dwm1034 (579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from local grocer. Pours a reddish color; thin lead and slight nose. Been drinking a lot of APA and IPA’s lately...and porter / stouts...so this feels and tasts ’thin’....as I sip it, the tastes begin to come thru and it improves. All in all, a good lager from our friends at NG and their brewing friends at Weyerman.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bronze color with a foamy white head. Has a mild grainy aroma. The body is rich and malty with an initial flavor of grains followed by a taste of bread with a moderate carbonation and ending with a slightly sweat finish.
thirdeye11 (5378) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) orange/amber pour, some soapy off-white bubbles on top. Nose of biscuit and cracker, and some mild astringency but smells nice and bready. Taste of fresh unleavened bread, low hop profile. Next to Upright’s The Clash, this just wasn’t as good. Wish it had more hops and was a bit crisper. Didn’t live up to what I hoped it would be.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried this beer at the Casanova Beer Cave Festival (2011), very nice taste to this beer.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
A thoughtful bonus from Jason I wondered how this would compare to the brewery only release of years past. As it turns out the tweaks to the recipe make it mildly more appealing. A nice sessionable beer that gives you enough flavor to be worth your time but not so much your palate is dead after one bottle I heartily recommend this to anyone who is looking for world class beers of a normal alcoholic level.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep coppery bronze body was warm with a gentle glow. Ebony head folded in itself over time until only a thin layer remained. The smell of stale rye bred and cold tea would normally be bland but for this style it does what it should - provides some flavor without blasting you in complexity.
Flavor / Palate - The rich malty start is succeeded by a tang of brisk hops. The two balance out nicely leaving a memorable finish that somehow isn’t wearisome even after the final sip. I suspect this may be one of those beers that is much better fresh but will hold some qualities for a few months. Even so if you get a chance to try it do so sooner rather than later.
CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Verona Wine Cellar. This has a nice compact head that sticks around for some time. It has a dark copper color. Skunky aroma, with a bit of biscuit looming around. Strong Pilsner aroma. The aroma is fairly decent, but it doesn’t blow me away or anything. Bits of charred malts, and skunk are hitting my taste buds. It has this almost burnt/smoky malt flavor to it. Decent hop backing, but there’s not much to this beer. I don’t know why, to me, this just doesn’t seem that is has enough great dimensions to it, for it to be as highly rated as it is. Decent texture, but again, nothing special.
17thfloor (2426) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Okay this is certainly different... I wish it were more the same as the R&D. The color is definitely more amber, frothy white sticky head. Aroma is nice and grassy hoppy but with a sweeter red apple biscuity malt base, very new glarus but now what I wanted in this pils. Flavor follows, more dominated by the sweet almost acidic red apple flavors... metallic. Not up to par.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber with notes of malt. The taste gives a deep malt flavor with light German hoppiness. A good medium finish.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Drew. Thanks! The new version.. Skeptical. Pours a dulled darker golden pour, near transparent, well carbonation, crisp yet darker almost amber, with a moderate frothy offwhite head that cakes, stays a decent layer, laces well. Good retention. Aromas are interesting: crisp cereal grains, touches of toast, bread dough, a light floral hopping, touches of grass. Gentle, yet a distinct socky aroma, not necessarily stinky, but a detractor. Light, it gets a touch more biscuity and maybe even a bit toasty, the hops seem the bad part here, light grass and florals and that sockiness. Initial is heavier side of light bodied, some light soapy florals move into cereal grains, bread, and toasty, light and easily quaffable, a touch of pepper up front, some straw, and earthy hops are gentle, with a moderate blast of doughy bread, toast, and cereal grains, faint honey. Finish is lingering light doughy sweetness, faint bitterness and spice. Bubbly and fizzy on the palate. Ok, doesn’t remind me of the previous version though.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty pale malty nose with some fresh German hoppiness. Starts with a mild malty sweetness, a touch of maize and bittering hop balance before a fairly smooth and drier bittersweet finish. Nowhere near as crisp and balanced as the R & D version, but this seems like something that is marketed for another audience.