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Berghoff Germaniac Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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Scratch the surface of the German beer tradition and you find gems like this: a crisply bitter golden ale from Northern Germany that faded into obscurity a hundred years ago. With its subtle honey notes and small dose of molasses which gives it a lightly nutty character, this is a beer that deserves a much wider audience. We follow the classic recipe, with a mix of three types of malted barley, plus wheat and a dash of oats for a creamy texture, plus tiny amounts of Wisconsin cranberry honey and light molasses, both of which add subtle shading of aroma. Hopping is vigorous, and along noble lines, but amped up a bit with some North American varieties as well, just to keep it fresh-tasting and bold. It’s an ale fermentation, so there is a hint of fruitiness that plays nicely with the honey and molasses notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2015
It seems like Berghoff has recently changed all its labels, made new recipes and moved production from Minhas to Point and the beer is much better for all these changes. It is not out of this world but it is very much better than it was. This beer in particular is a nice golden orange color w/ a long-lasting head of fine white bubbles. It has a bit of a floral, noble hop nose which reminds me somewhat of koelsch--albeit a sort of an Americanized take on it as there is a touch of citrus as well. Although this is a touch on the sweet side there isn’t all that much malt taste to it but the sweetness does seem to help support the hops and bring out their fruitier aspects. The bitterness in the finish is solid and resinous w/ a bit of an earth quality to it. An iced-tea like astringent not lingers after the beer is swallowed. This feels to me like a bridge between a Pilsner-type beer and an APA. I am not sure it has the very best qualities of either but it is a pretty damn solid brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Block (1637) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Super pale pour, skunky aroma, white head. Flavor is super light, a little floral. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Medium golden, slight haze, with a snow white head that has a light film of lacing Aroma has a touch of overripe fruit funk, with some light saffron-like spiciness to redeem it, Solid flavor with some light citrus bitterness, a hint of peach/nectarine fruitiness, some biscuit-like bready notes. Clean, even mouthfeel with a nice crispness. Pretty decent,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Slightly sweaty, hoppy IPA aroma. Standard 12 oz longneck, twist off. Good label. Sweetish, a little chemical, odd. Not bad, refreshing. ABC Liquors, Betton.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ccex (1000) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2015
12 oz. bottle pours a clear golden yellow with a small white head and scant lacing. Aroma is not strong, but has floral hops and some sweet grains. Slightly skunky. Taste is neither bitter nor sweet. The grassy finish is the best part and the only thing that reminds me of a German beer. Body is light to medium with average carbonation. Easily drinkable and innofensively pleasing, but not that memorable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheJestersBeer (2188) - SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2014
Keg@O'Hare airport. Dull, medium straw, thin head. Malty, slightly hoppy aroma, cardboard, citrus. Dry, medium body and bitterness, balanced CO2. Taste as aroma, malt, resin, caramel, cardboard. Quite bland. (2014-09-29) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4264) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 12, 2014
Aroma is bread, pale malts and a hint of fruit. The flavor is biscuit/German malts, fruit, citrus and a medium dry/tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Onslow (1234) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2014
On tap at North 11 in Kalamazoo. Amber brew with white head. Aroma of sweet malt and floral hops. Taste is sweet, at first, sweet and fruity in the middle and ends the same, with a little grass and a sour lactic note in the finish. Quaffable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
miyauchi38 (516) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2014
飲みやすいが&# 好きではない

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
[Tap] Golden pour with a pillowy white head. Everything about this beer is dominated by floral notes. Aroma and taste also include sweet grains and some straw. An easy drinker. Maybe would be better with less of a malty sweetness though.

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