maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the pilsner of choice, a rather forgettable brew. It just left me flat.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 Draft (sample), Wausau WI location, July 03. Decent caramel nose; light initial sweetness, strong grainy bitterness hits shortly; strong aftertaste. Better than competent, I guess. 6/3/6/4/12 3.1
October 2005, pint at Wausau. Very clean, fresh nose with lots and lots of floral character, pungent farmy hints when warmer...light gold and bubbly with a decent little head...malty, clean refreshing body with lots of Saaz in the strong, lingering finish, hints of vanilla. 8/3/8/3/15 3.7
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2002
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap GABF ’02: Floral saaz aroma, light clear yellow color. Watery feel, not really much flavor.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
H+H is actually one of Michigan’s older breweries (1994) even though its original home is in Escanaba way up in da YooPee. There are franchises in Bay City, Mich and, as Wawood points out, in Wisconsin as well. The Escanaba version is in a stately, well appointed building on the long downtown street - a really intriguing place, actually, with an air of history. The brews tend to be lackluster, with a few exceptions and this is certainly one. A soft fruity base, as with too many H+H beers, but the Saaz are in evidence. The beer has a lawnmower feel to it, and I don’t mean that in the traditional RateBeer sense of a light, easily quaffable beverage, but in the sense of the tastes and smells of lawnmowing ... fresh cut grass and oily exhaust. Better’en Average Brew.
ElGaucho (2299) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this brew at H&H’s new digs in Wausau, WI. Great place where you can cook your own steak. Enough of the food. Light, sweet wheat aroma. Pale gold color with decent head and brussels lace. Ample bitterness pervades the mouthfeel, however there is something lacking. I believe that something is even a hint of sweetness that would corral and enhance the hoppiness. The result is a somewhat harsh mouthfeel that doesn’t score many Palate points. The bright side? Any Pilsner for which you can taste the hops is worthy of attention.