Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in Louisville (KY)
A minor improvement on the Dresden this is still a confusing mess of a beer. If it were not so medicinal it would be much more pleasant. As it is this is skippable by all but the people who have to tick as many European beers as possible.
Aroma / Appearance - A lemony yellow body is mostly opaque beneath a thin ring of head. Lemons and holly are spicy. Heavily Christmas influenced this also suffers from the same medicinal weakness as its related draft.
Flavor / Palate - Lemons, honey, and menthol are cough drops in a glass. The dry finish is like the feel of chewing on a Hall’s cough drop. Very heavy on the juniper and winter berries this needs some sort of balance. Maybe it improves over the course of a full pint but I was happy to only finish my four ounces.
radagast83 (4049) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Churchkey. This one appears to have the ingredients of both their Aachen and Dresden Christmas beers. This one poured a dark orange/amber color. Aroma was heavy notes of Christmas spices - cinnamon, nutmeg notes. Notes of orange and lemon peel. Flavor had more cloves than in the aroma. Notes of coriander and ginger spice in there as well. Perhaps a little heavy on all the ingredients, but interesting none the less.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Muddy amber brown color, small white edge head. Aroma of mixed spice, citrus. Taste is spiced citrus. Kind of the beery equivalent of glüwein.