k0mpsa (1151) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at ccb, tampa. Clear golden color, white head. Malty aroma, some banana and fruits. Taste is quite normal lager, some hoppiness and fruits.
brv111 (5) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
has that dry german flavor, but with some citrus notes going on as well. Honestly, this is not my favorite type of beer, but for this type it doesn’t get much better. Nice beer for a hot day.
drpimento (2226) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good beer. Poured at a good temperature with a nice size, foamy, off-white head that didn’t last and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy yellow amber. Aroma is a bit faint, but has malt, hop,grain, spice. Flavor’s like nose, carbonic tang in front, then malt, hop, hint of sweet. Body is good, carbonation a tad sharp. Finish is like flavor, a little short, and very drinkable.
tectactoe (1871) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can: moderate golden-yellow body, mostly hazy & translucent in the middle with a fluffy white head that reduces to a skin over the course of a few minutes. Aroma contains good heaps of mild grains, fresh yeast, lemon zest, faint citrus spritz, & a touch of grass. Inherent "bready" element, likely from the pale malts. Taste has notes of lemon zest, lemongrass, & semi-bitter citrus peel along with musty grass & floral hops atop a backbone of bread, pale malt, & grain. Very faint "cheesy" note in the back-end, likely from the malt. Aftertaste of faint grass, buttery yeast, lemon, & honey, with a kiss of sweetness & a sharp, clean finish. Seeing Cigar City go from something like Hunahpu or Marshal Zhukov to this is quite impressive. Very nice American take on the Helles.
mike67 (788) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can. Pours pale straw with long lasting white head and lively carbonation. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of bready malt and herbal hops. Finish is medium and slightly bitter. I could drink this brew a lot during summer.
RRistow12 (255) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from can. Pours a pale slightly hazy yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of mostly grass and straw. Small citrus notes with maybe a hit of yeast/bread. Taste is moderately sweet with grass and grains. Some mild spices and yeast flavors. Minimal bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a crisp and sweet mouthfeel. Compared to american macro lagers this blows it out of the water. You don’t get that skunky aftertaste. This is definitely a sessionable beer. Would be great on hot days. Goes down very smooth. Great for its style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JBPortland (779) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can, thanks to cparles! Pours hazy pale yellow gold with 2 finger head. Nose is fruity citrus, lemon, orange. Mouthfeel is malty, full. Taste is orange, cereal, citrus, some spices, apple, pear. Finish is mild fruity bitterness, grains, cereal, pear. Interesting, and good!
ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a slightly hazy yellow body with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is pale malts, red fruits, green apples and hints of straw and cider. Taste is pale malts, marzipan, honey and hints of grains and straw. Light to medium body, slightly fizzy carbonation. Half-decent, but too sweet and not very exciting in its overall profile. Would choose many beers over this for session freshness.
arminjewell (6175) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour on tap at GABF, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought some cracker, biscuit, bready notes, hints of slight grass, touch of grainy notes, pretty standard here. Taste is a mix of cracker, biscuit, spice and yeasty notes, slight grainy tones, finishing fairly clean, dry.
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cracker), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers), with light notes of DMS and gum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation.
Other than a collaboration beer I had a few years ago that I don’t remember the name of, this is my first CCB brew. And a good thing that it’s a light lager, because it’s a very difficult style to make really well. If a brewer can make a good, clean, vibrant hell or pils, that’s really saying something...not so much an imperial stout or double IPA, which suffer flaws much easier. And on top of all that, I am especially fond of German lagers and have visited the country many times to quench that thirst. So this seemed like an excellent brew to sorta pre-judge forthcoming CCB products that will be rolling out here in Colorado. The result? Well, it’s somewhere in between disappointing and surprising. It’s not as bad as feared, but not as good as hoped. It’s kinda syrupy sweet, it’s kinda fizzy, and it’s not terribly clean. It just seems like not all that much love went into this...which is sad, because the best helles I’ve had have been mind-blowing. On the other hand, it *does* have some aromatic allure, a nice floral hop bouquet that’s thankfully not Americanized. In a blind tasting, you might indeed think it came from Germany. But in the end, it’s just kind of...well...uninspired. Compared to a hundred random pale lagers from Germany, this would be middle-of-the-road...which is pretty good for a young American brewery, no doubt. Hopefully their ales will fare better.