ReedBraman (3) - USA - JAN 3, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real good malt character. I love the aftertaste...has the malti-sweetness of an amber ale. Not strongly hopped but I donít really miss it. My only problem is that the 6 pack I got was very flat. Hardly a noise when I cracked each one. I feel that had this had more carbonation my rating would have been a full point higher (as would my drinking pleasure). Iím guessing this is mearly a production flaw; Iím sure Iíll give it another try seeing as itís my hometown brewery.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2007 Bottle drunk on 10/24/07
After a good run with American golden ales and lagers about a year ago, I havent had a good one in some time, so this was a pleasant and very unexpected surprise.
Lovely appearance definitely signals good things to come. Massive white head is wonderfully retained and shows moderate lacing. High clarity in this brilliant golden beer.
Freshly hopped with lemon and fresh, succulent herb and spice notes balancing the dry, but not overly attenuated maltiness that, while not incredibly complex, does still give an honest honey-dough-like character that is free from any stale or cereal-like qualities. Maybe a touch of waxiness or vanillin, but itís minor and not really apparent in the flavor. Yeast is not apparent in the aroma, nor alcohol. Medium-high strength.
Superb flavor, with a crisp finish full of yeast and bristling with dry, grassy-herbal hop notes. Elevated carbonation levels keep it highly drinkable and help distribute the residual malt sweetness. Definitely a bit of lagering flaws, though they are very light. Some waxiness and corn-like notes build up, giving the feel of artificial sweetners, but the hops and yeast crispness are so delightfully, I feel they outweigh the flaws.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This rating would be much higher, had I only taken a few sips. When in buffalo, why not try buffalo lager. I had no idea what kind of beer this was going in. Pour is a dark yellow, clearly we are dealing with a pilsener. Looks ok. Smells pretty darn good actually. Spicey german-style hops. The flavor is ok, but thereís a slightly sweet aftertaste that I just donít care for. Gets difficult to drink after a while.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2007
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours yellow with a bit of haze. Head was white and left in a hurry. Malty nose with a bit of soap or something of the like, not quite skunky, but along those lines, some pre-burnt popcorn notes. Tastes of biscut and bread, a bit sweet, that finishes with an attempt at hop crispness, but it lingers a bit. Not bad. Not a stand out, but not bad
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with jasonmech77 - Opened with a big hiss. Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a big ass white head that finally settles into a small foam island. Very actice carbonation. As the head slowly settled, it left some nice clumpy lacing behind. Has a soapy, pear aroma. Quite funky. Has a light citrus and malt flavor. Light body. If you can get past the aroma, itís not to bad. Thanks Jason.
DocLock (7829) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I could have sworn that I rated this. Anyhow, it is pale golden with medium head. Aroma is pale malt, slight hopcitrus and honey. The flavor is pale malty, slighty crisp, with finishing hops and some citrus. Not terrible, but not a repeater.
jason (1680) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle Poured a pale golden body with decent size head. Aroma is overly buttered popcorn, ripe melon, cucumber. Flavor is of grainy malt with a bitterness kicking in near the end of the sip. Not all of this was bad but it is in need of some serious recipe change.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Lemon yellow body and loose, sudsy white head. Aroma of melon, tropical fruits, light butter, and nutty pale malt. Diacetyl leads in the flavor, along with some light bell pepper tones and an element of sweet corn and medium bitterness in the finish. I would have pegged this as a Dortmunder. Regardless, this is not a memorable beer experience.
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden color with a thick and fizzy white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing around the top of the glass. The aroma is faintly hoppy with a hint of malt. Light-bodied and crisp with a weak floral hops flavor supported by a surprisingly sweet undertone. Malty flavor stays there through the finish, making this one lean toward the sweet side throughout. The finish is rather short as well. Below average.
blkitson (158) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a golden murky color with a head that wouldnít stop. No particular after taste, no particular taste at all. Could easily compare it to one of the big three main beers