Slats (7) - Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The appearance is a golden colored, translucent liquid topped by 2-3 fingers of thick, creamy, white head. After hard day of working in the yard it looks quite inviting. The aroma is definitely that of a lageróbready, somewhat sweet, accented by subtle fruit scents. Itís hard to pin down what fruit, but I would say it is tending toward apple. I donít know if they use corn in this beer (for a lager from Iowa it would make sense) but the sweet notes remind me a little of sweet corn. The taste follows the nose pretty closely, although the fruit accents are muted. Unlike all of the other Topping Goliath beers Iíve tried, the hops make very little contribution to the taste. The finish is drier than I was expecting, although the sweet, bready flavors linger for a while.
This beer reminded me quite a bit of Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, which is a beer I enjoy when in the right mood. This would be good beer for drinking when working outside on a warm day. I had it with some fish and chips for dinner and it paired nicely. Nevertheless, of the half dozen or so Topping Goliath beers Iíve had a chance to try, Dorothyís would be my least favorite. It really needs the hops to do more to make it interesting. For that reason when reaching for a steam beer, Iíll stick with the original, Anchor Steam.
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pour at the source. Clear gold with a white head of foam. The aroma has a lot of corny influences. The taste is more on the sweet side. Light body and medium carbonation.
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at ebls. Clear golden. A little fruit in the nose. Light fruit, malts and yeast are tasted. Fairly creamy.
MikeLuke23 (69) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale golden. Typical lager aroma and flavor. I'm not a fan of lagers or very good at evaluating them.
---Rated @ your Moms House.
brokensail (10635) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ 38 Degrees, courtesy toss from Flair. Clear golden pour with a white head. Smells of apple juice, cornbread, and bread dough. Light floral hops and grass. Just really sweet tasting. Mostly cornbread and apple juice. Mild dough, bread, and toast. Subtle grassy bitterness. Floral hops and a touch of orange zest.
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wish I had this one before all of the other TG beers. Next too them it is merely average. Yeasty and malty notes
GT2 (8250) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
> A pear, apple, and mushroom pale lager
[ Bottle ][ brokensail ][ 22oz ][ Tasting ][ Mini Flared Pint ][ 3/8/14 ]
>> Thank you brokensail for the share. Clear golden straw, weak foam. Nose is fresh pear, apple, mushrooms. Taste is mushroom, yellow apple, sugar, pear juice. A tad too sweet.
kkleu357 (249) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very cloudy light straw colored body. Kind of looks like pee. Very sweet yeasty smelling. Sweet tasting. Kind of a dough flavor. Pretty got for a lager.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pale golden blonde pour with a thin white head ... aroma of grainy and sweet malts ..... taste is of sweet and grainy malts with a little earthiness .... ok stuff
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
hazy hay, oily white top. Grassy nose, biscuit, oily hop too strong, mushroom hints. Cotton candy hits palate first, light grass, bit of biscuit but definitely too sweet.