kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from local supermarket. Pours a dark amber color with a thin head. Little lacing. Aroma is actually better than a typical lager beer with notes of sweet malt, grass, grain. Flavor is also better than a typical lager, with some sweet malty caramel like notes with very little hoppy bitterness. Generally medium body with a smooth, sweet finish. Much better than I anticipated given the Rolling Rock beers I have had in the past.
Hinez57 (173) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild toast and base malt aroma. Dark straw/light amber color (not red), with a white head that surprisingly leaves light lacing. Grain and floral notes dominate, light herbal/grass. Nice non thin mouthfeel, clean quaffable finish. Comparison to Yuengling is an accurate one. This would be pretty darn good on a hot Mississippi afternoon, I’m surprised!
ProBeerDrinker (15) - , Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This would be an upgrade from the Rolling Rock that A.B. puts out now. It has a roasty,caramel, aroma and a medium sweetness, that was quite refreshing. It’s not the best red beer that I have had but it drinks well.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle... Clear amber lager with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Decent retention. Sweet, nicely toasted nose... biscuit, cookie and a little cheap perfume. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Leans on the sweet side of balance. Sweet toffee and restrained bitterness. Lightly acidic. Finishes sweet and grainy.
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
An orangey caramel color, a vigorous pour forces a voluminous foamy head but it fades quickly to a thin layer of bubbles. Lucky this wasn’t skunked from the green bottle. Aroma is mostly bready, a touch grainy, maybe some grassy hops, or a good imagination. Clean sweet doughy malt flavors remind me quite a bit of regular Rolling Rock but this one at least has a fuller body and a touch deeper malt character.
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2008
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
It is not much of a secret that Anheuser-Busch has been trying for years to break the market stranglehold that Yuengling has over Pennsylvania (particularly in the east), and not too long ago bought out the states second most popular brewery, Rolling Rock. After ruining the flagship beer by moving operations from "the glass lined tanks of old Latrobe" to Newark, NJ (they even ran an ad campaign apologizing for how terrible the beer had become), they now seem set on breaking in with a Yuengling Traditional Lager copycat. Now, one may also say that this is a clear ripoff of Killians Irish Red given that red is in the name and there is a similar horse on the front label. The beer however is not red at all, its a lighter amber much like Yuengling, has the familar grainy aroma with some light caramel and mild toasted notes, but thats where the similarities end. This is much lighter, very thin in the mouth and tastes a bit like rice crispies. Not even close.
Nice try AB, but dont bother releasing this in PA.
pkbites (673) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2008
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Wonderful nose of toasted caramel. Pours a pretty light red. Head is a rich, creamy, off white color. That’s where the good stuff ends. First, the head vanishes immediately. Second, this beer tastes very watered down. The malt is tasted, but it’s flavor is diminished by a gallon of water. Mouth feel is like a light beer. Very disapointing. This would probably be a very good brew if it wasn’t so watered down. For shame, Rolling Rock, for shame!!!!!!!
morrdt (682) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Six pack of 12 oz bottles from Total Wine in Jacksonville, FL. I saw these a week ago, and decided to wait a bit longer before buying. Pours a dark amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, and a bit toasty. Nice sweet taste that complements the Hot ’n Spicy Cheez-its I have been eating. Nice, but nothing special.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep copper in color with a little white head. Fruity malty aroma. Caramel cherry. Malty and sweet toasty flavor. Sweet tasting. Finish is sweet. Thin bodied. Ok.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Puffy white head with a light red body/ The head collapses after two minutes though. Aroma is cherry hard candy. Flavor is similar but just a but sweeter. Nice maltiness and the body is actually pretty good. I like the toastiness of the beer but the flavors are a bit muted. Some sweetness with a sticky finish.