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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:
#28,691
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
292
pDev:
11.08%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Im4jojo
4.82/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nice, warm, and toasty vanilla aroma. Although the taste was a bit syrupy and coated the tongue after it was swallowed. I was reminded of a good bourbon, and I drank it slowly from a glass. The color was a nice, light gold, with little retention. In fact, I think the glass was as clean as before I poured the beer into it. Would drink again, and maybe even with a nice stack of fluffy french toast.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.79/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From look and feel, this is a pretty good wheat beer, basically as one would expect from a brewery with the pedigree that Alpine has. The head retention is fair, the color is hazy and clean, all in all, it's almost a textbook APWA - that is, in look and feel.

Taste and Aroma, however, are the outliers. The taste is pure vanilla (no shock based on the name) but not cloying or hot as might be expected. The aroma reminds me of baking cookies as a child.

Overall, this beer is wonderful.

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of ordybill
4.6/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright golden orange color with a small white head. The aroma is made up of vanilla, wheat, spice and some bread. The taste follows the nose. this is an outstanding beer.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.49/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cream soda in beer form... delicious.

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4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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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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4.39/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I hate wheat beers but the vanilla taste makes this a lot better. My favorite wheat beer

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Photo of Miami66
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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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4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

264th review on BA
Draft to pint

On tap @ Alpine

App- A standard wheat color with some haze to it and some lighter yellow highlights. A pretty big two finger head on this one.

Smell- Light all the way around. Wheat is most prevalant but the vanilla will pick up on a huge whiff.

Taste- I can't deny I am a sucker for vanilla. This was pretty heavy vanilla and I was diggin on it. Nice wheat base on which it played from but dominant character was the vanilla.

Mouth- A bit thin with wasn't a huge suprise. The carbonation level was fairly high on this one.

Drink- I could drink this all day. It had a big punch of flavor and was super soft and not at all filling.

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4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of white head that fades fairly quick.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet wheat driven aroma with a scent of vanilla, wheat, and spice. Good upfront scent of vanilla. Belgian yeast with a scent of pepper, coriander, and clove. Malt scent of wheat, grains, biscuit, and cracker. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and sweet wheat driven taste with notes of vanilla, wheat, and spice. Upfront presence of vanilla. Belgian yeast with notes of pepper, clove, and coriander. Bready malt notes of wheat, cracker, grains, and biscuit. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Wheat ale. Nice mix of vanilla and wheat notes.

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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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