Frank (4026) - 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. I’’d buy this classic Pennsylvania brew more often if was available at my classic Illinois beer store.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Pale straw color with not much head. Faint sweet malt aroma. The taste was a surprisingly well balanced mix of hops and malt with a slightly sweet yet metallic finish. Not too bad. Got to support the local beer.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 19, 2005
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In the bottle. This is my favorite beer made by this brewer. Sure, it is a typical pale lager style- yellow, white head, fizzy. There seems to be a slight bit more maly flavor to Stoney’s than the other lines. Plus, the returnable 16 oz bottles that I stupidly destroyed in the autoclave were awesome.
weihenweizen (3188) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours clear pale yellow white small white head that dissapates quickly. Medium carbonation, a little lacing, and medium/light body. Taste is metallic corn, grass, and a hint of sour hops in the finish. Not horrible, but not good.
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Unpleasant, has a strong soapy taste with a taste of bad vegetables. Light tasting and nothing special. Not much else
DougShoemaker (3147) - 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.
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 14, 2011
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
13-Jan-11 (16-oz bottle: BevMo in Solana Beach, CA) Glad I didn’t have to buy this one to try it. It’s actually not as dreadfully offensive as I expected, mostly because the beer doesn’t taste or smell like wet cardboard. Nothing like a fresh Stoney’s, huh? The beer pours clear, straw-colored into the glass with half an inch of white foam that settles to a patchy film and wide ring that manages to leave a small ring of lace at the top of the glass. It’s supposedly an all-grain lager, but it tastes honey-sweet with flavors of corn, rice, and dough, and no real hops character either. It’s hard to imagine an all-grain beer tasting like this, though. Or smelling like this either; sweet corn, rice, sweet bread, and hay in the nose. Light bodied with prickly, medium-plus carbonation, but because the beer is sweet and bready, and has no complementary hops for balance, the beer is absolutely not refreshing, and in fact, I feel a strong need to go brush my teeth to relieve the stale mouthfeel. So if it’s not refreshing and doesn’t taste good, there’s only one reason to drink it: to get your cheap drunk on. I’d rather drink water, thanks.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can from Whip-In. Light pour with a big white head. Aroma is a little sweet corn and grassy. Taste is very metallic, light, and grainy. Not as bad as it could have been, I guess.
UDBeernut (2702) - Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle from the local rip and run in Warren, Pa. right out of the bottle, its has a weird glut like smell and taste. also in the mouth is metal. this is total crap.
Drew (2411) - 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 ’All Grain, no Sugars added’, for what it’s worth. I don’t know if they’re claiming no adjuncts or not - that’s 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.