hopscotch (10522) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, straw-colored brew. Small, creamy white head.
Lightly malty and floral nose. White pepper and jalapeno included.
The taste is mild, light and well-balanced. Very astringent.
Light-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, dry finish.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy light chartreuse. Chunky, meringue-like foam. Elegant aroma of cane sugar, wood, faint spices, phenols, dessert apples, fresh biscuits, wet cotton, matchstick, mint, and pine. Beautiful malt nuances beneath a layer of funky Saaz and subtle tropical fruits. Soft, airy, resinous mouthfeel. Only the slightest bit of crispness. Fascinatingly balanced earthy hop interplay paired with a lovely cane sugar sweetness. Round hops emerge after a coarse touch of earthy, piney hops. Lingering earthy, piney flavors alongside a dab of hay and peach doused, raw bready malts. Wet, herbal, and light salty finish accompanied with spruce notes and luscious pale malts. Not as dry as I expected, but it remains appetizing. This has everything I have ever wanted in a pilsner, and is a stunningly classy, flavorful rendition of an all-to-often misunderstood style.
rauchbier (3731) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle conditioned, or unfiltered. Pale gold with faint haze. Good rocky white head and good condition. Muted aromas of malt and hops that have a faintly apple edge and an almost Orval like yeastiness. In the mouth it is madly hop bitter but never gets out of balance, with a spicy pepperiness adding some depth. Finish is long hoppy and chalky.
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost as good as a Pilsener can get - Has a long-lasting head and a dark yellow color
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy dark yellow colour, nice head. Lovely hoppy and lightly acidic aroma (grapefruit). Wonderful balance between the malty sweetness and the LONG very bitter finish. Considering the style, this is as good as it gets!
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2003 Pleasant herbal smell, somewhat bitter but very smooth with little aftertaste. Fairly strong for a pilsener; comes in a pretty fancy bottle as well.
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity, spicy scent. Malt aroma. Light head, light colour. Taste is well balanced, malty and smooth. Hoppy finish.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2005 bottle. hazy golden body with a marvelous white frothy head and sticky white lace. grainy aroma with plenty of floral hops. very good balance. flavourful malts and adequate hopping. lingering bitter finish. I think this is a prime example of the style.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy yellow w/ big, fluffy white head. Piney, herbal (lemon grass) nose. Smooth, buttery feel. Lovely bread and butter malt flavour giving way to a whack of hops in the finish. Very nicely structured.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very fruity aroma. Pours a cloudy golden colour with a thin head. Slight citrus taste with lots of hop bitterness. Christ awful its not.