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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
patko906 (8) - Budapest, - MAY 8, 2014 does not count
A barátom unszolására próbáltam ki és bár nem kedvelem az efféle erős ízeket és alkoholfokot, ez nagyon ízlett! Alkalmanként szívesen iszom azóta is!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FireGlider (219) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 21, 2014
0.5 beer on tap at Szimpla Kert in Budapest. Lasting thick head, honey colour. Peach like taste with bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (1893) - Alabama, USA - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Tap @ Csak a jo Sör, Budapest 24/08/11. Pours cloudy golden with a large head that doesn’t recede easily. Aroma is... hops. They’re not kidding about the massive mountains of Spalter hops. Grassiness and herbal hopping rules the aroma. The same with the flavor though you can detect some cereal maltiness behind it all. Palate is stingy, dry, carbonated. An excellent lager. Would love to drink pints and pints of it, especially at the weathers during the trip in August 2011.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2012
draft at Szimpla Kert in Budapest. so it’s all German hops, alright, but understand that it uses so much that it smells and tastes like an American made it. don’t get me wrong, it’s a tremendous aroma, but it’s very brutish and harsh given the spiced character of the Spalter and strong pungency of the Magnum. and it does reach a level I would call excess, though an uncharacteristic juiciness and resin quality show up. and after all that... it’s fucking beautiful. my nose is drowning in it’s pungent must. there’s quite a strong cheese note, it’s insanely bitter and unbalanced but it’s fascinating. i’m sure if all pilsner or IPA were made like this where I live, I’d be sick of it in only a few weeks, but for me this one definitely gets kudos for being different and foreign to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Impavidus (63) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 31, 2013
Unfiltered, hazy, light orange colour, like weizen, big white head, fizzy. Unpasteurized lager.
Taste and palate is very herbal and full of hops, mild bitter citrus shells, it is easily drinkable, higher alcohol content, but very noticeable. Medium bodied and carbonated.
Pleasure! A good Hungarian beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graziano85 (363) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 23, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2015 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! It was very pleasant and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mithe (1103) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 2, 2014
(tap 0,5l @ Cheers Drinkbár (Budapest)) Nice hoppy, citrusy, fruity, sweet malty aroma. Hazy golden color. All time white head. Medium sweet, light bitter, some citrusy flavor. Medium body. Light bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
migajos (294) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 28, 2014
Very nice hoppy sweet aroma. Nice hoppy citrusy-honey taste. Well balanced and extremally drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 18, 2011
SzimplaKert, Budapest, csapolva Olyan színe van, mint egy szűretlen búzasörnek, ködös, világos narancssárga, vékony, krémes állagú habbal. Illata igen gyümölcsös, szőlős, malátás és édeskés. Ízében is egyből jön a sok gyümölcs, főleg az illatos szőlő, édeskés maláta, amit hirtelen pofon vág egy hatalmas adag kesernyés komló, keserűen, zöld gyógyfüvesen, kissé gyantásan. Közepesen testes és szénsavas. Utóíze keserédesen kezdődik, ami a legvégén átcsap egy könyörtelen szárazságba, ami igen hosszan tart. Remek kísérlet volt ez az extra komlózás, nagyon finom lett és mivel a magasabb alkohol tartalom nem igen észrevehető, veszélyesen itatja magát. Gratulálok!

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