“The aromatics are unreal, with an aggressive hop scent full of pine, dank resins, spice, grapefruit, rind, pith and a mixed bag of herbal goodies. Beneath it all are sweet, syrupy notes of rich tropical fruit like pineapple, ripe honeydew and mango.”
Sam Calagione — Founder at Dogfish Head Brewing
The Wanderer is a special blend of oak aged ales that we made with Craig and Beth from San Francisco's City Beer Store. Blending a mix of sour ales and our anniversary ale the base of this beer has a delightfully sour tinge on top of a hearty malt backbone.
To add to the flavor, Craig and Beth selected blackberries and bing cherries to be added to the ale adding to it's already fruity complexity. Light charring in the background, some burnt sugars.
Creamy on the palate, with an underlying tingle of carbonation highlighted by an aggressive citric-rind hoppiness and an acrid bite. Malts are toasty, roasty and moderately sweet, offering nutty flavors of biscuit, earth and roots
Some of the other differences between the two are the use of hops and malt. German Hefeweizens are barely touched with hops as not to bring harshness to the delicate balance of esters and phenols.
The addition of wheat is what gives this beverage a very crisp and refreshing profile. Hefeweizens are generally highly carbonated brews, and when poured, these magnificent beers should be cloudy.
This quad is insanely fluffy-smooth on the palate, with an even, full-body and semi-sharp carbonation edge that knocks the silky bliss down for a moment. The softness returns as a mildly sweet malt profile.
“The beer pours dark brown, near black, with ruby hues. Tan foamy head with a decent amount of clingy lace. Loads of complex roasted and smoked aromas, pear, grain and husk beneath. Smooth and creamy on the palate. Medium body, with a nice malty base.”
Nancy — Social Media at Dogfish Head Brewing