legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper in color; head diminshed quickly; nice nose. Rather round in body for a lager. Very quaffable. Very nicely balanced.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good, but the Victory and some others have a slight edge. Defer to VENOM and urbnhautebourg’s descriptions!
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light copper. Sticky, vanilla head. Speckled carbonation. Toasty sweet malt aroma with sharp, spicy German hops. Boldly crisp, clean and fresh. Rich Munich maltiness and spicy Hallertau hops. Delicate sweetness. Strange but good malt aftertaste. Medium light body. Finishes full and spicy with cottony malts. Nice Marzen.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The pour a clear amber color, the head impressive, then fades to bit of surface scum. The lace in skimpy clumps on the sides of the glass. Nose is malt, lightly sweet, clean and crisp. Front is malt, lightly sweet, the top flimsy, the finish has appropriate hops, modestly acidic, and a somewhat dry aftertaste. Drinkable, average at best, not anything to get excited about. Ranks #982 on my current 1000 beer master list.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 Update: You know, I think they changed the recipe on this one. It used to taste something like Boulevard Bob's 47. Now it has a peat smoke flavor to it. Quite different than it was, but still very enjoyable.
Old: The bottle says 'Bavarian style', but don"t think Bavarian Helles. This seems more in the kellerbier tradition, like St. Georgenbrau. And though American, does not have the hop presence of amber lagers like Brooklyn. Malt is the story here. Full, rich malt with roasted grain flavors, not unlike that found in better Octoberfest brews. Oakes must have had a bad sample. Very nice indeed.
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (11842) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber; light malty aroma; soft malty palate. Uninteresting.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden/orange color. Sweet malt and some citrusy hop notes in the nose. Slightly organic tasting and a touch of malt and hops. Nicely balanced Lager, not mainstream oriented.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark reddish color, some head that vanished rather quickly. Low on gas, bitter. Not that much on aftertaste.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is slight but very inviting. Nice caramel and munich malts with a perfect ballance of Euro hops. Not as hoppy as Brooklyn’s lager, which makes Troegs a little easier to drink for a lager. Very smooth and drinkable. No metallic or harsh tastse whatsoever. An excellent lager overall.