berkshirejohn (4950) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. A clear amber pour with a ring of white head and light carbonation; pleasant orange citrus aroma; rather sticky in the mouth with more orange fruit; and a dry fruity finish that could be crisper. Overall a very drinkable lager.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5215) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy yellow color with a large creamy yellow-white head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweet citrus. The flavor was dryish with a bit of citrus and perfume but overall very watery with a tangy undertone. Short finish. Light and watery body. Bland.
cheap (4423) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bottle from a monthly beer club, courtesy of my daughter. Fresh taste, very good sizzle. Some straw in there with a little tiny sour note. Yes, a well done pale lager, almost in the wit beer style as far as cleanness goes. No ill finish. Clear to the bottom of the glass this stuff stays friendly. Easy fun and like able. Yes, even the smell is not bad. Quite good overall beer rating experience. I found this to be right on the low alky pale lager style.
ttoadee (828) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Watery straw yellow. Decent white head. Nose is vaguely sweet grain. Yes, it is sweet. Middle is creamy vanilla, maybe soft white bread. Finish just disappears. Not for me.
kramer (5303) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle. Pours a clear pale straw gold body under a small fizzy white head. The nose is pretty heavy on the corn, there’s a little doughy maltiness as well, but it’s mostly just corn. Zero hops at all. The flavor is thin and really driven by the corn in here. Tastes like there’s hardly any malt in here at all. There certainly wasn’t much in the way of hops used in here. Light bodied and watery in texture with fizzy prickly carbonation. Pretty bad stuff. I’ve had much more pleasant Pale Lagers from the BMC portfolio.
nellycale (211) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - OCT 11, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark gold/yellow hue, clear, thin ring white head. Aroma of sweet pilsner like malts, corny,
Mild sweet pilsner aroma light cormt. Taste of corn,sweet toasted corn and a light citrus finish. Not good.
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UDBeernut (1978) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I figured of I was going to troll on twitter, I should at least down a bottle. pours pale gold with a thin head. cereal grains, light corn, grass. boring but well done for a pale lager.
swoopjones (6621) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle, simple golden pale lager, mild bitterness, sweet maltiness. it is what it is.
unclemike (2435) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUN 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color, small head. Lightly hopped, some maltyness, bitterness is sharp. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
Chad9976 (1327) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date.
Appearance: Light to medium gold hue. Crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a small, white, foamy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Standard pale lager aroma. Slightly sweeter and more yeast presence than the average brew, though. Nothing off-putting, nothing inviting.
Taste: I’m not sure what’s the deal with this beer or this "brewery." I use the term loosely because this is obviously a contract brew made by Mendocino right up the road from me in Saratoga. I’m not sure if this is a new company or another brewery’s brand. Regardless, what is the point of brewing a beer that’s so ridiculously mainstream? To play it safe? Fair enough, but if you’re an adjunct lager drinker wouldn’t you just stick with the brand you know rather than upgrade to a slightly craftier version?
I’ve noticed there’s been quite a few of these crafty pale lagers emerging in recent years and for the most part they’re mediocre to average and Ringside Beer is no exception. It has a more overtly clean taste than the "Big 3" lagers. Though I do detect a slight corn taste, for the most part it’s bland, a tad sweet, and has a dry doughy character. Downing a single serving is no challenge, but I see no reason to have another. Its only crime is being ridiculously boring rather than flat-out bad.
Drinkability: Pale lagers like this I tend to drink straight from the fridge and at that temperature Ringside Beer was actually a bit refreshing. The mild palate and clean aftertaste makes it tolerable to the palette. The mouthfeel is of course thin and fizzy, but not to the point of being so spastic that it didn’t go down smoothly. I’d say the 4.8% ABV weight is perfect because a bigger beer might have more noticeable flaws, and a smaller body would be too watery.