Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hoegaarden (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 2/5/18

2015 BJCP Category: 24A Witbier

AROMA: Clean, refreshing nose of orangepeel, banana-like esters and slight coriander spiciness. Slight vanilla or bubblegum scent. The spices and esters override the base malt, but nose is still nice. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Extremely hazy yellow hue (2-4 SRM). Large white frothy foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: General wheaty malt base, though not especially sweet. Orange zest is evident throughout. Coriander emerges briefly on the second half. Lightly sweet banana/bubblegum esters are present in the background. No hop flavor or bitterness. Faint lemonade-like flavor and tartness is detectable right as it finishes. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Texture is very smooth and comfortable - no carbonic bite. Aftertaste is quite clean. Refreshing. High quaffable. Sessionable in the summer at 4.9% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A globally-accessible example of the style. Probably outstanding when fresh. Surprisingly good with some age. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

NOTE: See my 2009 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2009/03/hoegaarden-witbier-chadz-beer-reviews.html

Monday, October 16, 2017

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 6B Rauchbier

AROMA: Fairly strong Beechwood smoke. Akin to leaves burning. Base malt is present in the form of general amber/brown maltiness but no sweetness is implied. Has a slight dark chocolate scent. No discernible hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually dark reddish-brown (22-34 SRM). Clear body. Large tan creamy froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Typical German amber lager malt character up front. Malty, but not particularly sweet. Slight Maillard character, but not toasty or roasty. Smoke emerges on the second half with a slight bacon flavor (nothing salty or greasy, though) which complements the recipe well. There is a brief bittersweet chocolate flavor right as it finishes. Faintest trace of spicy/earthy hops in the background. Clean lager fermentation. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture; comfortable mouthfeel. Smoke lingers briefly in the aftertaste, but is otherwise clean and tolerable. Seems a bit stronger than 5.1% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A classic example of the style for sure. I would love to try this fresh. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 42/50

NOTE: Read my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/08/aecht-schlenkerla-rauchbier-marzen.html

Friday, October 13, 2017

Dinkelacker Oktoberfestbier Märzen (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 7/3/17

2015 BJCP Category: 6A Märzen

AROMA: Moderately-strong malty/bready aroma with slight toasty character. Is not sweet-smelling, but seems to imply it will be. Faint earthy hops. No alcohol. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful copper-brown hue (13-17 SRM); Large off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Fairly rich bready maltiness throughout. Not sweet per se, but plenty of Maillard character. Mild dry bitterness on the backend with hint of earthy/floral hop flavor. Finishes with slight caramel flavors and a generally sweet flavor. No alcohol presence. Clean fermentation. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium carbonation. Smooth, comfortable texture. Slightly sweet (albeit brief) aftertaste, but far from cloying. Extremely drinkable for 5.7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has that elegant malt character you want in an authentic Märzen. An underrated example of the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 41/50

NOTE: See my 2014 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2014/10/dinkelacker-oktoberfestbier-marzen.html

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Highland Clawhammer Oktoberfest Lager

DOB: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 6A Märzen

AROMA: Moderately-low German malt with slight bread crust notes. No implied sweetness. Seems to have a slight tang. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Burnished copper hue (13-17 SRM); mostly clear body. Small off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate amber/Munich maltiness up front. Some caramel/toffee flavor but low sweetness. Bit of a nutty taste lingers in the background. Low bitterness with piney hop character. Noticeable (but tolerable) tang on the finish that lingers briefly. 10/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Fairly smooth throughout. Seems about right at 5% ABV (which is weak for the style). 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has the basic flavor down, but the flaws are hard to overlook. 4/10

TOTAL SCORE: 27/50

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Crooked Can High Stepper American IPA

