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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"The combination of barley and caramel malts and choice hops results in a clean, malty beer."


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5504) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Hazy amber with a tall, frothy & bubby light beige head that laces as it quickly fades, leaving island-like clumps of foam floating upon the top of the drink. The aroma is sweet malts with a fruity overtone. The flavor is nice and malty, but any hopping is negligible. It the finish is malty sweet with a slight metallic bitterness. Not sure why this is a "Pale Lager" when it comes across more like an American dark

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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2007
(Bottle) Pours an amber color with a little bit of a fizzy head. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is much of the same, and somewhat one-dimensional. No off flavors, but nothing too exciting. Definitely not a pale lager though...

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (5004) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention. Aroma is caramel and grain. Lots of lacing remains on the glass. Earthy, dry, roasted flavors. Metal. Dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate effervescence.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a full inch of snow white foam. Smell: Exceedingly meager aroma of toasted malts and little else. Taste: Sweet toasted malts -- all of it very light, mind you. Fruity addition of apple skins. Touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, crisp, but ultimately watery finish. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus, slightly effervescent carbonation. Drinkability: This one just comes up far, far too short in flavor and body, going well beyond easy-drinking and refreshing to be wholly uninteresting. Skip it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kseecs16 (1207) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Aroma is faint, a bit mettalic. Dark amber with a wispy thin off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. Flavor is toasty malt, nice roast character with little to no hops flavor. Active carbonation, light body.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle on 11/14/2009 from Trader Joes - Short Pump. Very clear copper amber body with a large foamy off-white head. Sweet toasty and slightly nutty aroma. Sweet toasty flavor, some dry graininess. Medium light body with moderately low carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
(Sample Date: 11/14/2009 Source:Other) 12 oz bottle. Nutty and toasty malt aroma. Clear dark golden with a small white head. Caramel maltiness with light spicy hop notes in flavor. Medium body and mouthfeel. Medium finish with a light residual bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle. So I bit on the beer with a funny name when I was at Trader Joe’s. Amber color with a little white head. Decent hop presence. Not a bad beer but nothing special.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3786) - - APR 1, 2007
honey orange color with a medium sized, off-white head. lots of lacing. somewhat drab aroma. flavor is boring too. very "lager-like" with not enough "amber" qualities as it claims.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (4023) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes (Short Pump), 2/23/10

Aroma: Nose has some caramel malts, bread, corn, and earthiness
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange color, light lace from a thin head
Flavor: Taste has some sweetness, lots of malty flavors, minimal hop presence
Palate: The body is light-medium, carbonation is fairly high, and the duration is quite short
Overall Impression: Overall, this one is a fairly average beer by all accounts. The taste is OK, the nose is OK, the look is OK, and the beer is OK. I don’t really have much to add to that, nothing special, but drinkable.


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