TAR (2674) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear chestnut. Wispy white foam. Mellow aroma of pumpernickel bread, toasty malt, unsweetened chocolate, Hallertau (fennel seed), and hints of plummy esters, rock candy and tomato. Firm and loose carbonation. Opens with papery, wafer cookie malt and a faint grip of toast. An encroaching fruity twang induces a slickness which hinders the cleanliness and obscures the vividness of the malt. Subtle saccharine sweetness sits atop a bouncy honeyed-biscuit Munich characteristic. Some juiciness is apparent, though the unripe plum displaces much of the richer textures. Unsweetened chocolate fullness helps with the body, as do some toasty dextrins. Hops are subtle but spicy throughout. Malt is edgeless and well extracted, though, with notable depth and zero huskiness. Finishes quietly but cleanly and balanced, with spicy Hallertau, tobacco and an earthy malt softness prevailing late. Aside from the fruitiness and the tomato note in the aroma, this is a surprisingly clean and quaffable lager that only needs less fruitiness and deeper, more-dynamic malt to augment the relatively thin body. Enjoyable.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught. Pours amber with a small off-white head. The aroma is toast, raisin, and sage. The flavor is toasty and hay. Watery and uninteresting.
tmongoose (2219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft pours dark red nice lacing. nice malt aroma with some sweetness. medium hop base. the flavor is mild for it is a red lager. kind of middle of the road. side note they use this beer to marinate and steep their corned beef in. decent enough if you enjoy lagers.
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at the brewery. Pours a nut amber with ring lace. The nose is of caramel and walnuts. Sweet caramel malt with a hint of cherry on the tongue. A well-balanced bitter back finishes the pull. Soft carbonation and a medium body accompany a smooth mouthfeel. Decent.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tastes watered down. red colored pour with creamy head. not bad looking, but not very good tasting. this one lacks when compared to the stick stout and the christmas ale.
freekyp (1925) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 Pours a nice reddish amber with a thin weak wispy head. Aroma is subdued, but flavor shows a fantastic caramel note along with a slight nobel hop metallic twang. Nice burnished bronze color. Capped with a small off white head. Well balanced with a just enough hops to keep it interesting.
tia (1737) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. I’m going to steal my husband’s descriptor and say that it is black tea color plus a big white head. Smells tinny and lemony and grainy. Kind of watery with a little carbonation. Sweet up front, then kind of watery and grainy. Not my thing.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A decent lager, but nothing spectacular. Light redish color with a slim head. Malty aroma. Kind of interesting malty taste. Nothing really stood out with this beer. Had this on tap at Barley's in Knoxville, TN.
Beerenberger (1601) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma is minimal. Pours a nice ruby reddish brown with a minimal head. Taste is minimal also - sweet malt and caramel notes. Medium-light bodied and minimal carbonation. Overall, nothing to write home about.
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wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Good flavor just not enough of it. A light
version of an amber-like lager. The finish is fairly
crisp, and there is a fairly decent hop aroma.