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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.”

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oobawa (1748) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Nothing good here. “Wheat ale” seems to be cover for a light, flavorless American-style blonde beer with nothing to offer but a moderate swath of vanilla on the back end. Tastes like a severely watered-down cream soda. Slight pilsnerish malts and a tiny bit of bread on the fade, but otherwise a vanilla spritzer. Hard pass.

3.2
Meilby (11739) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2017
Draught @ Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017 - Blue Session
Pours clear golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, vanilla and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long vanilla and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.1
fonefan (51136) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2017

Draught @ MBCC '17 [ Blue Session ]. - Mikkeller Beer Copenhagen Celebration 2017, Øksnehallen, Halmtorvet 11, 1700 København V, Danmark.

[ As Alpine Beer Company Willy Vanilly ].
Clear medium yellow colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, vanilla. Flavor is moderate sweet and light bitter with a long duration, vanilla, pale malt, sweet malt. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20170512]
6-2-7-3-13

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cheap (6090) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2017
Pale yellow, slight haze. Smells a little metallic. Odd nutty feel, perhaps some vanilla. Not impressed, but hey, I don't like filberts. Like many beers that attempt the nut thang. At only 5.5%, its still a little boozy.

2.9
GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 6, 2017
January 10th, 2015 - Alpine’s Willy Vanilly gets away from the hoppy theme of the first three tasters, getting to something that is much further away from a traditional brew. Gone are the hops and even the malts, instead mimicking a fancy soda with a bit of booze in the background. The aroma is immediately evocative of a cream soda with a graham cracker or two dipped in for a campfire accent, which seems to be a theme which keeps going through the flavor. Cream soda appears here again, and the graham cracker smell has evolved into full on s’mores, making this a sweet treat. It doesn’t taste much like a traditional beer, and I sort of wished I had saved it for last, but it is a curious product, and would work well for group members who don’t especially like beer as a genre.

3.2
kevinator (2726) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2017
Decent beer. Aromas and flavors of vanilla (of course) with some wheat hints and nuttiness. Medium weight.

3.6
ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2017
12 oz bottle from Half Time. Great name. Accurate description.
Clear golden, off white head. Smells of vanilla. Tastes pretty much like a vanilla wheat beer. Tingle feel, light body. Maybe could use a little more of something beyond the vanilla and wheat, but I’m not mad at it. Got what I was expecting.
3.6: 7/4/7/3/15

2.5
IslandHaole (1299) - Misawa, JAPAN - JUN 26, 2017
A light haze on this light/med golden colored brew with a white medium head. Grainy with a hint of butterscotch, crisp with mild carbonation and a light body. Flavor is similar to the aroma, mostly malty, wheat, hazelnuts, light fruit....peaches or apricots. Fairly well balanced. Not bad but not anything special.

3.3
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 21, 2017
Tap; pours slightly hazy gold with a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass; aroma of wheat, citrus, and a hint of vanilla; taste is wheat, vanilla, and citrus; dry finish; fairly ordinary

2.9
jgb9348 (6484) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Crisp, ever so slightly hazy golden coloured body with absolutely no head at all. Aroma of wheat, pungent metal and medicinal scents and a touch of vanilla and oak, but not much of anything else or anything too pungent. Light-bodied; Deep super strong flavour of vanilla, almost too pungent, like a custard or cream, with a touch of malt (with no real wheat detected), some grasses and dry oak, but the vanilla and caster sugar sweetness come out more than anything else. Aftertaste is perhaps a tad too vanilla-centric with a lot of sweetness and vanilla/oak flavours and not much of anything else. Overall, an interesting beer, although pretty much what I expected, which is sad to say, not a great beer - good if you like light-bodied, easy-drinking beers with a TON of vanilla notes! I sampled this stubby-ish twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 02-October-2016 for US$1,99 sampled at home in Washington, in front of the store on 15-June-2017. ’Best By: 24-December-2016 on label’.


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