DOC: 8/16/17

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Strong American hop aroma of citrus, some grass or spice, and pine needles. Clean base malt with no sweetness. Clean fermentation. No alcohol presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Very hazy shade of maize/light copper (7-9 SRM). Large white sudsy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: High hop flavor throughout with a grassy/herbal flavor up front and a citrusy/juicy taste on the backend. Bitterness is high, but not astringent. Faint taste of caramel can be found in the background, though palette is not sweet per se. Malt base has no distinctiveness, but does offer balance. Clean fermentation; no alcohol taste or warmth. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; medium carbonation. Smooth, comfortable texture. Hops linger with tolerable resiny flavor and sensation. Highly drinkable for 7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is definitely what American craft beer drinkers want in an IPA. Great example of the style. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kulmbacher Edelherb


DOB: ? 2026552115

2015 BJCP Category: 5D German Pils

AROMA: Hop-forward nose with a fairly strong spicy/peppery (almost skunky) character from Noble hops. Malt presence comes through as a light honey-flavored cracker character (could be oxidation). Very faint sulfur/mineral, but this blends well with everything else (acceptable for the style). 10/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-3 SRM). Bubbly body; large white creamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong hop flavor throughout with a spicy/peppery/earthy flavor and a lightly dry bitterness. Malt provides for a clean grainy-malt base up front with a burst of honey flavor and sweetness on the finish (this may be oxidation, though). Subtle mineral water character in the background, but this matches perfectly with the palette. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium-light body; high carbonation. Smooth, creamy texture and refreshing while in the mouth with a dry, bitter aftertaste. Easily sessionable at 4.9% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much to spec in all aspects and delectable. American hop heads would like a beer like this. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Primátor Polotmavý 13°





BBD: 7/4/18

2015 BJCP Category: 3C Czech Amber Lager

AROMA: Bready/malty aroma; sweet but not cloying. No confectionery notes. Low earthy hop character. Clean fermentation. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful copper hue (13-17 SRM); mostly clear body. Large off-white foam retains well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Bready/malty flavor throughout. Taste is akin to non-sweetened bread or clean grainy malt. There is a slight toasty flavor as well. Caramel emerges right as it finishes with a quick boost of sweetness. Hops impart a consistent dry bitterness in the background with slight earthy flavor. There is a slight astringency that lingers briefly in the aftertaste (seems acceptable for style). Fairly well-balanced overall. Clean fermentation. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Texture is smooth/slightly creamy. Not refreshing, but satisfying and efficient at 5.5% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I'd prefer something sweeter, but this is still a good example of the style as far as I can tell. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Samuel Adams Black Lager (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

BBD: 2/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 8B Schwarzbier

AROMA: Moderate dark (not burnt) malt. Not particularly sweet, though there is a cocoa powder-like component. Faint bready scent. Low floral/earthy hops. Clean fermentation. No sulfur. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Seemingly black but actually a deep ruby hue (22-27 SRM). Clear body. Large tan foamstand. Retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately rich bready malt flavor immediately. Sweet cocoa taste on the backend with slightly bitter roasted malt/coffee flavor as it finishes. Medium-light hop character with spicy/earthy flavor and medium bitterness. Aftertaste is of bittersweet chocolate. Clean fermentation. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth, comfortable texture. Somewhat refreshing; highly drinkable. Plenty of flavor for only 4.9% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: May be a tad sweet for the style, but otherwise conforms well to the specs. Fun and easy to drink. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50

NOTE: Read and watch my 2010 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2010/09/samuel-adams-black-lager-chadz-beer.html

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Victory Home Grown New American Lager

BBD: 1/24/18

2015 BJCP Category: 21B Specialty IPA - Session IPL

AROMA: Strong American hop presence of citrus, tropical fruit and some grass. Clean malt presence but no sweetness. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pale yellow hue (2-3 SRM); slightly cloudy body. Moderate white foam never completely dissipates and leaves some lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Hop-forward palette. Fairly strong bitterness immediately with a dry, grassy/spicy sensation. Back end becomes more fruity with citrus and tropical notes. Base malt offer balance, but has no distinct flavor and no sweetness. Clean fermentation. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture, crisp finish. Hops linger briefly with a spicy aftertaste. Refreshing and sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has the hoppy flavors and tame bitterness of a session IPA, but the easy drinkability of a classic lager. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 41/50

