jonas (7572) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2016 Rerate from bottle. Red neon chestnut. Light roast aroma. Medium full caramel toast base, earthy, hay, minerals - herbal grassy finish.
BottleDanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2005
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Dark chestnut, low creamy head.
Strange sweet perfumed toffee aroma.
Very sweet caramel base, oak, carbonized/smoked notes underneath.
Medium body, mellow mouthfeel, oak and caramel aftertaste.
Gravity at the Swan and Rushes annual German Beer Fest, Leicester. A bit of sweet choc and a smooth, clean Lager feel. Easy drinking and a nice enough flavour. Not too complex, or deep in flavour, but pleasant. chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 On gravity dispense at London Drinker Beer Festival, March 2005. It was being sold as simply Vierzehnheiligen Dark Lager but I guess its this beer. Mid brown colour. Butterscotch is quite noticeable in the aroma. There’s something a bit sweaty going on too. Butterscotch carries through onto the palate too. There’s toffee as well. OK, but I found it a bit on the flabby side. Not much hop presence. (5/3/6/3/11).
RE-RATE: On tap at Battersea Beer Festival. I can never remember which of these german beers I’ve had before. In this case, duplication wasn’t a big problem because the beer definitely presented better than before. Attractive dark oak colour. Slightly bready with a decent dry, woody finish.
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2009
Courtesy of Fonefan. The color is dark, red mahogany and the head is nice and creamy. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, syrup and slightly dusty grain. The flavour has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, dark syrup, caramel, light chocolate and the finish is slightly dry. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2009
Barrel Draught at the GBBF Earl’s Court, London 09/08/2008
Some roast aroma. Small white head. Dark coloured smooth on the palate and malty with a crisp roast finish.
Christian (13670) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2009
Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Toffee aroma with a nutty touch. Sweet malty flavour with rich toffee character. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2010
[email protected]yespr (45441) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2011
Deep murky reddish brown colour with a mediumsized foamy beige head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is caramel malts, some burnt sugar, mild dark dry fruits as well as some slight earthyness. Flavour is sweet malts along with some slight bittery and earthcellary notes. Smooth and quite nice.
Earlier Rating: 9/5/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Draught. Deep amber colour, mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is roasted malts, some wood and mildly grassy hops. Flavour is roast, dark fruits, hops and some caramel in a really nice and smooth mix. Very enjoyable dunkel!
From tap. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted dark malty to breadish. Mild sweet, roasted malty and caramelish to breadish. Ends light bitter mixed with a light sweetness. Dry and roasted finish. BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2012
Red to brown colored beer with a small off white head. Malty nose with caramel and dark fruits. Flavors of burned malts with the accompanying bitterness, some caramel and bread. Very tastful beer. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is clear medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted nuts/bread, coffee, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Another decent brew from Nothelfer. They aren’t very exciting brews, but they are very clean, and quite pleasant. This one has some nifty malt character (coffee, nuts, caramel, bread crust), but I wish it was more aromatic. Good balance in the mouth, but unfortunately very light bodied and thus not terribly satisfying to drink. Franconia is certainly no different from anywhere else in the world, there are plentiful brewing issues to be found (diacetyl, husky malt, etc.). The signal:noise ratio is about as mediocre as anywhere else with a decent brewing culture...so this is a nice ray of clean sunshine into my sampling explorations.