fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brite golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is very subtle like putting your head in a bag of two row barley. Crisp clean barley flavor with a very slight bitterness for a refreshing finish.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly over dark color. Mild nose, though balanced between malt and hops, isn’t really knocking me over. Lightly malty with a little bit of a hay or straw flavor. Hops are there, but not very bangin’. Very crisp and clean finish. Well balanced, but unimpressive, especially for Ayinger.
bb (7051) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very pale straw color with a HUGE white head. Not much aroma, but what’s there just gives a little freshness (mild malt and spiciness). Good malty/bready flavor that is balanced with spice and citrus hops. Low key, but very well made. Finishes clean except for a nice lingering bitterness. Much like a pilsner.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very light gold. Large foamy head, and nice lacing. Pilsener malts and citrus hops in the aroma. Spicy hints as well. That spice comes out a bit more in the flavor, maybe cloves, not sure. Citrus again along with the pilsener flavors. Nice and sharp, a bit acidic. Dry finish.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a golden yellow with a thick foamy, long lasting head. Has a refreshing grass, banana, and lemon aroma. Flavor of malt, citrus, and some hops.
Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Aroma is a little weak. Somewhat citrusy, somewhat hoppy, and a little spicy. Pours a pale hazy yellow with a moderate head. Good lacing. Nice malty taste. Very fruity and cirtusy. Maybe some banana. Not much bitterness like some previous ratings suggest. Short lived sweet aftertaste. I’d say the commercial description hits the nail on the head when they say "The taste is pure malt" but way off on the long lasting aftertaste. It sounds to me like people who tasted a skunked bottle have knocked the average rating down a bit. This is a very good beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold amber color with creamy white fizzy head, a good bite of lacing. The aroma is like cardomom, banana and wheat. The flavor is more toward some flaked wheat & some dark citrusy notes. Finishes creamy quite good.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, golden in color with a huge white head that lasts, nice lacing. Bready, grainy and flowery aromas, starts sweet and bready with nice balanced hop bitterness, light bodied, good crisp carbonated mouthfeel, finishes clean with some lemon flavor.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 nice light yellow hue, a nice white head. aroma was a faint hoppy and spice. Taste was a nice spicy lager, great fruit flavor, what i expected from an ayinger lager.
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow with a small, white head and lots of lacing. Yeasty aroma with some fruit (apricot, banana?). Flavor surprisingly malty and yeasty with some fruitiness up front with a good hit of hops in the finish. Average mouthfeel. My first Helles, and although, I probably won’t pay for it again, this stuff isn’t bad.