aracauna (3352) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gold is a misnomer. This is a nice copper, not gold. Cloud-like head. Slight tingly hops in the aroma, and the hops back up the smooth malt in the flavor nicely. Tingles the tongue.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a good lager. Nice head, golden color. Aroma is a little malty and flavor has subtle citrus. Definitely a beer to drink on a regular basis if you can get it.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours from the bottle with a medium, foamy, white head. The body is a slightly dark gold. The mouthfeel has more body than expected. Aroma is malts and green beans. The taste is green beans, grapefruit with a nice balance of the hops and malt. Lots of lacing. refreshing and good for the style.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a brilliant gold, with a white head that quickly turns to a long-lasting collar. flavor and aroma start nicely toasty and malty, but are eventually marred by emergence of butterscotch (diacetyl) notes as beer warms.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Gold with puffy head. Nose is a bit lemony and sweet, slightly grainy, some excellent hops. Flavor is light, somewhat grassy, bit of lemon. Excellent hop bite at the end, very crisp, amazingly refreshing. A glorious summer beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bright copper golden with small white head. Malty aroma, hints of honey, very light hops. Incredibly well balanced. Delicately malty, the finish is excellent. If I can get my hands on a fresher bottle I’ll rerate this, otherwise this is a great beer.
JFGrind (1949) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average flavored Dortmunder, light on hops and aroma. Alcohol content was stonger than I expected.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden in color with a medium egg white head that is retained. Aroma is fairly muted, but consists of light hops and light breadiness. Flavor is also restained but exceeds the aroma. Flavors of light hoppy bitterness, a little malt sweetness and a very dry finish. Another good beer from Great Lakes. I will enjoy this one during the Texas summer.
badgerben (4722) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 Original Rating, May 8, 2004: Very golden color with little head. Aroma is a little vacant... malt? Taste is very well balanced between hops and malt. Very clean. I’m a little torn because it is so balanced, but it also does not seem to have much to offer in the way of a flavor. 6/4/5/4/13 Re-rating, May 28, 2010: Dark gold color with a quickly falling medium head. Very faint aroma of grains. Mostly a grainy flavor, with a bit of bitterness and astringency. Fairly dry. Hint of earthy hops.
Sammy (10322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful color. One of the best beers we have had that goes with almost any meal because of its overall balance. I have never had a bad beer from this legendary brewpub.