MalcolmTucker (740) - SCOTLAND - DEC 22, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A shabby lager. No distinctive characteristics - unless you count ’dull as fuck’ as a characteristic.
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Pours gold with a medium head. Aroma is slightly eggy, grassy hops. Taste has minerals and straw to start. Grassy hop finish, a touch metallic with a little egg on the aftertaste.
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Aldi. Very light gold, thin head, active carbonation Citrus and clove aroma, some malty bread. Sweet, bright flavour, with a long semi-sweet caramel finish. Not what I was expecting but alright.
imdownthepub (10220) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 500ml from Aldi, Banbury. Yellow gold with white head. This is a light, slightly fruity, lemony beer, delicate hop notes and a touch of sweetness. Easy on the palate despite some carbonisation. It’s quite reasonable.
hawanna (2157) - GERMANY - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,5 l bottle BB 09. Oct 13 Bottle NOT from Aldi :-)
caramel, bread, hay, citrus, golden, clear, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, light-medium bitter, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish
Nice Helles - but nothing special
spacecube (835) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very light pilsner colour with a fast disappearing head, average carbonation. Aroma of bready malts leading into some slighly fruity berry like hops, quite sweet & a crisp finish. Decent
mike744 (1) - - DEC 2, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Forget the Winter snow scene, and just concentrate on beer.
Beer purchased from Aldi 50cl of top value beer.
This is the taste and mouth feel that makes Bavarian Helles the joy that it is.
berkshirejohn (4526) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle from Aldi. Amber with a loose white head; slightly musty, grassy aroma; fresh grassy flavour with a viscous body, and some honey and toast; and a slight prickle to finish. A rather good lager.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Aldi. Spiralled into steady-fizzing, white-bloomed golden trumpet. Shrub, sweetcorn, honeycomb aroma. Good grassy lager underscored with honeyed toast and almond; some Danish pastry tones. Clean cashew and breadstick linger. Had some well dodgy German lagers of late but this is more like it; f**k all to do with winter but what and when is that??
BlackHaddock (3763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aldi UK stocking this: 500ml bottle, best before 20 Sept 2013, poured @ home into a UK pint sleeve on 06 Nov 2012.
Looks OK, usual Pilsner golden colour, clean, clear, etc, etc, the head vanished before it arrived, I hate that! Gets an average score because my lips might have had some Cambozola remains on them and that would have killed the head.
Nose is hop, grain and hay with some bready malts arriving as the beer warmed a little.
The taste was sweeter than the aroma suggested with the malts pushing the hop content towards the rear, the aftertaste and finish were semi-sweet too, no hop bitterness or dryness, so maybe this has some Christmassy notes after all. I wondered at first about the ’Winterbier’ handle. Still couldn’t detect any spice or ’winterness’ in the brew, but it was tasty and the body wasn’t ’lager-light’.
I actually enjoyed this: for a cheap supermarket brew it knocks the socks off most of the ’designer’ Lagers/Pilsners and I’ll be getting some more for my guests over the festive season.