Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, bread, malt syrup), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of mushroom.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.
Clunky and funky, especially in the mouth (very watery and rather unpleasant in the aftertaste).
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2013 Draught at Brauerei Fischer in Greuth, Nov 2012: Rich golden yellow. Broken cap of white foam. Lemon verbena and candied fennel seed aromas compete with husky pils malt (wet hay) and a hint of popcorn. Soft and natural on the tongue. Bright lemony hop zing is curbed by strongly husky malt which brings to mind scorched hay. Pleasant scratch of herbality in the center matches the sassiness of candied fennel Spalt character. Closes limply haylike and prevalently husky with doughy yeast and some soapiness in the flawed finish. I regret that I just wasn’t captivated by this as much as my dear friend and drinking companion 3fourths. The audacious hop treatment is a welcome change of pace from most Franconian lagers, as it is certainly one of the hoppiest I have encountered. But digging deeply reveals a huskiness and other subtle misfirings which ultimately make this somewhat unenjoyable to my senses.
3fourths (6965) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at Brauerei Fischer in Greuth. juicy apricot / creamed tangerine / mango / melon / fresh-cut grass / peppercorn spice hop nose with a rich and ever-changing layer of must, minerals, dough, baked bread, toasted cereals, grass and flowers... unreal depth in the nose, and the flavor happily matches. peach, gum, lemon zest, dough, crackers and a touch of a diacetyl ala Bohemian pilsner... all with an exceptionally creamy texture and muted but pleasant pepper spicy phenols. full froth of carbonation is followed by a washing of acid, leaving a clean pale malt sweetness accompanied by stellar German hop spice and citrus fruit with quiet remnants of rustic Franconian lager yeast (and credit due to the water, of course!). wow. these things happen sometimes. the right batch or the right time of year, served fresh by the braumeister himself. from the scores here it’s obvious this doesn’t do well in the bottle, as kellerbier rarely does. but the draft ratings from years past (both score and comments from other raters well-versed in German beer) confirm that this beer, when in good shape, may be one of the best in Franconia.
downender (5191) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from a REWE in Forchheim. Clear gold in colour with next to no head. Aroma of strawberry, apricots and slightly buttery malts. Flavour had more fruit, some cereal notes and a moderately bitter finish. Butter aside, this wasn’t bad.
kevnic2008 (5724) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy gold. Sweet malt, butterscotch and caramel in the nose, soft and sweet in the mouth with more caramel and a gentle background hop bitterness.
EithCubes (4201) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Swing-top by 24.11.2012. Nose of sweet pale malt, pours clear dull golden with a sudsy off-white head. Taste is lightly bittersweet, perfect level of crispness in the medium body, malt is fresh and undulating and really shines through. Touches of orange peel, toffee, and butter. There are some low-level floral and straw tones, and it would easily slide along the spectrum of lagers, fitting in as a paler Märzen, an ultrasoft and darker Pils, a grittier springtime Bock or where it belongs, a textbook Kellerbier.
adnielsen (6226) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ Uncle Chris’ house in Fürth. Clear, dark golden appearance with a cream colored head. A little buttery, creamy, straw, pale malty aroma. Light citrusy, somewhat buttery, straw, sweet malty flavor. Tastes a little off.
Grzesiek79 (2365) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
roasty, grass, banana, floral, golden, cloudy, frothy, medium sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
Hermod (2205) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle, swing-top. BBE 05/2012. Poured clear golden with a thin head. Aroma is buttery, sweet malty and with some grainy notes. Flavor is very similar, buttery and malty. Low carbonation. Not very enjoyable.
Grima (1864) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - FEB 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kräftig goldgelbes Bier, welches seine feine Krone schnell verliert. Der Geruch ist erstaunlich malzig karamellig, kommt einem Bockbier oder gewissen tschechischen Bieren sehr nahe. Der Antrunk erfolgt sehr malzbetont, schmeckt wieder sehr tschechisch und ähnlich dem Fischer Bockbier. Der Abgang ist malzbitter, karamellig mit ner guten Portion Toffee. Bei einem Blindtest würde ich hier niemals auf ein Lagerbier tippen, eher auf ein Bockbier oder auf einen guten Tschechen. Absolut grandiose Braukunst!