Blonde Hunny Ale | Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
wildwolfbeer.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat and a lot of honey in every pour. We have also added a special spice blend to give it an added kick. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw Yellow in color with a slight sweetness in the middle and an estery finish characteristic of the best Belgian beers. If the yeast has settled, swirl before you pour.

Added by Jadjunk on 08-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
48
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of myouman
4.16/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours cloudy orange color with thin white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Aroma - Light Belgian yeast and spices, Slight sweetness some orange. Clove and coriander.

Taste - Light banana and clove, coriander hints of light hops sweet bread and light Belgian yeast.

Feel - Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Light carbonation.

Overall - A pretty tasty Belgian, the creaminess seems a little odd with this beer but still tasty.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a can to a tulip glass. Had a golden color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. A good amount of lacing.

S: A sharp, not entirely welcoming aroma of light hops, honey, yeast, and some spices.

T: Tasted of a tinge of Belgian-style yeast, a light smattering of hops (not quite enough), an odd chemical element (I can't find a better way to express that), light spices (pepper) a bit more of the honey than necessary, and malt. There's an aggressive harshness to the flavor that kind of drowns out any chance for the best ingredients to shine through. Not that interesting.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this feels like a missed opportunity. The honey could have been an interesting addition.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShawnFurman
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddled, opaque orange color, with a fluffy white head that recedes and does not lace. Smells faintly of Belgian yeast and spices, with a sweet malt presence. Tastes initially like a sweet and malty blonde ale, but the mild clove, spice, and banana esters come through in the end. Feel is smooth, mild carbonation, balanced but would be sweet if not for the yeast contributions. Overall, this is a pleasant, and very drinkable blonde ale, and would be welcomed on summer nights with some hot BBQ! Cheers!

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Photo of duvel1979
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave1999
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CreightonSM
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow golden in color. Slightly hazy in appearance. Honey sweetness forward. Rounds out with golden ale flavors of pale malt and lower bitterness. Slightly Metallic. It's ok.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy and deep gold in color, finger and a half of head, with very little lacing. Smell is of honey, floral Belgian yeast, and maybe honeysuckle from that combo, which works very nicely. Taste is like a very floral honey that combines well with a decent malt sweetness and phenols and esters of the Belgian-esque yeast qualities. Feel is good, medium-light bodied, easy drinking without being thin or watery. A fairly solid sweeter version of a Belgian pale. Fragrant, pretty flavorful, and very easy to find and afford in central VA.

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Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OldSwampy
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy gold pour with an ample white head. Definite honey in the nose at first, but then the spiciness emerges, and the expected yeast; a nice experience. Taste is certainly yeasty and sweet, as expected, but not too sweet, which is important to me for a beer like this. Likewise the spices add character without being distracting. Quite easy drinking, but much more than a simple thirst quencher.

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Photo of DerekP
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of breardon1776
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Keagans in Virginia beach on a work trip. 3/21/16. Color is a muted orange/straw follow, much darker than typical Belgian but I like it. Great flavor, getting a combo of yeast and spice. Drinks smooth.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was my first actual "craft" beer back in the fall of 2014, when (after trying a variety of Blue Moons and a few Mexican macro-lagers) I picked up a bomber of this one. For a brief time it was actually my favorite beer. Now I'm going back and having it again, in six-pack-of-cans form (...actually I've already had a couple cans, this is the third from the pack.) Canning date on the bottom reads "190116," which I assume is 19th-of-January, 2016 -- so this is pretty fresh stuff.

Appearance-wise, it's golden-colored and very hazy/cloudy; shining a flashlight through succeeds only in illuminating the beer, rather than the beam actually passing all the way through. Good number of little rising bubbles all around. Thin layer of white foam on top at first, which shrinks as time goes on and starts to fade away entirely in patches after a bit. By around the halfway point, the foam has all but vanished, with just a little bit lingering around the edge on one side of the glass.

Smell is sweet, yeasty bread and -- yep -- some honey! Not an especially strong smell (that yeastiness is stronger upon first pouring, but fades a bit after a couple minutes) but what's there is pretty nice.

Taste is also very yeast-focused. Sweetish and a bit fruity (vaguely banana-like?) immediately upon sipping (I'm actually impressed that I get a distinct flavor the instant this beer makes it into my mouth -- that doesn't always happen), shifting more into a general yeastiness blending with a noticeable honey flavor, sweetness, and some bread and spice popping in later on. Nice bready-sweet aftertaste that hangs around for a bit after drinking. Nothing at all hints at this beer being near 7% ABV, if you'd told me it was 4.5% or something I'd believe it, the alcohol is that well hidden. Burps are fruity.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and definitely drinkable, but has some substance to it, definitely doesn't feel anywhere near watery even after the foam on top is long gone. Bubbly carbonation at first, never quite prickly, a nice balance there.

Overall, while I wouldn't rank it as my "favorite beer so far" now (like I did shortly after drinking that first bomber a couple years back), this is one of those beers I imagine I'll come back to again and again in the future -- it's a style of beer (paler yeasty Belgian-style ale) that is one of my favorites, others in that style category aren't easy to find around here, it's readily available and almost always fresh on the shelves, and it's good!

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hdf561
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On draft in a pint glass, golden yellow with no head no lacing, honey smell and a wet moldy odor maybe straw?

Taste honey with a bitter finish, not horrible but not greatest...

Decent offering but was better in a can

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Photo of bigbutter
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrebeavers
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. This beer has a cloudy yellow appearance. The head is small and white. The aroma is heavy on citrus and malt. Overall, an average beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and a hard pour raises a bit of head that fades rather quickly to modest levels, though the lacing provides some remembrance of the experience; the spices, however, linger harshly in the aftertaste

Smell: Bread and honey; very yeasty, with cardamom and white pepper tones

Taste: Bread and honey forward, with the yeasty phenols taking over in the mid-palate, bringing strong cardamom and white pepper tones; the residual honeyed sweetness returns, in the finish, producing a fruity, almost cidery, effect

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a different experience, to be honest, and I wasn't expecting much looking at the overall score; many of those who have taken the time to actually write a review are scoring it higher (perhaps higher than they otherwise would, just to boost the overall score); the flavors here are unusual and, though I am not in love with this hunny, she is a much better date than the overall score reflects; the spicing is a bit over the top but this an experience I won't quickly forget

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Photo of mscudder
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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Blonde Hunny Ale from Wild Wolf Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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