Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
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Style:
American Brett
Ranked #25
ABV:
6%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,042
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New HopsMikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
Notes: India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.
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Reviews by fmccormi:
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4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 11.2oz/330ml bottle to a can glass; no freshness or bottling dating that I can see, but given that it’s a well-stored brett beer, I’m not too worried.

Appearance (4.25): Believe it or not, this pours with a very bright, almost perfectly clear yellow body, sitting underneath two fingers of off-white foam that crackles away slowly but visibly. Staying power is average, but lacing is well above: wide-set webs of frilly lace, legs connecting loosely-defined collars all around the glass. Dainty and quite pretty. For some reason, this beer just strikes me the right way.

Smell (4.25): It’s certainly got a nice aroma! Somewhat fruity, bitter-tart citrusy hop notes mingle well with the peppery, fruity combination of brett and wheat, the latter of which also plays well with the earthy, slightly musty side of the brett. A little piney and a little spicy in the end. Lightly bready, moderately hoppy, moderately funky, moderately spicy, lightly fruity.

Taste (4.5): Hops and brett definitely duke it out a bit here, showing a solid citrus zest bitterness that floats in and out next to bretty pepper and a light, fruity tartness—the overall effect being some yellow grapefruit juice, minerally white wine, a tiny bit of pineapple sweetness, and some very tangy lemonade. Actually, this is very lemony, now that I think about it. The malt body is soft and bready without coming off as starchy or biscuity—just nice, soft, fresh-baked white bread with a light drizzle of honey. There’s a slightly peppery, musty-funky undercurrent throughout the whole thing, too, which is excellent because it stops short of coming off as phenolic in any way. Damp hay, white wine, tangy pear, lemon zest, and a spiciness I can’t pin down really sum it up nicely. No booze. Excellent stuff!

Mouthfeel (4.75): Eminently drinkable—like, really hard to just sip. The carbonation seems modest but tingles early and ends up quite fluffy, washing out with a nice, full foaming effect only at the swallow. The body is just a bit on the light side of medium-weight, and has the perfectly dry feel that begs for more but without parching even for a second.

Overall (4.25): This is, I think, an outstanding beer. It’s so easy to drink, so tasty, and bright and lemony, and so well-executed—the brewers avoided every single downfall of brett that I can think of. It’s not phenolic, it’s almost perfectly carbonated, everything meshes, and its funk is never off-putting. If I were a brewer, this is exactly the kind of beer I’d want to make all of the time. Kudos, Mikkeller and Grassroots, because this beer is awesome.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass. Little cloudy, golden yellow with medium white head. Medium citrus and straw aroma, also noticable very nice basement accents. Flavour is balanced between dry malt base with some woody accents and nearly medium bitterness. You can also taste some tropical fruits and saison-like accents. Light to medium body, smooth texture, average carbonation, finish is medium and dry, aftertaste is light bitter. Drinkability is high, very refreshing. In general really solid, drinkable and refreshing beer. Very balanced, where none of the element overpower others.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a 4-pack of 500ml cans from Yankee Spirits in Norwood, MA on 1/12/18. Can says 26/08/16. What?! This store just opened a month ago and they have cans from almost a year and a half ago? But...for that price...and with brett...and from Mikkeller and De Proef and Grassroots...what the hell.

Very hazy light gold with small white chunks, good sized head and good lacing. Smells tangy with citrus, brett funk, and a little cardboard. Taste follows suit, juicier than I expected with mangoes and grapefruit, a little sweet at first, but dries out, a pleasant black pepper, and nicely pithy. Feels on the thinner side with a little sizzle, which makes it very drinkable. Overall, this is definitely up my alley. Inspired by the likes of Orval and XX Bitter, but riding more of the modern hop wave and downplaying the yeast a bit, perhaps. I'll grab this one whenever I find it.

Update: Two out of the four cans were good, like described above. The other two were bad-homebrewy messes of yeast, autolysis, and wet cardboard. The inconsistency within the 4--pack is strange, but if I see more of it I'll still take the chance on it because of how much I liked the two that were in good shape.

Musical Equivalent: Death - Leprosy (album)

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pint glass.

A - Giant creamy white foam settles to a thick cap and splotchy lace. Hazy pale golden body.

S - Tropical brett, citrus hops, unmalted wheat, some light herbal and grassy notes.

T - Taste is similar, with hefty brett funk and tropical flavors, some stone and tropical fruit malt sweetness, and a mildly sour and bitter finish.

M - Lower carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, slightly dry, quite refreshing. No discernible alcohol.

D - Pretty enjoyable stuff that delivers exactly what it promises. Easy to drink and great for a hot summer day. Surprisingly affordable for a Mikkeller offering. I'd drink this one again if it was on-tap somewhere.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -62.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light gold with a one-finger head into my glass. Very light. Looks crisp.

Holy Wheat, Batman! And it's complimented by a mix of pungent, fruity brett and hops.

Ditto on the flavor. The Brett and the hops mix well, creating a salty pretzel facade (think the saltiness of a pretzel...the dough that created that pretzel). The hops drown out the Brett more than I'd like.

Lingering "saltiness" from the hops and brett mixing. Lest I forget about the wheat, it is barely here. More of an enhancer at this point.

Excellent collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. Might I add that wheat IPAs/white IPAs seem to be the "style du jour". Better to have the pros do it and do it well!

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 461 ratings