bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2002
Nice color but the flavor was a little light................................ JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Dark amber in color. Roasted chestnut aroma with notes of grassy hops. Rich and nutty with some peated scotch ale-like malts in the middle. Dry, nutty and flowery at the end, but the sweet malt taste lingers. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2004
Bottle: Amber hue with fading off-white fizzy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of caramel malting, pumpernickel bread, smoked sausage, light spice, earthy yeast esters. The taste starts lightly fruity and spicy (juniper berry, prune, and pear) with a moderate caramel sweetness to follow. Some light bitterness and smoky qualities on the finish. The feel is lively and crisp initially then bready on the finish. Overall it is good, but still lack some punch. Quaffable and worth trying. DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottle. Sweet, toffee-like aroma with some chocolate and roasted notes as well. Smells very similar to a nice doppelbock. Large overflowing head out of the bottle. Hazy garnet amber color with an off-white head. Head is just too robust on this. Sweet, toffee-like start, which turns cedar-like with lots of woodsy and earthiness. Turns roasted late without many hops. A bit of smoke is present with a slight mustiness. I get coffee coming through very late. Nuffield (4245) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2006
Bottle producing a deep garnet/maroon body, opaque, with a creamy head. Looks chewy. But it isn’t really. A little bit like a vintage beer, with some significant caramel, wood, nut (whole toasted almonds) flavors and a little raisin touch. Tingling palate, at first seeming thin but really not that dramatically thin, somewhat lilting. You might claim to find a little metallic touch in the finish, the influence of some German hopping on top of what is otherwise a bold bock with only moderate sweetness despite the obvious malt character. It gets more rewarding with continued drinking. I would love to have German measures of this beer on tap, in Germany, with a plate of wurst, spaetzle, red cabbage, sauerkrat, and gravy. And oompa music. I think under those conditions this might be a 4.0+ beer.
thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate softly carbonated brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was malty and toasted malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt dark malt and oatmeal. Ducati (36) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Dark chestnut color would be beautiful if you could see through the haze. Very appealing spicy Hallertauer aroma (one of my favorite hops). As I mentioned on my rating of the Wolnzacher Hell the malt/hop characters were very skewed by the yeast bite. Too bad because it seemed as though a beer I would love normally. hopscotch (11410) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Dictionary definition of crystal clear amber. Medium-sized, frothy, beige head. Good retention and lacework.
The aroma is very malty and fruity with notes of strawberry, peach, honey and toffee. Great bouquet. Despite being very fruity and malty in flavor, this is one very well-balanced brew. I don't smell the hops, but I taste them. The yeast and malt govern this lager. The hops are an afterthought... a very nice afterthought. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Crisp, clean finish.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Pours a dirty brown with an off-whitehead. Aroma is yeasty and bready. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Spices, bread, fruit, and yeast on the tongue. Not a bad beer, but it really reminded of a loaf of bread. jimhilt (2633) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours with a one-fingered white head that fades quickly and leaves hardly any lace. Cloudy amber color. The nose is musty and metallic - unusual for any beer. Light - medium carbonation. Starts sweet but thin bodied, finishes smooth. $2.99 for a 500ml bottle.