JohnnyJ (3908) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Golden, slightly orange pour. Malt, bread, light sweetness, citrus, and some hops. Easy to drink and non offensive, thats about it.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap May 2007
Last impressions first, this is a poor example of a Mexican Lager; at least I was expecting something close to water, with overtones of corn, and perhaps even some authentic skunk. This beer did not come close. Instead I found a nicely hoppy beer that had a solid backdrop of clean, cereal grain, malt character. It did hit the crispness of a Mexican Lager, but the crispness was contributed by a solid hop biting bitterness in the finish that is quite atypical of it’s namesake beers. The body was also not light and watery enought; it was still light, yet had a nice malty fullness that just kisses the palate enough to let the clean malt character linger on a bit. The hop character leans towards grassy herbal notes, but does seem to have a hint of lemon grass to it as well.
All in all a failure from the cloning of a Mexican Lager aspect. Thank goodness though, because instead we have a nice, easy drinking, hot-weather refresher. I would definitely forgo the recommendation for a lime, this beer has enough malt and hop character to stand on its own two feet.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2007
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Draught at Port Brewing on 3/24/07
Thin white head is quickly diminished, leaving only a few patches of lace behind. Rather light, golden-blonde color with some slightly darker maize-like notes and a high clarity.
Not much going on in the nose….Bit of corn-like notes, though not really the offensive type. Light vanillin and dry, grainy malts that are quite bare and not very fresh/crisp smelling. Some nutty, minimally noticeable hops and a finish very devoid of yeast crispness. Mineral water-like notes and grain aromas mostly, and pretty weak at that. Didn’t get any DMS in the nose.
Before even mentioning the flavor, the body and carbonation were way off. Extremely loose carbonation leads to a very thin/watery mouthfeel. And it seems like there just isnt enough malt in the beer either, as much of the flavor is water. After that, some dry, bready, nearly astringent cracker-like notes, slight corn/borderline DMS notes and a bit of waxiness/paperiness. Even the malt flavor that was present was pretty bland, stale and washed out. Not sure what to make of this one. I could understand if it was left on too long at a beer bar, but served right at Port Brewing in this condition? Strange.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in SD. Rich gold with a white head. Deceptively thick beer for the color. This tastes very wheaty to me! While this is not outstanding, I find it to be very good for a "mexican" beer.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2007
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
draft at the lost abbey today, 4/20/07, with a packed house of locals hiding from the rain. Porus yellow, no head no armoa. Decent taste nothign special.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright straw yellow color with mild yeasty aroma. Smallish quickly dissapating thin head. Mellow biscuit like yeasty taste with an initial sharp bite. Nice crisp finish. Nice for what it is.
alexanderj (3202) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft at the Carlsbad Pizza Port; very good for the style. Classic pale lager in color and aroma (not much). Flavor was sweet malt and grain/grass/hops. Surprising beer from them.
auerbrau (3082) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very fresh, bright clean crisp plain malt aroma. Maybe some edges of sugar. Pour of plain gold, with a slick edge of white. Flavor is again fresh and clean sweet malt, with a lot of white grape vinous character and real deal of fresh grainy character. Not slightly skunky, off or unclean. Finishes with a long clean sugar metamorphosis. Best pale lager, no questions.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had this on draft a few times, usually at Pizza Port San Clemente. They tell me that it’s a favorite of the local military, as a substitute for BMC...
it’s yellow, not much aroma, the flavor is benign. designed & implemented as an ice cold quench thirster.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap @ the brewery. If I ever need to get a keg to "please the masses".....this will be the one. A clear golden yellow pour, medium sized head. Nose of light hops, grain and some yeast. The best pale lager I’ve had to date!.