Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours a light to medium brown color with a bit of head. Nose brigs really light malt and some nutty characteristics. A bit of dry grain. None of the off flavors others have discussed, though I had this significantly later in time than the last reviewer. Taste is light and plain, though not bad. Light feel and is decent enough all around.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 11-01-2010
DrnkMcDermott (2865) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler, Rating #989! Very much as described. Smooth and malty wins out over any German hop bitterness here. Good color, good beer smell, goes down real fast, so I’m pumping up my miniscule notes.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer, and an OK alt. has some interesting and true to style elements (a sharp crackeriness to the malt, a kind of sharp walnutiness) but not balanced by that strange plasticy vagueness and some grassy noble hop flavors - both of which would add subtlety - but, all in all, it's refreshing and quite good.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is my first altbier, and it comes from a brewer new to the bottled scene. Poured cloudy, ruddy orange/red with a thin tan head. Aroma was toasty with floral/bitter hops and a touch of brown sugar. Likewise, the flavor was dominated by earthy hops which were balanced by somewhat nutty, brown sugary, toasty and biscuity malt. Left a bitter aftertaste. I've sipped many beers that are very similar but are not "altbiers." Good but not distinctive.