VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear golden straw. Small, sticky white head. Slow rising carbonation. Fresh aroma of pale malts, hay, straw and grassy, spicy hops. Clean and crisp with a bite and spicy hop edge. Followed by a lingering straw and toasted white bread aftertaste. Medium body. Hard water like minerals flair at times. Refreshingly zesty and zippy. Balanced from start to finish. Finishes dry, malty and fuller, with a fresh mown hay aftertaste that lingers on forever. A classic that proves a beer doesn’t need to smack you in the face to be good. Just a down to earth, superbly crafted brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark golden color with a somewhat thick light colored head. Aromas of mild malt with a slight yeast undertone. Flavors for me were quite sweet for the style, with ale malt characteristics. Not a bad beer just a whole lot better lagers out there. Some sour tastes in the finish really distract from what should be a very clean brew.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2002
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Disappointing. Not as much flavor as I expected, but then England isn’t lager country, no matter what young people are statistically drinking.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great refreshing lager. Goes down well with food. Nice hoppy taste which is not overpowering. Overall a good tasting beer.
Aggie80 (783) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bit on the pale side. Good head and lace. Nice refreshing clean aroma and taste. Just a touch of aftertaste, but a really nice crisp flavor. I was surprised by this one! Very good.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light golden color with a huge creamy head. The aroma was full of floral and citrus, and the flavor was full of citrus and hops. This is a very easy drinking beer. My only complaint is that my mouth feels a little slimy after I drink it...not a clean finish.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lagers are not usually a strong point for UK brewers, but this is pretty good. Nice and bitter with a bite.
ClarkVV (3753) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this was pretty good. very unique beer. probably one of the most bitter lagers i have had. I like it alot. though there is a tinge of alcohol flavor on the finish that i didnt care for. very grassy.
jsradcliffe99 (6) - USA - JUL 2, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice aroma with a crisp follow thru. I haven’t found a Sam Smith that didn’t like yet.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice beer that suffers from clear glass and extended time in packaging. However, most fail to note that it does have a nice malt character and an interesting (if light) hop character. Bitteress is well balanced and the fermentation is clean. Hop aroma is OK.