Walk On Water | To Øl

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To Øl

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a collab between To Øl and Mikkeller, the overall objective was to make the "lightest beer in the world".

Added by PeterIngemi on 09-06-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma is not particularly strong, but has a good fruity note and yeasty and hoppy hints. Pours a clear straw yellow with a thick white head. Flavor has a good hoppy note, a whisper of fruity sweetness, and a strong alcohol nip. Definitely quite dry! Texture has smooth, decent body and a fair amount of fizz. Watch out, this one will sneak up on you like a cat! Not great, but interesting.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off looking decent with a straight pour, but things really get interesting when you actually drink it! A beautiful and subtle aroma, without being pungent or bitter hits your nose immediately. The coloring is a golden amber, which is very beautiful and just a light trace of carbonation of lace, beautifully done. It is sweet, but not too sweet for a brew with this high of alcohol content and is remarkably smooth. Bought it on a whim and am very impressed. Beautifully clean taste, as smooth as smooth can be for a beer this high in alcohol content. If you see it, buy it!

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Photo of Brenden
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It certainly looks like a light beer, fizzy and yellow with a thin, weak off-white cap that actually forms something that sets up for the long haul, small as it is, and does manage average spotting.
Spicy, fruity, and lightly grainy with something like (sugared) aloe vera juice, the aroma attempts balance with dry hay and citrus, but its main aspects are boozy and sweet, like a strangely flavored fruit vodka. It's mostly heat and sweetness, but at least I get a hint of earth from malts and some floral hops. I can't overstate the booziness, but it's okay.
I don't know what to make of this flavor. It's all over the place. It's too sweet, it's too hot, it's too messy; it honestly doesn't make a lot of sense. The best I can say is that the actual beer-like qualities aren't completely lost in the monstrousness, which is saying something.
The body is too light, it's a bit too fizzy, it's sharp and biting as all hell. It almost hurts to drink it. That said, it calms down before too long. It's never clean, though, and the sting remains harsh.

What? Why? It's not worth it just to say you did it.

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Photo of arlo19
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wine glass. Great carbonation, some yeast. I get aroma of pineapple, booze, like being in a brewery. Taste is great, like a barelywine. Citrus, orange and lemon rinds. I shared this one, and even then it is a sipper at 14%. As it warms up, the booze really comes out. Very interesting beer. I would get this again and consider aging to see what a couple years would do.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy light-orange/light-brown with a one-finger head
S: Orange, a bit of bubblegum, spice, booze and lemon
T: Booze first and foremost, some orange cleaner, lemon zest, honey and herbs
M: Full-bodied with a light carbonation and a bit of alcohol heat
O: While I wouldn't get it again it's a unique beer and for that reason I'm glad I tried it

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10oz glass at the Underground. Good god, but I've been waiting all year for this nascent beer pub to finally, and verily release this particular offering to we plebian sorts.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of loosely foamy, and actually rather creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some nice sheer painted lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of pungent orange liqueur, pine resin, lemon floor cleanser, sweetly floral perfume, and some further independent fruity alcohol. The taste is more citrus cream doctored with vodka, grapefruit and lime rind, lemon drops, wet bready pale malt, and more earthy floral, and well perfumed hops.

The carbonation is quite light, but supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and rather sugary in its smoothness, the alcohol informing here as well. It finishes on the sweet side, the fruitiness, malt, and booze all large and in charge.

A big (if not in gravity, I don't know how that works) strong ale, the perfumed essence going a long way in masking the ABV. Glad I sipped this slowly while enjoying the Monday night steak special, for once.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Light straw yellow complexion gives the appearance of an American Adjunct or Malt Liqour with a huge billowing cloud of loosely knit bubbles for a head.

The scent is diverse but unfortunately some of these scents went to off putting. The aroma opens with an aromatic hair spray, the off putting, sweet grainy malt, alcohol and then ends with a fruity lemon and citrus.

The flavor is sharp with alcohol but settles into a rice flavor. The mix gives one the taste of sake as it ends with a fruity peach flavor. The end really saves this from being below okay.

The feel was sharp with alcohol as was the taste but then ended relatively easy.

