White Wolf Golden Ale | Wolf Beer Company

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White Wolf Golden AleWhite Wolf Golden Ale

Brewed by:
Wolf Beer Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by atsprings on 06-09-2008

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by nick76:
Photo of nick76
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is metallic and malty with some grassy hops. The appearance is hazy amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with citrus, caramel, and butterscotch. The palate is smooth but also thin and fizzy on the tongue. The beer is nice tasting but there is an awful metallic smell and taste that won't go away.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom,I had never heard of this beer until I saw it on tap there and received some info here on BA.Poured a clear light to medium golden with a tight frothy 1 1/2 finger white head that had great lasting time.Mild aromas of toasted malt and leafy,piney hop,pleasant but on the lighter side.Great balance on the palate,starting out lightly toasted with a bit of grain melding into leafy (green) finish.Wow I was surprised by this beer it has some subtle complexities to it and is as quaffable as all get out,a great sociable pint.

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Photo of locckdown
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of glid02
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours a muddy yellow-brown color with a thin layer of off-white bubbles on top. The head fades quickly into a thin ring around the glass leaving no lacing.

Smells of muddled malts - part pale, part toasted, and part chocolate with grainy undertones throughout. Also present are light fruit flavors.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors - mostly toasted malts but hints of other varieties as well. Hop flavors are noticeable only in the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with very light carbonation.

Drinkability is not so good. I didn't finish the glass.

Overall I don't know what happened with this beer - it tasted like an early attempt at homebrew. The carbonation was way too light and the flavors do not fit into any style and are not very good. I would avoid this one.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle at Abe's Cold Beer of Bethlehem. This is a decent, no, above average blonde ale. Of course, there really aren't many good American blonde ales available. There's some bready malt with multigrain crust taste and then fruit-juicy esters that remind me of mango or guava candy. All in all, this is a fun little beer to drink and a good starter craft brew.

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Photo of cjl1209
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

"Just Good Crafted Beer"

Contact brewed by Duck Rabbit. Freshness notched at February 2010.

I don't know what everyone's problem is with this being classified as an American Blonde Ale. Straight from the BA style description: "lightly malty, subdued fruitiness, light to medium bitterness, balanced beer, light bodied and sometimes lager like." Yup, that perfectly describes what this beer is all about.

A - Pours a hazy light copper color with absolutely no head. I repeat: none, nada, zilch. Honestly this looks like apple juice.

S - Light fruits, sweet malts, and pine.

T - Sweet apple is the most prevalent flavor with a noticeable pale malt backbone. Nice pleasant fruitiness. There's just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - Oddly close to water; as in if I didn't taste beer in my mouth I would think I was actually drinking water. This beer is lighter than a light lager (i.e. Bud Light).

D - High. Alcohol isn't noticeable in the least bit and it goes down easy making for one very refreshing session beer. Nicely balanced.

Final Thoughts: A good beer but absolutely no head and feeling like you're drinking straight water still leaves me a little confused...If those areas are addressed I would given this beer a B+.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A; Light clear amber 1" white head leaving decent lacing

S: Some malt but not a whole lot else

T: Perhaps some fruit along with the malt, sour apple.

M: Medium mouthfeel that might redeem this beer

D: Easy drinking. Not a beer to think too much about but blondes don't really get too complex and neither does this beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up today at the Fresh Market in Cary; I like the curled up wolf on the label. This is a new brewery out of Wilmington but they contract brew with the boys at Duck Rabbit.

Like my predecessors, I wonder if this has been misdignosed as a golden since the color is more fitting of an amber or a red ale. It is also strangely headless and almost completely odorless, which is also kind of disconcerting.

The born by date says next March (2010) but I wonder if this has been tainted or corrupted because the flavors seem stunted and bland. There are some grassy, vaguely herbal hop notes and some basic, slightly sour malt but otherwise this is flat and formless. Some caramel appears in the aftertaste but instead of toasted sweetness it seems to be accompanied by a medicinal quality instead.

