Ernest (6834) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Bottle (BB 03/11/09). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium to dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, toasted light bread), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of peach and honey. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Uncomfortably sweet, but otherwise very nice. Lovely to sniff, but kind of difficult to drink much of it.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
beautiful amber color w/ a 2" (5cm) head. Crystal clear w/ a big malt nose & well balanced flavors
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
toasty, caramel, sweet and sour all malt goodness. Absolutley delicious lager..superbly made. I like the hop tinges and slightly more crisp nature of Riverwest Stein, but not by a lot. Wonderful.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby pour with a creamy head.Sweet malty nose. Nice creamy palate that is very light on the tongue. Malt seems to be the name of the game with just a little hop bite at the end. Very nice beer. Thanks to hopsrus for this one.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too malty for my tastes. The dortmunder is definitely the standout in their lager range.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An almost perfect balance of malt and hops lead to a smoothness seldom found in other medium bodied lagers. The caramelized malt seems to add just the right amount of sweetness to the brew. The finish is so remarkably clean it immediately leaves you wanting more. A fine Cleveland product that even someone from Pittsburgh could like!
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pretty decent beer. A little light for my liking, but still enjoyable. Nice sweet finish and a very clean taste overall.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The third Great Lakes offering that Iíve tried, and they havenít failed to impress. Imagine if someone told you twenty years ago that you could get great beer from Cleveland.
tzakiel (81) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Very good. Donít see what the fuss is about with the flavor... I think itís balanced and pleasant. Tasty, warm feeling beer.
stormking (23) - Cuddy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2002
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Think Theakstonís old peculiar, and add hops. Nice color, kept a good mouth feel, but I just didnít like the flavor. Not necessarily a beer, but I would recommend the peculiar first