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XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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XX Mountainberry Double Wheat AleXX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale

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BA SCORE
84
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Grand Teton’s original fruit beer, Huckleberry Wheat, was brewed for about five years beginning more than a decade ago. It was light and sparkly, with just a hint of sweet-tart mountain huckleberry. 2008's celebratory version is bigger in every way—more than double the original’s malt, fermented to 7.6% alcohol by volume, then flavored with more than a pound per gallon of fresh Pacific Northwest huckleberries, blueberries and marionberries.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-22-2008)
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Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%

I feel like the name is based off of the Smurfs. Pours a lighter brown with reddish hues throughout. A good pour leaving a soft white head with good retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose is a little light and a bit muddled. The wheat notes are there with a light spicy aroma to them. Some minor malt notes with a hint of caramel but more of a background note. A weird fruity aroma that isn't exactly berry esk but does leave a hint of fruity notes. Some minor yeasty notes but nothing over the top.

The taste is similar. The fruity notes come out more versus the nose but leaves a sweet lingering flavor. The taste is not very descript as you get more of a cranberry, blueberry mix to it. Some off notes come out as well. Some grassy and almost watermelon like astringency that is off setting. The wheat is a background note but would like to see more malt to balance.

The body is moderate although finishes really sweet. I would have liked to see less of the fruity notes and more of a blend with the beer. The carbonation was a bit high with some carbonic bite but not over the top. Overall, the fruit side was a little funky and could have backed off, but hey it's a fruit beer.

Oxymoron, Jan 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 2 fingers of peach colored head,, Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Not much, maybe some apple skins

T: Slight tartness, blue & boysenberries upfront, along with dryness. Some raspberry tartness & dryness come through as this warms, along with apple pie spice. Finishes slightly fruitty with more dryness

MF: Medium bodied, with somewhat lively carbonation

Hides the ABV well, the dryness slows me down. This is the least exciting cellar reserve offering from these guys I've had

russpowell, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dtx00, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

1ltr picked up at the Coop sometime last week for $13.. shared with Brenda.. the lion's share poured into my New Belgium snifter... Just got home from work and boxing up a trade.

3 finger head out of the first pour... great lacing atop a deep amber brew with red highlites when held to a light... sticky lacing.

Aroma is fruity without a bunch of sweetness.. like a fruit essence.. Huckleberries more than anything... blueberry maybe... but not getting the marionberry except on maybe a background sour component.

Flavor mirrors the aroma.. but with a longer much more complex finish... Berries are predominant huckleberry.. with more than enough sweetness to make sure we taste the fruit. Alot of time, there isn't enough sweetness to bring the berry/fruit flavor out on fruit beers... this one has a nice maltiness that ties everything together and then leaves a vineous/dry finish that makes me remember that I am enjoying a fruit beer.

Body is heavy for a "wheat" beer but I was hoping for something on the bigger side... if it was too light/dry, then I probably would not have appreciated it this much.

As it warms, it really comes into its own.. alot of berry complexity is surprising me with every sip... really pretty good.

I love most/nearly all of the Cellar Reserve series.. I've had them all back to the Dopplebock and the Double Cherry.. Some leave me underwhelmed.. but honestly, lately, I've been very impressed. This should be a "must-drink" for everyone who has access.

JohnGalt1, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Thanks to bitterbill for including this in our trade!

One liter waxed (making it a nuisance to open) swing-top bottle:

Pours reddish copper with a large off-white foamy head. Lacing follows down the head's descent with some stickage.

The smell is of berry fruitiness (not in the "artificial" way that many fruit beers are. and a wheat tang.

The taste is sweet with a tart tang. Grainy and caramelish background provide a solid malt backbone. Much more complex than a typical fruit wheat beer. This actually has a solid "beer" foundation with a nice touch of tart berry fruitiness. Some peppery, slightly boozy, alcohol comes through in the dry finish.

Fuller side of medium bodied.

Very complex - I'd say off the top of my head that this is the most complex fruit beer and one of the most complex American wheat beers I've ever had. It is a "big" one though, with the abv showing quite frankly and the complexities making it a sipper. I was glad that Bill sent it to me and was happy to share it with John (jcwattsrugger). A great, unique brew!

jwc215, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Slats
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Hazy red/purplish color, it's pretty obvious this has the berry in it. Big head at first that settles down nicely with some lacing.

Smell: Huckleberries are upfront with strong wheat aromas

Taste: Nice and tart with a great wheat backbone. Huckleberries are present without tasting artificial. Blueberries come out on the finish. Sweetness balances the tart as the glass warms some.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with laid back carbonation. ABV is well hidden, dangerously well hidden.

