TAR (2765) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Draft at Heberbrau in Kirchenthumbach in November 2012: Luminous pale-gold. Creamy white cap of foam. Fairly quiet and neutral nose with hints of hay dust, grassy hops, flower nectar, herbs, and bright melon. Slightly metallic. Delicate, fluffy carbonation. Assertive spicy hop flavors are trailed by bright notes of grass along with some toasty pilsner malt grip. Very dry, yet with plenty of hay dust textures to fill in the gaps. Salty hop bitterness is quite appetizing, though there is a curious metallic character which clashes with the bitterness. Distant note of DMS clinginess plagues the otherwise clean frame. Bright kiss of melon deepens the lustrous hop flavors. Finishes spicily and robustly hopped, with a flash of metal poking through, though mostly well-polished and nectar-filled with a tasteful medley of leafy hops capped with lengthy, fresh-tasting pils malt. Despite the very faint metal and DMS taint, this is enjoyable enough. Good balance with expressive hoppiness. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2012
draft at Heberbrau in Kirchenthumbach.
looks the same as the pils: gold, light haze, fluffy fine white head. extremely light-bodied but wonderfully lean and balanced for it’s size. light carbonation provides a silky, soft roundness to bring forth froth across the middle of the tongue. very mineral-rich nose and flavor, like the pils, but more sweet, less bitter, more focused on clean pale malt honey / cracker character, with some minor notes of dish rag and faint metallic notes. otherwise, it’s clean, lean, refreshing and easy to appreciate.