jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
hmm. smells like sourdough bread and tangy yeast , and it looks like miller lite with a bit more gold saturation. almost no head to speak of, and little aroma or flavor aside from the clean taste of "malt" (sorghum?) and hops. i’m glad i’m not a celiac.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2006
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not all that malty or flavorful, but I guess when you can’t add gluten, your hands are somewhat tied. I don’t even know what gluten is, but must taste fantastic, because without it this beer’s like water flavored with a hint of lemon. Quite citrusy in a lawnmower-beer sort of way. Evidently, there’s rice in this beer as well, which my label proudly claims (oddly, the pictured label on RateBeer doesn’t show the word "Rice". Go figure. Nice foamy white head, but overally this is a flavorless bummer from an otherwise fantastic brewery. In fact, Lakefront is so solid a brewer that if they can’t do much without gluten, I’d wager no one can.
thegreenrooster (3056) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 29, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pour is a bright yellow with a white head. Aroma is very sweet. Flavor is also very sweet and thick. Almost a winey vinagar hits the tounge after the first sip. Im not sure what sorghum tastes like but im sure its in there somwwhere. If you not a fan of a pale lager this is not the beer for you. Very sweet and bland.
feedmec00kies (49) - New York, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tried this with my Celiac roommate. I’m not sure when this change occurred, but the bottle we had said "brewed from sorghum and rice".
In the way of beer, not too impressive. Clear yellow, with a white head that lasted shorter than the foam you get pouring soda. Something in the aroma I couldn’t figure out, grains. A few of us gluten-eaters tasted it and agreed it tasted like it was trying to be beer, but the taste died out pretty soon after it was swallowed. Some really weird, strong/sour flavor (the sorghum?) that was a bit like eating the concentrated flavor of 50 sticks of celery at once, pickle flavor, and a very ricey aftertaste that stuck around for a while.
Though not a factor in to consider as a beer, in the tradition of Celiac products, this is apparently not too bad. I’d say it’s comparable to at least cheaper beers; there are plenty of gluten-free products that are awful compared to even their cheapest counterparts. From my roommate’s wheatless perspective, this was easier for her to drink than any real beer she’s tasted in college.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours clear yellow and minimal head from the pour and that is gone instantly. The aroma has a light sweetness and something odd - could be the sorghum, I have no idea what aroma that gives off. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Taste is different - it is sweet and cloying with light citrus aspects. There is a stale and sour aspect along with some rice. This beer is not pleasing at all. However, if I was unfortunate enough to have to be gluten free I may actually drink this. Oh, I hope that never happens. I don’t want another one of these.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Strange but a respectable attempt at something different. Odd aromas including rice and other cereals, pickles and canned green olives. Light gold and lightly carbonated; like an ordinary pale lager. Flavor is light as well, like a lager with a vegetal flavor I am not familar with on the back of the tongue.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2006
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Radiant straw. Buoyant bubbles form a thick white collar of foam. Light and tangy aroma with a hint of rubbing alcohol and yogurt. Active and harsh carbonation. Initially astringent and overrun with acetaldehyde which, in this case, resembles spoiled apple juice and white grapes. No hop character, whatsoever, and very husky. “Off” fruitiness continues to wreak havoc as it generates more mushiness. Finishes with a salty seltzer quality to it, along with melon and an overabundance tacky rice textures and flavors. This tastes more like sake or seltzer water than beer. My high hopes of liking this have been totally dashed.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours pale golden yellow with almost no head. Strong aroma of sour sweet rice and malt. Flavor is watery with a mild sweet hop finish. Not sure what type of beer they were attempting, but it seems like they only have finished it.
Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Strange stuff. Very clear and yellow; almost headless. Soft caramel candy nose. Light, syrupy and watery texture. Heavy caramel-like sweetness throughout. Very mild bitterness in the background; not nearly enough to balance it out, IMO. Very subtle mead-like elements were kind of nice. As were some faintly spicy-smoky aromas. Hints of honey, butter and creamed corn. Not too shabby, as sorghum beers go.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unusually experimental for this brewer, and I applaud that effort. Spritzy and sour with a dry finish like the free champagne they give away at New Years Eve parties. Some light grass or wheat-like notes, with touches of honey and lemon.