KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 05. Pours a rich gold with a sweet malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, with hints of caramel hiding in the background. Velvety palate. Good stuff.
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) Contract brewed by Frederick Brewing Co. This is one of those beers where the nose really captures my attention and gets my hopes up, only to have the flavor disappoint me a bit. Very toasty, grainy and mildly sweet maltiness nose is amazing and reminds me of some of my favorite German Oktoberfest beers. And this same toasty, grainy maltiness is very prevalent in the flavor, but the caramely sweetness is cranked up a bit more than necessary and distracts from what would otherwise be an excellent beer. Hops bitterness is light, to the point where I have to struggle to pick it up at all. Body is medium "plus", and the sweetness really sticks on the palate, bordering on being cloying. Light golden color, slightly hazy, topped by a tall, off-white head that very gradually settles to a ring. Lacing is scattered, but modest. I guess after drinking the entire bottle, my only real complaint is that it’s just too sweet. Dial down the sweetness a notch or two, and this would be outstanding. Instead, it’s only very good.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 16, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Balto has a roasted malt aroma and is a golden color with an off white head. The head is quickly diminishing. The taste is of caramel and no hop flavor is present.
Nate (3553) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wheat and honey aroma. Sweet and kinda thick; close to cooked corn. Hazy orange amber with thin white foamy head. Light watery body with medium carbonation. Start with a fake caramel corn sweetness. Mild malt and honey. Watery on flavor. Mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Mild caramel toasted flavor, too. After is a bit chalky and sweet. Cooked corn, mainly. Not a repeater.
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. This one comes out hazy golden with no head at all - turns to slight lacing in only 10 seconds. Nose is actually of corn and biscuits, very macro brew like and not nice. Sweet malts dominate the flavor of this one and it is done well. High carbonation and surprising body and thickness as it glides down the throat. This one finishes with just slight hop bitterness along with that sweet, tongue coating malt. Decent beer, but not fabulous.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jesus Jumpinz, is this one underrated or what?!! Deep gold/straw pour with medium, white head. Aroma of big honey, corn flakes, hopcit, apricot. Tastes very honeyish, with emerging apricot, hopcit, and karo syrup as it warms. A great golden lager. In fact, one of my top 10 golden lagers of all time.
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprisingly, somewhat murky; orange with a small, white, disappearing head. Nose is pretty strong, sweet and fruity (apricot?) with malt, and caramel. Flavor is not quite as strong, but also offers notes of malts, caramel, and peach or apricot; really buttery; slightly bitter finish. Surprisingly full body and just barely sticky; I wish it had a longer aftertaste. Unusual for the style, but very tasty and very underrated at 2.81.
desurfer (1190) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pale gold with a small ring of white foam. Aroma is slightly sweet with a bit of macro-ness. Flavor is mildly hoppy, rather thin, and also has some malty sweetness. Actually pretty refreshing after a 34 mile bike ride.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 Pours golden with a small white head. Aroma is some yeast, bread and a slight amount of alchohol. Definitely not for the hopheads cuase there are really none present. This is decent but not outstanding.
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - possibly old. The aroma really surprised me - it had some! I am not really a lager guy, if you couldn’t tell. Nice, toasty malt aroma. Dirty gold body with next to no head. Just based on experience my guess would be that it was white. There was still some fizz - surprisingly - and this does hint it the typical lager. The flavor was quite complex for a lager. It started with the toastiness and through the swallow the sweetness comes through and really overpowers - too much.