joeneugs (4112) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s. It pours a pleasing gold color with a white head. The aroma is strong with bready pilsner malt, light caramel and some grapefruit, orange fruit. The flavor is mildly sweet with some grape, citrus and caramel. Clean finish, but a little fuller bodied than I would like. The caramel flavors throw it off just a touch, but otherwise a very competent American PIlsner.
kidobutai (498) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle. Slight head. Amber color. Floral aroma, smells better than it tastes. Like a pilsner.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is very sweet with sugary lemon overtones, tripel-like, really. Pours bright yellow-golden with avg carb and a dense, soapy off-white head. Taste is sweet if a little hollow, forced graininess and light sugar, juicy lemon and very thin pale malt, and faintest hint of the tropics; this is cleanly hopped and refreshing, but it’s not terribly exotic; touch of hop mustiness in the finish. Bare lager crispness, very light body, has the overall feel of a Kölsch or golden ale, and stands up relatively well both by itself and against food. Had a ton of this kind of lager in Germany over the years, though this has a tad less in the way of industrial overtones. I’m happy.
nearbeer (4120) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Clear, golden-amber with a lasting meringue of foam. Crisp nose of spicy grass and mint-citrus hop over a base of honey. Tastes are spicy grass, toast with honey, and lemon-menthol. Near-medium body is a bit fizzy and flares up in the mouth at times. Nice balance with a dry, hoppy finish. The hop is too minty for my tastes, but this is a surprisingly good American take on the style.
McGarnigle (578) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Six pack. The 28 IBUs sounds low, but this is a pilsener, so that’s enough to hold off any sweetness. What matters most is flavor hops, and this has them. For all the talk about Belma hops, they taste like noble hops here. I don’t get any citrus, which is a good thing. This is good stuff for Saranac.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangey yellow, big white head. Smells very grassy, with bready notes. Taste is clean, crisp, with some grassy, a touch of aspirin. Might be benefiting from lowered expectations, but not horrible...
jredmond (6147) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at pony with Tom and David. Pours a hazy golden. No head, minor lacing. Aroma is pils, cat pee and grass. Mouthfeel is light to medium with notes of grass, spice, yeast - much more yeast character and light fruit.
MarkoR (664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Frog Pond, in Rochester. Pours a hazy golden colour with small off-white head. Aroma and taste of hops and malts. Pretty refreshing. Well balanced.
tgncc (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is grass, vegetable. The appearance is clear amber, white head. The flavor is grass, vegetable, caramel. The finish is noble hops, sweet. Medium in body. Ok.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - AUG 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Clear gold with a decent white head.
Herbal nose, with floral notes and wet grass.
Light malt flavors, earthy hops with herbal notes, bread, some sweetness and lo-med bitterness.
Light, refreshing but not too exciting. OK.