awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Irvine location. Reddish brown, transparent pour with a two finger layer of creamy tan head. Nutty, malty aromas with a dry toasty character. Light bodied, gently carbonated mouthfeel. More nutty flavors, but the malty base isnít very complex and has a bit of a sour taste to it. Finish has a bit of raw pear to it, followed by some more gentle nuttiness. Clean refreshing brew, but nothing interesting.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at La Mesa BJís. Reddish Brown with a decent head. Aromas were a bit weak, maltiness mostly. Flavor was better, with a more ponouced hoppiness than in the aroma. Defititly had lager charactaristics more than ale, but I understand an Altbier can be either a lager or an ale. OK stuff.
Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma= low aroma
Appearence= Dark copper, slight brown hints
Flavor= Nice strong hop flavor, although not backed by any malt this seems to be out of style. Hoppiness is spicy and tasty.
Palate= Medium -lt body
Overall= Very drinlable although missing the malt profile and heavy on hops, a good drinking beer but out of balance, more of an American dark lager (even thought this should be an Ale)
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft, BJís Laguna Hills, CA.
pours copper colored, clear, with a nice aroma. tasty mild flavor. very drinkable
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was on tap at BJís in Grossmont center. The beer poured a medium to light brown w/ golden orange highlights; thin lasting head and lacing. The aroma smelled of light fermented fruit, citrus and flowers w/ a hint of coriander. The flavor was grainy, soury from fermented light fruit w/ a hint of citrus and coriander. The mouthfeel was light and carbonated.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours reddish brown, no head, slight lacing. They poured this beer way too cold, I couldnít even taste it. I had to wait til practically the end of my meal before it was at a reasonable enough temperature for tasting/rating. Aroma is grainy with a bit of carmel. Flavor is quite dry with a taste of roasted grain. No bitterness present at all. A bit watery for an alt. Finish is clean and dry. Very mild ale, not impressed.
AlphaOmega (8) - USA - FEB 2, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice blend of hops and malt. A very earthy brew. I would recommend it to all who love ales. This is not for the weak of heart and requires many adventures away from the norm... ie, Bud, Miller, Corona, etc.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a off-white head that leaves no lacing and falls very fast. Pilsner-ish malt aroma, hints of straw, and a bit toasty earth/like. Taste was a bit watery, with a thinner mouthfeel. Light malt in the start, very earthy but bland. This brew finished with a floral hopped bitterness, slightly fruity. My girlfriend says this brew tastes like licking a barn floor (i really hope this wasnít based on experience), while iím not going to test this theorum, maybe there is something to that.