GenDV138 (5988) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
3-4 ounces as part of the beer sampler at Chateau Kamiya’s La Terrace restaurant. Clear straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, lemon, wheat, light herb. Tastes of lemon, citrus, wheat, floral, grain, malt. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught - Pitcher at Brewpub - RBJG#2. Clear yellow - white head. Hay, straw, bread, zesty, light mouldy notes, sweetness, grainy, some bitterness, dusty notes.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Lightly toasted honeyed sugars dominate this Pilsener’s wooden, spicy hops in this full-bodied example.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty pale blond.
-The nose does not foreshadow any crispness ; and the mouthfeel confirms that impression.
-This is way too shy on the hop front.
-The malt toastiness is harmonious with the wooden hop character.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.
AndySnow (6723) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Chateau Kamiya. Clear golden colour with a small white head and some lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Clear weak malt flavour.
Travlr (21441) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the source. Hazy golden color, huge fluffy white head. Aroma of white pepper and straw. Taste is bitter straw.
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Tap at the brewery. Pale blond, slightly cloudy, beige creamy head. Aroma flour, grainy. Taste similar, quite dry and crisp. Biscuit malty with touch of sweetness in there. Not bad for a style I am not wild about. Perfectly nice.
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - NOV 27, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I found this to be the least engaging of the CK beers. Very malty in a german vein, without a big enough hop dose to balance it. I like my pils big and hop bold or soft and smooth in the czech style. This really needs a bit of tweaking IMHO.
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, mail order from the brewery.
Deep golden color with a tall, fine head. Clear. Relatively rich, fragrant aroma of malt and hops; fruity, a bit buttery, very good hops. Hop-centered flavor. Malt is no slouch, but the hops are very good and the malt is simple and clean in the background. A bit fruity as well, with just a touch of citrus. Dry finish of malt and hops, not very bitter and very clean, though not “dry” and tasteless. Light, crisp beer with decent flavor and great balance. Very good overall, though not amazingly interesting. Aroma is better than taste.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 mL ‘pull’ cap bottle…straight from Japan via Santa’s (IslandHaole) USPS box, Cheers!: clear shinning straw, with an incessant mass of streaming bubbles throughout the body…feeding a thin bleached white head. Fresh, Sweet-Tart, white grape juice and candy sugar aroma…wow – refreshing, unique…I like it! Sourish flavours tingle the palate…there is an interesting sweetness that mixes with this bitterness…but in the end lingers a freshness. I really dig the way the fresh and sour flavours play. Well done.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 26, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
As my much more learned colleagues have mentioned, this is a hazy golden color, but just a slight haze. To me, it has the aroma of one of those handmade honey soaps you'd find at Body Shop or some ritzy shop, or a scented candle. Has an interesting sweet flavors with some tart to balance, as well as the mild hops my European friends mention. I've yet to taste the Helles from this brewer but this is their best of the three I've tried.