marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Little to no aroma. Orangish brown color. Nutty, fruity, with a light malt flavor and a dryish finish. Generally weak with a thin palate and little duration. Better than Bud but still needs to be solidified in all areas.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. So I’m skeptical, but things start off decent enough... pour is a nice coppery amber with a dense one finger head and quite a bit of carbonation. Aromas? OK, maybe a bit of apple juice concentrate sweetness and maybe some floral hops. Flavor is very thin throughout... but there is a bitterness from the hops that surfaces now and again... it’s not quite powerful enough to fully assert itself, but it is detectable (especially in the aftertaste.) Better than most AB swills, but if they want to play microbrewer for a while, they should be able to do better than this.
boFNjackson (3921) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Bottle... Poured an amber red/orange with a slightly off-white head, nice lacing. Hoppy aroma that’s very earthy and spicy. Well carbonated and a decently hopped flavor with balancing malt. It’s nothing surprisingly new, but would make a good session. I’m impressed by Bud. I still hate bud, but this really impressed me.
SSSteve (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
a clear amber pour with a small white head and good lace. aroma is of light caramel malts but still very drab. flavors of tea, caramel malt and an extremely light hop addition(but it’s there!). hints at an english style pale actually. i must say it is quite refreshing.
milwaukeebeer (41) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
i wanna be cruel to the macro, but i have to admit i enjoyed this one. toasted malt aroma compliments the deep amber color. decent off white head was a complete surprise as was the lacing. flavor with hints of hops and roasted malts and caramel. slightly dry finish. solid effort
kidmartinek (2971) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Draught:
A dark amber beer with a small off-white head but always maintaining it due to the beautiful constant carbonation. The apearance is clear but dark. It has the aroma of toasted malt, hay, grass, and barley. Taste is full, slightly heavy, and is a good balance of European Noble hops and a mix of 2 and 6 row malts with the hops dominating. The finish has a faint sweetness so the kidz will still drink it. The texture is medium light... and it tastes like American beer.
Pours rich caramel color half a glass of foam, that settles down to a thick film and holds a while. The aroma has some cascade and caramel tones. The flavor is full and tasty but not overpowering or too heavy. It leaves a lite, intricate lacing. The beer exhibits excellent carbonation. The finish is clean and hoppy with a palatable bitterness.
ToddA (21) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft- Interesting for AB but for the most part a lackluster ’craft beer’ from the giant. May appeal to those stepping into ’craft’ realm.
No discernible malt and restrained hop character. Awkward metalic note in finish probably simialr to licking a keg.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Fox and Hound in Tucson. Not very exciting. but better than most of their stuff. Some fruit on the aromas, and some but not much on the flavor. The finish was somewhat bitter, but mostly metallic.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On tap at a local bar. Is amber in color with a off white head. Has little or no aroma at first. The bar served it ice cold. Has a light and watery body to it. Not as light as a regular bud. But still watery nonetheless. Taste was nonexistent until it warmed up a bit. Once warm I could smell some slight caramel sweetness. And it was very slight. Taste when warmer had a slight caramel sweet taste to it and a very subtle fruity flavor. Overall this was a big disappointment. I guess I shouldn’t have expected so much from ’the king’., but I did. This wasn’t as bad a regular bud, but is not far behind it. I might re-rate after I try a bottled version. But I doubt it.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Market Street in Allen, TX.
Pours a very nice looking amber, off-wheat head. Nice aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is nice as well, faint sweetness of caramel malt, nice hop flavor, with a noticable light bitter kick. Palate is light-medium body, high carbonation, easy to drink. Overall, it’s pretty good, will finish the six pack.....Im glade they made a pretty good beer.....