johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A copper coloured beer with little or no carbonisation.The head soon dissapeared leaving a malty very pleasant beer. Bitter but not overpoweringly so.A very nice alt.beer.
thedm (5496) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 133. This draft brew was sampled at the Manni's resturant in Fort Myers Florida. This brew poured a foamy head of finely sized off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent yellow orange colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mild and almost non-existant. The mouthfeel was nice and smooth with no bite from start to finish. The flavor was that of a decent brown beer malt but was thin and needed more.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Tawny amber coloured body with a white sudsy head. Distinctive kolsch malt flavours. Moderate bitterness that lasts a good while on the palate. Just can’t seem to shake the thing.
DanielBrown (4343) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught (gravity) at the Diebels brauhaus, Dusseldorf. Delicious, sweet, yet light brew. This tastes lagery, but is softer and with many more subtle flavours. The aroma, is marshmallowy, with a big frothy white head, and a nice creamy mouthfeel. This was the best alt which I tried in Dusseldorf.
MartinKubert (862) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark color. Nice balance in carbonation. Aroma a little hoppy. Round in flavor. Some crispy feeling.
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light, slightly fruity aroma ... gorgeous reddish amber in color, but head is almost non-existent ... light, hoppy start and a crisp, bitter finish ... Alcohol noticable on palate, along with a hint of pepper ... lighter than I thought it would be ... good, but not spectacular by any means.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light copper color. Decent head. Though this is quite light colored with virtually no aroma, it has a big malty taste. Really really good flavor.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice medium brown, decent head. Grainy aroma. Flavor is of simple malt, a touch of caramel, and some bitterness from the hops. Not complicated, but pleasant.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2003
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ok, so I don't drink coffe, but I'm trying to learn it and I think I'll master coffeedrinking before I do Altbier drinking if this is anything to go by.
Pours a dark copper reddish brown with a big tan head that recedes fairly fast leaving traces of lacing. Smells fairly nice, reminding me of the malt drink and orange soda that I have every christmas.
I wish it tasted that way. The overriding taste is that of coffee, or is that just burned malted barley? The aftertaste is soda like in a weird way and the body also. I don't know, I'll give up on trying to describe it although the taste, body and aroma seem to belong to three different beers.
I also think I'll give up on the bottle, even if the initial shock is wearing off. I'm simply not enjoying this one...
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a highly carbonated and crystal clear dark copper with a dense, light tan head that takes up a third of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is thin and malty, with roasted coffee being the most obvious. There’s also a bit of nuttiness, along with faint chocolate, metallics, and herbal hops. The flavor is a bit thin as well, with coffee and roasted grains leading the way, and hints of fruit, toffee, chocolate and nuts right behind. A lingering, herbal hop bitterness tries to provide a bit of balance. Ends with a metallic twinge and dark grain bitterness. It’s body is on the lighter side of medium, with a dry and lighty acidic finish. Overall, a fairly one-dimensional alt…there’s much better to be found.