WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. As soon as I cracked the cap open, the foam started overflowing. Poured it into a glass and the foam party continued. Foamy pale yellow color, slightly hazy. Bittering hops and pilsener yeast are at the forefront. Has the typical Viking soft water roundness. Pretty straight forward pilsener, nothing too amazing, but not bad at all.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle care of Arg0: Gold color, light head and lacing. Nose of light malt and grassy hops, vegetal. The flavor is hoppy, nice citrusy floral malts but thin and musty. Eh.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a four-pack at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in Roseville, MN. Pours a semi-hazy orange amber brew with a thick, lumpy white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt, orange zest, and something reminding me of Tang Orange powder. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a citrusy orange flavor that hides the multi-grain malt. Finish is slightly acidic, mild bitterness with an orange peel aftertaste.
argo0 (11962) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Lightly hazed straw body with small off-white head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, cereal, some orange. Taste is medium sweet, orange, some herbal. Light-medium body, some duskiness. Seems a bit low in bitterness for the style.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear golden color. Head was white and bubbly with good retention and some lacing. Smells and tastes of skunky European hops and husky grain with a strange adhesive note (kind of like tape?). Flavor is similar and also uninspiring. Dry and a bit acidic on the tongue. Metallic note at the end detracts somewhat.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle, no date. Pours a hazy golden with a one and a half finger off-white head. Aroma of new plastic, grassy hops, and a bit of grain. Flavor has the addition of an off sour tang and little to no bitterness--the plastic wasn’t there, but the grassy hops were light and not very apparent. Light body with little carbonation. And this one sucked--hopefully the other two Viking brews are better than this.
Suttree (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange, nice dense head. toasty, buttery aroma, and the butter smell is particularly pleasent. Grainy, rye-ish flavor and some more butter, but not as much as the smell would indicate. Finishes with a mellow piney hop bite. Some fruit flavors emerge as it warms. Thansk to JK for the trade.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Semi-translucent and buffed gold in color with a creamy, grayish tan head retaining like a thin sponge, leaving sticky, retracting lace. Clean, cottony and velvety aroma. Some banana sourdough crust cuts in as the aromatic secondary, along with linen sheets, broadcloth and gardenia fields to show promise. Lemony biscuits melt away the flavor, as if their doughy innards were pulled out prematurely. Carbonation’s severely lacking and there’s a wild mushroom mustiness to it as well. Acidic keel is kept honest by the toasty corn behind it, but the bitterness levels can’t even come close to hitting the style’s standard. Lick the inside of a cream corn can and you’ll find yourself at the finish. When paired with the moldy, stale croissants, there’s no way this one can stop dovetailing straight to hell.
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly hazy straw gold with medium white head that quickly dissipates. Grassy, hoppy and surprisingly fruity nose for a Saaz-only-hopped beer. Flavor is straight-forward pilsner: Clean, medium bitter, moderately hop-spicy, hint of fruitiness (though not as much as the nose suggests) and a touch of malt sweetness to rein it in. Flavor unfortunately a bit weak. Lively, tingly mouthfeel. Not great, not bad, could have scored a few tenths higher with more aroma and flavor intensity. But at least it’s a Viking beer with carbonation and no infection. Maybe they’re back on the right track?
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
slightly more hazy, and paler than the blonde northern pilsner. somewhat cardboardy with light notes of diacetyl, which i don’t think are unpleasant. flavor is nice and Saazy! flowery and spicy and not too shabby...the bitter finish lasts a couple seconds...again, not bad.