BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Of all the Sierra Nevada beers I’ve had, this one is the only halfway decent one. It is a light colored lager with a hop flavor that will surprise you. There is nothing spectacular about it. It tastes very simmilar to Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2002
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very bland, boring lager. Some grassy hop profile, but otherwise unremarkable.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
seemed corny/grainy. A bad bottle maybe? Will rerate
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 lager is damn right, aroma spelled Lager in fine bold print...head was halo'd but utterly non-existent..aroma was like a not-so fresh grilled corn on the cob...citrusy lager pooh with cheap spicy notes, I'm not even sure why such a great brewery as Sierra Neveda would sell their bottled feces, but the bandwagon is so tempting..I know..CA..RAPPP!
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2008 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium to dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), trace yeast (dough), with a hint of lemon zest.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation.
Enjoyable Helles-style lager. Surprised at the low score, considering most folks gush over Sierra Nevada. This is, to me, one of their stronger entries. They seem to finally be getting a handle on their residual yeast too, which usually clobbers everything else with that raw vitamin B stink. Kudos.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I love the hops in this summerfest. Great little nose, wonderful color, head was gone rather quick. Liked the maltyness at the start, with the nice hops finish.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Medium golden color with a foamy white head. The aroma is malty, a touch fruity and also a little sweet. A load of hops makes this better than typical lagers.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting a wheat beer, like every other summer seasonal. Thank God. On top of doing something different this summer, they make it a very good example of the style. Light bodied, tart hop finish, with a smooth maltiness up front.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep straw color with a fairly thick white head. Soft malt and mild citrus aroma. A cross between a kolsch and a american standard. Sharper finish. Didn’t WOW me, but a decent summer quaff.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light gold color, large head. Mildly hopped, slightly malty. A mild flavored beer, slightly spicy. Finish is mild. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and mild.