Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops
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American Brett
Ranked #25
Ranked #8,029
3.97 | pDev: 10.33%
Mikkeller ApS
Very Good
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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Photo of Vidblain
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm sort of in a weird place with this beer.

On the one hand, it's from 8/26/16. Yowza. Why aren't there commissioned IPA hunters out there in the wild who get to take all of the old IPAs out back and put them out of commission? Because this can... well. I hate to acknowledge how old it is, because it reminds me of how old I'm getting. It's old. It's obsolete. It should be terrible, full of floaties and smell like a desert harem.

But the puzzling thing is... it's really not. Perhaps it's the wheat, though more likely that it's the brett... but this beer has somehow held up. It still has a fairly high content of bitter hops, which I hadn't quite expected, but the mouth feel has a pleasant creamy quality as well. The hops are sharp, and the blend of sharpness, bitterness, and creaminess is pretty pleasant, in my opinion. I'm surprised, but find myself liking this beer a lot.

Actually, this is my first Mikkeller IPA that hasn't been miserably bad. I'm assuming that is because all Mikkeller beers sit for too long - yet, this one ages well, so that hasn't been an issue. Surprising. But cool!

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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 anteatr23
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange, lightly hazed with very light, but thin foamy head. Some noticeable floating sediment. Smells like a saison, with sour earthy notes, faintly floral. Taste is bitter, light, harshly peppery, with some fruit notes, white grape, orange peel. Still, very drinkable and despite all the contrasting flavors, not very challenging.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can a hazed lighter golden with a thinner bone white head atop.A big shot of tropical fruit-like hop aromas over top of toasted wheat malt note,nice big fruity aromas.Fresh citric hops with a bit of lactic sour tinge but not offensive,yeasty pepperiness is there as well.Lighter and refreshing with the brett not slapping me in the face,not bad.

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Photo of TrueSoul515
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wheat Is the New Hops Mikkeller/Grassroots

A: Honey gold color, great head retention that seems to last forever, two fingers worth of foam
S: Wheat and mosaic hops, smells like a DIPA, piney
T: Citrus, lemon, slight funk undertone that stays on the aftertaste, hoppy, some malt backbone as well
M: Light to medium thickness but goes down smooth, medium carbonation
O: A good refreshing beer all around. Looks good, smells good, tastes good, drinks good. I like it

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Photo of sjdevel
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pale gold in color and quite hazy.... as expected (wheat beer). 3 finger head after pouring form a 12oz bottle. Mighty active with steady streams of larger bubbles. Frothy lace sticks to the side after the head starts to recede.
Smell: Smells of hops, buscuits, and wheat. Slightly funky and citrusy. Smells like a Belgian IPA / White IPA.
Taste: Not tons of bitterness form the hops, but there's a nice bite to it. It leads right into spices and pine. Bitterness fades out and in comes citrus (orange, lemon, pineapple, mango) and malted sweetness. Dries out and hops seem to come back in with some bitterness and pine (citra perhaps?).
Feel: Feels fuller bodied than I expectted for an IPA. Medium / Full - right on the line.
Overall: Like this one. Reminds me of Belgian IPAs - Hoppy, piney, and citrusy. Brett adds some nice funk and tartness here.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap served in a stemmed glass at Mikkeller Bangkok.

Hazy golden yellow in color, it tops with one finger of fluffy white head with decent retention. The head dissipates to some bubble sheet atop and leaves plenty of lacing patch and spot along the way.

Brett in a nose, as well as funky, earthy, grassy, citrus, lime, malt with touch of bread, sweet, and caramel.

It kicks off with bready and powdery malt as a foundation before brett, grass, earthiness, and funkiness find the way to approach the taste buds. Fruity hop nicely participates with its grapefruit and lemon while moderate bitterness draws in at the finish and leaves long aftertaste.

Medium body with smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation, the feeling is crisp and refreshing. Finish is dry. Good wheat IPA with a twist of brettanomyces, worthy, grab it if you pass by.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly tarte, lemon, citrus peel, grapefruit, wheat, earth, grassy notes, hint of pine, slight funk going on. Overall enjoyable but nothing special.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tall can 26/08/16 on the bottom

Pours turbid, dull tanderine, frothy off white head, leaving nice looking strands of fine lacing...lots of yeasty floaties doing their thing...

Zesty, tangy and yes, funky nose with some barnyard coming to mind...nice a beer with Brett, where you can actually taste some brett characteristics..

Delicious, spicy, tropical, funky, barnyardy, zesty, hoppy....complex - a must buy if you see it and you like the style and also like Brett spiked beers....

