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Brewers & Union Unfiltered Helles Lager

Collective São Gabriel
Brewed at Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
CapeTown, Western Cape, South Africa


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A mass-market brewery simply could not make a beer like this. Unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bursting with flavor, it has phenomenal body and freshness. Hazy to the eye, and full on the palate. 6 week brewing time. Barley, yeast, hops and water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2014
(bottle) Almost cloudy, pale golden colour with a big but collapsing foamy white head. Strawy pale malty nose with doughy and slightly grainy accents, backed by traces of grassy hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Slightly yeasty pale malt character with doughy and strawy spots, subtle fruity and grassy notes; mildly sweet and slightly bitter hoppy finish with grainy notes in the aftertaste. Okay, but nothing to seek out for. 20.IX.14

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle.Pours straw yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt, hay, some flour and herbs. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some bread, floral notes and grains. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (13750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. A hazy, pale golden beer topped by a small, white head. It’s slightly wortish on the nose, grainy and with a nice fruityness. Grass and hay. A bit sweet on the palate I think, with pale malts, fruityness and some pine cones and grass. Medium body and a pleasant carbonation. Fruity, grainy finish with a little acidic touch. A decent one, although a bit boring. 140927

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Meilby (7808) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle 500ml @ Geokkjer
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain and floral. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light to medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gazza_b13 (6) - - SEP 11, 2014 does not count
Refreshing lager, no particular aroma to speak off, cloudy unfiltered appearance, easy tasting very easy on the palate, a session beer of note, nothing like the usual bland mass produced industrial lagers

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brewfoolery (19) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle purchased in Cape Town, ZA in July 2014. Unfiltered pour shows golden almost honey hue. Sweet pils nose with body of a well brewed helles. Aftertaste is somewhat thin and residual leaves slight metallic note.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
Unclear golden lager with a little foam. Sweet and malty aroma. The taste is bland malty with a slightly acidic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorgeLee (1228) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from Whole Foods Piccadilly. Light yellowish golden colour with a haze and a thick white head. Fresh modestly hoppy aroma. Very pleasant and drinkable lager, it is fresher and less chemically than your average macro. Soft malt, I felt it just played with being hoppy and erred on the side of caution.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JanLaursen (3159) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2014
Flaske, 50 cl. Uklar bleg gylden med et lille hvidt skum. Dufter er mere i retning af hvedeøl end af lagerøl med noter af banan, nelikker, citron, hø, græs. Ret sød i munden, nærmest idt lidt klæg. Drukket i dag, glemt i morgen.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Wanja (618) - GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
Bottle (0.5l) at Cape Town, South Africa... Under-average Helles, metallic aftertaste... Nothing special...

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