islay (1245) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-14-14. Pours a highly effervescent, clear, pale brass with a moderate amount of pleasant, off-white head. Urine-esque coloration. Produces pretty good lacing. The color is boring; otherwise the appearance is good. Sweet, floral aroma. Apple juice scent. Perhaps a bit more to the aroma than is the case with most light-colored lagers, but not much more. Tangy, light to moderate hoppiness in the flavor. Herbal flavor features a rose petal element as well as white grape juice. Light but long bitter aftertaste. Light body. Lively in the palate. Not as crisp as most comparable lagers are, unfortunately, but rather smoother. (Later note: I didn’t realize this beer is a California Common until I went to enter my rating; that explains the somewhat-but-not-so-lager-like palate effects). Overall, I’m quite underwhelmed. This is an average beer for the style. I was expecting much better from Toppling Goliath. Not a bad football-watching beer, which is how I’m consuming it. I bought this bottle a month or two ago, and I probably should have consumed it earlier to maximize the hops effect. That said, a well-made hoppy beer should be able 1) to hold its hops for longer than that and 2) still taste quite good (even if not as good as ideal) after the hops have faded somewhat. It does reveal increasing complexities upon multiple sips, and that does make me appreciate it more, but it still doesn’t stand out in any way.
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden with a white head that recedes to a tight cap. Nice cracker malty blonde nose that’s lager enough to be stylish but also just slightly fruity enough to be eccentric (light notes of pear and clementine). Smooth yet rich biscuity flavor with the tree fruit notes and cracker yeast and lightly golden toast. Really smooth and flavorful lager.
gopherfan99 (596) - CROATIA - NOV 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle; pours a cloudy gold with a white head; aroma is sweet with citrus, yeast, and a little malt; taste is sweet yeast, citrus, and malt; finish dry with a little bit of bitterness; okay beer
fidelis83 (2003) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy gold pour with a 2 finger, creamy, bright white head. Aroma is cereal, super bready yeast, a little toffee, tons of semi-sweet grainy character, almond-like sweet nutty notes, light floral hops. Flavor is very bready, loaded with cereal notes, a little corn, light nutty notes and some light citrus and fruity notes coming in at the end. Light to medium body, super creamy entry, drying out some toward the finish with a light carbonation and slight chalkiness coming in toward the finish. Good stuff, not worth the $7 bomber, by any means, but pretty good.
jmohno (1134) - Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gold poured into a SS lager glass. Gold creamy head. Sweet refined grainy citrus, bready. Smooth lightly buttery. Taste is pretty good its creamy lightly buttery bready/crackery,light-medium sweetness. Creamyness is pretty rich really. Pretty good steam beer. Wouldn’t say its really light bodied though.
brnandersen (2021) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Slightly hazy, golden colour with a fat, white head. Sweet aroma with pale malts and herbal-spicy notes. Some caramel and citrus. Taste is sweet. Medium body with a creamy texture and an average carbonation. Finishes drying with pale malts. Rather fresh C.C.
madsberg (10457) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Yellow coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma. Sweetmess. some fruits, light herbs. Flavour. Bread, light herbs, fruits, sweetenss. Medium bodied. Ends light bitter.
demmbonz (589) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bomber to GBP snifter. Light yellow. Only a hint of haze. Biscuity malt aroma and flavor. Biting carbonation.
Desverger (2373) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from Bottle - golden pour thin white head. Aroma and taste is grassy and floral, lemony hoppy, straw, hay, crisp malty, decent drop.
CloakedDagger (726) - - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Pours a clear, pale yellow with a small and lacing, white head. Sweet, malty body, a very clean maltiness with some pleasant, flowery hops. Very subdued bitterness. Could’ve been mistaken for a top notch fresh, German Helles. Very quaffable. 081114