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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light on the palate, yet packed with flavour and European hop aroma, with fruity or citrusy notes.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly I am a fan of the Big Rock Brewery, and Grasshopper is my personal mainstay from their line, and one of my favorite regional ales to drink on a regular basis when out and about. It pours out a darker golden hue, with a big white head, which dissipates after a couple of minutes, and then leaves a bit of a lace. Nose is sweet and citrusy, and the flavour matches that, a bit crisp as well. Smooth mouthfeel, I can drink a lot of this stuff, and that's not just a hypothetical statement. Not exactly a traditional weiss beer, but a good stepping stone into the style for those who are apprehensive at first. Also my favorite beer to ween people off of macros at first. A great hot weather summer beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had Big Rock's Grasshopper Wheat Beer once before in my life - at a Christmas party where it was the only alternative to a cooler full of Coors Light. Needless to say, the Grasshopper went down quite well, though I never got a chance to really experience it. So I grabbed a six pack from the LCBO store on Main Street Markham and sat down (after some refridgeration) to see if I missed anything.

Poured from a standard brown bottle, part of a closed cardboard case, so there shouldn't be any skunkiness. But this stuff doesn't look very appealing. Crystal clear, a gold straw colour like most lagers, and not a bit of head in sight. A tiny bit of lacing is slightly redeeming, though it dissapates quickly.

The nose is difficult to distinguish. A teensy bit of hoppiness on the front end, with what I presume to be wheat filling out the rear, and some subtle banana notes hovering around the back. Nothing special, but not horrible, either. Upon further review, however, it's interesting to note that the proper glassware brings out the pear/citrus/banana notes much more extensively, which is very nice.

Taste is pleasant, though not complex, really. The wheat character is definitely on the weak side, but the banana and pear notes definitely shine through, which is a nice touch. Sweet initially, with hops the dominant presence, and a mild bitterness upon finish. Also some lemon-y citrus notes throughout. Certainly not a stellar example of the style but I must admit its still quite tasty and flavourful. I don't quite know how adding a lemon would go, but I suppose it might be worth a try, if only once to see how it goes.

Mouthfeel is good but not great - slightly overcarbonated and a little thin in the mouth - but drinkability is quite impressive. Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Beer is most definitely a brew that you'd have while enjoying the company of friends in the dead of summer; perhaps out by the pool or on the patio. Multiple drinks are the name of the game, and while Grasshopper is far from an ideal in terms of representing its' style, its quite tasty, and no doubt a catalyst in good times. If only for that reason, then, it's worth a try.

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this while on a cross Rockies hiking and camping trip.

This beer poured a nice clear, light gold colour with a good white head and nice lacing. The aroma is somewhat sweet, with a slight malty note and a nice background of banana. The taste is sweet wheat flavour with a light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

This beer is a very drinkable beer, with a nice aroma and mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- I gave this a hard pour and it didn't really produce much of a head, other than a slightly better than thin foam that quickly dissapears into nothing more than a half ring around the glass. It's clear with a rather nice looking golden color with a very slight orange hue.

S- Fairly mild aromas in general, but I detected some grainly smells, along with some malts, and a bit of clean fruitiness. Not sure if I detect the banana....

T- I really like it! It has a good predominant malty character, however what prevents this from getting full points is the lack of the wheat flavor that I would have expected. There is a very mild hop presence in this beer that isn't really detectable until you get the aftertaste. It does offer some muted citrus flavors of lemon and/or orange, which would be enhanced by a wedge of either I'm sure....as well, there are some soft fruits on the palate, perhaps the banana that is supposed to be here! It is a very clean tasting wheat beer!

M- Nothing much of note here....it is light bodied, but refreshing. There is a fairly high carbonation level in this beer. It seemed creamier when first taking a drink but then thins out on the finish.

D- I first tried this at a local bowling alley and I have to admit, I really enjoyed it so I bought some and continue to like this. It's not as pronounced as an unfiltered wheat beer but I think this is easy to drink, has enough flavor to enjoy over an evening and would especially be great during a hot summer as a staple. I do recommend this and I think Big Rock does a great job on just about all of their products!

