olio (6799) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours hazy golden color with a large white head. Aroma of grain, wheat notes, nettle, herbs and grass. Flavor of grass, yeast, some fruits, vegetables and goose berries. Strong carbonation, watery palate.
laiti (6251) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 02/2014
Rather grainy aroma with malt, some butter and hints of grass. Flavour has vegetables, some buttery notes, herbs and hints of grass. Some off‐flavours but not bad for this ABV. Not a premium lager but a (light) Bohemian pilsener.
lusikka (6687) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a bright yellow colour with a large foamy head. Aroma of grainy malts, spices and grass. Flavour of grassy hops, vegetables, dry hay, caramel and citrus. Light bodied, high carbonation and a dry, malty, bitter finish. Some off-flavours unfortunately. Feels more like a pils.
tiong (4147) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden orange with a foamy white head. Aroma of vegetables, metallic notes, yeast and hints of hops. Taste is smooth, fruity and yeasty with notes of vegetables and metallic notes. Finish is slightly hoppy with some hints of spices and exotic fruits. A bit messy and unbalanced.
Dralloc (1) - BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bière blonde légèrement ambrée, rappelant la lumière du soleil en début de soirée. Mousse généreuse qui forme un très beau col sur le verre. Bouche fraîche et amer avec des notes fruitées d’agrumes voir de pamplemousses. Légère, elle a une longueur en bouche modeste, mais ce n’est pas là son objectif. Elle est juste là pour vous rafraîchir en vous donnant du plaisir par une belle journée ensoleillée ! Je suis conquis !
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours muddy yellow with a white head. Gusher. Aroma is malt, peach and citrus. Flavour is crisp malt, dry, peach and citrus.
tibicinoid (26) - Wyoming, USA - MAY 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From: Etre Gourmet
Date: Best by May 2013 notched on bottle
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Brasserie Saint Helene’s Simcoe Lager plays it safe and close to the typical American lager/pils style: grainy malts with modest hop character. Unfortunately, this doesn’t greatly impress as the flavors have only a few dimensions, and the aroma less. The lack of citrus and fruity hops in the aroma and flavor makes me wonder how the beer was brewed: was the Simcoe only added during the beginning of the boil? Did the hops in this beer just dissipate that quickly? Calling this a Simcoe pilsner was rather misleading if the hops are so muted in the beer, and makes me wonder about what the brewery was intending to produce, and why. While not bad in production, it’s fairly timid, a rather more bitter version of Pabst with a better grain bill. The brewery clearly has an interesting idea here (much like Schell’s excellent Citra Pils last year), but didn’t execute it well. For the time being, I’d see what else comes from Saint Helene, but don’t think I’d bother to go to any trouble to try it.
Pours a 1cm tall head of clean, white foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, which quickly (under one minute) falls to a thin ring around the glass and a medium-sized island of wispy foam atop the center of the body. Lacing is minimal, a few small dots cling to the inner sides of the glass. The body is a hazy golden-orange color, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible, though sparse and not vigorously moving.
Aroma is fairly innocuous in a rather boring way: clean, mild grain, as you’d expect from an American pilsner, but the Simcoe hops
are strangely absent, aside from a mild, smooth floral quality that I normally wouldn’t associate with them.
The overall flavors of the beer are grainy and mildly sweet pilsner malts and hop bitterness, with hints of fruity hops and grape-like esters. Front of palate is mildly sweet and grainy from pilsner malts, slightly of tropical fruits from the Simcoe, and hints of bitterness appear. Mid-palate of pilsner graininess, smooth malt sweetness, mild grape-like ester (typical for the style), faint fruitiness (possibly from the hops?), and mild bitterness. A somewhat more accentuated bitterness appears and is the primary flavor on the back of the palate, along with some pilsner malt graininess and a bit of grape ester. Aftertaste is moderately bitter with a slight concord grape and bread dough tinge.
Beer is medium-light in body with medium-light intensity of carbonation. The result is a slightly foamy, though soft and never fizzy mouthfeel. The beer flows well across the palate, fairly soft, but is a bit watery around the edges. Closes quite dry, with little residual stickiness on the palate.
SrSilliGose (3277) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013 bottle. pours a hazed off yellow with a big large bubble head that lasts for a longggg time, my brothers. aroma is big fresh cut grass, lemongrass. quite juicy. fresh herbs. bit of pine. potent. clean. quite inviting. taste is crisp clean biscuit and cracker malts. lemongrass. fucken awesome beer over hear. would drink this all the live long day. complex, tasty, sessionable, clean. grate. nice.
Marko (4108) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, Hoppy Loft. Well, well, my second Simcoe lager. Dominating in that category, I am. Poured a hazy yellow-golden body with a medium sized white head. Kinda sweaty agrumey grainy nose. Light herbal aromatic grainy taste. Surprisingly pleasant. Like a lighter Rulles Estivale (thanks to the bartender for giving me a chance to reevaluate that one!). The world needs more lagers like this.
JorisPPattyn (8122) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small off-white head; well-carbonated, hazy ochre-yellow beer and faint mossy sheen. Despite the naming, especially dry pale malts spreading upon opening. Bit rainwater, grassy. Little hops, in fact. Grassy, herbal, dry, but definitely more hoppy flavourwise - if rather oxydated ones. Rather watery MF, again rainwater-like feel. Well-carbonated, little going on. Underhopped as a ’typical’ USA lager, underpowered as a Pilsner. But - quite refresing, easily drinkable.