suurjuust (1530) - ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale golden, white soapy head. Nose is bready malts with some weak spicy-citric notes and vague cardboard. Taste is fairly malty and finishes with grassy, slightly citric hop bitterness. Texture is on the thin side, thin to medium body, discreet carbonation. Nothing overly special, but a pretty good quaffer.
omhper (20553) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, from Stockmann, Riga. Clear golden, mid sized head. Bready malt aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and soft mouthfeel. Nice bready malt covered in a thin layer of grassy, spicy hops. Mid bitter finish.
zenkis (639) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUN 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 Pours light golden with little but sustainable head. Aroma is something between minimal bready and corny, could be more intense. I feel no hops not in aroma nor in taste after I try to get more aroma in to my nose by spinning beer in the glass, little bitterness in aftertaste, no dry finish. Carbonation level is average good, some sweetness in taste, no sourness - like it.
Tim Webb (258) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle bought at a Rimi supermarket in Riga but drunk back home in the UK, in its sell-by month. Latvia’s best lager and able to stand up for itself in fairly stiff competition I would judge. Probaly hop pellets and 90% malt though it might be better than that. All the usual tastes of a higher quality blong lager.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells appley and skunky with some corn. Tastes sweet and sticky with some perfumy hints on the finish.
estpiwo (1310) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark golden color. Sweet fruity aroma. Flavor is little bit sweet at the beginning, but immediately I can feel hops. Originalais is more hoppy than other Tervete brews. Good.
SaintMatty (5750) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml Bottle - Dark golden/amber in colour. Malty, slighty citric and hoppy aroma. Lemony taste with some malt and hops and a lingering bitterness. Quite refreshing.
FatPhil (9976) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fruity simple aroma, some hops too. Big hoppy bite, very bitter, and a little anaesthetic. Full body, tangy and chewy. Good lager.
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 2, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a deep golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is a bit sweet with some bitterness and grains. Sweet soft bitter hopy and malty flavour
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
my opportunity to sample this beer is a monument of good intentions over beer-nerd sophistication: this came to me as part of the "great latvian beer airlift of 2007" (my partner went on vacation there-- don’t ask me why. sniff).
i know as much about latvia as i do about curing constipation in geriatric gerbils-- or the dark side of saturn’s moons. not that any such knowledge is greatly requisite in simply rating a beer; i just don’t want to endorse a beer if they use slave labor or anything unsavory like that over there; i mean, for all i know, they get their brewing water from the same treatment plant that services the nuclear reactor.
barring those considerations, i found a beer that immediately wanted to learn my language and adapt to it’s host country. "whissssst" it sang out when i popped the top, and like any american thoroughbred, it galloped into the arena with it’s frothy white mane tossing, and with the shade of yellow only associated with the better-made tin grommets of the world.
fairly clean grains highlight the aroma, especially grains that came to us in plastic bins. it has a distinct "circus-peanut" kind-of orange-scented cotton candy aroma-- or imagine if jello made a lemon-hop flavored gelatin dessert. not at all unpleasant, and probably quite an allure to those factory workers who might in fact BE slaves. how should i know? anyway, seriously, i have no complaints: this is a decent enough straight-forward quencher, tending toward a medium body, grainy, dry, well-carbonated, and with enough fresh-tasting hops to rank it respectably among the ubiquitous euro-pilseners.
but... if i can only get her to go to belgium NEXT year!!