Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours gold with a white head. Straight forward malt presence on the nose. Tastes sweet and caramelly. Not true to style.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from summer sampler pack. Unfortunately, this one did not deliver. For that matter, all of the offerings in the summer pack fell a bit short. Too much carbonation. No love here for this beer.
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew hits the style but is missing a bit of the breadiness you usually find ina German style helles. Pours a gorgeous clear golden yellow with a thick white head. Leaves behind some lacing. The carbonation is a bit sprightly, but it results in a pretty beer to watch. Nose shows grassiness and perhaps some corn. Carbonation scrubs the tongue near the end of the swallow but mellows quickly leaving a slick soft finish. A light tartness creeps in after the swallow.
jimmack34 (639) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours copper with a fizzy head. Smells of grass and straw, a little corn. Nicely spiced with hops, slightly grainy, bread crust flavor. Very nice carbonation.
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from the summer sampler. Pours a clear golden amber with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma is grain, light toast and corn and faint noble hops. Taste is toasted malts with a grassy hop finish. Medium bodied and fairly clean and crisp. Good effort.
Narnad (1458) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden with very high carbonation and a big thick bright white head. Aroma is almost all semi-sweet pils graininess with a light touch of a floral noble hops. Flavor is very clean and crisp pils grain flavor with just a very light either Tettnanger or Saaz spiciness. Great mouth feel for the style and very effervescent. Overall one of the better helles style beer I have had to drink.
cheap (4005) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A mildly sweetish aroma. Taste is certainly dort but not overwehlming like so many bitter dorts. Has some personality that makes it a bit different than the typical lager. Looks like the ubiquitous pale lager in the glass. Seems like saranac is improving the quality of their beers over the last few years. Leaves a little hop bitter bite on the palate. Bitterness on the back of the throat continues to build thru the session. Over all , not bad. Finish is rather smooth with a medium bitter linger.
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. So this is the last style in a sampler frombSaranac, and the pour leaves little hope of salvaging the situation. Clear gold, fizzy white head, and aromas that aren’t there. Maybe a little honey. Flavor is weak honey and pear with little else to offer. Seriously, these have all been sub-par.
unclemike (2222) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is mostly of malts with some traces of hops. Pours a brownish gold with almost no head Taste is better but nothing to write home about. not a very good beer.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Clear light pale golden with a white film of head. The aroma has some light pils-esque biscuity notes accompanied by a light vegetable/DMS note and grass. Light body with crisp carbonation. Has a mild succinct papery note upfront then comes a soft bready note. A touch of corn-like sweetness is present as well- but it remains somewhat dry and clean with only a touch of grass on the back (not bitter enough). Could be drier and feels quite macro-ish overall.