TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Gasthof Neuner in Ebensfeld, Nov. 2012: Radiant blonde. Frothy white ring of foam. Pleasant nose of bright tropical fruits, vanilla wafer cookie, herbal and floral hops, vanilla cake and banana cream. Nice melanoidin character, as well. Creamy, delicate carbonation. Sweet and notably fruity, initially, with potent alcohol cutting through a bed of rich and beefy vanilla cake maltiness. Hints of toasted dough. Looming sugars and a slippery fruitiness contribute a limpness to the body which is compounded by the alcohol, but the malt remains fairly well structured and displays just enough melanoidins to keep things focused. Closes with a burst of bright and succulent floral hops, explosive and lustrous tropical fruitiness and stinging alcohol. Maybe a tad alcoholic and limp at times, but it’s got a nice punch of melanoidins, which, IMHO, is a requisite for the style. Very fruity house character and solid overall.
3fourths (9204) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Gasthof Neuner in Ebensfeld, 11km from the brewery. 6.7% clear gold with a creamy white head with lasting retention. sticky honey glazed pastry malt with a smattering of reduced grain syrup and sweet crystalline sugar. very rich and hearty with warming stuff alcohols and sugar candy and spiced honey sweetness. yeast / minerals / sulfur egg shell notes grow as it warms and breathes, as do some perfumed banana esters. interesting beer, well-made, though not my preference, even in the cold of fall in Germany.
pivnizub (10245) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 dl Syphon von Karl-Heinz. Golden to deep golden coloured, stable, beaten-egg-white-like head. Moderate sweetish-grainy nose. Moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour with a light acidity. Increasing piney hoppiness in the malty-bitter finish. Good Bock, a bit sweet, but all in all well balanced........
MoritzF (9491) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
100cl growler, courtesy of Frankenland. Clear, golden colour with a blonde medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly grainy and gassy aroma with shy hints of citrus and a whiff of hops. Sweet flavour with little bitterness, medium to full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Grainy malty taste, all in all a bit one-dimensional with light herbal notes and alcohol showing up towards the finish. Not a real highlight but drinkable pale Bock [09.XII.08].