Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ brewery. Hazy yellow/pale blonde. Small white cap. Powerfully yeasty aroma is doughy and certainly unfiltered. Very earthy like soil just after the rain. Slight pedio too. The balance is pretty nice but veering to sweet in the nutty malt profilt. The subtle hop is resinous and makes the beer drinkable.It might not be as enlightening as having Urquell from the barrel but it is fun and tastier than most of their other products.
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted at the brewery tasting bar, the Qingdao Beer Festival and it is available in many places around town, especially along Beer Street. Pale straw and quite hazy. Has a fresh, yeasty aroma that is only lightly bready. Tastes yeaty, but also a bit dirty. As unfiltered lager goes, this is mostly just unrefined, and needs more lagering to blow off the minor off-flavours.