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WRed Wheat | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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Brewed by:
Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From the distinctive red-amber hues, to aromas of biscuits and a sweetness of caramel, this beer is not to be taken lightly. Wild Rose WRed Wheat is hand crafted, striking a fine balance between malt and hops. The final result is a beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing.

16 IBU

Added by Sammy on 03-30-2007

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3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cknoch
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JPNesker
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sherpahigh
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of headlessparrot
3.72/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Long a staple of Wild Rose, at some point in the last few years it became a draught-only exclusive at a few semi-random locations in the vicinity of the brewery. Which is a shame, because it's got a decent amount to recommend itself (particularly over WR's standard, unspectacular Velvet Fog wheat beer).

Pours a light coppery, hazy colour, capped by some fairly lethargic head. Smells of citrus, yeast, wheat, banana, clove, spices, and a nice toasted/roasted malt character. Taste offers much the same. Carbonation is moderate, body is moderate.

Not something to write home about, and maybe its disappearance from shelves makes me feel a bit wistful. But I do always like to see it popping up on draught locally, and I will happily have a pint if nothing new or unusual catches my eye.

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Photo of Jgreen100
4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one at the tap room in Calgary. A very good red with malt flavor and low hops flavoring.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle obtained from a Pick 6 craft beer wall into a weizen glass. A nice looking brew, dark reddish bronze with around two inches of light khaki colored foam. Smells like classic grainy wheat spice, cereals with hints of caramel, grassy hop and fruity ale yeast esters. Unless the particular example is well-hopped I find it hard to detect much aroma in this style. On the palate, I get a strong wheat flavor coupled with nuts and delicate brown sugar, along with more vague fruitiness. A tad syrupy yet somehow watery as well, difficult to describe this seeming paradox ... Likely a diacetyl by-product, almost a buttered bread effect going on here. Aggressive carbonation that lifts up the wheat husk and spice. Someone below compared this favorably to Grasshopper and I echo that sentiment. A decent showcase for rather unadulterated lightly toasted wheat flavor.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copper leaning to amber/red, bright & clear with multiple streams of rising bubbles, a small supper light-tan head, and just a bit of lace.

S: Caramelly, toasty, biscuit, and a fair bit of diacetyl. Just the barest bit of sweetness. Perhaps just maybe the barest ghost hint of hops in the background.

T: Caramel & biscuit are still there, but toasty really grows & gains a grainy edge too. Sweetness is a bit more faint from nose. This is a more dry & toasty brew. Diacetyl gets in there too. Hops are both herbal/grassy and citrusy in only a slightly muted manner.

M: Just a hair over medium body with a matched carbonation. A fair bit of sweetness at the start, a bit of chew in the middle, & a sort of semi-dry at finish mostly from hops. Slightly flabby pub feel.

D: An amalgam of styles. A mix of English & US pale and a US dark Kristal wheat. US pub pale grain bill with both US and English hops. US overall, but with noticeable diacetyl & noticeable wheat base. A bit different without expecting it. Tasty & drinkable though.

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Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a pale copper colour with a half finger width of cream-coloured head.

Smell - Caramel, wheat, biscuits/bread... sweet baked good aromas.

Taste - Crisp wheat flavour supported by the sweet caramel notes, with a touch of biscuits.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth body.

Overall - A great dark wheat ale by Wild Rose. Almost sits on the border of being a wheat ale/red-amber ale hybrid. Great flavours for those who enjoy caramel and bready flavours.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Converge
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Clean amber-red with a foamy cap of light tan head. Decent head retention with some nice patches of lacing.

S - Mild sweetness, cereal grain, that's about it. Really underwhelming nose here...

T - Mild sweet maltiness with a nutty undertones. Aftertaste gets blasted away with a harsh metallic taste that pretty much destroys what little this profile had going for it. No wheat flavor really. The sweetness is almost cloying. Really no redeeming factors here...

M - Light to medium body, carbonation is a touch too fizzy for my liking. Doesn't help the flavor at all.

D - I fail to see a difference between this and any other boring dark lager out there, and I don't see much of a point in having a style dedicated to this type of beer if they all taste this boring. Call a spade a spade, this is a dark lager, and not a good one at that.

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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WRed Wheat from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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