sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rediish copper, minimal head, very thin lacing. Aromais sweet, dominant malts, almost no hop spice. Flavor is more of the same. Malts are decently toasty, nutty, and flavorful, but there is absolutely no balance here. When the hops do make an appearance, it’s a mild, grassy bit in the finish. Not bad, especially considering the low price point of this product. This brewery used to bottle Schlafly beers under contract of St Louis brewery, and did a good job with those.
hotdogs (13) - chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2005
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
it’s the color of that little bit of coke that is left when all the ice cubes melt in your glass. a little fruit in the nose (raspberry?) but heavier on the lemon/lime smell, also a fairly pronounced toastiness. the mouthfeel is fine, but pretty light. this is one of the weirdest beers i’ve had. there is no balance at all. it has a similar sweetness/carmel flavor as broadside, but with none of the body, then there’s this american industrial lager toastiness that’s tied into a hay flavor with an actually sharp bitterness, seemingly without resins, like they had an addition of straight alpha acids. it is so weird deffinately not reccomended. colin and i agree that old style is a finer selection.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber with a quickly disappearing head. Aroma is hardly there, a hint of malt. Taste is moderately sweet with notes of caramel, toffee. Palate was pretty thin. Pretty boring but not foul.
Rib Eye (148) - USA - SEP 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweetish amber;enitrely drinkable and not too filling. Trader Joe’s brews are dependable fridge stockers.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mild malt,hint of nuttyness with a dryish finsh. Not much to this but is was cheap,drinkable and still better than MGD(which isn’t saying much)
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
okay, this beer didn’t suck as much as i expected it to. smells malty and sour (which i take to be hops), and looks like an amber. taste is largely malt but finishes with some bitterness and leaves a sweet aftertaste. too thin...still drinkable.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A nice medium caramel color. Slight hoppy aroma. Not much flavor to be had here, slightly hoppy with some lingering sweetness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pleasant caramel and toffee malts. Palate was thin and very foamy - took away all of the good flavors.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Better than most lagers. Nice hoppy nose, very thin head, lightly hoppy in the taste, aftertaste of soap, yet smooth. Drier than an amber ale.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored liquid w/ quickly diminishing white head. Heavy caramel malt (expected) aroma and a slightly grassy hop, and even a little toasty. Well balanced w/ toasty and caramel malt with some hop flavor in finish and aftertaste, otherwise pretty clean. Nope, I take that back, there is a diacetyl in the finish as it warms. Also finishes on the dry side. Lighter body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex. Not something I'd seek out, but not bad to have if it's sitting in front of you.