ccex (1192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
22 oz bottle came from a good Indian friend who raved about it. Pours a clear light yellow with a small, quickly vanishing white head. Smells like a normal malt liquor. Aroma has sweet hops and grainy malts. Taste is sweet, with a long but clean finish. Body is thin with lots of carbonation. My well-meaning friend gave me what could be a good lawnmower beer or a good fire-extinguisher for spicy food, but I was not impressed with it as a standalone special beer. If it were sold as an American malt liquor, and not "Indian Premium Beer" it would be one of the best.
BillWyce (1003) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
From notes: Poured clear, pale amber with a thin, 2-finger white head. Mild, grassy aroma. Body is light, a bit thin. Light flavor of sweet malt with a touch of yeast.
Jules1976 (5) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
one of the worst beers i’ve ever tasted, chemical tasting with earthy tones - one to aviod.
jhgrantjr (466) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2012
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Received from a beer club: 650 ml bottle. Poured into glass with a pale, yellow color, huge head, lots of carbonation. Smells malty. Not much going on with aroma. Taste is light and sweet. There is not a terrible aftertaste, but not a good beer. Can taste the alcohol (7%). Similar to some of the popular beers in USA, but more alcohol.
Psytron (1919) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Drunk in Bengaluru. Malty, sweet smell. Pale golden colour, high white head. Very mild aroma, alcohol strongly present. Sweet aftertaste due to that. Very flat carbon, almost nonexistant. Some malts and metal also to be found.
reebtogi (5684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle pours a pale golden orange color with a nonexistent head and no lacing. Aroma is sweet malts and mild hops. Taste is malty sweet with a very mild hop presence. Only slightly better than a typical North American malt liquor eg. Big Bear.
drpimento (3128) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2012
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Oh dear, I’m in a fix; only one more chilled beer and there’s this: Poured cold from the fridge with a small to medium foamy, frothy, off-white head, that quickly settled to an island and ring, with no lace. Color is a clear, pale yellow with lots of large and small bubble trails. Aroma is the best thing about this beer - sweet with a little beery, malt, hop. Flavor isn’t so good; mainly neutral sweet, carbonic tang, hint of bitter. Body is there, but not pleasant and carbonation is too strong and clashes- heck, everything clashes in this brew. Finish is like flavor and of medium length, which is way too long. Bleh.
Koelschtrinker (17308) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 17, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Wässrig süß, wenig herb, geringe Getreidigkeit. Süffig, trocken (zum Ende sehr trocken), bitterer Nachhall. Trinkbar. 6/6/8/6/7/6
ffaoe (421) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2012
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
little aroma but this beer is light in color and crystal clear. very nice head. good light but balanced flavor.
jwr07 (113) - Decatur, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a somewhat pale yellow, no head even with a stiff pour. Smells decent enough for an Indian beer- bright and crisp and adjuncty. The aroma is non-committal flavor-wise, which is just as well because the beer underperforms in that department. There is a distinct flavor here reminiscent of licking a painted wall, and not in a way that goes well with Indian food. The detectable presence of hops on the finish is partially redemptive, but I was definitely expecting something less bad from H5k.