Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 It’s been so long since the last time I had one of these that I hardly recognized it this time. I forgot that I did’t mind it, but I probably couldn’t drink more than a couple. I also thought it had a bit of a fruity flavor. It’s too bad this is the most highly distributed Boston brew, because it’s hardly the best. Orig rate 3/31/02..3.0..very clear amber color. Toasty and bready aroma. Sips light to medium. Light to medium carbonation. Mostly caramel malt forward but with just enough hop flavor and bitterness to balance it out. Very solid amber/Vienna lager.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
brewers are certainly allowed to brag a bit on thier labels, but this one informs us that it’s ’the best beer in america’, which for this plain-jane beer is reckless hyperbole, kind of like saying yasser arafat is kind of cute. what’s more, were told this one only uses ’honest ingredients’. any ingredients caught lying are immediately banished, (and one must assume that the ingredients are asked some pretty embarrassing questions and subjected to brutal cross examination). fluff aside, this one does pour fresh smelling and heady, knotty pine yellow orange and brightly kristal. balanced nose, nothing assertive, good but not memorable. moderate sweetness, mild bitterness. i agree with odin that i’d never buy the stuff unless i was in some primitive wasteland where the only options were macros or abstension.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good lager...Good taste.
Don’t listen to the knucklehead below who gave this beer a 1 rating. Boston beer helped start this mass exodus from boring beers like bud and coors.
mkrill99 (28) - USA - MAR 26, 2002
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is Budweiser of microbrews, Just think of boston harbor,
twocycle99 (61) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good color and aroma. Very smooth, strong taste
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Rerate: After drinking several cases of this over the past few months, I have grown to appreciate what a decent beer this is. I know, it’s not a micro, but the damned best macro lager in the US.
Original rate-Wonderful amber hue and just as described a ’hoppy, floral aroma’. A smooth drink but has a celery like quality that distracts from an otherwise very good Lager
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good for a lager. Until a few months ago (before I joined ratebeer.com) I was kind of afraid to drink US beers. My experiences with beers like Budweiser didn’t make me buy more US beers. But this is indeed a beer that was worth trying. Nice cookie, caramel, flower aroma. Amber color, firm frothy head, good lacing. Full for a lager in start but gets a little thinner in the middle. Sweet, light cookie, flowers, good hops. Long hoppy finish as well.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Kind of plain in my opinion. I’d never go out and get a sixer, but it was good off the tap with dinner.
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAR 22, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a handsome beer: an inviting carmel color. Not much
of a nose - dissappointed there. Smooth, light malt taste with
a bitter finsih. Mailty and tart, but slighlty buttery.
Kinda thin with a quick flavor profile. Not too complex,
but balanced. Certainly approachable by the masses.
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is good for a lager, the problem is that I don’t really care too much for lager. And I hate trying to sound intelligent in my comments on these kinds of beers. It smells like a beer, tastes like a beer and looks like a beer. The only difference is that this tastes like a good beer instead of a bad beer. There’s just no complexities that make this beer different enough from your typical lager taste to really talk about. It does have a darker color than most of the American lagers, so that’s nice.