Hop

Rather odd. (Originally reviewed when the beer was called, “The Beer to Dine For” in the 750 mL capped bottles). Purchased at Roller’s on HHI, SC, USA.
Presentation and name are obviously an attempt to make people think about their beer in the same way they think about their wine – that is, as a drink to pair with food. Now, although that is a noble goal in itself, the name and the bottle (it’s a clear one) are just too contrived to take very seriously, and frankly make the beer look a bit silly. It’s all compounded by being produced by a brewery that ought to know better, and the fact that despite appearances, this is a pretty decent drink.
Typical Euro, macro-lager pour with an ultra clear yellow body, decent carbonation but not much head, but a relatively surprisingly large amount of lacing.
Very soft, easy drinking, light and sweet in aroma and taste. Nice balance with a very small hop presence against the malt background.
Slightly better than average, I feel that it lacks something and I think it is a hop punch. It’s actually close to being a really rather good beer, but the marketing angle is a bit of a mystery to me, and frankly it looks a bit daft.

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02/09/2006
Format:
bottle
ABV: 5.0 %
Appearance: 3
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 4
Total: 3.85
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