Horse Tongue Wheat
Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #776
Ranked #18,145
3.86 | pDev: 9.59%
Jan 26, 2022
Dec 25, 2010
Very Good
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Rated: 3.87 by irishevans from California

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by wc94wc from California

Dec 13, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I got this from the sale of the liquor barn and am drinking it here in Redding May 15, 2020. It’s a really good beer, reminds me of a lot of Belgian lambic style, in that the sourness is prevalent. It has som softened notes but most of these are dried out. Unique and great.
May 15, 2020
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A-Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has wheat and citrus
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat, citrus and a nicely balanced sourness flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good Wild Ale
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by kds2437 from Texas

Nov 11, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Oliba from Canada (BC)

Mar 10, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by robebo44 from Virginia

Dec 29, 2018
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Sour wheat beer. Pours a light tan with thin lacing. Bracingly tart, with a lemony citrus burst. Funky, equestrian, crisp, refreshing. This was an interesting one.
Oct 25, 2018
Rated: 3.61 by CJNAPS from California

Sep 09, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Jul 31, 2018
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Rated by geracib from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Does not taste like a sour wheat beer... it tastes like a straight sour. Delicious. Extremely sour, it was almost hard on the mouth... but worth it.
Feb 15, 2018
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a very slightly hazy gold with about a pinky's worth of head. Head breaks quickly but a nice island of foam is left behind. No lacing.

Smell is funky and tart. Earthy and a touch of apple.

Taste is tart and quite nice. Barnyard funk is present, along with some tart apple, white wine and grapes.

Feel is light and carbonation is medium. The pucker you are left with after a couple of sips is quite nice.

I had no expectations and was happily surprised. I would recommend giving this one a whirl and would happily have it again.
Jan 30, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 24, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with a white head, no retention, no lacing.

A: Lots of classic sour notes, tart citrus, barnyard, funk, sour, green apples, white grapes, white wine, slight note of oak from the barrel, nice balance of aromas.

T: Follows the nose with tart lemons, barnyard, wet grass, green apples, white wine, and white grapes, light vinegar note as well, touch of barrel in the finish, balanced flavors.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation, and a very dry white wine like finish.

O: A straightforward sour, hits all the right notes with subtle flavors, bottle is about a year old, so that may explain why it is a little muted compared to other fresh sour beers I've tasted, looking to snag a fresh bottle next year.
Aug 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Everydayoff from Thailand

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
650ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Hazy copper amber color, it tops with thick frothy white head that stands for a while before collapsing to some lasting foamy patch on the surface and leaving some patchy and spotty lace on the glass-side.

It is mainly sour and tart in a nose together with some musty funkiness, also sour lemony, pineapple, peach, green apple, unripe mango, crystallized fruits, cherry, orange, berry, white grape, some tart, white wine, woody barrel, oaky, some tannin, some spice, suggestion of brett, bread, sugar, and cracker. The taste is just like the aroma with the reflection of all the aforementioned characters.

Medium body with semi-smooth mouthfeel and rather lively sharp carbonation through the palate, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with a very dry finish from all those fruity, sweet, and sour notes.

It is good with lots of white wine, barrel, and sour/tart fruity yeasty characters along with some brett and solid malt base to bring in some depth and dimension.
Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap the lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, clove, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, clove, leathery/musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light yeast/tannic oak spiciness and lactic tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, cherry, orange peel, pear, mango, melon, green apple, white grape, white wine, vanilla, toasted oak, wheat, cracker, white bread, light pepper/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and lightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is an awesome sour wheat ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/lightly funky/spicy/acidic yeast, white wine barrels, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Pleasant levels of Brett funk and lacto, with great white wine barrel presence and malt balance. Plenty of oaken vanilla notes. Solid Belgian yeast presence. A highly enjoyable offering.
Jul 08, 2017
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a bomber of this recently. Poured into my oversized wine glass, this beer is a fairly cloudy, hazy, medium amber/copper color with a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured that about an inch thick when first poured that settles very quickly to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with big film layer cluster swirls of foam that covers most of the beer's surface. Not too much lacing though. Strong aromas of a definite, pungent funk with sour apple and lemon along with some grainy malts and certainly some wheat. The wheat in particular I feels extenuates the funkiness and vice versa. The taste is pretty much the same, with some grainy malts and a definite wheat that gives way to a barnyard funkiness that's followed by some nice apple tart sourness, a bit of cherry, and some woodiness here too. A fairly complex flavor profile here and an interesting one for this style. The wheat really adds something I like that I've not yet experienced before in other beers of this style that I've had. Has a crisp and somewhat prickly, yet also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a definite dry aftertaste. I quite enjoyed this one.

