ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple draught pints at Sunset Grill, on 11/17/07 and subsequently.
A deeper bronze than Modelo or any other tropical lager, but the thin white head is not long retained, leaving little/no lacing. Clear.
Definite modelo yeast notes in the aroma (acetyldehyde, paper pulp, various minerals) with some backing bready/doughy malt notes that are lightly sweet. A trace of toffee enters on the finish, after warming, with slightly more fruitiness (apples mainly) than I’d expect from a tropical lager. Not much hoppiness in the nose, though some lighth grassiness is apparent. No alcohol. Acetyldehyde is the only flaw.
Toffee-tinged doughy malts are sweet and rather supple for a lager, with a strong mineral accent that balances. Crisp and papery (acetyldehyde) on the finish, but it works in so far as using this yeast goes. Some stronger noble hop presence, while departing from a tropical pale lager, would still be appreciated. As is, it’s faintly grassy, with a pinch of bitterness throughout. Medium carbonation does not get out of control, nor is the beer watery/thin. The malting is definitely the strong point here. No alcohol in flavor, only acetyldehyde is perceived slightly.
VastActiv (1615) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Bear Republic, Healdsburg. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, sweetness and malts.
rayOfBeer (646) - El Cerrito, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap: orange-amber with large frothy white head. Aroma is definitely lager-like, with grass, bisquit, and some wet newspaper. Flavor is crisp with a dry bitter grass, a hint of honey but no sweetness, and bisquit. It is good for the style, but not my favorite type of beer. Good cold on a hot day.
Fatehunter (966) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured minimal head on a clearer, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is faint; a little grain smell comes through.
The taste is grainy, mild bitterness with caramel which rounds it out nicely.
The texture is crisp but soft with moderate carbonation.
Overall, a nice and easy drink.
JohnnyJ (3893) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Clear light amber pour, with an off white head. Stale malt, caramel, some doughy sweetness, and light metallic hops. This beer doesn’t interest me.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the brewpub. Clear orange pour with a spotty white head. Toasted bread and mild caramel. A bit sweet. Not bad for the style.
Concealer (457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap. Orange amber with off white head. Smells of caramel and malt. Taste of bitter toasted malt, biscuit flavor.
Gription79 (2001) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Bready, hint of hops, clean, easy drinkimg. This is a solid beer.
DrSilverworm (4014) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Clear amber orange color. Thin off-white head. Few loose bits of lace. Lighter body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Caramel malts, and some orange citrus zest in the nose. More sweet taste, with a light bitter finish. Solid amber lager.
b3shine (3506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a mostly transparent deep orange with thin white head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells and tastes solid; doughy and malty with a nice hop presence and notes of caramel. Solid on the palate. A nice lager.
gmb5127 (175) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pretty good lager. More taste than the Cher ami, but still missing something. I don’t know what else to say.