Mythical White | Big Hole Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Big Hole Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A complex blend of Montana barley, wheat, Noble hops and spices. Crafted together for a rich , full bodied and intensely aromatic strong golden ale.

Added by Mitchster on 07-27-2002

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by ShwarzAl3r:
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

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Photo of NWer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a wine snifter.
Interesting how it poured a very anemic head in spite of my aggressive pour into the bottom of the glass. Cloudy pale in appearance with no head after 5 seconds.
Nice taste for the price. Not a top end taste but not a top end price either. A very good trade-off in my opinion worthy of the style.
A decent Belgian but at 7 avb not particularly strong however.

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Photo of merlin48
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with albino bison head on label. Claims to be a Grand Cru. Pours a clear, golden amber body with an ivory head that quickly falls to a collar. Lacing is virtually nonexistent, except for a couple of spotty patches.

Aroma is subdued. Hints of banana and vague spices.

Mouthfeel fails to impress, with low carbonation, light body, and a medicinal twang.

The taste features a Juicy Fruit chewing gum sweetness, with an occasionl off-note of dishwater. Not much going on here. White pepper and coriander seem to be in the background. Alcohol is hidden, which isn't necessarily a virtue here.

This one needs some work. Not up to par as any kind of Belgian style ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, w/o any freshenees dating to be found. Pours cloudy, dull apricot/light brown, with a soft white head and leaving some moderate lacing. Minor sediment settling to the bottom of the glass. Nose is lemon/orange. Yeasty, citrusy light brew, tastes more like a strong wit beer then a BSPA. Doesnt have the complexity of the better brews this style, but surely a decent Belgian style session brew

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy pale yellow body with a huge carbonation supporting a huge snow white head for a bit.
S- The light fruit and apricot notes are clean but turn to a Palmolive dish soap aroma when warm. There is a hint of clove with a slight pepper note in the finish.
T- The soft tart lemon hint is followed by a softer dough note and a hint of clove and fusel alcohol faintness in the watery finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is pretty light and the flavors that are there are very subtle and a bit dull.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clouded pasty yellow with a mountain of white cream on top.
Wheat is noted on the nose, but the emphasis is on coriander and orange. Especially orange, with some backing chamomile and rose petals.
It enters the mouth with a wheat, bready maltiness. Some lactic sourness creeps up, and suggests lemonaide or shandy. Over time, this grows even stronger. Spice notes are limited to pepper, but the orange rind comes through loudly, in a slightly sweet, candied sense, along with a whole lot of florality. A small bit of astringency at the close, with a minor burst of alcoholic heat.
The carbonation rushes out leaving a semi-flaccid liquid. Light bodied at first, then congealing into something slightly heavier.
This is not bad, though perhaps too lactic sour.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet, even cloying syrupy white appearance, with spicyness in there all covered up by sugary yeasty sweetness. Corriander, fruit yogurt smoothy, bubble gum. Its drinkable, it's a mouthfull, but my gums were slightly abrased by it. Overflowing head.

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Photo of hreb
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into large glass mug. Beer pours a very pale clear yellow, with no head. Not much in the way of aroma. The first sip is sharly carbonated and immediately sweet.

The beer's primarly flavor is it's caramelly sweetness. There are just enough hops to balance out the beer without making it bitter.

Overall, a solidly enjoyable strong, sweet ale. Doesn't reveal even a hint of it's alcohol strength.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great spicy aroma and a dense rocky head! Slightly hazy golden appearance (even in a carefully decanted and long cellared bottle). Intense and varied palate of citrus, apricot, and spice that changes throughout the drinking experience. Immense mouthfeel from the high carbonation level. The alcohol is clearly present but never steps out of bounds. The yeast and hop combination give an earthy/mineral character that is quite Belgian in character. Very distinct. Finishes slightly tart; and dry but not really bitter.

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Photo of Brandt
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours out a clean clear pale staw color with a thick rocky white head

the smell of this brew is a yeast corriander and orange peel wit character with notes of over ripe banana as well as some spicy cinnamon and clove

the taste for this one is very wheat heavy with a peppery spice and clove, there is a certain dryness to it briefly and then it trails off with a estery phenolic taste.

this beer finishes with a med body and good mouthfeel. there is a dry spicy finish on the tongue after its gone. a really great wit style beer and very quenching

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Photo of nortmand
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eby for the sample.
Pours a clear, yellow-amber with 1 finger of white head, even with a vigorous pour.
Smells spicy with an alcohol backbone.
Taste is pretty light. A little spicy, a little alcohol, with a sweet, grainy finish.
Very fizzy, carbonated mouthfeel.
All in all a decent beer, fizzy, not too over the top flavorful. Nice, light summer beverage that would work in the winter, too.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great strong ale with spices and cloviness almost reminiscent of Hoegaarden with more kick.. very smooth and yet balanced with a hint of coriander and orange this beer pours with a nice head and last throughout.. nice mouthfeel and highly drinkable since it is not overly carbonated.. hard to find anymore in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When this beer was poured into my glass, it poured a huge white frothy head of small-medium sized bubbles that was long lasting. The carbonation observed was lively and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was cloudy and the hue was pale yellow. The nose was fruity and spicy and the flavor was malty and spicy. The mouthfeel was a little tingly. This was a complex beer in my opinion.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With coriander listed, this seems more like a Witbier, but less wheaty.
Guess a "Grand Cru" can be anything really.

