DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Why pick this as my 100th RateBeer? I don’t have any exotic or rare brews handy, having already rated the World Wide Stout. I thought of going the other way and sampling a Santiago; but even for a 7-Eleven beer, it was overpriced, and I’d be left with five more bottles. Then I saw this on sale for $5 a sixer at the store. Here’s a long-standing brand that’s returned to local control after a disastrous period of ownership by Barton Brands, and is now back in the Chicago market. That’s the kind of beer story we need to hear more about!
And it’s a nice beer. A foamy head that dissipates quickly, but underneath is a noticable darker beer than most pilseners, with a constant stream of tiny bubbles. The malt has a slightly toasty taste, with a nice hop balance and nice effervescence. Some adjunct is hinted at, but not noticeable. It leaves a nice malty aftertaste behind. It’s a standard beer that’s almost good for sipping slowly.
Re-visited, 3/30/08. Found a loose bottle at Binny’s on Rt. 83, and thought it was time for a revisit. It’s not an "Anniversary Beer," but just has label info that this is the brewery’s 150th anniversary. I think my original rating may be higher than I might give it today, but not by much. It is darker than other pale lagers, but middlin’ compared to pilseners, true. But it still has some decent malt character you’d never find in a BMC, a light hop presence, and a hint of cereal adjuncts. Better than more than a few German imports to have crossed my palate, and one of my default "cheap brews."
edgallow (1627) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of grain and grass. Taste is malts and a hint if bitterness.
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lgvhockey91 (5) - - SEP 1, 2013 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
It tastes like a macro beer, say coors labatt miller, though some people say they like it.
rangerred (838) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a crystal clear dark gold with just a tiny fizzy head. Nothing at all in the way of head retention or lacing.
Aroma of light sweet corn and bread with just a touch of biscuit. Some light grassy hops floating on top.
Fairly light flavor as well but there is nothing off about it. Corn and bread along with some spicy, grassy hops and a light refreshing bitterness. Moderate mouthfeel with a very clean finish.
Overall, one of the better AAL’s I have had. Very refreshing and no off flavors. One to pick up again.
Fredis23 (478) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear Yellow, Huge Bubbly Head, Lots of Lacing. Light Grainy Aroma. Slightly Sweet, grain, corn, light bitter finish. Light watery body. Easy to Drink. OK for what it is, session beer, but not sure what so "Special" about it.
boozedude (1582) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light yellow pour with white head, super light grainy malty beer... not sure why uts called point spe ial.. Should be point boring lager
geologyguy (547) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A little bland....slight malt taste on the front end...no head....tiniest hint of sweetness...ends watery
jmagnus87 (2183) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can poured into a shaker. This brew is thin and watery and is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. A bit grainey. Really, not bad for the style. Enjoyable.
csaso (1191) - Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle - small foamy head, medium amber color, very sweet malty aroma and flavor, kind of syrupy, not very good overall
tmoreau (2049) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paired this with a Sunday hotdog at Punky’s Pub in Lombard, IL.. Dispensed to a shaker with a clear, light golden hue, a modest amount of white head foam, and minimal lacing. The aroma was light grain, light Pils malt/lager scent, and a touch of light corn sweetness. Low hop bitterness, good carbonation, light body(almost watery), but crisp and very sessionable. Washed down the dog nicely, and also refreshed!
robloc303 (263) - Erie, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2013
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sample left for me. Pours light yellow, typical pale lager, with perfect head. Not much on the nose, maybe a hop essence similar to what Budweiser uses? It actually has some taste. some citrus notes and mild bitterness. Reminds me a bit like a Sam Adams. Not too bad for a pale lager.