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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 338
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012

India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.
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Photo of Chazari99
2.54/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an example of a beer that has such a poor aftertaste that a craft beer lover might think twice and say "am I missing something". The truth is no, the aftertaste that resembles cough syrup is legitimately awful. I must say that the $5.99 I spent on this bottle would have be better spent on a fast food meal. (315 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into tulip. Paid $6 at deciccos ardsley. Pours a clear golden color with nice head and lacing. Smell is just bad...very bad. Urinal cake is the way to describe it. Lemony and bad.
Taste is decent. Citrus hop with wheaty malts. Hold your nose when you sip this.
Its a good beer with an absolutely horrible aroma...so...not my fav here. Not worth it except for pure curiosity. (395 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into Antwerp Beer Passion Weekend stemware in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Purchased at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; this is me favourite brewery in the world but Mikkel's bright beers tend to pale (excuse the pun) in comparison to his dark beers. No best before date.

Not paired with food.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of nice foam, decent cream, pretty good thickness, and great retention for the above average ABV. Colour is a vibrant clear yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible. Appealing.

Sm: Delightful brettanomyces yeast, fantastic lemon and orange citrus esters, light pleasant wheat, and impressive crystal hopping and crystal malting. A delightfully inviting aroma. Alive; the brett yeasts are fantastic. A refreshing and enjoyable mild strength aroma.

T: Wheat comprises the foundation, but maintains an impressive restrained character to lend the beer a full body whilst maximizing its refreshing feel. Some light hopping lends it citrus esters like orange and lemon as well as crystal hops that aid the mouthfeel. The crystal malts round out the flavour profile nicely. The bretts are used incredibly well to give it a heavenly light touch of yeast without feeling too biscuity. Very subtle; this is a feature rarely seen in IPAs. Near perfectly balanced - though the hop bitterness does manifest on the climax - in spite of being cleverly buried beneath crystal malts. Unfortunately, it's a bit simple and offers little in the way of complexity to satisfy advanced beer consumers.

Mf: Delightfully light on the palate with a crystal tingly coarsness that teases the tongue. Nicely refreshingly wet. Carbonation is near perfect but slightly underdone. Complements the flavour profile fantastically. Its delicate fragile thin quality works for it - though I would like more thickness to bring out the flavours more.

Dr*: A great summer brew. Very drinkable for it's well-concealed ABV. This is how an IPA should be brewed - with regard for balance and innovation rather than part of some hop quantity dicksizing competition. American breweries should take note: high IBUs do not mean your IPA is better than others. Mikkel did a fantastic job with this one. I'd definitely try it on draught.

Best served cold.

A poor candidate for aging.

*I had to bring down the "overall" to achieve the letter grade I wanted. This keeps my reviews fair and consistent.
Low B- (2,728 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. The cap is stamped 9341202.

A: A finger and a half of white, frothy head. Very hazy, straw-yellow. Scattered, heavy lacing.

S: Man, it smells like skunk from the second I uncap the bottle. Bummer. Mild, citrusy hops if you really look for it.

T/M: Mild, funky Brett and crisp carbonation with a bitter-dry endtaste. Some soft fruit, lemon rind, and a pleasant but subdued hoppiness. It grows funkier with time.

O: Interesting, decent beer. Worth trying, if not worth buying. More like a hopped saison than an IPA. (566 characters)

Photo of friendofbeer
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter. Have enjoyed this beer a few times over the years and am glad to finally have the time to make some notes on it. Nice rich fruit notes on the nose, hazy appearance, lively carbonation. Slightly bitter per style, signature Mikkeller attributes are apparent almost "Sessionable", very drinkable. (319 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bit of an oddball beer. It's brewed with wheat, brett yeast, and citra hops.
Pours a slightly cloudy goldenrod color. It's pretty lively with the carbonation, but it's definitely no gusher.
The nose definitely isn't doing it for me. Like some other citra beers, the nose can be a little "catty" at times. The brett yeast might be playing a part in that, too. While sometimes it's more of a grapefruit, most whiffs are ammonia-like.
Luckily the flavor profile doesn't carry that at all. Slightly husky with a bitter grapefruit/lemon-rind character. The brett adds a little bit of a funky note to it, but it's a welcome flavor.
Unique and tasty, other than the nose, this works. It's an odd situation where the nose and taste are definitely separate...and one is good and one isn't.
Gotta love how Mikkeller isn't afraid to go all over the place with his offerings and collaborations.
I bet this would do well with cheese. (932 characters)

Photo of f4zZ3
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at de Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

A: pours a light yellow, somewhat hazy light beer. Light foam and some lacing on the tulipglass. Very nice apperance.
S: smell of grass and brett. Some citrus from the hops and also some floral notes. The brett gives it a kind of funky smell which I like but I know some don't.
T: spicy taste. Notes of citrus and brett. The wheat gives it a taste that I personally don't like but I guess it's what people likes. Some bitter notes at the end.
M: light IPA. Some carbonation, but not lot. A bit of oily feel. Brett!
O: good beer. Not the best Wheat-IPA I've had, but a nice touch with the brett. I enjoyed it. (649 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (315 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased in Vermont. Poured into Pint glass.