Drinkability: Good stuff and a great summer sipper. To high on the alcohol to really knock them back which is a shame because it is so refreshing. I will be drinking this all summer.

Slats, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of riored4v
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Reviewed on 11/13/08

Poured into a pint glass. When opening the bottle, LOTS of foam came rolling out of the top. Very much excessive carbonation. Dark honey color w/hints of ruby/purple. Thick, 3-4 finger, off-white head. Good lacing.

Smell is blackberry and other berries.

Taste is sweet malts and berries. Slight alcohol warmth even though its a fairly low ABV beer. Mild bitterness. Slight wheat-asscociated flavors as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium body and loads of carbonation.

Drinkability is fair. Slightly to sweet.

Overall i was hoping for more berry presence and less alcohol presence. Definitely could be a good brew with some tweaking.

riored4v, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of Vylo
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Vylo, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Interesting find, well-cellared bottle from 2008. Cloudy amber bodied beer with a huge cream-colored head that settles down very slowly and lots of sticky lace. Complex nose still has some tart and sweet berry notes, but also a nice mix of grainy wheat and caramel maltiness as well as a noticeable boozy component.

The flavor is fairly close to the aroma; the berries are still in there but not as fresh, obviously, as they might have been. Sweet and lightly tart notes remain, but they’re blended in and well-integrated with wheat, chewy and somewhat heavy malt, and a fairly strong alcohol component. Little in the way of hops or bitterness. A vague spiciness adds a further nuance.

Moderately full bodied, somewhat chewy, with medium to slightly high carbonation. Sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. A bit lip-smacking. Not exactly a refresher and the big bottle, shared between two, still hit fairly hard in terms of potency. Glad I got to try this one, it was more complex, heavier, and boozier than I’d expected.

tobelerone, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Deuane
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Thanks to UncleJedi for hooking me up with this one!

One liter waxed (a.k.a. pain in the ass to open--thanks Del) swing-top bottle:

A-Hazy deep reddish copper with a large effervescent light tan head. Head slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves large swatches of lace.

S-Berry fruit (duh!), apple a large dose of sweetmalt with a touch of alcohol burn.

T-Fruit flavour is certainly present but not overpowering or unrealistic in nature. A rich caramel malt base provides a solid backbone. Impressively complex for "just a fruit beer". This one has depth to it. Drying, astringent finish.

M-Medium bodied, somewhat sticky yet rather sharp with a nice twang of sourness in the end.

D-Quite the sipper. Becomes more and more interesting with warming. A tasty and rather unique brew!

Deuane, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

The beer pours a hazy burgandy color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid dark wheat scent along with a warming berry aroma. It's quite fruity with a rich, wine-like feel. The taste is decent. It has a smooth fruit beer flavor that's a bit heavy on malts and fruits. The blueberry concentrate is a tad much, but I'm not familiar with the others berries used either. It's unique and deserving of an anniversary selection. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting brew. I like the double wheat idea. I just think the fruit character is a bit overdone.

WesWes, Jun 02, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BeerHunter76, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.4%

09/05/08- Purchased at the Old Faithfull Lodge in Yellowstone National Park.

Presentation- One liter swingtop cap with a nice wax coating. A nice wax coating that took me about 5 minutes to get off and open. It's an early 2008 release. Poured into two Duvel tulips.

Appearance- Darker malty wheat color. Maybe a tinge purple from the berries. Huge foamy head which took 5 minutes to fill both glasses with the entire beer due to the enormous head. Left behind decent lacing as well.

Smell- A mixed bag of sweet roasted malt, fresh cut wheat and a sweet berry nose.

Taste- Comes accross sweeter than predicted. A sugary almost like a berry jelly or jam sweetness. Not as much as a Lindemanns lambic as such, but right in that middle territory. Berry flavor is fairly fresh flavored with the added sweetness and a nice malty-wheat finish.

Mouthfeel- At times it's a brisk carbonation (the beginning) and towards the end it's mildly carbonated with a sugary sticky mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Very interesting brew. I would definitely have it again. I haven't had too many per this style.

GClarkage, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Picked up one of the last bottles at northridge in Laramie and I was very excited to find it.

A: poured a rich mahogany color with a large billowy tan head with great retention. excellent lacing. pretty clear and all around a delicious looking beer.

S: there is a definite wheat malt characteristic, but the berries really pop out the more you smell it. the beer has a slight yeast smell, but it is very light in comparison to the malt and berries.

