DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
22-Aug-13 (22-oz bottle: Thursday Night Bottle Share, shared by Eric)Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 31, 2013
This beer pours a hazy yellow-gold bogy with half an inch of white head that settles to a ring. The nose is grassy hops and grainy malt with a touch of malt husk. It’s similar on the palate, showing medium-bitter hops with a grassy, almost weedy flavor and a very grainy, slightly sweet malt, but there’s a perception of huskiness that’s most noticeable in the evolution and finish. The bitterness lingers for a long finish too, leaving a final impression centered around the hops. It’s light in body and medium in carbonation with a dry mouthfeel. Overall, this Pilsener is just too hoppy and bitter; it overwhelms the malt base. Although a good amount of hop flavor would be fine for an American-style Pilsener, it’s the hop bitterness that is over done.
22oz rec’d in a trade from writerljberg. Being in a pils mindset lately, I was quite excited to take this one down. Pours slightly just slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice pillow white head that lasts. Scent is grassy, some spicy hops. Taste pops and what sets this pils apart. Hops pop more, big grassy, spicy, herbal. A bit dry and refreshing and taste lingers for a while. Damn boooyyyee! douglas88 (9570) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Bomber. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. A big grainy and lemon nose. A large flavor profile with oranges, lemon zest, sulfur, some earthy biscuit malts, honey. This is a big smooth and flavorful beer. Finishes dry and mineral filled. ACHops (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Uh, I have no idea who Prufrockstar is but I too, am from Seattle, drinking this in a hotel room, and had to finagle the bottle open with tools at hand. In my case, the security clasp on the door. Weird... Anyway, on to the beer. I’ve heard of these guys many times but not tasted before - I don’t think they distribute in the Seattle area. Pours slightly cloudy pale yellow with a thick copious head. I may have been a bit rough with the bottle. Aroma is light pale malt and crisp slightly spicy hops. Taste is clean light malt with super flavorful finish - thinly but sharp spiced hops with a peppery finish. Not really malt-driven but way maltier than most lagers. My first thoughts were "This is a lager?!". Indeed it is. Delicious and really impressed with this. I will chase down more Heater Allen. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Bomber, opened through sheer force of will (with some help from my wedding ring and knowledge of physics - I knew I bought an indestructible ring for some reason) in my hotel room and poured 6oz at a time into the tiny hotel water glass. Keeping it classy. pours clear golden with finely-bubbled white head. Aroma briefly of sulphur, then toast, and whatever that "pilsner" smell is that I can’t articulate after drinking ales almost exclusively my entire beer-drinking life. Taste is toasted grains, a little spiciness, with a short clean bitter bite at the finish. Some sips feel like white wine + hops. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, very crisp, easy drinking. Overall: perfect day for this pilsner, and a reminder that I should really stop being so ale-focused and consider drinking more seasonally. This is a delight.
jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Update: I’ve had this again many times since the first. It’s damned good, and deserves a higher score. Bumping it up a tenth. I want to go even higher, but will save that until I’ve had another dozen or so. Love this beer.
Bottle. Light golden body. Frothy off-white head, diminishing Aroma of grass, minerals, hay, toasted grain, nectar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Sweet nectar and lemon zest get washed over with hop bitterness. Light taste of bread, crackers. Clean malts. Great balance. First rate. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 5, 2013
22oz bottle, purchased at the brewery. Pours a lightly hazed golden color; fine-bubbled white head. Clean, well-lagered aroma showing spicy hops and a soft Pils malt; white grape juice and toastiness increase as it warms. Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation; beautifully crisp, zesty on the tongue, with notes of white grapes, herbal hop bitterness, and a firm, mineral-laden edge; nicely clean lager, firm and precise in its execution, and just delicious. The finish offers a toasty, lightly bitter conclusion with a touch of sulfur. BiereLuc (1276) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
On m’a servi un verre de cette bière en me disant que c’était la meilleure lager en Amérique du Nord. Je n’ai pas vérifié et je n’ai pas sorti mes tableaux comparatifs, mais j’ai effectivement beaucoup aimé. Cette Heater Allen, prend toute la place en bouche, sans toutefois saturer les papilles. Amertume admirablement bien balancée. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2013
On draught at five-0-three. Golden malty character balanced by a hoppy bitterness in the finish. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis. Pours a faintly hazed pale gold with a persistent white head. Nose is rich pils malt. Faint sulfur and classic herbal saaz. Super clean. On tasting, moderately high but smooth bitterness. Clean and crisp, biscuity pilsner malt and a dry finish. Herbal and absolutely fantastic.