Ernest (5879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Draft at the Keller (on two occasions).
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread, cookie), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with notes of honey, lime zest, pineapple, spearmint.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Remarkably tasty, and very pilsner-ish...quite herbal/spicy-hoppy with very assertive (but very clean) bitterness. Impossible to stop drinking due to the superb balance and wonderfully fruity-honeyish aroma. I think I actually prefer this to the Witzgall, but both are excellent. Also tried from bottle (purchased at the keller), and while a little less explosive in the nose, it’s still excellent...which is a relief considering how much inconsistency I’ve been finding from sample to sample in many other brewers.
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(At the Keller, in a Krug) Lasting white head. Malty and herbal aroma with grassy notes, and a hint of fruit. Sweetish malty flavour. Well hopped and a good, refreshing finish
BeerViking (1804) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Keller, cloudy orange brown with a thin head and a lightly peppery, malty and orange juice nose, very faintly tart and nutty, bready, lightly bitter and refreshing.
harrisoni (12068) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Roppelts Keller, Stiebarlimach. Malt and hop on aroma, perfectly full and drinkable in mouth, slight but building hop sting on finish. REally good, best beer of day so far.
TAR (2378) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 Draught at Brauerei Roppelt, Nov. 2012: Light hazy golden. Jagged, uneven fringe of small bubbles surrounds a broken center. Pleasant nose of dusty yeast, flowers, and subtle melanoidins. Hint of soured fruit, alcohol, minerals, and baguette. Slightly seltzery carbonation, but fairly creamy and soft. Lemony hops commence alongside a sweeter and fluffier vanilla-cake maltiness. Lovely rustic yeast signature imparts a bit of residue on the tongue. Succulent hop character subtly exudes, yet the much of the brightness gets overshadowed by the yeast and alcohol. Body teeters toward flabby, as well, and at times things become somewhat muddled. But the delightfully juicy body is met with an equally enticing melanoidin character. Considerably sturdy malt brings to mind heller bock in all its weighty beefiness, as it possesses a refined glazed-sugar sweetness, yet never becomes overbearingly sweet. Elegant nectar-driven hoppiness (Hallertauer?) fuses with lemon-verbena (Tettnanger?) to lend a delectable lemon-candy effect. Finishes cleanly malty, with buoyant notes of cake delicately kissed with pastry cream and some minerals to counterbalance. A very respectable kellerbier that I really wanted to love, but it stops just shy of being sensational for me as it’s just a tad muddled and alcoholic. Also has that soured fruitiness sometimes found in Franken lager.
3fourths (7520) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 draft at Brauerei Roppelt in Stiebarlimbach, as Roppelt Lagerbier. hazed pale gold body with a creamy and fine white head. cheesy and musty and spicy German hop nose reminds me of Ganstallar Zwicklpils, though much less yeasty. astoundingly soft velvet texture with fine creamy carbonation. musty, grassy, cheesy, lightly spicy hops character with a full dose of fruit nectar and jelly. very hop-focused experience, which is somewhat un-Bavarian. lemon and lime oils, perfume / potpourri, grasses / herbs all dance with energy. snappy crisp to the back-end of an otherwise perfectly soft malt body. juicy, bitter, fresh and endlessly drinkable.
Again in November 2013, it was limp, watery, fruity, apple-y / green. Probably 3.2 level stuff. I’ll keep the 4.4 high water mark but say it varies like a lot of Franconian beer, more than you would think initially.
downender (5614) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the Roppelt Keller 16 July 2012. Deep gold with a big, off-white head. Very easy drinking beer, with sweet caramel, some summer fruits and a touch of hop in the gentle finish. Excellent
TEJA (1182) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at their brewpub.
White and flufy head. Perfect golden color with much active bubbles.
Light cara aroma. Malty taste with small to medium biterness and a perfect dry finnish.
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2013 I guess this is another example of a german beer which should be quaffed from tap only. Draught @ Roppelt’s Keller, Stiebarlimbach. Ceramic mug. Grass and buiscuit in both nose and flavor. Crisp, clean and hoppy. Dry and smooth with a woody touch. Had 2 Mass . . Could have executed more. Boom! Re-rate July -13. Had 3 Mass. This is As good As franconian beer gets. Soft, hoppy, Grassy, Woody and malty. Very clean and hardly Any yeast. I love This! Will go back for This every summer for the rest of my life. Ps. Bottles dont count - This should be swallowed from tap! 4.0 - 4-4.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s beautiful yellow-golden with a white, creamy and lasting head. The aroma has notes of bread, malt and flower. The flavour is light to moderately sweet with notes of malt, bread, citrus, straw, and the finish is dry with a light bitterness.