It's always good to have more breweries here in North Carolina but this one needs some retooling.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with emacgee (thanks!).

Poured a medium golden color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of grains with some citrus in the back ground. Tastes of the same grains, citrus, and some caramel.

Notes from and tasted on: 3/9/09

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice golden color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale malt scent with some light crystal malt notes. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with a touch of light caramel malt sweetness. It goes down easy with a light, fruity finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good blonde ale. I'm not crazy about it, but it's an easy drinker and would do if it were the only option.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first time giving this new "brewery" a try. This is actually contract-brewed by none other than, Duck Rabbit! Good choice Wolf Beer Co...

Pours much darker than anticipated, a deep orange with only about a half-inch head on it. Disappears to a just a ring around edge. Leaves decent lacing/webbing. Smells of lemon zest, butterscotch, flowers, and slight piney hops.

Well, being brewed by DR, it brings with it that annoying quality that I find in all the other DR brews, the taste of metal. This doesn't overpower the brew, but it's there. Tastes of bread and just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is decent. Good aftertaste, like buttered bread. I could drink a few of these for sure. Looking forward to this brewery making a go of it in the future. Recommend.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An NC beer so i had to try it!

A deep golden color not too cloudy

smells a little hoppy and not sour!

The taste is good, it's clean and crisp, not a bad beer at all, going to have to pick some more up!

The mouthfeel is clean, and crisp!

This is a very drinkable beer, I see me enjoying several after I mow my lawn this summer!

Great job White Wolf

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Photo of BEER88
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scruffwhor
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my folks for picking this up for me during their trip to AR.

Bottle Says "Wolf Brewing Company, Wilkes-Barre, PA"

Slightly hazey copper and ochre color. Good head about two fingers thick after the pour. The foam is thick and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Banana, a little bubblegum, off-rosemary, and some adjunct bitterness.

The taste is a bit thin from the start to the finish. Light toasted malt gives off flavors of bread crust. Very faint herbal flavors. Overall very watery on the palate as well as the flavor.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serve a crisp amber, not exactly golden as the name implys. The beer is topped by a nice thin but frothy head. Aroma is sweet malts and fruits. The taste is a subtle blend of sweet malts and mild hop bitterness. The beer is very light and is nice for a 100° day like today. While not something I'd choose regularly, this is still somewhat enjoyable.

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Photo of chaz410
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just to start out, Charlotte Beer Club does it right, gotta give them props for allowing this and many many other tastings possible. Also great thanks to the Common Market for letting us do the tasting.
Ok so this beer is a very good beer for pretty much anyone. It has a great taste that's complex enough for a beer nut to enjoy but it's not over the top or too strong in any direction to make a newbie afraid of it.
The appearance is golden and very even with a great white head thanks to the white wheat used in the brew.
The great factor in this beer is the bravarian malt used, it makes an extremely malty taste that isn't really sweet, it's more so a grainy, hearty, smooth malt rather than roasty or sweet. This makes for a great balance with the hops and other malts.
I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good beer for any occasion.
Thanks as well for founding breweres Wolfman Jon and Teddy for coming out and introducing us to this great beer!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a smallish, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Soft, mild aroma smelling of lightly toasted malts and spicy, floral hops. Again, it's all mild, mind you.

Taste: Standard malted barley with some light hints of toasted malts and a dry caramel character. Spicy, faintly earthy hops with a light imparted bitterness, more than enough to combat any leftover sweetness. A brief reappearance of mild malt hints, then it's off to the dry finish with just the faintest amount of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Easily approachable, easily drinkable, and, I suspect, a beer to "pay the bills" -- all key components for a fledgling beer company. Sure, your inclusion of Munich malts has tossed the brew into the darker shades of the Beer Rainbow, thereby causing some to fuss about the beer being designated a "golden" ale, but this is really a minor quibble. However, from a marketing standpoint, White Wolf Golden Ale sounds just a hair more enticing than simply White Wolf Ale, so I can fully understand the decision.

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White Wolf Golden Ale from Wolf Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 17 ratings
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