T: initially the dark wheat flavors really hit the tongue, the beer is quite tangy and delicious. the berries hit more towards the end of the flavor and there is even a slight hint of hops. this beer is very balanced and not overly wheat, or overly berry. very fine. surprisingly, there is no alcohol taste for a beer being over seven percent.

M: pretty thin but not crisp, the beer is sticky and filling. no alcohol burn and it is very smooth. very fine.

D: one quart is enough. this beer is fine. very fine and would make a great dessert in and of itself, and pairs well anything tart and sweet. very delicious. good job grand teton!

pokesbeerdude, Aug 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

kjkinsey, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Yagman3000
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Served from a 750 bottle into a pint glass.

Appears mostly a purple pink color with practically no head.

Smells a bit medicinal with touches of wine extract.

Tastes again of medicine with touches of natural and ripe berries.

Mouthfeel is a little musty. No creaminess and no booze burn.

Overall a bit disappointing. I wish there was either more fruit or more wheat. It is a double wheat, isn't it?!

Yagman3000, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

750ml
Swing Top
Purple Wax

Pours a very nice dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, very nice scent of blueberries, slight spices. The taste is sweet, malty, very nice blueberry notes, with some slight spices. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome brew, very tasty, highly recommended. Thanks Bill

Wasatch, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of Talisker
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

1-liter swing-top wax-sealed bottle, brewed May 2008, purchased at the brewery for about $12 on 15-Aug-2008. Drunk two days later.

I love the packaging of these Grand Teton XX Anniversary bottles. 1L size is great, love the flip top, wax seal is a beautiful idea in theory. But the wax is a frickin' pain to remove.

Lots of billowy head, almost too much - took 10-15 minutes to settle from a gentle pour. This beer actually has a ruby/garnet, almost purple color that recalls its label and wax.

For all the worrying mention of huckleberry, marionberry, and blueberry on the label, this is a beer that actually smells like beer, not fruit juice. Definitely some hints of berry, but mainly a nice malty, wheaty tang with hops floating around.

Taste is nicely integrated. Fruit comes out more, but not too much - it's a highlight rather than dominating characteristic. Overall this is very wheaty, without the banana flavor of the German yeasts. A complex beer, and as it warms the fruit swirls around a bit more. Everything stays dry, though - not a sweet beer. Not too thick, not too crisp, not syrupy, not too *much*, which is what I was worried about.

An excellent beer worth seeking out.

Talisker, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of July2Nov
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Appearance: Hazy brown with a hint of orange around the edges and mixed within. Had a massive frothy off white head that measured close to three finger widths.

Smell: Smells like beer mixed with grape juice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with a thinner upfront taste. The berries are the first thing you taste, along with a great amount of tartness. The tart/bitterness is so overwhelming that my tongue is numb at this point. The taste is just to muddled to truly enjoy it.

Overall: It's not a terrible beer, it's just not great or even a mediocre beer. Something seems off, which I think has to do with the berry concentrate. I guess I pay for what I get. This seemed to have great potential.

July2Nov, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ccrida
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%

1 liter flip top poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, the Mountainberry is a clear bronze with a very large (1/2 the pint) off-white/light sand head that is very dense and frothy, rocky settling, leaving heavy lace.

Smell has a strong minty hop aroma, which is not what I was expecting, behind which lies alcohol and then the expected berry, which increased as it warmed. Served at fridge temp, it also got thicker and sticky as it warmed, very cloying - and that's just the smell!

Taste is initially boozy, but quickly fades to a sweet, slight berry flavored malty sugar. There's a flash of bitterness mid-sip, before the sugary thickness cuts to a boozy, dry finish, with lingering, berry sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thicker, syrupy, but with a heavy amount of carbonation that helps cut the sugar.

Drinkability is OK, but I should have cellared this...I was expecting a much more berry forward beer, and didn't want that to fade, but this one is more of a boozy wheat wine...that drinks much stronger then it actually is The flip top is convenient so that I didn't have to power though it in one sitting, which would have been a huge chore! I'm tempted to charge the empty space with CO2 and throw it back in the cellar, but I doubt that would hold up well.

ccrida, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

Ok, whoever the punk who thought it would be a good idea to wax a swing top bottle, please, never do it again, what a pain in the ass. The beer is a bit over carbonated as it both foams up as soon as I pop the top as well as foaming over once I get it in my glass. The beer has a frothy, cream colored, initially four finger thick head. The beer is a red tinged, amber color that shows a clear, orange-amber hue when held up to the light. Fairly fruity smelling with lots of berry character, but it finishes with a thin, malt fermentation character that smells a bit cheap somehow. The berry character is not overwhelming, but it is the most dominant note found in this beer. Towards the end there is a touch of grassy grain and cracker-like malt.

