BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from TAR, thanks Jeff! Poured a clear golden-yellow color with a moderate, bubbly white head that faded to a bubbly layer. Sweet cereal aroma with some soft honey, light dough, light minerals, moderately grassy, and some soft apricot fruitiness. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with hints of honey covered cereal and lightly toasted malt offset by a moderate hit of minerals leads into a zesty citrus fruitiness (lemon, orange) leading into a moderately dry, grassy, herbal hoppiness paired with another moderate dash of mineral bitterness that lingers into the finish and a softer citrus fruitiness (orange, apricot), Moderate carbonation, relatively thin body that is offset by the dryness. Still very drinkable, and the minerally elements went a long way towards making this enjoyable for me.
jonas (6141) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks KyotoLefty! Light hazy golden, fine carbonation, rocky white head. Fruity, perfumed aromatics. Medium light dry body, sparkly yet chewy mouthfeel. Hayish malt, grassy and perfumed hops to counter. Dry, moreish, perfectly drinkable as you expect from the region, citruspeel retronasal.
KyotoLefty (7855) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle fresh from the brewery, consumed that evening. Nice malty nose. Ripe stone fruits, bread and biscuit, a touch of caramel. Deep, clear gold with a tall, fine head. Soft, sweet, and malty flavor with peaches, honey, and orange. Dry, prickly finish. Full malt flavor with balanced sweetness. Lots of peach and apricot.
Beerhunter111 (10833) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leicht trübes dunkelgoldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch kräftig malzig, fruchtig, hopfig, leicht grasig. Geschmack kräftig malzig, ordentlich gehopft, grasig, fruchtig, gut!
Koelschtrinker (12886) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Würziger, hopfig herber Antrunk. Das milde Karamellaroma steigert sich im Mittelteil deutlich, auch der Hopfen legt zu. Dunkel, etwas trocken, passend. Vollmundiges gutes Lagerbier. 8/12/12/12/10/12
kevnic2008 (9870) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear golden yellow colour with average lasting head. Malty aroma of white bread, grain.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Dark golden yellow, pretty clear, with a big, creamy and persistent bright white head. On the nose cereals and white bread mostly, a hint of floral and earthy (almost spicy) hop notes, a generic graininess feel as well. Lovely creamy mouthfeel, mildly sweet upfront with a pleasent herbal bitterness in the middle. Properly dry in the end. Bready, malty and peppery aftertaste. Extremely refreshing and easy drinking. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, creamy texture. Very nice!
Erzengel (5621) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Vielen Dank an wastl für dieses Bier!
Goldene Farbe, weißer Schaum.
Der Antrunk ist malzig-süffig, ganz leicht süßlich.
Zum Hauptteil wird das Bier vollmundig-mild, ganz leicht süßlich und weich.
Der Nachgeschmack ist mittellang, süffig-malzig.
--> Leckeres, typisch fränkisches helles Lagerbier.
Test vom 1.2.2011, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,12,10,12,10 - 10,60
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the brewery, packaged a few days before consumption (November, 2013): Burnished golden. Puffy dirty-white head slowly disperses into a sustained collar. Dull and simple nose of honey-drizzled pecans, piecrust, scones, claylike yeast, faint breadcrust and herbal, licorice-tinged Spalter. Vaguely mineralic and apricot jammy. Light note of concrete and lemon. Fuzzy carbonation. Initially chewy and richly breadcrusty with a subdued melanoidin push. A pronounced pecan sweetness overlays the suggestive haylike grassiness. Malt falls apart and fails to inspire as it lacks texture and vividness, and leans toward husky. Little in the way of minerals, though a spicy, grassy, herbal bitterness, albeit understated, provides some grip which adds a welcomed contrast to the slippery apricotlike esters. Spalt-derived hard lemon candy notes echo the hop sass. Light note of DMS muddles things. Attenuation leaves something to be desired as it finishes with sturdy breadcrust flavors amid a tealike hop flavor and some flabby malt aspects. I was once in love with this beer, which was a mineral bomb, but the immaculate cleanness and captivating mineral character is no longer evident. This is merely a minor step up from ordinary, and even has a note of DMS and concrete that I did not detect in previous bottles, and that limits my enjoyment significantly. The brewer has stated that the water is getting harder and harder, but I don’t know if that’s part of the problem with this once glorious beer or if it’s just another example of unfiltered Franconian lager not performing well from the bottle. The kellerbier vom fass is always delightful. At any rate, these couple of bottles have been a letdown.
Ernest (6745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2013 Bottle (best before July 2013).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with note of minerals.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately to heavily bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Sadly, the magic is already gone. My first bottle was best-before June, this newer bottle purchased at the brewery is kind of rough, just like the pils and kellerbier. I believe Christian is capable of fantastic beer, but these latest samples are unfortunately plain and a rough-edged/grainy. We found many inconsistent breweries on this trip, and sadly it appears this is one of them. Visit again in the winter and you may find an entirely different quality of product.