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Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kings Head in Winnipeg. I asked them if it was a pale ale or ipa (because of the hop in hopper) and they said it was that mixed with a wheat beer. Well they were kind of right... but from the first sip I knew this wasn't near a pale ale or ipa.

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a straw golden yellow. Little head, but good retention leaving slight lace.

Aroma is of honey and floral hops. Some cloves and dried fruit as well. Taste is cramel and fruity zest. The hops are pretty fruity as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of bitter, but it evens out quickly and goes down easy. Very slight dry aftertaste.

Overall not to bad, it was neat getting to try a new beer. It wasn't too hoppy and it wasn't too malty. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is light and malty, with some lemon and other light citrus fruits. A bit of wheat in the nose as well. The taste is malty as well. Pale and wheat malts, with just a hint of citrus. Not much else going on. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is fairly good though. Doesn't taste too much like a weizen, but still ok tasting.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.71/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beers body is a transparent gold color. It has average lace and head.

Smell: It has a grassy and sweet malty smell but not much for hops.

Taste: There are a lot of flavors to this beer it is grainy, sweet and a mild semi crisp bitter flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with average carbonation.

Drinkability: I liked this one. It is crisp clean and has a good flavor to it.

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Photo of niangelo
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle with the snazzy new label, which somehow is a detraction from a beer, because beer as an institution finds credibility and enjoyment in history. But I digress.

Poured a bright gold with a wht head which reduced to a small ring with mild lacing on the glass. Mild hop bit on the nose, a hint of that bright Kristal wheat and a whiff of lemon.

Jumpy carbonation on the tounge, with a light mouthfeel that stops short of watery. Nice little hop bite, and a taste like bright sunshine - refreshing, full on fresh wheat and citrus notes throughout. A mild bitter finish.

A nice, refreshing beer. This was first non-macro brew I ever had, introduced by a friend. Drinkable, goes great with barbecue and warm weather.

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Photo of Garin
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I'm transcribing notes here, so I'll be brief)

Lemon/golden colour with a long lasting head.

Aromas of yeast, wheat, and grainy/grassy herbs.

Crisp, wheaty flavour with some lemony and herbal/hoppy tones. Very refreshing flavour with a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and clean, with interesting carbonation. It's a nice tasty wheat beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 355-ml can into a pint glass.

Appearance - golden yellow colour with sharp clarity and lively carbonation. Very little head except for surface bubbles despite an aggressive pour.

Smell - fresh, sweet, creamy scent of malt and bread. Almost a brown sugar and butter element.

Taste - tasty, not too sweet, balanced and a velvety light malt finish. My particular can was pretty cold and the flavours have begun to open up as it warmed.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth. Big Rock offerings look like their very active but they turn out to be big softies. Not bad at all.

Drinkability - you can pound away on a few of these without any problem. A good beer for the summertime evenings.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pous a crystal clear light gold. The head is pathetically shortlived and leaves no lace. The aroma is of light malts with slight banana esters and a shadow of hops. The taste is light but just flavorful enough. Sweet malt melds with fruity slightly clovey yeast flavors and cereal grains. Hops are light and add to the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with lots of carbonation.

This or Mcnally's Extra are the best Big Rock Offerings. This is an unchallenging, simple yet tastey pale wheat ale. It would be good in the summer.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewers of this beer should note: this is not a "hefeweizen." It is, as the Big Rock Brewery states, based on the "Kristal-Weizen" style; hence, it is not intended to be cloudy in appearance, but exceptionally clear, due to the filtration of this type of wheat beer; and because it is not a "hefe", there is no yeast sediment in the bottle.

This poured with very minimal head, and one which disappeared very quickly, leaving only the least bit of lace. In appearance it resembles a classic Pilzen type style: it is exceptionally clear. The colour is honey, with faint hues of yellow. A grainy, lemony smell greets the nose at first. Slight sourness. Some very slight flowery hop aromas exist. Appetising. The taste is definitely wheat-filled, producing a strong grainy feel on the palate, with a pleasant citrus note in the middle of the tongue. The hop presence is subtle, yet well-balanced. Initially on the tongue one can sense the slight sweetness and delicate sourness so highly beloved in wheat beers. The drinkability of this brew is exceptional: it can be quaffed easily, and has enough flavour to mildly please knowledgable drinkers. No, it is not overly complex, or even exciting, but it IS highly refreshing and drinkable. It would probably be a good beer to start some sewage-water beer drinker off on the road to better beer drinking.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can. I only seem to drink this when I'm elsewhere in the province, usually Calgary (the Arts Hotel downtown comes specifically to mind), which I attribute to the 'When in Rome' phenomenon. This time, it's across the border in BC mountain country, and another can destined for that apres-ski hot tub sensibility.

