lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells o fhops and hay. Appearance is golden yellow. Flavor dominated by vegetables and hops. Palate is average. Awesome bottle! Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 Brilliant bottle! Hoppy citric flavor suggesting barleywine, IPA, and British Summer ale in complexion. Surprisingly quick finish and a lingering light bitter touch. Doesn't add up to much, despite its interest.(Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003) (6-5-7-3-14) // Re-sampled, 20 Aug 04: perhaps my rating could go as high as 3.8 but it was too late in the tasting to trust my judgment, so I'll wait for another taste before re-rating.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Glowing yellow, average head...smells like a very strong and clean pilsner, which is exactly what it is. Nice! The taste was very aggressive but didn't reflect the 8.8% ABV at all. I'd love to give this to BMC drinking friends and tell them "It's the same style as your Bud Light, don't worry..."
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh, if only I had known there was such a thing as a hoppy pils. Nice fruity blend. Mostly apple & pear, and strong citrusy hop flavor.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Frosted cloudy sunflower color. Flowery, tangy aroma that diminished as warmed, nothing impressive. Sweet, slightly sticky finish with not as many hop burps as I'd anticipated. Flavor was too ordinary for the price, unrefined and not complex at all. Straightfoward pilsner amped up with alcohol. Trendy bottle, average beer. Rerate: better on draft than in the fancy-schmancy bottle. Very fresh and rich hops abound. Glad I took another look at it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bottle, solid white, cool asian markings with a reseal cap. Come on, is this really a lager? Very hoppy, some fruity malts, apples. This beer is defintely one of a kind.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hazy beer with thin white head.
Fruity aroma with herbs, malt and an acidic tone.
Full, alcoholic flavor with peas, yeast and hops. Firm bitterness and extreme maltiness.
Really odd beer. Doesn´t taste anything like a pilsner but still is very nice. Rogue always surprises. One of coolest bottle designs ever. though.
3fourths (8022) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Soft cloudy yellow appearance. Spicy wheat aroma, with some sweet citrus as well. Crisp and hoppy, IPA-like... more so than a pilsner. Cascade hops are big, and it has creamy mouthfeel but a rough finish. Very drinkable.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold in color with a whispy head. Citrusy and slightly hoppy aroma. Strong citrus attack with a broad hoppyness that evaporates quickly.
TAR (2493) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy pale gold. Sticky, white lacy ring of foam. Earthy, coarse hop nose with powdery, doughy pale malts, orange peel, and solvent. Hints of lemon, honey, and herbs. Notably meaty, musty, and vegetal and far less clean than it needs to be. Soft body with scant tiny bubbles. Fruity and sugary on first sip with notable hints of minty alcohol trailed by a bracing Sterling hop blitz. Nearly cloying at times. Massive sweetness is momentarily tempered by the astounding hop bitterness. Finishes with a lemon zest, dried apricot, musty pilsner malt collaboration. Lingers with bready pilsner malts and numbing hop sensations. I was hoping for more juicy Sterlings in both the aroma and flavor, more perfume, and lots more dryness and effervescence to define the walloping bitterness. On a brighter note, this will certainly fulfill an evening hop fix.