DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 29, 2005
(12 oz can: Obtained in trade with IMtheOptimator, thanks Andrew!) Elm City. I was born and raised in New Haven, the "Elm City", so this brand of beer has a very special place in my heart. I’ll try to not let that influence my rating though. This beer comes in a can, but that’s fine by me. I wish more quality beers came in cans because I’ve yet to have a can of beer taste spoiled in any way, and rather, the beers have always tasted like they were brewed yesterday. Keeping the streak going, this beer tastes exceptionally fresh. It’s tasty, pleasantly grainy and slightly bready, very gently smoky, lightly sweet, mildly bitter, and the hops tastes fresh, lively, and in balance with the grainy maltiness. I get a nice hoppy eructation with this beer. Body is fairly light (but most certainly not watery), well carbonated, clean and crisp, and perfect for a pilsener. The nose projects fresh hops and clean grains. Pale straw in color and slightly hazy, with a tall white head that slowly diminishes to a thin, filmly layer with a wide, tall ring. Lacing is modest, but patchy. Just a nice, fresh-tasting pilsener. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2005
12 oz can via trade with IMtheOptimator - Thanks Andrew!! - Pours golden with a small white head that laces some on the way down. Aroma of citrus, honey, and light grains and bread. Flavor mirrors the aroma. Palate is crisp and clean and light and airy. Carbonated pretty well. Nothing spectacular but it was definitely drinkable. Worked pretty well for a lawnmower beer. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2005
12 oz can, courtesy of BIF 20. Clear yellow color with a thick enouh white head when poured into a tulip. It looks good enough to try. Taste isnt that bad. A bit of lemon juice peeks through the corn and malt flavors. Nic lacing drapes the inside of the glass taking away a little bit from the bright yellow color. Damn, this stuff isnt that bad at all. Not great but a hll of a lot better than what I was expecting. Nice work NE Brewing. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Pours copper with a small head. Smell is of grass, wheat and some roses. Taste is on the sweeter end of the scale with only a small hint of the peppery hops typical of this style of beer. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Poured an effervescent amber with a large creamy white head... one of the most attractive pale beers I’ve seen in a while. Slight aroma of corn and hops. Taste is actually a little sweet, with a touch of lemon and a dry hoppy aftertaste. Very nicely crafted and quite refreshing. I’m not a huge pilsener fan, but this was pretty good.
rajendra82 (1105) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Part of the Blue and Gray BIF package from BA Counselor, this 12 oz. can was poured into a Pilsner glass, and revealed a clear pale golden beer with two finger foamy head. The aroma was a subtle and pleasant combination of grainy malt, and spicy hops. The taste was crisply refreshing, very mild, and balanced between hops and malt, with slight edge to the hops. Creamy mouthfeel with a little lemony aftertaste. ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2005 2005 bottle. Oh boy, here we go again. I thought my swill tasting was behind me, but alas. . .Corn and vanilla in the nose, lager yeast. Crappy yellow-orange clear appearance, poor head no retention. The flavor dosent come off that poorly though, light malting, bits of cereal, honey, yeast. I’m not sold on this one. Where are the hops? They certainly weren’t too liberal with those. Medium body, not watery at least. No offense to anyone, but why is this not a pale lager? I better try another can, which I will do shortly. Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a a slightly hazy golden color with a large foamy white head. Aroma is dominated by grassy and floral hops, accompanied by hints of caramel and crisp grainy aromas. Flavor starts mildy sweet and grainy, then meets up with floral and spicy hops. The hop profile for this beer is spectacular. TAR (2794) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Pale, chill-hazed yellow. Loose layer of white bubbles. Fragrant, hugely lemony Hallertauer aroma with touches of glaze, straw, grassy hops, and unripe honeydew. Loose, fuzzily soft carbonation. Extremely soft and alelike in nature, with an abundance of slippery fruitiness and gentle acidity. Muted glazed malt flavor. Juicy hops permeate the palate and exaggerate the citrusy acidity. Mildly spicy hop bitterness intensifies late and continues to linger well after the swallow. As it breathes and approaches 60F, doughy malts and minerals arise to beef up the body along with a gritty pear and coarse/lime zesty hop fusion. However, there’s an unclean/soapy yeast taste that eventually clashes with the hop bitterness and the undefined maltiness. Finishes less dry, although extremely juicy and lemon pulpy, with a culmination of sweet doughy malts and coarse, herbal bitterness. A very nice Pils, despite an overly/unclean yeasty flavor and aroma. Open your mind and don’t be fooled by the can, because this is so much more than a novelty. Trust me. Thx, Prof! Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 Rerate: Of three cans, one was spectacular, one was mediocre and one was merely great - given the variability I'm marking down from the original 4.1 overall to 4.0 - Original rating:
The simplest of beers. Even though I loved the simplicity of New Holland’s Full Circle, this is way beyond that. Light golden, slightly oily body, this is a classic in the bready soudough, slightly sweet pilsner malt blending with robust spicy (very flowers and pencil shavings) hallertau - FABULOUS pils, and from a can!! Thanks to the CT LV!!