Bulk_Carrier (3174) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - JUL 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had this well before the brewery closed.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a decent looking golden yellow color with a fair transparency about it. Light carbonation could be seen rising. One finger white foamy head died within less than a minute. Light lacing.
The smell had light sweet malt and light bread.
The taste was semi- sweet with delicate breadiness.
The palate had some decent sessionable qualities about it. There was a light carbonation about it.
Overall, decent Munich Helles Lager.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. The fizzy white head began to climb out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, not a good sign. Pours a clear light copper body with a small fizzy white head that fell to a thin film. The nose is a little off, sweaty and wet soggy grain with a little bit of a grape soda note and zero hops. The flavor is clearly showing a moderate to heavy level of infection. There’s a slight sour twang up front that leads to a musty spoiled grape soda finish. No hops anywhere to be found. Light bodied with a clingy and sticky finish and fizzy over active carbonation level. What a bummer, I was looking forward to this beer, they clearly have some QC issues that they need to look into. Doesn’t look like I was the first to experience this. Can’t even finish 3 ounces of this bottle.
puboflyons (2788) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the 25 fl. oz bottle. The pour is a slightly hazy light amber with a carbonated white fizzy head. The aroma is a bit yeasty at first but there is a pure biscuit malt character up front with a crisp hop note lingering in the background. The body is light. The taste begins like biscuits but quickly evolves into a moderate hop bitterness. A decent premium lager.
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle: This one pours a Slightly hazy golden color. There was quite a bit of a big white head on it that doesn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Lighter aroma to this one, though not bad. Some grainy and grassy notes. Possibly a hint of breadiness and yeastiness also. The taste is not bad. More towards a medium body. Some grains, malts, hint of earthiness and a touch of bitterness. A decent enough lager. Probably not worth the price charged for it, however.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 500mL Bottle, purchased at Ron’s Market - Farmington, ME. I wouldn’t have bought this, if I had seen the ratings beforehand, but having purchased and tried it, I’m really surprised to see the previous ratings so low. I don’t think this is terrible Premium Lager. Light malty aroma. Sweet and lemony. A little corn and a little vinous quality throughout. Crisp and sparkly. A nice clean snappy bitterness picks up the finish. This seems like fine Helles to me. Balanced, clean flavors, and bold enough not to just be a watery corn-laden mess. I’ve got another bottle to revisit, so we’ll see if my opinion changes. If I had to guess, I think the first runs had some kinks and that most raters got poorly handled bottles. 7/3/8/3/16 = 3.7
500mL Bottle, purchased at Bootlegger’s Warehouse - Topsham, ME. Another bottle from a different source proves that there is some variability in condition and possible batches. This was sweet, overcarbonated, and less enticing. The hops were lost to a bit of bubblegum. I still think that there’s some potential, with refinement. 7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME. Pours a clear, golden colored body with a thin, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is slightly bready pale malts with a light floral hopping and lots of honey cereal malts. Flavor is similar. Honey sweetened cereal and pale malts up front with a light breadiness and a light floral hopping. Finishes a bit sweet while drying with a very light bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a light body and a medium-light carbonation. Overall, a pretty basic, slightly honey sweetened pale lager. Not terrible, but far from good.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. The nose brings forward some sweetness and a bit of a creamed corn character, leading me to think this could be a blonde or a cream ale. A bit of grain and some light hop bitterness through the finish. Could be a less-than-hoppy APA. Quite grainy. Slightly-bitter aftertaste. Light body. Not a huge fan.
jimhilt (2516) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy, pale amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Hay nose, sweet hay and bread flavor. $5.80 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
nimbleprop (6661) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 50cl bottle that pours a hazy deep gold with a cloudy white head. Nose is garbage honey, smoke, mint. Flavor is spearmint smoke, wet pine needles, grossness. Thin, smokey finish.
sonnycheeba (4629) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with frothy, white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is sour malt, squash, and straw. Flavor matches the nose. Light body and warmth with medium carbonation.