Eructoblaster (3744) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - 330ml. Wonderful golden body with a thick foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Good floral nose with hints of malt and hops. Taste is nicely balanced and evolves from refreshing sweetness to a long and definitely bitter final. A classic among my favorites, especially when served on tap.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 18, 2004
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not nearly as good as I thought it should be. Poured a skunky smelling cheap yellow fizzy liquid. Aside from the skunkiness, there is also a hint of cheap malts, hops, and something metallic on the nose. Taste is pretty bland, with the slightest hop spice and a odd metallic flavor. Bitterness is acceptable. Needs more of everything except that metallic thing.
malachite (16) - ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this beer in Prague itself... very nice change from the British stuff. Finally discovered a lager I really like, that has some flavour. Deep gold colour, not too much fizz. Not much head, can be thin, but not when it hasn’t travelled too far.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Firstly I’m very impressed with how cheap this beer is at the moment - $12 a six pack! It’s always a crapshoot getting this beer in Aus but these bottles were BB early 05 and kept out of the light. Even so I’ve had better PU. Anyway... the aroma is great as always, though it seemed to have lost a bit of its hoppiness. Some spicy Saaziness, but dominated by fresh malty, multigrain bread aromas and a touch of diacetyl. Flavour was not as good. Pretty thin, lacking the malt profile it usually (well, sometimes) has and making the bitterness the dominant feature. Somewhat one-dimensional flavour actually. Great colour, as always, but head retention not great. Good carbonation. This will definitely be one of the first beers I drink if I ever make it to the Czech Republic. 3.6
Re-rate: Yeah, this beer is the real deal. The regular filtered version definitely tastes best at Na Splice (the brewery’s restaurant) where it’s seriously bitter and hoppy. Chugged down a few in record time. Yum. Moving on up.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2004 Pleasant hoppy aroma, a little bitter, mostly a hoppy flavour and a lingering saaz finish.
warrenlw63 (8) - melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is great value at the moment at $11 a six pack at Dan Murphy’s. Rapidly becoming a victim of it’s own success these days. Has defintely lost something over the years. Does not have that wow factor that it had when I tried it 10 years ago. Is it me or have they dropped the bitterness perception somewhat? I still never detect any of the so-called diacetyl that some say it has. I must be thankful though that it’s become more readily available these days. At $1.50 more per sixpack than crappy VB it represents excellent value for money nowdays.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at "Big City", Allston MA. Gummy and yeasty tasting, hardly what I expected from the label. Strange infidelity in color. Not terrible, but I expected more pungent notes, even if it is mass-produced.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a light golden color with a decent sized white head. Very good hoppy aroma. Initial taste of hops that gave way in time to a malty finish. Reminds me a bit of Heineken without the disgusting skunk taste.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh, hoppy aroma as expected. Poured a mid gold colour, with a nice white head that faded just a little. Great balance, with it difficult to decide if it is dominated by the hops of the malt. Hard to top in this style.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty good beer with a decent balance of flavor. Light clear and refreshing with a good amount of foamy white head. Very good for the style.