Walk On Water - To Øl
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2.74/5 rDev -24.9%
Incredibly ballsy, the collaborative efforts of Mikkeller and ToOl has lead me to be convinced that both have lost their damn minds. The "lightest beer in the world" at fourteen percent alcohol is both an incredible and ridiculous notion- like craft-brewed malt liquor or "impeiral" light beer. But what they have accomplishes is the lightest beer at this strength that I have come across.
Pale straw in color, the beer is partly fizzy, partly frothy as its foam structures build on top like champagne and collapses just the same. With no real attempt at head retention or lacing- the ale is actually succeeding at its attempt, as its lack of substance has sorely impeded its foam character.
Spicy aromas of grain sweetness and alcohol are highly Saki-like. A whole lotta nothin' causes its scent to be thinly of "Karo-type" corn syrup, spicy vodka and chardonnay- equipped with sulfury white grape and green apple character. Peppercorn, hay and husk aromas shine a light on balance but in the most rustic and raw attempts.
Flavors definately shift from any malt character to all graininess. Its a quite empty taste as if adjunct cereal grains take command of the taste buds with a light anorexic sweetness of candy sugar. Its champagne-like finish is fruity, spicy and again, saki-like.
Just as ugly in mouthfeel as it is in taste, the beer does coat the mouth with residual sweetness and vodka-like alcohol. Its heated prickle and numbing texture has little balance outside of a peppery hop dryness.
There's simply not enough beer-like characteristics to assess one way or another- its simply a malt liquor that's hiding in craft beer clothing.
12-17-2013 19:36:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.71/5 rDev +1.6%
This poured out as a slightly hazed yellowish gold color. The head was white and held a good retention from start to finish. The lacing on this beer was pretty impressive too for being 14% ABV. The smell of the beer reminds me of DfH 120 for some reason. I feel that the hop aromas and the big boozy heat coming off of this one give a close comparison to that beer. There isn't much in the way of malt aroma here it's just hops and booze. The taste of the beer is hoppy as well. The citrus powers this beer right along. The aftertaste isn't as nice because I keep tasting plastic/latex on the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty drinkable for as big of a beer as it is. The carbonation is good also. Overall this is a beer that I think should be cellared for a year or two then sampled again. When it's fresh it's pretty strong, lots of in your face flavors as well as a ton of booze heat. Time might do this beer some good. Right now it's wicked strong.
02-22-2013 00:40:51 | More by Knapp85
3/5 rDev -17.8%
Served in a snifter at Firkin.
"He's down by the creek, walkin' on water." I couldn't resist. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises boozy wheat, light powdered sugar, and a bit of vague fruit. Seriously, it's like walking into the produce section: you know there's fruit, but you can't figure out which ones are affecting your 'strils at any given moment. The taste brings in more of the same, with the booze certainly ratcheted-up and the odd fruitiness also gaining some heft. There's a touch of funkiness to the fruit now, but it's nearly negligible. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I would say succeeds at actually drinking all that well in any real sense. I'm glad I got to try it, but I'm also glad that I'll likely never have it again.
04-04-2013 19:34:42 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +9.6%
10oz glass at the Underground. Good god, but I've been waiting all year for this nascent beer pub to finally, and verily release this particular offering to we plebian sorts.
This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and actually rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice sheer painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of pungent orange liqueur, pine resin, lemon floor cleanser, sweetly floral perfume, and some further independent fruity alcohol. The taste is more citrus cream doctored with vodka, grapefruit and lime rind, lemon drops, wet bready pale malt, and more earthy floral, and well perfumed hops.
The carbonation is quite light, but supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and rather sugary in its smoothness, the alcohol informing here as well. It finishes on the sweet side, the fruitiness, malt, and booze all large and in charge.
A big (if not in gravity, I don't know how that works) strong ale, the perfumed essence going a long way in masking the ABV. Glad I sipped this slowly while enjoying the Monday night steak special, for once.
12-24-2013 05:27:26 | More by biboergosum
2.6/5 rDev -28.8%
Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this experimental brew. A 14%, 1 IBU beer that is apparently less dense than water? Uh, OK? Served in a Russian River tulip.
A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Lightly hazed blonde body. Certainly LOOKS like a light beer.
S - Booze. Fusels galore here, particularly as it warms up. Beyond that, there's some nebulous sugar malts and a hefty dose of herbal and citrus dry-hop aroma. Unfortunately combining pine, citrus, and unabashed alcohol gives this a cleaning solvent type of aroma; not totally irredeemable though.
T - The taste is less boozy than the aroma, and there's surprising balance considering there is only 1 IBU; this isn't cloying at all. Sugary malts and fruity yeast appear to be balanced by alcohol bitterness instead, with a touch of walnut.
M - Goes down shockingly easy. Dry and chewy medium body, with unobtrusive moderate carbonation. Fairly clean finish, and restrained alcohol warmth. Definitely the best thing about the beer.
D - It's better than I expected, but it's still not very good. I struggled through a few ounces and then gave up; make sure you have 4-6 people on hand to tackle a 12oz bottle. You might get similar results blending a hoppy pale ale with vodka though.
12-11-2012 05:52:10 | More by MasterSki
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
I had this on tap at Holy Hound, served chilled in a pint.
The color is a lightly hazed golden with thin white head which falls to a ring of small beads. The smell is mildly tropical with fruity element that is slightly citrus but tinged with sour white grapes and mild alcohol esters. the feel is not heavy, yet it has a strength and warming from the alcohol with mild spice and bitterness and very mild sweetness and carbonation.