The beer pours a crystal clear pale golden straw colour, with lots of loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a low ring of minor shore-side lacing around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of decently prominent breakfast cereal grain, wheat and barley duly represented, with an ever so slight banana/cloves essence. Wheaty, full stop, and hardy in its bearing.
The taste is a pleasantly prominent grainy malt, of the same ilk as the aroma - bready and wheaty in a sturdy sort of manner, a softly sweet, tame floral hop crispness following gamely up, with a lingering, hollow spice perception, one somewhat redolent of spicy cloves.

There is just a tad too much carbonation, but to no great ill effect, the body an adequate medium-light weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes generally on the sweet side, the kids' breakfast cereal wheatiness holding sway.

A decent enough Americanized wheat ale, nothing all that complex, and worthy enough of multiple indulgences, given the right conditions when and/or if you find yourself adrift in Wild Rose country. And one other thing - I looove saying the name of this beer with an Aussie accent. I just do.

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--average, brown bottle. came in a variety 12 pack with other flavours
--poured a golden, clear in color. average head that left minor lacing
--smelled of a sweet, citrus like nature.

This is another popular one from Big Rock. I enjoy this one in the summer as it has a nice refreshing taste to it. Just a note, I tend to stay away from it in the winter. I say give it a try.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd wheat beer, and the first from a bottle. On a hot day, it cools you down and quenches your thirst. A pretty good beer, this is. But that's it. Not WOW, KAZOWA, GIMME MORE!!! Poured a slightly dark straw colour. Medium head which disipated withing a few minutes, but still left some lace in on the glass. Smelled some barley, hops and wheat. Hey, this is a wheat beer, no? Unfortunately, I didn't taste that much wheat. It was more like an above average pilzner. A little disappointing. Granular mouthfeel, slightly oily. Pretty drinkable, though. Above average beer, but I want to try some more wheat ales with yeast before to compare it with this.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.51/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As the sun gets warmer the Grasshopper becomes more of an option on tap with a slice of lemon. This is a clean crisp Am Wheat with decent finish and great drinkability. Don't kid yourself this is no sipper or complex ale. However unlike the XO lager this one IMHO nails the style.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Goldenly yellow (is that a word) with an nice coarse head that rapidly vanishes, sometimes leaving some lacing if its kind.

Smell - Meh. Wheat, yeast, beer. Nothing to write home about.

Taste - Ahh, Grasshopper. The mainstay above average beer in Alberta, and a favorite session beer of mine. Very crisp if not sharp with a lot of wheat, and maybe some lemon. Barely any hops unless you look for them. Dry aftertaste, sometimes I think a little too acidic. This beer was MEANT to be served with lemon, which adds quite a lot to it. Grasshopper without lemon is a drinkable, if bland wheat ale.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability - Here's where Grasshopper is a favorite. Refreshing as hell, and easy on even the weakest stomach. Great for long, drunken nights at the pub, or to relax in the sun with.

Notes - Grasshopper is probably the first beer I ever truly liked, and remains an affordable, above average beer. Some consider lemons in beer to be a sign of terrible beer, but I find it does a LOT for this one.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average appearance. Pale golden colour with moderate head. Grassy smell with a hint of wheat.

Taste is very sweet with a hint of lemon and grain. Very obscure taste of wheat. Highly carbonated and watery aftertaste, light body.

In terms of a wheat beer, this is not very good, but it is refreshing in a similar way macro-lager's are. Can imagine this tasting good on a hot day.

