Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Clybourn location. Pours a clear golden colored body with a finger-width, frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bready, somewhat grainy pils malts with a light sweetness. Some earthy and grassy hops as well. Flavor is similar. Grainy, bready, lightly sweetened pils malts with a touch of toast and a decent grassy and earthy hopping. Finishes clean and dry with a light bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, an alright dortmunder. Clean, bready, a touch sweet, and well balanced with the hops. Nothing special, but not bad.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at goose... Pours a predominantly transparent apple cidery hue, consistent throughout and topped with a thin wispy soapy white head... Aroma of toasty light grain with a mild degree of sweetness. Munich malt with a touch of grass... Flavors are more of the same with a more predominant sweetness. Light to medium bodied, just in between, with a mild degree if carbonation. Needs more or a firm grassiness to cut down on the sweetness.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a very clear and deep gold with a frothy and persistent white head. The nose is hop forward, gentle and noble, though I wouldn’t say it’s the most refined Saaz I’ve ever smelled. Quite clean with toasty malt as well. On tasting, lacks the minerally notes I’d expect and carries a medium bitterness with some earthy and toasty malts. Unrefined hop profile. Biscuity with hops on the finish. Decent but a distant cousin of the better Dortmunders.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a clear golden color. Light lacing and a good head. Nose brings good Noble hops. Slight earth and floral character. Body and flavor are light with low-moderate hop character and moderate hop bitterness. Pilsner malt in the background. Good beer. Very refreshing. Couldn’t taste the alcohol, but wish it were a bit lower.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft flight on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich golden orange hue, touch of haze, striking deep glow and a loose whitish ring of head sits atop. Dies to a ring, laces small, shows some flashy glow. Aromas are more vague, dry bready grains, cereal sweetness and gentle dry hopping. Not much distinct with just a kiss of earthy hops. Initial is mellow sweetness, bready malts and gentle fruit meet with some apple, gentle cereal grains, touches of yeast. Middle moves into a more dry focused end of the spectrum, Saaz earthy hops and dry malts, touches of grass, just a hint of lemon peel. Gentle spiciness, a bit vague but fairly refreshing. Leaves a bit lacking but leaves a distinct Saaz and mellow earthy dryness, touches of spicy hops, earth, and mellow yeasty dough elements into the back. Aftertaste further in leaves more of what I desired. A late starter.. Most of my favorite parts of this beer hit the palate after the fact (which is odd). More lemon, touches of dry Saaz earthy hops, gentle spice define more character further in. Picks up the slack. This beer is why you shouldn’t just rate the first few sips. Not bad. Preferred the Kolsch though.
deyholla (7695) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ the Clyborn location. Pours a hazy yellow with a slight gold hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a musty bread note with some sweet grains and a hint of grass. Flavor still has a bread note but has more sweet grains and a nice grass note in the finish.