DYCSoccer17 (3582) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Pours a transparent wine-mahogany color with a tiny white lace. Aroma is slightly fruity of cherries. Start has some bite and hops. Mellows out big time at the end only to leave a bitter aftertaste. Cherry flavor. Expected more from the finish. Had on tap. (4/3/5/4/10)********RE-RATE**********From a 12 ounce bottle from a mixed 12 pack purchased at Nugget in Woodland. Served in the Sam Adams Glass. The aroma is somewhat metallic, which is classic of a lager, but it also has some detectable spiciness with hints of ginger and cinnamon present. Lightly floral, not much else. Transparent amber body with a fairly quickly dissipating off-white head. Scant lacing. Starts a little metallic, and it becomes very mildly herbal with some cinnamon spiciness. Some caramel malts are also present, before there is a little piney bitterness late. A very drinkable beer, which is not overly spiced. This is something I could drink a couple of, unlike Anchor Our Special Ale.
vtcbeerboy (19) - USA - DEC 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very smooth. Almost warm feeling. Great at the ski bar. Looks even better in the glass.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - DEC 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the best lager I have ever had...Color a very nice reddish-brown...aroma of vanilla with a little spice, nice full body, with rich hints of vanilla and spice. Some nice hops too, which you usually don't expect in a lager. The tastiest Samuel Adams Beer I've ever had.
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a bit too sweet, but I am certainly not complaining. Love this beer every year.
Tippie4 (97) - Auburn, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very clean taste to this beer. The flavor goes away then come back after, and come back with a nice bitterness.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was beautiful to look at. It was a deep reddish brown with a very creamy off-white head. The flavor was a fairly straightforward. It was moderately sweet with a little bit of spice flavoring. Both the head and the flavors disappeared rather quickly and there wasn't much lacing or carbonation at all.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear sparkling ruby amber with a creamy off-white head. Lacing is decent but not great. Aroma is spicy and flowery. I also detect some butterscotch. Flavor is sweetand kind of one-dimensional. The flavors seem to vanish rather quickly also. The body is a tad watery. A slight alcohol tinge develops after the swallow. Overall not too bad but not really a weizen bock.
IDogg (72) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The best of the Sam Adams clan that is easy to find around the Winter. Great aroma with wheat and spices. Has a lot of taste, though not as much as normal Sammy Lager...which is maybe a plus or not. Definitely packs more of a punch than you would expect flavor wise and alcohol wise. A beer to have anytime this winter and enjoy.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Started off tasting kind of sweet and marzenbocky. Was quite surprised when it turned half way through to become basically undrinkable. I will resample on tap tho to make my final decision.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Summits Wayside tavern. Good Amber color. Heavily malted could have been better balanced. Not bad.