TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, light straw-gold with a tightly packed, poofy head of suspiciously uniform texture. The head slowly gives way to a small film of bubbles on the top that leaves spares bits of lace on the inside of the glass. Aroma is a little difficult to detect but eventually shows some bready malt and light grassy hops. Flavor is richer than I was prepared for -- I was expecting a standard pilsner-type lager for some reason (partially because the neck label describing the style had fallen off) and didnít realize it was a bock until after I took a sip and went to read the description to see what I had gotten myself into. Anyway, the flavor is big-time rich biscuity and sweet malt with a light, crisp hop bitterness in the background. Palate is medium-thick with a lingering sweet-malt finish. As the name suggests, this is a perfect beer for welcoming the first signs of spring after a long hard Northern Midwest winter.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great little session beer lightly sweet not quite a "bock" as Iíve come to know them but good and easy to drink.
Hints of honey and maybe clove are in the aroma and taste with hints of floral hops and some light malt finishing w/ a bit of lightly toasted grain leaving a lightly bready feeling in my mouth in the aftertaste. I really enjoyed this.
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh heck yea - this is a killer heller bock - not overpowering - refreshing, but with just enough body - the clover honey is quite apparent in the nose, and compliments notes of herbal hops, pale malts, some floral character - the flavor is light, clean, crisp - notes of toasted grains - the honey does not make itself known until the finish, but it is very light, and adds a clean sweetness to balance out the crispness of the front end - a very light doughiness at the tail end - subtle and delicious.
CanIHave4Beers (3210) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly richer than pale golden color with a big fluffy white semi loose head that tightens up and becomes fluffy and beautiful and leaves some good lace on the glass. The initial aroma reminds me of the boiling beer on the stovetop when you make bratwurst, not a bad smell at all just not one you usually get from beer prior to bringing it to a boil. This gives way to a the dominant aroma which is bready baguette. All of this is accented with some nice but light floral notes. I really like the way this smells, itís aromatic but simple, itís subtle and clean but has some very definitive characteristics none the less. The flavor is also very clean and has some nice finesse The thing that catches me right away is that the beer is dry, far more dry than the typical product that advertises honey as a definitive ingredient to the beer. The flavor that the honey imparts is not likely sweetness as the bit of that thatís in here seems to be covered pretty well by the malt as opposed to any adjunct. There is some spiciness and richness that reminds me a little bit of good honey, but I will admit that if it didnít say honey on the bottle it is not very likely that I would have picked on on much honey flavor. Which is of course ironic because honey flavor seems to be a very definitive characteristic to many pale/heller/mai bock beers. Beyond this whole honey bit there is a nicely subtle hop zing mainly in the herbal vein. The bready maltiness is just slightly toasty and there is just a slight hint of cereal in there as well. This is a damn well balanced & wonderfully crafted lager, the likes of which are some of the most exciting beers that New Glarus makes. The palate is just lightly sharp and the beer is fabulously easy to drink, as evidenced by the fact that as I write this I am finishing the bottle, as opposed to the Barley Wines I have this many notes for after about two oz. I would happily drink pint after pint of this beer.
BVery (6076) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle. Thin light gold pour with a fairly quickly dissipating head. Doesnít look all that different than a light macro beer. Nose of mild sweet caramel and bread. Medium-light palate, cereal and honey on taste. Slightly dry finish. Good "hot summer day" beer.
sthlm (1230) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2011 [Bottle--Wisconsin Rating #100] Pours clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is weak, sweet graininess. Not bad, and very simple. Taste is quite sweet and grainy--honey nut cheerios, but the honey isnít super sweet as with the cereal, and this has a more defined grains. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a good length finish and very smooth. Overall a very sessionable beer that I really enjoyed. It doesnít amaze in any particular way, but very drinkable. Old Rating: 6/3/8/3/16=3.6.
Re-rate: I liked it much less this time around. Definitely nailed the honey nut cheerios last time, but this time I just find it too sweet and one dimensional. Certainly not flawed, or bad, just not my thing.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale golden, puffy white foam. Aroma is grainy, honey, toast. Taste is sweet, honey, grainy, simple.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #345. Tasted 5/3/10. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a golden hue. Brainy white head. Aromas of green grassy grains and a touch of honey. Medium bodied and very smooth. Mild effervescence and a dry finish. More of an earthy honey note, not as sweet but still noticeable. Finishes dry and tart with a lingering subtle bitterness. Iím not too sure if thatís from the honey or the faint hops. Either way it really rounds out the palate. Easy and sessionable with a full rounder palate.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice solid drinker. Standard nose. Light appearance and nice taste. Iím not so sure what to add on this one. Poured a nice full head which went away. Very balanced and nice although light on flavor.
Suttree (5122) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy orange, thin white head. Smells beery. You know what I mean - it smells like beer. Flavor is surprisingly crisp, with a touch of honey. Some caramel and toast, as well. Not bad, crisp and easy to drink. Thanks to lithy for this one!