Nuffield (4056) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I finally had a bottle of this, and I was mildly pleased. Though lacking anything distinctive in appearance, and even the aroma (though not awful) is not noticeable--particularly when drinking in a bar with smokers--in flavor there was enough malt to sense a bit of sweetness and a crispness that suggested reasonable quality of ingredients. It was boring, halfway through the bottle, but it was adequate.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
great session beer, good fruity aroma from the hops [lychee, slight citrus], golden/amber colouration, lychee with slight citrus from hops and some nice malty character, well bittered , I was most impressed with the hopping in this beer more than anything.
LagerLove (65) - Clinton, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pretty good beer, has a sort of roasted flavor, a little bitter for my liking though, but overall pretty good.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 28, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice malty beer, slightly bitter but not really. Good considering how mass-produced it is. A bit bland though.
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
For an american beer this stuff is not to bad. Not as strong as i would prefer. On tap its pretty nice.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2005 This pours a nice deep orange color with a lasting, medium-sized white head. The nose is hoppy. The first taste is a bit hoppy. The following is a slightly strange (but not bad, albeit awkward) bitter - not overbearing at all though. The next taste sort of rolls in with some fruitieness and the aftertaste is pleasant, dry, and woodchippy. Oh, there’s a bit of malt here too - all subtle qualities. The only problem is that you might not like the cascade-ish hops - they are not so subtle. I like them and they allow this beer to cut through the mix if you’ve had other good beers in that session. I think my rating is justified and I think this beer is good and underrated. This beer makes me think "beer" and even "very good beer".
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice beer all around, but it may be to bland for some. Everything is balanced out quite nicely, which takes some of the fun out of drinking. In any event, it's a good "safety" when there isn't anything else whetting on the menu.
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice smell of citrusy hops. Dry, with the the cirtusy hops providing most of the flavour. Good for what is it, the world is a better place for it.
bierkoning (12276) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Orange color, big frothy head. Sweet apple and orange aroma, grainy and somewhat artificial. Looks thin, but is in fact almost medium bodied. Sharp grainy flavor. Flowery with a bit of cologne. Sweet apples and orange. Just a hint of sourness.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale amber color. Thin wite head that doesn't completely vanish. At first pour, plenty of German hop aroma, very fine and floral. I think that's what made this beer a shock to the mainstream American lager drinkers when it became popular-you can actually SMELL the hops. Malty sweet aroma comes in shortly afterward. Good carbonation, decent mouthfeel, dry and slightly bitter on the palate. The taste of an all malt lager that piqued an interest in good beer for many people I knew. Still a decent beer and often the best lager in most restaurants. I wonder though, if the complex finish in the description includes the "I sucked on the bottle cap" aftertaste?