lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel-orange, off white foam. Aroma is crackery, toasted malt, light caramel, some herbal hoppiness, grainy. Taste is more toasted malt with a light fruitiness, caramel apples and just enough of an herbal hoppiness to balance. All that said, it is just a little too malt heavy for my personal tastes.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange color with a thin white head. Smelled of hay, pale malt, subdued honey, and grassy hop. Light to medium bodied and slightly sweet. Grape candy, grassy hop, subdued caramel flavors. Decent.
fidelis83 (2186) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Pours a clear old gold with a 2 finger, creamy light beige head that has great retention and leaves nice sheets of lacing. Aroma is cereal grain, light toast, spicy and light floral hops with a touch of dry sweet hay thrown in there. Flavor is sweetish cereal grain, toast, light mineral notes, spicy, herbal and floral hops. Mineral notes, cereal and spicy hops to the finish. Palate is light, but full bodied with a fairly neutral feel throughout and moderate carbonation. Finishes a little sweeter than I would like, but is otherwise a damn fine pilsener. Granted it doesn’t seem quite as spectacular as last year’s version, but at less than half the price per ounce I can deal with it.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to SS. Pours with a clear and very dark golden body (near amber) with a lasting, rocky, off-white head that leaves great lace. Aromas are huge with hallertau/noble hops (spicy, earthy and light fruit-pear, pulot), grainy and bready malt notes. Light salinity and sulfur, but otherwise very clean. Aromas are lightly fruity, hoppy, with a strong malt backing: bready, light cereal (slightly soggy), grainy, hints of melanoidins. Very clean. Rich malt on the mid palate with a dry finish. Lively bubbles. Crisp, dry and clean. A very nice lager!
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Breeze Thru liquors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear golden pale colored brew with a thick off-white head that quickly disappears to a thin white ring. Aroma of golden grain malt, some light biscuit and floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, some floral and citrus hops with a touch of yeast. Finish is neutral with a crisp and light malt aftertaste. A touch less body than the R&D version.
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
355mL thanks to Ughsmash. Pours a Vienna amber with a towering buttermilk head. Good retention and giant swathes of lace remain. Nose is quite macro lagery: sugar overload, sweet cherry, grenadine....not what I was expecting. Sorts of starts out like basic lager from South America/Asia/Africa but doesn’t devolve to chemical notes or metals. Taste is sweet, a bit suddy and soapy. Pretty sweet and very macro lagery. Really doesn’t remind me of the R&D batch at all. This is not doughy, not yeasty, not sharp, not hoppy. In blind taste...well my stupid palate would probably Sam Adams Light or something else abominable. So...not the ultimate session lager after all. :-(
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden pour with a touch of amber. White head with minimal lacing. Smell of malt and hops. Smooth and refreshing taste with sweetness from the malts and citrusy hops. Good beer!
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark gold with a medium white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, grass and slight yeast. Biscuit and slightly sweet flavors up front with a nice bitter finish...very drinkable and damned good. Wish I would have bought more of this!
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy burnt orange pour with thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, mild crackers, some sweet malt. Flavor has a fairly nice bitter hop presence but retains an odd sweetness. Malt notes of biscuits, crackers, bread. Definitely, it’s missing out on the crispness and dryness of the R&D version. It seems the mouthfeel differs to, because what I remember as a effervescent and lively mouthfeel is muted and bordering almost on soft carbonation. It’s a great beer, don’t get me wrong. It’s just disappointing as the R&D version was absolutely excellent.
brokensail (13202) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a clear golden color with a large white head and some strings of lacing.
S: Nice bready malts on the nose with plenty of sweetness. There is a nice yeasty quality to the nose and some floral and earthy hops. There is a bit of sweet apple and biscuit malts.
T: Bread and biscuit malty base give the beer substance and sweetness. The same sweet apple is there on the palate as well. Floral and earthy hops with a very slight bitterness.
M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.
O: A really clean and delicious lager. Great stuff.