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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
„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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2016
On tap @ Főzdefeszt - Slightly hazy yellow colour, medium white head with fair retention. Flowery and herbal hop nose with some cereals and buttery tones. Taste is biscuity with some honey and bread, followed by decent flowery hop bitterness. Light to medium body, average carbonation, a bit watery mouthfeel, a bit unbalanced long hoppy finish. Good hoppy lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyesis (14) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 14, 2016
Perfect amber color with nice and white head. I could feel the bitter honey with citrus taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheCametron (2369) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle drunk outside the excellent Coyote cafe in the company of new friends. Pours Gold with a White head. Aroma is sweet and doughy with some overripe fruit. Good bitterness to the taste and some booze too. Quite nice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brewkrezi (42) - GERMANY - JUL 9, 2016
Etwas schwächelnde weiße Schaumkrone, gut buttrige Eröffnung, durch floral-zitrus Aromen rasch überlagert, gute Bittere zu Frischmalz-Noten, Abgang beeindruckend kurz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MetalMurphy (485) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2016
bottle @ supermarket (budapest) amber colour, medium body, nice bitter and citrus taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fules (827) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - APR 29, 2016
Közepes, tömör, tartós habja van. Szűretlen, borostyán színű. Citrusos, fűszeres illat. Nagyon keserűen indít, pici karamellel a háttérben, némi citrusos aromával párosítva. Utóízében is a keserű dominál, de nem olyan erővel, viszont jó hosszan. Testes sör.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (5526) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 21, 2016
500 ml. bottle. Pours a somewhat cloudy gold with a nice white head. Aroma of fruit and malt. Taste is citrus, malt, grain, caramel, and some floral notes. Pretty good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ippopotamo36 (1770) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 25, 2016
Bottle at the NYE tasting in Beerville pub in Belgrade-Serbia, 31/12/2015. Pours cloudy golden (dark), NO foam at all! Meh. Nose: traces of diacetyl (!), butter pastry and cookies. Mouth: not unpleasant but flat and with a confusing sweetness. Maybe a bad bottle?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markoijelena (2480) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 23, 2016
Bottle 0.5l at Beerville NYE tasting 31.12.2015.Taste with ippopotamo36 bro,Vlada ciao,Ogi and Matori.Pour it hazy yellow color with no head at all.Aroma honey.Taste malt,honey,not so good balanced for me,quite herbal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlfredoGarcia (263) - Santiago, CHILE - DEC 31, 2015
500 ml bottle. Bought in a store close to the Budapest Keleti station. Hoppy smell, ipa like. Dark golden with low white head. Taste is pretty IPA, I think this is badly categorized. Good, but a little watersih aftertaste. Great impresion nevertheless about my fist hungarian try.

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