In some respects this should be viewed as a novelty and not a beer to be judged in a contest but that said I failed to find this worthy of a second try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Incredibly ballsy, the collaborative efforts of Mikkeller and ToOl has lead me to be convinced that both have lost their damn minds. The "lightest beer in the world" at fourteen percent alcohol is both an incredible and ridiculous notion- like craft-brewed malt liquor or "impeiral" light beer. But what they have accomplishes is the lightest beer at this strength that I have come across.

Pale straw in color, the beer is partly fizzy, partly frothy as its foam structures build on top like champagne and collapses just the same. With no real attempt at head retention or lacing- the ale is actually succeeding at its attempt, as its lack of substance has sorely impeded its foam character.

Spicy aromas of grain sweetness and alcohol are highly Saki-like. A whole lotta nothin' causes its scent to be thinly of "Karo-type" corn syrup, spicy vodka and chardonnay- equipped with sulfury white grape and green apple character. Peppercorn, hay and husk aromas shine a light on balance but in the most rustic and raw attempts.

Flavors definately shift from any malt character to all graininess. Its a quite empty taste as if adjunct cereal grains take command of the taste buds with a light anorexic sweetness of candy sugar. Its champagne-like finish is fruity, spicy and again, saki-like.

Just as ugly in mouthfeel as it is in taste, the beer does coat the mouth with residual sweetness and vodka-like alcohol. Its heated prickle and numbing texture has little balance outside of a peppery hop dryness.

There's simply not enough beer-like characteristics to assess one way or another- its simply a malt liquor that's hiding in craft beer clothing.

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Photo of stakem
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft offering at the Batdorf served in a short sort of pub/pils glass. The brew appears a pale golden copper color with a thin white film. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass along with clear legs of lacing effect.

The aroma starts off with some abrupt perfume-like alcohol. Some citrus zest, orange and solvent booze with almost a vinous aspect that creeps out as it warms. While I have never had this brew before, it has a strange familiarity about it.

The taste is bitter and rindy with a huge alcohol feel that numbs the tongue. Some orange or lemon zest quality with an herbal hop feel that borders on feeling tropical yet medicinal at the same time. Strange that while really boozy, it maintains a feel about it that makes me keep coming back for more.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a light level of carbonation that keeps things uplifting. It is boozy to say the least but strangely familiar and enjoyable. I dont really understand the concept here...lightest beer in the world? At 14% it sure isnt light in potency. The cooper coloring sure isnt the lightest. The mouthfeel, while light could be lighter. Whatever, its an enjoyable boozy sipper despite the name being a fail.

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Photo of Jas45678
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into snifter

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a tiny white head. Smell is tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, a little booze and a little sourness. Taste is hard to describe I get some citrus, a little hop bitterness, some booze and slight sour taste. Medium bodied with lower amount of carbonation. Overall it is interesting beer.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A supremely hazy brilliant orange color. A quickly dissipating white head. Impressive alcohol legs.

S- A touch of a caramel roasted malt. A sour, overly ripened fruit like you would get from an aged IPA. A big breaddyness and tongue tingling sweetness. Kind of like a weird aged american barley wine.

T- A nice hoppy bitterness at first. A strange sour tangyness afterwards. A sour dark fruit flavor in this beer. Like old grapefruit and plums. An aged hop flavor from the hops as well. A somewhat sweeter body. A pungent flavor but hides the alcohol well.

M- A nice big body to this beer. Thick and well carbonated. Not too bitter or sweet.

O- Not sure what to think about this beer. Bottle dates would be very nice. This beer tastes like an aged DIPA with a slight sour tang. Doesnt really do it for me but overall, not terrible.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Bar Mikkeller in San Francisco.

A - Cloudy orange/yellow with a thin layer of white head.

S - Sweet and boozy (in a good way). Grape musk, honey and some citric and floral notes.

T - Very strong alcohol presence that gives way to sweetness with honey, candy sugar, maple and lighter caramel. Drinks very big. A slow sipper.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of ADZA
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The lightest beer ever made and I must admit the previous reviews are very intriguing anyways it pours a golden yellow hue with a wispy one finger head and subtle lacing,the smell is coconut,booze,off fruit and a slight mustiness, the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and has tastes of boozy grapes,butterscotch,candy,guava and finished with a ripe fruit dryness and I mean as dry as a bone and overall another unique mikkeller beer that surprisingly works and for something that is 14% it hides it very well one of those beers u have to try for yourself cheers.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I had this on tap at Holy Hound, served chilled in a pint.