Friday, September 29, 2017

Březňák Svetle Výčepní




BBD: 04/2018


2015 BJCP Category: 3A Czech Pale Lager


AROMA: Fairly rich bready-malty sweetness with a subtle caramel or butterscotch note (possibly diacetyl and/or oxidation). Low spicy/peppery hops. No sulfur. 10/12


APPEARANCE: Clear, dark gold hue (5-7 SRM). Moderate white foam mostly dissipates but never completely evaporates. 3/3


FLAVOR: Sweet bready taste throughout. Graham cracker is a major flavor in the palette. There is a touch of caramel as well as some butterscotch (possibly diacetyl and/or oxidation, but in a low amount which is acceptable). Hops come through right as it finishes with a gentle dry bitterness and peppery taste. Balance is toward the malt, but is far from cloying. 18/20


MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-low carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, dry finish. Refreshing and quaffable. Amazing amount of flavor for only 4.1%. Highly sessionable. 4/5


OVERALL IMPRESSION: Amazing how much flavor, depth, and character a lager this light can have! Probably a World Class example of the style. 10/10


TOTAL SCORE: 45/50

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Destihl Wild Sour Series: Syncopathic Apricot

DOC: 06/17

2015 BJCP Category: 28C Wild Specialty Beer

AROMA: Moderately-strong sour aroma with a clean lactic presence. Almost sweet like candy. Fruit is present, but a little obscured by the sourness. Seems more like a general fruitiness than apricot proper. Slight wheat presence. Low citrusy hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange hue (4-5 SRM). Partly cloudy body. Large white foam mostly dissipates, but laces some. 3/3

FLAVOR: Strong sourness throughout, especially up front. Clean lactic flavor, nothing vinegary. Strong tartness on the finish lingers in the aftertaste. Apricot is rather subtle in the background, though it becomes a bit stronger and somewhat juicy as it finishes. Low citrusy hop flavor and very low bitterness (acidity and tannins dry up the palette). Wheat imparts a slight cracker-like taste. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth texture with a crisp, dry finish with lingering tartness. Feels much lighter and more sessionable than 6% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though a tad unbalanced (I'd prefer more fruit); this is definitely an ideal sour fruit ale. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 43/50





Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Gravity Brewlabs Biscayne Gold

DOC: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 21A American IPA

AROMA: Prominent citrus aroma of pink grapefruit and sweet orange peel. Slight grassy character. No malt presence. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Pale orange hue (5-7 SRM); hazy body. Small white foam mostly dissipates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Mostly citrus fruit flavor throughout. Orange and grapefruit are moderately-strong, though I would not describe it as juicy. Lingering dry bitterness in the background akin to crushed vitamin powder becomes somewhat stronger on the finish. Slight grassy sensation as it finishes and lingers briefly into the aftertaste. No malt distinctiveness whatsoever, though palette does not come across as wildly off-balanced. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body and carbonation. Refreshing and quaffable, but it feels thin. Also feels much lighter than 6.2% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though the palette is simple, the flavors are enjoyable and it has what is expected of the style. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50





Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DAB Dortmunder Export


3.6
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2017


DOC: 3/21/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 5C German Helles Exportbier

AROMA: Malt-forward nose of clean, raw grainy malt with a touch of honey (though that could be oxidation). Slightly sulfury, but tolerable. Hops are muted with faint floral/earthy scent. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliantly clear gold hue (2-4 SRM). Large, white froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Tastes of pure, clean barley. Sweet with a slight honey note (though far from cloying). Hops have faded but still can be detected as a mild spicy/earthy taste and gentle bitterness. A background note of mineral water with slight sulfur is not distracting and complements the palette well. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Clean fermentation. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth, refreshing and quaffable. Feels a bit lighter than 5% ABV, but could probably be sessioned easily. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Has that Dortmunder character for sure; too bad it's not fresh or it'd be a World Class example. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

