mathieuc (3958) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2017 Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Wow... a Christmas tree in a bottle. Aroma was dominated by the Christmas tree/spruce aroma. Somewhat astringent and very dominant spruce flavor. A bit too one-dimensional and tough to drink for my liking. Thanks to Paul for bringing this though - definitely a unique beer and worth trying.
EBF 2017. Pours a pretty clear golden with a small white head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of spruce, spruce and spruce hiding all the pils/lager character. Still fun, though. Taste is lightly sweet, lightly boozy and I’m not getting the spruce tips anymore but I’m sure they’re there. Moderately bitter. A bit ashy, too? Body is medium, carbonation moderate. Not transcending at all but still far from bad. czar (9022) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2017 on tap at extreme beer fest 2017, boston. unclear bright gold pour with a small white cap offering some retention and lacing. tingling junipers, sweet pils - muscat grape wine; astringent and tannic leaves and branches, not only tips, tons of spruce and resin trivially; some relatively clean fruity yeast action though. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily and kind of heavy; sweet sprucey finish. as bad as its name suggests. overly sprucey and sweet pils don’t particularly match. darb85 (277) - Canton, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Fresh aroma, mostly hops. But smells great. Pale yellow very clear. No head. Pine leads heavy with cedar finish pine sap present in finish. A bit thin. crossovert (12670) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Draft. Golden pour. Sweet spruceyvara flavor is grassy mossy earth. Not good at all. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of pine/spruce, honey, citrus, and grass. It’s a transparent golden-orange with a two finger white head that fades to a thick film. The flavor starts with with a quick dose of citrus and honey. The finish has moderate-heavy pine/spruce with light grass. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, it’s pretty tasty, but the spruce gets a little overbearing after awhile.
koleminer20 (3498) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Ypsi Summer Beerfest! Enjoyed on July 25. The pour is a nice clear golden color with some decent white head and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is heavy on pine resin and a little bitter booze on the end. I don’t really expect a lot from a pilsner, and the flavors of it are all that dominate. The flavor is just like it sounds. There is a lot of pine resin and spruce. It does seem like I’m drinking a tree. There is a little bit of a malt profile on the back end, but for the most part it’s big, piney, and very resin-based. The mouth feel is a little light, but there is a decent carbonation and a lingering bitter resin aftertaste. bcabaday (5) - - SEP 25, 2014 does not count
Poured cloudy, color more of a hefe or pale than a pilz. Earthy mountain pine on the nose. The taste is crisp, resiny pine. Surprising beer. It has a little lemon on the front of the palate. Interesting beer, white head diminished pretty quick. fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Light clear golden orange color. Aroma is big on spruce and quite nice. Taste is huge on spruce...wow. Like drinking a liquid forest. Nicely bitter. I like it. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Tap @ Shorts: Had this on tap at the 10th Anniversary Party; it was specifically labeled as the "Imperial" version, even though the ABV seems to be matching what the "non-imperial" version released in bottles was. No idea if it’s actually a different beer or not. Should be, but who knows. Honestly, pulling from memory, it seems no different to me. Just intense spruce, pine, gin, & crazy bitterness with solvent & harsh almost chemical-like notes from the alcohol. Same as the previous bottles. Some sips start off okay but then they just crescendo into a world of hurt. Just a small shade or two above undrinkable for me... Pass. bpar73 (1117) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Pour a hazy yellow with a white head. Lot of resin, piney hops in the aroma and taste with a big bitter finish. it is what it says it is.