DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pint at the Berghoff Bar. New version reformulated by Randy Mosher and now brewed at Stevens Point. Now at 6.2% abv. I picked up a bit of spicy rye in the nose right away. Deep reddish brown color under a thin head. The palate holds on to that rye spice, and the malts stay to the light side. Advertised PN hops seem more like their peppery European cousins. Then again, I’m drinking this after a plate of Thai food with extra Sriacha. Caramel roast malt provides a canvas for the rye and spice to play.
BVery (7386) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Mousehouse Cheesehouse. Mostly clear amber pour. Small spotty white head. Caramel malt aroma, more on taste plus a bit of metal.
chinchill (2559) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at WoB in JAX Beach.
Clear red-brown with a fine head.
AROMA: sweet malts with a hint of toffee.
Flavor: about equal mix of hops and malts, and of bitter and sweet. More hops in the aftertaste.
Feel: medium body and carbonation.
PorterPounder (5882) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - Betton - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, slight murkiness, tight off-white head. Aroma Wort-like aroma with some spicy highlights, and a hint of toffee. Flavor is full-bodied with some caramel sweetness, some toffee-like maltiness, just a touch of citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel has a decent spritz to it. Not bad at all.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, medium tannish bronze. Standard 12 oz longneck twistoff. Fair label. Pleasantly acidic and tannic, but buffered. Reasonably hoppy, lightly sweet, this wasn’t fancy but it was serviceable. Bitter, malty finish. Medium body. ABC Liquors, Betton.
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This has a decent nose but it tastes kind of gross. I’m not into it. It’s a murky brown red w/ a small white head. There is a touch of caramel malt in the nose but it is mostly a pretty nice citrusy hop character that predominates. Taste is more sweet and malty--oversweet in fact. It has a slightly harsh earthy hop bitterness and passes across the palate in a sticky and sluggish way. The first wiff of this had me hopeful but by the end of the bottle, I am pretty sure I will never drink this again.
bwa5879 (772) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Solid Amber pour, fairly opaque, eighth inch offwhite head. Citrus hop aroma with some appropriate earthy graininess, grassy too. Carbonation fairly high, average viscosity, crisp finish. Taste of grassy and metallic hops mixed with carmel malt.
hotstuff (4389) - Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Backlog rating on 9-13-2012 (Draft) This beer forms a large frothy off-white head that mostly diminishes, transparent amber body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt and hops. The flavor is semi-sweet, caramel malt, hops, and metallic. This beer is light bodied. This beer has a nice appearance and that is the best aspect of this beer in my opinion.
milewide (1653) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive red color with good balance of malt and hops. Rye does add some spice. Much better than current ratings.
two7offsuit (292) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours Amber with a light tan head. Some malt flavor with mild grassy hops.
Onslow (1235) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Lvely red brew with light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, grass, tart fruit. Taste is sweet malt with crisp hops finish - a little fruit and some grass. Average palate and overall a very pleasant brew.
My experience with Berghoff stems from attending graduate school in the loop area of Chicago in the mid 80’s. At that time the idea of a brew pub (which Berghoff was very much) was pretty cool. I had been in the naissance of craft brew movement from the early 70’s (which was more of homebrew movement at that time) and was sampling everything I could find (which in those days was not so much.) THe Berghoff was like a paradise oasis of beer - even though all their brews were really just derivations of standard brews of the time. It was great stuff in the day - these days I try to get to the Berghoff a few times a year when I am in Chicago, but the craft beer movement has gone far beyond anything that they did or have done and they are probably too traditional and too conservative to move fast enough to ever catch up. Still, a good place for fine beer and German Food.