CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light copper colored. Sweet caramel nose and a crystal malt body. Finish is moderately bitter and smooth.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 26, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had on tap at TGI Friday's La Jolla on February 21st, 2003
Aroma has slight hint of malt and alcohol with an amber/red appearance. Head is minimal, not even worth mentioning. Taste is of strong alcohol with a slightly acidic flavor. Not a pleasing beer. Hate to take down a local brewery, but this is not their best offering.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very light amber color with a head that is holding on to the edge of my glass with all of it's strength. A waft of caramel and malts. The unfavorable metallic taste hits me lightly on the tongue and as it warms the caramel really jumps out. Not a fan...I hate metallic.
tomseaman (35) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice for a day-to-day beer. Good aroma, taste and body. It's my new basic beer, but not any better (or worse) than Sam Adams.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Body is dark amber.
moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread),
lightly hoppy (flowers), with a light note of peach.
moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic.
lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Decent malty amber.
gilkey (3) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2002 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Weak & fizzy. Little noticable hops. Overated, especially for a flagship beer.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium gold color, small head. Mild malts and hops. Mild flavor, good balance of hops and malts. Slight taste of roasted malts, very subtle. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty, no bitterness.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color, as advertised. There was a hint of caramel in the taste, but otherwise bland.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The karl strauss brewers did not take any risks with this one. it is very simnple, ok almost too simple. the malt and hops yeild a bit too much ground to the water in this one.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very impressive aroma, and good taste. Overall a good lager, but its only flaw is the taste tends to fade toward the bottom of the bottle. Also a very carbonated lager...cant drink too much of it.