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.
eaglefan538 (3019) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 31, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ah, I just don’t like the thick and sticky sweet take on lagers, these things should be a lot crisper. The aroma was too much caramel, the flavor followed suit. Very light toasting underneat the sweet and malty caramel, but the sticky sweetness was rather disappointing, especially with this one being labelled a godlen heroic lager?
sloth (2786) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small white head thats gone in a flash, a touch of lace left behind. Clear gold color. Tinny, buttery nose. Light/medium body, light creaminess. The buttery aromas comes through on the palate, fairly dominant. Mild maltiness with little to no hop flavor. Finish is lightly sweet. Blech!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy copper with a nonexistent head. Sweet aroma with a caramel ending. Thick rich mouthfeel, big ending, almost too much.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light haze on this copper brew. Sweet caramel malt, light grass, toasty malts, and some floral as well in the aroma. Full bodied and smooth. Nice toasted malt, caramel, and some earth/floral hops in the flavor. Refreshing and flavorful- this brew is well underrated.
jimhilt (2547) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Pours a three finger off-white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Flavor is sweet with hoppy overtones, unusually for a lager. $1.80 for a 12oz bottle from Tully’s Beer and Wine Well, ME.
jcr (2527) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy, dark golden pour. Short white head. Strong aroma of sweet malts and grain (sweetened breakfast cereal) with big notes of caramel and apricot. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Watery texture. Sweet, caramel and honey-like finish. This is really close to being a very drinkable beer, but the sweetness gets to you about half-way through the bottle.
Dorwart (2506) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin head of medium sized bubbles which does not last long. Large amount of large chunky floaters in there. Almost look like coffee grounds. Sweet and fruity aroma with some pineapple, light malts and roasted grains. Color is a medium dark orange. Flavor is thin and sort of dry. Light malt presence with some more pineapple and a bit of spice. Finishes pretty clean and rather boring. An ok brew.
OhioDad (2492) - 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.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2002
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was a big ole dog that’ll keep you company all day long. An easy drinkin’ amber, full of malts - especially strong taste of Werther’s candy. very little aroma.