strafefire (8) - - MAR 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part two of the Germanic beer offerings, Keesman Sternla Lager is the beverage of choice with a Pizza and salad Friday.
Completely by accident, this pairing is not heavenly, its lifesaving. Ever opting for the hottest, most outrageously spicy offering the n a pizza possible, the damn thing burns like thermite. The only way to quench this inferno is a strong, malty bomb. Sternla Lager is just the job.
Cracking the bottle and on the pour, Stern a throws hints of halted biscuit, fresh hay, and just a small hint of ester. Very interesting stuff indeed.
Speaking of pour, this brew is art made manifest. Surging in a turbid swash like a storm, Sternla settles into a gorgeous clear burnt amber glow, the rival of any quality Vienna lager, while the head is a firm, robust cap which any beer enthusiast worth his salt would expect of a German beer.
Unusually, Sternla is listed as a kellerbier, but so far all signs suggests a Vienna. Amber? Vienna. Crystal clear hue? Vienna. Moderate carbonation? Yes sir, Vienna.
The proving however is in the tasting. My god, what a taste. Initially Sternla begins with a very subtle hint of breast yeast, but this swiftly changes to a growing citric acidity and bitterness, backed up by a more subtle but present malty backbone, like the coffee and vanilla hints in good Cuban cigar. This continues through to a climax of lingering grapefruit sourness, this might not sound too appealing but supported by the biscuit malt and given the serving temperature, it is a most satisfying Finnish that practically demands an appreciative "Aaaaaah"
To summarise? Sternla Lager acts and looks like a very, very fine Vienna lager, however it exchanges the stronger malt influence in the typical Vienna with a more bitter, citric astringency. Radically different to the GOS Sanger Kellerbier of that I am sure, Sternla may or may not be an example the of kellerbier (should anyone be in the know be able to offer an insight I would be very grateful), what I do know is that this is another enormous success chalked up to the Teutons.
dankeshun mit prost!
tgncc (2983) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is sweet, caramel, cooked vewgetables. The appearance is clear amber, white head. The flavor is verry sweet, caramel, vegetable. The. Finsih is sweet, earthn light hops. Medium. In body. More lile Rotbier than a ZKL.enjoyable.
kevnic2008 (8997) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark yellow with a white head. Aroma of bready malt, grass. Flavor of malt, bread, grassy hops.
Marheb (2757) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bue à la brasserie): Une concoction bien ficelée mais ennuyante. Céréales craquants, sucres timides mais adéquats, aromatique végétale balancée et buvabilité festive.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub in Aug. 2014: Crystal-clear polished bronze. Creamy but fragmented eggshell head. Soft malty aromas of poundcake, pecan, Turkish apricot, toast, and breadcrust. Hint of fennel-like Spalt. Loose pinpricks of carbonation. Initially sappy with licorice-tinged hop oils and bracing minerals. Pronounced herbaceous hop sting yields to a forceful marmalade suppleness which adds generous weight to the otherwise lean body. Fresh hay looms amid a suggestive melanoidiny succulence. Malt-driven complexity continues to unravel as deep and refined toast exudes with ample lushness and zero edges. Finishes peppery with a nuanced tobacco leaf sharpness and sassy licorice notes which emerge alongside a grassy pils malt and bouncy pecan punctuation. Perhaps a tad tacky-sweet and a bit flimsy in the mouth, but the balance is appealing and the malt character multidimensional. And while it doesn’t exhibit that evocative Franconian rusticity, it’s still a very respectable lagerbier all the same.
danielecamo (632) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alla spina al brewpub. Colore giallo paglierino, aroma di miele, cereale, grano, aromi puliti e nitidi, lager veramente piacevole.
Sledutah (5573) - Utah, USA - AUG 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF
Clear dark golden with a very small white head, spotty lacing. Mild aroma is fruity. Mild fruity bitters
EdKing (2046) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg gravity dispense at GBBF 2014. Rubyish orange, insanely large beige head. Nose is sweetish malt, caramel, rye cereal, fruit cake, baked bread, some orange citrous. Taste is very malty, but with some tangy bitterness, toasty grain, fruity, bit boiled sweet though.
Niall73 (2108) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at GBBF 2014. Pours gold with an off white head. Honey, toffee aroma. Light body, medium carbonation. White bread, caramel, honey, hint of lemon, sponge cake, some orange. Nice balance, Good.
Scopey (8035) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at GBBF 2014. It pours clear deep amber with a thick white head. The nose is doughy, brown, grainy, light caramel, cake and fruit cake. The taste is crisp, malt-driven, brown bread, toasted grass and earth with a dry, toasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Well rounded and quaffable.
Ferris (6548) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - Caramel, some malts and skunk. Clear gold with a decent white head. Grains and a nice malty backbone. Nice.