jcr (2554) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear, golden body with a white, frothy head, mostly diminishing. Light aroma of caramel, honey, hay and toasted grain. Hints of herbs, grass and dough. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Light to medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. A slight chalkiness built up with every sip. Some beers grow on you the more you drink. This beer got worse. The malty, honey sweetness began tasting like cough syrup. The grainy, biscuity flavors were thick and unenjoyable.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottled the 1st day of 2010, if I’m reading it correctly. From badbeer Mike. Thanks. Clear golden with a small white head, fair retention. I get some toasted malts, lightly sweet honey, and some lager yeast behind. Flavor has stronger honey notes, though more of a honey flavor than the sweetness that comes with the honey. Also a tinge of noble hops. Finishes with minimal bitterness, lightly sweet. Moderate prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Dunno why they have this as their winter (warmer) beer, as I’d rather have this in spring--maybe fall. Pretty tasty and easy drinking.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice beer from a friend at work, picked up on a trip to Fond du Lac. Pours a clear gold with a nice (though short-lived) white head. Aroma is decidedly bland, with kind of a plain corn-y malt aroma. Flavor is far more pleasing though, with nice clean lines of light grain, subtle honey sweetness, and a touch of flowery hops. Smooth and crisp with a lightly creamy texture, this is a solid brew.
ketchepillar (1184) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Andy. Solid beer, nice and fresh. Although there is a bit of banana reminiscent of keystone that i don’t find amicable. Honey is light but nice in the finish.
Vir4030 (599) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice golden color with a healthy head. Not much aroma, and a nice beer flavor. Very light almost like a pils. Very tasty.
TheEnemy (564) - 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 didn’t 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 (2570) - 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 I’ve 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 (5728) - 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 (3999) - 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, it’s aromatic but simple, it’s 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 that’s 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 didn’t 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 (9574) - Plymouth, 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. Doesn’t 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.