Somerset Wild | The Wild Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lacqueredmouse on 05-04-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
14.13%
 
 
Wants:
3
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Photo of kojevergas
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Reviewed from notes taken in late Summer 2014. Served on-draught into a pint glass @ Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell in London, England. Cost was 4.95 pounds.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half a finger in width, dull white in colour. Retention is poor (~1 minute). Thin and weak-looking, with a poor consistency. No lacing.

BODY: Clear translucent lemon-yellow of above average vibrance. Watery and weak in appearance. No yeast/lees ar visible.

Generally appealing in spite of its obvious flaws, but not unique or special within the intended style.

AROMA: Attractive sourness. Lemon peel, lemon meringue, sweet bread. Neutral pilsner malts lurk beneath the sourness. There's a slight funkiness to it as well. An off-note of urine. Smells more infected than deliberately wildly fermented; this aroma doesn't suggest a competently deliberately brewed sour ale. Mild cereals are in there, tending a bit too raw and not fully fermented.

I'm a bit put off.

TASTE: Cereals dominate, with an unbecoming infection-redolent sourness violating the palate throughout. Off-notes of wet cardboard and unpleasant funkiness are hard to ignore. Sourness is about a 4/10 in terms of intensity, but it lacks distinct lactobacillus or pediococcus bacteria flavours. It just tastes like infection mixed with some off-putting cereal grains.

I'm not liking this one at all, and I say that as a huge sour fanatic. Poorly built, badly balanced.

TEXTURE: Lightly acidic. Smooth, wet, undercarbonated, light-bodied, and twangy, with an accompanying sharpness. Ugh. Fails to suit the style or this beer's flavour profile well to any degree.

OVERALL: A swing and a huge miss from The Wild Beer Co. This is not how a sour ale should be executed, and I find myself wishing I'd ordered the half-pint. This will take effort to finish, and is easily the worst excuse for a sour ale I've tried in the last six months.

D- (1.87) / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale, like lemon juice with small head. Not much aroma, just a mild tartness and some lacto-like notes. Flavor is very weak, like how mild ales taste like, only this time it's a sour beer that has this watery, faint flavor. Not very impressed, but I can see how this can be a very refreshing beer under the right circumstances. But for this price, I can find much more flavorsome beers.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy, yellow-green with no head. Pours like a soda. Moderate carbonation with sediment floating within.

Smells of unripe plums, green fruit, plastic, beer malt, hazelnuts, yes a sort of Nutella quality.

Lemon juice, unripe fruit, no sweetness at all, and a slight plastic quality.

Light, crisp, tart with lots of soda like carbonation.

Got in Albany, NY at Westmere Beverage. Glad to have found something finally by Wild Beer. Its a piece of art really, and therefore hard to rate. Reminds me of a gose, but its not. So light for a beer of this sort I can see it being misunderstood, but I think its great! Drank in New Hamburg, ON, Oct 10, 2016.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a cloudy, lemon yellow body with almost no head, light lacing and not a whole lot else. Minimal retention. Smell is grain and light apple cider, mild rubbery funk, and that's about it. Nothing too complicated. Flavour is a tart apple with a bit of rubber, not much depth beyond this. It's a fairly bland wild, without much character or depth to it. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, and appropriate for the style. Light rubbery bitterness on the finish. An overall bland wild ale, without much to offer in terms of flavour, aroma and depth.

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Photo of hdtrice
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brpendergast85
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jmamay22
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a very pale golden yellow. The white head fades fairly quickly to a thin collar of foam. The scent is very reminiscent of a sourdough yeast start. A light touch of funk, raw flour dough, and a cidery sour apple character.

The flavor lacks the doughy character, but increases the cider flavor. If I was unaware I would believe I was drinking a funky cider from Normandy. The fairly thin body increases that perception. A bit of earthy hay in there too that lingers after each sip. Mouthfeel is fairly thin and somewhat spritzy carbonation.

I enjoy the beer and it really doesn't pay into any style than a general catch all of a wild ale. It lacks some depth and complexity and leans hard on the cider flavor.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass, pale golden color with a foamy white head that dissipates leaving little lacing, very cloudy

S: sour, wild, funky, yeast, vinegar, pickles, grain

T: unique funky flavor, sour and bready at the same time, like eating sourdough bread in San Francisco, nice bitter hop finish

M: light and fresh

O: uniquely flavored beer

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Photo of Dope
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.34/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tukis
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdenham
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of risenz
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Extremely chunky at the bottom of the bottle, pour it slowly.

Light, opaque yellow with no head or carbonation.

Smell is a vinegared mushrooms with some hay.

Taste of lemon-honey drop, very acidic. As it warms, it gets grassy.

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Photo of Duffman79
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of changdulla
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love this! Smells funky but taste like cross between sparkling cider and lemonade. Sooo tart.. Sooo goood...

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roybert
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an all round GREAT sour! Remember how you ate that whole bag of sour patch kids and had that inch of sour salt on the bottom of the bag? Then, you conveniently cornered the piss out of that sour salt and dumped it in your mouth? You get that same feeling drinking this. Grab w/o hesitation if you're a fan of the style!

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale pastel yellow, spotty lacing. Lightly hazed.

Oddly funky. Earthy peanut shells, coconut water.
Taste is a little light, apple and earth. Light bodied, somewhat watery.
Not bad, just ok, a bit one dimensional.

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Somerset Wild from The Wild Beer Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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