ippopotamo36 (723) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity keg at Ma che siete venuti a fa in Rome-Italy, with mortlach and luttonm. Many thanks to Manuele for having plugged this gem upon our short stay in Rome, grazie. Pours a hazy amber color, slightly perceivable from the top of the mug glass. Tick off-white foamy head. Nose: Impressive chicory-grassy bitterness, basically given by the yeast/hops use, grainy character all the way. Mouth: soft carbonation, bready body, chicory accent. Extreme lager I have to admit, which exceeds expectations.
Mortlach (1253) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From barrel @Ma che siete venuti a fŗ (Rome) with ippopotamo36 and luttonm. Hazy golden appearance with a medium head. Aroma is hoppy, grassy... exteme! Bread, some biscuits, yeasts. Flavour is rich and powerful, malt, biscuits, strong bitter in the end. Medium body, light carbonation. Impressive.
harrisoni (15009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Knoblach. Served in a krug. Itís really tasty. Malty hoppy bitter noble hop finish. Not sure. It has hops and character but there is an uneasy relationship and itís a tad watery. Good. I mean really good but not top notch.
KyotoLefty (7453) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gravity at the brewery. Grassy, earthy nose, fresh rye bread. Huge flavorótoasted bread, a bit of caramel, and enormous hops. So bitter, grassy, dirty. Ridiculously hoppy. Some peaches and biscuits. A fascinating hop showcase and perfectly drinkable.
downender (6890) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewpub, 12 August 2014. Hazy gold with a decent, white, head. Aroma of grassy hops, with some sweetish malts and a touch of stone fruit. Flavour had more crisp malts and fruit, before a lengthy, bitter, finish. Enjoyable.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Gravity pour from the wooden barrel) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium white head. Aroma of grain, grass, earth, and hay. Flavor of grain, earth, resin, and florals with a dry, crisp, lingering bitter finish.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple liters vom fass at Knoblach in Dec. 2013: Slightly hazy orangish golden. Broken, tiny-bubbled white foam. Brightly fruity aromas mix with honey-drizzled toasted hay, wood-root-spice hops, herbs, piecrust, fresh bread, and minerals to comprise the mellow but refined nose. Soft prickles of subdued carbonation. Crunchy, nutty and malty, with toffee and oodles of toasted hay richness dovetailing with candyish, woody, deeply herbal bitterness. Potently grassy and herbal, throughout. Depth-lending residual sugars are beautifully tempered by the saliva-inducing minerals. Crisp notes of piecrust also help offset the sweetness and add to the elaborate maltiness. What it lacks in hop flavor is perfectly compensated by a succulent medley of fruity esters which support the stiff, salty, licorice-charged bitterness. Savory punch of hard lemon candy in there, as well. Continually richly malty and sturdy with profuse honey, toast, and lush hay notes at the finish, which is adorned with a captivatingly forceful zing of staunch bitterness. A ridiculously clean and bitter beer which stretches the boundaries of what is widely accepted as standard hopping rates in the region. Nearly impossible to stop drinking. Certainly rivals, if not surpasses, the exquisite hoppiness of Witzgall Landbier and Roppelt Kellerbier (when they are "on", that is), two of Franconiaís hoppiest.
Ernest (6699) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Knoblach.
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of peach, honey.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation.
A darn good beer...complex, spicy-floral-herbal-fruity aroma. Great balance and very clean. Gets better as it warms, so take your time with this one.
3fourths (8555) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2015 Vom fass at the brewery in Schammelsdorf many times over the years, and at the FrankenBierFest in Rome in March 2015, when it was in absolutely stunning shape and stole the show (along with the Knoblach Fastentrunk). First impression: uncharacteristically hoppy Franconian lagerbier.
Green, grassy, lemon pithy / citrus Spalt hops. Incredibly rich and full maltiness with immense depth, suggesting toffee and baked bread and nutty pastries. Itís lip-smacking and bitter and sweet and demands gulps. Iíve had duds before, yeasty and doughy and smelling of autolyzed yeast, but when itís on it is hands-down one of the finest beers in the world and shows Michael Knoblach to be one of the best brewers in the world. As for the score, Iíve had this so many times, and like any Franconian beer it varies. Iíve had yeasty-muddy glasses that were difficult to finish (not bad due to fermentation or recipe but because the barrel was turbid), and Iíve had exceptional barrels where Iím convinced itís one of the best 10 beers of my life. Most glasses are in-between those two extremes, where the malt is lip smacking and savory and filling while the hops are sticky bitter and citric.
fonefan (38685) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wooden barre - gravity @ Brauerei Knoblach, Kremmeldorfer Strasse 1, Schammelsdorf, Bavaria Germany 96123.
Served in a steinkrug. Unclear medium yellow amber colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, grain, hay, moderate hoppy, grass, fruity. Initial flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter, finish flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long duration, malty, crispy hops, grainy hoppy, initial metalic bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.