jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours gold with a one-finger white head. Sweet aroma with a good dose of nuts and dough. There’s a sharp caramel smell that hits me hard once every few whiffs. Flavor starts out like a fine Vienna--smooth, nutty, and malty--but soon turns harsh, with a lingering caramelly metallic taste. The aftertaste is a tad buttery and too sharp to make this as drinkable as it should be.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aquired from shigadeyo in a trade. Pours medium amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma is malts, corn, wheat. Flavor has a little spice zip to it along with caramel, light malts, touches of hops and citrus. Actually is pretty tasty. Thanks again Craig.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber color with a short head that fades and leaves only a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. The aroma is warm and malty. Caramel and a hint of spice come through. The flavor is very malty sweet. Caramel, sugar and a bit of buttery flavor shows. This is quite nice actually.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 9, 2007
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer has a clear amber color and a mild hoppy and carmel malt aroma.
But there is some thick laceing along the sides of the glass. It has a nice initial bitterness and some sweet malt. But there is no palate duration at all. It fades rather quickly.
smoosh (536) - 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.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I received some of this as a Christmas present. and Just re-unearthed from the unused garage fridge...I fear spoiled beer.
The pour is a cloudy orange-ish color, with a small fast dissipating white head. The pour has a pretty good number of bubbles raising up from the glass. the Aroma is sweet mild hops with some fruity overtones. The flavor is bitter, and earthy. Lighter body. An interesting beer. I would like to try it on tap somewhere.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clean, clear amber brew with thick sea-foam like head. Strong bread-like aroma a burnt toast like maltness, finishes with a slight citrus warmth.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden body, which surprised me as I was expecting something clearer and more copper in color. Poached pear drizzled with caramel sauce. Bit of a dry finish. I think much better than what the average score suggests.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - APR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once in awhile you find a beer that is grossly underated...this is such a case. Maybe my palate is ass backwards...but a 2.86...WTF. Honestly this is one of the better lagers I’ve had. Pours a light clear gold and has a two finger white head. Aroma is lagering yeast and sweet bread/fruit. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel...with lagering yeast, but there is a bit of bitterness as well. I think it is incredibly well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily. Don’t get why people don’t like this. To me, it is the biggest upset I’ve found...next to st ambroise oatmeal being a top 50...WTF is with that.
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Misdirection. Is this a ’golden lager’ or a Vienna/Marzen? If the brewer doesnt’ know what kind of beer he’s brewing why should I care? It’s a tasty beer, caramel and some fruit (though not every fruit in God’s earth as the reviewers here would have you believe. I mean come on, mulberries?) give this lager some complexity but it’s not quite as ’heroic’ as this dog on the label must have been