Wizard Wolf | Bellwoods Brewery

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101 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada
bellwoodsbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
At the time of its inception, this was a very unique beer for Bellwoods to brew. Though we were earning a reputation for making a lot of high ABV, full-flavoured brews, we still couldn’t deny the appeal of something easy drinking and sessionable. Not really wanting to go the route of the lager, and inspired by the hop-forward low alcohol pale ales emerging from the states, we devised the Wizard Wolf. Weighing in at 4.8% this deceivingly flavourful session ale is easy to drink, and doesn’t knock you off your feet after just one.

Added by jrenihan on 04-10-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
7.99%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
For Trade:
0
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of imonhiatus
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice session, a bit on the malty side...not sure how fresh, but had at the tasting room. enjoyable but not hoppy. all caramel malt

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these from the brewery on a fly-by visit. Wish I could have hung out longer and had a few brews at the garage. Next time.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, looser, foamy white head with good retention. Cloudy orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head fades to a faint, splotchy wisp that remains the whole way and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Loose hear, but it left some nice looking lacing.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, pine and grapefruit with some light melon citrus aromas. Really nice stuff.

TASTE: Some pale malts, grainy bread, a touch of malty sweetness, then some floral bitterness at the swallow. Big but dry finish of floral bitterness and touch of grainy bread flavors. Little sweetness; mostly a bitter hop finish with grainy flavors.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: The nose on this one is great, but unfortunately the flavors don't follow suit. This one is a little too grainy for my tastes, as well as being bitter for the sake of being bitter; didn't get as much flavor out of the hops as the nose had suggested. Still a good low ABV session beer here, but not something I'd have to jump at again.

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3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wizard Wolf is a unique name but the beer looks pretty ordinary; lemon curd yellow against the light, the beer has bright highlights but a consistently blurry complexion. Its head is firm and foamy and maintains its size and form even as the liquid beneath it drops.

The leafy, earthy, raw hop smell reminds me of harvesting hops from a friend's backyard vines. But this bouquet doesn't herald the typical notes of tropical fruits or resinous serums; it actually smells a lot like a green tea (with a side of honeyed biscuits).

Wizard Wolf is 'politely pungent' - the crude earthiness of the hops makes a brief appearance on the palate but quickly crumbles. Far from bitter, the mouthfeel is marked by a very prominent maltiness and, by extension, lots of wholesome fresh-baked breadiness.

That honey-nut cereal grain taste dominates the flavour. In fact, there's very little else to describe the beer by. While its mild and simple profile serves it well as a so-called "session ale" (4.8% is basically 5%, not session-strength by definition), it makes it challenging to review.

Wizard Wolf has hops that howl but not bite. Dry-hopping affords this ale a good amount of hoppiness without taking away from its mainstream agreeableness. Indeed, while most Bellwoods offerings are out of this world, this one falls squarely into the realm of the ordinary.

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3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Wizard Wolf from Bellwoods Brewery
3.88 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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