Ernest (6185) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2003 Head is initially huge, frothy, rocky, off-white, fully lasting. Body is
hazy dark yellow, dense tiny/small particles, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers, lemon), moderately malty
(light bread, cookie), trace yeast (cobwebs), with a note of honey. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is
lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Absolutely delicious. I haven't had Andechs' hell yet, but this is surely a strong contender for best helles in the world. This is no ordinary Hallertauer...and that's probably my all time favorite hop even in its standard form. This is the most succulent variety I could imagine. Like a huge bouquet of fresh honeysuckle surrounded by sugar cookies and fresh bread.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit hazy,dark straw colored, little bits of particles floating throughout. Nice head and sticky lace. Mouth watering nose of german malts,hallertau hops and maybe even some saaz. Very clean with loads of malt and piles of zesty hops. I would like a bit more crispness but im nitpicking. Both the hops and malt linger on the palate making for a moderatley long, tasty finish....one to quaff on a hot day.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn impressive helles. The two days a week I have any interest in this style of beer are saturday and sunday. This makes a perfect start to a weekend day. Nice hoppy aroma, and then the goregous german style malt kicks in with bits of honey and straw, which I love in this style of beer. Then just enought hops come back to dry out the mouth and ask for another.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Hallertau aroma reminded me of sweaty gym socks. Anyway, the taste was fairly crisp and reminded me of a pilsner in a way.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice straw color with a good balance between hops & malt. A really good quaffer.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice head, straw color, rising carbonation, floral aroma. Medium body, some sweetness with hoppy spiciness and citric notes. Very nice.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big white head. Good lace. Nice aroma. The nose is a mix of hops and malt. Very refreshing. Dry. Very smooth. Good brew.