maekchu (2361) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bailey’s Taproom in Portland (from notes). Light coffee and caramel aroma. Some light caramel roasted in the initial /mid offers up some grassy hoppiness / final has a moderate bitterness and light chocolate notes. Okay.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a reddish tinged amber with an offwhite head. Nose shows some soft sweetness and clean, herbal hops, tending towards an English type character. Toasty malt with a drying finish. Medium bitterness and richly malty overall. Really nice stuff.
craftycarl21 (2269) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to GT2. Amber colored pour, smallish white head. Nose and flavor show that it’s definitely an American hopped German style beer; more grass and light citrus bitterness than spicy, floral noble characteristics. Nice spicy, almost rye-like malt profile. Smooth and crisp. Very well done.
deyholla (7156) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma musty grain and a touch of sweetness and a nice grassiness. Flavor has a nice grassy note with some caramel and a bit of underlying earthiness.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Thanks Brian, pours amber white head. Aroma of leather, bread, Flavors doughy, leather, some citrus, healthy hopping and bitterness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doughy malts with some light citrus and floral notes. Taste us fairly dry and moderately bitter, somewhat medicinal with a bit of aspirin.
GT2 (8831) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651mL thanks to brainlair. Pours a full haze, deep amber with weaker white head. Okay formation. Nose is caramel, lemon soap. Taste is very interesting- malt forward, some coconut, soap, tea. Malt forward with lemon peel bitterness. Light tartness. Some thick rye bread, pumpkin bread, cinnamon, even German gingerbread holiday snacks (lebkuchen). Very bitter for style. Easy to drink, very bitter with some tea leaf character.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An exemplary golden lager with a freshness sensation that you don’t expect from a bottled lager. Excellent.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed fresh a few days after receiving it from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Clear golden-amber body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention.
In long: Aroma is discreet but very inviting when you bury your nose in a full pint. A toasted cereals freshness and also a freshness in the yeasty esters that I cannot put into words. Taste is expressive toasted cereals with just enough caramel, leafy hops, toasted bread crust, soft freshly baked cookies, some homemade iced-tea, dry tree leafs, grassy notes. A dry and refreshing finish. A full body that feels light. A beer with expressive sweet flavors but never actually tastes sweet. A freshness sensation that I normally only experience in brewpubs. Kick-ass Vienna that at times tasted a bit like a dunkel. Superb session beer that is really a standout in North-America where beers like this one are occasionally brewed in brewpubs but almost never bottled. This might be one of my rating ever, yesterday was dec 21 2012 and apparently lots of people are afraid the world is ending in 2012 because the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, well, I don’t wanna freak everybody out but my desk calendar also ends in 2012.
BMan1113VR (7880) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with a hazed orange hued body with a slightly off-white head. Aromas are fruity, bready, orange, citrusy, spicy, hoppy. Toasted malt and some caramel. Flavors are bready, toasty, cornnuts, nutty (nearly a victory like malt character). Some floral and citrusy hop character. Lively carbonation with a dry finish.
mcberko (7474) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2012 22 oz. bottle, pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Nose is fully of dry woody caramel malts, some dry pilsner-like hops and bready tones. Flavour follows almost exactly the same, with dry, slightly woody, caramel malts, bready malts and a wonderful dry hoppy bite on the finish. Exceedingly drinkable and pretty much the pinnacle of this style. Solid stuff.