JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask pour. The cask had herbs and honey in it. Pours a hazed gold with a white head of foam. The aroma has cucumber and eucalyptus notes. The taste is not all that sour unfortunately. Very light body with little to no carbonation. Nearly watery.
DialSquare (2541) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Kenny Rd Market. Yellow pour with big bright white head. Aroma is wheat and lemon. Tastes are lightly sour grain, apple, straw. Would like more sour but thatís just to my taste - well put together overall. Grew on me.
Slats (7) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is a pale straw color and is initially quite effervescent giving a big fluffy white head that dies off to nothing after a few minutes. The aroma is tart and fruity with notes of green grapes, apples and lemons. The taste follows the nose quite closely, light fruits balanced by a tart acidity. There is a pretty good balance between sweet fruity flavors and tart notes from the lactic acid, although I think the beer would benefit if the sour flavors were dialed up a little. The mouthfeel is light bodied as is appropriate for the style, but it falls a little short of the tart, crisp finish that would be ideal. I donít know if it needs a little more lactic acid, a little more carbonation, or perhaps a little more of both.
Kudos to Actual for brewing a good rendition of a hard to find style. Itís easy drinking, light and refreshing, characteristics that make it well suited for the hot days of summer that will eventually come. In my opinion Curiosus is superior to both Festina PÍche and Oarsman, but I donít think it quite measures up to Hottenroth. No shame in that verdict though, The Bruery makes excellent beers. The lactobacillus probably need a little more time to do their magic, lowering the ethanol content and simultaneously raising the lactic acid concentration.
Fritz123 (939) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from a retail store in Columbus, OH. Shared with dad at Thunder in Louisville. Snifters. Pours a light hazy yellow with a thick head that didnít last long. Not much lacing. The aroma was tart white grapes, hay, bread, and a little funk. The taste was sour white grapes and pears, hay, grass, and a slight of funk. It is a very mild Berliner compared to the ass kickers from some of the Florida breweries. no woodruff used. But the overall flavors were good. Light body and heavy carb. Ended with a lip smack of tartness and dry.
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Crafted Drafts. Clear gold pour with a huge white head. Aroma of tartness, malt and some wheat. Malty flavor with mild tartness and a metallic finish.
cernjoh (106) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle purchased at Ale Wine and Spirits that was just dropped off by Fred (brewer) so I assume this to be very fresh. Aroma is of grains and malt. Pours a transparent semi cloudy light yellow with a large white head that dissipates rather quickly. Taste is dry, sour (but not overbearing). Flavors of corn, lemon and sour grapes. Reminds me of a very dry champagne. Palate is smooth. I can see this as a great summer beer coming in at 5.2% abv. Definitely a recommended brew.
fitwitchik (257) - USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bomber brought to my usual ale store by the brewer Fred & poured into a snifter a light lemon color with a boat load of white head.
Aroma is lemon wheat some malts.
Flavor is a slightly sweet some sour. Really get the German malts here as it is classified as a Berliner Weisse. The more you drink this brew the sourness fades & citrus comes upfront. The sweetness lingers.
Highly carbonated which is less than how I like my brews but considering the style & the seriousness of which this beverage was sour mashed for 24 hours I would have to say Fred did well.
RRistow12 (230) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from bottle at the brewery. Pours a pale hazy gold with white head and good lacing. Aroma of grains, some floral notes with a little bit of spiciness. Taste is a sweet up front balanced by a nice but not overly powerful sourness. Pretty good balance. Tastes of sour fruits, grains, citrus. No bitterness. Fairly light bodied with a light crisp and effervescent mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Pretty solid Berliner Weisse.
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bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. It was a recent arrival at the store I bought it at last weekend, so Iíd say itís pretty new. Served in a goblet, the beer pours a cloudy gold color with about an inch frothy white head. Thereís a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like wheat/grainy malt, along with some lemon peel and hay. It tastes like wheat/grainy malt, lemon peel, green apples and a bit of clove. Thereís a good amount of tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís refreshing and is well carbonated. I liked this brew a lot, itís the second Actual Brewing beer Iíve had and Iíll have to try more. Drinking local is easy when thereís beers like this for me to buy!
mikesaum (596) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very murky golden straw color, white. Aroma is definitely funky, smells tart and musty. Taste is really refreshing, light, fruity, hay, must, slightly tart. Pretty decent.