spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle from VBM. Pours a slightly hazy body with a thin white head. Aroma is strong lemony citrus, honey with malts floral notes and alcohol. Flavor is crisp spicy, hoppy. Medium bodied tangy tongue tingling mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Overall a well put together beer. Nothing too exciting.
mcox90 (1818) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a 1/2" white head. Aroma is grains, malt and citrus. Moderate palate, low carbonation. Flavor is bready grain, sugar, malt, mild hops and pepper. Yes, I said pepper. Just a little.
Qubert (62) - USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle: pours pale yellow with thick white head. Hoppy citrus aroma. Flavor is sweet, hoppy, mild bitterness. Has an alcohol bite larger than a typical pilsner, but well balanced.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma is toasted malt, some graininess, caramel, and a slight hop bitterness. Flavor is sweet light sugar malt, sweet citrus, and a mild bitterness. Palate is full for the style- smooth finishing resinously.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, light gold pour, minimal head. Aroma holds lots of grain, toasted sesame, and a bit of hop bitterness. Sweet malt flavor, grain, a bit of citrus hop- nothing complex, but a tasty lager. Solid for the style.
travita (4725) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The look is golden orange in color, clear, has an off white head. The smell is sweet, grains, floral, and creamed corn. The taste is sweet, grains, hops, and light fruit and floral notes.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 8/16/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):
Pours a clear golden yellow color body with a smallish white head. Hoppy malty bitter citrus aroma. A little musty, not overly strong. A little fruity smelling. Bitter taste, drying, almost acidic. Strong taste, alcoholic. Almost a platricy taste. Very hoppy and bitter tasting.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of sage, dry malt, floral. Tastes peppery and crisp with some earthy elements and a spicy bite on the finish.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours bright amber with large white head lingering. aroma is bursting with bitter pine hops and alcohol. toasted malt and some citrus is also there. drinks with a nice balance of bitter hops and sweet malts throughout but has a bit of bitter citrus on the front and a mild roast finish. alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming. pretty tasty stuff.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed malts and spicy hops benefit from a slight alcohol nudge to take this brew to more potent yet still diplomatic realms. I have to admit it’s nice to see a Svetle Specialni being tried out in North America.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large head of foam remains atop the transparent pale golden.
-The mouthfeel is super clean and the flavor profile is well balanced.
-Minerals appear in the middle. Or is it oxidation already setting in?
-The cereals also develop hay.
-The nose is a little too subdued for my tastes in the style.
-The spicy hop bitterness is levelled with the rest of the flavor profile.