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Named after New Havenís nickname: the Elm City (but not to be confused with Elm City Connecticut Ale!) It is a true German Pilsner: crisp, refreshing, pronounced. Perfectly balanced pilsner malt made with all German ingredients and Hallertaur hops. It is a perfect compliment to a hot summerís day! Itís definitely not your grandfatherís beer, but itís what your grandfatherís beer was trying to be. A must have!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Pours a pale clear golden color. Nothing special with the head, although lacing was decent. The aroma was of floral hops and maybe some honey. The flavor was a mix of grassy and floral hops over an oddly spiced malt base that finished with a touch of corn. Unfortunately a metallic flavor came with this one (from the can?). Pale lager-like (albeit a better one). The mouthfeel was light, decent carbonation. Thanks to Todd for the trade!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Pours a transparent deep golden with a thin fizzy white head. Doughy yeasty pale malty aroma has some earthy noble hop character. Starts with a lightly sweet pilsner maltiness turning more bitter and slightly floral toward the finish. A decent lager, but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 29, 2006
12 oz can at the Connecticut Brew Fest. Yellow gold, nice white head. Sour malt nose, followed up by a sour blah, light malt flavor. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4637) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Pours bright yellow from the can into a shaker. Bright white micro head with good retention and lacing. Barely noticeable grass aromas. Upfront malt with an abrupt, dry, bitter metallic finish. Unfortunate that it tastes like metal -- the uninformed might blame it on the can.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CTwriter (34) - USA - APR 19, 2006
Drunk from a can and poured into a glass. The first sip was cautionary, and despite all the encouragement, I couldnít believe it would taste fresh or clean. It did, even from the can (which is, of course, lined). Poured clear, with a small head, this pilsner smelled like newly mown grass and tasted even better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 3, 2006
Can. Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head. Malty aroma with a fair amount of cereal and some fruitiness. Flavor was malty but thin and watery. Finished with a mild-moderate bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Light golden in color with a large white head. Aroma is earthy with hops and bready malt. Starts assertively bitter,hoppy,clean dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
(12 oz can: Obtained in trade with IMtheOptimator, thanks Andrew!) Elm City. I was born and raised in New Haven, the "Elm City", so this brand of beer has a very special place in my heart. Iíll try to not let that influence my rating though. This beer comes in a can, but thatís fine by me. I wish more quality beers came in cans because Iíve yet to have a can of beer taste spoiled in any way, and rather, the beers have always tasted like they were brewed yesterday. Keeping the streak going, this beer tastes exceptionally fresh. Itís tasty, pleasantly grainy and slightly bready, very gently smoky, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, and the hops tastes fresh, lively, and in balance with the grainy maltiness. I get a nice hoppy eructation with this beer. Body is fairly light (but most certainly not watery), well carbonated, clean and crisp, and perfect for a pilsener. The nose projects fresh hops and clean grains. Pale straw in color and slightly hazy, with a tall white head that slowly diminishes to a thin, filmly layer with a wide, tall ring. Lacing is modest, but patchy. Just a nice, fresh-tasting pilsener.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
12 oz can via trade with IMtheOptimator - Thanks Andrew!! - Pours golden with a small white head that laces some on the way down. Aroma of citrus, honey, and light grains and bread. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Palate is crisp and clean and light and airy. Carbonated pretty well. Nothing spectacular but it was definitely drinkable. Worked pretty well for a lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2005
12 oz can, courtesy of BIF 20. Clear yellow color with a thick enouh white head when poured into a tulip. It looks good enough to try. Taste isnt that bad. A bit of lemon juice peeks through the corn and malt flavors. Nic lacing drapes the inside of the glass taking away a little bit from the bright yellow color. Damn, this stuff isnt that bad at all. Not great but a hll of a lot better than what I was expecting. Nice work NE Brewing.

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