Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking and smelling beer. After that, it is pretty average in a drinkable way. Good mix of hops/malt, which is another way of saying not enough of either.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber. Decent white head fades quickly. Light malt taste with a hops finish. Nothing exotic, but a good amber lager.
pjcoupe (105) - Perryton, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nice head lots of carbonization lots of tongue feel and a little throat feel malty flavor that stays with you but, a little tar like flavor, bitternes on first taste and swallow that stays with you long after beer is gone.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Caramel in nose with a bit spicy hops. Mild hoppiness in swallow. Quickly dissipating head tops a crisp amber body. A good session lager equally at home with dinner or as a lawn mower beer. Nice balanced profile.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber color, small white head to top it off, and a slightly malty, caramel aroma-light bodied with medium carbonation, the flavor is sweet and malty up front, with a lingering sweet finish that is well balanced between the malts and hops. A standard amber ale from Saranac, this one is slightly better than a lot of ambers, but amber ales always seem a little tame to me.
reverend (24) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice malty carmel aroma light amber in color with a nice white head that left a fair amount of lace.Taste wise was kind of oily malt taste with not much hops. I agree with some other reviews that something is missing from this brew. Overall a decent beer that's easy to drink.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
not as deep as i'd like from an amber. seemed a little under-carbonated, perhaps. not much hop, or much flabor really.
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Caramel in colour, but a tad light for an ’amber’ beer. Hoppy smell, which is a false indication of the flavour. Very light in taste, not much to it!
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Big head on the pour fades to leave a clear amber body topped by a medium eggshell head. Aroma is earthy hoppy supplemented by a bit of caramel maltiness. Flavor is unimpressive, mild earthy hoppy but not much else. Kind of just sits there. A perfectly adequate beer, but I expect more.
Nuffield (3714) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this beer will come to mind when someone asks me to describe a basic, simple beer. "Balanced" may be the charitable way of putting it, but you might also just say this has a little bit of everything with every element in mild proportions. A bit o’ malt, a bit o’ hops (especially coming out in the aroma, a rather nice feature of this beer, being floral and promising), a bit of carbonation but certainly not overdone. I don’t know what it does particularly well but....