vyvvy (5135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma has smooth pale malt - fairly creamy with a hint of spice. Medium / thin body with soft, yet fizzy carbonation. Starts with grainy pale malt with a bit of sourness. The finish brings a good helping of Saaz hops. Starts fairly full tasting and ends crisp and refreshing. Not a groundbreaking beer, but very enjoyable and refreshing.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. Smell of malt, hops, skunk and rubber. Taste of malt, hops, lemon, hints of spice and a rubber band bitter aftertaste. It tastes like the dust/powder that is on a ballon when you start blowing it up.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden tone, fuzzy white head. Nice lager look.
Nose is slightly sweet and malty, thoroughly clean, minutely hoppy, light hints of apple and pear. Pleasant enough.
Taste: clean again, sheer and sure, gleans off the palate once upon entering it. In and out, refreshment. A small scale scintillating delight. Nothing to take offense at, and just enough flavor to keep the tastebuds happy. Crisp, dry malt base, tidy hops, solid execution.
Light body, long, if clean and rudimentary finish, meager texture. Crackling cereal malt, nearly sweet, but solid, very solid.
I mean not to pan with faint praise. It’s quite a fine lager. Problem is, I’m just not moved by them, no mater how good they are...though this hits it, and I really hope they have success with it. Certainly would be my choice if a gun were cocked and set next to my temples and I was told I had to drink a lager.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, straw with a medium sized, white, creamy head. The aroma is bread, grassy saaz hops and lemon. The flavor is herbal, lightly sweet bready malts, grass and a touch soapy. Medium/light body, never thin, but still light and very crisp.
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, "Lager of the Lakes". Crystal clear golden color with a thin head. A little bit of a spicy aroma. I’d guess it’s yeast related. Bone dry taste with a grainy aftertaste. Not full of flavor, but good and simple.
MrBunn (2633) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Lager of the Lakes" - bottle. Clear and thin-looking golden straw color. Head is minimal at best. Aromas are of dough and malt. Flavor is quite remarkable for a pils. Very spicy and crisp and has a lot of direction to it rather than just being another bland lager mass market crap beer. I’m not sure I can do it a just deScription, but here goes: flavors start off very spicy... almost a peppery note to it all (like white pepper) with a touch of fennel. Then the malt takes over and transitions towards a hoppy bite at then end that balances very nicely with the rest of the palate. After the pour and the aroma I thought I was doomed, but this is a really fine drink.
Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow with a big white head. Aroma of corn malt and a little hops. Malty flavor. Finishes with some hop bitterness. Drinkable.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this one bottled from the Binny’s Oktoberfest beertasting in St. Charles, Illinois, called "Lager of the Lakes". Very quaffable, if uninteresting. Pretty good.
Stine (1734) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 Clear straw pour with a citrusy yeast and hop aroma. Flavor is grainy cornmeal, lightly bitter with dry spice, owing to Saaz i suppose. Just a vastly drinkable beer.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent and magnifying pale straw-yellow in color with fizz rising to the top and feeding a soapy white head. Buttery gardenias, freesia, cotton and herbal lemon sourdough make traditional aromatic progress to a pilsner. Mild honey meets corn flakes, golden promise and oats, with a hint of spearmint leafs hanging on to the end of the nose. Quite an herbal, soapy flavor fledge, settling in with buttered sourdough, vanilla lilacs and toasted corn stalk leaves, which eventually get glazed with pale maple syrup. Effervescent indeed, and there’s a stinging quality to it as well. Cornmeal gets scattered over sun-scorched gardenias, eliciting a bit of cotton mouth in both feel and flavor. Grainy, not gritty, pushing forward with the medium-body. Clean green herbaceous noble hop machine finish is tweaked with sharp lemon juice sliding down harshly biting sourdough bread.