Frank (3533) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heroic golden lager, as per the deScription on the bottle. Definitely golden as opposed to yellow in color, actually almost orange. It’s certainly not heroic in terms of hopping with only nine IBU, less than Budweiser. Perhaps it is the strong malt profile that is heroic. Lightly sweet, almost edging toward (but not quite) cloying. Notes of honey and caramel with a nice toasty edge. Lack of carbonation along with the slight excess in sweetness leave the palate a little dead and sticky. I’m always happy to see quality micros attempting lager styles but that just makes me all the more dissapointed when they turn out lackluster.
Kinz (3530) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frederick Brewing version. Pleasant gold, slowly fading head. Big grassy aroma, underpinnings of malt sweetness. Caramel with grassy hops. Sort of a cross between a Vienna and a Bohemian Pils. Not bad, but I would have preferred a drier profile.
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.
alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle; pours a golden copper with a small to medium white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus, a little sweetness and honey. Flavor is caramel and toasted malt; Some citrus, with a sweet finish. Some breadiness and yeast in the flavor too. Good for the style, and nice on a warm summer day.
shigadeyo (3349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
6/26/2007: Balto Heroic Lager is light amber-gold in color with mild carbonation and lots of suspended fine sediment. It has s diminishing beige head that leaves no lasting crown. Toasted malt, light caramel, and a touch of hops are incorporated into the aroma. The flavor is smooth, easy caramel malt with a bit of fruitiness and a good level of hop bitterness. It is also slightly sweet anf floral like honey. The boy is medium-light and smooth on the palate, but a bit thin at times. I like this beer and could really drink a lot of it. It is quite good and well-balanced overall.
12 oz bottle (IBUs = 9, O.G. = 14.5’ P, 5.4% alc./vol.) from The Party Source. Rating #85 for this beer...
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours from the bottle a hazy iced tea color topped by a thin whitish head. strange fruity aroma is hard to nail down... there’s lemon and grapefruit for sure along with flowers and sweet grain but i can’t place the other fruit. the palate is sweet... similar to they way sweetened tea is. the flavor is tannic, lemony, grainy and grassy but finishes with a weird sourness that seems out of place. medium body, dry and crisp. prickly mouth feel from the carbonation.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from argo0. Hazy, golden body with a small white head. The aroma is apple, bread and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet, cider, dough, caramel and spicy herbal hops. Medium/light body is soft with moderate carbonation. Quaffable for sure.
DarkElf (3050) - 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.
IndianaRed (3043) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle pours a sllightly hazy light yellow amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is a typical light laget with some sweet corn and other light grains. Flavor is similar but a bit sharp and bitter. LIngering sweet honey and slightly bitter grain bitterness.
Thanks Buckeyeboy again for this one.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A wierd Vienna. Aroma was very weak. Could pick up some light malt but not without some serious sniffin’. Pour was incredibly light for a vienna. Light orange but with a beautiful 2 finger white head and...what is that....sediment?! In a Vienna? I’ll take it! Taste was not very Vienna-like. PIneapple, light fruit and sweet malt. A tad of a bitter aftertaste that goes away quick. Vienna? Not really IMO but pretty good.