WRed Wheat | Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom

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WRed WheatWRed Wheat

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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Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of stagger
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Certain ales make the transition from tap to bottle well. This is one of the ones that didn't.

I've never had it on tap, so I've got to take other BAers' word that this is a worthy beer. Now that I've had it in bottles, I'll be really hard pressed to try the draught version if there's any other choice.

Pours a clear dark amber (who classified this as a hefe?) with a moderate head that settles down pretty quickly. Smell is of old dry leaves and twigs with a little lager spilled on them. Taste is mild and dry, and completely unremarkable. There's a hollowness to this beer that's startling when you stop to examine it. It demands you drink it as quickly as possible. Out of the bottle it's near undrinkable - in a glass it's slightly better. It's like a Grasshopper with all the sweetness and character notes sucked out of it.

Wild Rose has shown us that they're capable of so much more -- their Imperial IPA was nothing short of fantastic -- so why are their regularly bottled offerings so bland? It's almost as though Alberta's brewers all have the idea that Albertans are rough-hewn sons of the soil that view any kind of flamboyance in a beer as suspect. That may be true, in the main, but there's a growing number of drinkers looking for something a little wilder.

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Photo of Converge
2.48/5  rDev -25.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of pootz
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3


Pours a clear amber with a shimmering red highlight to it. 2 finger cap retreats quickly, poor lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is 2 dimensional with caramel malts over grassy hops.

Thin body, bit of wheat dryness and biscuity taste at the front, thin balanced center, lightly bitter watery finish. Needs more malt or some toasted grains to bring up the body and set off the profile.

Really forgettable.

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Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery, revived after several years. Reddish with a small crown. More a wheat and little characterstic of a hefe as wattery and malty,caramel but not overally sweet. not shaken up creaminess. More of an all-malt lager slash cream ale. Above average carbonation.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured into my standard bottle glass, and was greeted with a decently thick eggshell colored head, that receded into a good layer of dense foam. Coloration is a mostly clear rusty color with lots of carbonation rising to the top, with a couple of big looking bubbles swiftly coming up as well. Lacing is modest at best, with fizzy looking wisps of foam clinging, then disappearing into obscurity.

S- Unboiled malt quickly comes to mind at first, and lots of raw grain to go with it....not what I really expected. There is also a berry and/or roasted coffee bean like sweetness to compliment this. Not really is there any hop bitterness to offset all this sweetness....

T- There is a lot of graininess to the beer as well as lots of sweet malt. It seems that there is almost a syrupy quality here as well. It's a weird blend of fruitiness and toasted bread, possibly with some roasted nuts mixed in as well....no distinct hop bitterness on the finish.

M- Medium/lite body with some yeasty bread like quality to it. Carbonation is generally smooth and provides a creamy feeling. Nothing really special here....

O- This review was more difficult than I anticipated it would be....this beer doesn't stand out and unfortunately, I think it's Wild Roses' weak point so far. I would still drink it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to buy it. I prefer Rickards Red to this as far as a red goes. Not offensive, just not my favorite is all and I think it could be improved on!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of wheat with some dry caramel malt is somewhat interesting. Taste is also a nice mix between some wheat malt with light cloves ester and some dry caramel malt. Very refreshing with good carbonation and average body.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hockeybarbie
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of rogerdandy
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of EskimoDave
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of sherpahigh
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of schnarr84
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of vanrassel
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured a pint of this at home with my WR party pig, filling my glass with an amber brew topped by a sizable off-white head. It had good retention that left a creamy cap and lacy rings on my glass. The aroma is predominantly caramel with some floral hops.

The flavour parrots the taste, with some biscuity malt and a grainy finish thrown in. A touch dry and a bit smoky, too. The carbonation is prickly and too high.

This isn't a hefe in the true sense of the word, that's for sure. Putting style aside, however, cutting the carbonation would measurably improve things and bump up its drinkability. As it is, it's subtly-flavoured brew that I haven't minded taking home.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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 JPNesker
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LDuke
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MrTinnedPEach
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alberta_Beer_Guy
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of scott451
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear reddish brown with a two finger frothy cream coloured head. The head diminished to a ring but the thin lacing persisted. Mild bread yeast smells. Slight esters. Taste was bready malts with a slightly metallic hop finish. Mouthfeel was light in body, lightly carbonated. Drinkability was pretty good. A worthy beer. I hope to try it on tap soon. A rather unusual malty wheat. A couple of bottles in the six were not properly carbonated. Probably a sealing problem.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 20/10/11

A clear reddish amber with enough bubbles to form a two finger tan head that hangs around long enough to leave some random lace

S nose if pretty faint with some plum a little hops and lots of cereal

T lots of grains and a little nutty chocolate to go with what I smell

M light bodied almost to the point of being watery, bubbles liven it up a bit pretty average in this department

O easy enough too drink but pretty one sided

an OK beer but nowhere near some of Wild Rose's better offerings, not sure how I've never tried this one before

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
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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WRed Wheat from Wild Rose Brewery & Taproom
3.32 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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