GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden with a tall lasting head. Smells like a good beer rich and malty with a bit of citrus. Full nectar with excellent carbonation. A rich lager with excellent balance. Bitters up nicely on the finish.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of honey and lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Wow...what a great little Helles. It’s so rare to find a notable example of this style in the US (domestic or imported), but I *love* them when they’re done well. And of all countries to hail from, the real ale capital of the planet, quite a surprise. Clean smelling and tasting, vibrant floral/herbal hops in the nose, chewy malt, nice mouthfeel esp. considering the ABV, etc. I will be buying many more bottles of this, I can tell you.
3fourths (8986) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
crystal gold body, thick blotchy pure white head. sparkling appearance. nose is mildly pungent, moderately fatty, has a juicy fruit ester quality, and seems oily or wax-like (they mention caprylic yeast flavor). thin approach, carbonation intensifies mid-palate, body becomes frothy and rich but remains light. toasty buttered biscuits, medium hop bitterness combines with a medium crispness to make the body dance. there’s a small turn towards petrol or corn just before the finish (a little bit like burnt butter and tire rubber, but it’s all very faint). lingering snappy and sharp bitterness of substantial length. damn fine lager.
SudsMcDuff (7741) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
fuckin stank ass penguin .. . got this in the discount bin, a buck 50, and still has 3 months on its expire date to go! .. . light aroma of corn and hay, smalls nice .. . light mouth .. light foam .. . is a really nice beer, light and refreshing- perfect for the 45 degree weather .. . . i didn’t do it!
Martin243 (996) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 bottles for £2 at Waitrose, so worth a go. 330ml bottle served cold from the fridge in a chalice. Pours brilliantly clear light gold, with a white haed that disappated to leave lacing around the glass. The aroma is floral/citrus, as are the flavours, with a bit of added fruitness. I detect apricot marmalade sweetness balanced by hop bitterness. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy palate. Nice, unchallenging in a positive sense, good summer session lager. A bit gassy mind, but nice burps!
TAR (2599) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Effulgent blonde. Thin yet rocky and persistent bottle-conditioned foam. Lovely bouquet of herbaceous, peppery, lemon-rind hops and subtler notes of honeydew melon, minerals, grass, toasted crackers, and honeycomb. Strong scent of plastic, as well. Soft and snug carbonation. Juicy hop-derived surge of lemon pulp is quelled by a stark, almost salty, palate-scrubbing wash of minerals and vividly defined toasty pils malt. Succulent hop flavors continue onward, yielding an elegant medley of flowers and honeydew melon which provides wonderful contrast to the firm foundation of malt and minerals. Remains beautifully balanced at the finish, with a scratchy edge of grassy, herbal hop bitterness prevailing gracefully over the crisp structure. Aside from the curious note of plastic and puttylike yeast, this is clean and supremely quaffable. And bottle-conditioned, to boot? Ya gotta love this brewery!
johndoughty (4772) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bronze and sweet perhaps a bit too much for my taste. Small head and a lingering sweet aftertaste. Recently voted the best lager in Britain-there cant have been much competition!
Leighton (17473) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours clear, light yellow with a small, creamy white head. Some light cereal in the nose with hints of hay. Light to medium sweet flavor with hop bite, mostly of hay with very light metal. Light bodied with fine to average carbonation. Crisp and refreshing to finish with very mild character. Some light and toasty cereal, biscuits, hay. Very basic overall and somewhat weak in character, but the character that does come through is sound and the beer does refresh.
wlajwl (5443) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is a mix of grassy and grainy elements. The flavor is flavor is similar to the aroma and very beery, with a decent hoppiness in the finish.
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate grass, light grain, and a hint of lemon. It pours a transparent gold with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a thin film that leaves behind some sporadic webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a light dose of sweet grains. The finish is moderate grass and floral bitterness. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation.