GenDV138 (4090) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4-5 oz pour on draft at Sweetwater Tavern Merrifield, part of the sampler flight. Clear straw yellow with off-white head. Aromas of lemon lime citrus, wheat. Tastes of malt, wheat, citrus. Light body with a dry finish.
ads135 (3690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Doesn’t really compare to the better Helles offerings, but there is nothing offensive about this beer. Mild and malty. Very weak body. Tried with Anne in VA in 2014.
radagast83 (6083) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Merrifield location. Poured an absolutely clear golden copper color with a white head. Aroma were what you’d find in a typical lager - cereal grain notes, malts. It was drinkable, but was entirely unremarkable. A beer I’d say reminds me of Budweiser, if Budweiser was actually good.
bigbish (619) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Meh, not that great. A very malty flavor, pretty one dimensional though. I’ve had a lot better beers this this was way better than their pumpkin.
Bierkrug (2130) - - JAN 12, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Falls Church. 20 Oct 2008 Found my lost notes. I have to agree with wj94 on this one. Being a Helles fan through and through this was not a good example of a Helles by any means. Too strong for a helles and that effected the flavor. Not what I would call a great beer at all. Leaning to the poor side. It could be they changed how it is brewed in 2008.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Centreville location. Maybe this just isn’t as good as years past, but I found this to be very average. Compared to the Naked River Light (house light beer), I felt the taste was very similar. Only had one of these, but doubt I’d order it again. Pours straw yellow color with two-finger head. Light malt, straw flavor, pale malt but no real hops to balance with. Not sure what everyone else sees in this brew.
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap (as well as a few of their others) at the Sterlign, VA location. Wow, what a beer this year. Exceptionally flavorfull, smooth, and a real pleasnt brew. Light malt on the tongue, pours a light amber. Light hops, sweet and lightly malty. No hint of bitterness. Probably one of the better brews I’ve had this year, and wished I had gone back with a growler. (April 2006 Batch)
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Sterling location with The_Beer_God. Things didn’t get off to a great start when all the beers in the sampler were served in iced glasses, but this one had warmed up to optimum temperature by the time I got to it. I don’t normally get excited about lagers in general, but this was something of a revelation. Vibrant gold colour. Some floral hop notes in the aroma. Excellent balance of pale malt and citric hops in the flavour. Smooth and crisp. Right up there with the Germans. In fact, I found the slightly more assertive hop character a distinct improvement on most German examples. The best beer on offer, which was very pleasant surprise.
TheBeerGod (5685) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on draft at Sweetwater Tavern in Sterling on 11/21/04. Alcohol listed at 6.7%. Amber body. Nose is grassy, lightly malted, spicy with light floral notes. Taste is grassy, spicy and nicely hopped with some medium maltiness. This balances it out nicely. Medium bodied. Finishes with more grass notes, spice, and rich malts. Noice beer!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear shiny gold. Nose crisp, hoppy, abd sweet. Malty and sticky, nice hops with a bit of a citric kick. Very good.