canary dog (680) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was it the herb cheese I just ate, or was it the smoked beer? This stuff had a strong clove/esther taste a la German Hefe Weizen style. It was somewhat flat, also. Too thin, and not crisp enough. Did I just get a bad bottle? Not impressive.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2006 Bottle from City Market, consumed on 3/11/06. Hazy, golden-honey colored beer with plenty of white head that steadily fizzles to a small cover, providing little to no lacing, quite bubbly. The aroma smells yeasty, typical McNeills house character, with flowers, moss, hay and light honey grains all creating a soft and approachable nose. However, the more it warms, the more a sourdough-like note seems to creep in. Decidedly dry and bland, and working against the otherwise grassy, almost fruity hop crispness.
The flavor is very yeasty, though it’s just a dry, nutty yeast, with plenty of flowery hops, some straw, hay, damp moss and bits of lime and lemon adding a silght poignancy. Very grainy, almost a gritty texture were it not for the vigorous carbonation at first. A slight toastiness is apparent, on the back of the throat as the beer finishes, with some sweet, round honey notes balancing this well. Not overly bitter, but enough so to be refreshing and complement the malt. After the carbonation dies off, somewhat, the texture becomes rather chewy and yet lightly slick on the end. No alcohol apparency.
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Winooski Beverage in Vermont. Wow! Ray McNeill certainly doens’t want you to feel like you’ve been jipped - this is the second bottle in a row thats been filled to the cap FULL! Pours a medium, white frothy head with a partially clouded, amber body. Nose of tin, flat beer and bready. Very doughy taste with tones of flat ginger ale and citrus hops. When they say beer is liquid bread - this was the beer they’d referred to...
Lubiere (10753) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy blonde with a mlaty grassy aroma. Astringent hops with a peppery finish. Lightly acid and sour. Salty afternotes. Medium bodied.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy deep straw in color with a large white head. aroma of floral hops. Bitter flavor with a buttery character and a crisp malt flavor. A fresher version would more than likely kick ass.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber - Poured a golden amber in color with no head and little or no carbonation. Aroma is of bready yeast with just a hint of fruity hops. Flavor is of fruity yeast... almost in a Belgian or Hefe kind of way. Not much hop bitterness. Nutty malt and slightly sour on the finish. Not a terribly distinctive beer, but easy drinking.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours an clear golden body with an irregular white head. Aroma is herbal, grassy, not quite topping the style and lacking a bit of hoppiness. The taste is better though, I'm tasting the sunny fields of Vermont, yum yum, they are grainy, spicy and remarkably crisp displaying a good long dry bitter finish.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lemon garrison in tall, flowing hay...Their bitterness extends throughout the cereal bed...A nice demonstration of healthy pilsner calisthenics...
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle: Light malts and dull flowers in the nose, hazy yellow with a thin white head, decent lacing. Starts and ends lightly bitter with a slight sourness at the end.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 March 2004: It’s McNeill’s, I expect great things -- even from a lager. On the whole, not disappointed. Nice bright golden, large diminishing fine-foamy head, spicy-sour but fresh nose. Good, balanced flavor, tending toward the hop at the end, but a little on the weak side at the front. Firm maltiness, lemony middle.
6/4/7/3 /14 3.4
March 2006: 22 oz bottle purchased today, presumably quite fresh, at City Market, served just above fridge temperature in a Christoffel glass. Pale bubbly slightly oily burnished gold, moderate to large smooth head dies into a shy cap....honey and lovely floral-grassy notes in the aroma, bit of juniper and dogwood, perhaps some lemon zest.....smooth, solid but restrained bitterness throughout, very very clean which surprises me from this brewer these days, lightly sticky at the front but getting progressively drier, herbal-inflected and slightly mineralic towards the long, bitter finish. Really quite fine, perhaps just a touch too smooth and light but I’m not complaining. New rating.