The color is a lightly hazed golden with thin white head which falls to a ring of small beads. The smell is mildly tropical with fruity element that is slightly citrus but tinged with sour white grapes and mild alcohol esters. the feel is not heavy, yet it has a strength and warming from the alcohol with mild spice and bitterness and very mild sweetness and carbonation.

The taste is good with some malt sweetness up front and a gently grassy and citrus tinged hop flavor with light tropical element with gentle tangy yeast accent and drying alcohol in the finish. Overall this was an interesting beer but it seems more of a concept than a truly great strong ale. The alcohol flavor comes through a little more than I like but the flavor is not bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

"He's down by the creek, walkin' on water." I couldn't resist. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises boozy wheat, light powdered sugar, and a bit of vague fruit. Seriously, it's like walking into the produce section: you know there's fruit, but you can't figure out which ones are affecting your 'strils at any given moment. The taste brings in more of the same, with the booze certainly ratcheted-up and the odd fruitiness also gaining some heft. There's a touch of funkiness to the fruit now, but it's nearly negligible. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an interesting beer, but not one I would say succeeds at actually drinking all that well in any real sense. I'm glad I got to try it, but I'm also glad that I'll likely never have it again.

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Photo of skylander7
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Liquor Express in Huntsville, AL.. don't know how a 14% ABV made it into AL, but no complaints :) Poured into a Stella Artois chalice at about 40 degrees on 3/30/13.

Has a good golden color with not much of a head to it. Can see some carbonation in the glass.

I actually detected some complexity on the nose but it was kind of understated. I could detect a faint hint of booze, but definitely smelled some citrus. Oranges, lemongrass, but not "in your face" and overly bold about it. I

Taste.. first couple of pulls had a definite citrus and sugary feel to it. Lemongrass, oranges, floral notes, and a little bit of booze. For being such a high ABV, the booze taste is actually pretty minor.

Mouthfeel: I thought that it had a lighter mouthfeel especially considering everything that's going on here.

Granted a bottle of this stuff is going to set you back, but I actually think it's getting some underrated reviews here. Very drinkable but you can definitely detect some complexity.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.87/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reading the other reviews below I can hardly believe we are talking about the same beer. This beer is dry as a bone, the first tastes are high-zoot dry champagne, dry cider, dry mead. No hops evident to me at all, the high alcohol sweetness that should be there is gone in one second. I served this to over 50 people tonight in a fairly sophisticated beer crowd and got opinions from about half of them. They all agreed it is an extraordinary beer, not really like anything else we have ever had.

This is a very unique beer; I hardly can call it a beer but leaning towards a Belgian Strong Ale since there are no grapes, apples or honey in this. Again, I don't really think there are any hops either, IMHO. What is it? 1 IBU? Fantastic dry finish, just wipes the palate clean, and some nice bubbly carbonation to tickle afterwards.

What an incredibly odd beer, I like it, hope you get the chance to try it.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Collaboration between To Øl and Mikkeller. Shared with my bro Sam.

Pours a cloudy golden hue with flecks of orange. Head is pretty fluffy, but relatively minor. Some speckled lace forms when the beer is swirled, as does a decent amount of carbonation. Body is indeed quite light, but it has a residual weight to it which cause the carbonation to be very languid. Overall, it looks pretty good.

Nose is pleasantly sharp with hops, and some booze, but really only a suggestion. Lots of orange peel, marmalade, a hint of tonic water and a little hay like grassiness. It's actually rather pleasant, and remarkably subdued.

Taste is also similar. Sweet marmalade character mingled with some fruity, citric hops, a little tea, some white pepper and some sweet sugar characters. There's some booze, but it's quite muted: indeed, it's more of a feeling than an actual flavour. In many other respects it seems extremely approachable and really quite easy drinking.

Feel is smooth and light, but with that tingle of booze.

