Frank (2189) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Homebrewers and oldtimers will sometimes talk about a style called a Classic American Pilsner--what American beer tasted like before the entire industry became dominated by three colossal corporate entities. This is what I always imagined it tasted like. The flavor was definitely tilted toward the hops a bit more than most cheap lagers and it actually had a discernible Saaz character. The carbonation was crisp and clean though there was maybe the slightest hint of metallic off note. I like it. Iííd buy this classic Pennsylvania brew more often if was available at my classic Illinois beer store.
dwest3 (8) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 22, 2004 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 Not bad, not great. Better than Iron Shitty or Rolling Rock as far a western PA brews go. Like a really good Budweiser (oxymoron huh?) The sixer i bought was worth every bit the 2.99 i spent on it.
PorterPounder (4633) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tastes like your Dad's beer when you would steal a sip as a kid. Specimen colored - no head, faint fruity aroma. Bland, middle of the road flavor - not leaning towards either hops or malt. Did not expect much - but better than expected, nothing offensive - little metallic in the aftertaste.
Aurelius (3457) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty and a little fruity aroma. Medium gold. Decent cheap regional. A little sweet, a little Saazy a little tart. Palate doesn't cling, medium-light body.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As I was drinking this, someone walked up and called it the "diabetic beer." No sugar added, etc. Not bad.
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good classic beer indeed. Great taste for cheap beer, especially from a bottle...by local and you never go wrong...support local industry
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2002
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
It used to be brewed from the waters of the Yough...if your not from pittsburgh you wont understand. Itís pretty foul but itís classic, and my buddy likes it.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Label claims íAll Grain, no Sugars addedí, for what itís worth. I donít know if theyíre claiming no adjuncts or not - thatís a bit iffy. Taste was actually pleasant, if a bit too light - Tart, sweet apples, dry finish. medium thick body, but overcarbonated, esp. considering there was no head and little lacing.
igneous1 (1469) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
draught at the Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival (it was the only beer they had iíd not tried). Iím not rating this beer horribly low because of one reason..out of the tap, this beer had a very nice bitterness reminiscent of a pale ale. otherwise, itís fairly ordinary
DougShoemaker (3148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2002
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells sweet, pale yellow, fluffy head. Off tasting malt, little bitterness, run of the mill.