TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Multiple samples at the brewpub over the years, most recently in Dec. 2015: Hazy brick-rust appearance. Clingy and tight eggshell head. Restrained aromas of toasted hay and breadcrust with hints of plum and wax. Fairly soapy, as well. Soft and fluffy carbonation. Flimsy body. Deep maltiness unfolds with rich breadcrust flavors right out of the gate alongside a subtle and well-integrated plumlike twang. Waxy slickness sneaks in, however, and negates the toasty dextrins. Residual sugars emerge in the form of raisiny fruitiness and lend just enough depth to round out the body, though the malt comes across as rudimentary and papery / damp haylike at times. Malt does show flashes of sophistication, though, as the Munich and Caramel interplay reveals a pecanlike earthiness. Finishes papery with some plum jelly and minimal Spalt-derived woodiness from the scant hop presence. These later batches are pretty much how I remember this tasting in the past. The potential is certainly here, and thankfully there is no diacetyl or DMS, but the execution comes up short. A mostly basic example.
hawanna (3017) - Freising, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle cereal, smoke, herbs, red, hazy, rocky head, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, salty, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,
KyotoLefty (8922) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery. Dark gold to orange, cloudy, with a tall, airy head. Slightly yeasty nose, oranges, biscuits, some honey and pineapple. Doughy and a bit worty, oranges, peaches, melon, pineapple. Nice fruitiness. Decent. Not great, but pretty solid, unlike the pils. Soft, herbal, prickly bitterness. Better than they have been doing lately, according to the recent ratings.
Koelschtrinker (16284) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 5, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Weich herber Beginn, spritzig. Wenig blumig im Mittelteil, wässrig und langweilig werdend. 9/8/9/8//8
Beerhunter111 (15272) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Brewpub. Trübes orangegoldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, würzig, fruchtig hopfig. Geschmack kräftig malzig, leicht würzig.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at the brewery, november ’14. lightly hazed golden with a lingering fluffy head; aroma of dandelion tea, light passionfruit vine, generous, slightly tinny bitterness; fresh and vigorous; tasty stuff
Dedollewaitor (15386) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap @ Brewpub. Pours clear dark golden with a white head. Melted lurpak, insane butter. Thin and really nasty!
harrisoni (16841) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Now no one recommended this place and said the beer was full of diacetyl. The lager is fine not too exciting but some ok hop sting on the finish. In fact it’s fine. Aroma is ok and it’s a little empty in the mouth but then I am comparing it to other Franconia beer. Compared with virtually every other 4.2% lager in the world this is outstanding. Good enough. Malty slightly hoppy slightly empty
blipp (7898) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Served in a ceramic mug with a fluffy, slightly off white head. Pale grainy malty base, light earthy hops, and just a hint of sweetness. Not bad.
downender (7756) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Memmelsdorf, 18/7/2012. Deep gold with a decent, off-white head. Sweet, caramel and red fruit aroma with a touch of leafy hop. Flavour was also sweet and malty, with a toffeeish edge and gently bitter finish. Very refreshing on a hot summer’s day.