williamherbert (1231) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damp lager malt aroma: bready. Agitation breeds flowers, lemongrass, mint-leaf -- but only hints. Peppery, but mostly malty. The hop spice is there but fleeting.
The appearance is golden yellow. Sediment and lots of carbonation. Big white head. Cloudy.
The flavor is touch of lemon, with butterscotch and molasses. Very sweet (malta goya style). Malts turn amber/earthy; but maintain sugary sweetness. Flowery hop flavor lingers. Peppery bitterness at the end, as well as some fruits.
The feel is slick and creamy; chewy. A malt-bomb if I’ve ever had one. Definitely evolves as it warms up. A Euro-bock with some chutzpah.
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Maltzilla’s tasting. Pours clear golden color with white head. Bready and slightly fruity aroma with some grassy hops. Similar flavors. Medium body with average carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5007) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Churchkey yesterday. Served in a mini-snifter.
Pours a nice-looking light yellow color with a thin white head and a moderate amount of lace and whatnot. The nose brings some light bread and not much else. Nothing too crazy there. Flavor picks it up with a nice bit of grain and light bread notes plus a faint sweetness on the backend. No discernible alcohol. Good body with some nice chewiness. Solid brew.
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA, on 3/24/11. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of pale malts, leafy hops and caramel. The taste is sweet malts, some bready notes, bitter leafy hops, caramel and faint nutty notes. Medium bodied.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy, particle filled gold with 1.5 finger head that shrinks to .5 finger with good retention. Aroma is wood and grass, very earthy with a hint of clean malty caramel. Taste is initially hoppy, woody, and bitter, then changes to a sweet caramel middle, finishes dry and slightly bitter. Body is medium-heavy, avg carb, slick, with a dryish bitter finish. Overall, I am not a big fan of super sweet bocks but this is a refreshing change of pace-- rather dry for a bock and hoppy as well. A very interesting strong lager.
AirForceHops (2722) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle $5.99 purchased @ Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA. Pored mostly clear, lively carbonation with ½ inch white head. Used a lager glass. Lightly skunky with some hidden malt for the aroma. This brew gets much better as it warms and has a layer of complexity. Has a distinct German malt and hop flavor that is amplified by the dry hopping. Flavor is lightly hoppy, nice grassy notes of the saphir hop, nice solid back bone of malt. I got to say I am pleasantly surprised by this brew. Very light, crisp and refreshing with plenty of flavor. Hops in the finish, but real light bitterness. I will be picking up a few more bottles of this. Delicious!
madvike (2585) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Malt House - pours hazy light amber with a small white head. Sweet and bready nose, with light floral hops, brown sugar, apple and white grape, and a nice dough quality. Taste is a bit more muddled up front, with sharp carbonation that hides flavor until a sharp floral hop bite comes throug, along with a lot of bready malt. Sweet bread on the finish, with a touch of brown sugar. Very nice.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on tap at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL with hazy deep copper body and tall light tan head. The aroma is chewy sugary sweetness, brown sugar and apples. The taste has some spicy hops, floral hops, some apple like sweetness and sugary malts. It ends with lingering spicy hop bitterness. Interesting beer that doesn’t manage to come together too well.
Dorwart (2342) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good sized bright white head of fine bubbles. Light skunk in the beginning but once it airs out, a nice soft malty aroma with some lemon, dough and a bit of floral hops. Color is a hazy golden orange. Flavor is more malts, some oranges, dry floral hops and a bit of wheat. End with a bit of lingering dryness and some sickly sweet malts. Light alcohol presence. A decent bock.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Large off-white head, hazy apple cider body. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, bread, some grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, some grape, grass, bread. Light-medium body, light stickiness.