AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The great cloudy golden color is a good partner to the nice creamy, thick head. Nice distinct aroma. A good amount of maltiness. A faint amount of tartness in the finish.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rerate: More sweet, more malty, less hoppy than the others in the Helles-off. Same score. Quite good, but not like the bigges. Original: 8/19/02: Holy cow! Sometimes we read here about horse blanket, hay aroma, especially in Belgians, but here it is in big heaping doses and I love it. Quite malty, yeasty, Saazy?. Snappy, crisp flavor...an excellent example of the style.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear pale blond colour, fine head, malty, medium-hoppiness, fresh, spicy, long dry finish
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating 100: Clear and golden with a nice Bavarian Hallertau hop aroma. Very clean and refreshing flavor. Body is light, but not watered down. Lots of good pale and Munich malts present. Finish is crisp and satisfying. It’s not the greatest helles, but it’s a damn good one. Crown Me!
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright golden in color, an uneven white colored head stays around for longer than expected. Nice lacing, too. Very effervescent. Faintly hopped and lightly spiced aroma, a bit of slightly grainy malt as well. Flavor is largely malty but not too sweet. There is a bit of light fruitiness, perhaps pear, along with some faint sweetness. Hop flavors are here in a small dosage, but bitterness is overall quite low, even in the finish. Smooth.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 Update: Wow. There are a lot more hops in here than I noticed before--not even close to overdone, but simply wonderful. A terribly light colored beer, with nice cloudiness. Nearer to Kraftbrau Helles (or even Herold Svetle) than it is to any other Bavarian examples. Awesome.
Old: A study in pale malt. There's lots of it here presented in a creamy body. As per the style, not much in the way of hops. Instead, this one relies on a gentle dryness for a very kind finish.
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - SEP 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An okay beer. Has a nice aroma of yeast and a little caramel. A little thin and perhaps a bit bitter.
TheBeerGod (5165) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brownish blond in color and a slight tan head. The taste is heavy on the malts and yeast. Similar to Spaten Oktoberfest in taste. Pretty good beer, but nowhere near the rest of the brews produced by Ayinger. Worth trying.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 25, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Un-impressive for the most part. For some reason i think if you got this in a keg - even die hard Bud only drinkers would like it. Not that im comparing this to Bud, because this is way better.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely fruity for a pale lager, but somehow this appeals to me. Lagers are probably my least favorite beer style but this one really stands out. Pours nicely with a doughy, fruity bouquet. My only complaint is that it seems to weaken and thin out around mid bottle.