blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a white head. Aroma is mostly malt, some hops, and a note of grass. Light body. Malty but fresh flavor with notes of grain, very light caramel, and hops. Not that bad, much better than I expected.
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Another pale lager, this one sampled at Riga airport. Quite soft, sweet flowers, smooth and easy drinking. Some grassy hops, too. Not unpleasant, but I would save the luxury claim for something better.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Medium sized white head that mostly diminished, fair amount of lacing, transparent, carbonation duly noted, and a pale yellow hue. The aroma was lightly malty, hoppy and some dishwater soap. Malty, hoppy and finishes dry. Slightly tingly and dry mouthfeel. Medium in body. Somewhat of a nasty tasting beer IMO as the lack of a good flavor was distracting and uninviting to me. Not a beer I want again.
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale golden beer with a fast fading white head. Aroma is quite nice and hoppy. Sort of a combination of noble zestiness over a lean light malt. It’s pretty interesting for what it is. There is a hint of something metallic in here as well that is a bit distracting but it dissipates fairly quickly. Lean and crackery malt base withlight fresh floral hoppiness. Even a bit of yeasty character on the back... quite a nice surprise.
Ernest (6153) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with a light note of soap.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A bit grainy and soapy, but not too bad overall.
bhensonb (10764) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Total WIne. Aroma seems to be grassy/noble hop (unique?). Pale golden color with a stiff four finger head that was stable. Thinnish in body. Mild carbonation (must have gone to its head). Pale malt and grain flavors backed by enough grassy hop. Finish is clean, and the bitter seems to be building. As it goes along, I can admit the hop is not at all familiar - just similar to common nobility.
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy with a frothy top white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a slightly hazy typically carbonated yellow-white colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was lagerish and grassy. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The flavor contained notes of hops and and was grassy with a crisp hop backing. A marginally good brew.
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 29, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught served ina big mug. Nice golden colour with a white steady head. Aroma of grains bitter hops and some butter, slight citrus. The flavour has some sweetnes with a bit of malt, some bitter hops and grains. Boring.
FatPhil (9152) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 28, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Keg (Victory, Riga)
Pale gold, thin head. Dishwater and maybe some malt aroma. Very plain malty taste, and what I think is supposed to be hop ends up just being nasty.
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I would be curious to know if the specialness of the bottle is the fact that it is "brown." In any case, medium gold, nice head that lasts well, good lacing, rather attractive. Aroma is lightly of sweet pale malts, a touch of honey, and a faint floral spicy hop note. Adjuncts show up on the tongue, giving the beer a slightly odd note, but not despicable. Some sweetness from actual malt emerges, and the finish is lightly bitter with a faint floral and spice hop character. Honestly not that bad, perhaps because I was expecting so little to begin with.