WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
NIce bright yellow color, slightly cloudy. Clean pale malts, mildly fruity hops, and slightly spicy lager yeast make for a very well balanced beer. The sweetness becomes more pronounced as it warms, providing some roundness to the spiciness in the background. Good session beer and all in all a damn good lager.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear, bright golden body with a fine yeast load and a filmy white head. Aroma has strong lager yeast characters with sourdough notes. Apparent dry pils malt flavor plus a light hop profile and low, detectable bitterness and some acidic notes. Crisp, cleansing palate. Doesn’t grab me.
BBB63 (6395) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle provided by the Tosa crew and gave me the chance to use my NG pint glass for once. Poured a slightly chill hazed mild golden hue with a small but lasting tight frothy head and some lace. The aroma is grassy and herbal noble hop, bready and grainy malt vapor, light apple citric ester, a bit of DMS but that does fade in time.
The taste is a clean lager yeast and pale malt forefront. Some acidic twang and even a note of bitterness towards the finish. A flowery aftertaste but mostly clean.
A solid lager for sure and a nice session bier. A slight improvement over the NG Zwickel.
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Sweet lager aroma with grain, light honey, and a touch of citrus hops. Pours a hazy golden orange with some very fine sediment floating around and a small soapy white head. Lots of grain up front followed by mild sweet lager flavors. Finishes with a flowery bitterness. Light citrus in the background. In general not really big lager fan, but this is much better than most. I could several of these for an easy drinking session beer.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Yellow in color with a nice white head. Grainy aroma. Very grainy aroma. Malty and nice hoppy flavor. Smooth. Medium bodied. Finish is hoppy. Very nice.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Grains, grains and more grains. Luxurious toasty aroma. Puffy white head and an extra smooth body. Mellow hoppiness is just right.
ClarkVV (4069) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle from StewardofGondor, consumed on 4/26/06
Fairly vigorous, yet careful pour yields a sparkling copper-gold body, with deep honey tresses, topped by a lightly fluffy, cream-colored head that is quick to recede but hangs about at partial cover, with blotchy lacing left in places. Plenty of sediment sits on the bottom of the bottle.
Nose is redolent of crisp, herbal notes, a fresh field of wildflowers and finally warm honey-dough baking in the summer countryside. Snappy, lightly peppery and filled with a yeasty bite on end, the pils malts never build up too much, and a fresh spiciness evolves as the beer warms, brought on by light yeast phenols and hop dryness. I do get some unwanted lager yeast bi-product, in the aroma at first (light phenols, corn, dry vanilla and perhaps a touch of DMS), but it is fully passing and sniffing the glass 15 minutes after my first sniff, it seems to be solely driven by hops and lightly spicy yeast. It has a medium strength, and no alcohol apparency.
The flavor is crisp, light bodied and full of peppery-spicy hops and dry, toasty grains that balance the subtle, but ample pils malt sweetness. Carbonation is rather low, but the feel of the natural, soft bubbles allows the highly flavorful liquid to glide down the throat seemlessly. Light hickory nut skin, white pepper, dill/oregano and fresh basil notes all dot the palate, with a short-lived, but crisp and cleansing bitterness.
Anything but a "typical lager", and if you concern yourself less with the marketing and more with the beer, it’s easy to see. Thanks Joel!
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much different than their Blonde, Native, or Zwickel except with a new marketing campagn "Yokel" rhymes with "local", as the sticker says. Overall not a bad beer, typical lager, nothing to go out of the way for.
JK (4862) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2006 It has the standard lager aroma but it does it better than most. There is yeast and malt in there and it is fairly sweet. Dark gold color, with a large but quickly fading head that leaves a lacing. It could almost pass for a hefeweizen based on appearance. Flavor is malt and bread. Lightly bitter but no bite. I wouldn’t call it crisp, but it is light and easy going as a session beer. The only other Zwickel I have had was also from NG, so comparing it to others of the style is hard, but this is good enough on its own.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweeter lager aroma with some nice character. Cloudy moderate gold in color with a very small white head. Very little visible carbonation. Very good flavor for a lager; actually one of the most flavorful lagers I’ve had. Excllent and very underrated.