Monday, September 25, 2017

Samuel Adams Maple Red Ale


3.7
ChadPolenz (1846) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2017

 
BBD: 2/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 19A American Amber Ale

AROMA: Amber malt character with slight caramel overtones. Medium-low earthy hops. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Magenta/Burgundy hue (17-34 SRM); clear body. Large off-white foam mostly retains and laces. 3/3

FLAVOR: Sweet palette throughout with strong caramel and other confectionery flavors. Low hop flavor with earthy/piney notes; low dank bitterness. Aftertaste is somewhat sweet, but not cloying. This could almost pass as a brown ale. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. Quite smooth. Feels lighter than 6.2% ABV and is quite drinkable. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Simple, yet enjoyable palette (if you like sweet beers). Needs more hop presence. Mostly to spec otherwise. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Früh Kölsch


4.4
ChadPolenz (1845) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2017


DOK: ?

2015 BJCP Category: 5B Kölsch

AROMA: Light fruity notes, especially of white grape with slight pear or apple notes. Clean, grainy-malt but with no residual sweetness. No bready character. Noticeable sulfur character (acceptable for style). Low floral/spicy hops. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful golden hue (2-4 SRM); brilliant clarity; effervescent. Large white foam mostly dissipates but still laces some. 3/3

FLAVOR: Soft malt palette throughout. White grape flavor is noticeable up front with a constant peppery taste and dryness in the background which bites a little as it finishes. Slight sulfur character is noticeable, but not distracting (acceptable for the style). No bread or dough character. Clean fermentation. Clean aftertaste. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, refreshing, quaffable and sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Delectable, fun to drink, and a fantastic example of the style. Almost perfect. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 44/50 
My review of an old bottle:
3.2
ChadPolenz (1844) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2017


DOB: 2/5/17?

2015 BJCP Category: 5B Kölsch

AROMA: Lightly sweet honey malt (likely oxidation) with a bit of a white wine character. No hops. Clean fermentation. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Brilliant golden hue (2-3 SRM). Effervescent. Moderate white foam retains and laces fairly well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Lightly-sweet clean grainy malt presence with a subtle toast-with-honey character. Medium-low bitterness throughout with a light, dry peppery taste. Seems to be slightly oxidized with minor sherry flavor. Well-attenuated. Clean fermentation. To spec; just old. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; low carbonation. Should be very effervescent and crisp, this feels a bit flat. Not refreshing, but aftertaste is clean. Sessionable at 4.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I can tell this is a classic example of the style at the core, but not when it's 4-7 months old. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

Friday, September 22, 2017

Beck's Premier Light


3.4
ChadPolenz (1845) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2017


DOB: 7/3/17

2015 BJCP Category: 5A German Leichtbier

AROMA: Faint malt presence and a hint of cereal-like sweetness. Extremely faint spicy hops. Clean fermentation. No light strike despite green bottles. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Pale/straw hue (1-3 SRM). Extremely clearly. Effervescent. Large bright white foam mostly dissipates but still laces. 3/3

FLAVOR: Little in the way of genuine taste (but that's the point). Palette has hints of base malt with a cereal flavor, but it's mild to say the least. There is more bitterness from the carbonation than the hops. Perhaps a hint of Noble Hop spice in the background somewhere. Clean, dry aftertaste. Clean fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Light body; medium-high carbonation. Smooth, crisp, clean. Refreshing, quaffable and sessionable at only 2.3% ABV. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Since this is the only example of the style you're likely to get in the USA, it's at least in the ballpark. Not bad, just boring. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 34/50

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Samuel Adams 20 Pounds of Pumpkin


