marcus (6772) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours clear amber with a rich white head and a bready citrus aroma. There is an earthy malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. Refreshing.
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bready citrus grass and floral hops. A little earthy and some residual sweetness. Pours golden orange amber nice white head. Flavors of bready sweet.citrus and grass some bitter earth. Ligjt sweet finish. Good beer.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the parentals with my pops. Pour is beautifully golden orange with a small white head and great lacing. Sweet smell, almost caramelly, but definintely carries that spicy german hop charactersitc - biscuit, crackers, somewhat grassy, snappy, and sweet. Taste is spicy, hoppy, somewhat earthy, sweet grain, grassy, a touch metallic - though very faint - biscuity, and crackers with a lightly spicy/bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation. Nice!
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - 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.
strongpieman (1538) - 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.
Ernest (6343) - 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.
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
hoppy bock pours a rich golden with a fine head of small white bubbles. Nose is sharp with floral hops. Taste is dry crisp and clean. Mild malt in mid taste. Finishes with good slow warming hop bitters. Nice beer
kaser (3113) - 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
brokensail (11532) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear golden pour with a white head. Floral hops, nice spice, and some sweet apple esters, and bread. Mile yeast, some citrus peel, and nice biscuit maltiness. The flavor is lightly sweet with some good bread and biscuit character. Really good floral and spicy hops with just a hint of citrus. Some mild lemon, apple esters, and just a touch of bitterness.
nuplastikk (4702) - 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.