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 mwar
1.25/5  rDev -65.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of rarbring
2.16/5  rDev -41%
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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Photo of ohiobeer29
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of MasterSki
2.59/5  rDev -29.2%
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 BEERchitect
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Brenden
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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 KYGunner
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
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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2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
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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3.14/5  rDev -14.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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