A- Pours a translucent very yellowish golden. Lots of small fast rising carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. About a 3-finger thick foamy white head with great retention and leaves very foamy layered lacing.

S- Wheat, grains, floral scents, hops, and some pale malts.

T- Definitely wheaty/grainy for an IPA with a little bit of hops, lemon citrus, pretty wheaty/grainy on the finish.

M- Light, well carbonated, drinks smoothly, abv well hidden.

O- This was definitely an interesting IPA, however I didn't really care for the smell/taste very much. It definitely had a wheaty/grainy taste/aroma but it didn't balance the best with the lemon characteristics of the beer. Overall an interesting try, I'd maybe recommend trying it, but it is definitely not a must have. (849 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with one finger thick soapy white head, settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: sweet-smelling flowers in bloom, grapefruit peel, whole melon, drying cut grass. Taste: dilute nectarine, lots of citric acidity without much definition, green banana, especially in the finish. Really nice fluffy feel, but then finishes a lot like green banana...chalky, sticky. Interesting and refreshing, but not among my favorite brett'd hoppy beers. (488 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows lemon and elderflower brett notes along with farmhouse characters. Little else.
Bretty flavours too, very farmhouse-y with a little elderflower as well. Not much wheat character.
Good moderately high carbonation. (253 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright, vibrant gold color with no sediment and a fluffy white head.

S - Wheat, bright lemon citrus, grass, earthy, some slight funk.

T - Bright citrus flavor predominantly from grapefruit and lemon rind, grass, earthy funk, and a lingering bitter citrus/brett finish.

M - Light medium body with a slight oily coating left in the mouth.

O - It's alright, not great, not bad. I'm not digging the combination with the wheat. (438 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,276 characters)

Photo of Simont
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw colored and somewhat hazy with white mottled head. Started med high but faded to thin (but still present) cap. High carb has kept head intact throughout drinking.

Smell: Light fruity/ spicy hop balanced nicely with wheat aroma. Brett a perfect third player - very present adding a nice depth to fruit and grainy aromas. Some fruity brett acidity is present, and very slight hint of funk.

Taste: Relatively high hop bitterness strikes first and initially seems unbalanced, leaving almost puckering bitterness. But not quite to that level, and as my palate warms to the beer the ibu's actually seem to do a good job of carrying this great wheat/ brett beer. A nice lemon like flavor emerges - but a complex fruitiness that I attribute to brett, which includes some peach and melon with moderate acidity. Brett funk is low, but that intriguing woody character that borders on funk is all over this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with creamy finish, boosted by fairly high carb. Somewhat puckering sensation I attribute to hop bitterness combined with brett acidity

Overall: A very nice brett beer with hop bittering a little higher than I would expect. But it works, for the most part. Brett character perfectly done, just the right amount of acid, fruit and earthy/ woody complexity.

Serving type: 11.2 fl oz bottle (1,338 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead glass. Brewed at De Proef by Mikkeller and Grassroots.

Appearance: Pours a finger of foamy white head atop a hazy golden body. Nice sudsy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very brett forward. Farmhouse funk, earthy yeast and citrusy hops with a nice wheat finish. The combination of brett and hops brings to mind sea salt. Stellar.

Taste: Just like the nose, quite brett forward but not in the same way. The brett here has a more leathery and yeasty taste and the hops come through as more bitter than in the nose. Much more phenolic and peppery with a grassy wheat malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with a light body. Pricky carbonation with a rough texture.

Overall: Reminds more of a Wit beer than an IPA really. In the aroma there’s a nice yeasty profile with citrusy hops, wheat, and peppery yeast. As mentioned, the combo of the brett and hops in the nose bring to mind a really nice note of sea salt, just like the Hill Farmstead version. However, this doesn’t transfer into the taste. It’s a much more odd combination of leathery brett, spicy yeast and hop bitterness. Overall, I remember enjoying the HFS version much better (sea salt, creamy body) where as this one is just ok compared to it. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden straw colour. Relatively clear with a giant fluffy white head.
S: Pineapple, tons of awesome brett funk; Wet horse blanket and urinal cake.
T: Lots of lemon and pineapple. A little bitter aspirin on the finish.
M: Good carbonation. Nice dry finish.
O: Great showcase of brett. Not too much wheat character, brett must have been hungry. Could drink a few of these if they weren't $9.50 a bottle. (412 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured a hazy straw-yellow color with a nice cap of foamy white head that retained and laced well. Big wheat profile on the nose, musty yeast, grass, and a bit of an uncomfortable ammonia presence that was just teetering outside my tolerance level. There was actually an uncanny tea-like sensation in the taste up front, giving way to pale malt sweetness, wheaty acidity, spicy yeast, notes of citrus zest and earth. Medium body, and aside from the questionable aroma, a pretty solid brew overall. (539 characters)

