Derek881 (946) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer had a very light, super clear gold color with rising bubbles and a large, foamy, white head with decent retention, lighter cling and lacing. Its aroma had a strong malt and barley adjunct scent with bits of straw, corn, and yeast. The taste was a deep bitter grainy-corny blend with a sour mash component, which was pretty bad. It was a lighter, thinner beer with a fairly lively mouthfeel and a dry, thin finish. My first beer from Turkey, not a good one.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, at Istanbulu in Teale Square, MA, 2013
Foamy white head, fizzles away to cover/ring rather quickly, topping a pale gold body that is clear and well-carbonated.
Actual hops in the nose, lightly spicy, a touch floral and minty-like, but also a bit of oxidation (cardboard) and some metallic notes. Little bit of seltzer-like saltiness and then a hint of malt (honey). Not bad at all, certainly less offensive than many of the style, with no DMS or vegetal flavors. That you can smell actual hops is always a pleasant surprise.
Very very carbonated, leading to a light body, with some notes of vanilla/honey-like maltiness, very sparse and well-attenuated. Bit of bitterness on the finish and a bit of oxidation, but no gross flaws here (just some acetyldehyde). Quite drinkable, especially in part to the carbonation and grassiness from the hops.
hens (493) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - MAR 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
0.5L can. Pale yellow, small top. Light euro hop aroma. Lightly bitter, watery, slow malt. Quite watery finish.
SimonTja (97) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours bright yellow with small head. Smells a bit skunky, some alcohol, some hay. Seemingly not too much malt in this pilsener. A bit overcarbonated.
killroy (35) - BULGARIA - JAN 27, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Light yellow with thin head. Malty taste, nothing special. Ordinary pale lager.
migwell (30) - - MAR 10, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Monopoly beer of Turkey. Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol, and Turkey is 99% Muslim... and so what do you expect from their national beer? Not much, and that’s what you get. I stayed with some New Zealander friends in Istanbul, who were starting a stay of 6 months in the city, as I prepared to embark on a 2 month cycle tour of the country. We all loved beer drinking and went out and had a few. I came back at the end of the tour and they had sworn off beer, thanks to Efes and were drinking cocktails. As for me, I was still into beer, as long as it wasn’t Efes! Poor national monopoly beer that could be easily killed by competition, if there was any.
Ed5388 (1734) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours a fizzy pale yellow color. No aroma. Taste of lemon, grain, and corn.
sturmthis (232) - USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
5 L bottle in Berlin. Grainy smell. Slight straw color. Bitter taste. Below average pils.
Beerhunter111 (5636) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, leicht hopfig bitter. Geschmack leicht malzig, leicht bitter, getreidig, wässrig.
gmonroe10 (224) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a yellow; head is quite nice, large and white. Nose is malt, bit sourish. Below average pils