rauchbier (3395) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Gold colour, big white large bubbled head, good condition. Low grainy aroma, soft in the mouth with some hop flavour that has a metallic edge. Dry, chalky and bitter in the finish. Very Germanic in taste.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), hint of alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Very grainy and industrial.
Sully (1378) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2003
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Off the tap in my local bar in Ulitsa Pushkinska this was a fine beer. Very clean with no skunkiness. From the bottle it did sometimes show this character that overwhelmed the potential of this beer when it was sitting in the window of the local kiosk. Can't really report on the presence of real hop quality, rather the balance of the yin to the yang of the malt made it a pretty good beer.
HighlanderOne (881) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 28, 2003
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Boy, that commercial description sounds like 'engrish' to me. Anyway, this beer is a Pilsner Urquell wannabee. Has a skunky, inorganic aroma. Had some hop character, but nothing special. Felt too bubbly and finish was off. This one doesn't make my short list.
Holdwine (1048) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not sure if you want "explicit malt bitterness" like this. Once the exotic nature burns off (and it goes quickly) there is not a redeeming feature about this beer. Antiseptic feel from the start. Yes, there is a malt character, but not one to be proud of. Nasty aftertaste. Thick and syrupy, and not in a good way.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The can destroys the better qualities of this beer adding some unpleasant chemical flavors, but it still remains a quite OK European-style lager.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark yellow color, nearly no head. Aroma with some malt. Starts malty sweet, continues hoppy sweet, finishes drier with little bitterness. Followed by dry aftertaste with strange oaty smack which persists far too long and hurts the otherwise regular impression. Could be a german pilsner, not a good one, of course.
PorterPounder (4612) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A step or two above the Lager - not the ubiquitous skunkiness usually found in green bottles that sail across the ocean. Flavor is crisp with a bit of maltiness peeking through. Thin, nostly disipating white head - nice golden clear bubbly appearance. Worthy of it "Premium" moniker when compared to the Lager.
Aurelius (3445) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I liked this a bit better than the Obolon Lager. Perhaps because it wasn’t as skunky. Unremarkable E. European beer.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 11, 2002
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pretty orange color. Unfortunately, that’s the only good thing I can say about this beer. There was some funky skunky soy sauce sourness thing going on with this beer. I just couldn’t drink much of it. Also, there was little to no carbonation in this, which I usually like in darker beers, but it might have helped this one.