rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Local brewery for me which is nice to see. This lager was long waited for by me and I appreciate the overall flavor, characteristics of this brew.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It had an interesting hazy appearance with lively visible carbonation and a deep or old gold color. The head builds up big, thick and foamy. It has a light creamy tan color with some speckles of brown yeast sediment from the bottle.
Smell: The aroma has hints of floral and earthy hops and yeast.
Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has pleasant light bready malt presence with an earthy yeast character. Also there is a slightly astringent hint of green apple and mild hops that adds a nice balance of bitterness. The hop flavor fades off nicely into the semi-dry finish. Its carbonation is good and lively with a slick easy drinking texture and light to medium body.
Notes: This is a good solid brew.
ClarkVV (5250) - 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.
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I agree with the last few reviews. This is an ok beer. 12 ounce bottle from Glenville beverage. Ours a cloudy golden color. Head was nice but it disappeared so quickly leaving no lace. Hoppy, not very bitter. Carbonation is nice, not over powering. Smooth taste. I would have this one again. Im wasnít sure if I would like this one. I feel ba dabout being skeptical of local beers, but Imlearning we have a lot of nice beers in New York State. Ask me, Ill tell you all I know. Should take 2 minutes, but seriously, NY brews some nice beers. Im actually surprised that the rating is only 19. Surprises me.
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.
blipp (7863) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Appearance: Almost clear pale gold, thick white head. Aroma: Citrusy hops dominates. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Very crisp and fresh. Hops is well balanced by a nice sweet malty back. Lemon, honey, a hint of spice. Overall: I had to knock it up a few points for being a home town brew. Not an excellent beer but very drinkable and enjoyable.
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich gold appearance. Typical hops/malt lager aroma profile, but with a surprising berryfruit accent. Both refreshing and rich flavoured, with a pleasant gritty mouthfeel and evident quality ingredients. Well-balanced hops and malt flavour with a spoonful of strawberry on top. A quality lager.
SoBloHero (56) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A better beer than its rating gives it credit for. Very drinkable, nice overall flavor
pete4999 (1394) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Huh...I couldíve sworn that I drank and rated this just a few weeks ago. I had it on tap at Colter Bay in Buffalo, NY. Regardless, this was a bottle. Poured a clear gold, light bubbling...nice little islands on the head. Smells of toffee, banana bread. Taste is similar, really thin mouthfeel, easy to drink.
guzzler67 (1644) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden yellow appearance with a large, billowy white head. Muted aroma; malty, a bit flowery. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Smooth, malty taste; some hops are detectable but not prominent. Thankfully lacks the vegatel, rice/corn adjuncts that often spoil this style.