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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 351
Avg: 4
pDev: 24%
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 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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with some Brett flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice Brett presence.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of funkiness are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of barnyard funk along with hints of citrusy hops—grapefruit seems to stand out in particular. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has some crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of Brettanomyces really makes the smell and taste of this beer interesting, although it's balanced enough with the underlying beer so the hops still shine through and the funkiness isn't too overpowering. The wheat malts makes this lighter-bodied and easier to drink compared to other IPAs.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this is one clever and complex glass of beer. some may say its just stupidly bretted out, overdone and in need of refinement, but I would passionately disagree. this beer is fantastic, like nothing else, and an example of the genius that is mikkeller. it pours a really hazy lemonade color, almost like a Berliner, with whisps of tiny yeast particles in suspension and a massive bone white lacey head, airy and fluffy. the nose is like wet animal, goats milk, and hyperactive saison yeast. the brett factor here is through the roof, but underneath the funk is a nice wheat malt body and a oily bitter hop presence that drive it forward. the flavor is a perfect mix of he three, really. I don't think this beer lacks balance at all, although I could identify with those who critique it on the brett overdose grounds. its the dominant flavor, which I happen to love. the what is harvest fresh, like freshly milled, and has a certain earthy character to it, while the hops is brutal and bitter, aggressive, but with some lemon notes and a lot of alpha acid. One of the more complex wheat based beers ive ever tasted. the feel could stand a touch more carbonation to lighten things up a bit, but the body is smooth and not filling at all. I would happily drink a 6er of this any day. overall this is another challenging beer by mikkeller, one that demands careful attention to detail, and an appreciation of the journey it leads.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color with a small white head on top. The retention was pretty good, the lacing was a bit on the weak side. The smell of the beer gives off plenty of Brett on the nose, it's got a pretty good blend of hops in there as well. The taste is tart and bitter, it's hard to get any wheat or grains from this beer at all. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and light bodied, very drinkable even for a wild IPA like this. Overall I liked the beer, I found it to be quite impressive even though the grains are a bit hidden under the hops and Brett. Worth looking into in my opinion.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big pasty white fluffy 2 finger head that fades fairly slowly with nice pillowy lacing, semi clear bright golden yellow-orange color.

Nose brings a nice Brett funk, light lemon, grassy, little horsehair, lemongrass, hay, wheat, earthy, touch of fruity zest like hops,

Taste brings more Bretty funk right off, little horsehair and earthy bready doughy funk, light yeasty flavor from the funk as well. Then grassy flavors, some wheat and hay, grainy, bready and grainy. Then light grassy and lemony hops, little citrus like rind and fruity hops, nice bitterness, floral and bright. Finish is dry and funky, more bready malt flavors, lingering barnyard funk, decent bitterness and light floral grassy citrus hops.

Mouth is med bodied, lots of carb.

Overall very nice, very tasty, great Brett funk, hops blend nicely with it without overpowering adding nice floral, grassy, lemony and bit citrus hops, and the wheat adds subtlties to the underlying beer, without being too drowned out. mikkeller makes some great beers, just wish they weren't so expensive.

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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-

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From 02/23/12 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for picking this up for me in VT. 12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy yellow straw color with one and a half fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. There is a lot of lacing on the glass and nice head retention.

s - Smells of brett, wheat, spices, tropical fruits, floral hops, and some citrus hops. Very nice nose; lot of brett and fruit/hops.

t - Tastes of pepper, spices, brett, tropical fruits, fruity malts, earthy malts, some citrus hops. Taste is nice but has more spice and pepper than the nose, and less brett. A slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink and just a touch overcarbonated.

o - Overall a really nice beer; one of the better non-stout Mikkeller beers I've had in a while. Nose is awesome and has a ton of brett, with a little more spice in the taste. Definitely worth checking out and would have it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pint glass.

A - Giant creamy white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Tropical brett, citrus hops, unmalted wheat, some light herbal and grassy notes.

T - Taste is similar, with hefty brett funk and tropical flavors, some stone and tropical fruit malt sweetness, and a mildly sour and bitter finish.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, slightly dry, quite refreshing. No discernible alcohol.

D - Pretty enjoyable stuff that delivers exactly what it promises. Easy to drink and great for a hot summer day. Surprisingly affordable for a Mikkeller offering. I'd drink this one again if it was on-tap somewhere.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a matching Mikkeller teku glass. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of fluffy white head. The cap fades leaving patches of webby lace sticking all over the glass. Constantly rising bubbles maintain about a finger of froth across the top.

The aromatics of this brew is quite tropical. Scents of pineapple, mango and citrus like lemon emit from the glass. A light amount of sulfur and grassy quality coupled with earth and wheat is also present. As the brew warms up, there is a mild barnyard character to the nose but overall it is quite tropical and rindy.

The taste is quite earthy from a combination of brett and some herbal to earthy hop bitterness. There is some citrus elements mixed with rinds and pulp somewhat reminiscent of grapefruit. The brew has some zest elements about it that focus on fruit but the earthiness is impossibly to avoid. The earth has mild hints towards wheat grain but this brew is really all about the hops and brett.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest to effervescent level of carbonation. It is an interesting arrangement of flavor that was quite enjoyable. I think if the bitterness could be tamed back a little this would make for a killer brew. The finish of this brew is so dry that it has some snap to it which increases the drinkability. About the only thing I can gripe about is the veggie flavoring that is present.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a stemless wine glass.

