Pours a pale golden colour with moderate white head. Carbonation is small but steady, not enough to revive the head as it sinks. Lacing trails from the head in fairly thick, sticky sheets. Looks standard, but pretty decent.
Nose is a pretty decent pilsener nose. Aromas of sweet grain, corn and honey, with a nice bitter, slightly sour balance of grassy hops, slightly carbolic aroma from the pour and a very slight vanilla character on the back. Maybe a touch too sweet, could use slightly more aroma hops, but still pretty decent.
Taste is more like it. Sharp, tangy and bitter, with an early hop entrance making a fair splash. Early notes of grain, honey and biscuity malt on the front are all but wiped out by the bitter, herbal notes of the hops which come on quite sharp, giving off an acute peak of flavour on the mid-palate before settling off towards the end. Finishes quite dry, with residual hop acid leaving a slight tingle on the tongue.
A nice carbonated zing on the otherwise thin-ish feel gives this a nice fizzy texture. This is definitely an above-average drop, if only because in many ways it embodies what a pilsener should be - dry, refreshing, bitter and golden. It embodies that without surpassing it though, and does lean a little heavily on the mid, leaving the front and back slightly lustreless. Still, a good brew.
60 / 100
Pours a healthy rich ruby hue with furiously strong carbonation and a good froth when poured. Beige head is healthily dense and sticks around like a good bit of head should. Lacing is very decent, as is this beer's overall demeanour.
Nose is very English, with a very deep, pungent malt bomb aroma, slightly roasted with a lot of toffee character as well as bready grain, cocoa and a slight hoppiness, which is mostly floral although yeah, it's overwhelmbed by the malt. It is a bit one-note, but pleasant, and I do quite like a malty beer.
Taste is also incredibly malty. Flavour is sweet and dense with a deep, lightly toasted grain character, a pleasant nutty edge with hints of cashew and marzipan. A fair toffee character as well, all in all it's a hell of a malty beer. But he'll never know. At 4.8% this was presumably put on a short boil and as a result, hops are conspicuously lacking, although there is a light bitterness on the very finish, that lingers rather than hitting you. It's okay though, as it obviously isn't meant to be very hoppy.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, not so syrupy but a heavy load to carry. A very pleasant drop, although it has to be said, the palate is slightly short and it's really simple with an extreme maltiness being really the only flavour. It's not overpoweringly sweet though, so it's drinkable. A bit more hopping on the boil would perk it up quite a lot; just needs a bit more of an edge.
69 / 100
Pours a pale yellow colour with very generous head that dissipates with moderate pace, fed by a very steady bead throughout the beer. Looks very champagney. Needs a bit of yeast agitation to add cloud, now it looks more like beer, but still, that champagney carbonation... Pretty good-looker, overall.
Pleasant nose indeed. That very nice weizeny ester comes through, but pushed back by a spicey, clovey nose, a lot of spicey hop on that aroma, and it comes through loud and clear. A slight champagne sourness on there as well, but a very pleasant, complex fragrance there.
Taste is similar to the nose but less. Has that crisp, spicey character on the front of the palate, but this dissipates into a slightly tart, weizeny finish which then unfortunately trails off to leave a bit of a watery finish. Lacks the fruit promised by the nose, although the tartness is reminiscent of grapefruit or some other citrus. Has nice sweet-spicey flavours coming through on the front but it can't hang around for the encore.
Mouthfeel is very nice actually, crisp and dry but managing to remain quite full, goes down well. I remember being mistaken in a blind tasting into thinking this was a witbier because of that fruity, spicey nose. I can see the confusion here as well, the spice feels and smells very deliberate.
This is a very drinkable drop, light and pleasant with enough complexity to make it interesting. Finish lets it down, but only slightly.
Pours a clear golden amber colour, steady bead of carbonation up to a light white head of thin ambience. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. What it does leave is a fair bit to be desired.
Smells quite good, fragrant hops with a generous fruity hit, quite citrusy but fairly rich. I would guess Cascade hops based on the particular fruitiness. And look, I'm right. The other hops which I'm less familiar with I imagine give this its pleasant deeper, more sullen aromas. There's an almost custardy character to that nose, it's sweet but thick. Quite pleasant, really.
Interesting palate - it seems quite short but then there's an odd crescendo finish, like a Stravinsky movement. Has pleasant bitter-sour citrusy characters on the front with hints of grapefruit and a generous serving of bittering hop. The palate then dissipates slightly into a disappointingly watery middle before returning for the climax, which is clean and bitter and quite well rounded. Although the palate as a whole is of a respectable length, there isn't enough of an explosion of flavour to really woo me here. The fruit characters on the front are pleasant and it finishes well enough to make this a very drinkable drop, but there's something lacking in the middle. Let's call it 'heart'.
61 / 100
The yeast cake was very solid on the bottom of the bottle and wouldn't come out, so it's a very clear hefe that ends up being poured into my glass. Nice yellow colour, a tad too light for a true hefe, with a nice frothy white head. Still, not much of a hefeweizen look to it.
Nice crushed vegetation and citrus character on the nose, more like a wit than a hefe, but nice, nonetheless.
Hint of clove on the palate, the first real hefe note in the beer. Otherwise a good dash of sour wheat, and a grainy, dry character. It's not wowing me, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is a little overcarbonated.
It's an odd beer this one, doesn't really classify as a true hefe, but it's only part way towards a witbier. Not bad, pretty drinkable.