This is quite viscous with a definite heft to it that coats the palate; it in fact is quite a bit thicker than the sweetness would suggest. Lightly sweet, most of which comes from the fruity berry notes that dominate the beer. The finish has some hot alcohol to it that definitely warms the throat and lets you know that this is not weak beer. This is actually surprisingly hot, though not overly so, for a beer of only 7.6%; it doesn't hide its alcohol very well. The wheat provides a touch of a tart, clean grain note, but also seems to weaken the overall flavor profile somehow. A fizzy, ample carbonation helps to temper the chewy body a bit, but can some times be a bit distracting.

This just doesn't really work for me. Despite being a big beer & even have a chewy richness to it, this beer comes off as thin and alcoholic.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of joe1510
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Liter Swingtop

I have to send another big thank you out to BitterBill for sending me another liter of Grand Teton, thanks again Bill! Mountainberry Double Wheat pours a murky garnet but when backlit is fairly clear and takes on the color of cranberry juice. An immense three finger off white head grew on the pour and fell painfully slow leaving chunky lacing on its way down. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface keeping the head right where it's at. The second pour brings some chunky yeast floating through the body and quickly dropping to the bottom of the mug. Things are starting off very well.

The first thing I catch in the nose, although not the most pronounced, is a touch of spicy yeastiness. There's a wonderful tart huckleberry tartness up front that stands out the most out of the three berries used. Ghost like blueberry flashes in here and there. There is a solid wheat twang underneath all this letting me know exactly what this beer is; a strong wheat. I'm not sure I can pick out the marionberry although I can't really say I know what marionberries smell like anyways. The berriness seems to compliment the wheat instead of taking over like some other fruit beers tend to do.

The flavor is just like the aroma suggested. A crisp wheat twang starts things off and leads throughout. The blueberries are more noticeable in the flavor then in the aroma and when joined by the huckleberry form a great accompaniment to the wheat. The spiciness of the yeast shows up on the swallow to add some complexity. There is a nice tartness that makes this Mountainberry very refreshing. This has a unique flavor profile that I can't get enough of; of course I'm crazy about blueberries. This beer gets really good as it sits in the glass.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The carbonation is snappy and keeps this beer moving at a quick pace. As this beer works through the body is moderate and creamy.

I could see myself drinking a lot of this during the summer. Goes down very easily and is a refreshing, although the abv is up there.

Mountainberry is another high quality brew from Grand Teton. I can't get enough of their beers. This is an interesting take on a wheat beer and they did a great job with it. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

joe1510, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

I liter waxed swing top bottle(bottled May 8. 2008) with the traditional card which says:

"To commemorate that twenty-year history, the brewers of Grand Teton have chosen four of our favorite beers--three current, one historical--to update and enhance. XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale is the second release in our 2008 XX series.

Grand Teton's original fruit beer, Huckleberry Wheat, was brewed for about five years beginning more than a decade ago. It was light and sparkly, with just a hint of sweet-tart mountain huckleberry.

This year's celebratory version is bigger in every way--more than double the original's malt, fermented to 7.6% alcohol by volume, then flavored with more than a pound per gallon of fresh Pacific Northwest huckleberries, blueberries and marionberries.

Bold and flavorful, XX Mountainberry Double Wheat makes a wonderful aperitif, or try it with a balsamic vinaigrette salad, glazed ham, duck a l'orange or fruity dessert."

This pours a slightly hazy reddish amber with a 2 finger head of foam that shrinks quickly to about a 1 inch layer. Good lacing.
I wasn't sure what I'd put this under as far as style goes, Pale Wheat or Dark Wheat, until I actually poured it. This is *no* Pale Wheat Ale.

The smell has big notes of wheat and fruit. Yep, I can smell the huckleberries and the blueberries, not sure what marionberries smell like. A nice nose.

The taste is just like the nose. Plenty of berry flavours, lots of malt, and some wheat tones. The malt gives it some sweetness, the fruit adds both sweet and tart notes....nice and tasty and smooth. Not much sign of the abv other than some warming after the swallow.

It's medium bodied until right at the finish where it thins out a bit, the carbonation is on the light side, and the finish itself is slightly tart. Yep. I'm liking this one a lot. I think it's a very good effort and a good beer to help celebrate their 20th anniversary. Not a bad price either at US$10.29 for the bottle. I recommend it.

Bitterbill, May 22, 2008
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XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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