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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale - Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 15.36%


Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Light on the palate, yet packed with flavour and European hop aroma, with fruity or citrusy notes.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-04-2002)
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a shaker pint glass, a pale straw yellow with billowing white bubbles, exactly as I remember this beer from my grad school days when it was a staple at the pub, complete with horrid citrus wedge floater. None of that this time, although after concentrating on this beer's flavor I can kinda understand where the urge to apply further seasoning comes from. Aroma is sweet and buttery, more so than its counterpart Big Rock Velvet Fog, with a saccharine fruitiness that recalls fermented apple juice, faint lemon and lime rinds, and white bread barley malt ... No real wheat spice on the nose although there is more of this on the palate, with apple and faint lemon starting things off and musty white peppercorn spice showing up late, along with a little root cellar funk and metallic notes. Thin, fizzy yet with a diacetyl slickness, and generally unoffensive and easy drinking. Finishes semi-dry. I prefer Velvet Fog, which has more wheat character and a more assertive flavor period, although with this style of beer we aren't expecting anything too robust. I have a few more cans squirreled away for a sunny day.

Serving type: can

03-23-2014 23:20:07 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Mountainmanbrewing

Ireland

3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this while on a cross Rockies hiking and camping trip.

This beer poured a nice clear, light gold colour with a good white head and nice lacing. The aroma is somewhat sweet, with a slight malty note and a nice background of banana. The taste is sweet wheat flavour with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

This beer is a very drinkable beer, with a nice aroma and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 10:32:14 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new look at an old beer, haven't had this one since back in the 90s. Typical yellow pour, thin white ring of head above the beer, dissipates quickly. Aroma, lacking a whole lot in that department, what is there is very faint citrus and wheat/grain notes.

Taste, very middle of the road, still a plenty light body. Wheat, no hops, some lemon or orange rind maybe to it. Very easy to drink beer, one of those summer or friend beers to have around. Can't say there is anything wrong with this beer, it just is. Carbonation seems high to give it an even lighter body I would guess. Some fruity metallic notes on the undercurrent if you look for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 15:12:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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cuksumstu

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to live in Calgary and Big Rock beers I have always found enjoyable. In the summers, I would enjoy a Grasshopper every now and then.
I usually just drink it strait out of the bottle, but it is often on tap at pubs in Calgary.
Pouring from the bottle and into a glass, the head is quick to disappear and there is very little lacing. I find it taste a little on the malty side, which I do not mind. What I enjoy most is there is little aftertaste.
The colour, it appears golden but somewhat pale.
Overall, definitely an enjoyable brew in summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 04:20:24 | More by cuksumstu
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a small, fizzy, bone-white head with no retention whatsoever beyond 60 seconds. The body boasts a clean golden-yellow color with great clarity. I think I know where this is going...

S - ...Yup, it's just a lager in disguise. Barley malt dominates the nose, and I detect zero wheat malt in here. Skunk is the next most prominent aroma here. Maybe some faint grassy hops, or at least I'd like to believe I can smell some. Basically an average sweet cereal grain aroma on this one.

T - Opens up surprisingly sweet, with the faintest trace of fruitiness detectable. Finishes clean and simple. Barley malt. That's it. I refuse to acknowledge the possibility that Big Rock even used any wheat malt in the mash at all.

M - Light, fairly watery, with carbonation bordering on fizzy. Very much-so a macro-lager feel.

D - Alright, now that I've spent this entire review sounding snobby and whiny, I'll admit this is a thoroughly drinkable brew and is completely unoffensive. There are no off flavors present, but there's so little flavor here it would be hard to get it wrong. This is just another example of an pseudo-micro brewery product that would lend itself a hand in the rating department if it was marketed under the proper style; that is, a lager. It's because of beers like this that people are getting the wrong idea about craft beer. Oh, and insert generic and obligatory 'it's a step above Bud but nothing special' comment here. Thanks, but I'll pass next time.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 08:53:33 | More by Converge
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can on a westjet flight

Appearance - Clear yellow/gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for onlt a few minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, apples, light spices, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, light bananas, faint clove and some apples. It finishes with a slight sweet lightly spiced aftertaste.

Overall - Definitely nothing to go out of your way for, but when your other options are coors light or molson canadian, this is a decent option.

Serving type: can

04-04-2012 02:22:37 | More by spinrsx
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

A - Light to medium yellow, slightly murky. A small amount of white head with some light lacing.

S - An extremely weak nose. There are hints of grainy/bready malts and a touch of citrus.

T - As the nose suggested, the palate is somewhat light. Hints of bready malts and a touhc of citrus. There is a very light bitterness to compliment the very slight sweet maltiness.

M - Light body, moderate carbonatoin.

