Wild Rose Farmhouse White

Reviewed by on June 11, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Wild Rose Brewery

  • Origin: Calgary, AB, CA

  • Rated On: June 11, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Wild Lager

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Wild Rose has taken to producing more of these complicated yeasty, wine barrel aged, and well, really, fussy brews, it would seem – oh, with and our old friend Brett – yeah.

This 750ml, big-boy bottle pours (after a retarded amount of immediate cap-popping overflow – and thanks for messing with my otherwise innocent phone, just saying) a very hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some speckled landform lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.  It smells of musty orchard fruit, zesty white pepper and coriander spice, gritty and grainy pale and wheaty malt, strangely timid yeast, and some plain leafy, weedy, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and slightly doughy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, some heady stone pit fruitiness, a wayward son yeasty thing, waning vanilla-forward oaky notes, more plain earthy spice, and a now subtle leafy, weedy, and dead grassy hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty tame in their gentle and really inoffensive frothiness, the body a plain medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, as the gentle funkiness here has very little bearing on the overall experience, as it were. It finishes off-dry, the fruity, yeasty, and mildly funky esters carrying the day.

Overall, this is an agreeable and eventually easy to drink farmhouse, uh, lager, the sort constructed in a south Calgary industrial park, if that really matters to you (it does to me), which keeps us Albertans all on our collective heels, in the sense that the funk really should still be considered, um, well, considerable.

Brady White



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