Esser's Best Original - Cross Plains Beer Company
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by KI9A:
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Deep gold, creamy head, nice lace windows.
S: sweet malts, toffee.
T: malty, sweet, light floral hops. Bready.
M: light body, refreshing.
D: Nice session beer, pretty much spot on for the style. Some will cry about not enough hops, but, this is the style, gang. It's not supposed to be a hop bomb.
05-28-2010 01:48:13 | More by KI9A
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +17.5%
Very nice helles here.
Pours a chill-hazed golden body that leans ever-so-slightly towards amber. Ivory head is adequate, but doesn't last all that long.
Clean and pleasant on the nose, with both the malt and hops making an impression.
Begins malty sweet, with flavors that approach carmel. Vienna-like in a way. Turns breadier towards the middle as the sweetness fades. Some coarse graininess enters late. Miniscule toasted/nutty notes. Grassy, rustic hops provide the finale.
Smooth medium bodied with rolling carbonation.
Solid all around and very authentic tasting.
11-08-2002 23:47:22 | More by cokes
3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
Esser's Best pours a clear, very deep golden bodty beneath a short head of creamy white foam. The head retention and lacing are somewhat better than average. The aroma is fresh and inviting with a malty character and some bright floral hops. It's medium bodied and crisp in the mouth. A subtly toasty maltiness is at the heart of this beer, but floral and lightly spicy hops give it charisma. It's very well-brewed, clean and well-balanced. A stiff bitterness backs it, and it finishes mostly dry with a dollop of grainy malt and some lingering hops.
01-09-2007 22:43:08 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
12oz single, Woodman's - West
appearance: As seen in the lovely little midwestern indie flick about high school hockey, "No Sleep Till Madison"...pours into a pint glass a bright golden orange, light carbonation bubbling, very light beige head with minimal lacing
smell: toasted malt, bready, yeast, sweet apple fruityness, slightly buttery, very light citric-earthy hopping
taste: a rather sweet lager...toasted grain, toasted malt, buttery, light grassy hopping, sweet candy apple, light caramel....not much more to say, its a decent lager
mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light body
08-03-2006 23:00:38 | More by dirtylou
3.3/5 rDev -5.4%
Poured this into a 12 oz. stange cylinder glass.
Color is an amber gold, upward streams of carbonation. One finger of head fizzles out and leaves a ring of lacing.
Initial grassy hop whisper when the cap was opened. Some malt sweetness, buttered biscuits, and a random whiff of lime zest.
Taste is a little dull, it has a clear malt flavor, not as crisp as a Helles should be. Somewhat sweet, ghostly bitterness on a big swallow. This is a utilitarian German-style Helles, nothing too unique, but not too flawed either. Average.
06-03-2008 22:55:22 | More by emerge077
2.9/5 rDev -16.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 2379 printed on the neck, no other info.
A - This golden yellow beer is virtually inactive after the pour. It's almost haze-free and has a two-finger white head with low retention and only small fingers of thin lace towards the bottom.
S - Esser's Best smells soft and light with a creaminess to it. Unfortunately the creaminess comes from a corn-like nose. Pale malts seem a bit husky too. Hop aroma is totally void leaving this German style lager smelling more like an American cream ale.
T - Pale malts make up the majority of the flavor while a low husky grain flavor lingers annoyingly in the background. A kiss of floral hops is there too but could definitely use some bringing out. Generic tasting otherwise.
M - Esser's Best is medium-light in body with low carbonation making it a smooth brew with a soft creaminess to it. Not bad but not on par with the style. Again, it feels more like an American cream ale.
D - Sorry Esser but if this is your best, you've got a lot of work ahead of you. It's mediocre at best and granted, I'm not having it in it's prime (assuming the neck numbers resemble a date) but I think that the leeway I gave it certainly makes up for that possibility. Just plain and out of the style, it needs to be hoppier, crisper, and cleaner in flavor. It missed the mark on this but it remains drinkable for what it is.
05-04-2010 03:44:14 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a deep, slightly cloudy gold color with a foamy white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.
Has a rather nice malt aroma. Smells like it could be good.
Decent enough malt taste. Bit tangy. Somewhat sweet in the finish. Average.
Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Good effort. Not great but better than a macro lager.
02-13-2010 20:55:32 | More by dstc
3.7/5 rDev +6%
Pours a darker golden straw than a lot of lagers. Only about half an inch of head, fairly quickly receding, but it leaves some lace on the glass and some foam floating on top. Not a lot of aroma. Very malty and more flavorful than I expected, however. Between the flavor, the color, and a rich, almost porterlike mouthfeel, it plays more like a red ale than a lager. It's definitely not the light, crisp beer I thought I was getting, but it was a pleasant surprise.
