ladnewton (1373) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn NY on 27th July 2011. Clear gold wuth white ring-and-film head and a little lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma - berries/fruitcake. Touch of floral and citric grapefruit in-mouth; late upper-mouth sugary sweetness. I found the finish rather sweet, sherbet, refreshers, starburst flavours. This sweetish flavour blend then fades without any further changes. Light mouthfeel and fairly easy drinking.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 2011 bottle date
A solid pour into my glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale gold color when held up to the light (it is not as pale as your typical macro lager though). The aroma smells of hay like malt and cracker like grain up front, but is backed by a touch of honey malt sweetness and some spicy, herbal hop notes. It certainly smells like a good times American lager, but it has quite a bit more character than a macro (which this likely shouldn’t be compared to); there is a really nice grain / malt character to this beer that can be quite expressive and there is a backing hop character that suggests at lemon zest with an herbal bent to it.
The beer has a honey grain sweetness to it up front, but as it rolls across the palate it picks up an herbaceous, more clean bitter hop character. The beer has a bitter bite through to the finish, but the grain sweetness never totally disappears either. The hop character is lightish, but certainly present with flavors that suggest at mint, something green like basil (but not quite), and a definite sweet lemon like note that is boosted by the soft malt sweetness that is in this beer. The combination of malt and hop character here really seems quite distinct and interesting, and I can’t quite pinpoint why exactly; it has a sort of sweet lemon, or sweet mint (without really being sweet) sort of thing going on (it could suggest at toothpaste, but I don’t like that and this really doesn’t), it also has a nice herbal influence that couples very well with the bright malt character. The malt character is bright with its honey’ish sweetness (more pale grain sweetness than anything) and its toothsome fresh crushed grain, almost cracker like character; but it is balanced. This hides the alcohol fairly well, though not perfectly and the body certainly has a bit more heft to it than I was initially expecting; but this is also quite a bit bigger of a beer than the lawnmower images on the label might suggest.
Really the balance is what I am liking so much about this beer, the balance is just so spot on. This is far more enjoyable than I was expecting, though to be honest I was expecting something interesting from this no matter what.
williamstome (818) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow pour. Aroma is grain and grass. Flavor has some fruit in it. Not bad considering the style.
Lagerboy (1171) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy straw yellow with a big white frothy head,sweet malts, some spice and citrus and floral hops. A big, in yer face lager... be nice to try a fresh one!
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge thanks to G311 for sending this bottle out this way just because he’s such a nice guy and knew I wanted it. Served in a wine glass.
Pours a mostly-clear straw color with a good white head that is quite large. It’s fizzy and goes down quickly, leaving some spotty lacing. The nose brings a moderate amount of malt with some bread, grain, and straw. Behind that are some herbal and floral hops. The flavor takes through a light amount of grainy sweetness along with some moderate bitterness, with floral hops coming through in the finish. Good carbonation on a light body with a dry and somewhat bitter finish. Pretty good beer. Huge thanks, Vince!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-21-2011
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells floral, tastes pretty bitter. A hint of sweaty dog, grass, eh. I think this is probably the best lager there might be...but it’s still bad.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from SneezyAchew on BA - thanks! Cloudy pale yellow pour, very appropriate given the style. Fresh, grassy, earthy aroma, on par with the pleasing organic feel of many PT brews. Nose is slightly sharp, like angry noble hops. Mouthfeel is nice and lively, with a bit of a raw feel to the palate given the intensity of the carbonation and the bitter hops. Flavors incorporate mild tangerine in the middle, but this beer is mostly about the nice crisp dry tastes. Enjoyable.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2010 batch 2). Clear gold/wheat with some white head. Light aroma with some pale malt, wheat, maybe a hint of citrus. Taste is light and refreshing with a light hop finish. Not bad for what it is but also nothing special.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to nellie. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was buttery grains and citrus. flavor was buttery grains, citrus, floral notes, and slight pine resin. not bad for the style.
damzz (247) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is lager pure white with sheet lacing. The head dwindles as they do but remains. Teh color is yellow with a slight - ever slight - haze. The nose is full of hops and spice. The light sweet malt hits first and then is balanced quickly with the bitterness of the hops finishing in the aftertaste with the lingering memory of the hops. And then the 7% alcohol take its toll. When this rating was added, it tipped the scale and beer’s rating went up. Cool. One person, rating, etc. does make a difference. June 2010, Batch 2