GoufCustom (554) - HONG KONG - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
360 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place in Mong Kok.
Cloudy hazy amber brown colour with scappy brown yeast sediments; One finger head with off-white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Moderate sticky lacing with notable small carbonation; Fragrant sweet aroma of full lager / caramel malt, with raisins, dark fruit, honey, light chocolate, caramel, yeast, light musty, and faint grass; Close to light sweet taste of roasted malt and ale malt, with light coffee, milk chocolate, faint caramel, Cola, dry biscuits, bread, yeast, liquorices, bitter lime and grassy hops; Mid to light body, slightly slick and crisp palate; Mouth feel is a hybrid of roasted lager and ale, very much in line with Vienna (think Sam Adams’ Boston Lager) with some chocolaty and coffee like roasty Amber character come through in a very restrained way. Sweetness is near zero, and it’s dry crisp biscuity as hell. Gooood… Hoppiness is faint grass nose, sharp citrus and grass in taste. Notably astringent for a lasting and licking mid-bitter finish; Bone dry after taste, crisp and nicely bitter to mouth.
Comments: As Amber / Vienna, this one is already stand above most macros, and I like it more than Sam Adams Boston for its tight and pretty exciting taste combos. It has the best of both roasted malt beer and Ale, with the right amount of roastiness, damned good dryness, and sharp as knife hoppiness, it brings out the best of an otherwise ordinary beer style. A winner!
KansaiBeerLvrs (1205) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
5.2% On tap at the Numazu Taproom, part of the 800 yen sampler. Quite an orange gold for a lager but with perfect clarity. An earthy mild spicy aroma that makes me think Saaz hops. Medium bodied, very well balanced but more malty than Tenjingura’s Pilsner. Then again this is a lager so it shouldn’t be a surprise. Really good stuff, I need to try this next summer on a hot day.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at The Foundry (Mohamed Sultan Rd), Singapore
Cloudy light amber color. Mild malt aroma. Mild malt and caramel flavor, very light cereals, but with some light acidity too.
madmitch76 (13007) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
15th May 2013
Hazy deep amber beer, good white head. Palate is light and dry with a crisp trailing edge. Mild malt, touch of soft cream. Not very lager like in character. Mild citrus before the softish and semi dry finish. Nicely joined up and pretty quaffable, but more like a pale ale.
EdKing (1700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Almost clear rich looking amber, white foam head with nice lacing. Nose is pale grain malt, bit of a straw and grass tang, little toasty bread. Taste is pale malt cereal grain, straw, dry grassy tang, light bread and some really nice tropical notes of mango and lychee. Nice lager.
Westkyoto77 (392) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bungalow. Looks good: cloudy golden amber. Quite hoppy for a lager- almost feels like a weak ale. Medium carbonation and crisp palate. Quaffable, but tasty and refined. If only more lagers were like this..
DuffMan (6076) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I’m surprised at the style designation listed here as "vienna"== to me, there is more character imparted from the hops and yeast than from the malt, and furthermore, I associated the maltiness of a vienna with caramel, bread crusts, etc. Anyhow, if this is an acceptable vienna, then my appreciation (and education) of viennas just took a big leap forward, because this is an excellent beer. Medium golden body, with a slight haze and a uniform, moderately dense 2 finger head. Lovely soft fruit aroma, melons and pears come to mind. Soft fruity palate with a nice bread malt sweetness and low bitterness. The flavours here are just so pleasant and the palate is nice and soft. This was a great lager, no matter which subclass you file it under.
pintbypint (2355) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
360ml brown bottle. Brassy golden colour, bit of haze, fat white head with tight bubbles. Good lacing. Nose has nice toasty malt, bread, hay. Just a bit of sweetness there. In the mouth the beer has a nice maltiness, more hay notes, a bit toasty. Light grassy bitterness. Grassy aftertaste, a bit of grain, bread too. Light body, smooth almost creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated without being fizzy. Solid lager, very drinkable.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark golden amber with a thick white head; by appearance could be an IPA. Quiet aroma still has some depth. I get notes of floral, herb and candied ginger. Flavour has a striking grain quality. I think of multigrain buns at the front and pick up fruity marmelade notes in the the finish and long aftertaste. Flavour seems to drop in the middle but then bounces back even higher. A nice pitcher with a pizza or game beer. Seems lively and characterful for the style.
reebtogi (3795) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a solid white head with good retention leaving some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and floral notes. Taste is caramel malty sweetness with a nice balance of hoppy bitterness both floral and citrusy and a hint of some spice. Although called a lager, this beer has much more complex flavors to it. This is a very tasty beer for the style. Just have to get another one for a photo.