VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous clear straw appearance with a fat rocky white head that leaves a generous coating of lace. Excellent malt aroma and lemon rinds dipped in thyme hops. Crisp and clean with a subtly sweet toasted malt body and German hop bite. Excellent lager, although a bit pricey for a knock back brew.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2004 Gebraut nach dem bayerischen Reinheitsgebot von 1516. Very nice. Very easy to drink at room temperature for the style. It lacked any great aroma or taste that would elevate this to a classic. Lucky Germans.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2001
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presents with a typical German Lager nose and flavor. Very pale yellow and slightly hazy in color. Starts with a light, foamy head which quickly dissapates. A bready/yeasty malt flavor with a mild hop flavor. Finishes light and slightly sweet. A middle-of-the-road brew from Ayinger.
canary dog (623) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 20, 2001
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little nose. Very light body with minimal, foamy head. Has that honeyish malt flavor typical of European lagers. Very light for the Ayinger label. Tastes very similar to Warsteiner. Very smooth finish.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice malty lager. Definitely about the malt, which is quite nice, yet balanced by a nice little hop kick in the finish.
Aurelius (3728) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale gold with flocculent head. Very good palate. Flavor is distinctively German, but well-balanced. Bready, malty, not too bitter, not too sweet. Head and shoulders above Beck’s or St. Pauli.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My exploration of the world of lagers is paying off more and more; this one is impressively well-balanced, and has huge flavor with less body, which is something I’ve been getting to like. Also it comes in half-liters, which are perfect for exercising my collection of German brewery mugs.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 17, 2001
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice lighter lager; I actually liked the hoppy, slightly bitter end (I usually don’t), and the lemony nose was refreshing, if a bit weak. Not that strong in the flavor category, but what there is seems nicely balanced, with a good sour lemon/ sweet malt mix. Not Ayinger’s best, but doesn’t do anything to tarnish their rep as one of Deutschland’s best, either.
K-V-F-L (292) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - OCT 16, 2001
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Determined head and Brussels lace; interesting cross between a pilsner and hefe-weizen which can’t quite pull it off. I notice reviews of this are lower than that of many of the other Ayingers. Too bitter, but good lemony essence.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dull orange-brown; yeasty and flowery nose. Taste follows suit. Not my idea of a refreshing lager, I’d much rather drink one of the better North American lagers than this (i.e. Yuengling, Labatt’s Classic).