johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2006 Pours a transparent reddish amber, nice-sized fluffy, lasting off-white head. Aroma is straw-hoppy. Bitter incept, a bit sour. Mouthfeel is rather insipid and finish is nondescript. Aroma & appearance belie the rest.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber with quickly vanishing head. Aroma malty and floral. Malty sweet up front with a sharp finish. Not too bad actually. Much better than most american lagers.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours orange with a nice thick tan head. Sweet at first then bitter. Somewhat malty then a slight hoppiness. One of the best common beers available. Usually at a good price too.
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty solid brew. A bit of floral, noble hop aroma with a light hint of malt on the nose. A dark-gold color with a white head. Sweet, lightly modified malt flavor with a bit of hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness. An easy drinking lager.
Littlechemist (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers. You can get it anywhere. I love the citrus/spicy flavor with dry finish and the price makes this beer a common inhabitant of my sub-zero.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good beer. The taste is sort of similar to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But Sierra is just better. The beer is priced really well though. The aftertaste is a little too strong.
fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2007 I think this beer is always a good choice. Not the best but I ahve never been dissapointed with it. very nice color, excellent aroma. slighlty sweet, with a nice dry finish.
intouch (15) - Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another rater said "usually the best beer available at places that carry only common beers", how true.
I can always count on a Sam Adams when I can’t get a micro.
In fact I like it so much, I just bought a case of the Winter Sampler.
mfullerene (27) - USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
awesome beer for a macrobrewery. little sweet, hints of citrus and spices. has a nice hoppy bite to it. usually the best beer available at places that carry only common beers.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
when did they change this recipe? it used to be the strongest beer in the SA lineup at 6.5% now its at 4.5%??? what strikes me is the flavors they eek out of the hops in this lager...citrus, noble spiciness, very nice. the body lacks, but for a "common" beer that you can find anywhere, this lager excels. much better than average.