Strykzone (5532) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is what a Bud wants to be. It wants to look like this, and what an attractive beer it is. It also wants to taste like this. Crisp, clean, smooth, refreshing and then some. It struck me as a macro brew done right. There were no negatives to speak of in this beer. But the positives could have been stronger. Aroma was nice but thin, as was the taste. The beer felt great in the mouth, though, and I gave it a very high score on that. This is one to look for to spend an evening with. One was nice, 6 would be great!
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is skunky, have no idea how old this bottle is. Flavor is quite nice though, sweet grain flavors balanced by nice spicy hop bitterness. Would like to have a fresh sample.
EithCubes (5241) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottled. Pure golden pour with a respectably pillowy white head. Slight grainy aroma. Familiar lager taste with a pleasant bitterness and clear malty taste. Looks to be well-carbonated but sure doesn’t taste it. Boring and accessible, but clean, and representative of the style. Smooth/sweet finish with just a trace of that malty bitterness in the aftertaste. I could see this being a joy at the Hofbräuhaus - after the first.
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Golden and well-carbonated under a large white head that reduces to a scummy film. Malted yet musty aroma with adjuncts and burnt grain. Flavor seems tainted, but is predominantly grainy with a grassy hop finish. Really not very good.
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dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2005
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours with a good head which disspaites quickly. amber and clear, not bottle conditioned. Very little hop flavor and somewhat stale. The green bottle leads to a slight skunk flavor. Too bad I bought the whole six-pack.
wxman (1575) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2008 .5 L bottle. Poured pale gold with huge eggwhite foam head. Mild aroma of pale malt. Clean fresh lager taste; mildly hoppy with sweet malt character. Quite good, but the same beer brewed and on tap at the Newport, KY Hofbrauhaus is better.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a liter at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Don’t know if it was the good times, good food or load of beer, but this was pleasant. Golden yellow with a frothy white head. Sweet malty aroma and flavor. Medium palate. Finished well with the pork product I ate.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crisp and easy to drink. Soft malts and fizzy palate. Slight fruitiness in the middle and finishes with light bitter hops. Not as skunky as some mainstream German lagers.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Your average looking Helles. This one has a particularly strong malt aroma with some toasted cookie. Very malty in flavor and slighty spritzy on the tongue. Could be a little richer in body but is better than some. I could see how this may be quite an appealing beer when bought fresh but as a bottled import, it falls a short.
tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hue with good sized white head which diminishes slowly. Smells of sweet malt. A crispness, bite to palate. Certainly refreshing. Very mild and drinkable.