Horse Tongue Wheat | Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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3.85/5
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59 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company
California, United States
avbc.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by scottfrie on 12-25-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,991
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
59
pDev:
10.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
5
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Photo of geracib
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Eric

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dertyd
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IDABEERGUY
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snakeayes11
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.22/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chippo33
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigBry
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Horse Tongue Wheat from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 59 ratings