Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Copper gold and clear. A decent head. A grainy nose that is distinct and nice. Grainy flavor, too. Decent.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear orange golden color. Light cereal aroma. Light, balanced palate with a light cereal flavor. Why don’t people like this beer? I think it’s pretty decent.
zebra (1659) - Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2012
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
mine tastes a little sour, too. i wonder what went wrong. hope they get this figured out.
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle: Pours a light yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is doughy and bready, not much going on. Taste is a smooth lager with a slightly spicy side, possibly corriander. Easy to drink, but not very complex or interesting.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle-pours gold with a tight offwhite head. Aroma is sweet light malt-bready, some spice. Taste is vegetal, light malt, some spice hops.
Alopex (56) - Crystal, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2012
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Picked up a sixpack of this lager before the holiday weekend. Poured a nice copper color with a nice level of head and carbonation. So far so good.
The taste was sour, not terribly overwhelmingly sour but enough to question if I had gotten a bad bottle. I tried another bottle the following night -it was also bad.
I contacted the brewery to ask about the off flavors. According to the brewery rep, sour is not an intended flavor in this beer! They offered to replace the six pack free of charge if I was in the area, and that they would like to investigate the problem. MN to NE is a little far to go for a sixer but the effort on the breweries part to correct the problem was promising. I did provide the bar code on the bottle so they could track the batch with their own records and hopefully determine what went wrong. I’d like to try a fresh example someday.
csaso (2041) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap - small foamy head, medium amber color, very swet malty aroma and flavor
nearbeer (4771) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting half-inch of creamy meringue above. Aroma of corn, dark toasted nut, and earthy root vegetables. Flavor is deep roasted walnut, toffee, lightly sour citrus and earthy roasted root vegetable. Medium body has average carbonation and is dry with roast and hops.
BVery (9400) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Clear orangish pour with a decent sized white head. Aroma and taste are not very good, actually - vegetables, grain, minimal malt character, hops don’t stand out. Bleh.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at GABF. I was very excited when I saw this one, just because you don’t see many pre-pro lagers out there. Pours a gold with stiff white head. Nose is vegetal, cabbage and maize. Some faint herbal hop notes come through, but the DMS is a bit offputting. On tasting, it’s a bit cleaner, but still vegetal with maize being a driving component. Bitterness works but the hops that they are proud of seems really restrained. I dunno, maybe a bad batch?