ChadPolenz (1629) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2016
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2015 BJCP Category: 31A Specialty Grain Beer
AROMA: Almost completely odorless. The faintest lager-like aroma. 4/12
APPEARANCE: Clear gold; highly carbonated. White head fizzles away quickly like a soda. Looks like a cider. 1/3
FLAVOR: Borderline flavor-free. Some generic lager taste, though sorghum twang/grit presence is noticeable. Some apple juice character (acetaldehyde?). Not repulsive, but extremely lacking in palette. 7/20
MOUTHFEEL: Thin, crisp, watery texture. Clean finish. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Not as twangy as much sorghum-based brews, but it has nothing going for it at all. Bottle was 5 months old. 3/10
TOTAL SCORE: 18/50
fordest (2377) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2016
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle from Trader Joes and took it camping. Should have thought that through a little better.
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 20, 2016
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
From 12oz bottle, about $2 at Trader Joeís, poured into 16 oz tulip glass
Aroma: cider, vinegar,
Appearance: golden, crystal clear, minimal head, white foam, virtually no head,
Taste: lightly sour, medium sweetness,
Palate: light body, thin feel, fizzy
Overall: A watery thin, crisp light lager. If youíre looking for a gluten free beer, just get a cider instead of this.
luttonm (4445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz in Seattle. Very pale white yellow. Very clear and cidery look. Pale sweet, odd flavors but effect is still like a crappy weak euro/macro lager. Cardboard. Almost like a NA beer.
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 11, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Trader Joeís. Clear golden in color. Tastes like a watered down malt liquor. Not much going on in this beer. A beer that tastes like a bad malt liquor, coming in at 4% is not a good thing.
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a light clear orange. No head. Aroma is lightly sweet and fruity. Nice sharp carbonation, hints of fruit, pleasant sweetness. Decent stuff for sorghum.
crossovert (10906) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
355ml twist off bottle. Clear wine/cidre like pour, fizzy quickly dissipating head. Smell is kind of an absent yeast note. Flavor is crisp, not super sorguhmy but its there. Corn syrup in place of it dispalces the shittiness of the sorghum but it is not healthy so drinking a gluten-free beer in this situation is worthless unless you have celiacs and somehow TJís isnít selling wine or cidre.
Frank (3899) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I have had gluten free beers that donít taste all kinds of weird and horrible but apparently having something that tastes good and doesnít have any gluten in it is not enough for the gluten free set as they feel they must suffer to bear their imaginary diseases. This beer is yellow orange and headless. It is made of sorgum and corn syrup and tastes like an old malt liquor thatís been sitting in the cooler for six months. It smells like pennies and has a wince-worthy metallic bitterness to it. This is not a strong beer but regardless it is a bit sweet and rather heavy and sluggish on the palate. It finishes w/ a note of apple sauce and steel wool. This is not aggressively foul and yet it is still very, very bad.
bluejacket74 (1770) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head that has decent enough retention. Not much lacing. Aroma isnít exactly pleasing, the brew smells like watered down apple juice, bready malt/grain, white grapes, and a weird slightly tart smell. The brew mostly tastes the same way, like watery apple juice, white grapes, bready malt/grain, and some corn. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit syrupy with low carbonation. Iíve had some other gluten free beers before, but this is probably the worst one Iíve had that I can remember. On the bright side, I picked this up for just $1.17 a single at Trader Joeís. Even for a Trader Joeís house brand beer, this one is bad. Thatís why I make a point to usually buy singles there. But with that being said, I drank the bottle without any problems so I guess it couldnít have been too horrible.
Nuffield (4011) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I know that Iím an outlier on this, but I donít like lagers, and that was made up for by sweetness, which is something I quite like. Because of that sweetness, there was a light Belgian quality to this, with hints of fruitiness (grape) too. A bit sticky and sickly by the end of the bottle, but Iíve been keeping gluten free for about three months, and this might be a good go-to beer for me. Bottle.