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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
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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 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 alexskovan
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -17.8%
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 -2%
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 -23.4%
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 -8.2%
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 -19.4%
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 +11.8%
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 -7.2%
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 -34.5%
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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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 biggmike
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
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 +11.8%
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 -1.3%
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 -33.2%
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 -25.3%
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 -7.6%
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 -16.8%
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 +4.6%
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 +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 BattleRoadBrewer
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +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 TheSarge
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
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 -34.9%
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 -28.3%
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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Wild Hop Organic Amber Lager from Green Valley Brewing Company (Crooked Creek)
Beer rating: 3.04 out of 5 with 143 ratings
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