Martin243 (996) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two bottles at Cafe21 Newcastle. Amber with a dense white head. Quite malty/fruity for a pilsner. Some nuts, cereal, and a slightly doughy flavour as it warms. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation. Just okay.
tinylightsrecs (437) - - MAR 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Glug Newcastle. Pours dark golden colour - not much carbonation or head but a really nice sweetness to it.
danlo (2208) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle at Blackfriars restaurant, Newcastle. Clear amber colour, white foam head and grassy aroma. Taste is malty, some grain, slightly bready & fruity, with grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry lingering fruity bitter finish. Quite OK.
JohnCook101 (528) - - AUG 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, small off-white head. Aroma is mild slightly flora. A decent amount of malt flavours, slightly woody, floral notes, fruit peel. Not exceptional but pretty good.
Tom303 (112) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Dark amber, lovely sweet malt and fruity maroma with taste to follow and perfect balance of rich bitter sweet flavours. Quite sweet and fruity for a pilsner, but good balance overall. Really good lager.
AshtonMcCobb (4910) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle thanks to John Brash.
Appearance - a darker golden than expected. Decent head retention.
Nose - cornflakes with just a hint of green beans.
Taste - more green beans and pale malt but just a touch of cardboard, though I’m not sure it’s an off taste. It’s more like a note that culminates from the combination of hops and malt.
Palate - light to medium bodied with a long dry finish.
Overall - not bad, quite solid really.
zacgillbanks (4077) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. >A dark golden beer with a slight woody, floral fruity and toffee flavour and a malty, sweet finish.
mr_h (4514) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask by handpump at Guildford Arms, Edinburgh - clear deep golden, thin white head, no lacing, fruity malty aroma, initial sweetness, fruit dominates the malt, smooth, easy to drink
TomL79 (13) - Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It has all the characteristics of a good czech lager. That rich, malty, fruity aroma. The dark gold colour. It packs a hell of a punch on the palate and goes down a treat.
flying_pig (1366) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (500ml from Fenwick, Newcastle, UK):
Hoppy to begin with, there is a definite yeast aroma and some lager malts. There is some background fruits and a fair amount of orange coming through with a little spice thrown in for good measure.
A bright orange tainted amber colour that looks quite lively with plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. There is a foamy white head on top that is about two fingers width tall that manages to stay for a good few minutes then only starts to reduce in size as I start to drink it.
Starting out with slightly too much yeast and floral hops. There is a good citrus flavour in there with some orange and spice. I could also detect some biscuit malts and it is all rounded off with a medium amount of bitter.
Medium in body with a citrus tang around the middle and a bitter finish together with mild carbonation for a pilsner making it probably moderate overall.
I wasn’t a huge fan to begin with but once it settled down I began to enjoy it, although there was an almost skunky flavour lingering on and again throughout that stopped it from scoring higher. Good but not a memorable one or one that I’d seek out again.