Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nicely, beautiful color although there isn't much head.A deep gold colored brew, with a sweet taste of malt, caramel or honey, and a fruity aftertaste that is nicely bitter. I truly enjoyed this beer.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish gold. Malt and caramel in the nose. Malty flavors, with hints of nuts. Real nice palate. Enjoyable brew.
jimmydoug (32) - Operation Joint Forge, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is trendy beer that your are supposed to just fall in love with. I found it to be a bit bitter with a not too clean aftertaste.
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber appearance with a medium size head. Somewhat fruity aroma blended in with the malt. Noticed a bit of spice in the mellow, malty taste. Moderate amount of bitterness. Decent floral finish.
evilpsych (34) - USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
very decent brew, not sure i'd drink it in any real quantity though. Good with peanuts, or maybe chips and salsa. hoppy with a hint of malt.
ppcpilot (21) - Port Allen, Louisiana, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled this draft at The Chimes.
Not much head after it got to my table, but it was very bubbly to the tongue. Really pretty shade of amber/copper. Aroma almost non-existant. Kinda sweet smelling like Kool-Aid. Taste is very good, definate caramel touches. Reminded me a lot of Bass. I'd like to try those two side by side. A little watery overall; was expecting something with more body.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color, thin head. Aroma was light, yeasty. Taste was a little disappointing, especially since I was impressed mightily by Anchor's Liberty Ale and Porter. A good beer, but not great.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Just what the commercial description says. Clean, crisp, and easy... Great! Looks really good. A good lightly flavored beer with a lot of bubbly to tickle you. Nice and very accessible, but nothing special. Just plain good.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Popped the cap - this one was a gusher. This beer pours a nice rich amber, with a white head. Light aroma, a little bready, with some nice melon and coffee notes. Flavour is also light, but a little bitter; nothing is especially pronounced. Palate is very smooth, but the body is very highly carbonated (due to the addition of extra yeast, before it's bottled).
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2010 Superbly balanced, clean and drinkable with a fine, lingering bitterness that pulls me back for another sip --the archetype and pinnacle of the style.
Pale copper hue, clear; creamy, white head. Light honey and chunky, bready malts set against woodsy and herbal aromatics. Off-dry, moderate and clean acidity, mild bitterness; ends with a crisp, effervescent bite. Medium-light body, slick texture, mousse-like carbonation.
Old rating: 12 oz bottle, beer mug, 50 degrees. Giant, white, foamy head seems to be well lasting and is accompanied by an average density, deep amber colored body with average carbonation. Slightly piney, slightly citric hops and caramel, grainy malts play well together. Aroma is lighter than I would like. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Aroma was very indicative of what the flavor would be like; although, there’s a slight English pale ale warmth to the flavor that I didn’t pick up in the aroma. Medium bodied, watery texture, lively carbonation. I could stand for the body to be a little fuller with a creamier texture. The bottom line is: this is a great everyday beer, an absolute classic.