mkobes (2132) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep hazy golden in color with a little white head. Bready malty citrusy aroma. Lemon, orange citrusy notes. Malty and fruity flavor. Pineapple notes. Crisp and refreshing. Finish is dry. Very drinkable.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. I’ve seen a lot of great looking beers and this is as good as any of them when poured into a Hennepin glass. Gold with a thick, white head. Aroma is bread with a hint of lemon, like a cupcake. Flavor is a great mix of zesty citrus and pineapple. Nice light flavor makes this a really refreshing beer. Bravo!
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden body with an off white head. Big floral notes with a nice citric but dry bitterness. Cereal and bready and some light sweet malt, grain and some light dried fruit, apple. good offering.
Cletus (6177) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a nice white head. Smells of citrus, apples, some honey, tea. Tastes of dry malt, biscuits, some citrussy hints, touches of pepper, some fading bitterness at the end. Enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bottle conditioned lager, or at least a very unfiltered one, certainly a rarity these days. The beer pours with a frothy, almost three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear light copper, gold color. Aromas of sweet grain and lightly herbal hops make up the lions share of the aroma at first. Aromas of light honey, soft lemon zest, fresh cut hay and herbal wildflower notes are noticeable and if you dig around for it dry grain / malt notes start to come into play. These last, contribute aromatics reminiscent of soda crackers, fresh crushed grain, and clean bread crumb (the portion of the bread that is not crust).
The beer has a nice biting character to it up front that is both a combination of the reasonable carbonation and noticeable hop bitterness. The hop bitterness is found throughout the flavor profile including through to a long, clean finish. A substantial, herbal hop note runs through the middle of each sip contributing a sort of mix of light menthol and perhaps a touch of resinous herb like character. Towards the start of the finish flavors of lemon zest (Saaz hops) and honey-like malt / sweet grain character are found and provide some counterpoint to the more dominant hop flavors. As the beer warms up a bit some chewy grain flavors start to be a bit more noticeable. This is of course fairly light, but it still has quite a bit more heft than your standard macro lager (more flavor too).
An easy drinking beer that perhaps would be better suited to the warmer months, but who am I to complain, I think it got to 80°F / 27°C here today. This is definitely beer that I was exited to drink though and it certainly has not disappointed. The Magnum hops seem to have contributed a bit of roughness / slight astringency to the flavor of this beer, but it is still quite enjoyable.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Adrian and served in a standard pint glass: Pours a hazy golden hue with a nice lasting frothy head and left okay lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bready continental malts, grassy and herbal hops (can notice the Saaz), slight pear and honey esters. The taste starts with a moderate level of sweet grains and supported by a light handed herbal bitterness with just a touch of fruity twang in the background. A touch sweeter than I would like for the genre but all in all a easy drinking and refreshing bier. More favorful than many Dorts likely due to being unflitered.
sliffy (2037) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy orange gold in color with a white head. Aroma, biscuits, doughy malts, floral and fruity notes. Flavor, bready malts, some sweetness, light floral hops, and some medium bitterness to it. Crisp, light finish, refreshing. Pretty solid brew.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, light golden-straw color. A small, foamy, snow-white head settles to a thin blacket, leaving some jagged flares of lacing behind. The nose shows a light, malty background of sugar glazed biscuit. Accompanying the malt is a creamy, lemon chiffon note, as well as some perfumy, floral hops. The flavor follows the same theme, with the lemon adding a nice crispness that cuts through the lightly toasted, sweet malt. Light bodied but creamy, finishing clean and slightly floral. A very delicate brew that is masterfully executed. Would make for an excellent session brew. This one really took some skill.
randomgarbage (1318) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. Aroma was lemons and a bit of honey. Flavor was grainy with some more lemon and honey to round it off. Slightly bitter finish, very clean. Refreshing.
fly (1369) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was hoping to be "wowed" and filled with awe nad all I get is this rather we.l crafted lager with nice, if plain body and simlpy hopped beer that winds up with a decently clean finish that carry the hops with it. Neither mind blowing nor awe-inspiring, but well made just the same. As these were the brewers series done to capture the spirit of their early days I could either let it go or say I wished they had added just a bit more to make this shine. It’s freakin’ close, but as is not sure I could pick out from many other lagers in a blind tasting.