sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tasted 10/20/11. 12oz Bottle from the Northdown Cafe in Chicago. Pours filtered with a dark amber hue. Dense bone white head. Aromas of caramel and mild ginger. A touch cocoa and smoke. Medium bodied with a bitter bite. Bready malts and a bright citrus blast. Mild bubblegum nuance. Tart, sweet and tangy. Good effervescence and astringency. Solid Alt! troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2011
[Tap] Pours a light brown color with a nice pillow of off white foam on top. Nuts, grass, mild cocoa and light hop notes in the nose. The taste is sweet. A mix of caramel, fruits, toasted biscuits, sweet rolls and crisp hops throughout. Average body for the style. Good looking lacing. An easy drinker. No complaints here. deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle shared at freetail release, thanks! Pours a clear golden amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of grains and hay with a bit of light fruit underneath. Flavor is full of sweet grains that mellow in to a bread and hay finish. crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2013 Hd this again, deep golden color, hoppy with breadlike malts. This is prob my new go-to summer beer. Newk (299) - - SEP 15, 2011
Pours a dark copper color with some head.
Complex nose of malts, cinnamon, navel oranges, hops, and cardamon
medium bodied and really smooth feel. Pretty good complexity as with a real nice christmas spice finish along with a lot of malty tones as well
this is really good. The feel is very good though the taste is lacking a slight bit. This is a real enjoyable beer on the whole
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
What? how did I not rate this before? Thoroughly enjoy this beer. Nice hybrid style here, green hops, smooth malt character with plenty of depth, easy to drink, just as a German beer should be. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
The presentation is solid: great golden beer with good bubbles. The best aspect of this was the huge mouth feel. It wasn’t watery at all; it really grabbed a hold of your taste buds. Even though it only clocked in at just under 6 percent alcohol, it felt like more. The hops were well balanced and it went great with the schnitzel I picked up for dinner. This is a great dinner beer and probably not something you’ll pound back a sixer of (mine lasted two days). About $10 for a six pack, which in Chicago is about normal and only works out to under $2 a beer, which is a great value. Looking forward to having again. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12 ounce bottle
LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
A decent altbier I couldn’t really get into this. At the same time I could not find anything particularly wrong with it. Ultimately, as with most alts, it just kind of is. The ideal session beer for when you just don’t want something heavy it does a competent job.
Aroma and appearance - The plush head was large and billowing. Underneath formed a red coppery base the color of light trickling through a red panel of stained glass at high noon. Chocolate malt balls, gentle hops, and a touch of Lipton iced tea waft across the table.
Flavor and palate - Malt, tea leaves, and slightly bittered hops are soft and gentle on the palate. Easy to drink and quick to finish this has a remarkably light aftertaste. It is hard to get truly excited about an alt and this is no exception. I could drink it again but I think for day to day consumption saisons or IPAs work better.
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a brown-orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt and light fruits. Flavor of very sweet fruits, honey, pale malts, apple. Sweet and easy drinking.
7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5] holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Pours a copper brown with a talk white head. Malty aroma dominated by wet grains with a touch of herbs. Light Malty flavors somewhat bitter and earthy. There’s a toasty almost roasty note to the malts. Drying finish. Not bad but nothing too great here. 7/3/7/3/14