Boutip (5898) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep orangey color lager with a nice medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma is hoppier then expected with some light caramel malt. Taste is more bitter and hoppy then I would have expected but still retain some of the light caramel malt that I love in Vienna. While this beer is interesting and refreshing, it resembles more of a hoppy ale ten a Vienna.
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
great lager!!!!!!! one of my definate fav lagers ever ahh hell it is my fav lager. amazing hop character, great flowery nose, good malt backbone, great beer. got at the lcbo
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Didnt do much for me. Very hoppy and unappealing in a bland way...Id rather a sam adams for a widely available US beer
Cartoonkhaki (1252) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Was I happy to see this in the store today! WOW. poured an orange amber with orangy head. In the nose I got a hop floral aroma right away. Is this an IPA? Or a Lager? Sweet tart malts with plenty of hop bitter that lingers on the back and sides of my tounge. This is a great beer.
joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is readily avaiblable in the UK.
This is one of the best, crisp, good aroma, and you can drink this as a session beer. Very good.
shintriad (701) - 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 auntie’s 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 I’ve had, but still has that German lager bite to it. Slightly slick and sticky. Impressive and quite well-crafted.
pootzboy (1690) - 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 Yorkshire’s 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 you’re in New Yoyk, any time soon try one of these boys out, or don’t if you don’t want to "it’s up to you"!
DerWeg (1593) - 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 (3183) - 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.