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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16429) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Can courtesy of Adam of Somalia, thank you sir! Cloudy pale yellow fluffy white head, delicate lacing. Aroma of white pepper, hay, light dust. Taste is pretty clean and crisp, with a bit of biscuit, pepper, white bread. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11587) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
pours a foamy white head and slightly hazy gold/yellow color. Aroma is grain, light (saaz?) hops. Taste is light malt, light (saaz?) hops. Light body, but not thin. Good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
New England Bucket List Trip #62. 12 ounce can from Amity, New Haven. Pours a slightly hazy straw with a large frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of doughy malt and snappy herbal hops. The taste is grassy malts, bready malts, mild apples and butter. Medium bodied, well balanced. Nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2011
amber pour. white head hoppy, honey, crackers. Flavor is lightly bland, light hops, bread, yeast...pretty standard, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Can... Clear yellow lager with a huge, frothy, white head. Great retention. Peppery, spicy, saaz hop-type aroma with lesser notes of toffee and honey. Medium-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel with tingly carbonation. Bittersweet... a little more sweet than bitter. Short, crisp, mildly sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (9994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
12oz can acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). Poured a light to medium and see through golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass (fresh mown wet grass), grain, and light honey. Tastes of grains, honey, and a little bready. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9651) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Sample from a can at the "Beer Tasting on the Front Porch". Thanks to JaBier for sharing as he got it in a trade for a bottle of water at DLD. The beer is a clear yellow-gold color with a thin fizzy white head that burns away quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Mild grassy hops in the nose. Light body with flavors of hops, bready malt and hay. The finish is lightly hoppy with a short grainy aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
355mL can thanks to Travlr. Very fresh I think. Clear bright straw. Massive white foam. Huge retention and sheets of lacing. Nose is fresh lemon, fresh noble hops, honeydew, crackery wheat, fresh biscuit. Taste is clean, quenching, long grassy soapiness. Long bitter aftertaste with sourdough cracker. Hints of metallic twang are off putting. But well crafted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8674) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Pours golden with white head, aroma is lemony and cereal. Taste up front is nice and lemon with some citrus, leading into the pilsener malt with a slightly dry finish. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
My Bottom Line:
This unfiltered German-style Pilsener offers hay-like cereals over grassy hops, while a lemony edge accompanies the herbal, leafy finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam thins out over the hazy straw yellow.
-The pils malts are quite bulky; this could be crisper, methinks.
-That citrusy character is pleasant, but also atypical at times.
-The flavor profile is balanced throughout, but I admit I would have liked a more compelling finish.
-This is not a very memorable pils, but it is still quenching.


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