Skyview (5023) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Received a sample bottle from distributor. Pours a clear golden straw colored light beer with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates that leaves behind some minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of light apple and pear fruit, mild golden grain malt with a touch of rice, and light tropical fruit. Taste is light bodied, more corn presence in taste than aroma with some floral and minimal grassy hops. Finish is short lived semi-sweet then very minimal bitterness. An average light pale lager overall.
Chad9976 (884) - 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: Iím not sure whatís 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. Iím not sure if this is a new company or another breweryís brand. Regardless, what is the point of brewing a beer thatís so ridiculously mainstream? To play it safe? Fair enough, but if youíre an adjunct lager drinker wouldnít you just stick with the brand you know rather than upgrade to a slightly craftier version?
Iíve noticed thereís been quite a few of these crafty pale lagers emerging in recent years and for the most part theyíre 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 itís 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 didnít go down smoothly. Iíd 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.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle. Gold color and well carbonated. Some malt and corn for sure. I canít believe they actually advertise that it has corn. Some perceivable hops. Not bad, for a pale lager.
blipp (4784) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a thin white head. Dirty grainy malts and corn. Close to diacetyl-like notes. Pretty bad.
jmohno (831) - Iowa, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight haze yellow,ok mild head,slight lacing.
Mild sweet pilsner aroma light corn,clean mild typical of style.
Taste has body,corn,sweet toasted corn then more sweet corn,corn finsh with corn lemon bitteirng. Corn., I dont know pretty corny. Pairs well with doritos?
heemer77 (5010) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. A deep gold brew with a thin bright white head. The nose is yeasty raw bread dough with some raw vegetable scraps. There is also a littlle bit of peanut character. The taste had some dough and a little bit of potatoes. Light and smooth, this is highly carbonated. A decent light lager.
BuffaloBeer1 (1) - - JUL 26, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very well made beer. The color and clarity holds true for most lagers. I usually donít expect much from a lager in terms of flavor. However, this one is different. There is a subtle complexity to flavor that intrigues the mind while being refreshed. This is a perfect beer for simply relaxing on a hot day, chatting it up at a barbecue with friends, or even a camping trip. I am not a lager drinker on most occasions, but will definitely buy this again.
wlajwl (2901) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is grainy malts, mild sweetness and malt grit. The flavor is malts and a hint of apples and hops in the finish.
GDeGeorge (1) - - JUL 4, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just a well made beer. Easy drinking but not able to consume to many at once.