Willy | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Willy, named after my brother-in-law’s childhood nickname, is crisp and light-bodied, with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. The hopping is mild and gentle. It’s perfect for times when you crave a beer utterly refreshing and low in alcohol. A true thirst quencher everyone enjoys.

1.047 OG
4 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
14.42%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
14
For Trade:
1
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5/5  rDev +53.4%

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head. The aroma is of a little wheat sweetness and some caramel-type flavors. The taste is quite similar, with a sweet graininess. A little bit of citrus there as well. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with moderate levels of carbonation. Drinkability is quite good here. Alpine has the reputation of brewing great hoppy beers, but I was quite impressed with nearly everything else they did as well.

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Photo of MattSlem
4.09/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My friend and stopped at Alpine on the way to Arizona. We tasted about 8 Alpine beers and for some reason, this was unanimously our favorite. It was such a balanced beer, it blew our collective minds.

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4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a strange orange/yellow with white head that fades quickly and doesnt leave much lacing.

Smell is very faint and all I can pick up is slight biscut.

Now for the taste. At first sip it almost tastes like your drinking nothing, but the out of no where...WOW. Amazing malt comes through to kick you in the throat. I could see why this beer would be given a C+ average here on BA but I think its a great beer. Its very sessionable and the malt kick is very tasty.

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4.07/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beer pours a limpid gold, the head smallish and bright white, creamy texture and the lace a thin sheet to cover the glass. Nose is sweet with a slight hint of fresh ground wheat grain; clean and fresh, start is sweet, the grain profile pleasing and the top light to the palate. Finish is leanly acidic, the hops mild and gentle, clean to the palate, oh how I will yearn for this beer after a long and hot day here in the desert.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet wheat with some with some citrus hop, lemon, and a touch of malt.

T - Starts off with sweet wheat flavor with some lemon zest and a touch of citrus hops. Through the middle, some light nutty malts come through with a bit more citrus hop. The finish is a mix of sweet wheat, bit of malt, and lemon.

M - Light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Smooth with a lightly sweet and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice light wheat beer that does not sacrifice too much on flavor. There is a nice balance of wheat and citrus flavors while still staying very crisp.

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4/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of sleazo
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alpine willy wheat golden clear pour. Minimal head. Crisp wheat odor. Taste is crisp. Nice wheat flavour comes through witha grasslike finish to it. Aftertaste is very smooth. Some of the grain comes through as it warms. Medium body with a perfect level of carbonation for the style. This would be great on a hot summer day. A winner from alpine yet again. Special at porters pub. Too bad its winter. D very high good session brew.

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3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 100floods
3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better wat to spend a warm January day off in San Francisco than pop open a brew?

Willy pours a crystal clear pale yellow. You can see a decent a mount of carbonation, but no head.

Sweet, malty, even grassy aroma. Big wheat malt aromas. Some juicy yeast notes, too. Reminds me of summer.

Very crisp and refreshing. Nice balance of sweetness and wheat flavors with a hop finish for bite. The sweet notes remind me of honey and something close to the less citrus aspects of an orange. The medium body helps the flavors move along, but without missing anything. The low carbonation isn't the worst thing in the world. I think I'd be missing a lot of the flavors if this were a straight up wheat ale. The malt start and the hoppy finish provide a good balance and not a collision. Perfect summer beer, or just a great beer to wind down with, without getting to suacy.

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3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden color. No lacing, about two fingers of foamy loose head. Smells lightly of sweet malt. Flavors of hazlenuts, with delicate, faint floral hops in the background. Extremely light, drinkable and refreshing. Medium to low carbonation. Light mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess.

Overall: Another delicious brew from Alpine. This beer is very refreshing and sessionable in a major way. It has a great balance of richness and lightness from the floral hops and creamy nuttiness. Growler worthy.

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3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some times you find a beer that may not be immensely complex or for that matter it may never win an award, but it delivers a very satisfying and delicious experience. This is one of those beers. The body holds a clean honey complexion while the nose and flavor mirror that. Fresh wheat malt, honey sweetness, a touch of bran or barley and a soft perfumey flower petal meet the nose and palate. The feel is very clean and easy and though it drinks like water it is never watery. Perfect for hot weather or to be a simple sessionable ale.

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Willy from Alpine Beer Company
3.26 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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