Hysteria (38) - USA - APR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a mega brewery in the U.S. should be marketing. Very nice clean taste with a modest character. Tastes like a micro brewed light beer on draft.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Before tasting this, I feel it necessary to say that it follows an earlier tasting of the Victory Prima Pils...unfair, perhaps, but those are the breaks. To begin, this one starts out with a lightly hazy, medium gold color and decent white head. The aroma is actually quite nice...surprisingly good, in my opinion, and a very nice beginning for any pils. The flavor is also fairly nice, though not enough so to make this a superior pils. Crisp and clean, and more akin to the Bohemian pilseners than standard pilseners, this one is nice but doesn't measure up to the standards of, for example, a Czechvar. However, better than expected based on others' ratings.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a little bit of a sweet, almost melon like flavor in it. An ok beer but not as good as other Goose Island brews.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I didn't care for this at all. Pours very light straw with almost no head. The aroma is boring and uneventful. The flavors are bland to dull. The most disappointing Goose Island beer I can remember, save maybe the Kilgubbin red.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 re-rate. Golden color beer. Good balance of mild hops and crisp malts. Dry finish. A good example.
joet (2383) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not terrible. A bit sweet and the hops are at least distinguishable as having deep grassy notes. Muddy but substantial lagery flavors. Foamy.
tex (52) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like other Goose Island beers far better. I think this seems like it’s trying too hard to be different.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent, although there’s a slight off note.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Czechy, but also not. Not as soapy/oily in the mouthfeel as some...but still a real quality nose here. Then some snappy hops do indeed keep it crisp. The malt is like a saltine cracker. Let’s see if this guy loses some quality points in the warm-up, shall we?
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pleasant surprise. After tasting a bunch of cheap foreign lagers today, I now turn to this quality pils from Chicago and the aroma and flavor are a nice change from El Salvadoran brews. Adequate Saazy crispness with a bit of spice to liven things up. Nice, but a far cry from Czechvar, the gold standard in pils brews.