hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Paid $2.50 for a pintish bottle.
Very plain golden, with a small, but frothy white head.
Not much of a smell, but what's there is typical grassy. No surprises here.
Earthy, leafty, grassy, and dirty tasting. Not my cup of tea, but it has little to no aftertaste.
Nice mouth... fizzy, poppy, smooth. Best thing about this beer.
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Clear yellow, only faintest trace of carbonation, absolutely no head. Grassy aroma. Palate is totally flat, serious problem here, possibly the result of a bad flip top? Of course I've had countless bottles of Grolsch that have never once had this problem, but... Flavor is inoffensive, lightly malty, some hop bitterness. Will try another bottle at some point as a re-rate, but this is heading towards drain pour territory due to the carbonation issue.
Hansen (6495) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not much in the aroma, perhaps a little burnt malt. The flavor is weak, nothing like a Christmas-brew.
Reid (1858) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought in the "flip-top" 500ml bottle with the bavarian castle and colours on the label.
Nice light golden coloured beer, with a nice sized pure white head that lingers, some slight haziness.
Nice fresh hoppy lager aroma,pretty good.
The taste has a pretty nice balance between the malts and the hop flavours, sweet to start then gets decidedlly bitter as it goes on.
The mouthfeel is slightly cloying for some strange reason but its not terrible.
A pretty drinkable beer overall but not great.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big sulphury/buttery aroma nearly ruins this golden helles, flavor isn't quite as tainted though, with some nice mild continental malt and noble hop character. I need to try a fresher bottle...
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Seems and awfully light gold color for a Munich Helles and has no head retention, but looks can be deceiving. Lightly malt and grainy, pretty clean otherwise. Taste is pretty much the same but it also has a little green apple and hop flavor to it. It has a dry finish and clean aftertaste; Fairly bland for a Helles type of beer and not very exciting. Light bodied and has a prickly carbonation and dry a dry mouthfeel. Not a very exciting beer, about a half step above the American macro beers.
jonas (5595) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUN 12, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Standard Helles, balance tilts to the malty side, taste is bland and uninspiring.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is light and hints at malt sweetness and grassy hoppiness...Color is standard lager yellow with fairly modest head and patchy lace...Malt sweetness and subdued hops and carbonation greet the palate. The finish is quite clean with very light hoppy reminders...Body is adequate, but the decent wave of initial flavors droop into obscurity rapidly, leaving little to keep this brew on its feet. Only constant sipping keeps the flavor mill going...The bottle is quite attractive at least. I'll keep that...
guzzler (76) - AE, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Frothy white head and clear yellow color. Sweet malty taste and no bitterness.
rich42 (128) - USA - OCT 31, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pale. main flavor is light malty sweetness. not much complexity. decent body. very little bitterness. seems well balanced. easy to drink and enjoyable if not very robust. it is however grossly overpriced.