AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 golden, clear, fuffy, but lasting head. great floral/citrus hoppy aroma (hersbrucker?) with a bit of a fruity yeast and spicy alcohol. taste is a little grainy sweet, with a good hop flavour, a bit spicy and citrusy, the yeastyness seems to become a little astringent(maybe an old beer?) overall pretty good
Second tasting: Grain was a little nutty, slightly vanilla and flowery hops. sweet buiscuity malt.
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked bottle. pours out a pale golden lager like color. has a large white head that lasts throughout most of the beer. the alcohol is masked very well. i detect some kind of sweet flavor to this. a good beer, that is not a disappointment. i am really fond of the way the beer looks in the glass
Sigmund (5555) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750 ml corked bottle). Pale golden pilsener-like colour, . Large lasting head. Spicy aroma. Flavour is spicy white wine-like, a bit alcoholic. Well balanced, nice aftertaste. A good beer, but I don't find it quite as complex as some other raters do.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Perfect" head over seemingly average, pale, gold ale. Held to light the continually rising bubbles and clean simplicity of this beer shine through. Nose is of yeast and hops, with very little alcohol. Taste follows suit. But the palate is very complex with cereal and other similarities I can't put a finger on. I want to rerate a "kept" bottle. The alcohol is *very* well hidden, which make big gulps great. (Slight alcohol tingle on tounge, but 8.5%?). Clean and easy, good stuff.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some spicyness in the nose and some hops. Very clear golden color, small white head. Some sweetness, and a bitter finish. Brings some warmth in the mouth. Very drinkable.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great appearance, clear as beer gets, light gold colour, great head retention.
Aroma was surprisingly clean (perhaps from long-term storage in the fridge at the bottle shop from which I bought it). Slight phenolics and spicy hop but none of the fruity or musty things I was expecting at all.
Amazing decocted malt flavour. Just beautifully clean, sweet malt. Reminded me a lot of a Bavarian Helles fermented with an ale yeast. Quite lean body, not sweet and a nice drying bitter finish. Very drinkable. No perceptible alcohol, drank like a 5% beer. Really grows on you as you get through the bottle. Completely not what I was expecting but really good nonetheless.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bit of a musty odor - but that may have just been the bottle we had to sample. Mildly sweet - very much like wine. Notes of grapes & citrus. Very bubbly and clear. Would like to try again sometime to compare.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep golden with a puffy white head and some finely suspended sediment. Grapy sweetness on top of a pilsener-like aroma. Starts semi- sweet and bitter with a light fruitiness. Finishes more bitter and dry with a decent semi-sweet complexity. Not a bad Biere de Garde, but it just doesn't have the complexity I prefer. Light, crisp, and clean flavor makes this enjoyable nonetheless.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted like a good Heineken. Poured a nice golden color, with a thick white head. Citrusy and fruity. Not bad. Not great. I swear this was just Heineken, but good.
21iceman40 (1732) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a clear golden color with a big ass mountain of head. Kinda tastes like a lager but with a big pepper feel to it and even a slight burn as it warms.