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Walk On Water - To Øl

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BA SCORE
83
good

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is a collab between To Øl and Mikkeller, the overall objective was to make the "lightest beer in the world".

(Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 09-06-2012)
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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tbryan5, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BuckTuckian, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light straw yellow complexion gives the appearance of an American Adjunct or Malt Liqour with a huge billowing cloud of loosely knit bubbles for a head.

The scent is diverse but unfortunately some of these scents went to off putting. The aroma opens with an aromatic hair spray, the off putting, sweet grainy malt, alcohol and then ends with a fruity lemon and citrus.

The flavor is sharp with alcohol but settles into a rice flavor. The mix gives one the taste of sake as it ends with a fruity peach flavor. The end really saves this from being below okay.

The feel was sharp with alcohol as was the taste but then ended relatively easy.

In some respects this should be viewed as a novelty and not a beer to be judged in a contest but that said I failed to find this worthy of a second try.

KYGunner, Dec 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

jkball01, Dec 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

humulusphile, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jklecko2, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of DRTBrewster
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

DRTBrewster, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of dwagner003
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dwagner003, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +9.3%

AgentMunky, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev +9.3%

kmos27, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of marqoid
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

marqoid, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Jas45678
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into snifter

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a tiny white head. Smell is tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, a little booze and a little sourness. Taste is hard to describe I get some citrus, a little hop bitterness, some booze and slight sour taste. Medium bodied with lower amount of carbonation. Overall it is interesting beer.

Jas45678, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Dawkins, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Drew26
3/5  rDev -18%

Drew26, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

StrongAleSkeptic, Aug 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

skholbrook1982, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A supremely hazy brilliant orange color. A quickly dissipating white head. Impressive alcohol legs.

S- A touch of a caramel roasted malt. A sour, overly ripened fruit like you would get from an aged IPA. A big breaddyness and tongue tingling sweetness. Kind of like a weird aged american barley wine.

T- A nice hoppy bitterness at first. A strange sour tangyness afterwards. A sour dark fruit flavor in this beer. Like old grapefruit and plums. An aged hop flavor from the hops as well. A somewhat sweeter body. A pungent flavor but hides the alcohol well.

M- A nice big body to this beer. Thick and well carbonated. Not too bitter or sweet.

O- Not sure what to think about this beer. Bottle dates would be very nice. This beer tastes like an aged DIPA with a slight sour tang. Doesnt really do it for me but overall, not terrible.

TwelveOunces, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Nutwood
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Nutwood, Aug 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

hayesjw, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Lukass, Jul 17, 2013
Walk On Water from To Øl
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.