Leighton (13942) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottoe at home in Salisbury, CT. pours clear gold, effervescent, with a large, frothy off-white head. Has a beautiful aroma, all crisp cereal, modest white bread, straw. Light sweet flavor with good, crisp bitter hay, floral hops, cereal. Light bodied with average carbonation. Crisp finish, more cereal, biscuits, mild floral notes, simple bread. Great lager.
brokensail (13201) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ GT’s house. Clear golden pour with a white head. Aroma is bready malt, dough, and apple esters. Lightly fruity, yeasty, and maybe a touch soapy. Flavor is too bitter for my tastes. Otherwise, good bread, biscuit, and dough. Fruit esters, some yeast, and a bit of orange peel.
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL thanks to WillFunForBeer. Pours a sparkling clear golden, thicker white lacing. Nose takes its sweet time to open up. At first it’s soapy, loads of orange perfume. Finally it opens up to beautiful pale malt grist, oatmeal, fresh oranges. Taste is exceptionally biscuit malt, flashes of DMS from the pilsner malt, nice perfumey orange. Palate is rich, thick biscuit. Really solid Pils here- impressive.
deyholla (8114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Brian! Pours a clear gold with a slight amber hue and a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice grassy hop note with some crisp yeast and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet grains and a bit of biscuit that is cut by grassy hops and is quite crisp.
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lord Hobo with Brian after BBF. Pours a mostly clear golden amber with a thin white head. Big crisp grainy lager notes, lots of grain. Medium-bodied, sweet caramel and malt, toast, toffee. Long grain on a spicy finish.
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle pours a clear gold with some hazy, white head. Nose of grass, hay, malt, lemon. Flavor is clean, sweet, grass, hay, malt, candy. Clean finish. Decent pils.
thornecb (4819) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours bright gold into a stein. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bready caramel aromas. Soft and well-balanced with cracker and caramel upfront turning dry in the mildly hoppy earth and hay finish.
jkwood04 (4767) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours transparent golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of pale and bread-like malts and some nice floral hops. Flavor the same with a nice blend. Average texture. A good amount of flavor for this style of beer.
Ernesto987 (4625) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don’t Mean to homer but home run! This is such a thick and rich body with a selicate hop bite , very crisp !
ClarkVV (4211) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Martys, drunk 5/19/15
Deep copper-brass pour has some brighter golden hues to it and a medium to small white head that slowly recedes to cover. Clarity is high.
High minerality and tons of grassy and dry hay-like hoppiness in the nose seems to be fading fast. Never too sure of the bottling dates on their stuff (HINT HINT), but I suspect this one has sat on the shelf for a few months. Still, highly clean, with light sourdough bread notes and some sweet honeyed malts. It all comes together well and delivers an authentic interpretation.
Same, not-quite-as-fresh-as-it-could-be flavor still boasts no flaws or problems. The carbonation seems to dissipate quickly in their bottles that sit, so this one was a little undercarbonated as they usually are, but it created no major problems. Mostly just highlighted the malts which are very well-attenuated here. Spicy hoppiness is real but still an afterthought. As usual, the challenge remains of getting JA beers as fresh as possible without the aid of a bottled on date....
As Auerbrau goes on about their beers not being very good in his review here, I think he is an (unsuspecting) victim of having a very passed-its-prime bottle (though I’m a bit surprised he dosent realize it’s the shelf age and not the beer).