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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada
bigrockbeer.com

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.

Added by kbub6f on 08-04-2002

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Reviews:
97
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195
Avg:
3.03
pDev:
21.12%
 
 
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 195
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473ml can served cold into a hefeweizen glass. Purchased from the LCBO for around $2.85 CDN.

Appearance - clear pale golden coloured beer with a tiny half finger of white head with minimal retention. Loads of effervescence within the beer. No lacing to speak of.

Smell - lots of creamy wheat, some hints of banana, but aroma is less robust than many hefes and kristallweizens. A mineralogy aspect in this beer as well.

Taste - earthy, with a metallic aftertaste. Some banana and a minimal amount of creamy wheat. Not a lot of flavor, but is somewhat refreshing.

Mouthfeel - light bodied, dry metallic finish. Not the best. Carbonation is fine but body needs a little more substance.

Overall - Grasshopper isn't a bad beer, but it's certainly far from my favourite. More banana, and less metal would be the way to go so while it can do the job in the summer, there are many better options. Kudos for brewing a style that doesn't get much play though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with a 1/3" white head on it. Standard. Aroma was mild grain and citrus. Very mild.

Taste hit that average, unadventurous stride, played it safe, a summer bbq drinker, pairs with everything, hydrating, not big in any way. Carbonation pumped up.

Expensive for what it is.

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Photo of ZorPrime
2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow in color with a thin head that thrones over the liquid. Head goes away fast. Smell of citrus and maybe some sugar. Taste is citrusy. Effervescent. Pretty general for a beer. Was expecting more body due to the wheat...

Not bad, not great. Average beer at best.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a shaker pint glass, a pale straw yellow with billowing white bubbles, exactly as I remember this beer from my grad school days when it was a staple at the pub, complete with horrid citrus wedge floater. None of that this time, although after concentrating on this beer's flavor I can kinda understand where the urge to apply further seasoning comes from. Aroma is sweet and buttery, more so than its counterpart Big Rock Velvet Fog, with a saccharine fruitiness that recalls fermented apple juice, faint lemon and lime rinds, and white bread barley malt ... No real wheat spice on the nose although there is more of this on the palate, with apple and faint lemon starting things off and musty white peppercorn spice showing up late, along with a little root cellar funk and metallic notes. Thin, fizzy yet with a diacetyl slickness, and generally unoffensive and easy drinking. Finishes semi-dry. I prefer Velvet Fog, which has more wheat character and a more assertive flavor period, although with this style of beer we aren't expecting anything too robust. I have a few more cans squirreled away for a sunny day.

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new look at an old beer, haven't had this one since back in the 90s. Typical yellow pour, thin white ring of head above the beer, dissipates quickly. Aroma, lacking a whole lot in that department, what is there is very faint citrus and wheat/grain notes.

Taste, very middle of the road, still a plenty light body. Wheat, no hops, some lemon or orange rind maybe to it. Very easy to drink beer, one of those summer or friend beers to have around. Can't say there is anything wrong with this beer, it just is. Carbonation seems high to give it an even lighter body I would guess. Some fruity metallic notes on the undercurrent if you look for it.

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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 Converge
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with a small, fizzy, bone-white head with no retention whatsoever beyond 60 seconds. The body boasts a clean golden-yellow color with great clarity. I think I know where this is going...

S - ...Yup, it's just a lager in disguise. Barley malt dominates the nose, and I detect zero wheat malt in here. Skunk is the next most prominent aroma here. Maybe some faint grassy hops, or at least I'd like to believe I can smell some. Basically an average sweet cereal grain aroma on this one.

T - Opens up surprisingly sweet, with the faintest trace of fruitiness detectable. Finishes clean and simple. Barley malt. That's it. I refuse to acknowledge the possibility that Big Rock even used any wheat malt in the mash at all.

M - Light, fairly watery, with carbonation bordering on fizzy. Very much-so a macro-lager feel.

