HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was our college beer and really pretty good compared to most macrobrews. Unfortunately, its not brewed at the old Portland brewery, so its not some of its sentimentality. I imagine 20 or more years ago, this was considered "premium" beer, but nowadays it just comes across as another pale american lager.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I don't know exactly what Miller means when they say this has "real flavor of beer." If that means it doesn't taste like Miller Genuine Draft, then they are right on the money. To consider this in the same breath with BMC standards would be a shame, it is much more enjoyable. Still, the yellowish gold color, sparse, sudsy head, and thin veneer of malt on the nose and flavor does not make this quite a classic. For the very cheap price, generally less than Bud or Coors, it is quite a buy. This is based on a 2003 tasting, I seem to remember it tasting better 4-5 years ago, but I might be hallucinating. At any rate, it can be crisp and refreshing, kind of like iceberg lettuce.
Reid (2095) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok bought in the typical Weinhards shaped brown bottle..nice label with the crest.
OK this beer actually looked quite good when poured..nice firm gold colour with a nice sized head that stayed a while..very good carbonation strings..
The aroma however is average very faint malts and even fainter hops but its pleasant enough.
For a regional lager this is actually quite enjoyable..it is on the sweet side but for me its not too much..no hops to speak of just malts.
Very nice on the tongue
excellent drinkability..i could drink a 6 of these in a couple of hours easy.
I know a lot of folks in the West turn their noses up at Henry's but for the money we pay Weinhard's make good drinkable beer.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Watered down slightly-better than typical American standard. Kicks the crap out of Budweiser, but not any good compared to anything decent.
I prefer to have more beer with my fizz.
vw86ggti (14) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2003
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I thought this beer used to be good. Pours little to no head. Very light in color. Bubbles are non-existent. If you happen to do get a head out of this beer, it is gone in seconds. Very bland in taste. Definetly a good beer with a BBQ. I would definetly reccommend this as a poseur brew for those that want to look like they are drinking good beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Hmmm, it seems to me like the Henry's Private Reserve used to have more character in the days before the Miller take over... Very unremarkable AS lager. Workable for washing down barbeque ribs, corn and beans, or other backyard fare. Light, fizzy and average tasting - not much else to say.
imdownthepub (11664) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2003
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled, Pasteurised. Highly carbonated golden beer with a lemonade head. Very little character beyond the fizz, no silky malt or hop characterisics. Absolutely awful.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
clear gold, fluffy white head. faint aroma of grassy malt with some sweetness. an average laget with perhaps a bit more of a hoppy bite than your average AS.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I find the enjoyment of this beer depends greatly on what preceded it. If this is the first of the day it comes off better. After anything malty or hoppy this drops significantly. Dark straw colour. ALmost no head. Minimal aroma. Very light flavour. Decent and drinkable for the style.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light corn aroma. Pours very light yellow, head quickly disappears, carbonation low. Corn flavours are the dominant taste. Malts are low. A bit of fruitiness at the end; low hops. If this is the private reserve I'd hate to experience the average.