beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied dortmunder/helles. Malts are mild, slightly sweet and a touch fruity. Hops are mild as well. Spicy and citrusy, but not very bitter. This is a very well balanced beer. It smooth as silk and very clean tasting. Nice ‘lager’. Excellent gateway beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
mrhenry (10) - USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It's a good beer. Not a fan favorite at the VFW but most of those guys drink whiskey.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and refreshing, yet still lots of flavor. Almost a sweet caramel taste to it. Makes me proud to be from Virginia.
jgb9348 (4654) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2003 Gold in colour, mild in smell...strong taste-more like a nice ale! In fact, I prefer this beer over the Dominion Ale!
Re-rate: Golden body with a very dense, fluffy white head. Very hoppy aroma, dry-hopped with Saaz. Malty taste, perfectly mixed with nice hops. A great beer...I had this on draught at the brewery tour. Tasted at the Dominion Brewery in Ashburn, Virginia on 23-August-2003.
hopscotch (8866) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Bottle... I’ve tasted this beer at several parties and bars. Nothing kills a group buzz like a guy scribbling in a notebook. This used to be one of my favorite stand-bys. This brew really reminds me of a Vienna style lager.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden colour with a white head. Failry crisp. A dortmunder with tendencies towards a pilsener. A hint of caramel as well. I like it. It’s not incredie, but well made and easy to drink.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice tan color with a wispy, white head that doesn’t stick around. Aroma leaves a little to be desired - not bad, but not very noticable at all. Just lightly malty and imperceptable hops. The body on this is quite good - thick, yet clean. Nice caramel flavors with a clean, mildly hoppy finish. Very good, and a macroswilling friend was also able to enjoy this with me.
grymy (105) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good version of a helles but a little lighter then most, not a whole lot of aroma, but hey this beer kicks ass
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Magnificently put together! Its weakness, if there is one at all, is in the aroma department - I just don’t detect all that much there, despite the addition of Saaz (which should be pretty easy to notice). But I’m quibbling. This is otherwise the best Dort/Helles I’ve had and stands as a testament to the craft lager-brewer’s art. Crisp and well-carbed with a full-body lager taste.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rerate: Wow. Had a giant 4 way helles-off today and this and the Wolnzacher were the big winners. Major points for full malt, real tart yet still smooth, with loads of hallertau. Delicious! Original 1/08/02: Very impressive mouthfeel, and the head was as picture perfect as you can imagine. Light aroma, as one might expect. Tasted wonderful.