Aurelius (5006) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 This was a pretty drinkable beer, but didn’t have as much character as some of the Sams do. I took this back to back with a homebrew, so it was a pretty stark contrast. The overall impression that I got was mild butterscotch diacetyl and light citrus over a pretty good, silky mouthfeel. The hopping was not muted, but not over-done, and it was very "plant-y" - not herbal or grassy or vegetable really but something like a cooked pot liquor. Nice aroma, again with the diacetyl. Fair label, gold brew. New Leaf Market.
Note: I had this on tap at Famous Dave’s, and the tap version was a lot better, back-to-back with Shock Top.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance golden with a small head. The aroma is hoppy and malty with a nice balance but the aroma is weak. The taste is like the aroma being a bit citrusy. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a great pils with plenty of hops and I love that it’s not astringent.
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with many streams of carbonation and a thin white head. Aromas of grain, grass, crisp herbal and citrus hops. Flavor is kind of doughy with a little bit of lemon and grass (emphasis on grass), a little skunky hops and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.
BetterRedFred (65) - Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Distinct taste of lemon right up front - not at all objectionable. Traditional European pils taste hides subtly in the background. Couldn’t detect it at first for the lemony attack. Lacing is extraordinary for a pils, and the body is much more robust as well. Not a bad pilsener at all. Much more character than most I’ve tried. Very refreshing after a winter (its very springlike here in NM today) of heavy IPAs. Nice playoff football watching quaff, for sure.
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pils done right! Pours in golden with white head. Head retention a bit low. Nice hoppy nose, beer is well balanced and finishes with a nice bitter linger on your palate.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours clear golden color with two finger white head. Aroma is grainy with a touch of hop spice. Tingly mouthfeel. Flavor is light, refreshing, slightly grainy, a touch of hop spice leads to a really dry finish. Overall not bad, but not great either. Simply average.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden pour with fluffy white head and pretty nice sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty, and a hint of hop bitterness. Some honey sweet flavor with a bit of bitterness on the end.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear golden body lasting white head. Nice juicy noble hops. Herbal. Light citrus, grassy. Light sweet grain. Flavor is grainy and grassy with light bread and soap. Lively bubbles, dry, light. Solid little pils.
Cavie (4258) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. I traded him a Budweiser. Sucka...... Clear gold pour with a white foamy head. Slightly body odorish in smell but a large hop spiced aroma. Taste is bitter hop that morphs into a peanut protein flavor. Very dry on the finish with a wet spell on the back of the throat. Different but quite a bit of spice.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Pours rich gold with a medium thick white head that lasts longer than you’d think it would. This is a boring beer. I suppose that I just don’t get it. Salty and fizzy. Hopped, but just a few minutes out in the light and this thing starts tasting skunked. This is nothing to rave about.