Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden and almost translucent, with slight hints of orange, especially when taken away from direct light. The head was a creamy dollop of meringue. This is a lager? Nice! It did die off a bit, but left a few rings around the glass beforehand.
Freshly cut wet grass and/or grain, with lots of eastern-european hops thrown in there. I think the menu said Tettnager and Saaz with maybe one or two more.
Very robust malt backbone, crispy and refreshing, even though I didn’t need this with the sub-arctic temperature outside, but it really, really hit the spot well this summer in the blazing heat. Decent hops in the finish as well, this is about as good as it gets for lagers in the Montreal brewpub scene.
Ungstrup (30476) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy orange beer with a nice white head. The aroma is sweet hoppy. The flavor is sweet malty with lots of grass, as well as some caramel and grapefruit, leading to a dry hoppy end. The mouthfeel is somewhat sticky.
radiomgb (2505) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Golden-amber in colour, large lasting white head, lots of great lace. The aroma was malty, some honey, wheat and floral hops. The flavour was of soft toasted malts, floral hops, some perfume, crisp and slightly sweet. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering dry bitterness.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub
Clear gold, large puffy head, lots of lacing. Nose of crisp hops and nice malts, creamy husk. The flavor is nicely tart with toasty malts and a sizable body. Very nice helles, well done in body and with an attractive appearance.
asheft (2705) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Foggy bronze with a white cover that forms okay lacing and lasts. Fresh, noble hops aroma that seems somewhat fruity, but from the hops, well complimented by sweet malt that is not caramely. A bit too sweet tasting for the bitterness (but is that the style?), but still a nice, crisp malty and hoppy beer. Medium body and in need of more carbonation with a clean finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bit dark for a helles lager- no real need for the caramunihc in a helles, but regardless of the appearance- everything else is spot on as far as style and is a very well made beer. Nice aroma, but is a bit fruity, and dark malty. ALso has a lot of nice herbal and floral hops with a bit of spice in there as well. Good amount of soft sweet malt to back up the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth and very refreshing. Reminded me a lot of the helles lagers in Munich.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright, hazy orange-amber w/ a small but dense white head. Aroma is sweet, malty (biscuit, hint of caramel) & slightly fruity (citrus). Soft, gentle, supple feel. Clean, well-balanced sweet, malty flavour w/ a nice touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Very well-structured.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft during RBSG visit, a weak grassy hop aroma, pour was a cloudy golden yellow with very little white head on it. too much hop for me in this style, the malts were secondary to the hops, and were pretty much overwhelming compared to the other flavors. the finish was crisp but again very hoppy.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very pleasant lager, especially being the first beer after the grand tasting at the RBSG. Clear golden color, firm white head. NIce pale malt balanced out by the right amount of flowery hops. Light bitterness, light bodied, slightly dry. Very nice.
CapFlu (4781) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub. Pours a thin, dissipating head atop an deep golden body. Nose of sweet malt and perfume hops. Flavour is mildly malty with a lasting bitter finish. Very good.