lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells a little like vanilla, a little honey, some roasted malts. Flavor is not too strong; tastes like a brown ale should but with something off...very weak overall. Color is a lighter brown.
r464 (2257) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not exceptional, but better than a pale ale. The flavors are not particularly complex, but it gives a deeper ale feel than I was expecting.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear reddish brown beer with amber highlights. It pours with a thin, off white head that fades quickly. The aroma has a sweet caramel smell with a hint of nuttiness. The flavor is very mild, with grassy notes and a touch of sweetness on the finish. The aftertaste is a bit bitter and metallic. The mouthfeel is coarse, with the carbonation dominating the palate.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - SEP 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown in color, indistinct malty aroma. Malty in taste with a light alcohol finish. Drinkable, but not among my favorites. Like many have said, a good alternative to US macros. Not a bad beer at all.
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the standards and a good gateway to English ales. Malty, has notes of nuttiness, coffee, and caramel with a decent hop bitterness. Has that same "mineral water" presence as Bass.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Unlike others, I didn't grow up with this, nor was it my "gateway" beer. Let's be frank: it's one dimensional. Sweet on the tongue, alcohol on the finish. No complexity. Boring. Gets mildly offensive when you realize after the first tasting that you have the rest of a 12-oz glass to finish. Ew.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this on tap and thought it was much better than in the can or the stubby. Smooth malt flavours, nutty and vanilla, not a lot of head but lasting, but why does it vary so much?
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Had on draft at Maynard’s in Excelsior, MN. This one I asked to not have the frosty glass (they looked at me funny). It looked a light brown with a small head. The aroma was a bit sweet and malty. The flavor was malty with low hops. The mouth feel was a bit light for me. Overall, this one is good if you have to choose between it and the typical fare. They even sell it at Twins games - if you can find the right vendor.
bu11zeye (12679) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish amber ale appearance Decent taste with hints of nuts and vanilla.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Sweet, malty, tame beer with very little in the way of hop flavor or aroma. Excellent on tap. Much better than any of the U.S. macros.
Perfect middle of the road beer for all.