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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops - Mikkeller ApS

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 360
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 23.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jazzyjeff13 on 04-15-2012

India pale ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces.
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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows lemon and elderflower brett notes along with farmhouse characters. Little else.
Bretty flavours too, very farmhouse-y with a little elderflower as well. Not much wheat character.
Good moderately high carbonation.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sealed with yellow pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: glowing, brilliant, transluscent yellow bodied beer with 3 fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power and lingers for a while, but eventually drops to an uneven cap. Tons of lacing all over the side of the glass.

Smell: oranges, tropical fruits, and fruity brett are the things that are abounding in the aroma of this beer. Slighty yeasty and bready aromoas are less intense.

Taste: the beer starts of with a mild generic bitterness that really doesnt have a flavor. Then some tangerines and tropical fruit notes appear. Fruity and earthy brett notes hit mid palate. Slightly sweet malt profile of wheat and wet hay. Maybe even a hint of farmhouse funk, but its very mild. A hint of honey sweetness and fruity esters. Not really any lingering flavors are noted in the aftertaste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carboantion. well carbonated beer. very drinkable and refreshing. slightly crisp and very clean. It feels like its a delicate belgian beer.

Overall: This beer is tasty, but not over done. It would be a great beer to have on a really hot day. The brett is showcased fairly well and the hops slightly take a bit of a back seat in the overall picture of the beer. This beer reminds me more of a saison than any other beer style, which was something that I can appreciate about this beer. I liked this collaboration between Mikkeller and Grassroots. I think that this beer has a heavier influence from Grassroots than from Mikkeller.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. The cap is stamped 9341202.

A: A finger and a half of white, frothy head. Very hazy, straw-yellow. Scattered, heavy lacing.

S: Man, it smells like skunk from the second I uncap the bottle. Bummer. Mild, citrusy hops if you really look for it.

T/M: Mild, funky Brett and crisp carbonation with a bitter-dry endtaste. Some soft fruit, lemon rind, and a pleasant but subdued hoppiness. It grows funkier with time.

O: Interesting, decent beer. Worth trying, if not worth buying. More like a hopped saison than an IPA.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mildly hazed light gold color with just a little sediment settling. A foamy pillow of pure white head sets at between one and two fingers high and has pretty good retention to it. Lacing is left more in spotting, though some thinnish patches can be found lightly around the glass.
The smell brings the funk, all kinds of barnyard but not neglecting the hops. The wehat is also not overshadowed, making itself known as well. Good integration, all said.
The funk steps aside in the taste for hops bitterness and the wheat backbone to come out more strongly. Tart and funky notes come out more in a lingering finish.
The wheat makes it nice and crisp, with carbonation at a nice level of moderation, and a light but solid body.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a puffy, thick white head.

S: Aromas of brettanomyces, citrus, and wheat fill the nose.

T: Notes of brettanomyces funk, oak, wheat, cream, minerals, white pepper, lemon, grapefruit, kumquat, and mandarin orange fill the mouth. The finish is clipped and lactic with plenty of lemon, mandarin orange, wheat, and brettanomyces flavors.

M: Very light-bodied, prickly, and slick. Carbonation is very active.

O: This is a very interesting take on an American IPA. It's surprising that the brettanomyces, wheat, and citrus hop flavors work together so well. Definitely recommended for fans of quirky ales in general.

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Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold, almost straw. There's a bit of haze, but it's clearer than I was expecting. Nice white head. Dissipates a bit quickly, but that's no big deal. Some lacing.

The aroma is an excellent mix of juicy, tropical fruit hops, wheat spice and barnyard brett funk. Hops are the main component and contribute freshly cut grass mixed with pineapple juice, mangoes and meyer lemons. The yeast aroma is rich with tasty brett notes. The funk blends into the hops well, and there's a dry, clean, almost lager-ish note in there, as well. Though it takes a backseat to the other flavors, there's also a sugarcane malt backbone with a healthy dose of wheat berry spiciness.

Like other brett IPAs, this is a nice dry beer, and I suspect it would get drier over time. There's an initial dose of sweetness flavored by wheat spice and bright hoppiness, but the beer dries out quickly and the hops and yeast take over. There's more tropical fruit hop flavor with some more fruit notes - sort of a grape-apricot blend - and lots of dry yeast funk. The finish is spicy, bitter and dry. Very drinkable stuff.

