MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear deep orange with a nice tan head. Has a tight fruity peppery aroma, reminicent of Alt yeast strains. Malty bitter flavor that lingers. The malt and hops battle for supremacy. This is a full flavored light beer at 4.5%, for sure!
bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Bottle: Trink Gut Getränkehalle in Kleve. Slight coffee and caramel aroma. Very hoppy flavor, a bit raw. Hint of licorice, vanilla and metal. Long bitter aftertaste. uality alt, must be even better from the brewery tap.
A later sample gave a flowery hoparoma, a persistant earthy hopbitter flavor with roast, a hint iof licorice and salt and an earthy flowery long lasting aftertaste.
Brewery tap: wow!! Hoppy, oily and also malty. Only medium bodied, but what a power stuff! Low on carbon. Light flowery hoparoma. The true greatness of this beer unfolds itself straight from the wooden cask.
all n all, an excellent altbier, fresh, complex and perfectly drinkable.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Is this stuff new to the USA? All of a sudden, everyone's got it. After opening the bottle and drinking it, all I could think was this bottle would make a good bong. I don't see what the fuss is. For an Alt, it's a little better than average, but as what I like, average at best.
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and deep amber-brown. Soft, easy-drinking mouthfeel. Yeasty, bready nose. A pinch of caramel sweetness behind a toasty, cracker-like malt base. Sharpish, peppery hop bitterness. Drying hop finish is long. Has to be one of the more interesting alts I've had. Thanks, Scott!
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Zum Uerige. Light to medium nutty malty profile, with a bit of floral-citrusy hoppiness. Medium creamy off-white head lasts the entire beer with tons of lacing. Clear medium amber-brown color. Medium watery body with medium-heavy carbonation and dry finish. Light sweet-acidic start, malty and cherry-like acidity. Bitterness persists from start to finish, and into a nice long after. This beer is malty, but well hopped. Goes down very smooth, is refreshing, and is one of the best altbiers I've tried.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled) Nice, dark amber color, no head. Mild, caramel-malty aroma. Sweetish, smooth flavor. Light to medium-bodied, easy to drink. Had this after several Belgians, so it was pretty hard to dig the flavors. A very nice beer anyway.
DanielBrown (3819) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the barrel at the German beer festival @ The Criterion, Leicester. I couldn't get served in the Uerige Brauhaus in Dusseldorf in November (much too busy and crowded) but I did manage to try it in my old home City!! Anyway, I actually found this to be a rather bitter Alt, which whilst being very proficient, does not match up to my favourite of the style. This is smooth, medium bodied, with a long, dry finish, and a quiet aroma. No head, and not much fizz in the version I had, but a nice copper colour. A quality product, no doubt.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Bottled. Didn´t like this very much. Pretty bitter and sharp for an Alt. Roastmalty, perhaps a bit too roasty. Re-rate:
From tap this beer is so much better. The hefty sharpness and bitterness are not as prevalent as in the bottled beer. The head was so beautiful, the foamiest head, I´ve ever saw. I could not detect one bubble, the texture of the head was like cream. The tap version enabled me to taste some hints of caramel, a slight sweetness and a touch of fruitiness. So, stay away from the bottle when rating this!
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear and light brown color, medium head. Aroma is caramel malts, bit hoppy, quite typical alt. Sweet taste, bitter, bit fruity. Sticky and a bit dry palate. Decent altbier.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - FEB 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap: Light nose, caramel amber color, great fluffy and lacy head. Sharp, bright dry bitternes and a metallic finish. Lots of character and similar to the Füchschen. Is this balanced? We stood outside of the main hall in the winter under some heat lamps - fun! The good thing about no selection of beer is that the waiter can just come around with a tray of "beer" and grab one as he goes by. Simplifies things and means no wait.