grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is definately a beer of two halves - young it is a really clean, fresh Pilsner with zesty grapefruit aromatics and long, bitterness that can be a tad astringent.
With age it mellows to a rich, creamy beer with toasty autolisis notes.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s a little sweet and a little dark for my lager preference. I enjoyed it, but unlike most lagers it was more of a sipping beer for me. I do enjoy the sweetness although there is a bit of an aftertaste I’m not that fond of.
FatPhil (8353) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle - brought at great expense by Oliver at work - thanks!
7 divine fruity aroma.
3+ Hazy straw, loose head settles to a ring.
6+ Loads more of those fruity citrussy hops in the retronasals, a bit nettly too, some grass. Very ale-like with its fruity, really nice taste.
4 Tingling palate, crisp carbonation. Simple light sweet bready malts in the finish, and more of those lovely fruity hops. A puckering bite. Great stuff
13 This is as good as a *good* hoppy golden ale. More body, and it woul rival the likes of Petolintu. Unfiltered beer *ROCKS*
Bov (8989) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson; labelled Moa Original - cloudy blond colour and with a little white foam left; fresh aromatic hoppy aroma with notes of dust and undefined herbs; medium-bodied and with a very low bitterness, fizzy aftertaste of dust and almonds - a good surprise
hawthorne00 (2215) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2013 Very heavy 375ml bottle. Slightly hazy gold, large starkly white head. Aroma of lemon zest, earth, spices - quite Wit-like. Mouthfeel is rather too fizzy at first but is better with a swirl. Taste has sweetness and sourness of bread, balancing bitterness. Lemon, white pepper in a pretty dry finish. Straightforward but really nice malt flavours under lively hops. Another really good Kiwi lager. [3.7]
330ml bottle. Just bumped the appearance score. What a lovely drop this is.
mkel07 (2520) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
375ml bottle. Well carbonated as the crisp white foam starts bubbling from the bottle as soon as it is opened and explodes into the glass in a big white foam cloud. Light straw colour once the foam finally settles. Lemon rind aroma that also has some hop aromas. The flavour is light and airy once you cut through all of the foam. Light on the palate.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml Bottle: GUSHER! Aroma of pils malts, slight yeast, slight lemon, and light hops. Poured yellow in color with a large, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of Pils malts, noble hops, light yeast, and grain. Light to medium body. Dry texture. Average to lively carbonation. Pils malt and hop finish is medium bitter and dry.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Bottle (375 mL).
Head is initially large, frothy, rocky, white, fully lasting.
Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with notes of lemon, pineapple, hint of gum.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation.
Wow. These 375mL bottles are new on shelves and just brilliant...bright and attractive nose, very clean, nicely balanced (could be a little crisper given the style, think more of a Belgian take on a Helles), beautiful appearance. Succulent and impossible not to love.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle at the Tally tasting, pours pale yellow, tall white head. Aroma is lemon and grassy pale malts. Flavor is thin pale malts, some citrus notes and yeasty, lemon peel finish.
hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle… Tally Tasting ‘10… Hazy yellow lager with a huge, white, frothy head. Good retention. The nose is spicy, herbal, grainy and a touch skunky/lightstruck. Light-bodied and fizzy. The flavor isn’t bad; well-balanced with sturdy bitterness. Finishes crisp, bitter and a touch skunky. If the beer had been fresher and the bottle had been treated better on its warm, bumpy trip from New Zealand, I probably would have awarded a higher score… but it wasn’t, so I won’t. Bottle courtesy of Ohmybock!