Mouthfeel is light. Lots of fine bubbles. Lasting finish.

I did not expect anything quite so good, but this is a really nice beer. It reminds me of Green Flash Rayon Vert, though it's hoppier, has wheat, and the yeast profile is a bit different. In my opinion, White IPAs and brett IPAs are excellent trends, and this beer combines good qualities of both. I'd love to see an American brewery put something similar into year-round six packs.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold and hazy.

There's a little bit of a cat pee aroma when it's first poured, but when I brought it up to my face there was no hop scent present. Strange.

Tastes like a nicely bizarre IPA: gross up front with bitter hops. Hops get lightly greener as it progresses. It all ties together quite well even though it goes outside stylistic parameters.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale gold, cloudy. Large bubbles; head is white, thin, sticky lace. Small bead. Looks a bit flat but nice.

Smells funky but pleasant. Fresh, slight tang. Citrus, pineapple, green apple. Very enticing.

Taste is funky, pleasant upfront. Decent barnyard notes, then finish is wheaty and slightly phenolic, but presaged by nice hoppy character. Fresh citric bitterness. Nice blend of funk with fresh fruity notes. Excellent palate.

Smooth enough, bit of bite on the back. Enjoyable.

Great blend of really disparate brewing styles synthesised into a pleasant, interesting drop.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright, vibrant gold color with no sediment and a fluffy white head.

S - Wheat, bright lemon citrus, grass, earthy, some slight funk.

T - Bright citrus flavor predominantly from grapefruit and lemon rind, grass, earthy funk, and a lingering bitter citrus/brett finish.

M - Light medium body with a slight oily coating left in the mouth.

O - It's alright, not great, not bad. I'm not digging the combination with the wheat.

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Photo of ADZA
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Love mikkeller and the names he comes up with and this was a gift thanks mate you know who you are and pours a dirty yellow blonde with a frothy creamed head and clingy lacing everywhere nice looking and the smell is so inviting to me it's typical Brett mixed with tropical fruit salad,sherbet and freshly torn mandarin leaves it just smells like summer to me and almost reminiscint of the farmhouse invasion IPA,the feel is medium bodied and just a little over carbonated but the tastes of farmhouse funk,Brett,tropical fruit,mandarins,lychee and finished with a bittersweet hit of pineapple and overall it's just what you want on a hot day and another new style that's taken me cheers.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into tulip. Paid $6 at deciccos ardsley. Pours a clear golden color with nice head and lacing. Smell is just bad...very bad. Urinal cake is the way to describe it. Lemony and bad.
Taste is decent. Citrus hop with wheaty malts. Hold your nose when you sip this.
Its a good beer with an absolutely horrible aroma...so...not my fav here. Not worth it except for pure curiosity.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. On tap at Hill Farmstead's E and Art release. Poured into HF stemware. Cloudy, hazy golden straw in color. The smell is a mix of bready wheat malt and bright floral hops. There's a hint of grassiness as well. The first sip is bright and citrusy, but hops don't dominate. There's significant notes of hay and a bit of funk in there as well. The wheat malt provides a nice backing to the grassy, fruity notes and give the beer a surprisingly thick, solid body for an IPA. Overall this is an excellent collaboration and an interesting take on the style, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-06-09 in Wayne, PA at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Hazy straw with a 1.5-finger white head with good head retention and very nice, stratified lacing.

S - Brett, straw, horse blanket, lemon flesh and light hop floral.

T - Somewhat odd juxtaposition of a funky saison and a wheat beer with some lemon flesh and a touch of hop bitterness coming in at the end. An adventurous flavor indeed.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - Tasty but the least favorite of all the HF brews I tried at the event today.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-yellow with a finger of frothy white head. Fades normal.

S - Orange and citrus hops, sweet wheat and grainy malts, lemon zest, tart and funky Brett.

T - Orange, grapefruit, citrus, and light floral hops, mild bitterness, sweet wheat and grainy malts, tart lemon zest, funky brett and other farmhouse flavors.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart finish.

D - Nice funky IPA. Could use a bit more hop character, but the balance is nice.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat is the new Hops pours a clear light yellow with a small white head on top. Some lace sheeting clings to the glass.

The aroma is funky with notes of wheat, tart lemon rind, grapefruit and horse/farmhouse.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft, dry with mild carbonation. The flavor is funky with tart citrus notes. It begins with wheat and tart lemon/grapefruit. That's followed by honey, some tropical fruit and pepper. It finishes tart and earthy. Once gone the funk and citrus lingers on the palate.

