TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a pretty much clear straw yellow, well carbonated with a decent whitish head that turns to loose bubbles, dies to a non-existent film. Minimla lacing. Aromas are some light skunky pilsner malts, floral and grassy hops are light, cereal grains and bread. Simple, a little off putting for me. Initial is bread and cereal grains first and foremost, light bodied with a touch of honeyed grains, light grassy hops, no real spice though. Smooth and goes down easy, but nothing really there.. sure there is a light crisp malt body, but it needs a kick of hops to give it life and balance. Dissappointing for me. Probably not a bad beer, but one that lacks balance, life, and frankly leaves me little desire to drink it aside from choosing over Macros and "Premium Lagers" like Heineken. Ploy.
bpreo (1550) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another American style Pale Lager, brewed in Wisconsin. This is as basic as it gets, and that’s a good thing.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a clear pale golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Has a mildly sweet pale malty nose with some earthy noble hops and a touch of lager yeasty esters. Starts with average fullness and a good light malty sweetness giving way to a crisp grassy hop bitterness before a smooth bittersweet finish. Pale lager is not one of my favorite styles, but this one is done fairly well.
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Well, this certainly is very similar to the American pale lager. Pours a rich clear golden with a small fizzy frothy white head. Aroma of corn biscuit and light vanilla. Flavor follows, seems creamy like vanilla, or probably more like rice, light hop bitterness. Light bodied, big carbonation, jell-o like feeling.
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a cleared gold, expected more head. Typical pilsner aroma, just some malt with hints of hops. Good malt lager/pilsner flavor. Light body. Not bad.
twindadplus2 (591) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden color with a white foamy head. Aroma is light grassy hops and grain. Flavor is a tingle of hops at first and a light hit of sweet toasty malt. Lightly bitter crisp finish. The palate is light and refreshing with lively carbonation. Nothing outrageous but it’s what a pale lager should be.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 10, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is grainy malt, light grassy hops, and hay. Flavor is cereal, grass, bready, with a good bit of bitterness.
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear gold with a very creamy 1 finger white head that is well sustained by a rater high effervescence if not natural retention. Aroma is sweet, dry grass, raw grain, cereal, half baked bread hay and maybe just a hint of scalloped corn. Flavor is sweet white bread, cereal grain, grass, baby sweet corn, light toasty malts and some nice, crisp mineral notes to finish. Palate is fairly light bodied with a creamy entry, soft, but lively carbonation and crisp, nearly neutral (leaning to the dry side) finish. What a great pale lager! One that really hits all the right notes for me. It may not be the most intense or complex brew ever, but very well balanced and very pleasant on the palate.
Brigadier (2945) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
A run of the mill pale lager this was everything I expected and nothing more. Bridging the divide between macro beers and well crafted local releases this is what I would picture in a gateway drink. Not too flavorful it probably won’t appeal to the serious craft beer fan. On the other hand it thumps a watered light pale ale so might be nice to offer to someone who could not appreciate a giant bold sour or imperial stout.
Aroma / Appearance - Lively and carbonated the body looks a little like a darker champagne. The dirty white head had a bit of grime but not too murky. Slightly soured honey nut cheerios stand out from the generic wheat foundation. Hardly exciting it does get the point across effectively.
Flavor / Palate - A smoothie made from honey nut cheerios and lemonade forms a fruity light taste. Gold leaf, melon, and golden grahams follow before a mildly bitter finish. Hardly shocking this is palatable. I doubt I would keep around a six pack but if this makes Capital some money I hope they continue to sell it around their market.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured yellow and cklear with white head and aromas of pale malts and hops taste is crisp and light wuold make a goo lawnmower beer