bozoNZ (730) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle - peppery straw golden colour, huge rocky pure white head formed. Light spicy peppery hop aromas waft past. Very well carbonated and that is the first ’hit’ dry all through, grapefruit like pith finish. Some pepper and a touch of lighter citrus in the mix. Premium price and this one has delivered although earlier samples I’ve had have been far from worth the money.
bhensonb (11901) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of light sweet malt and citrus, perhaps floral hop. Hazy golden color with a decent white head. Medium body with fizzy, approaching creamy, carbonation. Flavor is interesting and complex light fruit. Definitely some citrus. The finish is pretty dry, lightly bitter, crisp and clean. It is very good. Perhaps in the top ten lagers I’ve ever had. Maybe better than that. The bitter really persists in the long finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazed light yellow color and a white head. The aroma is malty and lightly sweet. The flavor is sweeter, malty and had a light bitter finish.
beastiefan2k (2686) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to daijokey for bringing this to JoeMcphee’s place for CaptainCougar come to NY gathering. 375ml bottle. Pale yellow, slightly murky pour. Aroma is aged sweet biscuit maltiness with citrus highlights (good amount of lemon). Taste is sweet (light honey) with faint citrus. Ligfht bodied with medium carbonation, very quaffable yet full of flavor. This is not fresh but it has aged nicely. Brisk, light, and sweet. Bottled conditioned lager, nice, oh and my first rated NZ brew, super nice, thanks Wayne.
notalush (5158) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to daijokey for bringing this to Joe’s place - hazy golden beer - honey-sweet aroma, with wildflower and lavender notes, a hint of european hops - flavor is more dry than the aroma suggests, with a light mineral quality - soft carbonation gives a creamy mouthfeel - light flowery notes, with some pils malt flavor and a faint hop bite on the tail end - light and refreshing.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Having had a bottle that seemed to have been spoilt at the Sydney Gathering, i bought another one to try. This was quite nice. Smooth, with an almost creamy mouthfeel, with spritzy carbonation. Some kiwi fruit and passionfruit. NIce clean, crisp mouthfeel. Tasty stuff.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bb10/08. poured into a 25cl stemmed bitburger glass which i’ve always thought is as close to a champagne flute as beerglasses get - and here is the perfect beer for it, a methode champenoise pilsener. with fruity hops. owing to the disgorging (?) there was fresh yeast sediment all over the inside of the cap of this bottle. keeps a much better head than the blanc, a big fluffy light snowcover. slight haze. familiar nz saaz/cascade/hallertau? fruitiness in aroma - passionfruit, vanilla, grapefruit, with some musty doughy champagne yeast. same crackery malt and tangy hops as emersons pilsener, but with the bitterness in the finish replaced by carbonation zing - extremely light body but a fluffy artificial body is supplied by the CO2. some malt lingers with some high AA hop resin. a unique and intriguing drink. sort of like a tripel with the alcohol removed. would love to try something like this with all czech saaz or flowery rather than fruity hops.
Stew41 (1788) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 NZ’s most expensive beer at ~$13 for a 750ml? Massive snow white head that settles very quickly. Slightly cloudy. Aromatic nose, some malt sweetness, but mainly hops. Thick, resin like. Very complete palate – balanced, good levels of hop driven sweetness that combines well with herbal, pasionfruit, kiwi sab blanc like notes. Kinda like the Knappstein but not as fruit driven. Weird in a way but nice at the same time. Again has a thick feeling to the palate. Pretty good but didn’t blow me away.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Finally a chance to try this thanks to Liquor on Parade. Nice, non-standard bottle with a tirage crown. Sadly it is green, albeit of a darker shade, so I hope they don’t suffer any skunking problems... Cloudy light gold beneath an almighty white head that looks positively impenetrable. Even while looking at the glass I could smell some inviting hop notes emerging; beautiful floral and grassy hops (my notes say a paddock with lillies) with a touch of orange and a lovely bready grain base - mouth watering! In the mouth lots of orange-honeyed grains show up front with an assertive and lingering woody and faintly resiny hop flavour and bitterness. Despite the titanic head the carbonation was restrained to a gentle tickling. Very, very nice.
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the shit as far as I am concerned. Co-drinkers were criticizing because its more like a Belgian beer or something. I dont care, this stuff is great.
I got first pour and the head was by far the biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. Filled the glass 95% head, 5% beer. Highly, highly carbonated. Cloudy golden color, slight whiff of halttertau hops. Very aromatic fruity mouth. Moderately bitter, but great depth. Some where between Czech and Belgium, but not Germany. Figure that out!