TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hallertau. Hazy light gold pour with a short white head leaving moderate lace. Fruity, vaguely sweet nose.Medium body with fine, moderate (natural) carbonation. Berries, nuts, biscuit, clean. Short finish is nicely balanced. Maybe a touch of sugar in the middle and finish, but very nice overall. Eminently sessionable, but you’ll have a hard time resisting the other brews in their lineup!
Travlr (13674) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Clear yellow, white edge head. Aroma of freshly mowed wet grass and meadow flowers. Taste is floral and bitter. Not bad.
Jimthechap (1820) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale colour with a persistent bead of carbonation and the remnants of a white head. It appears as if you shouldn’t expect too much but the aroma suggests otherwise. Lots of fragrant passionfruit and hibiscus, papaya and lychee. Just tropical fruit all over. There’s all that in the taste along with fresh, light golden malts and a lovely sherbety tingle that goes on all over the tongue. It starts to dry on the palate and your enduring impression is "I want it to be hot outside, I want it to be bright and I want a stonking great stein of this stuff." I also wouldn’t mind a lusty, busty moral-free blonde German girl in a bikini to enjoy it with, but then you can’t have everything can you?
Leonardus (46) - Rolleston, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Um ja, I’d also go the moral free lusty busty blonde German girl in a bikini Jimthechap refers to, from no doubt ’mammaries’ from one of his many excursions into the verboten hinterlands of beer swilling Bavaria of old. Oh, to live it, swilling a stein of this would not be too bad, ja gut, but well, what is it exactly, a specialty beer based on a German bier brewed in Koln as they the brewers claim? (lovely place Koln by the way, there in 1982). Yes, it is straw coloured, and it reeks of hops, it is dry, like a real good lager should be actually, and, it works very well in its present state. So, a good brew, and with a story, thanks to Jimthechap, to boot.
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pale gold and slightly hazy with a pillowy white head. Aroma is of mango and melon. As you sip, the best part of this beer reveals itself - the full, rounded, mouthfilling character. It’s incredibly moreish, with a sweet middle palate, fruity complexity, and late dry finish. One of the most refreshing beers in NZ.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2009 Draught at the brew pub, a slight haze to the golden colour with a white bubbly head. A swet citrus fruit hop aroma. A clean palate, with flowery and citrus fruit flavours. The finish is crisp and dry.
KapitiCritique (346) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - NOV 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap at Hashigo Zake
- grains and hops and yeasty nose
- creamy, slightly fizzy, medium to light bodied, quick dry-ish finish with good mellow grain characteristics
- light yellow, slightly murky, good lacing and minimal head;
- light combinations of sweet, and bitter;
Not outstanding, but very solid.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellow colored with hazy appearance, little white head. Extremely rich aroma with peach, even blueberry note, grassy flowers. Thin to medium bodied, little bit of watery palate. Flavor is more fruity in start, aftertaste turns to strongly peachy-flowery. Biting end. Refreshing one.
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Hashigo Zake. Pouring pale gold. Quite bready aroma and bit of yeast. Bit nutty on the back of the smell. Pretty light, thin body, kind of waterly, but crisp and bitter finish.
beer4eternity (207) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Thanks to Cam & Marita. Clear wonderful gold hue, thin white creamy/fine bubbly head quickly diminishing to a ring with some lacing. Mixture of pleasant but light tropical and citrus fruits, brown spices, vanilla, a bit of green hay, and interesting but not unpleasant yeast aromas - dough, sweat, and soap. Good balance between sweet and bitter - nice taste but short duration. A bit too thin and watery, soft carbonation, crisp dry astringent finish. Nicely marketed beer, overall it is nice but very lacking in substance.