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Berghoff Backyard Ale



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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 2.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.44/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Welcome to the backyard with the sun high in the sky, the grass freshly cut, and the aroma of hot coals and steak as you relax in your lawn chair. This is your safeguard, the backyard.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2011
From notes. 16oz can from Old Chicago poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy pale yellow. Not much head to speak of but what little is there is bright white. Smells very malty. Slight scent of yellow citrus fruits and lemonade. Taste is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Like a slightly bitter lemonade. Medium bodied with a thin texture. Very soft carbonation. This was an ok beer. Nothing I would need to buy again or drink more than 1 of, but overall itís not really that bad.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
16 oz can thanks to 17thfloor for sharing!? Pours a light orange color with a small white head. Aroma is very stange, old candy caramel notes, medicine, odd hops, a bit grassy. Flavor has a weird soapy metallic character that really is pretty nasty. Compound that with the sweet cloying candy notes and slightly bitter hops. Light to medium body and a sharp carbonation. Not sure if its just a bad beer or a bad batch or what, but this is something awful.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tmoreau (3771) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
16 oz. can poured to a sampler glass at a local tasting benefit at 20West Liquors in Lombard, IL. Showed an orange/amber color, with plenty of off white, creamy foam, and waves of lacing. Medium bodied, and moderately bitter, but the nose lost my interest from the start with too much dank, mealy grain, and some stale, yeasty notes. A subtle sweetness only slightly softened my attitude.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcobrau (17) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Smells a bit vegetal, strange...canít quite place it. Pours yellow, hazy. Is this a wheat ale? Crisp malt and wheat, but that vegetal bit in the aroma surfaces on the palate...hmmm. If I can get past it sitting it here at my desk, I certainly could at a picnic, but the flavor it kind of weird. Not horrible, just weird and something I canít quite place. Otherwise, the body is okay, the mouthfeel is good. The bitterness is moderate. Certainly the strangest pale ale Iíve had, drinks more like a bad Wit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (4026) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2011
This stuff comes in sixteen ounce cans that have a description on the side w/ just a touch of ESL flavor. Itís a cloudy brew w/ a very long lasting head of fine bubbles. To be honest, it looks completely delicious. The nose is mildly fruity and itís overall a light and drinkable beer. There is a light, buttery touch of diacetyl which is actually not entirely unpleasant and meshes somewhatl w/ the mild carbonation and creamy texture. I could see this getting cloying if you let it warm to much but itís drinkable enough that is just not gonna happen to much. Any sweetness is balanced by moderate hop bitterness in the finish. This is a pretty decent brew which achieves itís intended purpose, I think. Still, if you want something like this around here, you are better of sticking w/ Half Acre Gossamer or Goose Island 312.

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