TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, best by Dec. 2014 consumed in Sep. 2013: Beaming coppery golden. Wispy but pasty white head. Clean and focused aroma of rich toast, peach, sulfur, fennel seed, piecrust and fresh grass clippings. Graceful, fine carbonation. Vividly malty, initially, with a bouncy pecan note merging with Spalt-derived fennel seed and vibrant lemon. Toasty pils malt generates a piecrust effect and sits weightily atop bright peach-puree nuances. Deep and refined Munich displays a toffee-drizzled-nut dimension accentuated by a bed of grassy, baguette-like pils malt. Rustic tinge of sulfur imparts character and is perfectly placed. Continually evolving maltiness takes on a dry cookie and breadcrust sharpness which vivifies the subtle melanoidins. Dry, well-malted finish strikes a nice balance between cookie, toasty pils malt and breadcrust punctuated elegantly by a splash of lemony hops. A pleasant Franken lager that squeezes considerable malty fullness into a lean body. Very clean yet doesn’t have any of its character sacrificed. Whereas most Franconian beers degrade rapidly once bottled, Wagner-Bräu Kemmern is an exception, as their bottles have held up well in our experience. And much to our surprise, the bottle curiously fared more favorably than the super-fresh gravity pours of this at the brewpub, which ended up being only ho-hum.
3fourths (8214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 Bottle from the brewery cold room, best by December 2014. Brilliant orange, lightly hazed with a short white head.
Orange jam hoppiness with touches of caramelized malt. Toasty and bready and clean. Medium-full body, savory mouthfeel, lush carbonation. Starchy and a bit salty in the finish.
From gravity barrel at the brewery in Kemmern. Hazy amber with a patchy off-white head.
Medium body, sweet and syrupy. Low carbonation as expected, but hop acidity and mineral character gives it some foundation, but it’s also yeasty / dirty and the malt comes across as red apple and caramel chews. Dull in the nose, flabby in the mouth. Faint metal off-notes. Pretty poor showing after making our way back to the brewery for a barrel tapping. And odd that the bottle fared better by score, but by memory they are about the same, 2.9-3.3 is not much of a difference, perhaps it was because of expectation.
hawanna (2262) - GERMANY - AUG 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0,5 l bottle
bread, cereal, dough, amber, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation,
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vom fass at the keller. Slightly toasty, really grassy aroma, nice authentic kellerbier, light vanilla, nutty, definitely on the sweeter palate of aromas. Taste is smooth, nutty, light sweetness, light grassy finish. Palate is light-med bodied with light-med carbonation. Delicious.
Beerhunter111 (8082) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trübes bernsteinfarbenes Zwickel mit geringem Schaum. Geruch hopfig grasig, Geschmack angenehm herb, minimal säuerlich, süffig.
Moravius (569) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flasche von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin. - Orangerot, trüb. Antrunk mit leichtem Karamel (Wiener Malz) und reichlich herb-fruchtigem Hopfen. Etwas zu rezent für ein Ungespundetes. Gut harzig-fruchtig-herber Abgang mit vollem Malz. - Gediegenes Kellerbier.
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber with a medium sized white head. Malty aroma with biscuit, breadcrust and a hint of porridge, some fruit and grassy hops. Sweetish malty flavour with herbal and grassy hops and a good bitter finish
kevnic2008 (8353) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber colour. Grainy and hoppy aroma. Nicely hopped taste, a bit light body, thin malt basis.
blipp (6249) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the barrel. Poured into a ceramic mug with an off white head. Crisp pale malts, fresh straw, a hint of wood, and herbal and floral hoppy notes. Fresh and delicious with a very clean finish.
Jonb5 (386) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Half litre bottle, pale amber colour, initial slight haze which increased the more I drank, medium head, poorly retained. Farmyard aroma, hay, straw and hint of manure. Tasted charcol malts, grassy finish. Medium body, slightly coarse mouthfull, moderate carbonation. Overall more like a Dunkel dressed as a Zwickel/Keller, a beer which doesn’t fit website categories.