Russo (1678) - Campinas, - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice golden cloudy color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is sweet malt, hints of cereal. Flavor is like the aroma. Mouthfeel is dry and quite bitter with a sweet ending.
Beerhunter111 (7081) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, leicht würzig. Geschmack angenehm malzig würzig, minimale Bitterkeit.
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Original 1649, which the front label says as the motto above: "The beer that makes us into friends." On the back, they say its RHG, blah blah, from a recipe handed down from 1649, brewed for their 350 year anniversary, a fein-würzige Festbier. Würzig means literally "spicy. Fein here means "delicately"... so delicately spiced/tangy/full-flavored or delicately aromatic. On their site, they call it an Export-Bier.
The beer pours with a snow white head with tightly packed bubbles under a deep golden beer. By snow, I mean bright, fresh-snow-reflecting-the-sun-into-your-eyes white.
The aroma is pure Pilsner malt with a German Noble hop mixed in, giving it both a sweet Pils and spicy hop smell simultaneously. The flavor is typical Pils, quite bitter at first with sweeter Pilsner malt flavors mixed in. It does taste more like a Dortmunder Export, though, with the heavy dose of sweeter toasted bread/Pilsner malt flavors being the giveaway. What makes it Bayrisch, however, is the thicker, rounder mouthfeel and lack of dryness that I remember from the 80s when I had a DAB or DUB. This feels smoother but has a Noble hop punch in the front and sides of the tongue with the sweeter malts near the back. It’s also what the aftertaste is like: a Pils malt sweetness of bread. Overall, quite süffig and easy drinking, despite the bitterness. I alternate on sips thinking it’s first bitter, no, next sip, sweet Pils malt, and back and forth. It’s a beer that would stand up to a whole Maß and not lose my interest. It’s good, not world beating, but really good, savory and fulfilling. I imagine it would be a great beer to drink outside in the sun after a hike in the forest.
The only quibble is that I find it hard to believe a bottom-fermenting, clear golden beer like this was produced in 1649. I thought that didn’t occur until the 1800s, so is it pure marketing hype that this was brewed from a recipe from 1649?
KeefOz (879) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at Haus Heuport Cafe-Bar-Restaurant, Regensburg (local beer). Poured a clear golden amber colour with a two- to three-finger head that retained well and laced OK. Moderate carbonation, more so that other European beers tasted of late, with small bubble trails. Aroma mostly of sweet malt. Taste dominated by sweet malt. Light body. Ordinary.
fugitive (1328) - Athens, GREECE - APR 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Color clear dark yellow with medium white head. Aroma malt, grain, flowers, grass. Taste sweet, malt, flowers, grass.
kevnic2008 (7749) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
High creamy lasting white head. Hazy light yellow body. Banana fruit aroma. Watery fruity flavor. No hops bitterness
EithCubes (4811) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle by 02.02.2013. Grassy and dusty nose reminds of a recent Zoigl. Pale yellow with a rocky bright white head. Very light body. Faint citrus and malt, faint grass, faint everything.
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
It’s hazy, warm golden with a creamy, white head. The aroma has notes of grain and bread. The flavor has notes of hay, grain, slightly overripe fruit and the finish is slightly dry. It’s a bit out of balance.
kingstoni (1491) - FINLAND - JAN 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear golden colour with a white head. Malty aroma with some butter, hay and grass. This is like a little towards a smooth Czech Pils but with a more coarse finish. Lively carbonation.
nickd717 (3477) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Looks exactly like I’d want it to - clear bright golden yellow with a nice white head fading to a ring. Big hoppy aroma, grassy and grainy. The flavor is solid for the style if not too exciting. Sweet pale malt and grassy hops, fairly bitter and slightly sweet. Medium in body for the style with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. A respectable helles lager in all.