Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Well to honest, when they told me it was a lager, I was a bit hesitant. But I was presently surprised. It was a light gold color and formed a bubbly white head. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and grain was present. A flavor of matl and grain with a bit of a tartness to it possibly brought on by the carbonation. A nice finish to it. All and all, a very nice beer for this style.
jodofo (2) - Merchantville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2003 does not count
Hoppy aroma sets up the mildly sweet, malty taste. With a bit of a bite at first, finishes smooth. Good beer! Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2002
The malt is a little different than what I expected, plus it was a tad hoppier, so this was crisp yet also sweet. Quite good. Warms up really well, which is a lways a sign of quality from me. Another winner from urbnhaut. rcarroll2 (28) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Great lager, nicely malted but not overdone, smooth tasting with a nice dry finish Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2002
One of the best lagers out there. Noble hops indeed! Suggestions of hay, reasonable malt, and a picture-perfect gold with abundant head, all-around great.
raymow (1650) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2002
Very good - doesn’t taste like most of the lagers that I’ve tried recently. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 Amazingly complex malt flavors (even some restrained fruit) with a terrific dry finish. Exactly what a Helles should be. What's wild is that my first sample of this had a drawing of the brewery on the label, indicating that the sample was ancient. It was still this good. Have had fresher samples since. Perfect Helles. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2002
Not bad, maltier than I expected, good dry finish. PhillyBeer2112 (2850) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2002
(Reworded review, but not changed) The U.S. needs more lagers like this (very much in the Munich Helles style).
I was amazed I was drinking a lager - thats a bit of an
exaggeration but here’s why - its so complex! A soft
tingling of hops, and gentle ale-fruit flavors were almost
noticeable. Maltiness was soft and sweet. In all other
respects its a world-class lager: bright golden color and light
but lasting head, clean refreshing flavor and beery aroma.
An outstanding alternative to any American Standard, if thats what you like. krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2002
the label describes the color well enough, perhaps my favorite color to begin the evening with, provided the upper five percent is creamy white, as in the case at hand. grainy, apple and corn aroma, with just one flat note in the choir: attic kinda mustiness. the freshness date box provides no clue since it’s inexplicably exclusive of data. great brisk refreshing flavor, tho, balanced, subtle apple and whiskey, oak barrel flavors. i had to write quick ’cause it unfortunately only lasted about five minutes. nice dortmunder.