jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very odd appearance for a lager. It looks and smells very ale-like- cloudy with a puffy head. Nice aroma, very fruity. Taste is caramel and butterscotch in some bottles, subtle saaz and yeast in others. Interesting.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some diacytol in the nose. Bubbly and alive, nice & saazy throughout. It is somewhat harsh and grainy for a medium bodied lager, but still enjoyable all around.
thehoff (581) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The body is a nice caramel color. Does smell like butterscotch and hops. Like candy. The taste is a little sour, bitter, and like a wet sock. Not bad but the nose was so much more inviting than the flavor.
Terminus (3087) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 bottle batch 7613. Thanks to Vyvvy for picking up this one. This was one of Keith’s old ratings, so when this came out, i made a point to get a new bottle of this new batch. Pours golden yellow with a small wispy white head with lots of carbonation. grainy and sweet nose with some light funk in there as well-good yeast twang. Lightly grassy and light sulfer as well. Wow, flavors are pretty nice-lots of husky notes, spicy hops, and lots of lager yeast twang, which i really dig in this one. Palate is full for the style and compliments with nice soft carbonation. I think this has a great mouthfeal. finish has lots of sweet malts, lingering yeast twang, spicy hops, and grainy malt notes. Very tasty and this one got a boosted rating.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
lemoney scent makes hops a surprize; not too hoppy though. Nice texture, looks great like a beer should. Enjoyable drink.
MaBeer1972 (1244) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great citrus aroma and flavor, with plenty of hop to keep it from being too sweet. This sort of reminds me of a scaled-back Cisco Summer of Lager. Nice beer! Thanks to PsychProf for this one!
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 2003 draught. Good strong sour yeast/saaz hops aroma. Very light and filtered appearance :(
Taste is very dry and medium bitter. Has a slightly lemon biscuit appeal of hops that is most apparent right away. Taste does not get terribly watery, just sort of dissipates as it finishes. A decent lager, but much better stuff available from Kalamazoo.
2003 bottle consumed Jan 04. It had sediment, much better looking appearance. A good clean yeasty/hoppy flavor. Better than on tap at the brewery. Who would have thought. . .
2006 bottle "lager of the lakes"
Unfortunately bells decided to filter this one huh? Starkly clear, with nothing on the bottom and it really shows in texture. Somewhat washed out, especially on the end, with a papery-like quality. Head formation and retention are less than usual from Bells, as a result. Still, other than this issue, it’s damned fine stuff. Tangerine, peach and nectarine definitely make me wonder how they got such a delicious hop nose and flavor. Snappy bitterness, some light yeast minerals and plenty of succulent pils malt honey notes. Delicious and very drinkable
2006 draught at Slow’s bbq on 11/5/06.
Better on draught as far as texture is concerned, but with poor head formation/retention. Hop aromatics are more dry, grassy and herbal, without as much fruitiness. Still crisp and refreshingly bitter in flavor, with delicate pils malt-like notes. Really fine stuff.
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma very sharp hop citrus aroma. Cloudy orange with a large pillowy head! Some chunks in the bottom. Nice malts and bitters good balance bit of an acidic bite. Medium body. Great beer!
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden yellow color with a thin, big bubble head and a dusty grain nose. Grainy malt flavors with a harsh tang in the finish that is too sweet to be lemon. I suppose its not bad, but I never have to have it again.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Brewery: Straw hue with very little head. Grain, citrus, and vanilla aroma. Hoppy initial taste, tart and citrusy. Smooth, yet not completely balanced. Strange feel on the palate, metallic but also buttery. It an okay session beer which is no better on tap than bottle, would recommend something else from Bell's if available.