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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63/5   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Organic Wilder Wheat is an American Style Hefeweizen. Light in body and alcohol, the Wilder Wheat is brewed with half organic barley and half organic wheat. Gently hopped with organic Hallertau hops and fermented with a German yeast, this style of wheat has aromas of clove and vanilla and a lightly carbonated body.

On St. Patrick’s Day, 2006, a small group of brewers and judges selected Dave Bossie as winner of the first HomeBrew to ProBrew contest for his Organic American Style Hefeweizen. This was a first for homebrewer, Dave Bossie, but Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing fell in love with the vanilla aromas and creamy body of his recipe. It quickly became a hit at the tasting bar, as a refreshing yet full bodied beer, with lots of character. Dave Bossie chose the name, Wilder Wheat, inspired by the historic Santa Cruz location, Wilder Ranch, just down the street from the brewery. The rest, as they say, is beer history. We hope you enjoy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
yespr (39991) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours hazy yellow with no head. Aroma is light cornish and estery fruity. Classic wheat flavoured with a little more sweet malt base than usual for the style. Light bitter and fruity finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Braudog (6255) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Draft at the brewery. OK, so here’s the deal with every beer I had here: buttery. Adjust the color and basic flavor component to match the beer otherwise, and that pretty much wraps it up. This one was a little wheaty, which is what you’d hope for in a wheat beer. (#3582, June 2009)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Sour aroma with some hint of citrus, flavor was similar, not really impressive to say the least. For a Wheat it was really flavorless honestly, or maybe flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
28-Jan-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 11-Jan-08 for $4.29 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Hardly a sound when popping the cap, the hazy, medium-straw colored beer pours with only a thin, bubbly head that fully dissipates rapidly. Upon first tasting this "American Style Hefeweizen," the beer seems very light and uninteresting. Just not a lot of flavor or body. But after a few more sips, some interesting notes emerge. The wheat base is very light and almost evades detection, but that just allows the other flavors to come out more. Somewhat spicy, lightly citrusy, estery (almost-ripe banana), and mildly sweet, but also gently tart. The beer also has a very dusty, chalky quality, which I really dig. Aromas match the flavor, specifically the dustiness and tartness. Body and carbonation are certainly light, but with the spice, dustiness and light tartness, the end result is a refreshing beer that begins to resemble a saison in some respects. Not a great first impression, but that’s mostly because the beer didn’t match my expectations. Once past that, the beer is actually quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo La Mesa. A very intriguing Hefe. Nose was lightly sour and a bit funky with some citrus, same with the flavor. I had to think twice about this one, different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Hazy straw yellow with a fizzy white head that doesn’t care to stick around very long. Aroma is faint, but tart citrus and a bit of wheat ester sweetness are detectable. Flavor is sweet but a touch acidic. More lemon than banana, some spice. Sort of mealy and thin-bodied. Pretty weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
valpoaj (726) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy Jah Noth - Thanks! Opaque yellow pour...small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is very bland...not much other than some wheat and a bit of orange. Flavor is similarly bland...has some orange and a splash of spice, but is otherwise completely unremarkable. Concur with a few others that there is a funk in here that just doesn’t belong. This is the 2nd or third organic beer I’ve tried, and so far, none have been impressive in the least!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjg74 (2961) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bomber from BevMo. Hazy light yellow in color. Somewhat sour grainy aroma. Grainy wheat flavors. A little bit of a citric quality as well. Not very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle from Holiday Wine. Let me make this short and simple since this beer was as boring as a glass fo water. Appears as a glowing off white yellow with fizzy small heading. Aroma is soapy and tart with a small squeeze of citrus. The flavor is bland and has no real stand out characters other than grain malt and grassy sour hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Pours cloudy yellow with a short-lived bubbly white head. Vanilla, wheat, and green apples in the nose. Taste is unremarkable. More vanilla, metallic wheat, and some sort of funkiness that just does not belong. The bottle claims that this beer won an some sort of beer contest. I can only imagine the crap the judges had to drink if this is the beer that won. Avoid.

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