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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
After some 35 years of absence, SABMiller re-released the historical Gettelman $1000 beer at the Miller Inn on September 6, 2007. Brewed from a recipe in the A Gettelman Brewing Co. archives dating from 1891 to 1961 and by Millerís archives from 1961 to 1971, this 100% all malt premium beer carried a challenge to anyone who could prove that anything besides malt, water yeast and hops was used would receive $1000 award.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2008
When I saw this elegant looking bottle at a beer fest recently I was immediately drawn in. Once I saw it was from Miller, I thought, well this must be something good judging by the label. ::first red flag:: Taking a slow motion sip after thoroughly cleansing my palate I at first taste a very familiar taste. I am instantly brought back 3 years but the flashback is very hazey, im not sure where I am yet. ::second red flag:: I continue on and then the taste, aroma and everything about the beer slowly begins to spark something in my (by this time very beer saturated) brain. ::third and final red flag:: I realize that I am tasting something incredibly and quite frankly not suprisingly similar to a Miller Genuine Draft or of equal standards. It is grainy, it is malted and watery beyond description. A lowpoint of the day that lasts a mere minute, but definately the longest minute of my life in 2007. :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pour is golden and full of carbonation, smallish head. Aroma is grainy, a bit citric and bicuity. Flavor is mildly bitter (Iím guessing Saaz) which is balanced nicely with some bready malt. Palate is very clean, very drinkable lager. Kind of reminded me of Heilemens Old Style before the buyout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Shared by Skyview, who somehow convinced Miller to fill a growler of this. Thanks Bob. This is really good for the kind of beer this is. Very grainy, some corn and lots of barley (even though there is no corn in it). Interesting color, sort of a medium gold and a substantial white head. Well carbonated. The aroma and flavor also have considerable malt and hops. Salty. Full palate. A pale lager canít get much better without turning in to a pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 [Growler, big thanks go to Skyview for somehow managing to acquire this beer!] Pours golden with a nice lingering white head. Aroma is grainy. Taste is very malty with some hops towards the end. Long finish with a taste that I canít quite pinpoint but that is very pleasant--excellent. Good mouthfeel. Very smooth. This was a fairly well done beer that, despite a few weaknesses, was extremely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Many thanks to Skyview for procuring a bottle of this gem for us. Gold colored body with a lightly citrus hopped biscuit nose. Similar taste, but very smooth. Couldnít help but recall the Das Bierhaus pils - which is a very good comparison. A solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Thanks a ton to Skyview for procuring some of this. Pours a medium golden yellow color. Nice lemony, biscuity orangy, and an almost cornlike nose. Full bodied with a good dose of citrus and floral hops. There is a slight astringency, but very slight and it could have to do with the floral hops on the finish. A very nice lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
On draught and cask drawn at the Miller Inn in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rating based on the cask drawn version: Pours a clear golden pale brew with a thick white head that has good retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma of light bready malt with a touch of honey, floral hops and a touch of buttery citrus. Taste is smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a mild bitterness on top of the light bready malt. Finish has a sharp mild bitterness at first and then a clean, crisp aftertaste that has a lingering mild bitterness. The detected Saaz and Hallertauer hops give this a character of a light British Mild beer with a bready flavor. Yet, very refreshing all-malt beer and a wonderful opportunity to try this historical beer.

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