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!!
Brainiac (199) - Riga, LATVIA - AUG 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5l bottle. Soft white bread aroma, not sweetish. Well balanced on the tongue, aftertaste gives up a little hops.
Rune (9405) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle kindly shared by djoeye. Stable, bubbly, white head to a bright golden coloured body. Satisfying lacing. Fresh bread on the nose. Flavours of bread, buttery caramel malts and dusty hops. Quite refreshing. Medium bodied. Pleasing (session at Finns in Tromsø 05.08.2014).
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 500ml spandert av djoeye. Delt med ham og Rune på Nerstranda 5 Aug 14. Lys gyldenbrungul. Høyt kritthvitt luftig skum som varer. Litt lacing. God maltaroma med litt humle. Smaken er brød & karamell balansert med en anelse humle i avslutninga. Av de bedre fra den kanten.
djoeye (2549) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Šis alus nāk ar lielu gandrīz balta galvas un dziļi salmu zelta ķermeni. Caramel, toffee, honey, plums, bread, faint air of hops to the nose. Caramel, sweet bread, toffee, butterscotch, grains, faint hops to the tongue.
Balance and body alright. Finishes with bread and some hops. Better than pale lager, more as premium.
[B@Rimi Bauskas Latvijas : RatingSession@Finns. 50cl. br. btl. 5.4%abv. °. BB20.08.14]
lobs_ols (407) - LATVIA - JUL 18, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Good white head, pure gold colour. Slight hoppy malt on the nose. Bittersweet taste with sweet, but not obnoxious, finish. I somehow remembered this as being more bitter. Still decent, but not great.
mandaritto (93) - LATVIA - JUL 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
White head, pale yellow; aroma - malty, hoppy. Medium carbonated, weak ending. Quite decent beer.
belgis (295) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this many times, but never wrote anything about it. Decent foam. Well balanced tha akes it drinkable. Clean without bad aftertastes. Lovable bitterness that suprisingly stays. Refreshing. I would say one of the best latvian lager beers. Have to say it is strangely good :)
Discore (68) - - SEP 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2013 Bottle. Slightly bitter. Tastes malty. Carbonation is a bit low. While the bottle and aroma won’t leave a huge impression, the taste (especially at a proper temperature) will knock your socks off. Definitely a high quality product and one of the better beers Latvia has to offer.
Marduk (4071) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500ml bottle. Clear golden color. Small white head, stays. Sour, grainy, malty aroma. Sweet, very malty, grainy, flourish flavor.
Vells (1061) - Rīga, LATVIA, LATVIA - DEC 16, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep golden with medium size white head.
Aroma.. Most hoppy brew from Tērvete. Grass, bit malty. Bread, some citrus
From bit sweet to dominating bitterness, thou not too pushy and harsh.
Overall.. Not very exceptional, but nice quality drinking beer for "everyday situation"