Drinkability-wise this is quite extraordinary. I think it's a really nice, supple and drinkable brew. And yet it's 14% alcohol? That's insane. I could believe maybe 8%, but this is really shockingly light and refreshing for how big it is. And that's some masterful work.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazed yellowish gold color. The head was white and held a good retention from start to finish. The lacing on this beer was pretty impressive too for being 14% ABV. The smell of the beer reminds me of DfH 120 for some reason. I feel that the hop aromas and the big boozy heat coming off of this one give a close comparison to that beer. There isn't much in the way of malt aroma here it's just hops and booze. The taste of the beer is hoppy as well. The citrus powers this beer right along. The aftertaste isn't as nice because I keep tasting plastic/latex on the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is pretty drinkable for as big of a beer as it is. The carbonation is good also. Overall this is a beer that I think should be cellared for a year or two then sampled again. When it's fresh it's pretty strong, lots of in your face flavors as well as a ton of booze heat. Time might do this beer some good. Right now it's wicked strong.

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3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. ½ pt glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Pure gold in color. Chill haze. White, creamy foam creates a close fairly good retention crown as long as collars on sides. Fresh aromas: floral, herbal, citric, tropical fruit & pineapple. Gentle malty upfront followed by citric flavor & apple tartar touch. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Cider notes in the middle & evident warming alcohol lingers into your throat. Fruity finish. Warm & tartaric aftertaste. Watch up! Unexpected high ABV from a blonde one.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a small head.
Very malty aroma but also a fair bit of piny and grapefruit-like hops.
Sweet flavours at first, lots of clean malt. Then pine and grapefruit roll through followed by a aggressive bitterness and lots of overt booze.
Too much carbonation.
Booze dominates this one.

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Photo of marvin213
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It appears shockingly normal! A 14% "bright ale" that looks like an everyday IPA. It's orange and opaque; clear-looking, but you can't see through it! Fizz and all is good. The smell is sorta weird: definitely DON'T get hops in the nose from this hop-lookin' brew. A little lemon, but definitely some solventy, chemically, alcoholic aromas to it. It smells like the 100% attenuation experiment it is.

The taste is as the nose suggests in that it's a strong, medicinal lemon ball of a beer. The mouthfeel is a zingy (lemon) yet strong experience. It's a paradox in that it IS thin (less dense than water?) while it TASTES thick. It's definitely a novelty brew...but aren't they all these days? At $7 for a 14%er, I'd say its an agreeable encounter.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.59/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris (spycow) for sharing this experimental brew. A 14%, 1 IBU beer that is apparently less dense than water? Uh, OK? Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Lightly hazed blonde body. Certainly LOOKS like a light beer.

S - Booze. Fusels galore here, particularly as it warms up. Beyond that, there's some nebulous sugar malts and a hefty dose of herbal and citrus dry-hop aroma. Unfortunately combining pine, citrus, and unabashed alcohol gives this a cleaning solvent type of aroma; not totally irredeemable though.

T - The taste is less boozy than the aroma, and there's surprising balance considering there is only 1 IBU; this isn't cloying at all. Sugary malts and fruity yeast appear to be balanced by alcohol bitterness instead, with a touch of walnut.

M - Goes down shockingly easy. Dry and chewy medium body, with unobtrusive moderate carbonation. Fairly clean finish, and restrained alcohol warmth. Definitely the best thing about the beer.

D - It's better than I expected, but it's still not very good. I struggled through a few ounces and then gave up; make sure you have 4-6 people on hand to tackle a 12oz bottle. You might get similar results blending a hoppy pale ale with vodka though.

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Photo of avalon07
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: Interesting aroma of citrus, yeast, malt, and some booze.

T: Tasted of citrus (a good amount of lemon, light hops, malt, grain, some Belgian yeast, and, as expected, booze. I'm not sure what to make of this flavor. It's an interesting concoction, but also off-putting at the same time. Odd, but drinkable.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This was definitely worth trying, but it's probably not a beer I'd readily go back to.

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Photo of rarbring
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A foggy light amber, an off-white small head leaving little lacing and - actually - small curtains. Had not expected that at 14%, might indicate a small body.

Smells lemon soda ("citronvann"), lemon detergent, cleansing agents.

An alcoholic sweetness (like pure alcohol), some grass notes, clean oil.

Medium carbonation, a bit "ethereal", small body, a dry acidity.

An interesting science experiment, but it is not IMHO a good beer.

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