fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2003 Bottle, 7-3-5-3-11
Golden color. Nice hoppy aroma, dry, flowery. Unfortunately the taste is not interesting as much, quite poor malt and hops, pretty dry.
Amber color. Nice aroma of hop flowers. Pretty nice body characterized by a strong bitterness, holding a long final.
gjamieson (80) - Canton, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A good quality macrobrew: fresh hop aroma, good malty flavor, and a clean finish. A very drinkable brew. If you're going to buy a massed-produced beer, Sam Adams seems to be the source for good quality brews.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Smooth with a medium body and great flavor. My standby in pubs, although I have noticed a substantial difference in quality in different establishments.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first time i had this was on the Sam Adams brewery tour, and i didn't much care for it at the time. Now, i like it. I've had better beers, sure, we all have, but it's still good stuff. i like the nice hoppy-ness to it.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice warm topaz color. Sweet and lightly hoppy aroma. The flavor (from keg) is malty wath a nice smooth hoppy finish. Really pleasant, and much better from the keg than the bottle.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 26, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a nice hoppy lager, very much in the european pilsner tradition.
very easy to find for a "drinkable beer"
good distribution earns them extra points
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was my first "good" beer. Fairly complex taste, nice finish. A tad expensive, so I don't pick it up too often.
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral hops nose. A good balance between light malt and floral hops flavors. This is another one of those beers I order when there is nothing else.
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This one gets knocked alot but come on. For an everyday beer I cant complain. A copper color with a rather large head. A nice malty aroma. The flavor is somewhat bitter for a lager with some grassy and soapy notes showing through. I taste a bit of citrus, caramel, and hay. For an American Lager it may be king! Good session stuff.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this brew's ubiquity and familiarity cause its ratings to suffer.
May have the nicest head of any beer I know.
Small but amazingly persistent, with a wonderful, active carbonation. Cascades of
fine-textured bubbles lighten the palate from start to finish. No burping like a crummy
pilsener. This beer made Hallertau hops famous.
Wonderful hop aroma, with perfect bitterness. Good maltiness, nothing
particularly impressive. Generally a very
clean flavor spectrum. No major faults--in a style that's easy to screw up.
This is a classic--no need to bash it just because it was the first "good" beer
you had. Newcastle hasn't stood the test of time for me; SABL has!