beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of honey, bread and hops. The flavor also has honey, bread and hops. The mouthfeel is creamy. Not exceptional but still interesting.
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
4 ounce sample at the brewery, called "Munich Helles". Mildly sweet initial aroma with some spicy hoppiness present, and surprisingly lots of bubblegum--grape-flavored Big League Chew, as a matter of fact. Doesn’t smell like a Helles. Transparent yellow-golden color with a small, off-white/yellowish head. Slight sweet, floral, and a bit fruity to start. Turns grainy and cereal-like in the middle. Mild floral hop bitterness to finish. A bit sweet and overly floral for my liking. I wish this were a little drier.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
En fût chez American Flatbread, Burlington, VT. Robe blonde pâle très claire sans mousse. Arômes légers de malt. Saveurs de céréales. Houblon de soutien.
CapFlu (5047) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Sampled at American Flatbread on April 134, 2006. Pours Thin, white head a top a cloudy copper body. Nose of bready malts. Flavour is oily, straw, mildly hoppy and undertones of spice. Yeasty finish. Good.
ClarkVV (5130) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2006 Batch 1 Draught pint at the brewpub with Muzzlehatch on 11/5/05. Very proper appearance. Just the slightest hint of haze to a copper-gold with a dark brass tinge and a very high level of clarity. White head is small and moderately well retained, with light spotty lacing. Aroma pours forth warm baked brown bread, crusty and with a sour dough. Magnificently dry, sweaty, hay-like hoppiness and plenty of herbal influences (tarragon, sage, rosemary). Touches of honey drip from the bread as well. Flavor begins with a large, pervasive yeastiness that is authentic, lightly sour, very crisp and satisfying. I havent had a nice lager-yeast bite on the finsih like a lager should have, in a long time. More sourdough breadiness and drops of honey coat the palate, while the hops are done splendidly. Not too much bitterness, and the flavor, while fresh, hay-like and mildly herbal, does not detract from the malts and yeast. Texture shows a lively, fresh, drinkable helles, just such that it should be, with a soft breadiness and a very crisp yeast bite on end (as I already have said). Moderate, engaging carbonation, medium-full body for the style. Fantastically drinkable example. Taktik_MTL and VTHophead=CRAZY! ;)
Batch 2 Draught pint at the brewery on 3/11/06.
Eek, what happened here?? The nose is full of brass and copper, with way too much sour munich malt apparency. The flavor is just dishearteningly overyeasted, with not enough attenuation, or just too much residual yeast character. Sourish, grainy and metallic character builds up sluggishly on the palate. No glimpse of its former self. 6/4/5/2/11 Rating is an average of the two batches.
TaktikMTL (6860) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pinte d’un fût prise au American Flatbread de Burlington. Arôme: Odeur de malt. Apparence: La couleur est blonde avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’aucun col mais avec fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût d’agrumes. Aucun arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. L’effervescence en bouche est faible. Il s’agit d’une bière très facile à prendre. (Rating #325)
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint (actually, several) on draught at the brewpub. Darkish gold, unfiltered and slightly chunky, with a lasting small to moderate snowy cap...aroma bursting with freshness, earthy fresh loamy/clay tones and undercurrents of vanilla and rosemary, delightful...body follows strongly, hugely drinkable despite the rather full weight for the style, more earthy goodness, moderately sweet/dry throughout. Almost as good as the pils from the same brewer.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at VTBrewfest - Poured a medium golden brown in color with a small whitish head. Flavor is quite yeasty and has a biscuit-like aftertaste. Finish is mildly hoppy. Not bad... drinkable.