BeerandBlues2 (11732) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at home. Pours clear amber with a large, creamy and rocky beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is toast malt, earthy and minty hops with light apple notes. Flavor is moderate toast malt, medium earthy and minty hops, medium bitterness, well balanced and a dry, clean finish. Medium body and carbonation.
bhensonb (13614) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Brewforia. Pours orange amber with a slight head. Aroma is pretty malty. Sort of towards roasty. Med body or nearly. Flavor is roasty malt with some fruit/floral notes, and something rendering it bitter. It’s not exactly dry, but seems hoppy and bitter in the finish. Decent drink.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can, from Perfect Pour in Elkridge. Shared with local raters. Darker hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots of lace. Looks decent. Good caramel malt, some vanilla. Light bit of pepper. Kind of a malty sweeter taste. Medium body. Lightly slick texture. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy. Easy-enough to drink. Solid flavorful amber lager. Good bigger complex flavor to it, good sweetness. Could pass as a solid amber ale, really.
b3shine (7752) - Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16 oz can to snifter (shared with DrSilverworm). Looks good; a translucent paler burnt orange with eggshell lacing. Smells of bittersweet malt and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells, but blander. Solid on the palate. Not bad.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours amber with an off-white head. It has a mild, grainy malt aroma. The flavor is sweet with a touch of caramel and fruit. I certainly wouldn’t say, as the brewery description does, that it has "assertive hop bitterness". It’s very mild bitterness. Decent beer, that’s about it.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Four pack of cans packaged on April 28 purchased from King Soopers. Pours a hazy amber with a bubbly white head. The aroma is pretty malty with hints at caramel, bread and earthy hops. The palate is light with medium carbonation. There are biscuity notes with a little earth, caramel, mild spicy hops, and a slightly coppery finish. A few sips let you know there’s a decent amount of hops in here and it’s not just a cheap lager. Honestly not too rough, but not particularly rewarding either.
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, malt syrup, sugar cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), with a light note of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation.
The sugary nose certainly portends the syrupy sweet mouth experience. Mediocre.
notalush (5638) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can - dark amber - moderate lace - nose of toffee, caramel, apple - flavor is heavy, sticky, quite sweet - flavors of toffee up front, followed by apple, moderate estery character - some peanut skin, acidity, earthy hop bitterness late - lingering, unclean finish - meh.
bb (8139) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Light caramel aroma. Malt and spice flavor with light mineral notes. Medium bodied. Mineral and malt lingers with light spice.
3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Soupy-goopy American amber malt dullness (amaretto / marzipan, caramel chew, toffee) with apple / pear esters as seen in so many Oktoberfest "lagers" which never see a day below 60 F. Nutty, woody, peppery and pithy hop bitterness with mothball and ethanol off-notes. Moderately carbonic / acidic and slightly lactic / yogurt-like starchy and bitter finish. Basic Amber ale disguised as a lager.