DicksMcGee (56) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off B’s, i feel seriously bad about whoever at ninkasi came up with this recipe. It’s D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. For all of you Double IPA/ Barrel Aged Stout/Wild Ale pretentious dumps let me remind you of the history and definition of Helles Lager: "Munich’s response to the foreign pilsner was the “Helles”. Less hop flavor and bitterness than Pilsner, the main highlight of Helles is its bready, malty character. It’s malty, balanced, easy-drinking character has earned it the title of “liquid bread”, and it is often served for breakfast in Germany." Let me interpret that for you, "It’s literally an American Pilsner." IE, macros breweries have been trying to make this beer for a century.
I feel so bad for whom ever at Ninkasi had the idea and recipe for this beer. I read all of your comments about this beer and they’re spot on, but your ratings are insultingly low. Let’s not whiz all over this excellent beer because of what some money grubbing wrinkly sets of balls decided was the most cost effective version of this beer, but pretend for a second that this was how it was supposed to be, or at least close to it. OR, maybe be grateful that a brewery decided to do right what’s been done wrong so many times and give you losers an alternative to the macros you hate. Or should I remind you that there is a reason why those beers are so popular: they (should) taste good and you can drink them FOREVER.
scoth (656) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours pale yellow with a thin white head, moderate retention. Aromas of biscuit, caramel, grass, citrus. Light body, good carbonation, crisp, lightly dry. Lightly sweet, lingering moderately bitter finish. Easy drinking, but unremarkable.
Koskela (464) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 7, 2016
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grainy Pilsnery aroma come from this super pale slightly hazy yellow brew. Very grainy flavor not much sweet or body. Light brew and crisp. No bitter or hops really.
nealblind (1556) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bright gold yellow some white foam. Aroma doughy, lemons. Tastes sweet bread some spice, some perfume. Palate is not as dry as it could be.
nota (43) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brilliantly clear, pale and golden. White head quickly dissipating to lacing across the top. Banana, water from a garden hose, slightly sweet, little in the way of hops. Brightly carbonated but easily drinkable. Too dry to be a go-to thirst-quencher. Great for the style but a little disappointing personally.
obguthr (5243) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shitty grass nose. Clear yellow, medium head with low retention. Malt with a healthy grass presence. Light body, moderate carbonation. Could almost pass for a pilsner, but fairly average.
Fatehunter (2051) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thin head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is straw, grain and a little metal.
The taste has mild bitterness, then a longer sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
A sweeter lager but good.
maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bridgetown Beer House in PDX. Bready and floral nose, noble stuff. Very pale straw color with a thin creamy head. Grassy initial, a touch of citrus, a bit of spiciness (from ?), and a fine Bready sweet finish. Medium body -- maybe a bit heavy for the style. Crisp, clean, and tasty.
douglas88 (7954) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear yellow color with a medium white head. A light sweet grainy nose. The flavor is big sweet grains, honey, toast. Smooth. Quite sweet.
slowrunner77 (8987) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from City Beer SF. Crisp bready lager with light floral hops. Fairly well done though not terribly exciting. Clean finish with some yeast.
Squizzle (225) - Ashland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2016 I could drink of bunch of these. I could also go on about taste and aroma and other stuff (which I do appreciate) but I must put this beer in the context of time. I am watching a Phish show live stream on TV. I cant help wondering, if deadheads had this technology would they do the same? I drank this beer throughout the show and it was truly wonderful. So cheers! Cheers to Ninkisi and cheers to Phish. Thanks for all you both do. Cause both you rule the universes in which you preside.