Big Rock Brewery Grasshopper – Kristallweizen at 5% ABV | 16 IBU

Big Rock Brewery Grasshopper Kristallweizen at 5% ABV | 16 IBU (2018 Craft Beer Advent Calendar #12, 473 ml, best before 1-Mar-2019, acquired 30-Nov-2018, reviewed 12-Dec-2018)

Appearance: clear straw with one finger of fluffy white head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grainy and doughy malt, light banana and clove. (5/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium-light body, lively to moderate carbonation, crisp short finish. (3/5)

I actually swore out loud when I saw today’s offering. Not, you understand, that it’s a bad beer for what it is, but merely that it’s such a very pedestrian beer. (In addition to being older than dirt. Seriously, the most innovative thing about this beer – and they did it years ago – is the big mouth lid. Although, when you’re emphasizing how clear your beer is by calling it a Kristallweizen, enabling people to drink from the can seems a bit counterproductive.) This feels a lot like the straw that broke the camel’s back for me, and I honestly don’t think I’ll bother with the calendar again next year. (10/20)

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