Holdwine (1163) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent enough, but a bitter? More like an amber to me. I had it on draft and it is quite drinkable. No head to speak of. Dark amber in color. Wouldn't it be nice if all future Michelob products were made by Red Hook?
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2003 Aroma: Had a really nice caramel malt aroma.
Appearance: Poured from the bottle with barely any head and therefore left no lacing. It had an orangish hue to it.
Flavor: Very nice malty/caramel flavor that carries over from the aroma. It could use a few more hops for my liking, but it is a very delicious beer.
Palate: The mouthfeel of this beer was just average.
Overall: A very tasty brew. However it could use more bitterness, and it definitely needs a head.
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eh.. Not sure where's the Special or the Bitter but this was a very drinkable brew. Not anything bad about it, perhaps unspectacular would be the best description. If it's a choice between BMC, Flat Tire, or Drop Top, then I say go for it!!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I used to drink this one often a few years back.On draft I remember it being very good.Well I purchaced a "fresh 6'er" bottled on 4/21/03.Poured out an average amber.Weak head,slight lace.Smells of a standard slightly above average ale(slightly cheap).The taste is much the same w/ a sourness more than a bitterness.(ESS)Not too bad on the palate but not much of a "session" beer if ya ask me.Give me a real bitter or better yet an IPA(sorry).Reminds me of a cherry wheat w/out the cherries.They get distribution through AB(boo)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light amber color with a very thin, white head. The aroma is lightly malty with notes of dry grain, cereals, dough and caramel. The lightest aroma of citrus and resin to represent the hops. A rather decent flavor to this bitter. Nothing too outstanding, but fairly solid. A decent mouthfeel but a little abrupt in the finish. Decently malty with caramel and bread. The hops are a bit strong and attempt to dominate the entire beer. It tastes alright, but I don't really think its that true to the style. Eventhough it's no West Coast IPA, it's just too damn hoppy.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color, malts in the nose. Faint hops in this "ESB". Where's the "B"? Drinkable though.
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice dark golden color strong grain aroma taste
not complex but certainly much better at room temp, good blend of barley malt and hops, dry finish
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sparkling clear amber brew with a small, frothy, enamel head. Quickly diminishing with minimal lacing.
Malty, yeasty and spicy nose full of white wine and fuzzy fruit. Lightly floral.
The flavor is lightly malty up front with butterscotch highlights. Citrusy and lightly bitter hop presence on the backside. Hints of yeast and alcohol as well.
Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, dry, crisp finish! Malty and bitter notes at the conclusion.
I can't believe I've not rated this beer before now. An old stand-by!
uhorpheus (215) - houston, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent brew. Not too much flavor, littlew aftertaste at all. Malty, rich (but still light character) beer with little follow-through. Good but nothing spectacular. Good when you want to drink a lot of something.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well this was not to bad, but my question is where is the bitter? This seemed more like a sour wheat beer, but on the other hand it was not the worst bitter that I have ever had.