Discore (68) - - MAY 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, clear, deep golden, minimal head. Lightly bittersweet. Grain/barley aroma Medium carbination, thin, slightly oily texture. Overall rather drinkable lager, refreshing at a proper temperature.
MadRobin (2882) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap (nitro?) at Brewery Õlleklubi in Tallinn, Estonia where it was listed as "Old Town Velvet" on the English menu and Hansa Eerste Velvet" on the Estonian menu. I believe that the "Velvet" was added to indicate that the beer was on nitro. Brewery Õlleklubi tries to look like a brewery, but its house beers are mostly rebranded Latvian beers.
Clear, straw with a near off-white head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of grain and light floral hops.
Taste of caramel, light floral hops and grain.
Medium body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Brainiac (218) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap. Very fresh yeasty aroma. Some mayor malt and bitter on tongue. Medium body and great amber color. Short aftertaste, good balance.
larsga (7407) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium offwhite lasting head. Hazy yellow body with light carbonation. Minty resiny aroma with freshly cut wood notes. Dryish resiny minty taste with spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish mealy fruity spearmint aftertaste with mealy notes. Weird. More like toothpaste than beer. (0.3l draft S. Brevinga, Riga. Accidentally also rated from Alus Stacija, Riga, with exact same scores.)
Camons (11351) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ Porins, Liepaja. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, little grain, sugar, little sweet apples. Flavor is sweet with malt, grain, corn, wet paper, sugar. Medium body, overly carbonated. 060313
Vells (1697) - Rīga, LATVIA - FEB 17, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear golden with medium white head. Stable. Lacing poor.
Aroma.. malty, grainy, kinda honey, grassy hops
Sweetish to bitter quite long finish.
Not much to say bad about this one, thou not much to say good. One - two times try beer
agent_persik (701) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clean golden color, small head. Light sweet malty aroma with hint of honey. Taste is similar with some hops and light bitterness. Light body and medium carbonation.
ectuohy27 (1091) - ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2013
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Never a smart idea to drink anything unpasteurized with a "best before" date of 5 weeks ago, but I did, and...other than the dirty-socks aroma, it’s actually not too bad. Wouldn’t really put it in the PL category actually, has no adjuncts and some more serious malt. Would like to try a fresher version for sure
Snegurochka (390) - Tromsř, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml from tap, shared with Stefan @S, Brevinga, Tirgonu iela 4, Riga
Golden/orange body, with small creamy layer and some lacing. Honey, hops and floral aroma. Tastes also of dry hops and some orange notes. Too carbonated and served too cold, but it is a very cold day in Riga today:-)
visionthing (5015) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 40cl on tap as "Hansa Eerste". Almost clear golden to orange with a white head. Sweet and malty with notes of honey, yeast and grain. Light to medium body with a slightly fizzy feel. Sweet and malty with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Quite drinkable and refreshing.