JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 At one point in my life, this was the beer that turned be on to beers with more flavor. That was many years ago. Now I find this to be quite average . Sour smelling with a strong malt flavor for a lager and mildly spicy finish. Better than some macros - full body is a bonus.
Oh yeah, new label is totally lame.
tallguy108 (34) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
spicedad2 (78) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good overall beer. A malty lager with a good body and slightly low carbonation.
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 [rerate needed] Not anything that stands out. Flavor is simple and nice on the mouth, but there is just nothing there to bring you back. Slightly musty taste, and quite a few have been downright skunky.
bythe40 (64) - USA - JAN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good dark american beer but comes at a high cost.
swamptours (28) - Romulus, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Always a good choice when dining out and the choices are limited to Bud, Bud Light, etc. Easy to drink with a little bit of a kick to it.
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2003 Deep pretty color, very floral hop spicyness. Much better of the tap, a fine beer.
tkaufman (129) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with an ample white head after the pour. Gives off a decent hop aroma, but nothing spectacular. Flavor begins malty with some hop bitterness increasing in prevalance over the finish. A well balanced beer, but nothing remarkable.
orangelazarus (53) - USA - JAN 11, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Decent from the tap. Had an aftertaste like strawberries.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is hoppy and malty, but also with a high level of diacetyl that I’ve noticed lately. This wasn’t normally the case up until about a year and a half ago. Lots and lots of diacetyl, which I find offensive, particularly for a lager. I wonder if Jim Koch knows about this? Hop flavor and diacetyl dominate as well with some maltiness in the back ground as well. Well balanced but it needs to be more clean and crisp for a lager. Coloration is a nice light copper with white head that lasts, but I think they’re getting away from what got them this far. Just my opinion.