A real nice orb glowing lemon yellow, slow rising carbonation crawling. Head is big and fluffy white, hints of creamy with lots of retention and clumps. Aggressive, and light colored. Great look.

Great nose. Lemon citrus hop, salty brett. Dry yeast and bread punch, real nice. Some faint garden floral notes also, and lots of barnyard earth stench cowpie going on. Really like where this is going.

Taste is a quasi mix of saison hot and hop power. Quick hot sharp hop bitter blast, but quickly fleeting. Long lasting brett finish and dry. Crisp with a weird hop bite, but kind of fun.

Overall the beer is kind of all over and sort of fools you a bit style wise, but it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a faintly cloudy golden yellow color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Large rings, streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral, perfume like aroma that mixes earthy, piney hops with funky yeast, light fruit, citrus and bread. Really interesting nose. Dank, earthy hops that smell as fresh as could be with grass, pine needle and citrus fruit notes.  Just a touch of funky brett and sweet booze as well.  Wheat elements get kind of overshadowed with some bread and banana flavor.  Subtle zesty spice as well.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of earthy, bitter hops, funky bretted yeast, sweet alcohol, zesty spice, citrus and light fruit.  Really complex and unique.  Strong hop presence up front with dank, dry bitterness, grass and pine needle countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes.  There's also some subtle brett there to give it some dry, musty funk without taking over.  Toward the end of the palate there's some peppery spice,  maybe clove or coriander before finishing with some boozy sweetness.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle purchased from Berkeley Bowl West in Berkeley, CA. Brett-fermented wheat IPA? Yep, I'm game.

Pours a mildly hazed bright pale yellow colour, with a rocky, large-bubbled head of white that settles down to some messy aerated lace and chunky film. Body is light and the carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Nose is lovely. Fresh citric and sweet hop aromas mingle with a greenness and an organic brightness from the brett. Plenty of apple skin, a little pepper, with some earthier organics coming through when it's swirled. It's quite pungent as well: the funk in particular is direct and slightly sharp. Lovely.

Taste matches very nicely with the other areas. Bright tart fruit characters on the front, softly diving into a pillowy wheat fullness like you get with a full-bodied hefeweizen. A prickle of hops on the back provides the next layer of interest, but it bubbles along with the funk to the end, leaving organic weirdnesses to foment and crash right through to the finish. It's anarchic but tamed.

Feel is relatively full, but subdued by the hop bite and a prickle of carbonation.

Overall, this is a really lovely beer. I really love the complexity, and I love the fact that the complexity is coherent. Moreover, it's extremely interesting: all of the characters that work together in such balance provide something unique at the same time. Marvellous stuff.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
4.28/5  rDev +7%

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sourness, tartness, wheat, slight hops, hint of alcohol, strong yeast, hint of grass, and slight sweet malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, hint of hop, lemon citrus, wheat, slight sweet malt, hint of grass, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, complexity, and nice freshness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a bit of haze and a huge white head. Aroma has definitely some funk going on. Clear brett smell overwhelms all other components. Taste starts with some light bitterness and yeast notes and finishes with a pretty harsh bitterness. Hops are in the earthy, grassy area, not very aromatic. The beer lets the brett characters shine more. Overall it's very enjoyable beer. I would be curious to see how it tastes with some age on it.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.14.13

A - Pours a hazy yellow with a one inch off-white fluffy head that slowly fades.

S - Sweet candy, corn, spice, very welcoming and nice.

T - Sweet wheat, honey, candy, a touch of hop bitterness.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - A very nice sweet-candy wheat forward brew. Very welcoming and nice.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very light. Looks crisp.

Holy Wheat, Batman! And it's complimented by a mix of pungent, fruity brett and hops.

Ditto on the flavor. The Brett and the hops mix well, creating a salty pretzel facade (think the saltiness of a pretzel...the dough that created that pretzel). The hops drown out the Brett more than I'd like.

Lingering "saltiness" from the hops and brett mixing. Lest I forget about the wheat, it is barely here. More of an enhancer at this point.

Excellent collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. Might I add that wheat IPAs/white IPAs seem to be the "style du jour". Better to have the pros do it and do it well!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy straw gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and hoppy, the brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon peel, tropical fruit, oranges), brett, and a bit of wheat. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (a lot of tart citrus, tropical fruit, orange/lemon peel), brett, wheat, and some grassy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a little bit coating and has good carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, but probably not worth $4.99 a bottle. Definitely worth a try though!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Mikkeller version, two year old bottle, shared by Bob at our tasting last night.

Pours a golden, slightly hazy yellow, with a one inch head, and some lacing down the glass.

Smells like lemon, hay, some citrus hops, and wheat.

The taste is similar- the years on this bottle have allowed the Brett to completely take over- it tastes more like a wild saison or something like that than an IPA at this point. There's a little bit of an acidic twang, with lots of barnyard like funk, some wheat/hop bitterness, some citrus, mostly lemon.

Light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, dry, mouthfeel.

A good one to start the tasting off with, this bottle has held up pretty well.

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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.

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