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Photo of stevoj
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml can from Boise Co-op. Pale golden, slight haze, abundant head, pretty tight. Tasting blind I would not guess IPA. Citrus, lemon aroma. Taste is a bit more tangy, slight hop bitterness, almost a hopped witbier. Second whiff is grainy, bready. Mildly dry. Bits of a golden, wit. Belgian pale all rolled into one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at York River Landing.
Hazy gold color Small white head and a bit of lace.
Wonderful aroma of tropical fruit and funk.
Taste not quite as nice as the nose promised, but still great. Melon, kiwi, funk.
Medium-bodied, easy to drink.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw tinted with green, touched with a light haze, little carbonation, and 4 fingers of yellowish head. Leaves a random, melting snowman lace.

Brett on the nose, hops almost like mosaic in that they are very berry like. Blueberries, a hint of Belgian phenols as well.

Wow. Brett and blueberries, pine, pineapple jello.

Medium light body, lightly sweet but with a tannic tea like dryness as well. Little carbonation.

Got at Beer Lab. Loving this one, Orval like in the Brett, but will an herbal hopping and berry fruitiness all packed in one.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BB 08/2017. Served cold in a teku

Love seeing funky beer in cans, especially 16oz ones. Beer poured out a very hazy golden color. There was quite a few suspended and floating chunks of sediment in the glass, no problem at all. Sticky white fluffy head from the Brett. Nosee is crazy tropical. Mango, pineapple, citrus, passionfuit, guava, tangerine, kiwi, Brett funk in the end. Taste follows the nose but with some dankness and more Brett funk. The tropical fruit cates through. Very dry mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. Very delicious.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is the best thing here- lots going on: bread dough, fruit, hops, candy, vinegar; all over the board, but nice. Flavor loses almost all of the hop flavor, though there's good bitter. Nice balance amongst everything. Very drinkable, even if I think this one's a tad old.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours hazy. Aroma is dry, fruity, Bretty and hoppy. Smells powdery. Flavor is not super intense. Brett and hops give me a pineapple flavor. Sweeter than the nose leads on. Not too bitter. Decent but underwhelming.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice hazy gold color. Pleasant scent of citrus and mango. The taste is similar but the bitterness is a tad unbalanced (perhaps the bitter wheat and hops combining efforts). More vicious than typical wheat beer. A tasty beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. And yes, that can came courtesy of the amazing woodychandler. Has a cloudy, light golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some lemons. Taste is lemons, mint, some wheat, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, unique for the style, and decent enough, but lacking the punch I expect from an IPA.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pilsner glass

Slightly hazy yellow with an active stream of carbonation, dense two finger white foam cap, great lacings

Aroma of grassy grains, some brett, whiff of citric acid, lemony

Taste is bretts, wheat, citrus hops, grassy, slight tartness

Doesn't suds up , a good summer wheat beer

Good beer

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with moderate haziness. There's an inch of frothy off white head on top. Moderate lacing. Aroma is comprised of citrus hops, pale wheat, and tart Brett. The taste is of citrus hops with acidic tart Brett almost masked as piney hops due to the unusual blend of them along with the sweet wheat notes. The mouth is highly carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is pineapple juice, citrus, floral aroma, and a hint of mint. Taste is wheat, pine resin, malt sweetness, an oily bitterness, and citrus. It's a well put-together beer, but I think I'm just not personally a huge fan of Brett IPAs.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a white foamy head.
S - Aroma is almost non-existent, maybe a little lemon.
T - Flavor is mild, grassy, and a little bitter.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Underwhelming. Very drinkable but not special.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow, hazy with a very nice white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is funky and fruity, citric notes and yeast. Taste is complex, bitter and mildly sour, not for begginers. Medium body with medium carbonataion. Very nice Brett IPA.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour: 16.9 oz can at the Churchkey in D.C. Poured into a nonic pint. Appearance: Very light straw and crystal clear. Thick white head with lots of lacing. Aroma: Big bold Brett notes. Hoppy and citrus elements come through...lemon? Sweet bready malts and some barnyard as well. Taste: Not much up front but WOW! on the back end. Complex and deep Brett and funk aftertaste. Heavy and still breathing it out of my nose. Aftertaste: See taste. Big, bold and deep funky Brett and hops. Lingers forever and gets deeper after swallowing. Overall: I really enjoyed this. Awesome on the back end! Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by my local beer bro that has never steered me wrong. This can was a pleasant surprise. Almost mango color with a great wheat typical head. Spicy notes with a full taste close to a IIPA. Will have again for sure.

L: Great almost mango color
S: Musty sweet with some nice peppery nose
T: IIPAish with a great reminder why I love great wheat beers
F: Full, crisp with citrus toward lemon bitterness
O: On my grab list if in stock. Strong showing for a first try at Mikkeller. Ready to try more from this brewer.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear, hay color with a huge bubbly white head with great retention and curtains of lacing. The nose is grassy, Brett, white pepper, and some dry citrus. The taste leads with dry citrus but the wheat and Brett roll in immediately and dry out the palate and finishes with a nice hit of spicy bittering hops. The body is round but light and has lively carbonation. This is a really tasty IPA with a new take on an old style.

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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
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