Photo of greenengineer
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slow pour into my Spencer Abbey goblet. Persistent head with nice lacings. Color is pale yellow, almost green. Smell is nice, hoppy, hard to describe. Tastes very crisp, hints of apples. Tart. Not at all IPA tasting - more of a farmhouse ale flavor (must be the yeast). Body is a little watery. Overall a nice crisp beer, but not worth the $6/bottle I paid. (357 characters)

Photo of TallSaint
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Feb 17th, 2013

Wheat esters dominate the nose with notes of fruit loops, grass, and cloves as well a a bit of hay. Crisp wheat esters upfront on the palate - clove and grass. (I'm assuming the grassiness is pronounced by both the unmalted wheat and the brett.) In the mid-palate the hops begin to show with some dense, juicy citrus notes but this quickly dissipates and gives way to a dry back with hay, some subdued funk, and a touch of tartness underneath a pronounced hoppy bitterness.

An interesting beer. Not so much an IPA as a American Pale Ale with a lot of wheat. Hops are not as present as i thought however the balance is fitting as it helps to emphasize every aspect and flavor from the hops, brett, and wheat. (725 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon drop yellow with around three inches of foamy white head. Aroma is an interesting combination of sun-ripe pineapple, tropical flavored gummy candy, lemon rind, sourdough bread, horse blanket, and something between vinegar and cat urine (Brettanomyces can do some funky stuff). Palate is similarly tart and funky, although I am finding the brett to be rather tasteful, flavorsome yet not overpowering although this element does build over the course of 11.2 oz. Awesome juxtaposition of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon hops and the aforementioned barnyard funk, fizzy and effervescent with a hint of butter in the otherwise dry and bitter finish. A little pine sap emerges as well. I'd describe this as a technically proficient, mid-range sour with decent hop character. If I had to critique, I'd say this one is somehow a bir rough around the edges, in a way that is difficult to describe. Still worth the price point. (968 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love mikkeller and the names he comes up with and this was a gift thanks mate you know who you are and pours a dirty yellow blonde with a frothy creamed head and clingy lacing everywhere nice looking and the smell is so inviting to me it's typical Brett mixed with tropical fruit salad,sherbet and freshly torn mandarin leaves it just smells like summer to me and almost reminiscint of the farmhouse invasion IPA,the feel is medium bodied and just a little over carbonated but the tastes of farmhouse funk,Brett,tropical fruit,mandarins,lychee and finished with a bittersweet hit of pineapple and overall it's just what you want on a hot day and another new style that's taken me cheers. (687 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright pale gold with a billowing head of soapy white foam that slowly recedes after a few minutes. Some soapy suds stick to the edges in a sparse spotty pattern. Bright clarity with a slight haze.

Nice Brett aroma with some dried fruit and damp stable hay aromas.

Dry with a hint of astringency, lots of Brett in the taste as well. Doesn't come across like an IPA, more of a Brett Saison or BPA. Some earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. Grassy, yeasty, very dry. Hint of dried pineapple, a little horseblanket. This is a nice beer, not as out there as funkier bottles of Burton Bridge Empire IPA, more clean and well balanced. Worth a try, good intro to Brett for a novice. (678 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light haze on a light gold and wheat body. Rustic, foamy white head has nice retention and great lace.

S - Surprisingly deep. Earthy barn yard funk, sage, black pepper, lemon zest, hay, and fresh wheat.

T - Smooth bready wheat opening, funky hay center, dried grass and lemon zest finish. The bitterness is slightly waxy on the backend.

M - Medium body with par carbonation.

O - Interesting concept. The funk, waxy bitter, and lemon highlights are refreshing, but not necessarily sessionable. (500 characters)

Photo of BlazerT
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass. Little cloudy, golden yellow with medium white head. Medium citrus and straw aroma, also noticable very nice basement accents. Flavour is balanced between dry malt base with some woody accents and nearly medium bitterness. You can also taste some tropical fruits and saison-like accents. Light to medium body, smooth texture, average carbonation, finish is medium and dry, aftertaste is light bitter. Drinkability is high, very refreshing. In general really solid, drinkable and refreshing beer. Very balanced, where none of the element overpower others. (561 characters)

Photo of nate8767
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw-y gold with beautiful, sticky head. Nose is mostly dominated by the Citra, though muted by funk which shows up later. Kind of a strange phenomenon. Taste reverses course and offers delicious lemony Brett upfront, though which quickly fades to an unbalanced, sharp hoppy profile. All superimposed on a wheat base. A confusing beer, though enjoyable. I kind of want to open a saison-brett now though... (412 characters)

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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.