Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS
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3.95/5 rDev 0%
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!
06-12-2012 23:30:59 | More by bluejacket74
3.8/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-11-2012 02:16:23 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev +0.8%
Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.
A - Hazy straw with a 1.5-finger white head with good head retention and very nice, stratified lacing.
S - Brett, straw, horse blanket, lemon flesh and light hop floral.
T - Somewhat odd juxtaposition of a funky saison and a wheat beer with some lemon flesh and a touch of hop bitterness coming in at the end. An adventurous flavor indeed.
M - Light body and medium carbonation.
O - Tasty but the least favorite of all the HF brews I tried at the event today.
06-10-2012 16:49:36 | More by Tucquan
3.43/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
06-08-2012 04:22:02 | More by AgentMunky
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
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...
05-31-2012 07:01:24 | More by nate8767
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
05-28-2012 15:12:19 | More by Domingo
3.3/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
05-25-2012 05:21:09 | More by kojevergas
4.48/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours pale gold, almost straw. There's a bit of haze, but it's clearer than I was expecting. Nice white head. Dissipates a bit quickly, but that's no big deal. Some lacing.
The aroma is an excellent mix of juicy, tropical fruit hops, wheat spice and barnyard brett funk. Hops are the main component and contribute freshly cut grass mixed with pineapple juice, mangoes and meyer lemons. The yeast aroma is rich with tasty brett notes. The funk blends into the hops well, and there's a dry, clean, almost lager-ish note in there, as well. Though it takes a backseat to the other flavors, there's also a sugarcane malt backbone with a healthy dose of wheat berry spiciness.
Like other brett IPAs, this is a nice dry beer, and I suspect it would get drier over time. There's an initial dose of sweetness flavored by wheat spice and bright hoppiness, but the beer dries out quickly and the hops and yeast take over. There's more tropical fruit hop flavor with some more fruit notes - sort of a grape-apricot blend - and lots of dry yeast funk. The finish is spicy, bitter and dry. Very drinkable stuff.
Mouthfeel is light. Lots of fine bubbles. Lasting finish.
I did not expect anything quite so good, but this is a really nice beer. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, though it's hoppier, has wheat, and the yeast profile is a bit different. In my opinion, White IPAs and brett IPAs are excellent trends, and this beer combines good qualities of both. I'd love to see an American brewery put something similar into year-round six packs.
05-22-2012 05:23:27 | More by popery
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
From notes. On tap at Hill Farmstead's E and Art release. Poured into HF stemware. Cloudy, hazy golden straw in color. The smell is a mix of bready wheat malt and bright floral hops. There's a hint of grassiness as well. The first sip is bright and citrusy, but hops don't dominate. There's significant notes of hay and a bit of funk in there as well. The wheat malt provides a nice backing to the grassy, fruity notes and give the beer a surprisingly thick, solid body for an IPA. Overall this is an excellent collaboration and an interesting take on the style, well worth seeking out.
05-09-2012 02:24:12 | More by vonnegut21
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
was expecting a hazier pour from the description, but there is a slight haze on an otherwise golden straw colored beer that produces a pure white head that retains and laces well.
definite wheat, definite funk, a bit of lemongrass/herbal/floral, and a bit citric hops. tart, but not sour in the aroma. more funky and barnyard aromas than anything.
again, lots of tart, barnyard flavors that combine with the wheat to taste like hay. grassy, floral hops come behind that with lots of brett character, but without barrel-aging they add more funk than sourness.
fluffy medium bodied with a nice lingering tickle of wheat.
not as hoppy as I expected, not as sour either. probably one of the "funkiest" and "rustic" beers I've ever had.
very good collab.
05-02-2012 02:36:35 | More by silentjay
Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
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