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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (6793) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Swingtopbottle at YNWA. Low but lasting white fluffy head. Clear yellow golden body. Powerful sweet honey aroma. Dry sweet malt flavor with a heavy amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2405) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 15, 2011
Tasted on tap at Főzdefeszt, Budapest.
Some cloudy appearance with a pale golden body, nice medium foamy white head. Balanced malts, some caramel, strong herbal hops in the aroma. Medium bodied one with abready malt base, powerful bit of the Spalter hops with a fine herbal taste on the tongue. Nice and easy drinkable.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
inbirraveritas (1217) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2011
Ködös aranyszínű sör, (nevéhez méltó) erőteljes, virág és gyógyfüveket idéző komlós karakterrel és keksz ill. virágméz jellegű ízvilággal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfront (38) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 7, 2012
on tap @ beer bier, budapest. pours a nice hazey pale yellow with soft looking white head. aroma is citrus of oanges/lime cut with what seems like corriander and hoppy. light/medium body which is slick/oily with soft/light carbonation.again citrus with a really hoppy bitter finish. fruity.bitter. and very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rune (7827) - Tromsř, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2012
300ml draught and later a 500ml bottle, 6.0% abv, both at and from Cheers Drinkbar. At the bar the beer was presented as an IPA. Cool label design to the bottled version. Fluffy white head, unclear golden body, fragile lacing. Fresh fruity aroma, lightly spiced. The flavour is also very fresh with fruity hops bringing hints of grapefruits and oranges and hints of smooth honey sweetness. Mild bitter citrus shells to the finish. Soft in the mouth. Very pleasing (Budapest, 31.07.2012).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cristobal37 (256) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Great example of Hungarian craft brewing on the up. Great session beer. My friend had a keg at his wedding reception. Similar to a light pale ale you’d find in the states. Tasty and good hop balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4342) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2013

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow color with a fine white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Deep caramel malty, mild fruity and some citric hoppy notes.
Palate: Medium body. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Dominating malt base. Fresh citric hoppy and some fruity notes.
Overall impression: Really nice, tasty and fresh strong lager.
Personal stats: On tap at Élesztő in Budapest, Hungary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (5110) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2012
On draft at sorspecialista, Budapest. Thin white head. Cloudy blond pour. Nice hoppiness with a hint of honey. Nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (3896) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 3, 2012
Courtesy of tonycaviar at the F-Fest, thanks! Lovely opaque yellow-golden body, white head. Sweet malty, somewhat husky nose. Yoghurty bitterish husky taste. Some nice funkiness I generally associate with lambics, but it shouldn’t be off. Not thrilled, but I’d go for it again, certainly quite different than most!

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