ClubGonzo (4522) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Pours a clear pale golden body with a small white head. Nose is pale malts and massive amounts of buttery diacetyl tones. Holy Macaroni, it ain’t often you get this much diacetyl in a commercial beer; these guys must have been in a hurry to bottle! :-P Taste is pale malts, red berries, grass and still loads of sweet, buttery diacetyl tones. Not good. Light body and carbonation. By far the worst for me so far, from this otherwise rather capable Scottish brewery.
jd543 (417) - SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden colour. White head. Quite watery. Light citrus hoppy aroma. Fairly bland lagery taste.
kiwianer (3427) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Th head is robust, the body golden. It smells a bit hoppy, sweet and mild. The taste is mild, sweet, malty, a little bit boring. 12/10/9/9/11/9
Stuartyboy (807) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at cumberland bar pale golden with a white head taste is biscuit with cereal and grassy notes crisp and refreshing premium lager
kingstoni (1674) - FINLAND - MAY 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma of sugary malt with notes of lemon. A bit muddy, sugary taste. Sticky feel.
unstablefable (227) - SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pale golden, with a large white head, aroma is lagery, taste is light sweet cereals. Light carbonation, nice
flying_pig (1074) - SCOTLAND - JAN 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
£1.70 from Tesco for 500ml:
Biscuit and grain with a grassy hops aroma and a few malts thrown in as well. It is quite floral and refreshing with a few mild fruits and a little citrus too.
Golden colour with a centimetre tall, bubbly white head on top and a clear body. Retention is not bad, it only reduces a fraction in the opening minutes.
Biscuit malts, grassy hops and some light apple to begin, there is also some grain and grassy hops in there along with some mild fruit and a touch of citrus from the nose.
Medium bodied with carbonation about the same, the beer is refreshing and it feels slightly creamy too with a light bitter finish.
A nice lager taste with some light malts and a few fruits coming through as well that managed to give it a little bit of depth and something slightly different. This was one that went down fairly well and would make a good session lager.
rosenbergh (8076) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. 4.5%. Lot #136. BBE 03/13. (Prisma) Tampere, Finland.
Cloudy golden colour with small to average sized greyish white head.
Piney and citrusy hops and malt in aroma.
Flavour is mildly citrusy and grassy hoppy and balancing malty.
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Theydon_Bois (11643) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on the train from Edinburgh - 08/12/12.
Lightly hazed mid blonde with a thin white head that retains well.
Nose is pale malt, light hops, touch of honey, citrus notes.
Taste comprises light floral notes, touch of caramel, honey, hops.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, light bitter finish.
FatPhil (10090) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2015 500ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki) at 4.5%
Initially quite a nice grainy aroma, reminds me of some of the Lithuanian micro lagers (some of which also have some hybrid aspects). Later it gains some honey. In the mouth, it’s got even more more ale-like aspects, though still more lagery, the retronasals are packed with floral and perfumey aspects, but with a fair estery component too. It’s a slightly thin palate, but not quite watery, there’s enough to make it smooth, even though there’s quite lively carbonation - gives you quite a tingle, about which see later. The taste is fairly simple, it’s a very good tasty organic light graininess, a touch husky, some wooliness, a little earthy and yeasty too. The finish has a very nice biting bitter tingly finish. I swirled some carbonation out, and the tingle from the hops remains there just as clearly. Nice fresh hops, but alas a little thin. With the fullness of the body, I think I’d call this a Bohemian Pilsner, if I had to categorise this on RB; however, the ale aspects are enough that I could happily call this a hybrid. Very good for a lager, but still a touch watery than thin. I wonder if the 5% version’s got more balls?
Rerate: 500ml bottle (Poseidon, Helsinki) (6:4:6:4:13=3.3)
Pale, but hazy, small head. Simple malty aroma. Taste equally simple, bready. But This is nice. This is th bread you enjoy, not the crap your parents fed you. Palate lovely and smooth. Taste simple but bready and delicious. The best thing is the finish, as the biting bitterness is as shocking as an hebenero, this has totally brutal bitter hops, if you don’t like that, stay away. Shame about the feeble malty aroma, that part’s a bit too starchy. This may be 4.5%, but with those hops, this is a great way to end the evening.