O - A farily uninspiring example of the style. Only worth ordering if my other options are Labatt or Molson.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 19:02:08 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a pint at ethel's lounge. Poured a half finger head into a pint glass, yellow amber colour, white head with little retention. Smell is wheat with biscuit and a hint of citrus. Taste was a bitter wheat with an off aftertaste, with some nice grapefruit and pepper notes. Medium body with some carbonation, not overly smooth. Not a bad brew but if i had known they had mad tom i would not have even considered it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 00:46:40 | More by Stocean1
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iSip

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale (Calgary): I was on vacation in the Calgary/Banff area and that afforded me the opportunity to try the Big Rock Brewery’s Grasshopper Wheat Ale. It pours with a thin head that fades rapidly and has a very clear amber color. This is a filtered wheat. Not much of an aroma to speak of. Flavor is OK, but thin. With good mouthfeel, this is an OK drinkable beer. But it is not an outstanding wheat. Try it if you are in Calgary, but not worth going out of your way to sample this brew.

Serving type: can

08-30-2011 16:21:45 | More by iSip
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a chance to try a Big Rock Grasshopper at a conference in Calgary. The bottle was poured into a tall pilsner glass and did not generate much head. The color was more yellow than golden and the clarity was clear for a wheat beer, which surprised me a little. There was some cirtus notes to the nose, but not overpowering. The taste was good, well balance wheat beer nothing extravagent. The mouthfeel made for a perfect after lawn mowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:31:39 | More by WoodBrew
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Grasshopper. In the heady, naive days of my youth, this WAS craft beer to me - and to be fair, as a student in Ontario who had never had anything more exotic than Sleeman or Corona, Grasshopper was at least a comparably nifty beer. I still buy a six pack every now and then, but am continually less and less impressed with it. This doesn't have to do with declining quality - it tastes about the same as it always has - but more to do with me trying other things.

Grasshopper pours a golden translucent colour with a quarter-inch of head that doesn't last much longer than a minute before becoming lacing on the surface. The smell is dominated by wheat and bready malts with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is a little bitter on the tongue followed by some wheat malts and honeyed sweetness. A twinge of bitter grapefruit citrus in the aftertaste a few seconds after swallowing. This beer is both sweet and bitter, and the contrasting flavors blend together quite nicely. Grasshopper's taste is by no means complex, but I think you would be hard pressed to find people who truly dislike it. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is a bit heavy.

I may be biased because I'll always have a soft spot for this beer in my heart, but I still like Grasshopper. Along with Trad, it is one of the mainstay Big Rock brews that I will always remember fondly as somewhat exotic but still familiar. Not outstanding, but worlds away from the bland, seedy underworld of macro lagerdom.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 17:40:06 | More by thehyperduck
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden with about one finger worth of foamy head. The head is gone instantly and leaves a skinny ring around the glass. It doesn't leave any lace at all.

S: Bready with some wheat and a faint hint of hops at the end.

T: Bready and wheat is basically all there is.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I would probably buy something else before this but there's nothing offensive with this beer. It's a average easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 19:40:47 | More by marty21
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QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Poured into pint glass. Yellow body with a white head.

Smell- Bready, wheat malts with touches of citrus. The aroma is quite faint though.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt, with some sweeter citrus notes. Not much else other than a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, not terribly watery, but not good either.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable if one expects a relatively bland, albeit inoffensive beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 03:00:07 | More by QuestionableScum
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pdgreen

Indiana

2.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Golden yellow pour with a creamy white head thats lasts

S- Hints of lemon and wheat

T- Weak leam and wheat taste

M- Crisp and sharp with a slight bitterness

D- Not much of a wheat fan but it seems to be a middle of the line kind of wheat. Wouldn't go out of my way to order it

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 23:14:57 | More by pdgreen
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a tumbler.

A - Poured a clear gold with a white fluffy head. Head reduce to a long lasting 0.5cm cap. Some lacing is produced.

S - Mild wheat malts and some sweetness with very weak hints of bananas.

T - Light wheat malts, very mild citrus notes and a mild bitter finish.

M - Smooth, clean finish, a bit watery.

D - It's a bit bland but it is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

07-14-2010 01:05:03 | More by decimator
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OskarL

Sweden

2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a very small head that leaves no lacing.

Smells malty, some wheat and faint hops.

Taste is where you notice more wheat and grain.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation.

An easy beer to drink but more like a watered down lager than a wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:24:31 | More by OskarL
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half pint served in a glass. Came with a lemon wedge which I threw out but not before the meagre head was killed. Some lacing. Clear golden yellow. Hardly any smell. A mildly flavoured beer. A light hops finish. A slightly bitter metallic aftertaste. A very drinkable summer beer - refreshing and well balanced. A worthy go to beer commonly found in Western Canada.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2010 01:59:04 | More by scott451
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the King's Head in Winnipeg.

Golden with good clarity. Served with a lemon which made the natural aroma pretty hard to detect. The flavor is tame but decent enough with no off flavors. The consistency and carbonation are moderate.