Lots of flavor and funk in this beer. Rather easy to drink for such a funky beer.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2014. Picked up recently from my local beer specialist (they've been getting quite a bit of Mikkeller recently). From what I can make out on the label, it's an IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Should be interesting!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle-conditioned. A pale golden hue with faint haze and low carbonation. Produces a large head of brilliant white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of bright citrus hops with undertones of earthy wheat and a vinous hint of yeast in the background.

Tastes of aromatic citrus hops with a mildly acidic character and a dry finish. Notes of citrus, grainy wheat and earthy, vinous yeast. Subtle bitterness upon swallowing, and a hint of lactic/vinegary sourness in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry. A slight acidity on the tongue, and mild astringency. A tad undercarbonated. Aftertaste of sour wheat malt with citrus overtones.

Impressive - a subtle IPA with fantastic balance. Despite the novel ingredients and yeast, the finished article is tasty and very drinkable. The brett adds a distinctive note to the background, but doesn't overpower or clash with the other flavours. The aroma/taste has a dry, lactic - almost lemony sourness that complements the citrus hops perfectly. If it weren't for the price tag I'd grab another one (or two). Excellent - well worth trying if you encounter it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle, best by date 05/20/2017 printed on the bright yellow cap. A collaboration effort between Mikkeller and Grassroots - "India Pale Ale brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice bright golden orange body with some minor yeast particulate visible, and two fingers of good frothy white head. Lots of good stringy strands of thick bubbly white lacing. Looks very nice.

S - A very pleasant aroma: tons of fruity juicy tropical hops - grapefruit, oranges, mango, papaya, and a nice touch of dry bretty funk. Not detecting any grain or wheat.

T - Taste follows the nose: juicy, fruity, & tropical. Grapefruit, mango, oranges, papaya. A slight touch of brett, but it comes through more in the aroma I'd say. Again, not terribly grainy or wheaty.

M - Feel is extremely fruity & juicy. Very easy-drinking, with excellent carb. Very fresh and borderline refreshing. A bit of dryness / bitterness on the finish, but not resinous or overwhelming.

Overall, an excellent brett infused IPA from Mikkeller & Grassroots. The only complaint I have is the pricepoint - $6.99+ for an 11.2 oz bottle is a bit steep. Still, recommended drinking.

Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops -----4/5.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy gold, lots of visible carbonation, and a white head that fades quickly.

S: Pilsner and husky wheat, Brett funk, some lemony barnyard, and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Follows the nose primarily - citrus rind hops, Brett barnyard funk with a pinch of horseblanket, wheat malts with some pilsner flavor as well. Finishes with hop bitterness and lingering funk.

M: Light body, low alcohol presence. Well-carbonated but less so than the appearance suggested.

O: I do enjoy hoppy Bretted beers, and this one was enjoyable and easy to drink. Very glad I tried it, though not as good as a few of the others out there.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased in Vermont. Poured into Pint glass.

A- Pours a translucent very yellowish golden. Lots of small fast rising carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. About a 3-finger thick foamy white head with great retention and leaves very foamy layered lacing.

S- Wheat, grains, floral scents, hops, and some pale malts.

T- Definitely wheaty/grainy for an IPA with a little bit of hops, lemon citrus, pretty wheaty/grainy on the finish.

M- Light, well carbonated, drinks smoothly, abv well hidden.

O- This was definitely an interesting IPA, however I didn't really care for the smell/taste very much. It definitely had a wheaty/grainy taste/aroma but it didn't balance the best with the lemon characteristics of the beer. Overall an interesting try, I'd maybe recommend trying it, but it is definitely not a must have.

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Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with one finger thick soapy white head, settles to a thin ring with a few blobs of lace on the glass. Smell: sweet-smelling flowers in bloom, grapefruit peel, whole melon, drying cut grass. Taste: dilute nectarine, lots of citric acidity without much definition, green banana, especially in the finish. Really nice fluffy feel, but then finishes a lot like green banana...chalky, sticky. Interesting and refreshing, but not among my favorite brett'd hoppy beers.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this many-a-time in the past in many-a-format: Mikkeller version, Grassroots version, 375ml bottle, 330ml bottle, tap, chardonnay version. Now here's another one: 500ml can. Best by date of 8/26/17 printed on the bottom.