Feb 28, 2017
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Effervescent golden brown pour alive with bubbles. A thin head builds up along the sides of the glass and lingers for a few minutes. Aroma of toasted malt, sour apple, lemon and tart cherries. Taste is lemon, sour apple, green apple, sour cherries, must, wood. Dry, tannic feel with the woodiness taking over towards the end of the sip. Zesty, funky, woody and grainy.
Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by IRONRakkasan from California

Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4.53 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by dertyd from California

Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 07, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho

Dec 31, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by Lucular from Maryland

Jun 23, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by NickThePyro from Washington

Jun 13, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by LXIXME from New Mexico

May 06, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 23, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by snakeayes11 from Missouri

Feb 27, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Lare453 from Florida

Mar 30, 2015
Rated: 3.22 by nmann08 from Virginia

Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by chippo33 from Vermont

Mar 23, 2015
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Reviewed by BigBry from Canada (AB)

3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Draft at Beer Revolution in Calgary,
Pours slightly hazy, gold amber color, with foamy, creamy colored head. Foam slowly fades, lace chunks.
It smells of some yeast and grain husks, slightly fruity and sour at the same time.
The taste is grainy to start, sourness throughout. Good pale ale base, then fruity and funky.
Lots of carbonation, medium body, tingly yeasty finish.
Good mix of funky yeast and sourness, very interesting. I liked it, but not for everyone.
Mar 22, 2015
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Reviewed by CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed 8 oz. on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, part of the recent sour beer festival at this establishment. Arrived a coppery bronze color with a single finger of flimsy soapy white head.

Aroma is very pungent, equal parts sour fruit and cheesy funk. On the palate I am getting fresh lemon and lime rinds, gooseberry, green apples and pears, white vinegar, salty brine, and white cheese, a brettanomyces-laden treat. Very dry and astringent, although there is a subtle custard-like sweetness somewhere underneath. Quite fizzy and almost gritty, with a mid-range body and some peppery wheat spice in the sour and woody finish.

I'd say this brew is on the decidedly sour end of the spectrum, with some admirable cheesy "barnyard" type funk. Not for the faint of heart. For some reason I was expected something more tame.
Mar 20, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Mar 17, 2015
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
8oz glass at Beer Revolution's sourfest.

This beer appears a foggy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of frothy, loosely foamy, and weakly creamy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of streaky island group lace around the glass as things evenly fade away.

It smells of musty, faintly sour cherries and red apples, semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, generic menthol lozenges, and a bit of mild white Italian cheese. The taste is gritty, grainy, and bready pale and wheat malt, vaguely tart red orchard fruit, still tame earthy white cheese, a soft barnyard funkiness, and further well-aged lemon vinegar.

The carbonation is actually active and involved in probing my various palates, the body an adequate medium weight, and so-so in the way of the smooth. It finishes off-dry, a lingering grainy wheatiness well contained by the affable, if persistent funk.

Now we're starting to talk turkey - the funk supercedes the sour in this one, which is all right by me at this point in time. I do indeed like this one, and not just because it reminds me so much of my favorite cheese.
Mar 13, 2015
Rated: 4.3 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 3.82 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

Feb 18, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mikeincharleston from North Carolina

Dec 23, 2014
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