unclemattie (4130) - Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Total Wine, Alpharetta, Ga. $2.99. Pours golden yellow, white head. Aroma is very herbal with a nice touch of citrus. The slightest scent of honey. Flavor has a touch of earth, nice pine, light honey bread, a nice hop flavor with mildly claming bitterness. Finishes with a large amount of herbal tea flavors and a hint of grapefruit sweetness. Medium bodied, quite drinkable. Hops are definitely the dominant characteristic in this beer, but not overly bitter. Wonderful American take on a great European style. If only more American Brewers made a Pils as great as this one.
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice golden color with a thick white head which dissapates quickly. Aromas of hops and malts which also come out in the flavor and a nice medium body to it. Some bitterness on the finish and a nice clean slightly hoppy and dry finish. A refreshing and easy drinking Pils!
markas101 (1823) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Pale golden colour, thin foamy head with noticeable carbonation. Far fainter aroma than anticipated, very sweet cereal milk flavor with some banana in the background. Not what I was expecting at all, but quite enjoyable.
JoeAgain (69) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep, slightly orangey gold. Nice, fluffy, yeasty head. Nose of hops, but not as much as one might expect considering it being touted as containing 5 Noble hop strains.
Good body. Slightly sticky-sweet , fresh malt flavor. The hops are there for sure, but maybe having expected too much, to me, it came off rather clumsily. There was hop flavor and bitterness, but the hops didn’t seem to blend harmoniously; as if each mouthful tasted of a different hop than the last.
Still, this is, as are all the Sam Adams brews, a very, very, good beer!
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blonde brew with a fluffy cream top. Pleasantly, and surprisingly, spicy hop aroma with nuances of fruit and alluring perfume. The body reminds one somewhat of an E.S.B. with a decent malt-backbone and bitter-accented hops that are again spicy, but veer haphazardly to soapyness. Flavors of sourdough, biscuit, and uric acid round out the palate which finishes citrus-bitter with a detracting wince of soap.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden with lots of bubbles and a medium foamy egg-shell colored frothy head. Aroma is spicy and tea-like, aromatic, lightly fruity, very light, really has a fruit herbal tea-like sensation. Flavor follows, tastes like a fruit herbal tea, spicy, herbal, strong flavors but quite light overall, some tannic bitterness, a hint of cheesiness, maltiness is very much subdued, super light. Medium/light bodied, fluffy but fizzy carbonation, quite drinkable. Quite dry, could use a greater malt presence, tastes like wort.
bennettpro (8) - Alabama, USA - JAN 20, 2010 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a thick white head, with a pale/golden body. Hoppy, hay like nose. Citrus and hoppy finish with a very earthy quality that carries throughout the bottle.
wxman (1395) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a bright pale golden in color with a fluffy white pilsner-type head that laces to the glass. Aroma is all hop spiciness; pine oil and mown grass. Rich sweet pale malt flavor with mild hop bitterness arriving at the end. Well balanced and refreshing. Hops are more present than in a Czech representation, but very good none-the-less.
Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Bottle from a friend. Pours a clear gold with lively carbonation. The small white head quickly recedes. Earthy and citrus hop aroma with pilsner malt. Similar taste, pils, citrus, and grassy notes. Less bitter than I expected, it’s actually very smooth and crisp. Mild and refreshing. This one is definitely an easy drinker, i could down quite a few on a warm day, or a cold day, or a Tuesday for that matter.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 Light juicy grapefruit aroma with a matched dryness. Strong fizzy head, fell to nearly absent. Pretty light, more citrus hops and a dry cottony finish. 042511 Get more of a juicy body, snappy and fresh, great gulper.