Tripplebrew (764) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow that has just a hint of a haze with white head. Aroma is fairly light. Just a hint of hops. Flavor is light hops and grain. A smooth flavor. Body is light but definitely creamy a good lager with a great body.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Buster’s. The beer was golden blonde with a quickly dissipating ring of white head. The aroma and flavor were quite reminiscent of a mai bock, with heavy sweet malt. The hops were almost non-existent compared to other Surly products. I thought it was very enjoyable and easy to drink.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2010 Rerate. 1 pint can, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a bright, clear yellow color with high clarity and light effervescence; creamy white head with good retention and lacing. Minerally, spicy bitterness in the aroma, along with a soft, toasty maltiness; crisp and mouthwatering. Medium-light body; lively carbonation; lightly creamy; perfect mouthfeel, with a light acidity, crisp and refreshing; medium, toasty maltiness and a slight pepperiness, seemingly (possibly from the yeast); modest levels of a mineral and herbal bitterness, following the aroma; lively, crisp, and hugely sessionable beer with a solid mineral bitterness and nicely toasty Pils malt; hugely tasty stuff. Medium finish of minerals, toastiness, and a hint of a green olive note; nicely crisp finish.
Draft @ Acadia Cafe. Pours a hazy, bright yellow color; creamy, textured white head with excellent retention and fine-bubbled lacing; great pour. Crisp, dry citrus and mineral bitterness in the aroma; clean, dry lager. Relaxed carbonation. Medium mouthfeel: crisp, clean upfront showing citrus and minerals and touches of bread; toasty and ultimately dry at the core; nicely done and very drinkable. Medium finish: toastiness, bread, and light minerals. 220.127.116.11.13=3.6
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery on a tour. Simple flavors of breadiness and grain. Some light hops with some sweetness. Basic, but somewhat thirst quenching. However, not all that interesting. Probably my least favorite Surly beer. But thatís not a terrible thing, since Surly makes some world class brews.
tdaglow (41) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A wonderful rendition of a Kellerbier. Deep golden color, huge malt aroma and flavor. Another great Surly.
zeke626 (411) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Buster’s; pours a clear, orange-gold with a ring of white head. Aroma of malts and grain. Flavor is mainly sweet malts with a little grain and citrus. Easy to drink with a smooth mouthfeel.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the better lagers I’ve had. On tap at SurlyFest 2008. Usually the aromas of lagers are off putting but this was nice, light with hops and also had some good yeast aroma. Appearance was a pale yellow with a white head. Flavor is well balanced of all traditional ingredients and was impressed how well it tasted. Palate is smooth and makes a great session beer.
undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light golden with little head. Not much in aroma, a little grainy, lemony. Flavor is grass, a touch of caramel malt and hops. Very smooth, but not much there.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Golden with a small head, some lacing. Light grainy aroma. Light sweet flavor, easy drinking.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Kuma’s Corner. Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Light aroma, a little bit of lemon and some grain. Flavor is good, this type of beer usually isn’t my favorite. Very smooth though and incredibly easy to drink. Nice summer beer.