kalervo (918) - FINLAND - JUN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kontiolahdella 5/2015. Enjoyable, tasty lager. Well balanced, lots of body and hops compared to most lagers.
Kauge (1055) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2015 Bottle as a gift from Helsinki. BB 1.2017. Pale straw colour with minimal haze and off-white, slightly creamy foam. The head drops fast, leaving a film and very little lace. The nose strikes at first as an abundantly hopped lager, not unlike so many others with lots of straw - but then after it’s been sitting for some minutes a more interesting character starts to reveal itselft. The aroma is somewhat milky or creamy, and also spicy and herbal - a curious mix. It tastes of straw, indistinct herbs and some peachy fruity notes with perhaps a drop of citrus and a tiny bit of honey sweetness. Smooth soft texture with very thin but active carbonation and herbal bitter finish. It’s not bad but I would (knowing I shouldn’t) probably make less of it without the accompanying texts.
Another try: Bottle from a Viking Line ferry. BB 3.2017. Noted some sweet white wine aspects I’d missed earlier. Interesting. It’s quite pleasant for a lager - I pushed up the overall score by a notch.
tsd08460 (515) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: hay, bread,
Appearance: clear gold, white head
Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: light body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish,
JPC1524 (62) - Devon, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not your typical lager. Immediate hoppy bitterness attacks the senses but mellows quickly.
milewide (1901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2X BMC! Bland lager style...but lots of flavor and body ! Fun to try, but many superiors
Borresteijn (5857) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
35cl Bottle from Sterk. Clear deep golden colour, white head. Aroma of aspartame, minerals, sweet malts. Flavour is medium sweet, light malty, light fruity, hint of bread, light grassy bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent stuff.
anfractuosity (283) - - MAY 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad lager, but not exceptional either. Not especially malty..............
maltman53 (448) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours a copper color lager. All grains and herbs on the nose. Soft grainy, bready palate, with a lack of hops or bitter finish. Overall, quite different from a Bo Pilsner, but lacks structure for my taste.
Sigmund (6120) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle, as Anchor California Lager, from Fakta, Denmark. ABV is 4.9%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish aroma of malts and floral, herbal and fruity hops. The flavour is medium dry, well hopped throughout, with a fairly bitter aftertaste. A well made lager - simple, but decent.
JDBaker11058 (1696) - Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: deep honey gold with a finger of white head and minimal lacing. Aroma: grainy, with a bit of biscuit, then light honey and some grassy, herbal notes. Taste: as the aroma indicates, with the addition of a bit of lemon. Finish: clean and crisp, with a bit of herbal hop character lasting longer than expected. Notes: I love a good lager, so I was expecting a lot. For me, it was just meh. Bottle from Total Wine & More, McLean, Virginia.