Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle from Sparky, thanks again E!) Pours out a semi-clear reddish brown color with a towering cream colored head that settles to a nice medium cap with a lot of lacing. Really enjoyed being greeted with toasted grain, roasted nuts, cocoa (Co-Co Krispies cereal to be exact), and musty lager yeast. Not much else beyond that, but there doesn’t need to be when it’s this good. Somewhat reminiscent of a brown ale. Shades of Fitger’s Beaver Bay. Flavor doesn’t disappoint, with tastes of cocoa, toasted almonds, faint caramel sweetness, and toasted cereal grains on the finish which gently continues for quite some time. Mouthfeel is nothing short of perfect. Holy hell this is good.
Radek Kliber (6616) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where and how: Bottle 500 ml - Virginia Beach
Aroma herbal noble nose with sweet darker malts. Very clean.
Top: medium, lasting , creamy of white cap.
Base: hazy amber brown.
Palate : smooth, good drinkability with medium body, mid walls.
Taste: mild hop note , dark rye bread like feel. Sweeter base. Clean.
Other notes Drinkable mild unfiltered dark lager. Clean and refreshing.
AGknights44 (20) - - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fliptop bottle poured into glass. Nice head and good retention. Caramel, bread, toast flavor and aroma. Medium carbonation. Light chocolate and nut. Very solid dunkel
mike5326 (1111) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a cold bottle, dark cloudy molasses color, medium tan head. Smells of fruit and minerals. Smooth taste, slight bitterness with a roasted candy taste.
Boekanier (57) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear brown/reddish beer. The foam unfortunately dissappears quite quickly. The best aspect of this beer is its aroma: a really good malty character. The taste is a bit disappointing and pales to insignificance compared to the aroma. The aftertaste is nice though and contains a sweetish bitterness.
stevoj (2818) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance is lacking on this, as it poured with foamy head that faded very fast. Color is of murky cola. Aroma is malt, nuts, brown sugar. Taste is sweet, malt, nuts. Overall mouthfeel seems watery and sweetness is the most notable lingering flavor
jfb (4559) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 30, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) pours a hazy dark ruby-amber colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of light roasted malts and dark fruit, very starchy, with lots of chestnut honey and bread crusts. flavour is more mellow, roasted malts and caramel, again quite starchy, with only a hint of grain. medium-bodied with average carbonation.
maxwelldeux (4158) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a very slightly hazy dark brown color with a moderate off-white head. Nose is quite malty with some caramel coming through in there. Taste is much the same and is a little bit sweet.
boddhitree (58) - Frankfurt, Hesse, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought on Biershop-Bayern’s Website: Fürst Wallerstein’s Landsknecht-Bier, which they call a Dunkles Kellerbier. Previously, I had their Winterböckle, and loved it. Thus, my expectations are really high.
On the back, it says, "Bayern in year 1598. The Fürstbrauhaus [Prince’s brew house] Oettingen-Wallerstein exercises for the first time his rights of brewing. That was the birth hour of a princely beer-enjoyment."
Notice the best buy date is Dec. 10, 2013, 10:34 am. (Today is Dec. 27, 2012)
The color is dark amber, brown with hints of red but still a very bright beer. The aroma is pure malt, heady Müchner and Melanoiden, bready malt aromas as if it the malts were being boiled in the glass! No hints of hops at all in the aroma. I could stop now and the strength of this aroma might be enough to satisfy, but my mouth is beginning to anticipate it’s time for enjoyment, and let’s go.
mmmm... kinda disappointment all over the tongue. It’s a flat, thin taste, though don’t get me wrong, the beer is well carbonated and still has a mini white head after 5 minutes after the pour. The taste doesn’t deliver on the same malt flavor that was promised in the aroma. No München malt taste, though it’s still malty, it’s got a slight acidic flavor. Now, I’ve had a homebrew that was skunked with a lactobacillus (lactic acid) infection, and this is not at all similar, but still, it’s like a roasted bitterness, as if they used black malts that were not de-bittered. There’s some noble hops bitterness involved, too, but overall, it’s not in a good way.
The aftertaste has light licorice to it, and I can’t really decide if it’s a beer that works better with sweet or salty food. Hold on, while I rummage through the kitchen to figure this conundrum out. With Leberkäs: yuck. With leftover Christmas cookies that looked similar to this, yum!
I still can’t decide if I like this beer or not. The aroma is out-of-this-world wonderful, but the flavor neither matches nor has other things going for it. Overall, it’s a thin, slightly sour and bitter flavor with highly roasted malts in the forefront of the taste. Maybe it would taste better on a warm day, sweat pouring and the beer colder than I drink it, which is about 60 - 65F. I would also not label this beer süffig (quaffable/easy-drinker).
marcus (7452) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head and a toasty aroma. There is a medium-bodied roasted malt flavor with a dry finish that sticks to the palate.