to detect hops. Tastes like a macro to me, needs more hops for sure. As it warms it starts to get unpleasant. I'll not buy this again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.18/5  rDev -27.6%
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 jmp491
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured 12 ounce bottle into glass.

Pours a one inch thick head that is light and airy. The beer appearance is a dark amber color and is slightly clear. There is no distinct smell, maybe some malt in there, but it is very vague. There is a light taste that is also very vague. It's not overpowering but it's also not bad at all. The mouthfeel is about average, in which the beer is not dry or leaves a bad taste, but it's still good. This is my second organic beer, but I liked the other one a lot more (Stone Mill Pale Ale). I'm not sure I'd buy this again... It's OK, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of kajerm
1.71/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting.

Pours clear and amber. Smells and tastes light and ineffectual-- kind of like a macro lager. Very little in the way flavor and aroma outside of a generic beer taste. Name notwithstanding, there is only the vaguest suggestion of hop bitterness in the finish-- and I might have made that up.

If this is organic beer, give me a glass of DDT.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Nice amber coloring. White head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Toasted malts and big floral hop smell.

Medium body with nice carbonation. Nice big malt taste, toasted with a slighty nuttiness. Spices, herbs, and hops are there throughout the brew. Bitterness is well balanced and the finish is trying to be sweet and creamy.

A good brew but not something that I would drink all the time. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of argock
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a 12oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a short light head.
Smell: Slight fruitiness with heavily grainy smell.
Taste: Underwhelming but harmless enough. Might quench your thirst after two or three, but one just makes you wonder what else could be there. Fairly light with a hint of grain and sweet malt finish.
Mouthfeel: Too carbonated and a bit thin.
Drinkability: Nothing special here -- would not go out of your way to find this one but nothing bad here.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green Valley Brewing's organic Wild Hop Lager pours out a fluffy head
over a clear, deep gold brew. The nose is malt and hebal hop, and carb-
onation is steady. The mouthfeel is smooth- almost creamy, and the flavor
is slightly sweet malt up front with a lemon hop finish. There's nothing really
big or extreme here, just a smooth, modest, and refreshing beer.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - honey gold pour, a slightly off-white head of a finger or so. The suds have a bit of stick to them as they melt down, leaving a creamy looking surface.

Aroma - bright grainy nose initially. A touch of toastiness comes through as it settles, but for the most part is vague and understated.

Taste - some roasted grain and a weak lemony flavor make the first impressions. Mid-palate shows decent toasted grain character, though more would be better to quell that lemony bit. The aftertaste isn't too bad, a touch soapy but shows off the grains well enough.

Mouthfeel - a little too carbonated for my liking. The bubbles get in the way, taking on a tonic water effect that diminishes the roasty element. Body is a bit thin, too.

Drinkability - for a Vienna, I like a fuller body and a maltier, more roasted flavor. The sixer's about gone but I'm not in the market for another one.

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Photo of karengarys
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours amber, slightly darker than a typical macro beer. Similar foam characteristics too.

Smells like a typical macro.

Tastes like a typical macro with a slightly enhanced malt backing.

Mouthfeel is like typical macro, maybe slightly cleaner.

Finish is clean. At least there is no bad aftertaste.

This beer is ok. Not great, not offensive, better than miller but not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of Drew966
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager pours a light orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's not much to the aroma, maybe the slightest hint of hops. Flavor wise, this is a mildly sweet lager, maybe a little bit of hops are noticeable, but not a whole lot. Easy drinking, but nothing special. Maybe a bit more enjoyable than a typical macro lager.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.07/5  rDev +2%
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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Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
3.01 out of 5 based on 143 ratings.
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