Benzai (9546) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
33cl bottle from trade with SaintMatty, tried @ hotelroom. Clear golden color, full sized rough white head that lasts for quite awhile and leaves fair lacing in the glass. Smell malts, grains and hay. Taste malts, grains, cardboard and lightly bitter hints. Low body, low to medium carbo.
Rune (8881) - Tromsø, NORWAY - APR 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle carried home from Vikapolet in Oslo. A slight haze to an amber-gold body. Caramel malts to the nose. Ditto taste profile accomplished by dusty hops. Distant fruit bitterness to the ending. Food friendly (Tromsø, 08.04.2012).
Meilby (8590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 6, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle 500ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, grain, grassy and floral hops. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter. Body is light, texture is thin, carbonaiton is soft.
3fourths (8455) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 multiple bottles. made with cornmalt, so I guess fitting in with the classic American lager more than vienna, but whatever. really quite interesting, flavorful and well-balanced, from first sip to last. striking malt cleanliness with a wonderfully toasty corn kernel and barley and wheat malt character; minimal yeast but what is there is doughy and adds to the richness. clean semi-sweet flavor of toasted grains and just-caramelized honey, and the bottle conditioning provides a firmness and denseness which with the light body is well-suited. flavorful rigid malt, moderately hopped, pillow firm carbonation, light, low hop-rate... sticky and snappy but never too big or sweet. a malt showcase. superb! and from the bottle! would love to try on tap but never found it. 5.2% toasty firm / full carbonation bottle-conditioned lager. there’s a balance reached in this beer that NAILS it for me. reminds me of Ayinger Jahrhundert. god damn I love lager. ernie and jeff your bottles await you!
gnoff (8139) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at SB&WF 2011
Clear golden color, fluffy off-white head. Sweet, malty, hoppy, cheese scent. Sweet, malty, bitter taste. Dry finish, moussy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
rosenbergh (7854) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. As Sigtuna East River Spring Lager. From Malmö, Sweden.
Clear golden colour with tiny white head.
Grainy malty aroma. Flavour is also grainy malty with some floral hops. Mild sweetness and moderate hoppy bitterness. Drinkable for a lager. Bitterness stays. Thinnish. Nice label.
olio (7015) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110415.
Pours clear amber color with a medium head. Aroma of hoppy fruits, some grain, caramel and grass. Flavor of grain, hay, caramel and fruits. Very slick palate.
lusikka (6766) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle @ Konttori, Tampere.
Pours a hazy golden orange colour with a huge foamy head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and some hops. Flavour of good bitter hops, caramel malts, tropical fruits, caramel, grass and herbs. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel and a fruity bitter finish. Refreshing and better than Extra Sigtuna Bitter.
Svesse (6734) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 2 Oct 2010) Golden colour with brief, white head. Malty, grassy nose with notes of citrus and grainy malt. Malty, grassy taste with citrus, grainy malt and a decent citric bitterness in the finish. Medium body, fairly dry. Quite nice.
Ernest (6538) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (5.2% version, BB Oct 29, 2012).
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark yellow, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is a lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers/honeysuckle, apricot), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of celery and aspirin.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Certainly wouldn’t call it a Vienna...not much malt in either nose or mouth, this is a hop-driven beer from start to finish, and luckily the hops are attractive to the nose and provide ample bitterness in the finish. Sadly, though, it’s a bit rough otherwise...kinda husky, vegetal, and thin-and-watery. If the BB date is a year from bottling, it is admittedly a bit old now and may be suffering from that. Mike will never give me a bottle of beer ever again.