SaintMatty (5096) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught (Akkurat, Stockholm) - Golden with a white head. Grain, citrus and hay in the aroma. Lemon, lime, grain and straw feature in the nicely balanced and refreshing taste. Very nice.
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From tap. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small white head. Mild fruity, toasted malty. Smooth malty, toasted and light butterish. Bitter, grassy and light citrusy. Bitter and toasted finish.
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Taphouse.
Clear yellow colored with a medium sized white head.
Malty aroma of hay, hops and citrus.
Malty flavor of hay, hops and licorice with notes of cardboard.
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. A golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma has notes of malt and fresh grass. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, straw, and lemons, leading to a bitter finish.
Nische (649) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from backlog. Pours golden with a white head. Mango and grain notes in the aroma. Taste is flowery and citrusy with a small crispiness. Very well made.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17/10/2013 Ma che siete venuti a fà (tap). Dorata, limpida, schiuma bianca molto abbondante e persistente. Al naso sentori di malto, pane, luppolo, note erbacee leggere, un po’ sporco. In bocca ha un attacco dolciastro di malto e un finale secco e luppolato. Corpo leggero, carbonazione elevata. Pils molto buona, anche se forse mi aspettavo qualcosina di più.
Pyrmir (3263) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Yellow with lasting white head. Aroma of pale malt, grain and grassy hops. Taste is dominated by grain with some malt and grass. Well balanced but a bit too grainy for my tongue
Ernest (6154) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft in Strassgiech.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is clear medium yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately to heavily hoppy (honeysuckle flowers, herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, silky texture, soft carbonation.
As with most of Andy’s works of art, there is no way to adequately describe this in words. Along with Ocator, Kellerbier, and Smoked Zoigl, these things literally -- *literally* -- bring tears to my eyes. I cannot say that about any other brewer in the world. Andreas Gaenstaller has no peers. Period. Best pilsner on Earth? With 99.9% certainty.
tiong (3679) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma of grassy hops, crisp malts and some buttery hay notes. Taste is clean, dry and crisp with notes of grassy hops, bready malts and hay. Finish is bready, crisp and hoppy with hints of butter and hay. Well balanced, clean and tasty pils.
3fourths (7879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 Simply put: the cleanest, purest and most vibrant expression of pilsner malt and spalt and hallertauer hops that exists in the world. Nobody else even comes close. Andy’s work is on an entirely different level!
Minerallic calcium carbonate excitement.
Juicy floral lemon hop aroma.
Pure ecstasy of pilsner malt: warm, aromatic baked cracker richness.
Smacking, quenching acidity, perfectly matched for body, carbonation and sweetness.
Unequivocal perfection in beer, a work of art - a masterpiece - made by the best brewer in the world. Literally flawless. I find nothing here to improve or change - the malt is unbelievably soft, and the carbonation and serving temperature spot on. And the texture, the texture is what KILLS... malt has never been expressed with such perfect richness, and hops with such juiciness and succulence. Even at room temperature it still exudes perfection. I had previously given this beer a 3.5 - objectively - at Akkurat. I now raise it to 5.0 - also objectively - after having it multiple times from a keg brought to the Zoiglstube. It’s a fragile beer that doesn’t travel well, and when put in the hands of someone else for serving, you surely will not experience it in this state of perfection. For anyone who loves lagers made without compromise, they owe themselves a visit to Franconia to track down this gem. It’s the only beer that Andy filters, and by doing so he has allowed pilsner malt and German hops to shine like they never have before.
Words can not do it justice. This beer transcends life. There is beauty here that I’ve never seen before in beer.