maxwellboltzma (3) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2012 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some have compared it to sam adams lager. I feel its a little bit more malty with a little bit more after taste. Good.
MacBoost (1263) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep amber with little to no head, from a growler acquired from Wegmans, Penfield. Notes of caramel and spicy hops in the aroma. Taste is slightly sweet, malty and lightly bitter. This is much better than I expected.
AskForJenny (1020) - Ontario, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample and eventual growler at Railroad St - Looking at the ratings Iím surprised this didnít score higher. I literally got one of the first pours out of the first keg of the most recent batch, couldnít be fresher. This probably made the difference. Wood like a Bock, not too much, and enough malt strength to make me question the lager part. Crystal clear, nice lace, some head.
RickTStiles (743) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the Straathallen Hotel. Not bad. Crisp, refreshing, a bit fruity and overall satisfying and easy to drink. Wont change your life but it goes down smooth.
decaturstevo (5002) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light amber pour with off white head and lace. Malt and almost bourbon-barrell aroma. Medium malt with a bit of an off bitter. Thin and foamy not really special but pretty solid.
McGarnigle (551) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at ballgame. Served headless. Seemed fairly fresh. Colorful body, highly fizzed and light bodied. Some caramel malts, slender hops. Slightly metallic. Pretty good lager.
blipp (6072) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Jineís on Park Ave. in Rochester. Pours clear amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is light caramel and barley. Medium body. Flavor is lightly roasted malt, caramel, toast and the faintest hint of hops. Nice.
Ritterkreuz (179) - Seneca Falls, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this one at a local Italian place called Bazilís in Rochester, NY. It reminded me somewhat of a Sam Adamís Boston Lager. It is a clear, reddish amber, with a well balance flavor, allowing you to taste both the hops and the malt at the same time. The same can be said of the aroma.
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. medium amber color. little to no head, light malt flavor. hops not evident. ok
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Rerate, on tap at WatchaGotCookin in Fairport, NY:
Highland Lager is clear, sparkling and amber. The off-white head is
soft, tenacious and leaves great lacing. The aroma is fresh and of light grain, caramel and a little roast. Very inviting. The mouth feel is medium-light, pretty watery and grainy or chalky. There is more flavor here than I expected. It is nutty, almost like pistachios. The caramel flavor from the aroma is present in the flavor as well. There is much more of a roasty flavor than I anticipated. There is not really any bitterness to speak of. All of the flavor seems to be from the malt. The aftertaste is nutty. This is a pretty good session lager.
[+1 appearance, +2 overall]
Original rating from 1 Aug 2007:
(Growler from Hegedorns) Highland Lager is a clear and sparkling deep amber lager with a slight off-white ring of a head. The aroma is of fruity wooden hops with dark sweet malt extract. Itís almost smokey. It is medium-light bodied and a little flat. Itís a little chalky but not too bad. Itís lightly bittered, a little resiny, a little metallic. It ends with a sweet snap and leaves the flavor of molasses in its wake. Itís OK for a lager. The flavor is not very focused or prominent. It looks darker than it is.