SaintMatty (6611) - 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 (13255) - 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 (10284) - 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-- donít ask me why. sniff).
i know as much about latvia as i do about curing constipation in geriatric gerbils-- or the dark side of saturnís moons. not that any such knowledge is greatly requisite in simply rating a beer; i just donít 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 itís host country. "whissssst" it sang out when i popped the top, and like any american thoroughbred, it galloped into the arena with itís 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!!
zziemelis (12) - Rīga, LATVIA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
More bitter than the red-labeled ęTērvetesĽ (this one is slightly more expensive and carries black-coloured label, just like the famous scotch whisky). Color is golden, clear. Not bad.
SADESA (10) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled gold with small head. Sweet but mild taste of malt. The colder the better.
oh6gdx (24853) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Golden colour, mediumsized white head. Grassy nose with hints of alcohol. Flavour is sweet malts and some hops. Aftertaste (about 5 seconds after swallowing) becomes very sweet, artificial and unpleasant. Except for the aftertaste, this beer is really good for a pale lager in my opinion.Also, once it gets too warm it gets unpleasant. about +7-8C is good.
TBone (15904) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Golden color, decent white head. Skunky, grassy hoppy nose. Medium-bodied, a bit sweet, harsh, oily finish.