fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2012
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Clear gold to amber pour with a 2 finger, creamy white head. Somewhat sweet and toasty malt in the nose along with some grassy, lighty floral hops. Flavor is cereal, toast, bread... then some nasty vegetal and off, boozy (fusel maybe) notes come in. Light body, dry feel and light, fairly sharp carbonation and a lingering feeling on the palate, sort of an odd, boozy, spicy sweetness that I associate with fusel alcohol, but it seems to last forever. Too bad, the aroma showed at least a sliver of promise, but it tastes like cheap malt liquor after a couple drinks permeate my taste buds.
sawbuck (638) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Faint aroma of malt...nice light amber color. Sweet malt is nice in front. Finishes sweet with tiny amounts of hops. Highly carbonated.....refreshing. Flavor is very singular....but not bad.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
first outta the mixed 12pk, thanks Judes, you finally bought something i haven’t had before .. . pours honey gold .. medium head, lacing is respectable .. . a corny bastard- some husk and hay too .. a rather dirty beer- but the best outta the pack
.. . . Sorry if I upset any other asthmatics.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a golden color with whisper white colored head. Aroma is sweet fruit and grass. Taste is pretty sweet grass and some bubblegum malt.
poisoneddwarf (2297) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the variety pack. First of all, this is an awesome idea for a beer. I’ve always wondered what BMC beers tasted like pre-Prohibition. Whether or not this is even close to what they really tasted like, though, is another matter! Pours a clear deep old gold with a resilient white head that leaves cobwebby lace after it falls. Aroma is corny, citrus powder drink, other grain(s), bland. Taste is sweet and finishes a little dry. Seems to be more flavorful than modern day Bud, but not by a huge margin. Nothing like a real pilsener, but I gotta give these guys credit for thinking outside the box. I guess we’ll never know what the original recipe actually tasted like, but at least they tried to replicate it (or at least were inspired by it). The bottom line is that this is definitely an improvement over any other product with "Bud" in the name made by AB/InBev (although I still haven’t tried the other two beers in the variety pack yet--those are up next), and it’s historically interesting, but this is still pretty unspectacular.
Ernest (7373) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain, husks), trace hops (herbs), with notes of DMS, ammonia, concrete.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, unclean.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Remarkably (and somewhat surprisingly) dirty. Raw husky malt, lots of DMS and dirty phenols...there’s really nothing pleasant in the nose at all. I expected this to be something along the lines of Sam Adams in quality, maybe low to mid 2’s, but this is down there in quality with standard Budweiser swill.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2012 bottle. clear sparkling gold body with a tall-building white head, large bubbled, diminishing into a two-finger foam layer. quiet and simple nose, mostly clean other than for touches of ammonia and bleach; airy, dusty cobweb yeast sniffed from the dying head. very quiet and basic nose, but not offputting; even the the ammonia is mild enough to almost ignore. medium-light body with a round, full carbonation presence on the front, but it quickly turns to burnt popcorn-flavored malts, egg shell / sulfur yeast and both tasting and feeling like chalk / shale. sourish green / wet hops; no lovely hallertauer touches, no tettnanger spice, only husky pilsner malt and rough, raw, green astringent hop bitterness. Bitburger kills this stuff.
bhensonb (14177) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a Grocery Outlet. Pours dark gold with a large off-white head that tried to lace. Aroma is clean with touch of pale malt and some light noble hop. Med body. Flavor is bready/sweet. Very little hop. However, it is fairly tasty; drinks well.
PorterPounder (7430) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Panama City, Fl - Carousel Market - 12 oz bottle. Medium golden , sparkling pour - little to no head. Aroma is pretty much neutral, hints of grain. Flavor is pleasant, hints of honey sweetness, some baked bread, just hint of vanilla. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Decent and refreshing.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz twist-off bottle, mixed 12pk. Yellow Label. Pours clear, golden color. White head, big bubbles. Aromas of straw, Autumn leaves. Better lacing than the LA brew. Tastes of cardboard box, spicy hops. Peppery tingle. Lager yeast esters. Some honey character, with pale malts, sweet. Sweet finish, odd salt air notes. For the style, I could see myself sipping this at an outdoor cafe on some cobblestone street in some ancient European town. This one is the best of the pack, not that it is anything special.