11-07-2008 01:31:17 | More by MadTown1000
3.28/5 rDev -6%
Pours slightly chill-hazed amber with a fizzy head that doesn't stay around long. Minimal lacing sticks.
The smell is of some grain. Clean.
The taste is of sweet grain balanced by a bitterish hop touch in the clean, crisp finish.
It's a bit fizzy, but smooth enough. It's a basic, clean, crisp, lager.
07-17-2014 19:17:29 | More by jwc215
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
Pours a clear, golden / copper. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, slight citrus, slight roasted malt, and some hops. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight grain, hops, and slight citrus. Overall, a better than average munich helles lager with nice blend and body.
08-19-2009 01:45:08 | More by Tone
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
An interesting attempt at an authentic German style lager. The beer is contract brewed for the Cross Plains Beer Company by the Stevens Point Brewery, and I detect some of the Point style in this beer, whether intentional or not.
The beer looks very nice in the glass, golden body with no haze and a nice soft white head forming.
The smell was a bit harsh. I don't think European noble hops were used, perhaps they used Cluster with their distinctive bit.
The taste is full-flavored but leaning heavily on a grainy malt base followed by a surprising hop bitterness that smooths out quicly for a very nice finish.
The beer has a very nice full-body to it, but it still remains very drinkable.
03-17-2003 20:01:14 | More by brakspear
3.45/5 rDev -1.1%
A - Poured out a clear, bubbly golden yellow color with a small, bubbly white head. It left a couple thin rings of lace.
S - It smelled of light caramel malts and some grains. Not much else there.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel and a light spicy zest from some hops.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A fairly light bodied beer with a smooth finish.
D - This is a very sessionalble brew. Not the best representation of the style, but not bad either.
01-04-2009 00:32:16 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev +8.3%
12 ounce bottle. Pours out a clear yellow with a lot of bubbles. Grassy, somewhat skunky smell. Malty bread flavor with an herbal, grassy bitterness. There's some caramel flavor too. Not too complex, but the malt and hops work well together. Becomes a little watery in the finish. Good drinkability. This is a pretty good Germal style beer, and a little better than Esser's other offering.
06-18-2005 01:30:05 | More by beveragecaptain
3.5/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured into a pint glass the beer is an orange golden color with a tiny bit of head. No lacing to be seen. The smell is sweet grain With a malty tone. The flavor is rather muted. Fairly dry. Some malt some hop bite but nothing really pops. The beer seems rather light in body. Moderate carbonation. This is a pretty standard german lager.
08-01-2009 00:34:01 | More by beerwolf77
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a deep gold body with thin head that does not retain much.
Smell is a sublte balance of malt and spicy hop. Smells a little to light for the style. Not much to it.
Taste is balanced between toasty malts and some spicy hops. Very clean and sessionable. It is easy to drink, but lacks anything to make it memorable. That being said I would not turn one down.
This is a good beer. Simple and to the point. If you want a step up from a BMC, this is a contender. I would support small craft brewery first and this is a way to do it when you want something simple.
02-19-2008 07:26:14 | More by Homerbag
4.05/5 rDev +16%
I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.
Esser's is one of the lesser known and smaller Wisconsin beers. It pours a golden amber color with a good scent of malts and hops. Upon tasting there is a good full flavor taste that is long lasting and delicious. I was certainly surprised by it's taste. A must try for any Wisconsin beer lover.
12-15-2010 05:22:52 | More by Lemke10
4.47/5 rDev +28.1%
I tried this beer at a restaurant/bar near Madison WI. I started with this beer and a plate of hot wings and it was a perfect match. They went together perfectly.
I poured the Essers Best in a glass. It had a very nice head with very nice retention. I thought it was an excellent beer for the style and had a few with my dinner. It really went well with the spicy food and I thought the inability was great.
I have purchased this beer several times since I first had it and as long as I can find it I will continue to buy it.
01-15-2011 14:56:20 | More by 1844original
3.6/5 rDev +3.2%
This is a bright golden brew, nicer-looking "body" than the average that however has a poor white head with little retention.
Its simple smell of hops, grains and malts is quite pleasant, and it hints to the overall taste.
Its body is medium, better than average, with a crisp tastethat is mostly dry hops, but has some discernible malty taste that balances it quite well.
This is a solid, easy to drink brew, probably better drank during summer, but nonetheless a well-crafted, although simple, beer.
03-05-2007 23:46:51 | More by brdc
Esser's Best Original from Cross Plains Beer Company
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