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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.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
On tap at the brewery with the bros for dallas’ bachelor party. The vanilla adds a lot to this... Went from an ok ale to a delicious perfect summer session ale. Tastes like cream soda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (3686) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Pours yellow with a white head. The aroma is vanilla and bread. Kind of like vanilla wafers. The flavor is the same. Very light, and kind of sweet. Little to no hop flavor. This is an easy drinker with the vanilla character strong but not overpowering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2011
From the tap poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Flavor and aroma were of vanilla with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 3, 2011
Sample at Alpine Brewery: Aroma is wheat with a little vanilla. Flavor starts with a little citrus followed by fairly strong vanilla and subtle seltzer like spicy bitter finish. Light body is thin with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arondee (590) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Pours a nice yellow color with a medium white head. It smells almost exactly like a Vanilla cream soda. The taste for me was a bit of a let down. They took their wheat beer and added vanilla extract to it. It’s actually a pretty good idea but unfortunately the wheat beer was disappointing. After the initial vanilla taste wears off the wheat beer comes through and it was a little skunky. Good idea, could have been executed a little better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
On tap at brewery today. This is much better than the Willy plain. It adds some depth and complexity missing from the original.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Hazy yellow color. The vanilla and doughy aroma meld to form the smell of rum. I am not a rum fan so I was instantly turned off. The wheat flavors stand through the vanilla flavorings. It’s a cheap trick to spruce up a boring beer. If I had a drain I would have poured it. On a positive note 2 of the 3 girls with me loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4675) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
Draft at the brewpub. Hazy golden pour, white head. Strongly vanilla, with of bread malt in the background. It does remember me a bit of cream soda.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hamilton23 (616) - Alpine, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
On tap at the ABC brew pub. Pours light yellow with some nice lacing in the head. Smell is TONS of vanilla. Taste is overwhelming amounts of vanilla. This beer is best when it is mixed with either their Capt. Stout or Mandarin Nectar to dilute the vanilla a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Poured a very light brown with a little bit of a haze; nice lacing as it goes down. The smell is dominated by the vanilla beans, which mix well with the wheat-beer style, but it just isn’t quite the same as Alpine’s fruit-infused beers. The taste is again primarily the vanilla bean, with a little bit of wheat-induced sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, light, and crisp, which leads to a fairly-nice drinkability. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 01-20-2010

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