Murky orange when the yeast is poured in, a finger of foam. Odd fruity smell, bread dough and apricots.
A trace of citrus can also be discerned.

Tart fruit and earthy coriander, cookie dough, woody tree bark. Watery with a dry finish. This actually goes down pretty easily. Fairly juicy with some traces of wheat in the aftertaste. Not bad, not the greatest, but above average.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another pick-up in my most recent fishing expedition at Trader Joe's. Mythical White poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head that collapsed quickly to a tiny cap kept alive by a central column of carbonation.
Smell was an enticing blend of sweet/tart apples, pears, peppery spice, and bready malt notes. Also the faintest hint of bubblegum.
Mythical White had a light banana flavor with some clove and coriander built on a yeasty malt backbone. The sour apple aroma didn't translate into the taste but there was a suggestion of alcohol lurking in the finish.
Feel was full, smooth, and creamy with a mild warming quality.
I found Mythical White to be quite tasty. Despite the %ABV, it has an easy drinking quality and soothing character I found appealing. A nice find at a nice price.

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Photo of Dhamma73
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after disbarging from the 12 ounce brown bottle, it sets in the Belgian Tulip glass an unclouded gold color with the head smallish and bright white, a spumescent texture, as the head evaporates quickly, the lace left behind forms a velum like curtain to drape the glass. Nose is tart with a sweet under layment, citrus crisp and pleasing to the senses, start is sweet, nice malt profile with the top middling in its feel. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops mild and pleasant in their spiciness; very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, my thanks goes to abnranger from a chance to sample this quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of TheBishop
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even though billed as a belgium strong ale, it tastes nothing like it. As a matter of fact it tastes like no other belgium style, rather a combination of all of them, with an american twist.

Pours a golden straw color, head rather weak on first bottle, but second was about 2 fingers. Has a creamy taste almost of a tripel, but not quite, notes of orange and carmel. Finishes dry but pleasant. Alcohol was not prevalent, just the right balance in my opinion. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but not unpleasantly so.

All in all a good White/Strong Ale/Tripel - unique and definitely worth a second try.

I found this beer is at it's best at around 45 degrees F, then it really starts to perform

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Photo of BeerBadger
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of meathookjones
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours out a cloudy golden color with a slight white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bits floating around in this one. The aroma is yeasty with a sharp spice to it almost like pepper. Besides that there was not much going on in the smell department. The taste was somewhat of a citrus hop and wheat malt blend, I don’t know if this would really qualify as a grand cru or a wit bier maybe a hybrid. No sign o the 7% alcohol here and the mouthfeel is decent. Overall not a bad beer but nothing I would pick up again as there are plenty of wit biers and grand crus far better to choose from.

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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of granger10
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say that this is no belgian strong pale ale. Rather I would call this an imperial witbier (maybe a new style?) This beer is strong and the alcohol precense can be felt. The spicyness of this beer is interesting yet overwhelming at times. I definitely notice the bitter orange peel added in and coriander as well. The yeast brings a strong bready, dry flavor and more spicyness. The beer is actually quite bitter but it's not from the hops. This is a complex beer and one that should definitely be tried. Unfortunately the carbonation in mine was lacking and the spices seemed a bit too much in the end. I couldn't drink a whole lot of these but having one here or there is defnitely a good idea.

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Photo of xGreatWallx
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of RBorsato
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Labelled "Mythical White Grand Cru" -- not a white and not a Grand Cru ...

Hazy light white-ish yellow with a huge rocky white head (took 3 pours due to overactive carbonation and big bubbles). Light almost non-existant aroma for a wit/strong pale. If anything it was simply yeasty but a bit soapy. Malty honey-ish flavor with lighti ndistinguishable spices. Light bodied but a bit too airy. Alcohol content was unnoticeable.

Not very Wit-like or even very Belgiany.... not a buy.

Per Paper Neck Tie: Bottle Conditioned (maybe a bit too conditioned ...), Imported Belgian malts and yeast, and four distinctive spices (not really Distinctive at all...)


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Photo of Mustard
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle; no "best before" or "bottled on" warning; purchased as a "busted" single from Trader Joe's for $1.00.

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-like color; somewhat hazy; smallish, snow-white head; a good c-cup's worth of lace; head retention is only adequate.

Aroma: Lightly of sweet wheat, bananas and cloves.

Taste: Primary flavor characteristics are not entirely "unreminiscent" of a hefeweizen -- i.e. of slightly sweet wheat malt, bananas and cloves; hints of lemon peel, coriander, bubble gum and green apples in there too, though; light to medium bodied with a somewhat prickly mouthfeel.

Notes: Growing on me.

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Mythical White from Big Hole Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 73 ratings