Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This alt pours with a clear amber body with a thin head and little lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a brown sugar note. Not much else to the aroma. The flavor is sweet and malty but with a big amount of bitter hops for an alt. There is also a slight touch of brown sugar. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2006 Copper in color with a small off-white head. Aroma of bready malt and subtle earthy hops.Upfront sweet malt and hop character that has a smooth mouthfeel leading into a dry hoppy finish.6/4/8/4/15
Deep copper/brown in color,slightly murky hard to see through with a small white head.Aroma of sweet malt,subtle caramel. Flavor is sweet,toasted malt,clean, finishing bitter and hoppy. Body is medium-full.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really cool bottle that would make a nice bong. Taste was sweet, full bodied and rich. Caramel color with a smallish head. Nice and malty with medium hop bite. Finish was very clean and I wish I had another.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium copperish color, thin head that faded fast. Aroma is faintly of wet buckwheat pancakes. Flavor is of moderate bitterness, but the hops provide no distinctive flavors. Malt seems a bit thin. It is an OK beer, but didn’t live up to the hype. Need to try on tap.
Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red copper beer with almost no carbonation or head. But the aroma! Nice hops come out, which is surprising for a german brew. Taste is very complex wih a nice malty start and a lingering german hops finish, but everything is there very subtely. This is like the fine beer, very "racée" yet very fresh. Not bored at all...a big big thanks for the MaibockAddict himself .
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong hop nose - very fresh, vaguely sweet, but all hops. Clear amber brown with white head that recedes to a thick ring. Nicely balanced. Quietly exciting flavour. Strong malt base subsumed with hops that traverse from flavouring to bittering - grassy, herbal, floral, with malt sweetness coming back in the finish. Mild tannins noticeable. Good light carbonation. Firmly medium body. Very enjoyable and a pretty bottle too. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange brown body with a foamy white head. Aroma presents rather vague bready and earthy malt which is caramelic. Surprisingly, yeast plays an important part giving it an interesting banana fruitiness. The 60 ibus appear rather well hidden though, mostly displayed as peppery hints. It doesn’t seem too complex though. Once you take a sip though, it’s immediately superior to the aroma. There’s a very spicy hoppiness complementing the beautiful yeast. The image I’d use to describe it is a flower in a cemetary. Aftertaste is rather complex as well, grassy, green, robust yet balanced with tea hints. Medium bodied with rather low carbonation. I didn’t expect to enjoy it that much and was expecting an hyped alt for it’s rather rare, but this is worth seeking.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aromas with some fruity character. Beer poured with very little head. Deep copper color and clear with a low carbonation level. Rich malty flavor with some mild roasted malt flavor coming thru, a mild bitter taste in the finish. Not as much hop flavor or bitterness as I was expecting. This beer was bottled almost 3 yrs ago and I’ll need to try it again fresh. Flavor almost reminds me of a bock beer with a little more bitter finish. Good beer considering it’s 3 yrs old!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark copper brown with a thin and short lived head. Aroma is dry and caramely malty with a touch of chocolate and some hoppy balance. Body is dry and earthy with some dark sweetness and caramel malt. This could use some balance, and is not something I’d be paying $5/bottle for again any time soon. Still a nice alt, but overrated and overpriced.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear crismon brown color with little to no head. Great fresh ligthly caramel and malty aroma with a noticeable pineapple component. Very wet mouthfeel. Flavor is lighter than expected. Of course, that is not to say it is not bitter, because it is, very bitter. The bitter flavor is crisp and lasting finishing with a moderate puff of german malt. Mix in some smooth and sweet maltiness and you have it. Interestingly, the first few ounzes I poured and drank were significantly "rougher" than the last 7 or so ounzes. In other words, the first sample from the bottle was not balanced, while the second sample was like two identical twins on a teeter-totter. Overall, a great altbier with some nice subtle surprises.