urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 Amazingly complex malt flavors (even some restrained fruit) with a terrific dry finish. Exactly what a Helles should be. What's wild is that my first sample of this had a drawing of the brewery on the label, indicating that the sample was ancient. It was still this good. Have had fresher samples since. Perfect Helles.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not bad, maltier than I expected, good dry finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Reworded review, but not changed) The U.S. needs more lagers like this (very much in the Munich Helles style).
I was amazed I was drinking a lager - thats a bit of an
exaggeration but here’s why - its so complex! A soft
tingling of hops, and gentle ale-fruit flavors were almost
noticeable. Maltiness was soft and sweet. In all other
respects its a world-class lager: bright golden color and light
but lasting head, clean refreshing flavor and beery aroma.
An outstanding alternative to any American Standard, if thats what you like.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
the label describes the color well enough, perhaps my favorite color to begin the evening with, provided the upper five percent is creamy white, as in the case at hand. grainy, apple and corn aroma, with just one flat note in the choir: attic kinda mustiness. the freshness date box provides no clue since it’s inexplicably exclusive of data. great brisk refreshing flavor, tho, balanced, subtle apple and whiskey, oak barrel flavors. i had to write quick ’cause it unfortunately only lasted about five minutes. nice dortmunder.
NJBeerman013 (1052) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good and hoppy beer. Deep golden in color. Its a smooth and easy drinking beer. A good representation of the style.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
similar to Dortmunder Gold, but thinner mouthfeel. A nice long bitter malt finish
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2007 Rerated from a bottle. Light hazy golden color with a thin gluey head. Quite starchy aroma. But it drinks quite smooth; lightly bready, vaguely cookie like. All around just a very smooth yellow brew. Almost lemony.
igneous1 (1505) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
golden color with slightly foamy head, not lasting but leaves behind decent lacing. little bit of hops in the aroma. flavor was a tiny bit bitter. not overly enthusiastic about this one
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow! A real thirstquencher. This is possibly my favorite Helles so far, as it’s got a nice tingle of hops followed by a decent amount of malt. It’s also a tad sweet. I avoided this on the shelf for months cuz I thought it would suck - don’t make the same mistake. Hoppier than most Dortmunders?
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden, decent head and lace. Fairly clean nose of german malt and hops. Clean somewhat sweet malty palate with a decent hoppy kick. Drinkable as all hell despite being almost a year past the ’best if consumed by date’. Would love a fresh one. Good lager.