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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 134   ABV: 4.48%
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Smooth and malty. A true European red with 100% two-row malted barley, spalter hops and Munich malts. German lager yeast and a minimum six weeks of cool, cellaring.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4613) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Decent bready aroma and flavor, easy to drink, not offensive, more of a simple session beer than anything.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4608) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2003
I'm not really a lager kind of guy, more porter and stout, but this one was okay. A little sweet, definite hops. Not too shabby.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 4, 2007
12 ounce bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (December 2006), served out of the fridge into a Unibroue glass. The big fluffy off-white head is huge-bubbled and fades very quickly atop the very clear dark amber body....excessively sweet, honeyíd syrupy peaches batter you in the nose with very faint citric acidic notes showing up to no avail..... the body is awfully, awfully sweet as well, loads of caramel, butterscotch and vanilla which might be fun in a barley wine, but here they are not supported by enough of a malt base and there is virtually no hop presence....slick and syrupy all the way through; I suspect this was better before Point took it over. In any case, I find it barely drinkable now.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertDale (4261) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red amber with a nice white head. Aroma of malt with some orange and some hops. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel and hops. Middle of the road brew.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2003
I've rather liked some of the James Page brews, but this didn't please. Nothing special in appearance--bright, light copper/orange color with a loosely formed and quickly dissipating head. The aroma was enchanting--caramel and effervescent apple. Then the flavor was a mess--some nuttiness and caramel, but also metallic, oddly bitter, and ugly sweet. Although a bit flat, the palate had a nice butter edge to it. Still, this beer couldn't make it past the fact that when it was in my mouth, my tastebuds were in revolt.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at Johnís Grocery in Iowa City. Poured a clear orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Smelled only of husky grains. There was some subtle sweetness on the tongue. Malt dominated flavor with oatmeal, husky grain, and a touch of caramel. Not bad, but nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 1, 2005
In the 12 oz. can during a NWA flight. Reddish amber in color. Nice fluffy head, but lacing was poor in the crappy airline plastic cup. I think this is essentially a Vienna-style ale with a fairly decent malty backbone.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3568) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2011
This exceptionally nice looking beer pours a deep rust color with a big tight white head and lots of great lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy, floral, and fairly soapy. It doesnít smell terrible but itís not the most inviting of aromas in a beer. The flavor reminds me a bit of the aroma, itís got lots of floral bitterness and rosewater. The beer is astringent and lacking in much malt flavor or complexity. The beer isnít very well balanced and leaves me wanting for the malty well crafted Amber Lagers of WI. The beer admittedly gains some mild malt flavor, gets fruitier, and a lot less astringent once it warms a bit, but it retains the messiness of the first sip a little too well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Headbanger (3536) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2009
12oz bottle 5/12/09 (Binnyís Plainfield)-Pours a light amber with a nice tight off white head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste of the same. A decent tasting brew with nothing to write home about.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Pour is a orange with a white head. Aroma is a bit of grainy malt with no hops present. Flavor is a toasted biscut with some lingering hops. Nothing to go out and find and not really in the horrible catagory but it does have some promise of being a good beer.


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