ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Straw yellow, white head. Grain and light floral hop aroma. A little up front bitterness but quickly gives way to muted soft malt sweetness. Light in body.
Gmku (298) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad lager, but not as flavorful or clean mouthfeel as Weihenstephaner. I find the malt, while distinctively German in taste and aroma, rather light, even for the style.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pale yellow color, clear, with a pure white head. Aroma is very faint, almost non-existant, a little yeasty. Flavor is, well, there’s not much flavor. It’s not a bad brew, its just not really there. It’s like the angel food cake of beer. You know your drinking something, but it doesn’t seem like anything is in your mouth.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2004
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Just a plain tasting pilsener to me, not bad, but not great. A typical German tasting brew, somewhat light though.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(on bottle) "barley malt, hops, yeast and water": Reinheitsgebot in the making. Putting this baby to the test with home-made gravad herring, polish cumin sausage and ryebread, it came through marveless. Clean, white head, sharp golden color; it´s probaly not the best Dortmundner around, but´s it´s a prime speciment. Especially the non-existance of any acidy ending, was great.
(Tried it out with a pear in the ending, but that was a no-go. But then again who´s buysimported pears in Denmark, in may, and thinks it´s gonna be a good experince??)
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark gold, thin white head. Citrusy, mildly spicy aroma. Crisp palate, lemon, some hop bitterness, and a dry finish. No "off" flavors. Not a bland as I feared.
RichardGretton (4565) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flat pale pilsner with a light sweetly hopped aroma, and a malty and slightly dry flavour. Overall a slightly too sweet brew.
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 On tap, clear and light yellow, very crisp, noticeable hops throughout, with a wet mouth feel before a dry hopped finish. Some chemicals and corn flavors involved, but okay nonetheless.
kurtm3 (2) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
A red lager with medium weight. A hoppy taste, plesant and smooth. Leaves a clean finish with a slight aftertaste that can best be described as oakey.
This beer is thin on complex flavor, but is rather a smooth, clean beer. This is an easy beer to drink and it does not feel heavy. However, this is not a beer that you drink to "enjoy".
However, I rate all beer based on "category" and I think this is one of the best choices available.
(Originally rated 9/10 in my notes)
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale light lager, light but lacking a certain "crispness" that makes good ones of this style stand out. Not horrible, but not at all special.