This hopfenweiss from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario is a cloudy, saffron coloured wheat ale and pours with a creamy white head that leaves weblike lacing behind as it settles into a thick collar. Wag the Wolf has a distinct earthy yeast smell with fruity aromas of lemon, mango, plantain and passion fruit along with spicy notes of pepper and cloves.
The taste of Wag the Wolf is rather dry and tart from start to finish. Its toasted wheat malt base is joined by lemon and grapefruit citrus tones, a hint of cloves and the beer has taken on a mild sourness since it was packaged that is rather pleasant. This ale has a medium body, a moderate amount of fine carbonation and a veritable ton of yeasty pop that creates a creamy sensation on the tongue and it finishes with an earthy bitterness that feels a bit stronger than the listed IBU of 20.
Wag the Wolf’s label features an intricately drawn image of a wolf’s head that has heterochromatic eyes, one red and one blue. Like all of Beau’s beers, a card containing a bilingual description and relevant brewing statistics can be found tied around the bottle’s neck. A list of ingredients and date of packaging are on the back label.
Wag the Wolf was originally released in 2013 as the 31st entry in Beau’s Wild Oats Series. The batch currently in LCBO stores was originally intended to be released in March of 2014, but was an unfortunate victim of circumstance and didn’t see its release happen until May.
Though the hop characteristics have faded somewhat since it was packaged in late February, this earthy, fruity and yeasty ale is still quite a pleasant experience and holds its place as one of my very favourite beers that Beau’s has ever released. As of this review’s publication, Wag the Wolf was still in stock at over 100 LCBO stores.
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.0%