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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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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 189
Avg: 3.03
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery visit their website
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 WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 QuestionableScum
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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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 decimator
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 scott451
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
3.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.75/5  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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -1%
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!

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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 kylesobrien
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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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 wordemupg
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of ludachris
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the NSLC.

Poured into a glass results in a clear slightly dark yellow with two fingers of head. Head somewhat quickly evaporated, leaving a thin film on the top. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Clear scent of wheat and a bit of malt.

Taste starts with some sweet malts and ends with a bit of wheat. Slight sweet aftertaste. Overall very smooth with a wet finish.

Overall, it is a good beer for drinking, just nothing out of the ordinary for enjoying. A step above a drinking beer in comparison to a macro beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 355-ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden yellow colour with sharp clarity and lively carbonation. Very little head except for surface bubbles despite an aggressive pour.

Smell - fresh, sweet, creamy scent of malt and bread. Almost a brown sugar and butter element.

Taste - tasty, not too sweet, balanced and a velvety light malt finish. My particular can was pretty cold and the flavours have begun to open up as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth. Big Rock offerings look like their very active but they turn out to be big softies. Not bad at all.

Drinkability - you can pound away on a few of these without any problem. A good beer for the summertime evenings.

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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 TheHammer
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the beer store on Upper James. Traded my empties in for a six pack of this stuff. This is my first kristalweizen, but I'm a big fan of Witbiers so lets see if this other style of wheat beer does it for me.

Appearance: Unsurprisingly filtered as it boasts a crystal clear gold color with good carbonation in the body. It poured with a finger of head, but it quickly dissipated and did not retain very well and did not lace.

Smell: I'm getting a nice wheat smell from this one, with a touch of lemongrass, cloves and just a hint of honey and banana in the background. Pretty good stuff, but could be a bit stronger, although it didn't take much warming to come out.

Taste: Starts with a fruity malt taste which then shifts into a much more bitter wheat, clove and floral hop taste, that thankfully quickly eases out to a nice spice and clove taste with just a hint of banana that somewhat tames the wheat aftertaste. I honestly wish that banana was just a little stronger and the middle of the drink was a bit tamer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has some difficulty transitioning between tastes, but solid carbonation until the very end where it starts to die down. The aftertaste lingers, but it's not unpleasant but more banana and less wheat is needed. I will say this, it does leave the mouth wanting to have more.

Drinkability: Well it sits very well and the carbonation offers no problems. A very refreshing beer, that is for sure and the only thing that prevents it from a better score is the slightly excessive wheat aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Well, after trying this I can see why this style hasn't really taken off as well as Wits or Hefs. It's a bit tame by wheat beer standards, and too strange by guzzler standards. Still, I enjoyed the experience and it would be a good buy for going camping, which I think is the way this beer is marketed, given the name. I'd pick up a six pack for the weekend, just for a change of pace.

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Photo of berley31
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an extremely small, white head, with virtually no lacing and a clear, yellow color. As for aroma...doesn't really smell like much, to be honest, let alone wheat. Body and texture are light and thin, with average carbonation. Duration of the flavor is extremely short... swallow it and it's gone. I can't really taste any wheat, either... tastes very light, almost like a light macro beer. Overall it's ok for drinking on a hot day, but if you want a real wheat ale, try something else.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.92/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355mL can with no freshness date poured into weizen.

Pours a clear yellow-gold with lots of visible carbonation. Head is white, bubbly and small, with poor retention.

Aroma finds a mild lemon hiding behind a more generic honey-sweetness and light hops.

Taste is mostly a plain malt flavour up front with slightly fruity hops on the finish. Very subtle clove/banana taste hidden behind the bready malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, with nice carbonation.

This is a remarkably boring wheat beer, but acceptable as a Canadian craft alternative to AALs as a post yard-work beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kings Head in Winnipeg. I asked them if it was a pale ale or ipa (because of the hop in hopper) and they said it was that mixed with a wheat beer. Well they were kind of right... but from the first sip I knew this wasn't near a pale ale or ipa.

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a straw golden yellow. Little head, but good retention leaving slight lace.

Aroma is of honey and floral hops. Some cloves and dried fruit as well. Taste is cramel and fruity zest. The hops are pretty fruity as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter, but it evens out quickly and goes down easy. Very slight dry aftertaste.

Overall not to bad, it was neat getting to try a new beer. It wasn't too hoppy and it wasn't too malty. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. I only seem to drink this when I'm elsewhere in the province, usually Calgary (the Arts Hotel downtown comes specifically to mind), which I attribute to the 'When in Rome' phenomenon. This time, it's across the border in BC mountain country, and another can destined for that apres-ski hot tub sensibility.

The beer pours a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with lots of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low ring of minor shore-side lacing around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of decently prominent breakfast cereal grain, wheat and barley duly represented, with an ever so slight banana/cloves essence. Wheaty, full stop, and hardy in its bearing.
The taste is a pleasantly prominent grainy malt, of the same ilk as the aroma - bready and wheaty in a sturdy sort of manner, a softly sweet, tame floral hop crispness following gamely up, with a lingering, hollow spice perception, one somewhat redolent of spicy cloves.

There is just a tad too much carbonation, but to no great ill effect, the body an adequate medium-light weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes generally on the sweet side, the kids' breakfast cereal wheatiness holding sway.

A decent enough Americanized wheat ale, nothing all that complex, and worthy enough of multiple indulgences, given the right conditions when and/or if you find yourself adrift in Wild Rose country. And one other thing - I looove saying the name of this beer with an Aussie accent. I just do.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden colour with a cloudy, lumpy head and some slight lacing.
Smell was fruity, citrus, some faint hops. Taste was again fruits, lots of citrus and some banana, spices, good balance, wheat is apparent.
Medium bodied and a soft to medium carbonation level.

Notes: A little bland for my liking, would've liked a little more complexity, but very refreshing and highly drinkable

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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.