Zlotta (2361) - Hagen, GERMANY - OCT 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5 l bottle, best before November 2016, from pivnizub, many thanks Guenther! Clear, golden yellow with a medium large, very dense and foamy, stable, white head. Very grassy, moderately floral and a little fruity aroma of fresh grass, citrus and some grains. A bit sweetish, quite grassy, moderately floral and a little fruity taste of fresh grass, citrus, a touch of butter and hints of grains, followed by a medium long, yeasty, moderately bitter, rather grassy and a bit dry finish. Medium body, very smooth and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, average carbonation. Really tasty Lager with a very smooth and almost silky palate, drinks incredibly easily.
Ritzn (677) - Bavaria, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden with little white head. Aroma is citric, with green stuff, a hint of smoke, crackers. Reminds me more of a Wit, than a Keller. Taste is buttery tartness, some citrussy sourness, slight sugary sweetness. Nice mouthfeel of many medium bubbles with long finish of citrus. Some flour as well. Hard to perceive everything of this. But I guess it is quite good.
ciocanelu (1600) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - SEP 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear straw color, a bit of white foam. Aroma has really clean malt and some citrus character. Taste is also really clean with slight meadow flower honey but not sweet, just aromatic. Finish is more hoppy with a balancing bitterness. Light body with medium carbonation. A really balanced and drinkable lager.
SinH4 (3411) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2016 Barrel at Stöhrenkeller. (?) Bright straw-golden color with creamy white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy, hints of butter, a bit hayish, crackery, citrusy. Taste is slight butter, noble hops, light grainy sweetness, crackers again, citrusy, hints of pepper, and a crisp finish. Perfectly balanced refreshing Franconian goodness, but it?s not as mind-blowing (in the sense of "special") as you might expect - nevertheless, rightfully on top of the Zwickel/Keller/Landbier ranking, it?s one of these masterfully crafted beers that convince you with their subtlety. I don?t think one can make a simple beer of this style any tastier, fresher, more refined or more balanced. A pinnacle of Landbier, this is a beer that can probably only be fully enjoyed in Franconia, when the Gemütlichkeit of the region has found its way into your mind after you have absorbed the beautiful landscape. I can hardly imagine this holding up well in a bottle. But that?s part of the game: This beer is made for savouring the moment, and you are going to want to come back to have it accompany many more moments. 8-4-10-5-18
Bottle, around one week old, September 2016. Pours a slightly hazy straw-golden color with a creamy white head. Aroma is a bit yeasty, grainy, slight hoppiness. Taste is the same. Creamy mouthfeel. It is amazing, but not as stellar as I remember it. Would probably be a 8-4-8-5-17.
Bottle at the brewery. Yes, this is *the* Lager. Spicier and more crackery malts than the Vollbier. Incredible drinkability.
Let?s do this: I got a crate at the brewery and will do the experiment how this develops over a month in3 days after buying: Quite bitter, a bit metallic, but still a soft fruitiness shining through. Took me a few sips to worship it.
One week after buying it from the brewery. It does indeed become a bit gulpy (a bit maybe due to the fact that it?s been transported today). Still quite an assertive bitterness, a nice fruitiness and a soft mouthfeel paired with a crackery malt body, so it?s still an amazing brew - still 4.x material. Let?s see how long it stays like this.
Bottle, 10 days old: it starts to become a bit less integrated, a bit "grainier" (or: "beerier", as my mom would say), but still nice. Not 4+ material anymore (at least not this particular bottle), though.
rekvium (425) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, thanks Martin. Pours hazy dark golden with a small white head. Aroma of bread, floral, light malty, light honey notes. Taste is floral, bitter finish, light honey sweetness, light bread, fresh hay. Hoppy and fresh, lovely.
MrOrla (2420) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ the from brewery. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of citrus bready malts, quite herbal, light touch of caramel. Taste is rather sweet, with loads of bready malts, light citrus and quite fruity. Good stuff
davidtjm (1074) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2016 Bottle. Pour is clear gold with a frothy head, aroma is sweet, citrus, grassy, malty. Taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, earthy, light citric acidity, bitterness towards the finish, great balance. Extremely drinkable, like most beers in this style; the balanced harmony of the subtle nuances make this a very pleasant beer
biir (910) - Berlin, - JUN 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - I got a little confused here as its labeled "Zwickel", but yeah "Landbier" is the same category. Bright, strawy golden color, clear. Taste is incredible for such a "simple" style. Very smooth and creamy body/head. Bready, malty, not too sweet, you wanna drink till you drop. Low carbonation. Some grass notes as well, finish is slightly bitter. Perfect.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, picked up at the brewery. bright golden with an enthusiastic head; fresh aroma of nutri grain, freshly-mown grass; lightly honeyed sweetness with some assertive, almost peppery hop presence; creeping bitterness, passionfruit vine; extremely drinkable
ekstedt (6563) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2015 Bottle (50 cl) from the brewery. Clear golden, medium to large white head. Bready, hayish aroma, a hint of butter and fudge, grassy and herbal hops. Medium bodied, low to medium bitterness. Semi dry, medium to high lingering bitterness. Lecker.