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Photo of cuksumstu
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to live in Calgary and Big Rock beers I have always found enjoyable. In the summers, I would enjoy a Grasshopper every now and then.
I usually just drink it strait out of the bottle, but it is often on tap at pubs in Calgary.
Pouring from the bottle and into a glass, the head is quick to disappear and there is very little lacing. I find it taste a little on the malty side, which I do not mind. What I enjoy most is there is little aftertaste.
The colour, it appears golden but somewhat pale.
Overall, definitely an enjoyable brew in summer.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden colour with a cloudy, lumpy head and some slight lacing.
Smell was fruity, citrus, some faint hops. Taste was again fruits, lots of citrus and some banana, spices, good balance, wheat is apparent.
Medium bodied and a soft to medium carbonation level.

Notes: A little bland for my liking, would've liked a little more complexity, but very refreshing and highly drinkable

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Photo of TheHammer
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the beer store on Upper James. Traded my empties in for a six pack of this stuff. This is my first kristalweizen, but I'm a big fan of Witbiers so lets see if this other style of wheat beer does it for me.

Appearance: Unsurprisingly filtered as it boasts a crystal clear gold color with good carbonation in the body. It poured with a finger of head, but it quickly dissipated and did not retain very well and did not lace.

Smell: I'm getting a nice wheat smell from this one, with a touch of lemongrass, cloves and just a hint of honey and banana in the background. Pretty good stuff, but could be a bit stronger, although it didn't take much warming to come out.

Taste: Starts with a fruity malt taste which then shifts into a much more bitter wheat, clove and floral hop taste, that thankfully quickly eases out to a nice spice and clove taste with just a hint of banana that somewhat tames the wheat aftertaste. I honestly wish that banana was just a little stronger and the middle of the drink was a bit tamer.

Mouthfeel: The beer has some difficulty transitioning between tastes, but solid carbonation until the very end where it starts to die down. The aftertaste lingers, but it's not unpleasant but more banana and less wheat is needed. I will say this, it does leave the mouth wanting to have more.

Drinkability: Well it sits very well and the carbonation offers no problems. A very refreshing beer, that is for sure and the only thing that prevents it from a better score is the slightly excessive wheat aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: Well, after trying this I can see why this style hasn't really taken off as well as Wits or Hefs. It's a bit tame by wheat beer standards, and too strange by guzzler standards. Still, I enjoyed the experience and it would be a good buy for going camping, which I think is the way this beer is marketed, given the name. I'd pick up a six pack for the weekend, just for a change of pace.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has an aroma that reminds more of rye than wheat. It has a nice golden colour when poured. It is smooth to the tongue and is smooth tasting. I would certainly recommend this beer to somebody wanting to try a decent wheat beer without paying a lot of money.

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Photo of Derek
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Kristal clear, yellow hue. No head.

S: Like glacier clear water! (almost no smell).

T: Initially very well balanced, finishing slightly bitter.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

D: It doesn't get any easier than this!

Great summer/after-exercise beer.

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Photo of BigBry
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml can.
Light gold (closer to yellow) with short white head quickly settles into thin film. Microfiltered as all Big Rock products, so very clear. Some sweet malt and light citrus smell. Taste is light malt and wheaty, crisp from carbonation, and clean finish. Light and lively, very easy to drink. Is usually served with a lemon wedge, which adds to the tartness and increases natural flavor of the beer. Refreshing summer brew.

Why am I reviewing this hot weather summer beer in December? Was at a Christmas party with this, Coors light, and Molson Canadian as the choices.

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Photo of ludachris
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My dad recently decided to switch from Schooner to Grasshopper so this is why it's infront of me right now.

Pours clear pale golden with less than a finger of white bubbly head that quickly reduces to a thin ring that leaves no lacing. Strong carbonation visible.

Smell is sweet, slightly fruity, bready malts and some very subtle bubblegum and banana. Despite being somewhat underpronounced, this beer seems pretty inviting.

Bread, butter and wheat upfront in the taste followed by a light citrus tang and a hint of banana. Seems like a nice change to the regular macro.

Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp with a wet finish. Highly drinkable and very refreshing.

Overall, a decent brew. I'd much rather prefer a nice tasty hefeweizen but this is a great quaffable macro that deviates from that crowd enough to make me willing to buy a 6er of this on a hot day.

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