Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium yellow, light density of tiny particles. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, light bread), lightly hoppy (herbs, grass), trace yeast (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately bitter, lightly acidic, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Very nice flavor balance with good body and no astringency, but the aroma isn’t very assertive or interesting, and there’s a bit of grain husks in the aftertaste. Bottle was fresh (sampled within two months from bottling date).
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottled 5/9/2) This former GABF gold medal winner has always been a favorite of mine. Nice golden color with a thin white head. The palate is malt driven with the hops coming on later. The body of the beer is medium. I find this beer to be very good and subtlety complex.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has been in my ’backyard’ for the last seven years... and I’m just now trying it. I’m ashamed... because it’s such a jewel. I was completely caught off guard with this one. Nothing what I expected. I expected a light-tasting micro that was targeting macro-drinkers. I got the opposite. A REAL lager with flavor, some tasty sourness, and a lovely tart finish. Hennes’ reference to the GLBC Dort was right on.
argo0 (11960) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with decent head. Nice sweet Saaz hoppy aroma. Good bitterness on the tongue, not much maltiness. Clean/crisp, dry. Very pleasant lager.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reminds me a lot of Great Lakes’ Dortmunder - the same clean bite of hops rising through a hearty malt.
HighlanderOne (1051) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty, nice mouthfeel. A solid lager. Great with pizza.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2005 My appreciation of this one has grown over time. Pretty bright gold. Nose lightly hoppy, biscuity and toasty malts. Flavor very crisp, light lemony hint, plenty of malts. Really nice stuff.
chrisvonsimson99 (8) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2002 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice example.
lagerman99 (66) - USA - JAN 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
If I lived in Virginia, this would be my everyday beer. You guys are lucky who live near enough to enjoy the strong clean flavor, beautifully accented, of this brew.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice lager, good flavor. Also as hennes mentioned, it also reminds me of the Great Lakes Dortmunder. Also would have to give the edge to Dortmunder as being the better beer.