TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Typical Helles pale golden color. Aroma includes toastiness, some spice, and red apples. Medium bodied. Great balance of English hops and toasted malt. Perfect amount of sweetness to make this satisfying. A very welcome summer offering.
stephen (308) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good lager. Taste and aftertaste were a little grainy. Well carbonated.
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear yellow/orange color with a big head that disipated quickly. I thought the body was a little thin. There was a little malt and a little hops, but I got an annoying finish that left an odd, musty taste. Not my favorite lager but okay on a hot day with food.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
yellow lager, with a fizzy head. very light aroma with a sweet character.
basic lager taste- very clean and crisp with a generous amount of bitteringf hops in the finish. A good example of a munich Helles, good value for money compared to many imports.
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice lager, nothing to special, enjoyed it, now I’m moving on. Sean Quinn.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think too many of us are rating on our taste alone and not on how the beer represents a style. As far as I’m concerned this beer does a great job as a helles lager. Although its not my favorite style I still have to rate it well on its merits as a light bodied slightly hoppy lager.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2004 sweet light body, 'grassy. I like the lightly peppered hops and fresh mown grass in this. A 'lawn-mowin' beer for sure! Slightly better from the keg (at their pub 6/1/02). Their tour guide (Terry Ryan) said that this was made for the folks that find Dortmunder Gold a little too husky! (in other words, the macro-swill-masses). Well, O.k. - hopefully it'll inspire them to try the better stuff.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2002
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
a light bamboo color, deeper yellow tho than the munich lagers, tho that’s not saying much. aroma misses as far as i’m concerned: good thing they mentioned thier allegiance to the reinheitsgebot, ’cause i would have been inclined to use the ugly ’a’ word (adjuncts). i sense some rice, (bleached long-grained), and a hint of sweet white wine, of the budget metal screw top variety. i picked this up because i respect great lakes products, especially the elliot ness, but i miss the point of this one entirely, maybe it’s over my head. tastes like what i’d imagine a canned ballantine’s ale to taste like, not bad by any means, but you can sure see bad from here.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew pours from the bottle a clear light golden - the color of a wilted dandylion. The mostly lasting frothy white head has good lacing. The strong aroma is hay, straw, grass, and mostly yeast - earth, cheese, and no shortage of horse blanket. The flavor starts sweet with a perfumey/flowery middle and a long very nutty finish. The light body is soft and dry with a moderately astringent feel to the finish.
aaschenbrand99 (1) - Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2002 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20