Mikkeller / To Øl Walk on Water

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: American Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 200   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Mikkeller and To Øl present to you - our effort to make the lightest beer in the world.
What is the lightest beer in the world???
What we mean, is that Walk On Water is the beer with the lowest density. It simply weighs the least. Brewers and beergeeks alike tend to describe beer by its density (or gravity). The specific density of a liquid is determined by its amount of dissolved matter. Normally proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and ashes are the four factors governing the density of a liquid. But for a beer it is more appropriate to describe its density by two factors; carbohydrates(sugar) and alcohol. Alcohol is much lighter than water, while carbohydrates (or sugars) in solution will raise the density of water. When we brewed this beer the challenge was to ferment as much of the sugars from the malts as possible, without leaving any residual sugars. This is fairly easy for low ABV beer types, but is much more challenging for a 14% ABV beer - you could say the higher alcohol percentage the lighter, but then again high alcohol would lead to high amount of rest sugar and therefore the beer would be heavier.
After working on the breakdown of residual sweetness (dextrines etc.) and optimising our fermentation, we ended up with this beast of a boozy beer!
14% alcohol and no residual sugar making it a 100% attenuation fermented beer makes this the dryest and lightest beer in the world.

Ingredients: Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast (lager & Ale)

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Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Clear golden beer with an offwhite head. A bit fruity and malty aroma. Way to alcoholic, a bit fruity flavour.

Stuu666 (14843) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours pale yellow, nose is sharp lemon, taste is sweet citrus, thin.

SuperTiti33 (893) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
To Ol & Mikkeller. 14%. Blonde voilé. Fruit. Agrume. Paille. Fleur. Maïs. Champ. En bouche: Alcool à fond. Sucré mais pas beaucoup pour le %. Intéressant.

arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a golden yellow with a decent amount of floating yeast in the glass. Aroma is solvent, alcohol, pine sol, floor cleaner, maybe a little honey. The taste is slightly sweet grassy harsh alcoholic nail polish remover with a hint of banana. Nasty.

oqnid (131) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
6 mai '13 -->Ale blonde, 14%, 330ml -paille/orangée, trouble; mousse mince (lacy) -nez fruité (âcre), levure, Southern -entrée levurée, miel, fruitée -mince -ne fait pas son % sauf en brûlure (chaleur) en descendant -finale liquoreuse, quasi-mentholée, florale et fruitée -Co=3 -Arô=3 -Am=3.5 -Su=3 - via Beer Buddy for iPhone

fugitive (2045) - Athens, GREECE - AUG 3, 2014
Bottle. Color orange with medium white head. Aroma malt, alcohol, spicy, hops. Taste hoppy, spicy, fruits.

Beese (3210) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
Draught at Cask, Clerkenwell on 29 Dec 2012. Poured a hazy amber, with a thin off-white head. Aroma of toffee, spruce and gluey esters. Full flavours; tinned fruit, malt and some citrus hop character. Finish was not too boozy, considering, some grain and grassy hop resin.

TheBear11D (365) - Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Walk on Water pours a hazy bronze orange with a bubble beige head that lingers a fair while and is easily agitated. The aroma is alcohol, fresh biscuits, citrus and pine. The flavor is citrus up front with biscuits immediately after and then alcohol rides out in the aftertaste. Overall this is a decent beer. For the price it’s more of a novelty for the craft of the beer than the outcome.

LinusStick (3514) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Ummm..couldn’t finish this beer. Wasn’t actually bad, just too much. I think it’s kind of arrogant to classify this as an "American Strong Ale" when it’s made in Denmark. That aside, this beer is a chore. Aroma was like a wheat wine. Strong caramel and cereal. Pour was a beautiful cloudy thick light gold with lots of floating sediment! Taste was just over the top sweet. Sweet caramel, sugar and alcohol burn. Thick mouth feel. Slight toffee came out as it warmed. Drank this before bed and had to dump it. Mild carbonation but better than most of this style.

M_Sack (773) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle in celebration of the birth of one of my best mates daughter, Tabitha. Cloudy, honey gold with a quickly dissipating off white head. Wonderful aromas of honey, peaches, nectarines, apricot, cereal, grain, caramel jersey lollies and a big whack of rummy booze. A sweet beginning of honey and stone fruit, leading into a long, dry, boozy finish. The alcohol perhaps drowns out the flavours. Love the interplay between sweet and dry though.

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