ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a golden straw color with nice clarity, typical of a pilsner. The head is a one finger white color. Retention isn’t great, but it does leave behind nice lacing on the glass.
S: A bit on the sweet side, with a slightly evident touch of corn, caramel, and diacetyl. Hopwise, it seems like it’s mostly comprised of grassy noble hops. Not very impressive.
T: There is a lot of corn on the opening flavors - eat your heart out, Bud. At least it seems a touch maltier than the BMC stalwarts. Grassy, zesty hops try to add another dimension to the finish; unfortunately the caramel corn sweetness ends up being the dominant flavor. Once it warms up, notes of must and cardboard come out. Really, there isn’t much difference between this and your typical macro lager IMO.
M: The heft of the texture overwhelms the flavors. Combined with the residual sugars, it makes this far less drinkable than it should be. Carbonation is about on par with BMC.
O: A good history lesson, to be sure. But it’s also a symbol of how far craft brewing has come along in 30 years. I don’t care for it at all, but I respect it for what it is.
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Old rating. Maybe important back in the day, but a little weak, watery, and perfumey for me. Some hop bite over malt base. Floral. Thin.
George999 (236) - Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is pumpkin with spices lightly sweet, pour is dark Amber and clear with a small off white head from the bottle, taste is pumpkin but without the overpowering sweetness, finish is watery but lingering spices
hotstuff (4397) - Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 02-12-2013 (Bottle) This beer’s appearance is a medium sized semi-fizzy white head with a short retention, transparent yellow body, slow rising carbonation, and no lacing. The aroma is citrus hops, hint of spice and bready. The flavor is citrus hops, bready malt and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, watery and thin. This beer is light-medium bodied. This beer is very quaffable, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Very perfumey and fruity aroma, and eventually taste (as the beer warms). It went from being pretty ho hum to being different and unique, slightly sweet. but it actually became a bit too much perfume in the flavor."
Darkmagus82 (1976) - - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light amber-yellow color with a nice thick and billowy just off white head. The head fades very slowly over time leaving a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is rather light overall but consists of some notes of a grainy and bready nature as well as some aromas of a a light citrus and herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and grainy base mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some light fruit of an orange nature. Flavors of some yeast and a bit of spice are present in the beginning as well with them persisting almost entirely to the end. More toward the middle of the taste some citrus hop starts coming to the tongue, with the caramel and fruit flavors dwindling a bit. The citrus hop fades more toward the end of the taste, but is replaced by other hop flavors of a floral and herbal nature. In the end a rather crisp and clean lightly hopped grainy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in its creaminess as well as carbonation. Both create a very nice crisp feel on the tongue and are nice for creating a very drinkable and refreshing beer while keeping a good level of flavor.
Overall- A very enjoyable and refreshing brew. It contains a lot of characteristics of a lager (crispness and graininess) with some flavors of a more hefeweizen nature (yeast, citrus, and spice). Tasty and enjoyable.
arnold931 (814) - Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a dark gold color with small white head. Nose is malt and hay hops. Taste is similar with grain and moderate bitterness. Mild overall.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: Funny how tame this seems by today’s standard, but I can see how crazy this would have been for Bud and Miller drinkers of the ’70s. Nice hop bite. Hope flavor was great but the aroma, overall, was a little weak. Thank God for all the dry hopping that goes on today.
TECHNICAL: Drank 2/24/2013. Bottle. Poured a light to medium. golden yellow with and average, ever so slightly off-white head that slowly but fully diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma contained light pale malt, grain and white bread; light citrus hops; light doughy yeast; and hints of honey. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with and average duration. There was lemon, citrus light bread, cracker, pale malt, citrus rind, some pin and a little honey. The light to medium body was sort of creamy and then a bit dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
lmatos (28) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very refreshing beer. Citrus aroma and a light citrus flqvor. A very good summer beer
TXBadger (1884) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with light white head. Pine, some spice, and a little grass and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate.
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 fl oz bottle from Potsdam, served cold in a tulip glass. Hazy deep golden with a thin white head. Quite fruity and sweet, peppery/vegetal/floral hops, bread crust and a little caramel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Quite floral and perfumed, a bit fruity, dusty/peppery, a little pine/resin; almost dry with some bitterness and a slightly oxidized, pine, fruity finish. Not very good.