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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This smooth golden lager has a sweet, caramel-like flavor with a delicate, toasty malt aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougiePhiTau (99) - USA - APR 6, 2005
this is a great beer most wonít get to try this but if you ever see it buy it it is a slighly sweet caramel lager that that has a smooth taste and very pleasant aroma

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
People are smoking too much crack with this one which is one of the best golden lagers Iíve sampled. The hoppiness was at a good level but I recognized its golden malty qualities. I had this on tap at Cooperís and can see how it might not make such a good bottled beer but I found it quite tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KiDAcE (35) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2007
This one left me with a good impression however it was a bit in limbo and hereís why. The aroma was that of sweet caramel. The flavor though wasnít what I was expecting since I had OLH first. Like OLH and itís strong chocolate flavor this one lacked the strong caramel flavor. It is there you just have to find it. Still itís one I could get more of.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2008 This was real good, very different flavor than a lot of other ones, you can really taste the sweets in it, but was a little too thin , one to get once in a while by itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
This pours with a light orange color, more than "golden", nicely active and with just the barest remnants of a white head. Thereís a light bready aroma. I like the texture ... pleasantly carbonated. Wow, this is yeastier than Iíd expected almost like underbaked bread. Lightly caramelled, almost citric. Nice flavors. Nice beer. (#2666, 1/27/07)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3059) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 30, 2005
(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 itís just too sweet. Dial down the sweetness a notch or two, and this would be outstanding. Instead, itís only very good.

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