MustangMarkF (187) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500ml Bottle and Cask via The Harte and Magpie in Amersham. This quite simply my favourite lager and my favourite session beer. It is exquisite. Like its sister the Cotsworld Premium, this is an unpasterised lager that is so full of flavour. Its very hoppy on the nose and that transfers well to the taste and the palate. It is low in abv but it does not lose any of the taste of its stronger sister. Conversely it isnt over hopped which is a common problem with lower alcohol beers. If it wasn’t for the fact this is almost impossible to get where I live, Id be drinking it just about every session!
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 (Rating update: cask at The Jam Factory, tail end of the Oxford RB Crawl with Traci and Silk. Noticing hop aroma more on this than in previous samplings, though as Silk says, not sure I get Cascade. A worthy example of high flavor to abv ratio session beer.)Tap at the cheese festival in Cheltenham. Light gold with a nice dense cap. Light, earthy, a bit of angelfood cake aroma. Clean white bread malt, earthy hops. This was a really nice little lager. Very clean and unassuming, but with some surprising nice touches. A little warmer serving temp would let the hops show off a little more. (prev rating 3.5)
harrisoni (12066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Clear gold, thin white head. Light lemony aroma. Wow, very clean, very lemony, easy drinking, no bad flavours, no puke, no cardboard. It’s a very decent light lager. Good.
SilkTork (5013) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at The Jam Factory, Oxford. I didn’t quite get the cascade hops, but this is however a very pleasant lager. Clear, sweet malt. Nice lingering marmalade hops. Quite smooth and very tasty. Packed with flavour for such a low abv lager. This is really quite impressive.
Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap on the Saturday of the Cheltenham National Cheese Festival. Poured a light golden colour with a slim white head. Clean and refreshing and at such a reasonably weak strength this could be quite gluggable, but I’m not sure that it would have enough to keep me enticed. It was more flavoursome than many of rivals in this sector but it lacked a real depth of flavour though as Doppelganger states such coldness can hide some of the hoppier characteristics which are definately there but just hidden somewhat. Absolutely fine.
imdownthepub (9153) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, pasteurised, 500ml from Deddington Farmers Market, Oxon. Pale gold with white head. For a low ABV Pale lager this packs plenty of flavour punch, there are the Saaz hoppy lemony flavors with a crisp malty body. Really pretty well done for the beer type.
craigmarshall (2) - Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2009 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: citrus, floral. Appearance: clear straw, white foam. Flavour: clean, refreshing. Palate: light body, average carbonation. Very drinkable.
berkshirejohn (3959) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. A typical looking European lager, straw in colour with a fast fading white head leaving some light carbonation; however the nose and taste reveals lemony citrus flavours that make this very palatable. A good attempt at "real lager".
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to the bosses had at home. Alround rating: Buttery pale malt, lightly biscuity, herbal grassy drying hop, the yeast character adds to the floral butteryness. Alright and drinkable enough but need to sort out the diacetyl.
Theis (12129) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear yellow - white head. Zesty, light hoppy, light malty, freshness, light bitterness, cirtus, hay, straw notes. OK.