blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A super easy drinking lager like blonde ale. I was impressed. Very thirst quenching. Most people rate against this style because it lacks flavor and well, itís supposed to, ok.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dullishly pale and lighter toned lemony whitened yellow. Chill hazed body to start then clears up a bit. Grows an all encompassing bright, starchy white head as its poured. Settles slowly to a decent pinky high crunch of floppy foam. Tons of lacing in thick patches and strings coat the glass like sticky rice.
Mild yet complexingly sweet and breadish aroma of pale malt, grain, and very dull lemon/melon candy-like hints. Nice bready sweetness to it and Munich Helles-like tone.
Taste is quite nice and rounded with a fine and fluffy mildly complex bready sweetness. The taste itself is quite simple really, itís just got this overwhelming cleanness and a great length of tone and body to it; itís incredibly hard to put down. I just keep drinking it! Itís not over powering and itís not light either. Its dead on with a swift, clean kesa cut of pale malt sweetness, a bit pretzely, and grainy fluffed texture. Itís the length of tone and flavor that really stands out for me on this one.
Body is clean and wholesome with a semi fluffy texture of breads and grains. About medium bodied if not a bit more due to its caring and lengthy tone and character. Itís slightly sweet and yet paled down with a terrific profile of high crafted goodness.
Much like a well-forged katana, this stuff will cut right through you.
Damn easy to drink; and as if there ever was a doubt Great Divide could do something like this to a style that always lacks. Solid as the stance of a Samurai and lengthy as a cut from the blade of their wielding katana. This stuff is surprisingly beneficial and honorable. Osu!
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I donít know where the love for this beer is. It isnít terribly different than a lot of beers, but is is nicely flavored and balanced beer. This is my go to beer with really spicy wings, it is a wonderful combo. Give it a try.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 A pale golden pour with coloration hints of a blend of apple juice and green apple skins isnít hazy enough to hide steady, streaming carbonation that supports a thin white head. The thinly but fully lacing foamy topper lingers the whole time the beer is being consumed, bright and vibrant. Quite the sexy blonde ale. The nose is bready and fresh, not a hint of must or anything that Iíd deem offensive. Rather, this has a refreshing scent that commands multiple deep whiffs. Sweetness is barely apparent, a linear lemon note caressing the boundaries of the nose, dancing around grains and rice. This seems to have a German malt profile influence, or at least thatís where it leads. Very mellow hints of floral hops creep out as the temperature rises. The first sip reveals intense flavor characteristics that revolve around a wonderful mouthfeel and crisp, complex malt essence. Sweetness is mild, imparting grassy notes and lemon sweetness, with subtler hints of rice that only serve to further lend to a tremendous experience. Acidity is mild and cuts through what little sweetness present without much astringency. A salty component accentuates the breadiness, furthering a nourishing, even invigorating, taste.The best part of the flavor is that from start to finish itís level and thoroughly at the top of the style. The finish is bready, lightly sweet, then slowly drying, grain and slight rice sweetness lingering indefinitely. This is really quite the surprise. Drinkability is exceptional; I love the mouthfeel. The beer rests on the palate with a weightiness that isnít overbearing, but eases the glide down the throat - a light-medium body with great texture from soft but adequate carbonation and a wonderful unfiltered mouthfeel. Itís robust but smooth, lively but easygoing. Excellent, a beer that is likely to remain misunderstood by connoisseurs and novices alike.
Itzjerm (1986) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
first off I was expecting a rice beer (bud, etc) this is a nice beer. Subtle light (they say that on the bottle). While mild it has a unique flavor. I actually think I could get a six pack of this. Very unusual. Very unique. The rice adds a unique flavor, aroma is not acceptable at first... but grows on you. The yeast was stuck to the bottom, so this may change flavor, since its unflitered
BrewDad (5324) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle - Gravity Bottle shop, Oly
Golden yellow semi hazy with a thick head. Had a clean crisp flavor which was flaaovred with some rice of which was very good. This was a great summer time beer. Very criap and cold and yummy.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perfect hot summer session ale. Rice addition really gives this a distinctive crispness. Plenty of malt and hints of citus and pear. It is much lighter of course but reminds me of some of my favorite old ales. Best I can recall in a style that usually disappooints me.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: pours as golden frisky brew with quiet large white foamy head. Slight haze shown.
Nose: soft fruity nose , hint of orange peel , wheat , candi and pils malt
Flavor/Palate : mid bodied. Light nutty earthy tomes with golden background. Very drinkable with enough soft palate smeared with leafy wet hop to be balanced. I could drink this all day. What else you might want. Bit dry with hint of alcohol , wet hop character with soft silky body.
bpreo (2358) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very refreshing, and sort of unique. Iíve always considered Sake a rice beer. Samurai is in a whole different category. Very nicely done Great Divide!
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Lots of head (3 finger) and carbonation. light lacing. Pours light yellow. nice and light. slight hop on the finish. excellent beach session beer as well as a very underrated beer thats great for summer