Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Draft in Strassgiech.
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of honey and tangerine nectar.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Yep, 5.0. First 5.0 in seemingly forever. I had a bunch of dreadful-to-lukewarm beers in Franconia on this recent trip (and certainly some good ones too), but this one blew me out of the water. Utterly and completely. I’d even forgotten what a 5.0 experience is like. People who know me know I don’t get excited very much. Even 4.0 beers scarcely elicit a smile. This thing had me shouting, writhing, bouncing, grinning, beaming, dancing, and generally behaving like a moron. Every time I went back for a sniff and a sip, I was transported to a sort of beer nirvana...a state free of flaws and full of pure delight. 500mL of this and every single drop was ecstasy. I highly doubt anyone else will have a 5.0 experience with this beer, maybe not even a 4.0. A 5.0 is one of those situations that’s as much (or more) visceral than clinical. Yes, the appearance, aroma, flavor levels/balance, and mouthfeel all have to be astounding and flawless, which is rare enough by itself. But beyond that, it also has to ROCK YOUR FUCKING WORLD in a way that defies deScriptors. This did all of that. If I had it again, would it still be a 5.0? Maybe, maybe not. Andreas himself wasn’t completely satisfied with this batch and claimed he had a new one going that was more hoppy...so I’ll probably never have this incarnation again anyway. Regardless, this was one of the best beers I’ve had in my life.
Koelschtrinker (14076) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vollmundiger Antrunk mit deutlich hefiger Note, dazu aromatisch hopfig. Auch weiterhin aromatisch und überaus hopfig, was mittelfristig zu deutlicher Trockenheit führt. Hellmalzig, gelungen, sehr süffig. 12/11/11/12//11
Kristall-König (2560) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Festival der Bierkulturen 15.05.2010
Hefiger, leicht hopfensüßlicher Geruch. Leicht bitterer Antrunk, süßlicher werdend gleitet das Bier in eine hefige Mitte. Etwas energischer abbitternd im Ende. Recht schmackhaft.
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught; Trabelsdorf-brewed, 3 months old Clear copper-gold colour with a huge, very dense & fine head, leaving beautiful lace. Fresh & toasted & oxydized maltsmix - special, but MALTY! Honey, sweet malts, unreal cookies. Oxydized honey, but good! Finish is slighlty dry-bitterish, as from old, but non-cheesy hops. Slick, as from the grist, creamy MF, velvety texture. GENIUS lager. Even the oxydation tastes good.
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - JAN 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Since I am a very German Pils lover, I can’t say nothing bad about this beer. The taste is not to much bitter, very thirst quenching and if served at the right temperature is something very delicious.
I think this beer should be present wherever you go, as regard places selling handcraft beers because of its simplicity and easy to drink. The body, is all in all light, when the carbonation is rather soft. I appreciate it very much.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, bitter, enough malts to balance. Easy drinking. Won’t go out of my way to search it out, but if it crosses my path again by chance, I won’t hesitate to try again.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nose of bitter hops, watered down some, feel is broad, carb is heavy, taste is middle-of-the-road
MoritzF (8926) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught at Festival der Bierkulturen, Köln) Cloudy, pale golden colour with a short foamy white head. Quite yeaste, pale malty and slightly worty aroma with subtle fruity notes and herbal hops. Sweet-bitter flavour, light to medium bodied with a lively, almost sharp carbonation. Pale malt-character, grainy and worty taste with herbal accents; dry and bitter hoppy, also a bit slim finish with a rounded malty sweetness. Lacks maturation, otherwise okay. 16.V.10
DJMonarch (9166) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 06/08/2010
Malt aroma. Amber coloured a little hazy in appearance and malty with a hint of dryness in a pale and slightly bitter lasting finish.
KyotoLefty (8125) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the Sandkerwa festival, Bamberg. Cloudy dark gold, super-fine head. Aroma of grassy, earthy hops, and a touch of honey. Very hoppy--grass and citrus. Clean and dry but with rich, bready malts. Super smooth, almost flat. Huge peppery hop finish. Rich and soft malt. Wonderful! Lots of cereals, some honey. Best of the fest.