45 / 100
500ml brown bottle, given to my by Sam, and man is it a long time since I've had a Haand beer.
Very clear golden yellow in the body, with a voluminous head of white that leaves complex lace when it eventually falls down. Body is light and clean, with a smattering of fine carbonation through it. Looks good.
Nose is pleasant, but honestly not spectacular. It has a slight skunkiness to it, which is at least partially attributable to a combination of green hops and citrus bite. But it has a very direct clear malt character as well, really reminiscent of what you might find in a Euro lager. It's okay—it's clean and bright with no obvious flaws. But then, you could arguably say the same about Heineken.
Taste is similar, but actually worse. Here there's such a lightness of body that it feels parched dry. And combined with the minimally hoppy aromatics, it makes it feel really quite dull. It's almost like the most banal Brut IPA, although the session character also makes it feel a bit pointless. Some spicy notes on the back pep it up a bit—perhaps there is a slight zest from the citrus, finally.
Feel is very light, and it's also too frothy from the carbonation.
A rare miss from Haand for me. It's just not that interesting, and the lightness and flatness in the body actually makes it feel slightly pointless. Not much of a fan, honestly.