TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draught at Urban Chesunut: Foggy lemon. Scattered foam with a jagged collar. Strong sulfur odors accompany a yeasty nose of dough and paint, with off notes of husky malt (burnt wood) and apple. Hint of DMS and metal shavings, and only a trace of hoppy nectar. Loose, prickly carbonation. Lemony hop twinge gives way to husky malt which discharges a burnt wood astringency, immediately displacing the crackery aspects. Hops are very oily with a spicy tickle. Abundance of doughy, vitamin-B-laden yeast deadens the brighter shades of lemon. Unremitting huskiness ensures no brightness is to return. Floral softness shyly exudes, though the malt is continually lifeless with a papery, stale wafer-cookie dullness. Severely fuzzy and muddled throughout, with an uncanny void of malt, mineral, and hop vividness. Finishes wafery and dull with stewed apple and tacky paintlike yeast compounding the muddled nature, though a late but crisp mineral and hop nectar flourish somewhat salvages drinkability. Well, as a huge fan of Franconian lager, I couldn’t have been more excited about this brewery. But I must say is this is a rather depressing example of zwickelbier! Yeasty and unclean to the point of inducing nausea. Sadly, considering the other six or seven offerings being poured at the time of my visit all share the same general character to this one (unfinished, very muddled, unclean), it’s safe to say this is a brewery with its heart in the right place but perhaps lacking the brewing skills. And if it helps to add objectivity to my review, I drove a little over 2 1/2 hours each way to sample just this beer fresh from the source, as zwickelbier generally fares poorly in the bottle, which means I *really* wanted to like it. Oh well.
edgallow (2542) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9 oz bottle pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of bread, grain, malt and floral. Taste is malt, bread and citrus.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. The pour is mostly clear yellow golden, with a fluffy 3 inch white head. The head falls with a small amount of soapy lacing. The aroma is full fresh toasted cracker malt, nice gentle herbal mineral character, and hint of malt sweetness behind. The taste is the cracker malt, paired wonderfully with the herbal mineral, along with a nice spice, and the dry mineral finish. The palate is medium bodied, un filtered mouth feel, and the dry mineral finish is a real highlight. This is a great beer, directly up my alley. Thanks Eugene.
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 500 ml bottle courtesy of Strykzone. Poured a cloudy butterscotch color with a big white had an very little lacing. Nose is floral hops. Medium body and a lively mouthfeel. The flavor is lightly bitter with some floral and grassy hops. Light bitter spicy finish. Good tasting and easy drinking.
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at urban, pours hazy yellow gold with foamy white head. Aroma has sour dough, lemon, fresh yeast. Flavors are really crisp and fresh yeasty bread dough, tingly feel. Very authentic, excellent.
tastybeer (1828) - Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy straw gold pour, big white head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of grassy hops, dough, lager yeast. Taste is sweet bready malts, spicy noble hops, yeasty, fruity. Palate is dry, crisp, bitter finish. Very nice.
beastiefan2k (2716) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL bottle from a 4 pack, how awesome is that? Poured into a generic wine glass. Pours with a small but firm head. The color is a nicely hazy golden, can’t see through it. Aroma is a good lager dryness, herbalnes, and a clean white biscuit maltiness. Flavor is the same with a hefty unsweetened startchy white bread maltiness. Hops are in the background, herbal German hops, fall in line with the beer and are not obvious. Nicely dry, clean, well lagered, not overly processed. A nice felt mouthfeel but easy going down. All this at under 5%. What’s not to like?
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW - Pours yellow with a huge foamy white head. Nose is huge rustic grain, light honey, and a touch of floral hopping. Taste is the same, with a little more hops. Nice graininess. Thick and fluffy. Wow...awesome stuff.
lawman357 (93) - Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful example of a simple German lager. Lightly malty and hoppy on the nose, no off putting aromas to speak of. Pours golden and slightly cloudy/opaque, gorgeous white head and continues to effervesce throughout the draught. Easy drinking lager, drank cold from a glass, is the epitome of the style. Essentially, takes the yard beer to the top of the class.
DocLock (8312) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft notes from Lansdale Brew Fest. Poured hazy gold with white clingy head. Nose was pale malt, hopcitrus, with a smooth flavor of the pale malt, hopcitrus, complexity from the non-filtration, and this is a definite beer you could gladly drink all day.