Sourdough | The Wild Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GABrew on 02-28-2014

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow, with some carbonation visible and very little head that disappears almost instantly. Slightly funky acidic smell, with lots of vinegar. The taste follows through, with vinegar and citric sourness, musty, and a bit of bitterness. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2016, so it's well out of date. I'm hoping this style lends itself to lengthy aging. Purchased ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a wild beer inoculated with a sourdough starter and brettanomyces, followed by fermentation in oak barrels. The sourdough culture is from Hobbs House bakery and has been in use for 58 years.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright, hazy golden hue with fine suspended sediment and good carbonation. Forms a smallish head of white foam that rapidly dissipates away.

S: The aroma is very tart with hints of lemon, citric acid, earthiness, grain/rye, bread, hay, subtle mustiness, a vinegar twang and faintly funky yeast. Mildly fruity but surprisingly clean; slightly reminiscent of lambic.

T: Tastes of intensely sour fruit with notes of lemons, berries, citric/lactic acid, earthy yeast, hay, subtle mustiness, light funk and faint grain. Exceptionally dry, with considerable acidity but no bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and good body for the strength. Very astringent; strips the palate. Aftertaste of sour fruit, lemon, citric acid, earthiness and mild funk.

O: Rather good - I sometimes feel ambivalent about sour brews but this one hits the mark. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour showcase intense sourness, citrus acidity, earthy yeast, grain/bread and subtle mustiness. Aroma slightly more complex. Nice body; dry and prickly. Probably not a beer for everyday drinking but great if you want something different. Well worth sampling.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours pale gold with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows wheat, wild yeast-driven lemon and elderflower. Some bready notes too.
Flavours include more of the bready character along with a nice gentle acidity and some lemon. Somewhat wheaty. Incredibly drinkable.
Carbonation could be a little higher.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of tart notes with light funky ester is quite pleasing. Taste is a nice simple mix of tart notes, light oak with some funky Brett notes. Acidity is very low as well as residual sugar notes. Body is light with great carbonation. Superb mix of great drinkability and loads of complexity. I also love the fact that they didn’t feel the need to go double-digit on the ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale light yellow in color and poured with absolutely no head—it looks like it could be lemon juice or some other type of beverage.
S: Light aromas of sourdough are present in the nose; these strengthen as the beer warms up.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of sourdough, a little sourness, and hints of oak.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation with a bit of tartness.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer makes it easy to drink, but the flat mouthfeel isn't that pleasant. I wasn't a big fan of the sourdough flavors. This is more reminiscent of a Berliner Weissbier than an American Wild Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle. It pours a pale golden colour with no head. Aromas of sourdough & bready yeast. Tastes of sourdough, bready yeast, vinegar & hints of oak. Aftertaste is quite citric with no bitterness. Overall a disappointment.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Foley67
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Derz
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving no lacing, cloudy

S: sour and bready, vinegar, malt

T: sour up front, pickles, vinegar, lemon

M: light

O; quite sour with mostly sour flavors throughtout

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a hazy lemonade with big cloudy barley water lemon body and no head retention
it does smell of fresh croissants and good bread dough
& it is like a (admittedly sour) flat hazy still lemonade
really refreshing and very drinkable

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Photo of Estria
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdagnew
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight haze. White head poured pretty loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering with thick edging... no carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Lots of lambic like sourness, bready yeast, sharp spicy fruits (light grapefruits, lemons, sour apples), musty barnyard / wet hay aromas, light vinegary notes, freshly cut wood, very light pale malts, some basil notes...

Taste - Lots of sour lemons and grapefruits, salty, light vinegar hints, sour (cooking) apples, yeasty, faint sweet after notes, grapes, light vanilla, floral, grassy, talcum powder, some woody notes, musty, strong champagne like hints...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light body... pretty drinkable considering the tartness... thirst quenchingly good...

Overall - An excellent wild ale - one of the best UK examples i've tried... recommended...

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of steverx8
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ADZA
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw hazy hue with a wispy two finger head and some nice lacing,the smell is very sourdough along with musty Brett and lime,the mouthfeel is light bodied,spritzy and well carbonated with tastes of sour wheat,musty Brett,lemons and limes and finished with a funky sourness and overall quite a nice first beer of the day and would drink again cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very, very pale with a very lively head...
Lemons, dough, bread on nose, and then a very zesty, slightly earthy, lemon driven taste. i am really liking these sourdough beers recently.
Light and refreshing, highly carbonated.
So smashable, and at 3.6 so much flavour it's insane

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Photo of Tdenham
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hopley
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sourdough from The Wild Beer Co.
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