LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a clear light straw yellow with bone white head. Aroma is minor notes of hops and some bready malts. Flavor is all about the malt here...bready and light, with none of the adjunct taste that dominates many other interpretations of the style. Goes down very easy, and tells you to have two or three more. A great beer. If I am going to be drinking a light lager, this is what I am reaching for.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Scoobydank for this one. I love a good German lager and this was one. Easy to drink refreshing to experience and pretty to look at, that about sums it up.
The can poured into a Sam Adams glass produced a great white head that lasted on top of a clear golden yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising from the glass. The aroma’s were the perfect mix of malts yeast and lemony hops. The flavor mimicked the nose but being light and crisp as well
A great summer brew glad I got to experience it
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can, thanks nimbleprop. Small white head atop crystal clear straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, rbead, some lime, light lemon, melon. Taste is moderately sweet, bread, some melon, light lime. Soft light body, light acidity.
Damico (2790) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is light, crisp, and sweet. The color is light straw yellow with a white bubly head. It is light in body and mouthfeel for a lager. It is a bit sweet and goes down smooth.
nimbleprop (5498) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can pours a crystal clear, straw yellow with a thin, creamy white head. Nice, grassy, malty aroma, yeasty, light lemon. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little corn, a little grassy. Light bodied, dry and lightly bitter.
bhiner41 (186) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easily the most drinkable Surly offering. Light in color but complex in flavor with subtle hoppy notes. Similar to most American lagers in color and taste.
bookman10 (716) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lovely golden color with a very thick, white head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving nice lacings on the glass. A very tasty combination of hops and some earthy tones. Almost a bit of soapiness in there, though not in a bad way. This is one of the few Surly beers I’ve tried that doesn’t go over the top in its combination of malt, hops, etc. Very nice, drinkable beer.
GT2 (9202) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can courtesy of nimbleprop. Poured a clear yellow with a medium, bright white head that left no lacing. Excellent aroma of grassy hops, tropical fruits, cantaloupe. Taste is dry, spritzy, lots of fresh melons, some corn husk. Dry palate.
asedzie (656) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a slightly dark shade of golden with medium white head. Aroma is light citrus peel, an overtone of lavender flower, mild yeasty dough, freshly milled grain. Flavor is extraordinary. I don’t think I’ve tried a lager like this before. Very pure tasting barley graininess, just a touch of spiciness from the yeast, subdued hops give some balance and add lightly fruity taste, like a hint of peach, some mild hop resins, herbs and very lightly earthy hop bitterness linger for a bit in a very clean finish. The near perfect pillowy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation contribute a lot to the "pure-tasting" barley malt flavors. Simply a dynamite lager, a testament to what can be done in lager brewing with patience, skill and carefully chosen ingredients.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can courtesy of goryshkewych. Pours deep clear gold with thin white head. The aroma is full with grains, floral hops, spicy hops and slick sweet lagery-ness. The taste is similar with bold yet refreshing grains and malts rolling into bitter spicy hops and then softened a bit by floral and earthy hops toward the finish. It ends with a pulse of sweet malty lagery yeastiness.