Bandit (5) - Blue Earth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2008 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great old school American beer made with the original recipe. Good sweet and lightly sour flavor.
nellycale (184) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: minimal smell
Appearance:Light straw hue, white soft head
taste: crisp, clean with bit of a sweet, fruity taste,like sweet
Palate: sweet finish
Overall: quality light pilsner
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CanIHave4Beers (3307) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice pale golden with one of the worst heads I’ve ever seen on a beer ever. We’re talking like where you get a cask ale and it shows up with a bunch of loose big bubbles on top.. .although the loose big bubbles on this one stick around… weird, just weird.
The aroma is pleasant enough, grainy, a touch fruity, with some light sweetness and corniness. Decidedly not great, but inviting enough.
Flavor is pretty quintessential pale lager, to the point where I really have to tip my hat to it. Really nicely balanced between grainy malt, mild corny adjuncts, and a pleasant hop bitterness and grassy flavor… all while keeping a mild but never overbearing sweetness…
The palate is a touch flat, but not terribly thin, and the lower carbonation doesn’t seem to be too much trouble in the way of flavor and perception of the beer generally.
What can I say? I would say that I would happily drink a few of these in an evening, but the truth is that I have, numerous evenings. It does’t hold the place in my heart that Point Special does, but it’s a damn good alternative to many pale lagers that are far more famous.
badgerben (4404) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An ancient looking bottle produced by Akevitt. Clear yellow color with a medium head. Smells and tastes like sweet corn, very cleanly brewed. Very much like Grain Belt Premium. Honestly, as just a tip-it-back beer, it’s not bad at all.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Not a great beer, but a very nostalgic one! The packaging transports you back to a different era! Kudos to August Schell Brewing Company for bringing this beer back! ...The beer was light gold with a moderate amount of foam. Not a lot happening with the flavor or aroma, this beer is pretty inert. I mainly got some watery grainy malt.
Skyview (5209) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Shared by akevitt. Pours a clear golden blonde brew with a fast disolving white head that leaves behind a fine film and ring. Aroma of light bready malt, some sweet citrus zest and a touch of honey.Taste is light bodied, low carbonation, smooth with a good balance of malt and flowery hops flavors. Finish is semi-sweet at first and then a clean cut finish with no aftertaste. Not too bad for an everyday light bodied beer. On a historical note, I remember drinking this beer back in the late 1980s. The G. Heileman version of this beer was the gawd awful example of what beer was not supposed to taste like. I could purchase a six-pack of this for $1.99. One sip and the rest went down the drain, even when chilled to 34 degrees Fahrenheit. It was the worst beer I ever had. I am happy to see that A. Schell has put a much better recipe in this historical brand.
JK (4475) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
An ordinary pale lager, clear gold color. Simple corn/malt flavor. Not offensive in any way and very drinkable.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale color. Straw gold color with a corn & grain aroma and flavor. A little metallic on the finish.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this last year from the "potheads in the basement" that lived on the ground floor of our apartment, it was contract brewed at ST paul at the time it was pretty good, but has since went down hill
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 15, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
A bit more sturdy than some American lagers, it does have a little more flavor than say Coors. Aroma is pronounced, but not complex, yeast and grain. Flavor is there, but not really smooth, not undrinkable, but not all pleasant. I also had a six pack back in the 70s, and was just OK, not in a league with Leinenkugel , another Northwoods lager. If not for the New Ulm history, a 2.0.