AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep gold in color with a moderately full, white head. Lemony citrus nose with perfume, exotic spice, and even some dense, tropical hop aroma. Malt does not exist in the aroma. A sweet, honeyed malt foundation allows the hop bitterness and spicy, peppery, lightly lemony hops to rest comfortably. This is more like an IPA than a pils or even an Uber pils. The malt carries little of the complexities of continental european malt (graininess, honeysuckele, honey, dryness) and is too sweet for eeven a big pils, but dammit I really like it. It is much more drinkable than the imperial pils that fall into the 8%+ range since the alcohol and fruitiness tend to off-balance many of those beers. A fine pint, simple but enjoyable.
MmmmCheese (29) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light color....nice pilsner smell. It starts out when you taste it very lively and you wonder where the beer is going to go but just when it should get interesting it fades out boringly. Unfortunately this just amounts to a boring pilsner.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear darg gold with a large long lasting off-white head. Hoppy aroma is floral and earthy. Sweet malt underneath. Light to medium body and flavors. Malty start with hop flavors and mild bitter finish. No alcohol in the nose, touch in the flavor, and warming.
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty cocoa, caramel, toffee aromas with a strong hop backing. Sits up tall in the glass, with lots of off-white head and some lacing. Tastes are varied and perhaps not completely integrated. Hops occupy the center of the palate, with malt coming before and after. Not unpleasant. My only real complaint is the metallic ring to this beer. I noticed it throughout the brewer’s offerings. An interesting style that was new to me, however. One of the best beers I’ve had from the brewer.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, golden color w/ off white head. mild aroma of pils, rather light bodied for its strength.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a large, quickly-disappearing head. Aroma of soapy and piney hops—like an average IPA with less depth. Very clean malts at the front of the mouth and some really nice hoppiness on the finish. The hop flavors are surprisingly smooth--perhaps the lager yeast allows the maltiness the freedom it needs to balance the beer. Creamy and not bad at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A whipping whilrlwhind goes on in my glass, a maelstrom that settles to a steady vertical stream, right up the glass...aside from that, we have pale, slightly hazed yellow, and a capable head, creamy, sticky, lacey. Nice.
Aroma: soft and light. Buttered popcorn, creamed corn, herbal, vegetal...huh.
Taste: smooth, and tasty, filling on the mouthfeel, with a soft, juicy, fruity factor. Slightly sticky, and ultra-malty, this has a big bread and yeast thing hapening, very raw, very naked. Very tasty, almost piney, citric hops gripping the flavor. This gets better the more I drink it. I like, I like...
almost tastes like a pale ale, got some pineapple going on here, but it’s a lager all right, a damned tasty one, too, and quite unique. I give ’er a thumbs up. Kinda.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer decants a nice, deep gold with a good head that retains well and leaves good lace. nose is very nice, with a good hop spiciness over a nice, grassy malt sweetness. flavor is well balanced between hoppiness and malt. this is a very good double pils, that avoids the pitfall of tasting like a tripel. good beer.
hopdog (11645) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle marked, purchase before Jul ’05. This one was a small gusher. Poured a medium golden color with a huge, 6 finger white head. Aromas of grass, yeast and citrus. Tastes of stronger citric lemons, grass and spices. Starts out a little sweet and ends in a hoppy spicy finish.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Baja Bean Staunton VA. Golden color, somewhat dark for the style, with a meringue head that lasts. Lots of yeasty bread notes on the nose with light but present lemon citrus and flowery hop aromas. Fairly hefty biscuit malt body is incredibly well balanced and very smooth with some citrus tanginess and hop bitterness. Some residual alcohol on the finish, especially as it warms, but not entirely out of place. Very refreshing, even with its 7.5%.