The beer pours a deep, yet clear, amber in color. It has an inch of thick and creamy tan head. The aroma is nutty, grassy, a touch of celery, toasted grain, with some dark caramel. The taste follows the aromas, deep, toasted and caramelly malts, with a grassy bitterness to bring a dry finish, and that celery note again. It drinks creamy and smooth, but also with a refreshing carbonation. I’m glad I have another one of these, because I am not sure what to think of it yet. (So, tried it again, great maltiness and mouthfeel, just a bit too bitter for the style).
Tried again in 2015 and liking it even more (new look on the label as well, this year with 6.0% ABV, and brewed this year in collaboration with Brauhaus Riegele of Augusburg, Germany): The beer pours a dark golden to light amber in color. There is a relatively short head of off-white foam. The aroma is lagerish, with the muskiness of a German or Czech lager, malty, straw. The taste is roasted and toasted malt, a touch of sweet, tempered by grass and straw, a touch of tanginess on the end. The finish is mostly dry and moderately bitter. The beer drinks smooth and easy, with a tingle of carbonation. This beer is very well balanced, with a nice blend of flavors, and it is hard to do it full justice in words. It is definitely worth giving it a try.