Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale - Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.03
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
Kristalweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-04-2002

Light on the palate, yet packed with flavour and European hop aroma, with fruity or citrusy notes.
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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.25/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a fizzy golden color ale with a small head with no retention. Aroma is comprised of weak wheat. Taste is again quite weak on wheat with a gross watery aftertaste. There is also some sourness that I could detect that wasn’t pleasant at all. Bad bad stuff.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.06/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

(Served in a pint dimple mug)

A- Yellow with slight orange hue very clear with a thin pure white head that lasted for a little bit

S- Thin clean aroma that smelled very crisp. I couldn't get any notes of hops, wheat or grain.

T- Light pale malt taste with a very light hop bitterness, no beady or fruity hints at all. Very clean finish.

M- Thin body with a light carbonation fuzziness and no tart aftertaste.

D- Very light beer that did show any fruitiness or any wheat flavor. I felt this was a kristal weizen that was trying to appeal to an American adjunct lager drinking market.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.15/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured clear, light golden without any obvious sign that it's a wheat beer. Very fizzy with an off-white head, half a finger. The retention was not bad at all. Wet grass / damp basement odour. Unpleasant taste, bitter / sour effect. I tried to put my finger on the aftertaste but kept wondering if they use real grasshoppers in this beer .... Truth be told, I was glad to get this tasting over with and chose not to finish the bottle. I've had other products from this brewery that I thought were perfectly okay; as for this beer, I would not recommend it.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The Grasshopper pours a golden yellow with hints of orange and a small bubbly head. It doesn't seem to want to stick around either. Smell is pretty damn boring with hints of lemony grains and a thin sweetness.

First sip is a light, citrus lemon flavor with hints of wheat and light crystal malts. A hint of biterness, but really no discernable hop flavor at all. Overall pretty uninspiring...

Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery but it hangs on to a bit of body somehow. I don't have any urge to drink more of this...but it was worth a shot. Thanks (I think) to kmpitz2 for hooking me up with the bottle.

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Photo of Gusler
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color on the pour, modest bright white head that is frothy in its texture as it dissolves a thin sheet of lace makes attempts at sealing off the glass. Nose is lightly sweet, crisp and clean a hint of grapefruit, start somewhat sweet, top cadaverous. Finish spitefully acidic, hops lean and the aftertaste droughty, all in all a somewhat bland beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.31/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear gold with a puny head.

S - Smells almost like a macro. Maybe some odd esters as well.

T - Tastes like a macro: mild bitterness, lack of flavour. Has a bit of a lemony hint to it.

M - Feels like a macro. Light bodied, and fizzy.

D - Drinks like a macro.

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Photo of pdgreen
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
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

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Photo of TerryW
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear, golden (almost neon bright) yellow with a short head that settles very quickly to a thin film. No lace or any of that other fancy stuff for this beer.

Aroma is slightly lemony with a hint of the skunk. Crisp and almost sharp on the palate, reasonably lively.

Nothing special tastewise, nothing to distinguish it. Has a somewhat unpleasant bitter dry finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.46/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of soupyman10
2.49/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Waitress told me this one was a hefe, which was a touch confusing to start. Pours a copper color with a bit of head that dissolves fairly fast. Strangely crystal clear for a wheat beer - my first hint of a problem. I later realized it was a kristal, so I gave it a repreive. Nose is mostly malt with a touch of wheat and lemon. Pretty weak. Taste is stronger, although still dominated by lemon and malt (not wheat, as is generally the pattern). Body is medium, average, with strong carbonation. Overall, very mediocre, although not particularly offensive. Wouldn't want to have to many.

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Photo of Grunewald
2.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 341ml bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a clear straw yellow and has a quickly vanishing white head.

S - sweet malt with lemon and hay

T - sweet malt with sweet lemon on the finish

M - thin with medium carbonation

D - highly drinkable, just not very interesting. This is very close to an adjunct lager in taste.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.54/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very pale golden color with lots of carbonation. A light head that dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smell was "strange". I couldn't quite place it, but it was not pleasant. Some hops in there.

tase was light with some spicy/citrus and a little hops and malts. Nothing distinct.

The mouthfeel was also light. Overall, not a very good beer. Just not assertive enought to warrant having another.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Effectively a slightly lemony flavored ale, without much wheat beer character. Straw in colour, not much head. Very little aroma to speak of with this one. A bit over-carbonated too.. Nice enoughon a hot summer day if your options are limited, but I'd prefer a real wiezen or wit given the opportunity.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 341 ml brown twist off into a pint glass. No freshness dates.

A- Light gold, with a crackling white cap that dimminishes to a small ring around the glass.

