freekyp (1855) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Bright maize in color with ample rocky white head. Fantastic head retention, and malty nose portends a well-made brew. Clean and crisp, this beer is dominated by classic German malt character with hops adding a crisp zing. Eminently balanced, this is a quenching bready brew with a dry finish.
jzzbassman (1572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight malty odor, pleasant but subdued. Golden color in the glass, with a foamy head that disappeared leaving lots of lacing.
This had a lot of flavor for the style, malt and yeast at the front, with a good hop finish.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rich and somewhat sweet. Pours golden with a white head that dissipates quickly. The flavor is somewhat sweet and spicy--far more complex than one would expect from a beer this pale. The body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Finish is smooth and indistinct.
ClarkVV (5374) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bottle at Parrish Cafe, Boston. Pours an average golden yellow, very bubbly, smaller than expected head, quite clear. Aroma seems promising, lots of thick white bread, crusty and lightly sweet (honey, light toffee). Plenty of mildly spicy hops and a hint of earthiness with bitter touches. Flavor however, starts out lightly sweet (table sugar, light lemon drop cookies) with some bubbly texture from the vast carbonation. Hops are not bitter, but provide a sweet, light apple flavor along with a touch of boring grassy flavors. It never really came together for me, staying too sweet, with a strange thickly sweet palate. It ends on a lightly bitter, lightly sour, meaty/appley note. It wasnt terrible, but it thinned as it warmed and just didnt have any qualities I really enjoy about this style. Especially, this wansnt crisp and powerfully flavorful. No subtleties as well.
garrison (808) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle - With a fine white head and amber-esque hue, the fresh, clean taste of this Helles (with a hoppy, complex finish) marks it as a good example of the style.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grabbed a few of these from the base liquor store and took them on the links for 18. This style isn’t one of my favorites, but I figured what the heck. Light gold color. Large head. Aroma is floral and malty. A medium bodied dortmunder. Kind of malty, also not a lot of banana and clove flavor. Not very hoppy. Light and flavorful. Crisp and slightly spicy, although just barely. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured straw golden with a nice white head that retreated to a thin layer. The aroma was malty and slightly bready.
Taste is lightly malty with some grassiness. The hops are low key, but well balanced with the malt. The finish is crisp and clean, this is an excellent summer beer.
mohawksin (187) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice orangeish yellow color, nice head. Smells of yeast. Tasted yeasty with malt. Very crisp and clean feeling.
toller (1) - Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2004 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small, crisp, white head that diminishes quickly. I expected a harsher taste on the palate, but was surprised at the relative smoothness. I’m more of a stout/porter person and not one to drink a lot of German beer, but this beer was pleasant.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(16.9 oz bottle) Fairly light flavor at first, but the sweety, bready maltiness really picks up in the fantastic finish; Wow, the malty finish is really nice, and makes this an outstanding beer to sip and enjoy, even as it warms; Moderate bitterness stays in balance throughout and complements the malt very well; Sweet, lightly malty nose is very pleasant; This beer really tastes and smells like you’re walking into a brewery; Light to medium bodied, but still coats and pleasures the palate; Medium to pale yellow and crystal clear; Snow white head is somewhat explosive on the pour, but manageable, and settles down to about half an inch in thickness; Very good lacing and retention, despite very few carbonation bubbles