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HOBO Beer Craft Czech Lager



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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
It’s a traditional Czech lager brewed in the Northern Bohemian town of Zatec using a trio of Czech Saaz hops. Brewed using a double decoction mash (an intensive approach that gives the beer a fuller body) and three stages of Saaz hopping in copper kettles, Hobo is fermented in open fermentation ‘squares’ for 14 days before being transferred into horizontal lagering tanks sunk deep beneath the brewery back in 1835.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Rune (10510) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 24, 2016
330ml can at Village Underground enjoying the live concert with Giant Sand & Jason Lytle. Did not see the colour of the beer, feels pale golden. Metallic smell with grass and grain. Similar taste of grass and cereal. Sweet ending. Drinkable (London 11.04.2016).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AshtonMcCobb (4826) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2016
Can at the Queens Arms. Golden with a decent head. Light lemon and corn on nose and taste. Light bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry finish. A decent example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Evilkniamhel (288) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2016
From can at queens arms. Nose of bread, citrus fruit, resin. Taste follows nose.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AWS9 (604) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2016
Can. Something odd about declaring yourself a craft beer... anywho, pale straw pour with slight foamy head. Some reasonably sharp hops here, fairly clean tasting, gets a little acidic at the end. Hardly a winner, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (3609) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
330ml can from Sell Fridges. Drunk straight from the can like a real life hobo. Decent, balanced lager with a settled malt sweetness. Good train beer. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrBlueSky93 (510) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle from Selfridges. Pours deep golden with a two finger white head on it. Aroma of malt, light fruit flavours, hoppy touch. Initial taste of biscuity malt, hoppy flavours afterwards, lemon, orange, a nice bitterness too. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jjsint (1957) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Can from Prince Regent, Cambridge.weirs heavy yellow-orange colour. Goes flat quite quickly. Peach, citrus, cereal in the aroma. Taste isn’t bad: sweet and malty without much of the sickly flavour that comes with mid strength lagers. Ok, the taste is little sickly. But all and all refreshing and not as bad as most lagers. Not that I’ll be having another one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stuu666 (9251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Can at Craig’s. Pours piss yellow, nose is grassy, unpleasant, taste is similar, dull toffee.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Marduk (5332) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 31, 2015
330ml can. Clear yellow color. Small size, white head, stays. Malty, sweet aroma. Dito the taste. Starchy taste. Never again!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
FatPhil (12725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2015
330ml can (Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge)
Crappy sweet pale lager aroma, corny. Some roughness, a bit metallic. Sweet corny pale lager taste, but with some metallic malts. Starchy. Not totally clean, but not nasty either. Yay, I carried this in my luggage for serveral thousand kilometers, it’s almost as bad as the Brainless Brewing Pistoff Head. Finish is a bit harsh and acrid, hops biting, but there’s no fullness to the hops at all, so it’s disappointing. Not a disaster, but they wouldn’t need to tweak the recipe much for it to become so.

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