sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Taste is malty, caramel, some hop finish crisp.
Nothing special, and still nothing I would buy.
djd07 (8832) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poura s clear amber color with a small off white head. The aroma is a faint caramel and raisin malt. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is a bready malt with a light carmel. Easy to drink with a nice dry finish, didnt taste the "hop finish" as advertised but glad to see AB finally coming around to the craft brews.
Skinnyviking (8597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Medium high creamy and lasting offr-white head. Clear dark brown body. Mild caramel malt aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with a lot of carbonation and a short sweet aftertaste.
alexsdad06 (8442) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle from shigadeyo. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sizedfine off white head. It actually looks better than I had expected. With the aroma, I picked up mildly sweet caramel malt, a light roasted quality, some floral/herbal hops, and a very slight citrus note. At this point I’m still interested. The flavor has nothing offensive about it, its just a bit watered down. This beer has decent balance between the caramel malt and the lighter hop flavors. There is a slight bitterness to the finish. Light to medium bodied and it is pretty smooth. Overall, my expectations were exceeded by this one.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Ruby-amber color with a light tan head. A mostly noble hop aroma. Malty flavor with spice and grass that turns slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Some creaminess. Malt lingers with a light fruitiness and spice.
douglas88 (8109) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 11, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Smiths. Pours a light amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is pretty light; some floral hops and light malts. The taste was also quite light, but decent; some caramel malts, light hops in the body, and a larger hop contingent in the finish. Very clean and decent. A drinkable brew.
Ibrew2or3 (8010) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stollen from Kevin Murphy of MST3K fame:
"POUR - presents medium-amber, resembling a well worn baseball glove. Pale head starts large then disappears quickly, but with a firm pledge to be back in 2012.
NOSE - Initially sweet and malty, mild citrus hop notes, fading quickly to reveal a strong base note of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Hints of buttered toast, Kodiak snuff and air burps after a meal at Arbyís.
BODY - Paunchy, with skinny legs and more than a little hair. Mouthfeel reminescent of French-kissing a Teamster.
TASTE - Smooth, subtle, nuanced - wait, thatís my tongue. The beer isnít giving me anything. Okay, thereís some malt, and something resembling hops, although not exactly hops; more like a photocopy of a picture of some hops. However, a dominant flavor is taking hold now, familiar, seductive. Itís the flavor of marketing. Aftertaste leaves me bitter, clinging to religion and guns.
CONCLUSION: This is a beer for those who would prefer to drink regular Budweiser but who have girlfriends. If youíre a Sam Adams Drinker, save your money and pour this into old Sam bottles. Keep in mind that Anheuser-Busch is now owned by a bunch of Belgians who have flooded the world market with their inexplicably popular version of carbonated urine, Stella Artois. Ultimately, those seeking gusto will be more satisfied with Schlitz."
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Really not bad at all. Pours with a small, off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Clear amber body underneath. Aroma is slightly hoppy with light caramel malt. Taste is hoppy with a little bit of caramel. Really not bad or at all. Lightly fizzy.
blipp (7902) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off white head. The aroma has caramel candy and light hops. The flavor is malty sweet with caramel and a touch of hops. surprisingly tolerable.
drowland (7807) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Got this as a pre-release sample from a distributor/salesman. Pours copper with a large lingering head. The aroma is corny like a Bud beer but hoppy like a pale ale; makes me wonder if there are adjuncts. The flavor is a bit malty sweet with a dry hop sensation that is noticeable yet subtle and leaves the tongue literally feeling dry. Itís almost like a Budweiser Pale Ale or something.