rmussman (1663) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled in a six pack. I really did not care for this brew. The after taste is odd and unenjoyable.
hockeybeerguy (528) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance has a clear golden yellow colored body with a half finger foamy white head that dies and leaves some thick foamy white lacing that spiderwebs pretty nice. The carbonation is seen rising at a moderate pace.
The smell has some light citrusy-fruit with a decent cracker-like spice coming through kinda peppery.
The taste has a lager-like sweetness strong with that nice cracker-like spice blending pretty nice along with a sweet cracker-like aftertaste with a clean sweet dry finish.
On the palate, it sits fairly light on the body with a decent to moderate harshness trying to take a bite, but actually stays somewhat smooth for the most part. There is a decent sessionability for this one.
Overall, this is a good American Pale Lager well worthy of coming back to, I’ll look to have this one definitely again in the summer months. Also, I would say this would definitely be a well worthy transition beer for BMC drinkers.
alexsdad06 (4338) - Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a clear yellow golden color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have bready and biscuity malt, earthy and lightly bittering hops, grass, some yeast. Worth trying, just not my thing.
Frank (2292) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This tastes to me basically like Pilsner in which the traditional noble hops were substituted for American cluster hops. That is all well and good but, honestly, clusters are just not very good tasting hops. I am not sure how this escaped the notice of Anchor’s "Zymasters" but apparently someone was asleep at the switch. I do like the idea of recreating a traditional and forgotten American style in theory but you don’t wind up drinking the idea and this beer is just not all that great.
As mentioned, it is somewhat along the lines of a Czech Pilsener. There is just a touch of malt character and a good amount of hops in both the nose in the finish. The hop character itself is sort of strangely tutt-fruity and the bitterness in the finish is astringent, giving this a drying quality on the tongue. It strikes me as well made beer in general in that there doesn’t seem to be any oxidation or any kind of flaws that might be the result of poor process control but it simply doesn’t taste all that great at the end of the day.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear golden color. The head is about one fingers high, and barely off-white. Retention is acceptable, and the lacing is thin yet consistent.
S: Typically lager-y: tons of cracker, a touch of lemon, and some grass generally comprise the aroma. No twists, turns, or excitement here; it is well-done though.
T: Apart from the crackery malts, there are some diacetyl elements right before the finish: they neither take away nor take it to the next level. The finish is slightly lemony. Not much to say about this one, really.
M: The malt backbone seems to cut in during the swallow, creating a brew that’s just a hair too full. Meanwhile, it’s hoppiness does a reasonable job of drying the (otherwise sweetish) finish out. Carbonation - if not low - is at least gentle.
O: A competent lager and a nice history lesson, just not very exciting. It’s rather boring, frankly, but it would go well with food.
Lowenbrau (1619) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12fl oz bottle from El Coleccionista, Gijón. @home 21-2-2014.
In short: a tasty lager.
Pours quite clear golden, with nice white head. Some head retention, poor lacing. Malty, syrup aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, some cripys texture. Taste is malty, grassy, some sweet, spicy. Quite balanced and enjoyable.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at liberty union. Pours clear copper with a medium sized white head. The aroma has a nice mix of biscuit and bready malts. The taste is biscuit, a tad sweet, really smooth and easy to drink.
znawca (16) - POLAND - FEB 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Bier & Co. Aroma of bread. Golden color. Clear. Unpresuming head. Medium sweetness, light bitter. Light body, average carboxination. Overall: average lager.
superspak (2108) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours crystal clear pale golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very pleasant, clean, and well balanced malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness without feeling watery, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Well balanced hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
kramer (4550) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body under a one inch fizzy off-white head that left a bit of lacing. The nose is clean toasty and lightly sweet maltiness with just a little hoppiness. The flavor is pretty decent, it’s very clean and well lagered, with just a lightly hoppy flavor, minimal bitterness. Not sure that I care too much for the hop in here, but it’s fairly clean and subtle. Lighter bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and a clean finish.
sfontain (758) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, Kroger, Bridge St., $1.69. Pale golden-straw pour; white almost-fizzy head doesn’t hold at all, and quickly this beer is just a glass of orange liquid. Aroma strongly bready, and very subtle floral/grassy notes. Aroma is similarly bready and just a tiny bit fruity and bright. Thin mouthfeel; abrasive carbonation. If we’re going to compare this to Budweiser, then yeah, this is 10 times better. Versus almost anything else, this is pretty unimpressive. 95th percentile for the style, yes; but folks are sucking the Anchor teet pretty hard for this to be 70th percentile overall. Sorry, Anchor, but I’m not paying 10 bucks a sixer for this.