urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bingo. Perfect. The description here says "winter seasonal" are you sure it's not summer seasonal? If so, this held up well. It has exactly that Q-factor I find in Kraftbrau: something related to the lemony, grassy hop flavor that drives me crazy. Elegent hop aroma--restrained, but perfect in its own small universe. A great mix of hops and malt in the mouth--though tending more toward the former. Finishes rather bitter. This Dortmunder is a bit lighter on malt and heavier on hops than I'm used to, but I totally dig it. Brewed especially for me. Reader, you will not like this nearly as much as I do. Capt. Cougar, that trading genius, picked this out for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty straight-ahead crayola canary yellow, with a clean, rippling head. honeycomb aroma, a note of peach, whole grain cracker-- distinctive and as fresh as sea air. crisp, a touch of apple and french bread, enough hop to be interesting-- it just balances a subtle fruity sweetness and takes you out dry. this is about as light as a beer can be and still be gastronomically engaging. my criticism is just that the bottle emptied way to quickly-- which speaks in fact well of the beer, but not so well of me.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (thanks to Marinaro500 for a trade). Pours dark golden with a full creamy white head that lasted well and left great lacing - one of the best looking lagers I've seen. Aroma is malty and full with noticible hops. Flavor is crisp and hoppy with a lingering bitter and slightly metallic finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with little carbonation.
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
medium-deep golden...big frothy sticky head...lots and lots of lacing...heavily carbonated. lots of earthy, dirty smelling malts. can definitely taste the german hops imparting a nice balancing mild bitterness in the finish. probably a little more hoppiness than most dortmunders i've tried (not that i'm a big expert of the style or anything).
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I'm not a huge fan of lagers and this beer reminded me why. It was not very good.
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden body. Modest malt, notes of honey. Crisp, hoppy finish. Refreshing but not a whole lot going on.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear straw yellow with faint clear and white head. Toasty oats and grassy hops nose. Gritty and harshly acidic throughout, I find it not offensive, maybe because it's 93 degrees and humid as a hothouse. A strange cornmeal flavor lingers. Bitter and acidic sum this up...
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:A medium sized white head with small sized bubbles.The body was cloudy with soft carbonation.The hue was straw yellow and the nose was lightly hopped.The flavor was hoppy and the mouthfeel was smooth, light, thin, and watery.
thedm (4889) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 23, 2003
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2003 Draft: This brew poured a large head of white bubbles that quickly disappeared leaving behind a hazy straw yellow colored uncarbonated body. Its aroma was not discernable and its mouthfeel was smooth yet thin. It had a mild hop flavor.
This bottle poured a medium head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left a fair lacing and a carbonated transparent straw yellow colored body behind. The aroma was very mild and had a mild hop nose. The mouthfeel was slightly tingly. The malt hop flavor favored the hops by just a bit.
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium golden, miniscule head that pretty much completely disappeared. Very, very light aroma, mainly malt with hints of yeast. Flavor is surprisingly dominated by hops, rounded out by a little malt sweetness. Finish is slightly sour and acidic. Good carbonation balance and smooth texture. However, mouthfeel alone can't save this beer. Usually, Two Brothers brews don't disappoint, but I can't rate this one very highly; it just defines mediocre. Sadly, I took a gamble and purchased a 6-pack of this stuff. Looks like I'll have 5 bottles left for boiling brats.