lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This one pours with about a finger of foam and is a clear, coppery color. The head does not stick around for long though. The aroma is somewhat malty. In the taste, I am getting some corn and then some butterscotch tones. I’m not sure what I think of this one. It is okay. Nothing to write home about. The body is pretty light and the carbonation is leaning towards high.
Naka (703) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Um... I tried it at pints for pets. To be honest, the Straub guys looked kind of lonely. I appreciate it for what it is, but very ok at best. Aroma of corn and toffee. Pours an amber color. Pretty well carbonated, but very, VERY sweet. Not great, but better than a lot of other American light and dark lagers.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep coppery brown with off-white head. Nose has some caramel malt, earthy peaty notes, mild hops. Tastes malty, with a mild dark fruity and hop combination. I’d call this a good dark lager, but not a great one.
ndfreak77 (89) - USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with a white head. Mild taste with a smooth after taste. This lagers flavor is about as pleasant as they come. Very good.
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draught at Pints for Pets. Mild lager aroma. Bit of sweetness beyond the regular Straub. Light hops with beany character. Dark amber-orange,some copper color. Light fizzy head. Light watery body with light to medium carbonation. Starts with mild sweetness and some beany quality. A bit stale but fairly sweet and clean. Light smooth finish with a mild fruity character.
roder60 (1282) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear brown color with minimal fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is sweet dark caramel and a bit of earthiness. Flavor is light and sweet and carmely, but not much else. Easy to drink, but nothing special.
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice lighter beer, pours heady and rather dark with an aroma of roasted malts, light in body but a nice roasted malt flavor dominates this beer, nice session beer if you want more than a light lager
DCBeerGuy (1) - Gaithersbburg, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have been enjoying Straub’s my entire life. I was wondering when Peter would get his chance tp win over the family traditionalists and ’break out’ with some sort of hand crafted brew. Not surprised it is a lager, but think he is doing himself a disservice by calling it "Special Dark", which conhures up images of a hearty European ale. It’s certainly not that. It’s a lager reminiscent of Yuengling, but really light on the palate with a nice crisp finish. Boy am I going to drink a lot of this - a new summer favorite!
I was hoping for some kind of hoppy beast, but for a small family brewery, this is a big step!
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good ol’ Straub is a beer that can regularly be found in my fridge, this recent "dark" offering caught my eye and I didn’t think twice before grabbing a six pack. An underlying similarity to the regular lager, this is a decent inexpensive beer with some character. Soft, sweet malty aroma that is also grassy. Clear, light amber pour with a thick and lasting head. Heavy lacing and strong carbonation make for a nice appearance. Light with a smooth softness, the beer drinks easily. Slightly sweet with a balancing bitterness. Flavor of grass and caramel, a touch sugary with some vegetative hop tones. Easy and relaxing, a nice simple amber lager at an honest borderline dirt-cheap price.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. For a dark beer, this pours extremely light... a coppery color with a really big and puffy tan head. Aromas are weak and sweet. Flavor is really weak.... sweet and roasted corn with a bit of a honey finish and no plot development. I was hoping that Straubs would come up with something worthwhile for this.