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Willy Vanilly | 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): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The base for this beer is Willy Wheat. They add Vanilla to the tanks during aging. Try mixing it with Alpine's Captain Stout for a Captain & Vanille.
Draft availability only.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,561
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
292
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of BeccaH
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of G_Shoe
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gaddabble
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgregory
2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer from what I think is my first offering from Alpine...

The most notable thing about this beer is the strong vanilla flavor, strong vanilla scent, and the creaminess that comes with this brew. This is possibly the strongest flavoring of vanilla I've had in any beer - and it was done in a good way. The blending with the hops was just right and the ABV at around 5% was just right.

I wish it was overall more balanced and I wish it was a bit more appealing to the eyes, but it was a decent beer and one I would reach for again.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow with thin white head. Smells of salty bread. No hint of the taste to come. The vanilla flavor is fairly strong on first sip, without being overwhelming. On further tastes lemon comes through upfront and wheat comes through in the end. While short in a few dimensions, the taste ultimately redeems the beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Best by 11/5/16"; drank 7/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through yellow/orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy bright white head which quickly dissispated; almost no lace.

Fresh cream & faint mango notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamed wheat & faint mango flavors up front; mild vanilla notes on the finish.

Creamy yet sessionable, this is a wheat beer for all seasons. Not revelatory, but well above average.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of probert
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dface
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seedyone
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum West, NYC. Sort of a rosy gold in this light. Lightnhead gives off lacy sheeting with a thin rim of tight bubbles. The vanilla beats the nutty to the nose. They balance on the tongue for a very nice, very slight sweetness. If it warms as well as I imagine it will, it's a keeper. Now to find out the availability.

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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pmag0942
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

You have to like vanilla to like this beer. It is a clean beer, with good taste (for vanilla lovers). Strong vanilla taste.

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Photo of mpolewan
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bitterbill
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by July 17th. Hazy orange, an " of foam. Vanilla, wheat, light citrus smell. Big vanilla taste, sweet notes from the vanilla and maybe honey. Really low level of bitterness. Nice use of vanilla, me thinks.

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3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ocelot2500
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of vanilla mostly with some wheat underneath.

Tastes of the vanilla along with some pale malt and wheat. Vanilla leads off before pale malt grain adds in. Good bit of sweetness. Wheat adds towards the end before a fairly clean finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a one note beer, but it isn't bad by any means.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sendbeer
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
2.3/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Willy Vanilly from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 292 ratings
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