KUEric (864) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was just complaining that I hadn’t had a good lager in a while, here it is. Lager with smokey flavor. Delish. Like a lot of smokey (for a lager) which explains the editors note. It’s not residual, it’s up front and helps round out the beer
Russo (1311) - Campinas, BRAZIL - JUN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with a very thin white head that keeps a lace until the end. Aroma is malty and light smoke. Flavor is like the aroma with some swetness. Medium body, Dry finish. Good!
DocJitsu (334) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a short-lived white head. Corny pilsenerish nose. Mouthfeel is medium- to full-bodied and wet. Corn, honey, and metal flavors. Not extraordinary.
podey (553) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle at ABV. Pours clear yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is slightly smokey, not nearly as in your face as the Marzen. Taste is clean and malty with a slightly smokey taste. This was pretty drinkable.
ciaranc (388) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle, Redmonds. Clear brilliant gold blonde, big rocky white head. Hay straw, biscuit malt nose. Flavour very similar, a fairly heavy dose of toasted malt. Smooth mouth feel, short finish.
bartlebier (523) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle, Maruhn BB 08/2013. Light-bodied, low ABV Helles made for sessioning with an impressive lingering hop (Spalt) spice bitterness, somewhat metallic mouthfeel with some malt residu notes and subtle smoke traces, apparently due to being lagered in the same cellar as Schlenkerla’s real smoke beers. Requires hearty Franconian/Bavarian food to be enjoyed thoroughly and make sense.
Creedence (161) - Cork, IRELAND - MAY 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at Porterhouse Cork. Pours a lively straw yellow with a thick white and lasting foam. Aroma is straw, hops, with a light oaky woody character. Very lightly balanced sweetness is followed by a little bit of a hop bite and a nice light smokiness at the end. Lively and light-bodied, the whole beer is just slightly rough at the end with the smoked elements. Overall, quite a delicately balanced lager, and very enjoyable drinking.
joebudzjoe (631) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half-liter bottle poured into a snifter. Gift from my Irish principal who last lived in Germany (go figure). Pours a bold, clear gold hue with a thin, quickly vanishing white head. Nose of pear and white wine. This is a surprisingly bold, woody, almost meaty flavor with a crisp, spicy bite. The only hop remnants is from the tingly sensation at the end of each sip. This is a new taste for me, but I actually like it for a change.
Lambister (97) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle at home. Golden liquid with a small white head. The aroma has smoked plums and tar sauna. The flavor is sweet and lovely smoked - giving it hints of tar sauna, combined with strong notes of wood. Specially good lager type brew for summer.
japppp (24) - - MAY 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle. Aroma is metallic almost pepperminty. Taste is balanced with hint of smoke. Very good beer when you are thirsty.
k0mpsa (463) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma is malts, some smoke, rye bread. Malty body, hops, fresh. Easy going lager.