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 (741) - 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 (2649) - 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 (3188) - 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.