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„Keserű Méz” – meaning Bitter Honey, inspired by the infamous Polanski-movie, Bitter Moon – is a strong, unfiltered, unpasteurized lager from the Fót Brewery. It is bright yellow and opaque, with a thick white head. It’s bisquity, floral-honey sweetness, and its fruitiness resembling melon and mango are all work to hide the brutal bitterness of German hops – Spalter and Magnum.

„Keserű Méz” is a genuine specialty from Fót – north of Budapest – and the first great surprise of the Hungarian Craft-Beer Revolution, kickstarted by the First Hungarian Craft Beer Festival, Főzdefeszt in May 2011. It is an experimental beer, said to create a new beer-style, called HopLager. HopLager is a triple-hopped, strong lager beer – Hungary’s answer to American Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattphilips (802) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 15, 2011
Csapolva a Főzdefeszten. Tükrös arany szín, tetején nem valami nagy, de kitartó hófehér habbal. Illata malátás és virágos, ízében pedig ezek mellé betársul az egészen komoly, egyszerre édes és fanyar gyümölcsösség (mangó, sárgadinnye, mandarin). A beharangozott erős komlózottság bizony érződik rendesen, de nem mar belénk, inkább csak amolyan duplán férfias mennyiség a keserű sörök szerelmeseinek. Utóíze malátás, és itt érezni igazán a várt mézet is. Közepesen testes, száraz és üdítően szénsavas főzet, nyáron igyekszem ráállni a masszívabb fogyasztásra!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fantti (687) - FINLAND - JUN 6, 2013
Draft at Cheers Drinkbar, Budapest. Puors hazy golden with good thick head, which stays long. Aroma has a lot of cereal character with citrusy, bubblegum and little fermented error aroma. Taste is also very cereally with grassy hops in the aftertaste. There is also citrus and hay. Palate is medium with hoppy character in the middle and aftertaste. Surprisingly good and well-hopped kellerbier, with good balance. There seemed to bee litlle error in aroma, but not in taste, which is good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (588) - HUNGARY - AUG 11, 2012
On tap. Pale golden/yellow body, white head. Aroma of honey and flowers. Taste if honey and some grassy hops. Nice, easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rozsoma (468) - HUNGARY - JUL 16, 2011
Ez a főzet most elég "szőlős"-re sikeredett. Kicsit már a grabanc-ra hasonlít.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (346) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
50cl bottle @ home, gift from Csak a Jó Sör - Only Good Beer, Budapest, many thanks! Hazy yellow color, medium white average lasting good lacing head. Aroma lemon peel, fruits, caramel, honey, light citrus. Taste light to medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation, madium lasting strong bitter-sweet finish. Refreshing, slightly IPA-ish beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
Bottle from Hungary courtesy of my friend Laszlo! Cheers! Pours a golden yellow, fairly cloudy, massive white head, very fizzy. Aroma: Very hoppy and spicy. Hints of banana, coriander, nutmeg. Palate: medium bodied, very very creamy and smooth start, almost syrupy. It then rapidly moves to a spicy dry finish. Taste: starts off sweet, very quickly becomes bitter as it gets dry. The aftertaste is long and lingering, but becomes sweeter in the end. A very interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thomasalias (320) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 On tap at Szimpla Kert, Budapest. Opalescent pale color with white frothy head. Hoppy fruity aroma, like IPAs. Mango, orange, citrus, resin, bitter-sweet aroma. Medium bitter taste. medium body with lively carbonation and creamy texture. Long fruity hoppy finish. Very delicious bitter beer. It’s very similar to IPAs. One of the best Hungarian beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graziano85 (301) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Draught at Szimpla Kert in Budapest. Incredible to read it’s a lager! it’s seems an IPA, sure I wouldn’t have said it’s a bottom fermentation beer! Hazy yellow colour, with a big white head, very smooth and fluffy. Very fruity aroma, citrus. Taste is bitter, nice herbal notes, and again citrus. It starts sweet, then finishes quite dry. That’s a nice beer! Maybe the best hungarian beer till now, in my opinion, it was very pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derbeth (291) - Kraków, POLAND - SEP 2, 2013
Aroma is fruity, mostly of mango, suggests an IPA, although this is a lager. Golden colour, hazy, minimal and mostly disappearing head. Medium bitterness. Pleasant beer, a bit unconventional. Draft.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aronvarga (286) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2013
Draught @ Élesztő. Filtered version. Clear, pale yellow colour, white short-life head, citric hoppy aroma, good fizziness, medium body, sweet taste, very citric spicy hoppy palate. Nice brew.

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