The taste is good with some malt sweetness up front and a gently grassy and citrus tinged hop flavor with light tropical element with gentle tangy yeast accent and drying alcohol in the finish. Overall this was an interesting beer but it seems more of a concept than a truly great strong ale. The alcohol flavor comes through a little more than I like but the flavor is not bad.
04-16-2013 16:29:29 | More by Slatetank
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Collaboration between To Øl and Mikkeller. Shared with my bro Sam.
Pours a cloudy golden hue with flecks of orange. Head is pretty fluffy, but relatively minor. Some speckled lace forms when the beer is swirled, as does a decent amount of carbonation. Body is indeed quite light, but it has a residual weight to it which cause the carbonation to be very languid. Overall, it looks pretty good.
Nose is pleasantly sharp with hops, and some booze, but really only a suggestion. Lots of orange peel, marmalade, a hint of tonic water and a little hay like grassiness. It's actually rather pleasant, and remarkably subdued.
Taste is also similar. Sweet marmalade character mingled with some fruity, citric hops, a little tea, some white pepper and some sweet sugar characters. There's some booze, but it's quite muted: indeed, it's more of a feeling than an actual flavour. In many other respects it seems extremely approachable and really quite easy drinking.
Feel is smooth and light, but with that tingle of booze.
Drinkability-wise this is quite extraordinary. I think it's a really nice, supple and drinkable brew. And yet it's 14% alcohol? That's insane. I could believe maybe 8%, but this is really shockingly light and refreshing for how big it is. And that's some masterful work.
02-23-2013 06:00:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.86/5 rDev +5.8%
Draft offering at the Batdorf served in a short sort of pub/pils glass. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with a thin white film. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass along with clear legs of lacing effect.
The aroma starts off with some abrupt perfume-like alcohol. Some citrus zest, orange and solvent booze with almost a vinous aspect that creeps out as it warms. While I have never had this brew before, it has a strange familiarity about it.
The taste is bitter and rindy with a huge alcohol feel that numbs the tongue. Some orange or lemon zest quality with an herbal hop feel that borders on feeling tropical yet medicinal at the same time. Strange that while really boozy, it maintains a feel about it that makes me keep coming back for more.
This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light level of carbonation that keeps things uplifting. It is boozy to say the least but strangely familiar and enjoyable. I dont really understand the concept here...lightest beer in the world? At 14% it sure isnt light in potency. The cooper coloring sure isnt the lightest. The mouthfeel, while light could be lighter. Whatever, its an enjoyable boozy sipper despite the name being a fail.
10-17-2013 19:38:47 | More by stakem
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.
S: Interesting aroma of citrus, yeast, malt, and some booze.
T: Tasted of citrus (a good amount of lemon, light hops, malt, grain, some Belgian yeast, and, as expected, booze. I'm not sure what to make of this flavor. It's an interesting concoction, but also off-putting at the same time. Odd, but drinkable.
M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: This was definitely worth trying, but it's probably not a beer I'd readily go back to.
11-02-2012 13:14:34 | More by avalon07
3.89/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap @ Bar Mikkeller in San Francisco.
A - Cloudy orange/yellow with a thin layer of white head.
S - Sweet and boozy (in a good way). Grape musk, honey and some citric and floral notes.
T - Very strong alcohol presence that gives way to sweetness with honey, candy sugar, maple and lighter caramel. Drinks very big. A slow sipper.
M - Medium body. Light carbonation.
08-07-2013 15:24:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
2.79/5 rDev -23.6%
It certainly looks like a light beer, fizzy and yellow with a thin, weak off-white cap that actually forms something that sets up for the long haul, small as it is, and does manage average spotting.
Spicy, fruity, and lightly grainy with something like (sugared) aloe vera juice, the aroma attempts balance with dry hay and citrus, but its main aspects are boozy and sweet, like a strangely flavored fruit vodka. It's mostly heat and sweetness, but at least I get a hint of earth from malts and some floral hops. I can't overstate the booziness, but it's okay.
I don't know what to make of this flavor. It's all over the place. It's too sweet, it's too hot, it's too messy; it honestly doesn't make a lot of sense. The best I can say is that the actual beer-like qualities aren't completely lost in the monstrousness, which is saying something.
The body is too light, it's a bit too fizzy, it's sharp and biting as all hell. It almost hurts to drink it. That said, it calms down before too long. It's never clean, though, and the sting remains harsh.
What? Why? It's not worth it just to say you did it.
07-23-2014 21:10:50 | More by Brenden
3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
Pours amber with a small head.
Very malty aroma but also a fair bit of piny and grapefruit-like hops.
Sweet flavours at first, lots of clean malt. Then pine and grapefruit roll through followed by a aggressive bitterness and lots of overt booze.
Too much carbonation.
Booze dominates this one.
01-11-2013 00:04:45 | More by CrazyDavros
3.98/5 rDev +9%
The lightest beer ever made and I must admit the previous reviews are very intriguing anyways it pours a golden yellow hue with a wispy one finger head and subtle lacing,the smell is coconut,booze,off fruit and a slight mustiness, the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of boozy grapes,butterscotch,candy,guava and finished with a ripe fruit dryness and I mean as dry as a bone and overall another unique mikkeller beer that surprisingly works and for something that is 14% it hides it very well one of those beers u have to try for yourself cheers.
06-13-2013 16:38:00 | More by ADZA
Walk On Water from To Øl
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