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XX Mountainberry Double Wheat Ale by Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Fruit / Vegetable Beer
7.60 % ABV

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Review by Oxymoron on 01/23/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
60 2 7 12 3 6 2009
I feel like the name is based off of the Smurfs. Pours a lighter brown with reddish hues throughout. A good pour leaving a soft white head with good retention and lacing through the whole tasting.

The nose is a little light and a bit muddled. The wheat notes are there with a light spicy aroma to them. Some minor malt notes with a hint of caramel but more of a background note. A weird fruity aroma that isn't exactly berry esk but does leave a hint of fruity notes. Some minor yeasty notes but nothing over the top.

The taste is similar. The fruity notes come out more versus the nose but leaves a sweet lingering flavor. The taste is not very descript as you get more of a cranberry, blueberry mix to it. Some off notes come out as well. Some grassy and almost watermelon like astringency that is off setting. The wheat is a background note but would like to see more malt to balance.

The body is moderate although finishes really sweet. I would have liked to see less of the fruity notes and more of a blend with the beer. The carbonation was a bit high with some carbonic bite but not over the top. Overall, the fruit side was a little funky and could have backed off, but hey it's a fruit beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/27/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2009
Liter Swingtop

I have to send another big thank you out to BitterBill for sending me another liter of Grand Teton, thanks again Bill! Mountainberry Double Wheat pours a murky garnet but when backlit is fairly clear and takes on the color of cranberry juice. An immense three finger off white head grew on the pour and fell painfully slow leaving chunky lacing on its way down. Carbonation bubbles rush to the surface keeping the head right where it's at. The second pour brings some chunky yeast floating through the body and quickly dropping to the bottom of the mug. Things are starting off very well.

The first thing I catch in the nose, although not the most pronounced, is a touch of spicy yeastiness. There's a wonderful tart huckleberry tartness up front that stands out the most out of the three berries used. Ghost like blueberry flashes in here and there. There is a solid wheat twang underneath all this letting me know exactly what this beer is; a strong wheat. I'm not sure I can pick out the marionberry although I can't really say I know what marionberries smell like anyways. The berriness seems to compliment the wheat instead of taking over like some other fruit beers tend to do.

The flavor is just like the aroma suggested. A crisp wheat twang starts things off and leads throughout. The blueberries are more noticeable in the flavor then in the aroma and when joined by the huckleberry form a great accompaniment to the wheat. The spiciness of the yeast shows up on the swallow to add some complexity. There is a nice tartness that makes this Mountainberry very refreshing. This has a unique flavor profile that I can't get enough of; of course I'm crazy about blueberries. This beer gets really good as it sits in the glass.

The mouthfeel is right where it should be. The carbonation is snappy and keeps this beer moving at a quick pace. As this beer works through the body is moderate and creamy.

I could see myself drinking a lot of this during the summer. Goes down very easily and is a refreshing, although the abv is up there.

Mountainberry is another high quality brew from Grand Teton. I can't get enough of their beers. This is an interesting take on a wheat beer and they did a great job with it. Thanks again for the treat Bill!

Reviewed: 6/22/08

Served In: Mug

Review by SAP on 09/21/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
56 3 7 10 3 5 2008
Ok, whoever the punk who thought it would be a good idea to wax a swing top bottle, please, never do it again, what a pain in the ass. The beer is a bit over carbonated as it both foams up as soon as I pop the top as well as foaming over once I get it in my glass. The beer has a frothy, cream colored, initially four finger thick head. The beer is a red tinged, amber color that shows a clear, orange-amber hue when held up to the light. Fairly fruity smelling with lots of berry character, but it finishes with a thin, malt fermentation character that smells a bit cheap somehow. The berry character is not overwhelming, but it is the most dominant note found in this beer. Towards the end there is a touch of grassy grain and cracker-like malt.

This is quite viscous with a definite heft to it that coats the palate; it in fact is quite a bit thicker than the sweetness would suggest. Lightly sweet, most of which comes from the fruity berry notes that dominate the beer. The finish has some hot alcohol to it that definitely warms the throat and lets you know that this is not weak beer. This is actually surprisingly hot, though not overly so, for a beer of only 7.6%; it doesn't hide its alcohol very well. The wheat provides a touch of a tart, clean grain note, but also seems to weaken the overall flavor profile somehow. A fizzy, ample carbonation helps to temper the chewy body a bit, but can some times be a bit distracting.

This just doesn't really work for me. Despite being a big beer & even have a chewy richness to it, this beer comes off as thin and alcoholic.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Served In: Tulip

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