DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2008 Draft I had this at the brand’s new home, the Hops Haven Brew Haus in Sheboygan. This is about as good an American lager as I’ve ever found. Effervescent on the tongue, a nice light straw color and taste. Hops give a slight spicy edge, almost tangy. I haven’t found many brewpubs with a good light lager, but this one is worth finding (the brewmaster told me one reason he left Port Washington is that the bar owners couldn’t keep the lines in shape, ruining the beer between brewing and serving).
nuplastikk (4953) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Hops Haven. Filtered orange-tan, creamy-white head. Mellow, mild lemony noble hop tones. Solid malt tones as well, no off flavors. A pretty nice thirst quenching lager.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Hops Haven Brew Haus. Clear yellow-amber with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt, mild fruit and corn. Taste of sweet malt, nuts and corn. Somewhat astringent, nothing exciting.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a bright, clear golden colour with a small white head. Aroma is faint of tropical fruit and grain. Taste is light, clean and refreshing with hint of pear in the finish.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Attractive beading/bright golden pour/fluffy white head all contribute to the good looks of this brew. Flavor though was thin, weak, timid and disappointing...even for a pale lager. There was a very light herbal hop not in the finish...and the finish was the best part of this drink.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Hops Haven brewpub in Sheboygan, WI. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with an off white head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of multi-grain malt with a a touch of apples and roasted nuts. Tastes is medium body, herbal tones, lightly carbonated with a light hoppy finish. A little watery going down but still refreshing.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Hops Haven. Poured a clear brighter golden with a light cap of white head and thorough lacing. Grainy and kinda corny on the nose with some pale malt and cereal notes.. bit of citrus too.. rather weak but pleasant. This was tasty and refreshing... cereal malts at the core with lemongrass and mild floral bitterness surrounding. Lighter-bodied. Higher carbonation made it rather spritzy.. still refreshing, though.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear gold in color with a thin sheet of a white splotch for the head. Reserved aroma, with some flour off the grocery shelves and a little underlying lemon signals. Watery and carbonated with a hops injection as an afterthought. Served too cold, probably trying to mask how terrible this one really is. Musky, skunked finish.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice colored clear amber body. Small white head. Grainy wheat aroma with a light hop touch. Herbally sweet, with sort of a stale cardboard-like finish. Blah.
ElGaucho (2285) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange body with slow carbonation. Small, off-white head that is mostly dissipating. Tastes a little old. Sweet and fruity with faint hops. Enjoyable and drinkable. Decent, just not great. Wouldn't buy it again.
Joebeer (8) - USA - OCT 12, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brewery offers three bottled beers: Old Port Porter, Amber ale, and this lager, Pier 96. These are all contract brewed and bottled by another brewery, but the draft versions brewed in Sheboygan by Mr. Kolar (with a little help from Mr. Fillion) are far and away vastly superior. This lager is excellent on tap. So much more to offer than American Macro brewers. If you consume nothing but Bud and Miller, give your tastebuds an a workout!