BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Worthy of the gold medal, an excellent lager, give a couple bottles to friends. Picked this up while on business near Cleveland (didn't get a chance to visit brewery, maybe next time!). Nice golden color with small head. Aroma shouted german lager and the taste was clean with no bite. Works great with the spicy food I had for dinner that night. Very drinkable and highly recommended. Good dortmunder style beers are so hard to find in the USA.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2004 This is one of the best beers I have had. Teriffic balance between hops and malt, great flavor, and decent aroma. I don't like many lagers, but this one is awesome.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color is truly amazing, as close to being gold as any I've poured. Short lived head with reasonable lace. Hops are very present, but fade nicely in a good smooth aftertaste. Touch of metallic to the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel that makes me happy.
jgb9348 (4714) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden colour with a very slight orange tint. Many small bubbles rising from the bottom, while a small white head sits atop. Smells of hops and malt and a semi-strong ale. A nice flavourful beer with definate hoppy inital taste with a very smooth aftertaste. A good all around beer, but not my favourite style.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a pretty decent ale for a local brewery. I was quite pleased with it.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Great Lakes. This Helles style beer was outstanding. Amber color with nice head. Rich malt flavor with a hint of sugar. Excellent balance between the Malt and Hops. Very smooth with a nice finish.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dortmunder is in the top echelon of lagers. Rich, golden pour with plenty of lacing. The lager tastes like a liquid cookie, with bready, sugary malts and a slight acidic aftertaste, followed by hops bitterness. Rich and luxurious, apprentices.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber gold body topped by a medium thick sustaining head with good lace. Somewhat sweet yet bitter aroma with piney and peppery notes. Sweet and bitter hop flavor with a good malt balance with piney notes and a bitter hoppy finish with a touch of pepper. Light to medium bodied and smooth.
roomjosh (2) - Holland, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The Best Lager I have ever had. Must be drank within 3 months of production
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About as good as this style gets. Nice golden color. Rich malt for the style, caramel and toffee present, quite flavorful. Moderately hoppy and perfectly smooth. A nice surpise.