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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.”


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2009
Sampler at the brewery. Pours hazy golden, thin white head. Aroma of wheat and vanilla. Taste, sweet vanilla, light hops, overly smooth with excellent touch of the vanilla. Beer keeps a grainy palate and keep a wheat profile Simple, easy to drink, and overly tasty. I want more..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Growler at RBSG2008 Grand Tasting on 08/02/2008. Clear light golden body with a small white head. Caramel and vanilla aroma. Big vanilla flavor, with some light caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1495) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Draft at the brewpub. Golden color with a small head. Nice nose. Wheaty and vanilla, duh? Taste pretty much the same, nice intial wheat based beer followed by a sweet vanilla taste. Body is simple and clean. Very light and refreshing. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 20, 2009
I picked up a growler while passing through Alpine to visit relatives. Appears a very bright straw color with nice clarity. Nose is very pleasant with the vanilla filling nicely in the background. The taste is very smooth, the wheat presence is light and perfect and the vanilla is not over done and peaks very well towards the end. I drank this entire growler and I wanted to turn around and grab two or three more on my way back. Awesome brew Pat, keep ’em coming~

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Sampled at RBSG. I was quite suprised by this one. I have had many chances to get it, but never did. Finally decided to go for it at RBSG. Lots of vanilla on the aromas. Sweet malty flavors with more vanilla on the end. I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (9954) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a fluffy white head. S: The nose is sweet and has a strong vanilla presence. I still am able to pick up some of the wheat as well, which I was a bit surprised by. T: While the vanilla flavor is pronounced, it is not overwhelming (like I feared it might be). The beer is definitely sweet, but not cloying. As with the nose, I was amazed by how much "beer" flavor was still there. It was almost reminiscent of a Nilla Wafer cookie. M: The body is medium with a bit of crispness and a moderate level of carbonation. D: I was expecting this to be just bad, but it was actually quite a nice balance of malt and sweet vanilla flavors. I don’t think I’d suck down a growler, but a glass was nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5007) - , 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7900) - Carlsbad, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (723) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a clear, classic golden color with a quickly evaporating yellow-white head. Vanilla aroma up front competing with wheat malt. A very light body with nice, but more carbonation than is usual for this style. I was concerned vanilla would be too powerful as evidenced by the aroma. Very nicely balanced as it turns out. Easy to drink and pleasant overall.


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