Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at HDG. Cloudy yellow with a sturdy white head. Aroma is subtle malts with some tangerine. Taste is spot on what I expect. Nice tasty malts are the highlight. Body is smooth with a snappy hop bitterness in the finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Last of the afternoon. Had a great time at Clybourn. As the afternoon progressed the notes were less involved. Go Figure? Clear and pale golden. Heardly noticeable nose. Dry and crisp. Sweet. Easy drinking, yet unimpressed.
Frank (2776) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A tasty brew though I would say that w/ it’s hop character and ABV, it’s closer to Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold than a traditional Dortmunder export--not that there’s anything wrong w/ that. It’s a slightly orange golden--maybe a touch darker than I would expect--w/ a foamy white head and lots of lace. The nose is mostly hoppy--slightly citric w/ a definitely funky earthy undertone. The malt character is subdued and mostly limited to a simple sweetness with some bready character which is complimented by an earthy bitterness in the finish.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent Dort. Not as bready as I’d like, a bit overhopped perhaps? Earthy body with a bit of musk and some bitterness coming through. I bit thin for as big as it’s supposed to be. Decent, but not outstanding.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clybourn. Clear gold with a big, fluffy, pillow-like white head and lacing that mimics a blanketing snow drift. Crisp lemons, subtle spicy floral hops, spray starch and fresh, staunchy baguettes make-up the aroma portion of the show. Crisp and semi-musky flavor tendencies help to elevate this one to a position of power that challenges Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold from the get-go. Big, bready currents. Charming, subtle and spicy hop profile. Baguette crunch is furthered with decorative flour powder. Never acidic or astringent. Medium-bodied and we’re doing great. Balance is achieved to-a-tee, finishing with baguettes, potato bread and yeasty flour assertions. Best of class, no doubt.
heykevin (1274) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap, Wrigleyville. Lightly perfumey noble hop aroma. Strongly bitter without much malt chewiness or thickness to fight it. Thin bodied.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale in color and a small but consistant head. Heavy hoppy nose, fruity, flowery, and a little spice, but can't quite figure out just what. Clean and hoppy on the tongue with a smooth aftertaste. A good American version, but not quite up to the level of Helles I had in the past. Recommend on tap in Wrigleyville pub. If you seek a bottle, go for the Great Lakes Dortmunder if you can find it.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much aroma, light yellow. . . apple juice alcohol on the tongue. Bitter hops not unpleasant, and not overly impressive either.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better beers of this style that I’ve had. Decent light malts with a heavy hops (at least for my experience) in the finish. A crisp, clean, easy-drinking beer.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly diminishing head. Pale golden in color. Alcohol fairly apperent in the taste. Sharp hoppy flavor, hoppy finish.