DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22-Jan-11 (12-oz bottle, Bottled on 21-Sep-10, Part of Handcrafted Winter Beers gift set: Purchased 12-Jan-11 at BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) This German-style dunkel is a nice departure from the slew of pale-style beers I’ve had from Saranac recently. It pours a lovely mahogany-colored body that has perfect clarity, but the head rises to a mere wafer atop the beer before settling to a thin ring, and the off-white color looks stark against the brown background of the beer beneath it. Maybe that’s supposed to mimic the lake effect snow? The malt-centric nose is very reminiscent of buttered toast, but there is almost no hop aroma, which in this case works just fine for me because the toasty malts smell wonderful. A bit more, but not equal balance greets the palate, as a layer of gently bitter, grassy hops sits atop the more prominent base of very toasty, slightly caramely, and lightly sweet malts. The beer is medium in weight, moderately carbonated, and smooth and reasonably dry in the finish. Overall, this beer is pretty straight-forward example of a very traditional style, so it’s not going to light the beer community on fire, but it’s quite pleasant and enjoyable.
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice caramel flavoring in the palate, nose is lagery yeast. Finishes clean, not bad - would try again.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head that lingered and produced good lacing. The aroma was toasty and malty with light notes of caramel and nut. The flavor was malty with light notes of caramel, toast, sour nut and there was a vague vegetal undertone and some grassy hops. The finish was long, sour and malty. Fairly full bodied and quite smooth. Decent.
beerlover82 (215) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
More from the winter sample pack.
A=Pours a surprisingly dark amber with a little head that fizzles pretty fast, leaving behind decent lacing. Wow! I’m surprised by the look, considering this is a lager. Usually lagers are pale yellow.
S&T= Aromas and flavor of smooth caramel maltiness, with creaminess/vanilla coming through. Quite tasty for a lager!! Smooth and well-bodied taste.
B=Medium-smooth with average carbonation.
Very impressive for a lager. Which I am usually not a fan of, except Samuel Adams, until now. Will remember this next time a craft brewer offers a lager.I’m not saying it’s one of the best, but it’s a damn good throwback session brew.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish/gold with a tan head. Smells of sweet malt, some perfumy hints. Tastes vegetal with some sweet caramel elements and some light spiciness on the finish.
Ratman197 (8493) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of carmel, brown sugar, honey and light fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, earthiness and light brown sugar with a crisp malty finish.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light aroma with some caramel and malt. Light bodied and dry, faint bitterness, refreshing. Pretty decent.
treemechanic (4) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2010 does not count
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
red, brown, hazy, medium sweetness, slight maple syrupy taste, creamy, medium body, lively,
jimmack34 (632) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a thin caramel color with a moderate off white head. Smells of grass, malt, and earthy. Tastes nutty, grassy, and slightly malty. Pretty good lager.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks to hillbert
This pours a medium brown with a nice looking off-brown head. It’s a nice looking brew. The aroma is grainy and the flavor is a bit nutty, with maltiness. This is a very easy drinking beer and a good session beer.