This is a smooth, easy to drink beer. The flavor is limited but it's refreshing and would make a good session or summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 00:20:22 | More by GJ40
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Woody is bang on when he says the head is the colour of French vanilla. The head also shows poor retention. The beer itself is golden in colour and crystal clear. It has a mildly sweet aroma with a possibly imagined hint of banana candy or vanilla. It tastes slightly tangy with a very subtle banana note. Subtle just might be an overstatement. Clean, but bland and devoid of character to the point of being insipid. It feels thin and watery with a light body and low carbonation. Really refreshing on a hot summers day; so is a good pilsener, and a good pilsener would pack a little bit more flavour than this.

Serving type: can

03-07-2010 07:04:32 | More by mintjellie
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN thank my lucky stars for good notes.

I got a rocky two fingers' worth of French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight grainy sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish continued with a light sweetness. Lawnmower beer!

Serving type: can

12-24-2009 21:20:28 | More by woodychandler
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Travlr

District of Columbia

2.65/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Piss yellow with no head but slight lacing.
S: Aroma of pink grapefruit, bubble gum and banana.
T: Citrus taste, sour finish, with a hint of banana and bubble gum, slightly reminiscent of a wheat beer.
M: Light body for the style.
D: Interesting, but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 02:59:40 | More by Travlr
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kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I obtained this bottle from a sampler of Big Rock ales. For the sake of brevity, I'll classify my first encounter with the sampler (the XO Lager) as incredibly underwhelming. Let's hope Grasshopper jumps ahead of my previous Big Rock experiences...

This one, like the XO Lager, is very undercarbonated -- in my entirely amateur opinion. I have to pour from quite a height to get a reasonable amount of head on this one. And folks, let's remember that this is a *wheat* beer. Head should not be a problem. Appearance is exceptionally clear -- no discernable haze whatsoever. Color is a translucent golden yellow, and I might think this was a Bohemian lager until I had a whiff and a sip.

Aroma is a bit malty, and my feeble nose detects almost no hoppy character; while there is some wheat in the scent, it's not particularly assertive unless you inhale deeply. Muted would be a good way to describe the aroma.

Taste is mostly sweet, a bit of wheatiness, only a hint of bitterness from the hops -- aftertaste is a bit dull. Mouthfeel is somewhat more substantial than the XO Lager, which I appreciate (I prefer beers that have a bit more body than your average glass of tap water). While I'm not bowled over by the flavor, I'm not too offended either.

While I'd characterize this as a lackluster wheat beer, I'd hardly hesitate to choose between this one and the XO if forced to make the choice. This one is not great, but at least it's not awful. In fact, on a really hot summer afternoon, this would make a suitable light refreshment. I wouldn't go out of my way to score a six-pack of these, but between the Big Rock Traditional and the XO, this one lands smack in the middle taste-wise.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:14:04 | More by kylesobrien
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember having this one ages ago in my undergrad days and thought I'd give this one another go. On draught at the University of Waterloo Grad House.

This may be related to my stance toward all kristals, but I must say the non-filtered look does nothing for me. I really prefer the opaque look. Clear golden, with a white head that vanishes a few sips in. Not a great start.

Smell is a bit hoppy, with only a mild hint of the weissbier mainstays of banana and citrus.

The taste doesn't interest me at all. Very thin and watery, not much in the way of robust weisse flavours. Added a lemon halfway though on recommendation The best way to put it would be a 'wheat beer lite'. Mouthfeel is also thin, decent carbonation. Uninspired.

Despite its faults, Grasshopper is indeed drinkable, and I could see myself having a few of these on a patio on a hot day. Nothing about the beer offends me - it's not skunky or poorly crafted - but then again, nothing impresses me about it either. If saying "nothing about it offends me" and "drinkable" are the highest praise I can muster, then it's probably worth moving on to something else.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 23:08:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass sept28 2009

A clear golden yellow with a crazy amount of bubbles. It poured a thin head with no retention or lace

S grain and not much else

A little sweeter then the smell but not a whole lot going on here

M too much carbonation and as thick as water

D easy too drink like water is easy too drink

hard to avoid in Calgary, not that you need to avoid this beer, it's just nothing worth bragging about

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 05:46:27 | More by wordemupg
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My dad recently decided to switch from Schooner to Grasshopper so this is why it's infront of me right now.

Pours clear pale golden with less than a finger of white bubbly head that quickly reduces to a thin ring that leaves no lacing. Strong carbonation visible.

Smell is sweet, slightly fruity, bready malts and some very subtle bubblegum and banana. Despite being somewhat underpronounced, this beer seems pretty inviting.

Bread, butter and wheat upfront in the taste followed by a light citrus tang and a hint of banana. Seems like a nice change to the regular macro.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp with a wet finish. Highly drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, a decent brew. I'd much rather prefer a nice tasty hefeweizen but this is a great quaffable macro that deviates from that crowd enough to make me willing to buy a 6er of this on a hot day.

Serving type: can

08-25-2009 19:59:00 | More by ludachris
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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.