jstraw (1914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Straw gold with big, foamy white head / Nose of lemon, grain and spice / Light to medium body, some tartness and sweetness, creamy and resinous, with good balance and fine, bitter, finish / Flavors of lemon, apple, hay, and dry hops / Outstanding.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from can into Frankfurter glass.
Bright, clear gold with billowing foamy head. Certainly doesn’t look unfiltered.
Somehow smells both sweet and dry at the same time. Light semi-sweet fruits (apple, pear) and doughy bread. Despite these notes, it leaves my nose feeling dried out.
Certainly tastes unfiltered. Packs more of a malt punch than expected for such a low abv pale lager. Nice rounded flavors consisting of apple, pear, hay and bread dough. Slight noble hops detected at the end.
Pretty high carbonation, smooth clean body that is light but heavier and softer than a Pils. Dry finish.
Endless drinkability. Just fantastic!
falkirk005 (27) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pale color with thin head. Looks nice and refreshing in the glass. Malty flavor with very faint hops. Quite different from most of Surly’s beers.
Not bad. Won’t mind finishing of the last 3 of my 4 pack.
madvike (2695) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Darkness Day - Copper pour with a little white head. Smell is apple, sweet bready malt, and just a hint of sourness. Taste is roughly the same, but the apple flavor is a bit more forward. In fact, had you told me this was brewed with apples, I’d probably believe you. The lightness of taste and the slight syrupy feeling works well together, and this was a great beer to have after drinking the mouth onslaught that is Darkness. I know this is tough to get for out-of-staters, but I’d pick this up if I could get it locally.
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from maximum12. Pours a clear, pale yellow-gold with off-white head. Not much of a nose. It smells of grain. Taste is sweet citrus with nut and grain. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a slight bitterness. Now, I am no fan of lagers, but I did enjoy this.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Darkness Day. The pour was bright firey orangish with a bit of white head. Very bold on the hops with plenty of bready malt character. Medium body. Fluffy, yet sprite. Balanced finish. A great drinking beer the should please a novice to the most jeded beer snob.
ContemplateBeer (1527) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of black pepper, ripe apple and grape. Appearance was golden bronze with patchy head. Flavor reminded me heavily of grape juice, with some fresh watermelon and juicy apple as well. Palate was lively and cooled gradually.
hombrepalo (1824) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint can courtesy of Maximum12 (Cory, Beeradvocate) from our fantasy baseball league, Thanks! Pours light gold with decently bubbly white head. Mild grassy hops and bready malts on the nose. Similar taste. Crisp, and hoppier than expected. Great summer beer.
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011
In short: A clean and well balanced filling blonde session lager. Feels authentic.
How: Can 500ml. Consumed fresh some time ago a few weeks after receiving it from hellomynameis. Thanks a lot Zac
The look: Clear blonde body topped by a very small white head
In long: Nose of fresh bakery bread with grassy hops. Taste is really true lager. I know all micro lagers are true lagers but some just come through with that cool fresh European lager character that I too rarely find from north-american breweries. Fresh bakery bread, egg white (sounds weird but I get that from many kellerbier), a light crystal malt sugary sweetness, a good amount of grassy hops. The finish bring a medium intensity bitterness and a medium dryness with a little crushed aspirins flavour that I could have done without. Long finish. The beer is very clean but not crisp. Actually it feels rather doughy, pleasantly so. Underrated, like just about all true lagers on raterbeer. Certainly the most authentic north-american lager sold in a can. To quote the marketing team of poets at Anheuser-Busch, I was happy to get it in the can.
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 Can thanks to daknole. Pours with a decently large, foamy white head over a clear yellow body. Aroma is sweet and bready with a bit of fruit and light citrus. Quite crisp smelling. Taste is sweet, a touch bitter with some bread and caramel notes. Very clean, and super easy to drink. Sparkling carbonation, light bodied. Very nice. 3.5
fresh can re rate. Insane! Clean, crisp, nice malt sweetness with a beautiful hop character and nice balance! 3.8