FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours into my "designer" Sam Adams glass with a chill hazed (this dissipates as the beer warms up), straw gold color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially finger and a half thick, Pale, off-white colored head, that breaks apart and dissipates with large islands of broken froth. Nicely malty nose with notes of sweet grain, grassy malt, honey and floral aromatics . Those last are also part of hop character, which also includes a light herbal note, a touch of mint character and some light lemon notes.
Crisp, with a solid bitterness up front, the hop bite continues to play a role through to a sharp finish. Lightly sweet malt character contributes a honey character that tries to temper the dominant hop character. Tries because this is a Pilsner after all, but the malt does play a significant role here; it is in fact a bit more malty than one expects in a Pilsner & in fact contributes a touch too much sweetness for the German variety, but it is in line with the Bohemian one. A hint of buttery yeast character mixes up in & melds into the honey notes. A nice herbal hop flavor runs throughout; sort of menthol like, perhaps some lemon thyme like thing and some sharp grassy notes.
Certainly one of the better Trader Joe’s branded brews. I definitely like the flavors in this one, but I think that a bit more hop character would make this very good. There is enough malt character her to support it, especially since it seems to get to be a little too much at times and I like a Pilsner with a solid hop character.
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared by JK, sampled from 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear golden brew with a thick white head that slowly dissolves with good retention and lacing. Aroma of some caramel malt, and a mix of floral and citrusy hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with a slight gritty texture. Finish is a short lived bitterness and then a clean cut and crisp flavor.
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2007
2.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pretty generic. crisp, cold and refreshing... not much else to say.
JMerritt (1796) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear golden with large, bright white head with decent retention. Aroma of field grasses, mild caramel and a slight spice. Mild hop bitteress in the flavor, mainly dominated by wet grasses, wheat, and crusty bread. Sourdough finish. Moderately full mouthfeel, nice carbonation balance.
troyc (2473) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with little head. Light aroma of hops and mild malts. Taste is well balanced and has a nice hoppy bite. Decent lacing, and average mouthfeel. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked this up at a Trader Joe’s while shopping for faux iceream... It has a bright yellow/gold body with a modest head that laces the glass nicely before disappearing. Quiet malts are covered by light floral scents, maybe a hit of grasses. A bit oily in the mouth. The flavor belies the 27 IBUs listed on the bottle. This has a good floral/herbal hop bitterness that complements the malts nicely. The finish is bitter and crisp. (I had to borrow the latter word.) Pretty decent.
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Now that I’m done with my string of vacation reviews (116 in all), I can once again sit in front of my keyboard with a new beer and simply type away. Aaaahhh...
Pours a rather bright, buttery/golden with a light dusting of particulate under a mediocre white head which holds for only a short while. I find an odd note of sweet cardboard beneath a nose of mild herbals and florals. Surprisingly full bodied, a little creamy on the tongue finishing dry. Sharp continental bittering saves the day for a beer whose name I first thought was a bit of a joke. A big dose of Hallertau peppers the tongue and lasts well into the finish with only a mild distraction of sourness. I don’t think anyone has used the word "crisp" to describe this beer, so allow me.
<font size=-4>Single 12 oz. bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/><a href=http://www.traderjoes.com/index.html>Tr Joe’s, Orland Park, IL 60462</font>
flowerysong (25) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a clear light gold. Two fingers of fluffy white head which quickly dissipated.
Smell: Mild floral hops on a grainy malt background.
Taste: Sweet malt with a lightly bready background. Lots of floral hop flavour, medium bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation.
Drinkability: Clean and crisp flavour, very easy drinking.
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow gold with a mediocre white bubbly head. No lace. Equal parts brewer’s cereal and reedy, stemmy aroma. Grainy palate with a grassy, stemmy vegetal hop quality. Crisp dry finish. Not a bad representation of the style I guess, but not outstanding either.
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Grassy hop aroma typical of pilseners. Amber gold color with a white head that stays for awhile. Thin to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light malt, not quite caramel. Some bitter. The finish is at least bitter. Dry, almost astringement. Drinkable.