djd07 (14496) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a clear golden with a large frothy white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is caramel malt and bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter floral hop taste and nice bitter finish. Alcohol present but not overpowering. A very good strong lager from harpoon. Tmoney99 (14479) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle shared by metmayhem.
Poured clear pale color with a large frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good moderate grass hop and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration.
Nice drinkable beer. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small white head atop crystal clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, straw/grass, orange/floral, some peach, dough, lemon. Taste is moderately sweet, floral/orange, spicy/straw, some peach, lemon, dough/bread, some alcohol. Some medium body, light alcohol acidity but otherwise fairly smooth. Lubiere (13905) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
A golden pilsner with a thick frothy white head. In aroma, citrusy hops aroma with light lemon peels, and nice crisp malt and herbal notes. In mouth, crisp malt, loads of Saaz hops, a real pils on hormones. Medium bodied, alcohol warmth in finale. Bottle from Federal Wine and Liquors, Boston, tasted with Mateo in Bogota, Colombia, July 12, 2009. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of LooseCannon. Thanks! Pours a clear golden color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is very bready with some grassy notes and a peppery finish. Taste is very bread again with lots of peppery spice notes, caramel and some apple and peach notes poking through. Very strong piney hops throughout. Alcohol adds a bit of a medicinal quality to this.
hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2009
On tap at Capones. Poured a medium and clear yellow/goden color wtih a smaller sized white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, grains, and bready. Tastes of grains, floral hops, grassy, and had a honey sweetness to it too. Light alcohol in the finish (but not 9%). Some lacing left on the glass. Sammy (12201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
A different DIPA that hits you with Saaz hop bitterness up front. Dangerously drinkable, spearmint leaf. ABove average aroma and mouthfeel. j12601 (11831) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow with a large white head. Light citrus, hot grain, and a bit of yeast. Smooth and sweet, and very thick, and while the abv is hidden, you’re still quite aware it’s there. Finishes with a nice lemony citrus note, but still more graininess. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours deep gold with 3-finger white head. Nose is pale malt, hops, sour fruit. Tastes rich, a bit cloying at first, very malty, with peach, apricot, and hops. Tannic, not tart enough for this style, and a bit too cloying for me. Also gets very hot and astringent late. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed malts and spicy hops benefit from a slight alcohol nudge to take this brew to more potent yet still diplomatic realms. I have to admit it’s nice to see a Svetle Specialni being tried out in North America.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A large head of foam remains atop the transparent pale golden.
-The mouthfeel is super clean and the flavor profile is well balanced.
-Minerals appear in the middle. Or is it oxidation already setting in?
-The cereals also develop hay.
-The nose is a little too subdued for my tastes in the style.
-The spicy hop bitterness is levelled with the rest of the flavor profile.