Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS
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Reviews by spicelab:
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Brassy yellow, bright and clear, with a moderately dense white head that falls over a few minutes to a thick film and 1cm raised lace curtain. Vigorous bead.
Nose has a distinctive chalky, musky, funky character from the collision of the yeast, hops and wheat. Solid lemon-sherbet/lemon-cleaner presence, sweeter tropical high notes from the hops and mild sweaty socks and dried hay notes keeping it rustic. Really nicely done.
The tart, dry yeast and wheat combo is more dominant, with big upfront lemon pith and breath freshener notes before the hops emerge later, bringing passionfruit and intriguing floral notes into play.
Pretty light entry with a little oiliness, presumably from the hops, but rapidly becomes uncompromisingly dry to the extent that whatever bitterness there may be is completely drowned out.
Excellent concept, and very well executed for the most part. Only criticism is the aggressive drying acidity detracts from the drinkability. To be fair, much of the hop character has likely been lost in the 5 months since bottling.
09-17-2013 06:36:10 | More by spicelab
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4.23/5 rDev +7.1%
Thanks to my brother for sending me this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the brett and orange citrus, with some wheat thrown in as well. The flavor is more of the same. The leathery brett and orange citrus notes really come through and stand out. The wheat provides a nice malt backbone and keeps the bitterness fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice beer, glad I got to try it.
07-01-2012 04:42:40 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist (they've been getting quite a bit of Mikkeller recently). From what I can make out on the label, it's an IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Should be interesting!
Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle-conditioned. A pale golden hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of bright citrus hops with undertones of earthy wheat and a vinous hint of yeast in the background.
Tastes of aromatic citrus hops with a mildly acidic character and a dry finish. Notes of citrus, grainy wheat and earthy, vinous yeast. Subtle bitterness upon swallowing, and a hint of lactic/vinegary sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. A slight acidity on the tongue, and mild astringency. A tad undercarbonated. Aftertaste of sour wheat malt with citrus overtones.
Impressive - a subtle IPA with fantastic balance. Despite the novel ingredients and yeast, the finished article is tasty and very drinkable. The brett adds a distinctive note to the background, but doesn't overpower or clash with the other flavours. The aroma/taste has a dry, lactic - almost lemony sourness that complements the citrus hops perfectly. If it weren't for the price tag I'd grab another one (or two). Excellent - well worth trying if you encounter it.
04-15-2012 23:54:59 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.04/5 rDev +2.3%
This beer is a mildly hazed light gold color with just a little sediment settling. A foamy pillow of pure white head sets at between one and two fingers high and has pretty good retention to it. Lacing is left more in spotting, though some thinnish patches can be found lightly around the glass.
The smell brings the funk, all kinds of barnyard but not neglecting the hops. The wehat is also not overshadowed, making itself known as well. Good integration, all said.
The funk steps aside in the taste for hops bitterness and the wheat backbone to come out more strongly. Tart and funky notes come out more in a lingering finish.
The wheat makes it nice and crisp, with carbonation at a nice level of moderation, and a light but solid body.
07-13-2013 22:43:44 | More by Brenden
3.73/5 rDev -5.6%
12oz chalice at the Underground, in advance of their Mikkeller tap takeover later this week.
This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium golden straw colour, with one finger of bubbly, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent sinking storm cloud lace around the glass as things duly settle.
It smells of bitter orange and grapefruit citrus, surprisingly (I guess) funky yeast, aged lemon flesh, subdued pale grainy malt, with a touch of wheaty astringency, a hint of black pepper, and further leafy, floral hops. The taste is rather prominently funky yeast, mostly of the barnyard sort, well supported by the grainy, edgy wheat malt, and attending citrus and floral hoppiness.
The carbonation is fairly sedate, though pervasive enough to justify itself, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, the hops not quite that adventuresome. It finishes well off-dry, the wheat character discovering its spine, while the hops lend some fruitiness to the cause, and their own offset to the lingering, and now thankfully muted funky yeast notes.
Not really all that prominently wheaty, nor hoppy, as the yeast is the star here, rendering this gimmick inert - it appears that yeast is the new hop, instead. A Belgian IPA, at best, and a so-so one at that.
07-09-2013 01:25:19 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
Pours cloudy yellow, sediment laden, with mushroom cloud of a head. Citrus hoppy aroma exists together with funk. Smooth mouthfeel. The taste is the worst of barnyard, really stinky, with bold hops to make it through drinkability. Do not open this bottle unless you know what you are in for. A hoppy wild farmhouse.
08-21-2012 02:05:50 | More by Sammy
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