JasonNYC (19) - New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yes, imperial helles is a contradiction in terms - but if the Germans aren't going to do it, someone has to. Too much carbonation to fully enjoy, but... ok. I give them points for even trying.
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geologyguy (586) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
fruity smell, similar to bananas...tasty is malty on the front end but morphs into a strong hoppy bitterness that increases through the finish...interesting, but not a great feature...the flavor is medium/strong...decent fall/winter beer
Beerenberger (1276) - Fischer, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong hoppy aroma - pine and grapefruit. Pours a clear medium amber with an off-white head which has good retention and provides moderate lacing as the breww is consumed. The taste is rather surprising, especially after the hop filled fragrance. It is malty and slightly sweet. Malt, bread, grain, cardboard, combine with a piny finish. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, enjoyable. Raise a glass to Krampus!
joshwoodward (489) - - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a bomber. Interesting, nice nose, hoppy. The body on this is oddly light, somewhat austere, but delicious and spicy.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Extreme bitterness dominates. No sweetness to speak of, fairly boozy, not my thing.
crajun (894) - , Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Not a fan. Positives for palate - creamy thick and aroma - nice toasted caramel and sugars. The taste just sucks waaay too cloyingly sweet followed by strong bitter hops. A mess
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden color, medium white head. Aroma of citrus, pine. Taste is bitter lemon. Decent.
Darwenus (487) - Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours the color of iced tea with a medium head and a lot of lace. The aroma is strong, rich, sweet malt and some bitter, floral hops. The flavor is strong and a little boozy. Some spice and apples, and a big, bitter finish.
MadRobin (1700) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Whole Foods in Market Square in Fairfax, VA.
Clear, dark copper amber with an off-white head and outstanding lacing.
Aroma of pineapple, raisin, pine, caramel and tropical fruit.
Taste of citrus, raisin, pine, caramel, light fruit, grass and pineapple.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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pinkie (427) - New York, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
his pours with brilliant clarity and s small stream of bubbles rising up to meet a loose thin head of off white foam that dell pretty fast and left reasonable lace. Nose is at first bright with citrus peel and caramel malt. Then as it warms a mineral or metallic smell starts to evolve and a yeasty twang like in a traditional lager. The hops are floral and the malt is caramel instead of bread and I find that it smells a lot like a DIPA one minute and then a little bit like a lager the next. Orange peel. The taste is somewhat flat and muddled. I would even call it stagnant mid palate. The beer has a tremendous citrus but it isn’t crisp it’s just tart. The yeast trying to be a lager yeast adds a bit of sour twang and the metallic taste doesn’t go well with that. The malt is sweet and caramel but bread would be enough. There’s a bit of spice and a bit of alcohol on the palate.
This finishes with not only a hop bitter but a metallic aftertaste and a sour off flavor. It also finishes slick and with some hop oil. As this drinks it becomes more pleasant. Lemon takes over in the finish and the spice turns musky.