Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS
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3.39/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 21:17:48 | More by friendofbeer
4.21/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle sealed with yellow pressure cap.
poured into HF wine stem.
Appearance: glowing, brilliant, transluscent yellow bodied beer with 3 fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power and lingers for a while, but eventually drops to an uneven cap. Tons of lacing all over the side of the glass.
Smell: oranges, tropical fruits, and fruity brett are the things that are abounding in the aroma of this beer. Slighty yeasty and bready aromoas are less intense.
Taste: the beer starts of with a mild generic bitterness that really doesnt have a flavor. Then some tangerines and tropical fruit notes appear. Fruity and earthy brett notes hit mid palate. Slightly sweet malt profile of wheat and wet hay. Maybe even a hint of farmhouse funk, but its very mild. A hint of honey sweetness and fruity esters. Not really any lingering flavors are noted in the aftertaste of this beer.
Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. well carbonated beer. very drinkable and refreshing. slightly crisp and very clean. It feels like its a delicate belgian beer.
Overall: This beer is tasty, but not over done. It would be a great beer to have on a really hot day. The brett is showcased fairly well and the hops slightly take a bit of a back seat in the overall picture of the beer. This beer reminds me more of a saison than any other beer style, which was something that I can appreciate about this beer. I liked this collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. I think that this beer has a heavier influence from Grassroots than from Mikkeller.
Serving type: bottle
04-05-2014 06:44:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5 rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Straight pour from a pry-off 11.2oz/330ml bottle to a can glass; no freshness or bottling dating that I can see, but given that it’s a well-stored brett beer, I’m not too worried.
Appearance (4.25): Believe it or not, this pours with a very bright, almost perfectly clear yellow body, sitting underneath two fingers of off-white foam that crackles away slowly but visibly. Staying power is average, but lacing is well above: wide-set webs of frilly lace, legs connecting loosely-defined collars all around the glass. Dainty and quite pretty. For some reason, this beer just strikes me the right way.
Smell (4.25): It’s certainly got a nice aroma! Somewhat fruity, bitter-tart citrusy hop notes mingle well with the peppery, fruity combination of brett and wheat, the latter of which also plays well with the earthy, slightly musty side of the brett. A little piney and a little spicy in the end. Lightly bready, moderately hoppy, moderately funky, moderately spicy, lightly fruity.
Taste (4.5): Hops and brett definitely duke it out a bit here, showing a solid citrus zest bitterness that floats in and out next to bretty pepper and a light, fruity tartness—the overall effect being some yellow grapefruit juice, minerally white wine, a tiny bit of pineapple sweetness, and some very tangy lemonade. Actually, this is very lemony, now that I think about it. The malt body is soft and bready without coming off as starchy or biscuity—just nice, soft, fresh-baked white bread with a light drizzle of honey. There’s a slightly peppery, musty-funky undercurrent throughout the whole thing, too, which is excellent because it stops short of coming off as phenolic in any way. Damp hay, white wine, tangy pear, lemon zest, and a spiciness I can’t pin down really sum it up nicely. No booze. Excellent stuff!
Mouthfeel (4.75): Eminently drinkable—like, really hard to just sip. The carbonation seems modest but tingles early and ends up quite fluffy, washing out with a nice, full foaming effect only at the swallow. The body is just a bit on the light side of medium-weight, and has the perfectly dry feel that begs for more but without parching even for a second.
Overall (4.25): This is, I think, an outstanding beer. It’s so easy to drink, so tasty, and bright and lemony, and so well-executed—the brewers avoided every single downfall of brett that I can think of. It’s not phenolic, it’s almost perfectly carbonated, everything meshes, and its funk is never off-putting. If I were a brewer, this is exactly the kind of beer I’d want to make all of the time. Kudos, Mikkeller and Grassroots, because this beer is awesome.
Serving type: bottle
03-25-2014 02:14:28 | More by fmccormi
4.06/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Straw yellow color. Finger worth of head on the pour which is light and bubbly. Average to slightly above average carbonation in glass while drinking. Light random lacing.
Smell: Front of the brettanomyces jumps out. Lightly sour, mainly a tart dryness compliments the wheat and prairie grass/straw tones in the front of this brew. Some hops picked up on the back end but no doubt dominated by wheat and brett.
Taste: Hint of some fruit tones pops up first then quickly yields to some dry wheat which is again complimented well by the tartness of the brett. Dry wheat tones continue into the body then surprisingly quick back off the palate. The finish is some light hop fruit tones of lemon and citrus and lingering tartness.
Mouthfeel: Enjoyable transitions of dryness to easier going on the back end. Carbonation is present but plays well with everything going on.
Overall: A unique brew from Mikkeller and Shaun Hill. I didn't know whether to sit on this for a while and hopefully let the brettanomyces develop more or drink it fresh. It was crisp and refreshing with a nice amount of brett character even being so young. Doesn't really feel at all like an IPA as the label states, but who cares. I certainly wouldn't mind a six pack of these during a coming summer months.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2014 17:39:45 | More by KFBR392
Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
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