Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Typical Cisco charming looks. A light golden, gently hazy body covered by a delicately laced, gigantic white well shaped head. Delicious soft pilsner malt showdown bringing one layers of doughy yeastiness in abundance. Growing likeable biscuity character, almost chewy despite the general airiness. Approachable tartness akin to summer of lager, gently lemony with stoney, closing onto mineral Cisco house character. Very floral finish, hay-like and as refreshing as it gets. Tartish yet not so crisp citric bite. Light-medium bodied, saturated carbonation. Plain good.
Earlier Rating: 9/9/2005 Total Score: 4
I’ve been looking for this beer for a while and the fact that it came in 750s had somehow always eluded me, an helles in 750s? Ain’t that the way to go? Anyway, it is particularly beautiful to look at, the full carbonation is not as agressive as your average Cisco, but it obviously raises a mamooth of a white head with mountainous lacing and rockiness. The body is fully hazy, golden. Surprising sourdough and angel cake (first time I use this describor and coincidentally, I see my buddy Clark mentions it also) maltiness dancing up the nostrils along with strong lemony, grassy and floral saazy hops. Whereas the bready toasted malts are drier than you’d expect despite slight honeyish hints, the hops kick in gracefully, unagressively. Medium bodied, rather crisp high carbonation. It doesn’t get much more refreshing, could actually be world-class if it were not of the overly attenuative Cisco yeast strain that procures such high carbonation (though that’s really okay here) and almost metallic (or more so battery alkalinity) dryness. It’s too bad, because it is one of the rare strains I can think of that brings a natural acidity that I enjoy, it just gets a bit overdone most of the time. Drink it when you’re in the mood for a tart, yeasty, sourdoughy lager and you’re in for a treat.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty, lemon citrus aroma with just a hint of what I will call "funkiness." Pale, cloudy yellow with a thinning white head. Nice and tart lemon flavor with noticable malt. Watery, crisp and dry finish. An interesting lager. Thanks JPDIPSO.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed straw colored liquid. Fluffy off white head. Light aromas of white grapes that are slightly acidic. Hints of pale grainy malt in the background. Flavors match with the aromas. A quenching summer brew. Has some landbier qualities. Interesting brew.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milwaukee YEHa!05, provided by JPDIPSO. Apricoty body, thin off-white head. Fruity aroma, with white grape and pear, quite phenolic, with lemon notes as well. Lemony body with earthy hops, biscuity and bready, with white grapes. Carbonation was a bit strong; this would have been better with softer carbonation, as the lemony, creamy body would have been emphasized. Still, this was a pretty nice lager.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, unfiltered and muted pale gold in color with melting ice sheets as the head. Light lemon shortbread aroma, along with cream cheese, crescent rolls and lemon Jolly Ranchers. Sweet, succinct and inviting. Interesting first quaff. Bready, to say the least, enforced by low fat crescent rolls and herbal lemon tea. Soft malt footsteps pitter-patter to a beat that’s synchronized with my heart’s content. Lemon capers and summer coolers. Such an enjoyable and excellently executed lager. Thanks for bringing this one, JPDIPSO!
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a light straw colored murky body with a thin white head. The aroma is light. Citrusy and fruity/perfumey/grainy. The flavor is light with some citrus and hay. Light grains. Not really that impressive, but great for the style. The palate is tart and malty. Light and smooth.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a straw hazy color w/ a whispy white head and some light lacing. Smells of perfume hop lightyly grainy some straw. Even palate some decent coating. yeast and light fruit some light grain
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - courtesy of slob. Muddled gold with a medium frothy white head. Very attractive body on this, like an autumn sunset. Nose is citrusy and grassy with light hay notes and pear. Bit of tangerine as well. Taste is tarter than expected but still nice. More tangerine notes, light lemon zest, bit of grassiness, hay, yeast, and sweet malts. Big fruits on this, though. Body is light and smooth. Mild carbonation feel despite how it bubbles up when poured. Finishes with more tart fruits (lemon, tangerine, bit of orange), bit of grass, maybe lemonade, sourdough bread, yeast, light honey sweetness and straw. Very nice!
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2013 The Lure:
A towering head and its sticky lacing à la Czech tap pint emulate spray-painted fake snow. They protect the delicate herbal hop perfume within, and make you inspect for subtle straw maltiness. Dryness is suspected and a grassy brush detected.
Hay-like malts and herbaceous hops grow within. Flavors are not too upfront, which makes for very easy drinking, but in the end it maybe lacks some pils malt depth, as well as hop bitterness to completely satisfy me in this category.
A flower swaying in the wind.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle via trade with IMtheOptimator - Thanks Andrew! - Pours beautiful golden color with a nice 5 inch foamy white head that stays well and laces the glass. Aroma is dough, a bit of lemon, and some grassy hops. Flavor is bready, dough, yeast, light malty, with a fair grassy hop finish. Palate is crisp clean and quite carbonated. I really think this beer is intended to have that touch of lemon. It is pretty tasty. I enjoyed this brew enough to drink the entire 750ml. Nice..