awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at multiple locations, multiple times. Transparent, golden colored pour with a quickly dissipating layer of fizzy white head. Depending on the batch and/or location, Iíve found the aromas varying betweem clean bready grains, light crisp fruits with a hint of grape, and DMS. Light bodied, spritzy carbonated mouthfeel that fizzes out rather quickly. It can be a clean flavored, fresh grain, refreshing hot summer day lawn mower beverage, or it can be a canned corn bomb. I like it when its the former. This rating might be a bit generous, although itís sort of an average of different experiences ranging from between a 1.8 and 3.0 for my palate.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Served cold, from tap. Clear-gold in color, with a thin white head. It tasted like a decent clone of a Mexican lager, but then again I donít drink many Mexican lagers. Very light and crisp, but with little flavor.
FlacoAlto (3850) - 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 (568) - 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 (3414) - 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.