Dissolve (1) - USA - FEB 17, 2007 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
My overall score may be somewhat high, but when you have celiacs disease and it can cost upwards of $40 to find a six pack of beer (including shipping), I will definitely rate this one higher. I found out I had celiacs in the summer of 2006 and along with that found I had no beer to drink. It may not be good to those of you who can drink regular beer, but to those that cannot find sorghum beer in their area other than this, itís more of a reflection of angelic voices. I donít know how many bottles I have drank in the last month, but while it lacks some of the better qualities of some craft beers, and it is sweet (being that sorghum comes from sugar cane) it is a highly tolerable beer and much better than some of the others I have tried. I see it more as a savior for those that have celiacs disease. After a few, it tends to grow on you.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice amber color,small white head that faded quickly leaving nothing behind.Funkadelic aroma,sorta maltyish,sweet,maybe some hops in there.The flavor is mildly malty in way,some hints of metallic in there as well and a slight sweet middle with a mildly bitter metallicish end.Not exactly a good brew but i guess for those folks who are hard up for a brew and canít handle the other grains,then i guess itís a winner then.For myself......itís doable but nothing fantastic.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Well, itís different. A tad bit hoppy, though overwhelmed with a sorghum sweetness that reminds me of nothing more than maple syrup. Not a bad beer, so much as just not a very good one, Tastes more like a dessert that is a bit "off" than a beer.
Palidor19 (2988) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iíve tried to review this from the point of someone who cant have regular beer. It feel like its not worth to someone who has an intolerance to Gluten. The aroma is almost non-existent, taste of Sorghum makes for the unpleasant. hops are a falling taste.
hopscotch (9380) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 14, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle... Clear golden lager with a small, fizzy, white head. Nothing much to the aroma... maybe some grain. Tangy, grainy flavor... a touch too sweet. Thin, dry mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Finishes tangy and a tad salty. Better than expected, for what thatís worth.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2007 The beer pours a very pale and clear orange with a thick but very short-lived head consisting of very large bubbles. The aroma has some hops but mostly sorghum. I can now identify the smell of sorghum after homebrewing my own gluten-free beer. This beer smells remarkably similar to my own creation. It has a strange acidic note to the aroma - reminiscent of citrus (no doubt from the cascade hops). The flavor is very light. There are some tastes of toasted bread, distinct note of yeast, some hops, and a very light honey-like sweetness develops around mid-flavor. The beer finishes very light, not very bitter, and has almost no after-taste. There is a strange dryness on the back of the tongue (though it is not as prominent as in my gluten-free homebrew). Overall, it is palatable, but very weak in flavor. It is neither hearty nor full-bodied - but it is better than other commercial sorghum beers (Iím thinking in particular of New Grist Sorghum beer). Not a bad session beer - on a similar level as industrial macro-brewed lagers. I am still interested to see gluten-free products aimed at beer-lovers - i.e. full of flavor and in varying styles. It seems that sorghum could be roasted to different levels of darkness to produce gluten-free porters and stouts (and molasses and maltodextrin can be used to improve the mouthfeel and "maltiness" to make it more closely resemble barley or wheat beer). But its a start that a large player like Anheuser-Busch is making gluten-free beer more available.
Folsom530 (3) - USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
As this product is gluten (wheat) free, those intolerant of wheat (i.e., barley) products, can now drink beer. Note, the absence of gluten does not mean it is suitable for all diabetics.
The appearance is a nice amber with a durable collar of foam. The taste is a bit different than a normal lager as this beer is made with sorghum instead of barley malt. Itís definitely interesting and worth a try. This style and flavor is very popular in parts of Africa for a long time now. American palates are probably not used to this kind of taste. If you give it a try, especially with meats for dinner, it doesnít pair all that bad. I certainly do not feel "duped" after having tried it!!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden-straw body with abundant carbonation and a sudsy white head. Aroma has a lightly spiced cinnamon and cereal character, plus apple notes. Flavor is papery with light spice and some cider qualities. Mostly dry and moderately bitter. Spritzy, over-carbonated mouthfeel. I was curious to try a gluten-free beer. I feel duped having purchased an A-B product.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ah, this is a lame attempt here. Faint aroma, pale(?) color, faint lacking taste. Nothing special here.
SSSteve (3805) - - FEB 4, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
a clear orange beer with a small white head. sweet grainy aroma with a flowery hint. palate is light a crisp. flavor is of a lager but with a sweeter flavor. i keep tasting pink bubblegum.