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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 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 (3033) - 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 (2493) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Pours copper with a small head. Smell is of grass, wheat and some roses. Taste is on the sweeter end of the scale with only a small hint of the peppery hops typical of this style of beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Poured an effervescent amber with a large creamy white head... one of the most attractive pale beers Iíve seen in a while. Slight aroma of corn and hops. Taste is actually a little sweet, with a touch of lemon and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Very nicely crafted and quite refreshing. Iím not a huge pilsener fan, but this was pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Part of the Blue and Gray BIF package from BA Counselor, this 12 oz. can was poured into a Pilsner glass, and revealed a clear pale golden beer with two finger foamy head. The aroma was a subtle and pleasant combination of grainy malt, and spicy hops. The taste was crisply refreshing, very mild, and balanced between hops and malt, with slight edge to the hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a little lemony aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 2005 bottle. Oh boy, here we go again. I thought my swill tasting was behind me, but alas. . .Corn and vanilla in the nose, lager yeast. Crappy yellow-orange clear appearance, poor head no retention. The flavor dosent come off that poorly though, light malting, bits of cereal, honey, yeast. Iím not sold on this one. Where are the hops? They certainly werenít too liberal with those. Medium body, not watery at least. No offense to anyone, but why is this not a pale lager? I better try another can, which I will do shortly.

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