A - Initial pour to a pint glass is 90% white foam, dark yellow beer with a bit-o-haze is quickly revealed. By the end a full cap remains and some lace is left.

S - The scent is a bit on the faint side, perhaps tough to get at through all the foam. Definitely brett-forward though with dirty farm, peach, lemon, earthy and grassy tones coming through.

T - Hop+brett combo is pretty harmonious here. Grapefruit, orange, peach and grass coming to mind the most, earthy brett and light funk is there but actually winds up on the tamer side. The wheat is noticeable here too which is nice, some toasted biscuit in the finish.

M - Nice mouthfeel, full-bodied, sorta dry finish, carbonation and bitterness on the highish side. A pretty great blending of hops/brett/wheat overall, though hops seem to have the upper hand. Maybe a tad on the heavy side for 6% but quite drinkable and refreshing.

O - Overall this is a pretty nice bretty IPA, better than I remember from past experiences too. Works well in the new tallboy format, decent amount of flavor and pretty solid all-around. Good example of brett+hops working together for sure.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

a very clean golden yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head leaving behind awesome lacing. lots of visible carbonation shooting down the middle. smells of brett right up front! lots of grapefruit and funkyness, this is awesome. lots of jasmine in the aroma. slight hoppy bitterness up front with TONS of bretty funk, that bretty jasmine taste, with a grapefruit punch.. this is fantastic. lingering bitterness.. not really tasting the wheat, but who cares, this is a fantastic wild ale.
light/medium in body, very creamy, moderate carbonation.

this is a fantastic beer. if you're looking for a regular ipa, look elsewhere. this is definitey not for you. if you like wild ales, and bretty beers, come on in! this is pretty much like drinking bretty grapefruit juice. FUCK!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy lemon drop yellow with around three inches of foamy white head. Aroma is an interesting combination of sun-ripe pineapple, tropical flavored gummy candy, lemon rind, sourdough bread, horse blanket, and something between vinegar and cat urine (Brettanomyces can do some funky stuff). Palate is similarly tart and funky, although I am finding the brett to be rather tasteful, flavorsome yet not overpowering although this element does build over the course of 11.2 oz. Awesome juxtaposition of grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon hops and the aforementioned barnyard funk, fizzy and effervescent with a hint of butter in the otherwise dry and bitter finish. A little pine sap emerges as well. I'd describe this as a technically proficient, mid-range sour with decent hop character. If I had to critique, I'd say this one is somehow a bir rough around the edges, in a way that is difficult to describe. Still worth the price point.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours with stately and pristine beauty to the glass. A lightly hazed and pastel lemon straw color with a crown of pillowy white foam that is slow to fall and clings to the glass leaving plenty of lace.

Nose is airy. The wheat is golden and subtly sweet grain. A bit of yeast that is powdery and silken on the nose. Instead of funky it's more of a light dry scent and the brett is as light as a feather. There is a brilliant hop floral on this nose. Rose petals. For fruit a delicious ripe peach.

Taste is refined and demure. These flavors are all perfectly balanced and mysteriously complex. For an IPA that is rare. The malt is soft and gently sweet. The hops have the lightness of fresh rose petals. The yeast is demure and a bit sultry. The bitter on this one is perfection. It's also gentle and somehow proper. The mouthfeel is creamy.

Rather than run roughshod over your palate like so many of today's IPA's this one is exquisite. It has polish and elegance. It's a like a pretty bird that you have to stand far away to see or you might scare it away.

One of the best beers I have ever had. Cheers!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pour: Completely clear golden yellow, with a nice two finger white head. Head hangs around for most of the glass. Very nice sticky lacing.

Smell: Huge brett earthiness up front. Some very nice floral hops. Some light lemon zest. Clears out with a heavy dough and earth.

Taste: Follows the nose with a huge floral hoppiness up front, and then a very heavy floral hoppiness. Next, brett takes over with earth and transforms the floral hops into grass. More earthiness and a very nice dough sweetness finish.

Mouthfeel: Insanely drinkable. A perfect dinner drink to be honest.

Overall: This beer took me by surprise. A really nice earthy beer... like a cross between Gumballhead and Seizoen Bretta, while retaining the drinkability of Gumballhead. Great beer.

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Mikkeller / Grassroots Wheat Is The New Hops from Mikkeller ApS
89 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.