ccex (921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. clear bottle pours a clear brownish amber with vanishing 2-finger white head but good lacing. Aroma isn’t much: some caramel malts and light but old tasting hops. Taste is slightly sweet but mostly non-descript. Body is light with average carbonation. Sure, it’s better than a macro-lager, but other than that, I don’t see the point to this light "dark beer". At least it’s not expensive. It might become a hit if Schell’s priced it the same as their cheapest brews.
mnblueliner (3) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. I rated this based on what I view as the target customer according to the brewer’s description. Pours a darker copper brown but not what I would classify as dark. It has a fair amount of carbonation, and a moderate fast dissolving head with some lacing. Sweet malty smell. Taste is sweet with some caramel, very slight fruitiness and hint of citrus aftertaste. A step above the typical macro brew and I think it serves as a good first introduction for moving away from those to craft beers. Nothing special for a craft beer but I think Schells very much hits the mark with what they intended for this beer. For a relatively inexpensive, middle of the road beer this is something I would drink again.
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours 75% dark. Too watery to be a stellar beer, but it keeps it relatively light for a dark.
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Brown with tan head. Can't place the aroma. Cheap hops maybe? Lacing exists. Smells like dos Equis. Taste is bland like the label. Beer without all the flavor just like they said.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ericular (603) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think this beer accomplishes what it sets out to do. It’s an easy drinking beer that’s a perfect introduction to more flavorful beers. It’s light on flavor, but the flavor that’s there is tasty and sweet. It’s "dark" but not that dark. You get the idea.
Brigadier (2930) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle
I did not have high hopes for this bonus beer. That’s a good thing because while it lacked any severe flaws it is also underwhelming from start to finish. In fact it was pretty close to being a drain pour just due to sheer tedium.
Aroma / Appearance - The ruby red body was decorated by a thick yet minimal head the color of polished ivory. Malty iced tea with a handful of hops and dime store chocolate did not do much to inspire me to continue.
Flavor / Palate - Sweet malts with a dash of caramel and lemon zest come across as bland. Playing it safe this does not try to push any boundaries. Instead it colors within the lines while tasting like heavily malted sun tea.
dekester1 (312) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a clear bottle to a dark reddish amber with foamy head that slowly faded to lacing. Aroma was of sweet malts with a twinge of fruitiness. The taste had malty front-end with a nutty hue followed by a mild hop finish with hint of sourness. Palate was light but OK. Overall, a drinkable brew but I probably will not run out and get any more anytime soon.
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light mahogany/copper with good sized tan/white foam. Nose is yeast and malt. Nice and creamy on the palate, the taste is fairly mild of lightly roasted malt, a hint of carmel and a light touch of hops. Very pleasant quaffable brew that pairs well with roast beef on sourdough.
Ratman197 (9696) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aroma of carmel and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel and light fruittiness with a crisp carmel finish.
felsenpils (109) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 29, 2012
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Light brown color, very little aroma. It is very hard to taste the dark malt.
Appears to be a cheap adjunct beer with very little dark beer character.
Another disappointment from Shell´s.