britab99 (65) - Kennesaw, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2000
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite smooth for such a dark beer. Almost the perfect amount of bitterness at the end....not to bitter, not to weak.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very comparable to Bass pale. Ample white head, good lacing, moderate-good activity. Excellent color, soft, full mouthfeel, bitterness just right. Strong across the middle, medium finish, decent after taste. Medium-light body and underwhelming character insures hop-heads and beer snobs will piss all over themselves dissing this beer. Just ignore them. Solid, well rounded selection that’s widely available.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Wow, what an utter ripoff. Waited years to review good beers in front of this, anyway, let’s roll. Great label, great description on label, decent ESB color, I guess. Slight aroma, slight taste, no character. Good ESB is a fine style, so I stubbornly tried this stinker many times over the years, telling myself that the last beer was too assertive, ruining my palate for Redhook. BULLSHIT ! This is dyed red Budweiser (ie, Buttwiper). Jesus, Killian’s tastes passable next to this corporate "product".
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In answer to your question (WISEGUY527 "I used to love this. Did they change or did I?", a friend of mine just told me that they have been bought out by Anheiser Bush (this is one of his favs - and I just told him about this site - expecting Vince to join soon)
mjurney (64) - Amarillo, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 Pours out nice copper color with a little head. Kinda rich flavor from malt. A little hoppy flavor. Not bad, but I had better ESB.
HippieFee (63) - - JUL 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - A little hops flavor with a lot more caramel malt sweetness to the beer. Rich amber color. Sweet smell.
mjmoen (62) - - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a really nice amber color. Nicely balanced beer, notes of fruit and honey. Easy to drink. Just delightful
molsonfan9000 (59) - geneva, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Semi fruity smelling beer. Color is amber with a thick head. Taste is sweet amost orangy tasting with a A good beer, worth a taste any day of the week.
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy copper with small fine head. I need to pull pretty hard to get much aroma but the smell is a relatively pleasant sweetness of light caramel malts. Little in the way of hops to round out the rather light beer. Dry finish doesn’t have enough clear hop range to really impress.
Casteel420 (59) - Bristol, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber/copper almost red, with little head. Sweet taste with bitter aftertaste. Smooth and easy drinking. Aroma is musty, caramelly.