FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 itís 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.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Rerate 10/30:07: On tap at the Lost Abbey. Much better this time. Not bad, pretty drinkable, certainly low in flavor and aroma. I understand why they use this for blending, because itís so light. I find it extremely interesting that if you throw Brett yeast into this, and put it into a barrel it becomes a great sour beer. 6,1,5,3,10: 2.5
6/12/07: Wow. Super skunk. Itís so skunky itís interesting. Glass from a growler a friend got. Mild, and somewhat easy to drink, but kind of off vegetable or corn flavor in the background under the watery flavor. Light yellow color. Little head. This glass is pretty bad for pale lagers. 1,1,3,3,6:1.4
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUN 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap poured a clear gold color with small white head. Aroma was mild malts and lager yeast. Flavor was bland with a smooth finish, not too much going on.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap in carlsbad, very pale, no aroma, lacking a bit in flavor, went well with pizza, good for quenshing thirst in summer, nothing spectacular
Bartzilla (561) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíll give this an overall of 15 because it nails the style to a tee and compared to real Mexican lagers, this is far more quaffable. You would almost swear you can taste beans in it. And by saying that I donít really mean that you can taste beans, but more or less it captures the exact flavor of drinking a Mexican lager and eating some quality Mexican grinds. I canít rate this low on itís style since, for itís style, it shines above the rest. This is usually one of my "slow down" beerís at Hamiltonís, when Iíve made the decision that I am actually going to sober out and drive home instead of calling a cab and wondering how Iím going to fetch my car the next day.
alexanderj (3399) - 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.
JohnC (3004) - 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 itís a favorite of the local military, as a substitute for BMC...
itís yellow, not much aroma, the flavor is benign. designed & implemented as an ice cold quench thirster.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - 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.
ClarkVV (4064) - 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 noseÖ.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. Didnít 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.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Corny dms nose with some grain and salt notes. Grainy and astringent palate. Dms laden finish.