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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Since “Willy” is so versatile and can be flavored with fruits and essences, we add a touch of vanilla extract to compliment the sweet nuttiness. Also good mixed with Captain Stout, a blend we call “The Captain and Vanil.”


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
bytemesis (3433) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tap. Clear pale yellow, small white head, little lacing. Smells like vanilla soda; not much else going on. Taste is same, very sweet, no bitterness. Light body. Not my thing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10958) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Growler sample shared by brew3crew. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex vanilla sweet aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium vanilla sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Not a great response to this.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (6805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Sample from a growler, thanks to brew3crew. Wow, interesting vanilla flavor... But it’s just weird in this kind of ale. Clear golden color, minimal white head. Light but sharp carbonation, lighter body. Tastes like body lotion. A novelty for sure

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5713) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Growler to taster (thanks brew3crew). Looks solid; a transparent light gold with white lacing. Smells sweet and vanilla. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8671) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Tap at Alpine. Pours a low haze straw. Soapy white foam. Vanilla and orange creamsickle nose. Taste is vanilla bean ice cream, orange creamsickle, lactic dairy. Lactic and oily palate. Very good. Major improvement on the normal Willy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2012
distinct vanilla aroma. Easy to drink, and easy on the palette. Nice vanilla character without being overbearing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSensi (119) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Poured from tap at Alpine. Poured into glass cloudy yellow with white head. Aroma of heavy vanilla and cream soda. Taste as it smells.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Tap at brewpub. Hazy straw with one finger creamy white head, down to a film before long. Smells like crisp wheat and light sweet vanilla. Simple and pretty satisfying. Flavor still has the vanilla, still the crisp wheat. Well-attenuated, otherwise the sweet and vanilla could be too much. As it is, it’s great. Dry finish, bitterness negligible with lingering wheat. Light to moderate carbonation with a light body. Easy drinker for sure, but I think its great. Seems almost funny I’ve grabbed a few growlers of this in the past instead of their other hoppier well-known offerings.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Slightly spicy aroma with lots of vanilla complimenting the bready yeast notes. Subtle citrus presence compliments the prominent vanilla. Medium bodied but fuller than expected with bready yeast, and lots of vanilla.  The vanilla flavor dominates providing a lot of sweetness that compliments the bread notes but takes away from the citrus and spice.  Some banana and lemon peel along with some subtle clove/pepper.  Could use a bit more balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
on tap at the brewery. Pours a amber with a white head. Flavor hints of oak and vanilla.


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