TAR (2390) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faded clear rufous. Compact, short-lived bubbles. Bold aroma of toasted bread, musty malt sack, and caramel amid tropical fruit-like esters. Somewhat tangy with hints of apple, dried banana, and mineral. Soft mouthfeel. Tight carbonation. Extremely balanced collaboration of spicy hops and tangy malts fade into a stylish blend of hazelnut, powdery malts, and tropical fruit. Zippy finish of burnt sugar and rounded fruit notes, lending brightness to the malts. Malts get the best of the hops in the ending. A bottle-conditioned dark lager that’ll satisfy the malthead in you while temporarily easing your noble hop yearning. Very nicely done.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer looked like another Oktoberfest when I first poured it. The head was moderate and creamy with wispy lacing, and it had a strawberry and toasty malt aroma. Brisk on the tongue, with a fresh malty flavor and respectable hop presence, I could drink this all day long. Medium finish on the dry side. Good job Boulevard!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Nice,oarnge/brown color. Medium head fades quickly. Sweet,bready,hoppy,aroma.Pretty thick texture. Full,soft mouthfeel. Fruity,sweet,toasted flavors. Slightly malty,qutie hoppy finish. Excellent hop character. Tastes like what Sam Adams probably used to taste like. Very tasty and drinkable. A favorite lager!!
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color, very thin white head. lots of doughy malt in that aroma...very classic high-quality lager. mostly malty sweet flavor, but there are definitely some hops in the finish...quite a good lager.
3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 2004, fresh, first week on the shelves - this is really when you have to try this. If you’re rating this beer from November to August, it’s not going to measure up. Golden bright copper appearance. Mild aroma of hay, cinnamon, and ginger. Crisp, with some residual corn and eggplant flavors. Very light and mild, but still complex enough to enjoy slowly. Sweet sticky malt finish, with a small bite of yeast. I really do think this is an exceptional vienna style lager.
manolager (18) - Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 A fall favorite. Each year the complexity of the beer changes. 2002 was one of the best in history. Excellent balance and clean finish.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
AMber color with a smallish cream colored head. Aroma of dry malt and caramel. Heavier feel with a touch of spritz. Flavors of light malt and old hops. Not sure on the freshness of this bottle. Simple malt flavors. Somewhere between a vienna and an american amber.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a nice rasted background hops that finninsh nicely
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty tasting with just enough hops to balance it out. Very thick-tasting flavor. Smells like barley but little else. Overall not that impressive but refreshing and certainly not to be turned down.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the most complex malt aromas I’ve ever encountered in a non-bock lager. A great underpinning of hops, too. Beautifully layered complex sweet malt with long, unfolding flavor and ending with a gorgeous long dry finish. Wow. I can’t believe how fine a job this ale brewery did with this lager. Simply wonderful.