Shag (2603) - 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!
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is one of those beers that finds its niche between macro swill (think Bud Light) and decent micros. It is quaffable but unimpressive. A decent brew, but not exceptional.
VAYankee (330) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This lager comes up just a little short all the way around. It is good but not great in all catergories. I prefer the Boston Ale.
JK (4436) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2007 Light red. Some scent of hops. Flavor is a little sour, but overall very smooth. Seemed thin and watery.
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent lager. It could use slightly more malt aroma, but otherwise is a nearly perfect example of an east coast lager. The hops choice is superb.
Hysteria (38) - USA - MAR 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark golden color with a nice head which lingered a while. Good balance between hops and malt. Crisp aroma. Nice effort, won't offend many
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not bad at all, though it did have a little "diffrent" aftertaste, almost mediciny, but tolerable.
The beer seems over-rated, but I would drink it again.
XMB625 (30) - USA - MAR 3, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
For all of the excellent seasonal beers that Sam Adams brews, I was disappointed in their flagship beer.
LarsHolmer (112) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
When I first tried this American beer I only knew of all the American beers you can find in "Ratebeer´s list of the worst beers of the World" So I was really amazed by the quality:full of aromas, heavy body with a lot of malt,nice in clour and head and a dry hoppy palate.