Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale
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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: German 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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Photo of OskarL
2.62/5  rDev -14.9%
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 biegaman
2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A Kristal Weizen from a can...

Poured as any macro swill would - no head really, a crystal clear body, a yellow-lime tinted colour. Aroma not of wheat, but rather corn starch. A real cereal like smell to the malts. Unappealing and grosely out of character for a wheat beer. A adjunct filled mouthfeel, no texture less a slight syropy coating. Flavour starts on a sweet note, ringing out from the adjuncts. I don't taste any wheat at all. The flavours really don't last long, the only aspect of which that stands out is a real cereal grainyness. The flavour would slowly redeem some of itself as it warmed... but this drink as any macro lager does...

I'd rate this higher as a macro lager, cause it drinks ok. But for the style, and from the can.. this was worse than I would have expected...

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Photo of spinrsx
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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 tatterdash
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with bubbly white head that laces fairly well. Aroma of cereal, bit of citrus, some off I can't quite put my finger on. Taste was some sweet grain, almost like corn, with bit of wheat tang and some dry hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was clean, with some hop crispness. This is not a great beer, but wouldn't be terrible on a hot day.

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Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice color...deep yellow..aggressive pour = 2 finger head that fizzled away quckley..good lacing though.

not a whole lot for the olfactory glands here..some faint grainy sweetness.

I guess I'm used to german weiss beers when it come to taste..this is really bland..a more subdued hint of that ever-present Big Rock sweetness and a bit of maltiness at the end...but really quite boring.

mouthfeel is OK..decent body, a hint of astringincy, but overall easy enough to drink.

This is obviously Big Rocks attempt to sway the Molson/Labatt macro-brew drinker who isn't willing or able to handle their ales and other products.

I really want to like this brewer's product, given they were once the lone beacon of micro-brewers here in Alberta, but so far I haven't been impressed

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Photo of Travlr
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
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 marty21
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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 ZorPrime
2.71/5  rDev -12%
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 pootz
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just got back from Calgary and have been aching to dive into the 12 Grasshoppers I bought there. I have passed it at the beer store for so long and decided to give this western Canadian Kristal Weizen clone a try because of all the glowing reports from friends. I'm a confirmed Shneider hefe weiss drinker so I was not optomistic that a large brewer like Big Rock could carry off the "Canadianization" of this classic Bavarian style.

I was right...but this beer is OK in a pinch if the Euro weizens are not available.

Poured a clear (filtered) orange-gold with a smallish white cap that vanished about as fast as any Canuck mega brew....not an impressive start. Had slight grassy and citrus aromas mingled with sweet malt smells. Highly carbonated to mimic the natural bottle conditioned carbonation of the finer unfiltered Bavarian weizens.

Started crisp and citusy-tart then mellows to a malty sweetness and mild peppery taste with a watery mouth feel then the finish is clean with little after taste...NOT a Euro weizen...not even close, BUT a fairly clean drinking standard commercial brew with no ajuncts or preservatives made with top grade ingredients and above average quality.

If you crave German weizens give this a pass and get 3 liters of Schneiders or Ayinger or 4 Erdinger or Konig Ludwig instead of six of these domestics. If you get stuck in vacation country with no Euro weizens to be found this will do in a pinch.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured in a mug.

Clear, nice light gold colour. Head foams up to 1/2 inch, white and bubbly. Head reduces to a thin circle around the outside.

Aroma is sweet, slightly malty with a hint of banana.

Taste is sweet at the swallow and almost tastes like a hefe for a second before giving way to an off, almost skunky taste. Aftertaste is acidic at the start of the glass, but by the end is almost non-existent.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with slight fizziness. Smooth.

This beer has all the elements of a nicely drinkable beer, but the taste is a big let down. Decent aroma, nice mouthfeel, disappointing taste. All in all I'm pretty disappointed in this. I'm glad I only have 2 out of a variety 12pack. I probably won't be drinking this anytime soon.

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Photo of StormAles
2.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mintjellie
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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 bumchilly25
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of MattPS
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of clvand0
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like the label. Pours out a clear yellow color with small head that goes away quickly. There's nothing much in the smell. Maybe some lemon, I think. Smells macro-ish. On to the flavor. Flavor reminds me of a Bud Light. Pretty boring and over produced. Not too impressed with this one.

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Photo of Ianleesrivette
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Iggy12
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tangoafterdark
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of derdtheterd
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CanuckRover
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Probably my first kristalweisen. Clear, straw-amberish. No head or lacings in the glass.

A little bit of detergent type lemon on the nose. Not much else.

This tastes like a macro lager with a bit of a bitter lemon twist. Can't find the wheat other than the citrus character. Having some trouble deciding whether this has some west coast hops or is just overly carbonated, I'm leaning towards the latter.

Really don't enjoy fizzy beer, which this is. Meant to be drank ice-cold on a hot day, I wouldnt have it otherwise.

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Photo of iSip
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Graham5161986
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a crystal clear, bright gold with almost no head and lots of carbonation bubbles. leaves no lace.

S: very subtle banana on the nose with a bit of grainy hops and a touch of malt.

T: tastes pretty much like a lager, grainy and slight malty sweetness and the slightest bit of spice - very little banana or clove flavours present. A bit of honey on the linger.

M: light and slightly creamy, quite crisp and a spicy, dry finish.

D: not so sure about this one - it's basically a lager with very subdued weizen characteristics. I guess that's the style, but still very average. Easy to drink, but I wont be looking for this one again.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.08 out of 5 with 208 ratings