sfontain (834) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dull golden color with a thin, white head. Bubbly. Some mild fruit/yeastiness in the aroma. Nondememo malty sweetness. There are some hops in this, but they disappear pretty quickly, and no real beer fan is going to get excited over this. For this style of lager (arguably an American standard), this stuff is decent, but on the grand scale of beers, this is barely average.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 On tap. Reasonable creamy aroma and a typical lager appearance i.e dull and bubbly. There are some hops in there so it is drinkable but it certainly ain’t exciting. Score 2.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.2, 2.9 and 3.0. Average becomes 2.9
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hoppy nose, great head. Crisp, full flavor, a bit hoppy, not at all watered-down. Definitely one of my favorite "everyday beers." At the same price as brews such as Heineken and other mediocre imports, you can't go wrong.
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good. I consider this a standard when you dont want to break the bank on something special. Better than any American Standard.
BigBilly (127) - London W3 6PF, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml brown bottle.Fruit salad and ice cream nose with some hops.Nice white head which lasted to the finish.Nice lacing.
Golden brown colour.Tangerine flavour,again with hops. Crisp bitter finish.I've just discovered this beer and now buy it by the six-pack.Its more a pale ale than a lager but who cares what its called. For the same price as a 330ml bottle of Stella or Becks this is brilliant value and desrves a 16 rating.
mmmstout22 (24) - USA - APR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good. Complex hoppy flavor. Has a sweet background and is very enjoyable to drink. From this point on, when I'm looking for a beer that won't break the bank when I want to drink more than a 6 pack, this is the one I'm buyin.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light orange brown (amber?) with an inch thick head. Medium floral hop aroma with some subtle malt in the background. A bit of hops in the taste and malts to balance it out. Crap! This reads like the P.R. blab at the top of the page. Oh well it's true.A good ole' everyday drinkin' beer.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Sampled after a Yuengling, and this was absolutely yummy. Nice hop-barley malt balance, notes of caramel. A bit sweet for a lager (but in a good way), and great mouth feel.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I judge all other lagers in comparison to this one. Market saturation has nothing to do with a beer's rating. Sam Adams' beers have taken off because they are great, that's the bottom line. Jim Koch makes great beers, never skimps on ingredients, and even got in trouble with Opie and Anthony, which shows he is a normal guy, not an arrogant prick like Augie Busch, or a phony outdoorsman geek like Pete Coors. I taste different overtones every time I drink this beer, from black pepper to mead to chicken noodle soup to parsley. I don't know how they do it, but this may be the most complex beer of all time. Very smooth, very rich, very satisfying. My only complaint is that I get filled up after 6 or 7. In my opinion, this is one of the best lagers in the world, and to my knowledge, is still the only American beer imported INTO Germany. Cheers!
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first legal beer. Has a strong taste, as if to say you were drinking a real beer here. Smooth, evidence of itself as a well-formulated brew of some largesse. Caramelized in flavor, but only slightly. A heavy round for repetitive drinking.