tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very pale golden body with a small, frothy, white, very short-lived head that leaves some lacing. Faint aroma that is very sweet and not that pleasant. Pale malts, cereals and... eh... sweetness. Moderate sweet taste with a light bitter finish. Quite faint flavours, but at least they are more pleasant than the aroma. In addition to the sweet malty parts there are some fruity notes. But where are the U.S. hops? Light to medium body and a very generous carbonation. Boring stuff, thereís nothing premium about this lager.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Jacobs pŚ Holtet, Oslo]
ianwelby (405) - SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice fizzy, refreshing lager. A mild, sweet taste and although itís reasonably strong it doesnít taste like it so itís very drinkable.
foxo82 (673) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Booths, Windermere. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Plenty of carbonation visible. Aroma is brown sugar and Marmite. Taste is surprisingly bitter and intense for the style with ginger, grapefruit and enough strong, bitter hops to make me believe this is the bizarre lovechild of a lager and a bitter. Long, dry finish. Mouthfeel is rough and fizzy which lets the fine flavour down a little. Honestly I donít understand the predominantly poor ratings - this is unlike any lager Iíve had recently and with enough aroma and flavour to keep it interesting.
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Dec 2010, poured into a huge íJudasí glass (I donít own a lager glass) on December 10th 2010.
The brew is a deep golden/amber hue, a lot darker than most lagers/pilsners/Dorts/etc.
The aroma was of grains, but grains soaked in caramel and light molasses. A wee hint of citrus within the smells also.
This is one of the best Lagers Iíve come across, flavoursome, hearty and interesting. Fairly sweet in the taste, but full bodied also, something rarely said about this style (or any lager based brew, by me at least).
My sweet tooth might help to explain my high scores, but this is well worth finding and trying, trust me!
craftycarl21 (2201) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Churchkey. Very light straw colored pour. Strange husky bite to this beer, with bready grain and a touch of grassy hops. Ehhhh.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 On keg at Cloisters. Pours a blonde colour with a thin white head. Aroma of musty honey, yeast and caramel. Similar flavours and just a little sweet. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel (5,2,5,3, 14). Also had this unfiltered on draught at The Holyrood 9A. Poured a very pale straw colour with a fair white head. Aroma of bready yeast, caramel and grassy hops. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Very drinkable.
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in September 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth oak vanilla note in the aroma. Pale malt complex gives sweet fruit notes of mango and lychees. Hops impart a floral bitter flavour in the short aftertaste. Slight sweet edge returns to the finish. An excellent session ale.
Kavu (2064) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours pale golden with a very low head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy malts. Flavor is malts with some fruits and hops. Pretty nice lager.
BeerBaboon (1516) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden yellow. Aroma of malt, straw and grass. Flavour of malt, citrus and grass.
jamestulloch (1223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Inoffensive, clean.
Appearance: Light golden, clear body. Mild carbonation. Tiny head which soon dissipates.
Taste: Not as crisp as I had hoped. Quite bland actually. Would benefit from additional hops and carbonation.
Palate: Thin, watery body. Light mouthfeel. Very little alcohol flavour on the finish.
Overall: Not a bad lager, but certainly not a great one. Too flat, too flabby.