3.7
ChadPolenz (1843) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2017

 
BBD: 2/2017

2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer

AROMA: Moderately-strong "pumpkin" aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweetness akin to brown sugar. Nothing in the way of malt or hop distinctive aromatics. Simple, but inviting. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Beautiful copper/burgundy hue (9-13 SRM). Mostly clear body. Moderate off-white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Well-balanced palette of both sweet, dessert-like flavors and gentle spicy flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg likely account for both taste sensations. Beer could be described as sweet, but far from cloying. Spices become lightly warming on the finish. Hops may accentuate this with firm bitterness. Malt is strong enough for foundation, but offers little flavor or sweetness of its own. Palette is enjoyable, but rather simple and repetitive. 14/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied; medium carbonation. Smooth with light warming sensation from spices. Cinnamon lingers momentarily; otherwise a clean aftertaste. Quite filling at 5.7% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I'm kinda over pumpkin beers, but this actually has the flavor I like, even if it is rather simple. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 37/50

Monday, September 18, 2017

Rogue Dead Guy Ale (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


3.2
ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2017


DOC: 6/28/17

2015 BJCP Category: 4C Helles Bock

AROMA: Malt-forward nose with slight confectionery sweetness (especially caramel). Hints of toast. Faint hop presence in the background with herbal/peppery character. Clean fermentation. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Murky shade of orange/copper. A bit too dark (9-15 SRM) and off-color for the style. Small, off-white, foam mostly dissipates. 1/3

FLAVOR: Palette is sweet but not cloying. Caramel flavor is quite prominent with minor toast and Maillard characteristics. Very low hop presence in terms of both taste (herbal, peppery) and bitterness (slightly dry). Balance is malty, but not cloying. Flavors are a bit off for the style, but in the ballpark. Clean fermentation. 12/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Smooth and comfortable with a slightly malty but ultimately clean aftertaste. Feels much lighter than 6.8% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: It's a Maibock done as an American Ale so it's not exactly to spec, but it's closer than not. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 32/50

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)


3.6
ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2017


DOB: ? (L179Q)

2015 BJCP Category: 4B Festbier

AROMA: Mostly pilsner malt with slight bready/doughy character. Not sweet, just malty. Low earthy hops. Clean fermentation. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-3 SRM). Effervescent. Large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Generic pilsner malt dominates the palette, though it has little distinctive features. Slight raw dough or bready flavor; nothing toasty and certainly no confectionery sweetness. Hops are extremely low in both flavor and bitterness. Alcohol presence is a gentle warmth. Surprisingly clean aftertaste. Though more to spec than not, the taste is rather boring. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. More creamy than crisp. Smooth, but not refreshing. Surprisingly heavy at 6.3% ABV; not very robust considering the potency. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine, to-spec (mostly) German Festbier. Probably the weakest of the authentic brews. 7/10

TOTAL SCORE: 36/50

NOTE: See my 2008 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2008/10/hofbrau-oktoberfest-chadz-beer-reviews.html

See my 2012 re-review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2012/10/hofbrau-oktoberfest-2012.html

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spaten Premium Lager


4
ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2017


BBD: 3/2018

2015 BJCP Category: 4A Munich Helles

AROMA: Fairly strong skunky scent due to green bottle. Otherwise a lightly sweet, clean grain malt presence of pure pilsner malt. Faint Noble hop spicy scent. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Pale golden hue (2-3 SRM); extremely clear. Small, white foamy head never completely evaporates. 2/3

FLAVOR: Moderately sweet clean pilsner malt throughout. A touch of authentic honey flavor in the background grows a little stronger on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste briefly. Spicy Noble hops are present, but mild and subtle. Palette is definitely more malty than hoppy, but far from cloying. Would probably be a perfect score if not for the lightstrike flaw. 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing with slight malty sweet aftertaste. Highly sessionable even at 5.2% ABV. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Pretty much the progenitor of the style and still one of the better examples after all these years. If only it were in cans! 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 40/50