D - Alright, now that I've spent this entire review sounding snobby and whiny, I'll admit this is a thoroughly drinkable brew and is completely unoffensive. There are no off flavors present, but there's so little flavor here it would be hard to get it wrong. This is just another example of an pseudo-micro brewery product that would lend itself a hand in the rating department if it was marketed under the proper style; that is, a lager. It's because of beers like this that people are getting the wrong idea about craft beer. Oh, and insert generic and obligatory 'it's a step above Bud but nothing special' comment here. Thanks, but I'll pass next time.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can on a westjet flight

Appearance - Clear yellow/gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for onlt a few minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, apples, light spices, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, light bananas, faint clove and some apples. It finishes with a slight sweet lightly spiced aftertaste.

Overall - Definitely nothing to go out of your way for, but when your other options are coors light or molson canadian, this is a decent option.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass.

A - Light to medium yellow, slightly murky. A small amount of white head with some light lacing.

S - An extremely weak nose. There are hints of grainy/bready malts and a touch of citrus.

T - As the nose suggested, the palate is somewhat light. Hints of bready malts and a touhc of citrus. There is a very light bitterness to compliment the very slight sweet maltiness.

M - Light body, moderate carbonatoin.

O - A farily uninspiring example of the style. Only worth ordering if my other options are Labatt or Molson.

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Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a pint at ethel's lounge. Poured a half finger head into a pint glass, yellow amber colour, white head with little retention. Smell is wheat with biscuit and a hint of citrus. Taste was a bitter wheat with an off aftertaste, with some nice grapefruit and pepper notes. Medium body with some carbonation, not overly smooth. Not a bad brew but if i had known they had mad tom i would not have even considered it.

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Photo of iSip
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale (Calgary): I was on vacation in the Calgary/Banff area and that afforded me the opportunity to try the Big Rock Brewery’s Grasshopper Wheat Ale. It pours with a thin head that fades rapidly and has a very clear amber color. This is a filtered wheat. Not much of an aroma to speak of. Flavor is OK, but thin. With good mouthfeel, this is an OK drinkable beer. But it is not an outstanding wheat. Try it if you are in Calgary, but not worth going out of your way to sample this brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a chance to try a Big Rock Grasshopper at a conference in Calgary. The bottle was poured into a tall pilsner glass and did not generate much head. The color was more yellow than golden and the clarity was clear for a wheat beer, which surprised me a little. There was some cirtus notes to the nose, but not overpowering. The taste was good, well balance wheat beer nothing extravagent. The mouthfeel made for a perfect after lawn mowing beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Grasshopper. In the heady, naive days of my youth, this WAS craft beer to me - and to be fair, as a student in Ontario who had never had anything more exotic than Sleeman or Corona, Grasshopper was at least a comparably nifty beer. I still buy a six pack every now and then, but am continually less and less impressed with it. This doesn't have to do with declining quality - it tastes about the same as it always has - but more to do with me trying other things.

Grasshopper pours a golden translucent colour with a quarter-inch of head that doesn't last much longer than a minute before becoming lacing on the surface. The smell is dominated by wheat and bready malts with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is a little bitter on the tongue followed by some wheat malts and honeyed sweetness. A twinge of bitter grapefruit citrus in the aftertaste a few seconds after swallowing. This beer is both sweet and bitter, and the contrasting flavors blend together quite nicely. Grasshopper's taste is by no means complex, but I think you would be hard pressed to find people who truly dislike it. Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is a bit heavy.

I may be biased because I'll always have a soft spot for this beer in my heart, but I still like Grasshopper. Along with Trad, it is one of the mainstay Big Rock brews that I will always remember fondly as somewhat exotic but still familiar. Not outstanding, but worlds away from the bland, seedy underworld of macro lagerdom.

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Photo of marty21
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden with about one finger worth of foamy head. The head is gone instantly and leaves a skinny ring around the glass. It doesn't leave any lace at all.

S: Bready with some wheat and a faint hint of hops at the end.

T: Bready and wheat is basically all there is.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I would probably buy something else before this but there's nothing offensive with this beer. It's a average easy drinker.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance-Poured into pint glass. Yellow body with a white head.

Smell- Bready, wheat malts with touches of citrus. The aroma is quite faint though.

Taste- Sweet wheat malt, with some sweeter citrus notes. Not much else other than a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Quite thin, not terribly watery, but not good either.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable if one expects a relatively bland, albeit inoffensive beer.

