mansquito (4356) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whole Foods, P st, DC 4-pack: Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is citrus hops for the most part. Taste is pretty much like an APA. If you were to give this to me blind, I would not be able to tell you it is a pale lager. That being said, it is pretty good. Light-bodied, hop-forward, and rather refreshing. However, on a hot summer day, I would prefer something less hop-forward.
CanIHave4Beers (3623) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a big fluffy semi loose head.
The aroma is certainly heavy on citrus and bread dough with a light pepperiness and floral character.
The flavor is clean, nicely bitter and hoppy all around. Some pepper and very light bread dough. A nice balance of crackery malt with the nice herbal, and fruity hoppiness. As it warms a little bit of that "fat tire" maltiness sneaks in to annoy. Luckily this is tasty enough that it usually doesnít get to that point for me though.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a bright translucent amber gold with a thin white head.
Aroma: Perfumy yeast, light Euro hop and sweet grain.
Taste: Pale dry malt, spicy, slightly fruity , finishes with quick but sturdy crisp hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Overall: A gourmet pale lager. All notions of what a lager is/should be have been thrown out the window. A lot of the things you donít like about pale lagers are gone and replaced with fresh hop flavor and fragrant New Belgium house character.
Ernest (6841) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
The aroma couldnít get much simpler, but at least thereís no apparent flaws. I donít like raw/green resinous hop odor, so itís not attractive to me but Iím not going to knock it for that. Decent head retention and mouthfeel are the best things here...the flavor balance is a bit harsh but thatís preferable to being syrupy sweet. While I can certainly get excited by a helles or pilsner, this very "green" rendition just isnít enticing for me. But itís better than most things coming out of this brewery these days so I guess I should be thankful for that.
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Can) Pours a clear golden body with a spare white head. Aroma of grain, nuts, and herbs. Flavor of grain, nuts, earth, and grass with a dry finish.
poisoneddwarf (2001) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
16 oz can bought at Fairway in CDA, ID. Aroma is citrusy/peachy hops (in a pale lager? whoíd of thought?), bread. Pours clear deep gold with a long-retaining white head; lace sheets the glass. Taste is lightly sweet and finishes slightly bitter; the bitterness lingers on the tongue. I know itís labeled as a pale lager, but this has much more in common with a classic pilsner. Unlike most pale lagers, the hops are very prominent here. Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, medium bodied. New Belgium really outdid themselves here. BMC, take note: this is how your beers *should* taste like.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can into a pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy light gold with a thick one finger head. Plenty of lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Smell has some cooked vegetables along with some biscuit and grassy hops.
Some caramel and biscuit on the taste along with a little bit of yeast. Grassy hops contribute a nice flavor along with a light to moderate bitterness to balance out the malt. Mouthfeel has enough body to make it interesting but it is still quite refreshing.
There isnít a ton going on with this brew but it would be great for sessioning. This could potentially be a good gateway beer from BMC.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz tall boy poured into a pint glass.
Appearance - Perfectly clear straw yellow. Two finger white head fades to a small film. Hint of lacing where the head sat but nothing sticks as you drink it.
Aroma is hay and grassy hops. Biscuity and Pilsener type malts.
Taste - You get that same pilsener and biscuit malt flavor. Has that "signature" New Belgium malt profile I detect in many of their beers. Mild grassy hops.
Clean and very drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Finishes quick with mild hop bitterness. A little on the lighter side of medium bodied.
All in all, itís not all that bad. Very sessionable. And for itís style, itís something Iíd reach for on a hot day if it were lying around.
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich golden color. Smell is of malts, lemons. Taste is crisp, tart, citrus, more like a pale ale than a lager. Overall an easy drinking and good beer.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bought this wanting a pale lager, got an APA type beer instead. Hops provide a bitterness that somewhere in between too much and lacking, depending on what type of beer youíre looking for. Grain, grass, slightly floral. Malt profile similar to most new belgium beers. Meh.