TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewery, very carbonated, a clear straw yellow with a white foamy head. Floral hop aroma. Floral and herbacious flavours on a good clean palate. Refreshing - a top Pils.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahh, beautiful Bamberg in the summer sun. Has a bustling country town feel about it. Quick to drink this town is, it seems we woke later than the patrons of Fässla who were already bending elbows with this stuff in the early morning, a time I usually reserve for coffee and crumpet, maybe some pumpernickel. The first night of our stay here Deutschland won a group qualifier in the World Cup so Fässla Bräu simply roared for around 18 hours more, no sleep that night, this was the poison.
Vom fass into its own tall glass. Bright sunny gold body, light, fine streams of carbonation rose to a lovely, fluffy, snow-white head that held on and daubed long legs of froth down the glass. Obscenely clean nose of fresh cracked pepper, leafy herbs and grass, and just a touch of dry, summery grains underneath. Dry, raspy and grassy hops in the mouth add a zing to the slightly sour malt tones in the back. Layers of dry, gritty malts upfront and across the mid-palate. Good, firm bitter bite on the swallow, peaks and drops off with notes of eucalypt and bay leaves, and some more sour malt and hops. Very fresh tasting, the body is light, almost delicate, and it bounces ever so hastily across the palate. So clean and precise. I liked this, it suited the brewpub. A no-nonsense, anytime of day quaffer that made for a good night, with the inclusion of the raucous, lovable locals. A simple Pils, but a good one!!!
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught @ Fassla, Bamberg. Overly sweet with much reduced hopping compared to the lagerbier. Thin but heavy in stomach at same time. I didnt enjoy the beer too much but even so it was quite pleasant sitting in the courtyard drinking it.
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, as "Pils". Clear pale golden colour. Frothy white head. Metallic aroma. Not very malty. Medium to high bitterness, a bit rough. Thin mouthfeel.
EithCubes (4622) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Sweet aroma of flowery hops. Clear golden with a creamy white head. Taste is all about hoppy bitterness, light malt. Crisp, somewhat refreshing, light to medium body, light hoppy finish. Well-made Pils but nothing special.
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - AUG 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Frothy, white head, which diminishes mostly. Clear, yellow body. Aroma of light hops. Lightly bitter initial flavour, moderately bitter finish. Nice, refreshing pilsener, but not fancy or superinteresting.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Impressions from the schwemm:
-A ring of foam stands above the transparent, aqueous golden.
-Dry hay and herbal supporting hops make up most of the flavor profile.
-Very clean, watery, and frail-bodied, just too light and characterless for my tastes in pilsner.
-Aroma and flavor are consequential, no surprises here.
-Herbal hop bitterness lingers amicably.
-Tiny, spritzy bubbles can’t revive this serviceable, but too-easy-for-the-region pils.
On tap at the brewery.
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice crisp refreshing pilsner. smells fruity(citrussy) and herbal. tastes grassy, herbal and citrussy and ends in a good long bitter finish. not bad.
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Germany has a real beer culture, and Germans like to get an early start. It was not uncommon for me to be returning from an early morning walk after breakfast, to find the pub at Fassla packed with locals at 10am! When in Bamberg! I got pretty thirsty after a brisk walk, and found myself enjoying a few 1/2 liters of this beer, and felt no guilt drinking beer before Noon. Fassla Pils is a very well done, very balanced drinkable Pils with good hop and malt character, the type of beer you will want to have a few of.
Fassla Pils pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color with a nice, bright, white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is pleasing with crisp pilsner malt aroma, paired with grassy/herbal hop aromas. The palate is crisp with good pilsner malt flavor, on a very smooth and round body. Fassla Pils finishes with more crisp and grainy pale malt flavors up front, the ends with a grassy/herbal bitterness that balances out the malt character of this beer.
This is a tasty, smooth, very drinkable German Pils. A nice beer to enjoy a few liters of in the pub at Fassla, or a good beer to match up with a hearty Franconia meal in the rustic, wooden panel, pine table topped restaurant. Nothing over the top here, the type of beer just ideal for drinking more so than anything else. I really enjoyed this one, and this and their lager bier were the beers I started and ended my day with. It was hard not to, as all I had to do was literally walk down a flight of stairs from the second floor hotel, and I was in the pub and ready for a fresh draught of beer. If you ever find yourself in Bamberg, Fassla is well worth a visit. Its central location is really great, and it does not hurt that Brauerei Spezial is located directly across the street for when you crave a rauchbier.
joergen (19639) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow coloured with a small white head.
Aroma of malts, corn and hops with fruity notes.
Flavour of hops with notes of fruits and malts.