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Photo of pdgreen
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Golden yellow pour with a creamy white head thats lasts

S- Hints of lemon and wheat

T- Weak leam and wheat taste

M- Crisp and sharp with a slight bitterness

D- Not much of a wheat fan but it seems to be a middle of the line kind of wheat. Wouldn't go out of my way to order it

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Photo of decimator
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a tumbler.

A - Poured a clear gold with a white fluffy head. Head reduce to a long lasting 0.5cm cap. Some lacing is produced.

S - Mild wheat malts and some sweetness with very weak hints of bananas.

T - Light wheat malts, very mild citrus notes and a mild bitter finish.

M - Smooth, clean finish, a bit watery.

D - It's a bit bland but it is easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OskarL
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a very small head that leaves no lacing.

Smells malty, some wheat and faint hops.

Taste is where you notice more wheat and grain.

Mouthfeel is light with low carbonation.

An easy beer to drink but more like a watered down lager than a wheat beer.

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Photo of scott451
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Half pint served in a glass. Came with a lemon wedge which I threw out but not before the meagre head was killed. Some lacing. Clear golden yellow. Hardly any smell. A mildly flavoured beer. A light hops finish. A slightly bitter metallic aftertaste. A very drinkable summer beer - refreshing and well balanced. A worthy go to beer commonly found in Western Canada.

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Photo of GJ40
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the King's Head in Winnipeg.

Golden with good clarity. Served with a lemon which made the natural aroma pretty hard to detect. The flavor is tame but decent enough with no off flavors. The consistency and carbonation are moderate.

This is a smooth, easy to drink beer. The flavor is limited but it's refreshing and would make a good session or summer beer.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Woody is bang on when he says the head is the colour of French vanilla. The head also shows poor retention. The beer itself is golden in colour and crystal clear. It has a mildly sweet aroma with a possibly imagined hint of banana candy or vanilla. It tastes slightly tangy with a very subtle banana note. Subtle just might be an overstatement. Clean, but bland and devoid of character to the point of being insipid. It feels thin and watery with a light body and low carbonation. Really refreshing on a hot summers day; so is a good pilsener, and a good pilsener would pack a little bit more flavour than this.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN thank my lucky stars for good notes.

I got a rocky two fingers' worth of French Vanilla-colored head with great retention. Color was a beautiful golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight grainy sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a light sweetness on the tongue. Finish continued with a light sweetness. Lawnmower beer!

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Photo of Travlr
2.69/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Piss yellow with no head but slight lacing.
S: Aroma of pink grapefruit, bubble gum and banana.
T: Citrus taste, sour finish, with a hint of banana and bubble gum, slightly reminiscent of a wheat beer.
M: Light body for the style.
D: Interesting, but not great.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I obtained this bottle from a sampler of Big Rock ales. For the sake of brevity, I'll classify my first encounter with the sampler (the XO Lager) as incredibly underwhelming. Let's hope Grasshopper jumps ahead of my previous Big Rock experiences...

This one, like the XO Lager, is very undercarbonated -- in my entirely amateur opinion. I have to pour from quite a height to get a reasonable amount of head on this one. And folks, let's remember that this is a *wheat* beer. Head should not be a problem. Appearance is exceptionally clear -- no discernable haze whatsoever. Color is a translucent golden yellow, and I might think this was a Bohemian lager until I had a whiff and a sip.

Aroma is a bit malty, and my feeble nose detects almost no hoppy character; while there is some wheat in the scent, it's not particularly assertive unless you inhale deeply. Muted would be a good way to describe the aroma.

Taste is mostly sweet, a bit of wheatiness, only a hint of bitterness from the hops -- aftertaste is a bit dull. Mouthfeel is somewhat more substantial than the XO Lager, which I appreciate (I prefer beers that have a bit more body than your average glass of tap water). While I'm not bowled over by the flavor, I'm not too offended either.

While I'd characterize this as a lackluster wheat beer, I'd hardly hesitate to choose between this one and the XO if forced to make the choice. This one is not great, but at least it's not awful. In fact, on a really hot summer afternoon, this would make a suitable light refreshment. I wouldn't go out of my way to score a six-pack of these, but between the Big Rock Traditional and the XO, this one lands smack in the middle taste-wise.

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