ElGaucho (2306) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle purchased at a large sundries shop in Rome. I was pretty excited to find this brew, thinking it was a limited release anniversary brew. I bought two bottles (at 2.5 euros apiece); one to drink and one to bring home for my fellow chicago Ratebeerians. I soon found out that it wasn’t worth the extra weight in my suitcase. Very lagerish aroma. Corn is pervasive in the nose; familiar. Gold body with steady carbonation. Clear as crystal and served in a crystal glass. Excellent lace. Basic and bland flavor. Perhaps refreshing on a hot day, which it was, but by the time I had it I was well hydrated and looking for something more. Very bland, disappointing.
larsga (6767) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small white head, some larger bubbles. Yellow body with carbonation.
Light malt and apple aroma with faint hoppy notes. Dry grassy hoppy
malty taste with fruity apple notes. Dry apple and straw aftertaste.
Not at all bad, but kind of boring. Enough hops and balance to make it
worth drinking. (0.33l bottle from KnutAlbert.)
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle. Pale golden. Small white head that clings to the glass. Metallic neutral hop aroma. Floral. Grainy malt aroma. Crisp malt flavours and a distinct and sharp hop flavour. Quite high hop bitterness, but blends nicely with the malts. Light-bodied. Refreshing beer, but not particularly interesting.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Corn seems to be the key aroma, pale yellow,large short lived white head. Watery corn taste, thin, poor. Thank you Jon Walker.
cgarvieuk (17632) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale golden yellow colour, light fresh simple and clean, soft lager better than most.
Skinnyviking (7905) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. High withe creamy good looking and lasting head. Clear yellow body with a good deal of carbonation. Surprisingly distinct barley malt aroma with a bitte of apples (I guess). Barley malt flavor with a suitable amount of hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a relatively long aftertaste. Better than expected.
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Golden with a nice head. The aroma is neutral with weak notes of sour malt. The flavour has weak notes of malt (a bit sour), hops and light sweetness - plain boring IMO. 1760
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear golden with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, bit grainy, Flavour of malt, some hops, little sweetness, little citrus, bit dry. Some bitterness in the finish. A nice refreshing pale lager.
GRM (3335) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml, gift from Bill, drank in the conference room at work, best before 27.07.07; eye: straw, light effervescence, clear, white head; nose: malt (grain), malt and malt, light corn; mouth: all in malt, light corn, really light caramel, finale in malt (grain), medium body, grainy texture, really slight astringence, average carbonation; overall: better than what I expected
Bouteille brune, 330 ml, 4, cadeau de Bill, bue dans la salle de conférence au bureau, meilleure avan t27.07.07; oeil : paille, légère effervescence, claire, mousse blanche; nez : malt (grain), malt et malt, léger maïs; bouche : tout en malt, léger maïs, très léger caramel, finale en malt (grain), corps moyen, texture granuleuse, très légère astringence, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : meilleure que mes attentes
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
33 cl green bottle from Binny’s. No date on this one, but there’s a pretty skunky pour. Pale lager color under a thick bubbly head. Skunkiness dwindles once it has room to breath. Taste is immediately corny, with a little note of biscuity or Pilsner malt. Some fusels, too. Really can’t dwell on this too long, though it shows traces of having been more interesting if it were only fresh.