BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottleshop in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Purchased: March 28, 2013
Consumed: April 3, 2013
Misc.: Best by July 7, 2013
Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head that lasted for some time. Healthy amount of layered foamy lacing on the sides all the way down. Even retention all the way across and all the way down.
Smelled a mix of hops, spices and malt. Hops seemed to be a mix of grass and resin. Got Belgian spices and some faint pepper. Malts were caramel, toffee, toast and cereal.
Tasted similar to the nose, but not quite as hoppy. Still the Belgian and pepper spices. Earthy, yet watery, grassy hops. Malts not as pronounced as the smell. Bread, corn and cereal. Overall I wasn’t really digging it.
Light body. Oily texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish.
I was hoping for something better, but this beer disappointed. It just got worse as it went down.
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a nice head and great lace. Pretty beer. Rye shows up in the aroma, a little soapy, clean. Flavor is pretty straightforward, but there is an over-corned note that sort of bugs me as I hate corn, but the earthy hops cut the sweetness nicely.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with a best before of 16 June 13.pours with a filtered, crystal yellow hued body with a rotund and lasting white head with good lace. Malty and biscuity aroma with huge noble hop spicy, earthy and subtle fruity qualities. Hay, fresh cut grass. Fresh smelling overall. Flavors are bitter, clean, crisp an hoppy, spicy, herbal, noble, mild peanut butter, quenching, spicy. A pretty solid lager, but not very heller bock like in any traditional sense (Strong Lager). Floral, medium-low bitter, clean, crisp, dry, low body, medium carb. Solid
JPDurden24 (1564) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, clear orange/gold pour with a white head. Bready and earthy aroma, taste is a little sweeter upfront and a slightly bitter finish. Good brew.
SSSteve (3755) - - APR 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear gold with a small white head. tangy noble hop aroma. bitter flavor with some saltiness and rye. highly hopped. a bit astringent. light bodied. extremely dry. not really characteristics i prefer in this style.
nuplastikk (4332) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber courtesy of Anndiesel. Filtered orange-yellow body. Soapy white head laces the glass. Really well done Heller Bock, no cheap tones often found in authentic versions. Doughy golden malt, nice incorporated fruity yeast tones. Not really so hoppy, more so than a classical European example I suppose. A little too clean and mineral dry, something most NB beers suffer from.
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Pours clear golden orange with a medium to small, frothy white head with large bubbles receding to the glass edge, short retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy rye malt, grain and meal malt notes with earthy and spicy Noble hops and a clean lager character. Flavor is moderate spicy rye malt balanced with spicy and earthy hops, medium bitterness with complimentary sweet malt, clean fermentation with a dry and spicy finish. Medium body and carbonation, light alcohol warmth, and no creaminess or astringency.
kaser (2624) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Todd English pub in Vegas. Orange clear pour with foamy sticky head. Sweet taste. A little too sweet. Decent hops and floral. Not bad
Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (grass, resin, herbs).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A very Americanized (and simple) hop nose, but thankfully no off notes. Good balance in the mouth too. Overall much better than anyone could expect...it isn’t husky, soapy, or loaded with DMS.
strongpieman (1478) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Very good lager with lots if assertive hops. Refreshing but with lots of flavor. Good choice.