S- Malty and a fair amount of grainy aromas.

T- Slight malt, with a very grainy/grassy flavor and little to no wheat whatsoever, slight bitterness in the finish along the lines of a club soda possibly from the aggressive carbonation.

M- fairly carbonated, light in body.

D- An easy drinker. Summer brew.

Overall this was the first Big Rock brew I tried and was a favorite of mine when I first started to explore the craft beer scene. But nowadays my tastes have expanded quite a bit and this really is nothing more than an over-priced beer ( $12.25 a 6'er) and a beer that is slightly better than Labatts or Molsons. Good intro beer.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of OskarL
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A Kristal Weizen from a can...

Poured as any macro swill would - no head really, a crystal clear body, a yellow-lime tinted colour. Aroma not of wheat, but rather corn starch. A real cereal like smell to the malts. Unappealing and grosely out of character for a wheat beer. A adjunct filled mouthfeel, no texture less a slight syropy coating. Flavour starts on a sweet note, ringing out from the adjuncts. I don't taste any wheat at all. The flavours really don't last long, the only aspect of which that stands out is a real cereal grainyness. The flavour would slowly redeem some of itself as it warmed... but this drink as any macro lager does...

I'd rate this higher as a macro lager, cause it drinks ok. But for the style, and from the can.. this was worse than I would have expected...

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Photo of spinrsx
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of tatterdash
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with bubbly white head that laces fairly well. Aroma of cereal, bit of citrus, some off I can't quite put my finger on. Taste was some sweet grain, almost like corn, with bit of wheat tang and some dry hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was clean, with some hop crispness. This is not a great beer, but wouldn't be terrible on a hot day.

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Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice color...deep yellow..aggressive pour = 2 finger head that fizzled away quckley..good lacing though.

not a whole lot for the olfactory glands here..some faint grainy sweetness.

I guess I'm used to german weiss beers when it come to taste..this is really bland..a more subdued hint of that ever-present Big Rock sweetness and a bit of maltiness at the end...but really quite boring.

mouthfeel is OK..decent body, a hint of astringincy, but overall easy enough to drink.

This is obviously Big Rocks attempt to sway the Molson/Labatt macro-brew drinker who isn't willing or able to handle their ales and other products.

I really want to like this brewer's product, given they were once the lone beacon of micro-brewers here in Alberta, but so far I haven't been impressed

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Photo of Travlr
2.69/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of marty21
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow in color with a thin head that thrones over the liquid. Head goes away fast. Smell of citrus and maybe some sugar. Taste is citrusy. Effervescent. Pretty general for a beer. Was expecting more body due to the wheat...

Not bad, not great. Average beer at best.

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Photo of pootz
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just got back from Calgary and have been aching to dive into the 12 Grasshoppers I bought there. I have passed it at the beer store for so long and decided to give this western Canadian Kristal Weizen clone a try because of all the glowing reports from friends. I'm a confirmed Shneider hefe weiss drinker so I was not optomistic that a large brewer like Big Rock could carry off the "Canadianization" of this classic Bavarian style.

I was right...but this beer is OK in a pinch if the Euro weizens are not available.

Poured a clear (filtered) orange-gold with a smallish white cap that vanished about as fast as any Canuck mega brew....not an impressive start. Had slight grassy and citrus aromas mingled with sweet malt smells. Highly carbonated to mimic the natural bottle conditioned carbonation of the finer unfiltered Bavarian weizens.

Started crisp and citusy-tart then mellows to a malty sweetness and mild peppery taste with a watery mouth feel then the finish is clean with little after taste...NOT a Euro weizen...not even close, BUT a fairly clean drinking standard commercial brew with no ajuncts or preservatives made with top grade ingredients and above average quality.

If you crave German weizens give this a pass and get 3 liters of Schneiders or Ayinger or 4 Erdinger or Konig Ludwig instead of six of these domestics. If you get stuck in vacation country with no Euro weizens to be found this will do in a pinch.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured in a mug.

Clear, nice light gold colour. Head foams up to 1/2 inch, white and bubbly. Head reduces to a thin circle around the outside.

Aroma is sweet, slightly malty with a hint of banana.

Taste is sweet at the swallow and almost tastes like a hefe for a second before giving way to an off, almost skunky taste. Aftertaste is acidic at the start of the glass, but by the end is almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slight fizziness. Smooth.

This beer has all the elements of a nicely drinkable beer, but the taste is a big let down. Decent aroma, nice mouthfeel, disappointing taste. All in all I'm pretty disappointed in this. I'm glad I only have 2 out of a variety 12pack. I probably won't be drinking this anytime soon.

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