cheap (3372) - Cheap Lager in Western, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ubiquitous pale yellow american beer color and appearance. Typical pale yellow beer smell, perhaps some flowery sweetness is detectable. A little earthy in itís taste, quite unique. No sweetness on the palate. Not bitter either, quite complex for a lager. Some wet hay hints in the flavor. Good medium carbonation. Leaves a mild pilsner bitterness on the finish. Is as good as any other well made premium lager Iíve tasted such as Cisco Sankaty Light or Tyskie Gronie. Much better than Samuel Adams Boston Lager or Saranac Traditional Lager.
auerbrau (2946) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 29, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub. Listed as "Spruce Creek Pilsener." Smells of faint lemon malt sugars, with a strong waft of Virginia Slims Menthol Light smoke (dammit). At least when I return in the fall, this wonít be a problem. Pours a clear middle yellow. Rim on white. Flavors a lightly estery reduced plain malt grain, with a little unfortunate skank and off-charater. A bit of corn and grain stink. Finishes risingly sweet and malty. Not much crisp hop balancing. A little lemon. Bad bitterness long off. Could use some improvement.
3fourths (6932) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 First batch, May 2007. I asked what style this was and was told íPre-prohibition lagerí... itís filtered, which is a shame, but still has a nice appearance and nice smell... clear medium dark yellow colored body with about a 1-inch head of white foam. Fresh smelling nose, with toasty crackers and light, sharp grains... with some sweet, almost sweaty smelling corn scents. Taste is crisp and tangy, more corn, but fresh rather than sour, and perhaps some lemon and wheat flavors as well. Ok overall, comparable to Full Sail Session Lager I would say.
Second batch, from a growler, August 2007. Lost a lot of itís appeal, I think. Seemed more thin, more empty, lacking bite, lacking the noticeable cracker and grain flavors, instead just some pasty corn tasted. I liked it the first time they put it on - not sure about this second batch.