vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Jaune pale avec une mousse moyenne blanche. L’arôme des céréales et du malt, pas mal bon pour le style! Le goût est du malt, céréales avec une finition très peu amer. Un bon lager.
GarrettB (1093) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
August 17th, 2012 - Another Swans beer, and another underwhelming brew. In my last Swans review I mistakenly assumed that this was a beer from somewhere in Alaska, on a long string of stops provided by a cruise. As it turns out, this is the beer available in Victoria, B.C., which means if I should be callous and unfair to any region, it shouldn’t be Alaska. Like the brown ale, Swans lager is nothing special. Unlike the brown ale, this is not a repulsive beer. It has a light, corn-infused aroma, and corn in the flavor too, with a light and refreshing palate which might fit better in a region nuzzled closer to the equator than the West coast of Canada. Thus, this is a beer that is out of place, and as such, the overwhelming notes of corn come off as dull, boring, and a waste of calories that could have been better invested.
WheatKing (1306) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught (the only one I hadn’t had). Gold, white head. Nose is cereal, floral hops, pear. Flavour is same, malt is somewhat crackery... the hop profile is classic Noble but the malt is pretty heavy to be a helles. Maybe "towne" signifies British lager a la Carling, who knows. I liked the floral/pear quality here, though.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Verbatim from notes 16JUL11
Golden/honey ale with no head, no surface. Brilliant clarity. Some nice honey blossom notes on the nose. Some grain, hops presence of unk nature. A sweet but simple beer. Lager yeast is actually present in the taste, but not bad. Thin with low cab. Dry finish. Okay, drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
kramer (5095) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours a clear pale yellow body with a small wispy white head that faded to a thin film. The nose is nice clean pale malt, minimal to no hops, but rather clean and crisp for a Pale Lager. The flavor is not especially crisp[ though, mostly pale bready malt but also a fairly noticeable corn note. Minimal to no hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied with sticky and clingy corn and fizzy carbonation. Blah, Coors Light crowd stuff.
Tmoney99 (11076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Poured clear golden color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Medium balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.
LarryBeast (536) - - JUN 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @Swans. Golden amber with minimal head. Butterscotch and biscuity caramel malt aroma with lemon zest. Alcohol warmth. Dry, light-bodied and quaffable. Good little hop zing in the aftertaste.
solidfunk (4478) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A little less likeable than the Arctic Ale. Looks the same with some clear gold pour but this one has lacing. Some candied maltin aroma. Somewhat more like German trash than Canadian trash. Bordering the line of offensiveness, Booze comes through in finish. On tap at brewpub.
riversideAK (5626) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Similar in character to the arctic. Bread and grain light noble hop. Golden fizzy thin foam. Grain water light grass and noble hop notes. Lacking in depth or character but with no flaws.
thb (707) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear pale yellow, not much head. It is what it is, it does it well and with minimal fuss. Grainy german malts x noble hops x no funny business = crisp, dry, drinkable, balanced, slightly bland.