Alusmamuts (2170) - LATVIA - NOV 9, 2014
Retrospective rating. Golden-amber ahzy with medium white cap. NIce balanced taste with mild bitterness, rich of nuances. This rating is for beer on tap, for unknown reasons the bottled beer is much worst. asedzie (835) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2015 On tap in Riga. Pours light copper with thick, slightly off-white head. Some lacing down the side of the glass. Fresh, spicey hop aroma. Doughy, musky malt. Distinctly smells of honey. Aroma is key here, taste seems secondary. Just wanted to stick my nose right in the glass. Flavor is bright, grassy hop bitterness. Aftertaste is prominent oily bitterness. Mouthfeel is fluffy and a little oily.
[re-rate] Bottle - expiration Sept. 19th marked on bottle, sampled Sept. 4th - brought by Latvian relatives visiting in July 2015. Pours clear golden with moderate white creamy head - leaving some lacing. - nose is distincy and unique- pleasant and pungent unbaked bread yeast dominates along with mild but slightly spicy german-like hops (not exactly german noble, but similar to tettnanger). Flavor is very good - earthy, and truly artisan tasting - somewhat ale-like esters give the beer body and a bit of roundness in the middle, beer begins crisp with leafy, herbal - whole leaf? - hops, has just a touch of malt sweetness and creamy texture in the middle and finishes with a wash of noble-like hoppiness - green, mildly bitter, palate clearing and a touch resinous - that lasts for minutes into the finish. - 4.0 fuchebu (146) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2005
This is a good drinking lager. I had it on draught in Riga. It reminded me a lot of the Sam Adams Lager. It had a similar floral hop bouquet and balanced flavor. Very good option if you’re drinking in Riga. KnutAlbert (6798) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2008
Draught at Alus Arsenalis, Riga.
Honey, malt, cereals, nuts. I would ordinarily say this was too sweet for me, but this one was seducive.
The Latvian brewers have a splendid way of brewing with honey that other countries could learn a lot from! neverleaveopen (254) - GERMANY - MAR 31, 2013
slightly hazy, golden with a small head. aroma of honey, cereals and some floral hops. a bit too sweet.
Oakes (19363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2004
Slightly hazy golden colour. Odd toasty, malty, grainy aroma. Smooth shortcakey malt flavour. Soft herbal hoppiness carries things forward. Clean, gentle, subtle. Maris (1611) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2010
On tap in a 500ml glass in Vecriga beer garden on 22/7/2010. Has quite a distinct aroma for a pale lager, with a floral, honey/pollen and bready aroma. Sweet honey is the most notable flavour. Has a quite firm and lasting hop finish. A lovely, high quality lager which is perfect to quaff on a warm summer’s afternoon in Riga. Nekronos (4213) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 20, 2008
Very cool too. NOt so tasty as the other, maybe I should have tried in different order. But the qualiy amazes me. I hear good things about them from other people. Senka (1097) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 15, 2014
From the archives: I was searching for this beer for some times. I was driving through Riga, but it was never available in supermarkets. Creamy, with specific Latvian yeast aroma. Slightly sour. aidzitis (49) - LATVIA - SEP 3, 2017
Pirmais Latvijas kraftinieks. Izcils no krāna, bet pudelē ne ko diži labs nav. Aromāts normāls un tā, bet te jau galvenais plūmpēšanas indekss.