Bartzilla (580) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
We all wish for simpler times, when Little Kings 40s were 99 cents, when delivering telephone books was a legitimate excuse for work. Simpler times... when a hangover meant watching Alf, back to back before back to back Cheers episodes... waiting for your employed pals to get off work so you can repeat the last night’s beer guzzling festivities. Yes, this beer reminds me of those simpler times. So does Ballantyne.
If I were homeless (ultimate Simple Times), I’d panhandle outside Trader Joes and trade Joe my daily merits for these inconceivably awful cans of fortified bum juice.
Like Leelee Sobieski below me notes, this is your stereotypical adjunct ale. Catering to a class that favors function over fashion.
markas101 (2057) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz can, Ann Arbor, MI, USA via Trader Joes. Pale gold. No head. Visible carbonation. Bready aroma. Some faint citrus. Sweet, balanced with honey and light white pepper. Medium finish. Given the price and aim of the beer I’d say it’s great.
tightslice (507) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 5, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can from Trader Joe’s in Campbell, CA. Aroma is malts, honey, artificial caramels? This is some roof stoof-age and goes fittingly with all things "Pruneyard".
ffbot (87) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 2, 2015
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is your basic bad beer. Basically. No real taste here, I buy it usually because of how cheap it is, $4 a 6-pack. A pale straw color, no head, medium carbonation. No real sweetness to it, because no real taste to it. Very bland. Corn, hay, grass, ground, mulch, rot, nothing to taste.
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2015
0.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Trader Joe’s getting into the malt liquor business I see. Very sweet, pretty strong alcohol, no balance. Kinda like a malt likka with a bit of that harsh alcohol taste, but the problem here is that with this much sugar and harshness it needs to be stronger to balance that off into a plausible malt liquor. So it’s neither a good swill lager nor a good malt liquor. It’s like when you try for a joke that isn’t that funny to begin with, and then you land it so poorly people get mad at you.
Eurlager (28) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2015
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Another crappy beer by Minhas. I don’t trust Minhas Craft Brewery with any of their beers.
ectuohy27 (776) - ESTONIA - APR 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprisingly not bad. Malty; sweet but not overly so; conceals a decent alcohol kick for a PL. Well-made despite being cheap, in short
rdixon77 (1607) - Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Old rating. Yup, macro lager from Trader Joes…exactly what you expect. Something like 50 cents a beer. Corny, stale, some weird off funk. Tasted it with pils…almost exactly the same.
Sledutah (6185) - Utah, USA - MAR 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz can from Doug
Pours clear dark golden, small white head that dissipates to nothing, no lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, straw and honey. Taste is sour, banana, corn
Tastes like a malt liquor without the alcohol. Not terrible, but not very good.
DialSquare (3581) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
4 out of a 6 pack brought down to me by my mother in law after a friend left them in her fridge... thanks! Drinking straight from the can, so no clue on the appearance. Aroma is sweet corm. Tastes are toffee, caramel, honey, corn. Not horrific. Everything well balanced. Still a corn front, but would rather drink this over standard macros any day.
crossovert (9748) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2015
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
355ml can. Clear golden pour, quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of tutti fruity bubblegum. Flavor is malt liquor with a hint of fruit. Basically malt liquor that isn’t labelled as such