JaKeAFC (709) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Golden yellow body, clear, with small but lasting white head. Light malts aroma, some citrus and straw. Low carbonation and light bitterness, thin body, not interesting.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a golden yellow. Aromas of malts/hops and maybe a hint of some citrus.
EHSRanders (1857) - Tjele, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Clear yellow colour with medium creamy white mostly lasting head. Weak Malty aroma. Sweet flavor. Bitter finish.
Bontus (693) - Flanders, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on bottle and on cans @ Malta. Pours sparkling yellow, pale golden, with a thick white head. Crispy, bit grassy but clean aroma’s. Good refreshing lager. It’s a bit sweeter than the regular one. But it’s a minor difference.
Metalchopz (2606) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Originally rated September 2008. This Mediterranean brew is made for the warm climate this country has. It pours a light yellow colour with a big foamy white head, that actually stays a while and leaves lacing all over (in weird shapes of all kind). The aromas are a little malty with a slight twist of citrus. Decent carbonation composed of many small bubbles that keeps on going strong. The taste is pretty light, with some grain flavour and a metallic finish. Not much aftertaste, maybe a bit of bitterness. Refreshing for that tempature (like mentioned) and nice to try a beer from Malta, but that is about it.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Malta Festival outside European Parliament (Brussels). Orange body with short, fuzzy head. Quite a malty nose and toasty. Taste is quite sweet of sweetbread. Some bitterness. Not bad at all.
JohnRMurdoch (3788) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hoppy aroma. Cloudy golden yellow colour. Bland dry hoppy flavour. A very average lager.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Typical clear, golden straw color with a lot of bubbles and a large foamy, sticky white head. Pretty good retention that eventually settles into a thin sticky layer of lace.
S - Good Pilsener malt and a bit of bready aroma. A fair amount of herbal and floral hops as well. Sweet malt aroma is most dominant though; however, it doesn’t really have the vegetable, corny, adjunct smell I was somewhat expecting.
T - Starts with a touch of grainy taste. Quickly some floral and herbal hops come out. A touch of grassy hops and mineral taste comes out mid sip with the sweet malt taste in the background. Finishes with a bit of a bready taste and some grassy hops. Clean taste, but a little thin and light on flavor, especially at the beginning of the sip, as it finishes a bit stronger.
M - Light to medium body (a bit more heft than I was expecting) with a healthy amount of carbonation. Pretty crisp and just a bit of a drying finish.
D - Pretty drinkable beer. A fair amount of hops on a nice Pilsener malt base. Very refreshing and goes down easy. I would drink another if it was given to me, but it doesn’t necessarily make me want another one.
Notes: Best before July 2010. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a lager from Malta, but I wasn’t expecting much. This was better than was I thought it may be though. Solid lager taste without a vegetable/corny/adjunct taste. The taste was a bit light and thin for me though. That said, it is an easy to drink and decent tasting beer with a fair amount of hops for the style. I don’t think I would search for it, or probably even get it again (unless it was on sale), but I would drink it again if I was offered.
Travlr (15889) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught in Aviano, Italy. Bright yellow. Crisp peppery taste. Typical lager. Not bad, but not very interesting.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A Mes rate: bottle at the ever brilliant Chris O’s Pre GBBF Extravaganza.
Pale gold, thin white head. Faint watery malt, lots of diacetyl and vegetables. Bloody awful.