Willy | Alpine Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 53
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3/5  rDev -8%

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

Photo of notchucknorris
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Alpine

A: Pale golden color with a thin tan head. Looks very lager-ish.

S: Toasted malt and sweet wheat aroma with a little mustiness to it. A little sweeter than I'd expect.

T: Lots of cereal and buttery yeast throughout. A hint of wheat, but there's a huge sweetness throughout that makes it a little hard to get through. Not really a fan.

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Photo of Sixofsigmas
3.01/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a slightly and I mean slightly muddled pale yellow. It's almost clear, but not quite.

Smell is wheat-ish...some sort of faint citrus...lemon most likely

Taste is strangely not overly dominated by wheat. Very mild and indifferent. You can taste that it's a beer lol.

The mouth is bubbly and pleasing.

This beer is very drinkable, but as others have mentioned, it's a summer brew best encountered at the beach or on a hot day.

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Photo of mig100
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a weizen glass. No dating info but Milt picked this up at the brewery and shipped it so it's fresh. Was a slightly hazy pale yellow color with massive carb streams. It had a good sized white head that settled into a constant small foam cap. Quick sliding lace with some sticking.

The aroma was very weak. Lemon, wheat and not much else. Alpine usually has such good aromas but this one is way off the mark. The taste followed the aroma. Weak with lemon and wheat. The whole thing seems to be dumbed down to just be easy to put down without much consideration on the aroma or taste. It probably has a home but I'm way down the road from this one. Mouthfeel was light and a little watery.

Overall, a miss from an outstanding brewery. Just didn't have anything there to grab onto. Not available here - got shipped as an extra to fill out the box full of Ned's. Rotation - one is enough as they have more more excellent beers to have when out west. [N;N]

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3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy light golden color with mostly no head.

S: Citrusy with a slight toasted character. There is also a touch of diacetyl as well, unfortunately.

T: Relatively light flavor with citrusy hops and a decent touch of toasted malts. Diacetyl is slightly present in a sweet, buttery presence. Decent, but nothing special.

M: Decent. Lighter body with medium carbonation.

D: Decent. It's easy enough to drink, but the flavor does get a bit boring.

Overall, meh. Nothing really drew me back to this. It's ok, but I really don't see buying this again. Maybe, without the diacetyl. But, as is, it is flawed and a bit too simple.

Edit: Man, the diacetyl is getting annoying.

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3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

A: Pours clear pale with a quarter finger of white foam which quickly fizzles out, leaving a ring of large bubbles.

S: Briefly I get some lemon, reminding me of a chardonnay, and then some malt. The smell is pretty faint.

T: Basically just malt with some sweetness. After awhile the sweetness kind of wears you down. Decently long finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Kind of flabby.

O: Pretty mediocre, and the sweetness limits its drinkability. I'm amazed at how mediocre Alpine's regular rotation is given that it's one of my favorite breweries.

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3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another day another new beer at Downtown Johnny Brown's San Diego.

A: Pours a somewhat cloudy lemon yellow hue. Foamy white head with good retention. No lace.

S: Rather muted. Very light wheat aroma, not much else.

T: Um, wheat, once again very muted. Expected so much more out of a wheat ale from Alpine.... Come on guys where's the hops? You know hops use at least a touch of them.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: My wife liked it, which true to form means I don't.

I will forget Alpine makes this one and concentrate on the dozen or so other beers that are out of this world good.

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3.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a moderately translucent gold. Head is mild with good retention, good thick lace.

S: Lemony citrus and wheat malt, bland.

T: Definite direct wheaty pasta flavour initially. Meyer lemon and almonds as well, mild sweetness. Hop character is very light, just a mild noble type hit at the very end just in case you forgot this beer was made in San Diego County.

M: Crisp and refreshing, off-dry finish. Light bodied for sure, but rather a big beer in this category.

D: Prerry standard APWA though with a little more oomph. Would make a solid summertime selection, but not really memorable.

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3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden yellow color with a smell white head with a lot of carbonation. The odor is grassy, herbal, spicy, citrus, lemon, apricot, orange, slight passion fruit. The taste is refreshing, light, lemon, spices, clove, coriander, fruity, slight bread like, not bitter.

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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 9.11.12.

A - Pours a clear, light yellow with a fizzy white head that is gone quickly.

S - Nutty and sweet. Very light.

T - Nutty and a touch of sweet carmel. Very pilsner-like finish.

D - Good carbonation with very light body.

O - Light and crisp, nice nutty and carmel flavors.

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3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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