after4ever (6733) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
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.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
cwald (91) - Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
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.
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can. Pours gold with a fizzy head. Dirty adjunct corn water and grain. Worse than Hamms and Olympia.
Bookseeb (131) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance holds a light yellow golden color supporting a crisp dissipating head leaving spotty lace. Smell and taste has of light malt and grain with a mild hop finishing fairly clean. Mouthfeel is light with a good spike of carbonation. A refreshing easy drinker.
foyle (325) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2014 Appearance: 3" sudsy white head recedes slowly. Moderate lacing, clear straw appearance. Significant carbonation present.
Aroma: Corn husks, lightly roasted barley, clean water, a hint of hop spice.
Mouthfeel: crisp, light, and watery. Has a dry finish.
Flavor: corn and lightly roasted barley sweetness, a bit of hops in the middle and finish.
Overall: excellent and refreshing.
Squizzle (176) - Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iíve been drinking Rainier since Iíve been drinking. When I was younger it used to come in 16 oz "pounders". Those days are gone but if its around Iíll still drink it. Its also great for drinking games.
bulldogops (1145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Oldmanbrau. 355ml can. 5%. Plain, flavourless, clear yellow fizz. Great for NASCAR fans in 40+ weather, or people whose palate has been destroyed by chain smoking. Not much use otherwise.
Hanuta06 (400) - Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Serving: from can--purchased at QFC.
Aroma: grassy hops.
Appearance: small, frothy, white, initial head with no lacing and mostly diminishing longevity. Clear, light-yellow body.
Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly bitter finish with short duration.
Palate: light body, watery texture and lively carbonation.
Overall: a living Seattle legend (but now brewed in California). Still tastes okay on a hot day.