Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat

Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Wheat Ale
Middlebury, Vermont USA
Serve in Shaker, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 128   ABV: 4.25%
Wildflower Wheat is a delicious unfiltered wheat ale brewed with organic chamomile flowers and a hint of pure organic Vermont honey.

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jgb9348 (6441) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Hazy golden coloured body with a frothy large slightly off-white head. Aroma of very strong honey and floral notes with a lot of perfumey and bright scents - nice and potent. Medium-bodied; Assertive honey sweetness up front dies out relatively quickly with a more herbal and floral blandness and cardboard type taste right afterwards- no depth, no body and no complexity. Aftertaste shows a lot of flowers and some honey with almost nothing else coming through aside from a touch of citrus. Overall, a nice smelling and perfumey beer, but aside from that - there isn’t much going on here at all...perhaps nice on a very hot day when the beer is relatively cold, but anytime else, it’s kind of a let-down. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-July-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 20-September-2011.

jb (3347) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2011
On tap at McGregor’s - this is one of the best wheat’s I’ve had, American style. Clear gold, mild lacing. Nose is a touch fruity with the doughy notes. Sweet tingly mouthfeel. I thought it was cinnamon palate but I imagine it was the chamomile. Very well integrated.

Leighton (22084) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2011
Bottle in NYC from Whole Foods. Pours faintly cloudy gold with a creamy, foamy head. A bit of sharp, sour malts on the nose. Some sugary honey sweetness in the flavor, flowers, but this beer seems to have turned. Medium in body with average carbonation. Mild sour malts to finish. If this is how the beer is supposed to taste, it’s pretty damn bad. Hopefully just an off bottle.

czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
on tap at reservoir, waterbury. pale yellow, slight turbulence, little to no head. nice aromas of cereals, herbs, tart, fruity. herbal freshness, some woodsiness. almost aggressive carbonation, light body.

Tiberious_416 (18) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2011
The appearance of this beer is misleading. Pours a goldenrod/orange yellow with no head to speak of. Lots of carbonation clinging to the outside of the glass. Smells of fresh baked bread and that’s about it. Taking the first sip is indeed surprising, tastes of brown sugar, nutmeg and honey. Very little in the way of hops but slightly malty. Overall a surprising beer; glad I gave it a try!

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Dark gold/light orange shade. Very hazy with no carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, foamy head which quickly and completely dissipates.

Smell: Very sweet, almost bakery-like aroma of honey, flowers and apple pie.

Taste: The label indicates this beer is brewed with honey and chamomile. I’ve never had chamomile before, but I was assume it’s what accounts for the unique flavor of this beer. Usually, I’m not a fan of honey, but combined with the chamomile and the natural banana-bread flavor of the wheat, it makes for a great combination. The flavor and aroma go hand-in-hand in creating for a sweet, pie-like palate - similar to the syrup and crust of an apple pie rather than the apples themselves. Slight cinnamon notes provide the palate with some zip, but the honey sweetness dominates. There’s a slight citrus taste in the finish, but next to no bitterness to speak of. A very delectable palate all around. With a little more energy this would be amazing.

Mouthfeel: Soft, tepid, slightly wet, very clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: While not a refreshing beer per se, WWW is certainly a drinkable one - and how! The sweet palate doesn’t overwhelm and the relatively flat, thinner body makes for a very comfortable mouthfeel and super smooth finish. I think the sweetness might get overwhelming after 2 servings though (like having 2 pieces of homemade apple pie).

Overall, Wolaver’s Wildflower Wheat is a diamond in the rough of summer seasonals. I’m really glad I stumbled across this one.

Drake (14063) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA, opened 4/5/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of honey, floral notes and a nutty almost granola like thing. The taste is honey, grainy malts, bitter hops and chamomile in the finish. Medium bodied. Decent.

Spookgolds (241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
pours a hazy yellow/orange, with little to no head. Has a nice crisp flavor with a honey after taste. A nice summer beer, got it in a summer case.

DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy golden yellow color, thin head fading to near-nothing. Spotty lacing. Lemon aroma, some sweet honey taste. Light, crisp carbonation. Nice, acidic texture, a slight tanginess.

jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Pours a one finger white head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Cloudy, pale amber color, yeast settles in glass. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Lemon nose and flavor is first lemon then honey. Good hot weather ale. $1.60 for a 12oz bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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