DocLock (8002) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one was not good, and for a kettle series, Iíd like to see a beer that isnít phoned in. Pours pale gold with 2-finger white head. Not much in the nose or taste, slightly better than Bud or Coors, but this beer isnít worth pissing on if it was on fire (although drinking it will cost you 2 piss breaks due to the volume and wateryness).
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I guess I was the only one. It is a pale lager, that does not mean it is bad. Probably the best pale lager Iíve ever had. Nose is that of light grainy malt, cereal, grass, and a hint of lemon. Pours very pale golden with not much head. The flavor has hints of light grain, cereal, a touch of sourdough bread, and light grassy crispness in the finish. Light bodied, super sessionable, very enjoyable. I wish I had more.
hayduke (3422) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another beer enjoyed with Strykzone via Facebook chat. This poured a clear light gold, with a small white head and light lacing. Nose is mild with some grass, grain, and flowers. The body is light however the mouthfeel is smooth. The flavor is simple and grains and grass. At the very end of the finish some bitterness shows itself. This is good for the style, and with the low ABV would indeed be a good beer for a warm summer day. I drank this a little on the warm side (about 45 degrees F) and it might be a little better a few degrees colder but I probably got more of the aroma and flavors at this temperature.
boFNjackson (4156) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle... Poured pale yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is off-pungent, yeasty and musky. Thin body. Honey, light sweetness, cracker malty, lemon, and dry finish.
Strykzone (5042) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Hayduke who I enjoyed with via Facebook chat. This might be my favorite Pale Lager. There are the typical drawbacks of the style such as pale straw color and thin feel. There is also some nice flavor. I get lemon pudding, grain, and grass. That low ABV is a huge plus and it gets extra credit for it. Appropriately named. With this beer a session could last all weekend.
Reid (1938) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 22 oz bomber.
Slight aroma of bread, light whiffs of cheese for some reason.
Ugly looking beer..insipid pee colour..least the small white head hangs around.
Taste papery, bread, some lemongrass. Really very little to it
Macro-lager palate to it..average.
Overall pretty bad stuff here.í
Get a 40 of MHL or PBR save you money.
Ok rating the recent canned version.
Pours a nice bright golden yellow with a very nice sized thick and bubbly white head.
Aroma of cream corn and lemon peel.
Smooth semi sweet lager taste..some hops in the finish.
Good summery mouthfeel.
Changed my mind about this one..a good low alc lager for the summer and dirt cheap nowadays.
theisti (3276) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of bvc. Pour is a clear light golden with a two inch foamy white head that breaks up with big bubbles, but retains nicely. Falls with some thin lacing. Aroma is faint cereal grain, along with a touch of sweetness that is somewhere between apple honey and fruit stripe gum. Taste is pretty blah, some cardboardish grain malt, followed by (less) of the fruit sweetness from the nose, finishing with some dusty dirtiness. As it warms, quite a bit of typical macro pale lager rice type taste to it. Gets a bunch less pleasant. Palate is light (though on the medium side of light) bodied with slightly less carbonation than I expected. The finish is clean initially, then after taste gradually shows some of the dusty dirtiness again. Not all that great, though I always love to try a new lager. Thanks Brandon.
bvc (1160) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle recently picked up at Johnís Market and labeled íKettle Seriesí. First of all, didnít know that Caldera was bottling now...guess it is something new...and wondering why when they have a canning line. Pours a really light crystal clear straw yellow. With a smaller but uniform and tightly carbonated pure white head that quickly dissipates to a small ring around my glass. Nose is sweet floral and honey with light pils malt and hints of sweet rice. Feels like you would expect a lager to feel like, light body with moderate carbonation that is better the colder the beer is. Lightly sweet honey rice with light biscuity malt and some grass...some butter sneaks in a bit towards the end but fades into clean hay infused watery finish. Can this so i can throw it in the cooler on ice and I might go for another.