JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is something especially gorgeous about a gorgeous brown beer that is the only option in a warm, out-of-the-way little brewery tavern, so that everyone is drinking the same gorgeous dark brown beer from dimpled mugs and there is no thought of ordering something golden. So you live with it and get to know it. Last time I remember it being a fruity revelation, but this time it struck me as more laced with licorice. There is a mild dark roast character, a light sweetness, low bitterness, light acidity. It balances lots of mild things and still adds up to plenty of character. I think it’s an intriguing beer, and a pretty one, worth the detour. Or the one-mile hike up from Aufseß.
kevnic2008 (10781) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Many thanks for this beer to Beerhunter111. Pours dark reddish brown colour, small brown head. Aroma is malty, some fruits, wood and mild toasted notes.
Beerhunter111 (14034) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl swing-top bottle from the brewpub. Pours clear dark orange brown colour with a mid-sized/small off-white head. Aroma of mild roasted malt, caramel and nuts. Taste of mild roasted malt, floral hops, nuts and caramel, nice!
Benzai (12187) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Clear amber to red color, average sized off-white head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, slightly earthy. Taste malts, lightly sweet, a bit dusty. Soft mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Meh.
DutchDrebus (5419) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ the last thursdayeveningtasting @ de dries. Dark amber colour with a small to medium sized off-white head. Smells malts, sweet, raisins, brown sugar. Tastes sweet, malts, raisins. Thin to medium body with nice carbo.
AndySnow (6216) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Caramel, malt, grass.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, malt, bread.
olsvammel (5098) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at SMÖF 2014. Malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Very smooth mouthfeel and easy to drink. Felt well made.
culchiem (3343) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Hopfen and Maltz. Thin brown with an off white head. Aroma is nutty malt. Flavour is watery malt, thin texture.
TAR (2581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Tap at the brewery, Dec. 2013: Dark russet. Fine-bubbled dirty-white froth. Unclean aromas of diacetyl, prune juice, cola, rotting fruit, vinegar and yogurt. Soft prickles of carbonation. Flimsy body. Initial sip is dull, colalike, yogurty and butterscotch-laden. Limp and lifeless earthy malt looms faintly beneath the rampant "off" notes and peculiar prune juice fruitiness. Notes of cardboard abound. Buttery flavors film the palate with a tacky residue. Flaccid, prunelike finish reveals vague caramelized sugars, although butterscotch and yogurt predominate. Gee whiz, does the brewer have a yogurt and vinegar fetish or something? It’s truly puzzling how a beer in Franconia can be both served and happily lapped up by the patrons (one guy at our table remarked to us this is his favorite beer in the region!). Very unfortunate that this beer is so amiss, because I would very much love to have some serious quality time at the brewery since it’s tucked away in one of the coziest and most idyllic settings imaginable (perched atop a hill surrounded by hardwoods and farmland).
Ernest (7120) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft at the brewpub in Heckenhof.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, roasted grain, malt syrup), with a strong note of yogurt/sour cream.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Such a shame that such an idyllic little country village/setting is home to such a terrible beer. It smells more like yogurt than anything else, and is equally sour. Pretty much impossible to enjoy.