dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - SEP 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy pale golden colour with a green touch. Sour, unripe apple aroma. Taste is of course sour, very citric, slightly yeasty and that unripe apple thing going on. Not as good as Schultheiss, but not far behind it.
shrubber85 (7947) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - a tart/sour aroma - only slight hint of fruitiness. Clear yellow-tan color. Very tart flavor (like a green apple) with the slightess hint of fruity malt. Understand why Berliners don’t drink this straight but with a shot of raspberry or woodruff syrup. It’s very tart and bland.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy pale yellow with a massive diminishing frothy white head. Sweet and sour aroma of green apple, lemon, hay, light bread and herbs. Medium light watery body with fizzy carbonation. Flavor of wheat, lemon, green apple, hay and herbs. With the syrup added: I can see why more people would like this now - it kind of resembles an alcopop, or a bad Éphémère. Slightly better flavor, but still not my thing.
A drinkable beer either way, but not very good. With its high price here ($15 for a 6 pack - a 6 pack of bell’s expedition is $13) and low ABV it isn’t even a good value.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
faint golden color with thin white head. Vibrant grape jelly aroma. Hold sourness on a slice of wheat bread. Gorgeous! Excellent with cherries, Chamborge or other sweet liquors to balance out sourness
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours clear pale yellow, white alka selzter like head that quickly dies to nothing, light carbonation, with no carbonation.   Thinking without the syrup this is gonna be nasty.   OH YEAH, sour with a slightly wheaty mouthfeel.   Screw it, syrup goes in now.   MUCH better... don’t pour it in too quickly or it will foam up on ya.   Now it comes across as a cheap lambic.   Not knowing how much to put it, enough was required to get the sour out.   Dont bother with this stuff without the syrup.   Palatable once syrup is added.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2004
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Had this with raspberry syrup added. First I tasted the beer straight up. Pale yellow, little appreciable aroma. watery, fizzy mouth, and little if any taste. So, I added the syrup. Made it taste like a weak lambic. With or without syrup, this was bad. Should have just had the syrup.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a light yellow prior to the syrup (green) being mixed. Color became light chartreuse with a full white head and fine carbonation. Head dies quickly and there is little lace. The aroma is tart and yeasty with some aroma hops. The flavor is tart and lemonade like (but low one sweet). Some hop bite follows up. Mouthfeel is tart and effervescent. A fun and refreshing beer.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle pours a fizzy yellow color with a very short lasting head and no lace. The aroma is funky. The flavor is like carbonated lemon juice and stomach acid. The palate is thin and fizzy. Yes, this needs the syrup. I have no syrup. I’ll try maple syrup. Um, no, do not try this at home. Do not put maple syrup in this. It tastes like sour dough pancakes. Actually, it is better with the maple syrup, but it is still very bad. Do not do any of this unless you have the licensed syrup. Holy crap, what the hell I am doing?
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Faint nose, very subdued hay and tart wheat. Cat urine and vomit hints. mustardy apple and lemon juice. Straw blonde. Very uni-dimensional, there’s nothing, but this acidity. Looks like a macro, tastes like a macro with lemon juice. Decent thin-body, but big weaknesses in the flavor development.
legion242 (2267) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow. I have had these bottles for over a year and I kepy meaning to go buy some syrup to add to it while drinking, but I finally broke down and tried one without any syrup. Poured with no head. Very dry and very lactic, though not to the degree of a lambic. Just puckering. I hope to perhaps find a truer version on my upcoming trip to Germany and try it in it’s true homeland.