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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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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 riored4v:
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riored4v

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 23:16:41 | More by riored4v
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-23-2013 19:35:25 | More by jaydoc
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New York

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Texas

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07-19-2012 01:43:34 | More by BeerHunter76
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Texas

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07-18-2012 01:32:27 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-18-2012 01:22:57 | More by kjkinsey
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 14:29:12 | More by tobelerone
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Vylo

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

04-11-2012 05:21:37 | More by Vylo
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-24-2012 19:49:46 | More by dtx00
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 05:44:08 | More by July2Nov
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-01-2011 06:25:15 | More by rab53
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taigor

New York

4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into DFH pint glass.

A - Poured deep purple, reddish color with big head that dissipated slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of berries with slight hints of wheat and alcohol.

T - Definitely lots of fruit flavors but not too overpowering the taste of wheat.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very unique and refreshing ale that can be enjoyed in the summer. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 12:37:07 | More by taigor
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-19-2011 17:59:49 | More by imperialking
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Yagman3000

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:14:56 | More by Yagman3000
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

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11-16-2010 03:38:36 | More by Deuane
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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colts9016

Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Widmer Hefe glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A frothy foamy w3 finger white head that has some retention to it. The head leaves lacing on the glass. The color of the beer. Orange and amber color body in the beer. The clarity of the beer is hazy with some particles.

Nose: A nice heavy wheat nose with caramel heavy berry notes from the assortment of berries used in making of this beer. In the back ground of the beer is yeast.

Taste: A heavy wheat flavor with caramel and tons of berry flavors. There is some yeast and malt.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is heavy and creamy and velvety on the tongue. The body of beer is medium thick and the finish is medium. This beer is as sipper, the heavy body of the beer makes it hard to drink. I really like the beer except it is just in your face. It is a boozy drink like wheat wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 05:51:02 | More by colts9016
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 00:45:25 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:12:58 | More by Gueuzedude
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 03:48:03 | More by russpowell
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 15:38:37 | More by GClarkage
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ccrida

Oregon

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 15:37:30 | More by ccrida
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koopa

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: ruby / mahogany color with a nice billowing head that is quite dense. Excellent lretention and lacing. The side of the glass looks like it has been frosted with snow after finishing the drink :)

S: a nice balance of malt flavor, wheat, and a hint of acidic berry. The berries become more pronounced as it warms up.

T: Not much berry flavor which I'm happy about. Just a hint in the background that doesn't draw your attention away from the beautiful malt and wheat balance. The malt presence is a tad submissive to the wheat flavor which I like.

M: very smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D: Easy drinker all the way! BTW the wax coated swivel top is a pain to remove but classy none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 20:09:41 | More by koopa
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jenitivecase

Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with lots of floaters, which are evenly distributed except for a layer of sediment at the bottom. Slightly off-white head which remains until the bitter end.

S: Slightly acidic, with lots of berries as well as a substantial malt character. A touch of hops. I'm also picking up a scent of fresh cut field, as well as an earthy smell.

T: Again, lots of berries. I'm getting mostly huckleberries, but that may be because I'm unfamiliar with marionberries. Blueberries are also present, but in lesser quantities. Lots of malt, again. Pretty acidic, but the alcohol remains relatively undetectable.

M: Very smooth and crisp. Not heavy at all. I wouldn't hesitate to call this beer refreshing.

D: Relatively easy to drink, although the acidity is a bit offputting. Other than that, I wish I had another.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:36:12 | More by jenitivecase
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Talisker

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:54:54 | More by Talisker
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XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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