MartinT (9267) - 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.
blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear light gold with a fluffy white head. Spicy floral hop aroma, a hint of grass and lighter notes of sweet malt. The flavor has a pale sweet malt base with a solid dose of spicy and floral hops. A really good Imp. Pilsner. Better than Sam Adams, not quite as good as S.T. Krampus.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
well, didn’t pay for this, way to busy.. . not a big pilsener, more of a high grade malt likka .. . golden .. harsh, but light sweetness .. . high cost of mules! .. . hides the abv quite well .. . not refreshing at all ..
jredmond (7408) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Draft at the Brewery. Got to tour Harpoon the weekend of my little sister’s graduation. Tried this on tap afterwards. Pours a clear gold. Aroma is grassy hops and maybe some pine. The flavor is smooth, sweet malt with some hops - no trace of alcohol.
blankboy (7180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with an average size lasting frothy white head. Aroma has a good amount of Saaz hops along with bread, honey and floral notes, and some alcohol. Flavour is grassy along with bready malt and alcohol. Finish is very bitter and alcoholic. Medium bodied. Not great but pretty good and definitely interesting.
Radek Kliber (7117) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at The Ginger Man
Appearance: crystal clear golden base with healthy, contrasting white top, light carbonation. 4-.
Nose: Mildly grainy with dry yet light alcohol burn , touch of fruit feel.
Flavor/Palate : mid bodied with lighter sides. Malty but its character not as pronounced as in Bocks. Hops are just slight add on . Interesting to see Mocne in its pure from without extra hoping of west. Mild alcoholic dryness at finish. Kudos for being true.
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2009 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de céréales et d’houblons avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales et d’houblons avec une pointe de caramel légèrement fruité. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2553)
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Poursa medium brighter golden. Hoppy saaaz aroma. Taste has nice hop character, big saaz flavor, semi boozy, grassy. Pretty clean & crisp for 9.1%. Of the better Harpoon beers ive had
FROTHINGSLOSH (6641) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at 3 Rivers 6 Pack Eatery this beer poured a dark golden color with a small white head that faded quickly. The aroma was dry with spicy and floral hops. The flavor was dry, bitter and had a moderate floral and spicy hop presence with a yeasty undertone and notes of lemon and pepper. The finish was long, dry and spicy. Fairly full bodied. The alcohol was well hidden. Solid.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle ( 12oz ). Shared by blankboy. Clear gold, large frothy white head Ɠ+). Strong alcohol aroma, grain and what smells like goldings hops (but yeah, I guess saaz) with dried apples and straw. Nice taste though, apple, alcohol, fresh-cut grain - simple, well-balanced - not boozy-tasting at all. Slick, thick, somewhat squeaky mouthfeel, some alcohol, very muted carbonation and a pretty quick finish that does indeed seem floral/herbal (per the description). Pretty nice stuff.