ClarkVV (5129) - 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.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ Carlsbad: Clear pale yellow. Sweet malt and corn in both the aroma and flavor. Clean on the finish. Drinkable. COuld be very good if you like the style.
snoworsummer (4259) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear bright gold with a thick off white head. Tastes like sweet corn, bready malt, and very light citrus. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet corn, bready malt, and light citrus.
Marheb (4197) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(En fût à la brasserie): Un liquide singulier mais avec pleins de qualités comme la carbonatation, composition des céréales, fraîcheur des houblons et hauteur de la buvabilité.
FlacoAlto (4125) - 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.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good lager on tap at Commons Ale House in Santa Monica, light and easy to drink, nice
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.
alexanderj (3486) - Branson, Missouri, 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.
Ktwse (3413) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear golden with low white head. Aroma of light bread and grass, not much else. Taste is a different story, rich sweet honey with light malt bitterness. Light body with average carbonation.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, 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.