hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… February in Franconia (2011)… Clear, dark copper lager with a large, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention and lacing. The mashy, grainy aroma offers notes of mocha and nuts alongside strong suggestions of caramel and vanilla. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Well-balanced. Grainy, warm mash flavor – light caramel and chocolate malts and toasted barley. Finishes crisp and hearty yet refreshing. Tastes like an obscure region of Germany that I hope-against-hope to visit one day. Thanks go out to erlangernick and Koelschtrinker for making this this month of Franconian lagers possible!
harrisoni (13156) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle from Pigs Ear BF 2010 drunk at home. Deep russet colour with thick ivory head. Decent rich darkish and fruity malts. Very decent beer with good drinkability and very decent fruit throughout. Went well with the sausages and roast veg I had for dinner. Some decent toffee. Decent
TBone (12329) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (BZ, BB 10/2010)
Deep chestnut brown color, good beige creamy head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate and grassy hops. Medium-bodied, soft palate. Cocoa powder, grassy mild hops and cardboard in the flavor. Short finish. Interesting, different festbier, although I am not a big fan of this kind of grassy hoppyness.
ha1ag (700) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep warm red-amber, with off-white head. Smokey nose. Smokey, roasted aroma. Flavour is the same. Should be reclassified as Rauchbeer.
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.5 l bottle, thanks Timo A! Dark amber color. Very nutty aroma with notes of microwave popcorn. Malty, nutty and toasty flavor. Fairly firm malty and nutty taste.
pivnizub (8727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Deep amber coloured, big fluffy off-white head - slowly collapsing; moderate sweetish-fruity and dark-malty nose; drier bitter-sweet flavour, light to medium bodied; becomes drier and more chocolatey towards the malty-toasty finish. Fine franconian stuff......
Earlier Rating: 9/3/2006 Total Score: 3.3
Bottle: Dark amber coloured, huge, fluffy but firm off-white head; complex nose: sweet malt, roasted malt, milk-coffee and aromatic hops; sweetish-bitter flavour; burnt malt in the finish, herbal (almost chocolatey...) hoppiness in the aftertaste. A fat franconian brew....
Earlier Rating: 6/27/2009 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle:Clear, golden, mid-sized to big creamy head, that very slowly diminishes; bisquity-grainy nose with a shy touch of noble hops; light to moderate sweet-bitter flavour, light soft body; delicate, but lingering sweetish-hoppy finish. Good, solid franconian quality.......
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Clear, dark brown colour with a big and beige foamy head. Toast-malty aroma with caramel, burnt element, vanilla and shades of aroma hops in the background. Sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a soft carbonation. Roasty malty and bready taste with caramel and notes of chocolate towards the sweet and roast-bitter finish with a light but present hops character. Classy Dunkel. 31.III.10
Earlier Rating: 2/18/2007 Total Score: 3.3
(bottle) Clear, dark mahogany colour with a foamy white medium-sized head. Hearty and slightly roasted malt aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and herbal hops. Bitter-sweet flavour, medium to light body with a smooth carbonation. Dark malty taste, moderately roasted with herbal notes and chocolate; dry, medium-bitter and lasting finish with liquorice. Quite complex Festbier.
Earlier Rating: 6/24/2009 Total Score: 3.3
(bottle) Clear, golden colour with a big and fluffy foamy white head. Sweet and slightly draffy malty aroma with notes of biscuits, traces of barnyard and a delicately herbal and slightly citrus-fruity hoppy touch. Light-bitter flavour, light to medium bodied, crispy on the tongue. Solid malty base with a rural tinge of barnyard and well-balanced hoppy accents; almost dry, malty and moderately hoppy finish with a very subtle fruity touch (24.VI.09).
jonas (5592) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 Bottle. Sulphury eggnog and chocolate aroma. Brown, low lacing cappucino head. Very dry, roasted notes, praline flavour. Medium body, dry quick finish. dud bottle?
gunnar (5102) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a generous off-white creamy head.. Earthy aroma,some roasted malt as well.Full malty taste, caramel, some acidic, light bitterness. Hints of smoke in the aftertaste
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ a bar in Erlangen. Dark brown with soapy head. Aroma of butter, cola, and bread. Light palate is slightly oily, slick, and a bit fizzy. Flavors are not so bad, very similar to the aromas with cola, nuts, and bread with sour, oily diacetyl on the palate. Manages to be drinkable in spite of it.