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Rainier beer brings together natureís bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
yngwie (13555) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
Can, 71cl. It pours a big, white head over a clear, yellow body. Lacings. The aroma is weak, with some fruityness and pale malts. Pears and yellow apples mostly. Thereís a little bitterness in the flavor, else itís the same fruits and pale malts found in the nose. Medium bodied, and a pleasant carbonation level. Some bitterness in the end. A drinkable one, but thereís nothing interesting going on here, nothing at all. 131004

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2013
Clear straw yellow, snow white head. Decent lacing Mostly grassy nose with a touch of sweet biscuit malt. Very soft and light. Taste is grassy, prickly carbonation and a good bread based malt. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Decent but would not want a lot of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GrainBeltMan (28) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
This is a nicely balanced lager with a pleasant combo of slight sweetness mixed with grassy and faintly floral hops and a pleasantly bitter finish. Aroma is old fashioned adjunct. Appearance is pale, clear with reasonably persistent white head. Body is light--but not unduly so for the style. Carbonation is a little light for my tastes. Overall, this is a great "session" beer, refreshing and light but with more character than most of the "big guys." Itís similar to Coors original in some ways, which is not a bad thing. I could drink a LOT of these and I think I will RIGHT NOW!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
gunnfryd (10528) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2013
Can. Golden colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, butterscotsch, malt, corn. Flavour is fruit, butterscotsch, malt, corn. Thin body. boring beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Everyone has the favorite local, and this oneís always been mine. I donít even know whether I have had very many of these, but it was the first beer I ever drank, back when I was 12. My buddy Jason had a few of them and we hung out listening to Rush and pretending to be grown up.

More than that, it always had by far the coolest ads on TV for a local product. Definitely aimed at localsí pride, and funny. They made themselves seem like they were fun people working for a fun company, and like all good ads, that association rubbed off onto the beer.

Then I stopped thinking about Vitamin R. For decades. Didnít bother with it. Didnít notice how many locals still enjoyed it, even with the occasional homegrown beer nerd saying it was his favorite lawnmower beer.

But a couple weeks ago, I lost an old friend, and it had been too long since weíd seen each other. We remember him as a world traveler, music maniac, true blue lifelong friend, all-around great guy, and a bunch of other things. But one of the funnier things to pop up on his Facebook page was a link to a video of him goofing around at the bar where he worked, playing guitar and wishing he was Trey Anastasio, entertaining snowboarders with a song about how Rainier is a wonderful beer.

So, for you, Geoff, last night I poured myself a tall cold one of Vitamin R. I miss you brother, always will, and Iíll see you on the other side.

Yes, the 3.0 is a little sentimental, or a courtesy score. Call it what you will. But this is a light, refreshing standard american pale lager you can drink anytime, especially if itís frosty cold.

Whatís on the can--"Itís from here"--is no longer true. But it was true, true for decades, and they put the sign back up on the big old brewery next to I-5 a couple weeks ago...just in time to say goodbye to Geoff. It still feels like itís from here, though, because of the personality behind it, and the colorful local personalities who still love it a million different ways. If Geoffís passing reminds me of anything, it reminds me to enjoy all of what life has to offer, not just the best of it.

So, now, to my friends who have beer brands under their control, I wish you well--that your brands be half as cool as Geoff, and as cool as Rainier. While you work to make the best beers possible, remember to make them fun.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2013
Can. Pours clear golden with an off-white head. Aroma of herbal notes, malt, some corn and fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and malty with some grains,cooked corn, bread and floral hops.Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
Pint can. Clear straw color, light lacing, small head. Pungent, rather strong aroma. OK taste, drink it at a dive bar for added effect. Nothing rough or offensive about it, which says a lot for the $1.25 I pad for it. Great value? Easy to drink, just a little high on the carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cwald (91) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. HGT Brew club tasting night. Blahhhh. Could be worse I guess. This beer is perhaps a step above a coors or a budweiser...but nothing to brag about. In a blind tasting, I picked a PBR over this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Can. Pours gold with a fizzy head. Dirty adjunct corn water and grain. Worse than Hamms and Olympia.

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