shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 You know, this really does taste rather pre-Prohibitionary. Beautiful reddish-gold and a short fizzy head that leaves the glass lacier than my auntieís panties. Crisp, very hoppy and tart aroma right off the bat, a complex bitterness that runs the gamut from flowery to grapefruit-like. A solid malt (butterscotch, toast) presence -- maybe a bit of corn syrup mid-sip, but it dissipates into a satisfyingly bitter finish. A bit minerally as well. Tastes much more like an APA than any lager Iíve had, but still has that German lager bite to it. Slightly slick and sticky. Impressive and quite well-crafted.
pootzboy (1687) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a brilliant orange-amber lager in the flute with a decent 3 finger sticky off-white cap which lasts and laces well.
Aromas are of sweet toasty malts and floral Pacific hops...delicious!
Medium body silky mouth feel malty-floral pale ale -like character.
Up front a chew on big toasty malts then almost instantly this is balanced off with a rush of bittering hops which take over the balance mid palate...side tones of apricots...finish is bitter-sweet as the malts give up and let the hopping go metallic.
Interesting twist on a lager...certainly not a Vienna or a German style at all..uniquely an American hybrid style...this beer is hop-forward and bright, sharp and ale-like..floral, spicey-bitter ...even has an apricot bouquet pale ale nose to it...very much like a cross beween pale ale and a sturdy steam beer...Malty, sharp and hoppy very refreshing but I like my lagers more malt pronounced and complex.
If you like spicey-floral pale ales mated to sturdy steam beer you will like this lager.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tasted this lager with a few pre-conceived perceptions that proved to be incorrect. It came in a rubbish bottle, which is always off-putting, though one does say never judge a journal by its cover! It is also touted as New Yorkshireís number one beer - everyone knows New Yoykers are stupid, small-minded people with no taste, so this did not bode well! I am quite happy to hold my hand up and say "look here Flashy, your pre-conceived perceptions of this lager let you down." It has a dark amber colour, bitter sweet hoppy taste, which stays on the palate. Absolutely bally tastey! This beer gives lager a good name and tastes more like an American pale ale in the mould of a Sierra Nevada - it certainly does not taste anything like the mass-produced lagers served in the UK. If youíre in New Yoyk, any time soon try one of these boys out, or donít if you donít want to "itís up to you"!
DerWeg (1576) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh sixer from LCBO. Wow, a quality micro that even your Macro-drinking friends will not blink at - and I mean that in the best possible way!!! Nicely bitter hop profile that puts flavor shape ahead of harshness or shortness... and plenty of citrus and fruity dazzle on the nose. With enough refined malt sweetness to keep things from getting thin, this is a true class act & a major accomplishment for a broad-market accessible Lager.
GregClow (3074) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Beautiful deep orange-amber colour with a soft white head, and a fresh aroma of bready malt and mildly citric and floral hops, like orange and lemon blossoms. The flavour has some slightly fruity sweetness off the top, before the tasty hops kick in towards the finish. I know it may not be all that for you Americans who have been drinking it forever, but for us Ontarians, having this world-class lager finally available in our province is cause for celebration.
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Im glad this is going to be a regular beer from the lcbo. This is one of the best lager ive tried. Pours amber with a big white head. I like the strong presence of hops (especially for a lager) which leave a nice bitter after taste.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle - pours clear amber with a big white head that leaves excellent lace. Super surprising aroma of fresh floral and citrus hops, alongside a malt sweetness. Flavour maltier than aroma, though the hops are still dominant, and lend a mildly bitter finish to the brew. Delicate carbonation. This is remarkable for a lager - more reminiscent of some good ales - the whole package reminds me especially of the Anchor Liberty Ale. Great stuff, and adding this as a permanent listing is one of the rare positive moves made by the LCBO.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle - pours orangey golden amber with a big, foamy white head. Leaves excellent lacing down the glass. Aroma is shocking for a lager, especially in this bland Ontario market - itís fresh and floral hops all the way, with a nice bready malt character in the background. The flavour has a much bigger malt profile than the aroma, with that same breadiness and some sticky sweetness coming forward before a pleasing bitter/dry finish. Smooth drinking all the way through. Nice hop-forward aftertaste as well. A fine example of what a lager can be - they donít have to be fizzy, piss-yellow and boring.
cheap (5110) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Many thanks to 3 Sons and dogs in Wexford tonight for providing the 2 and 3 oz free samples of Brooklynís various beers. Iím not sure if 3 ounces of beer is really enough to provide a rating, I like to chug 12 oz bottles. Anyway, here it goes. This Brooklyn lagerís pour is orangey yellow with a whitish head. Itís bottle has an attractive label. Oddly, the beer smells like a pale ale or IPA, you know, the aroma of fruity hops astern. Has that typical pale-like medium hoppy asperity. The finish is mild to medium coup de main and it lasts for a few moments. This certainly is not your typical lager. If it didnít have a style listed, I would say it is more like ale, possibly even american pale ale. Gone, in a moment! On par wit elliot ness and penn pilsner but not as good as point classic or dos equis xx amber.
jstraw (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Draft at Jerryís. Copper with good, foamy white head / Sweet, floral nose of pine, clover honey / Light body, somewhat watery, with otherwise good balance and very dry, bitter finish / Lean flavors of honey, straw, and biscuit / Fair, with really no "Vienna" character. Much more of a pilsener.