drsandman (563) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The golden nectar... An institution. West End Brewing, FX Matt, Shultz & Dooley, Deece Brew Co., whoever is truly behind this enigma is an all star. Pours 33 karat gold, watch the head. Explosive barnyard hay & faint lemon funk all over that big fat nose, super choice floral hop. Lean mean body, silky smooth finish. Pilsner is an understatement... This is a "Beer", tried and true. Esto Perpetua.
ronaldtheriot (1465) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Utica Club has a medium-to-thick white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with minimal lacing but very noticeable fine particulate matter suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet grain and a slight sourdough note. Taste is of those elements, with just the faintest hop bitternes, some paper, and also an unfortunate chalky aspect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Utica Club finishes refreshing and pretty crisp. RJT
lordfoog (1) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am slightly biased on this one. I once let a girl from the west coast try this beer (from a can, mind you), making the mistake of saying it was comparable to PBR. She loves PBR but gagged when she tried this beer and couldnít finish it.
The aroma is like home, the appearance is like the golden sun mural in downtown on gloomy winter afternoon, the taste is like golden wheat covered in road salt and snow. Overall, to quote a friend of mine, "Itís not a good beer, but it is a great beer".
More often than not I drink it out of a can, but it is much better on tap. The bottom line is, you really canít beat it for the price. Itís extremely affordable and it definitely grows on you.
wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, big thanks to Leighton for inducting me into the club. Pours clear pale golden with a thin white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is clean lager with some sweetish malt, and just a touch of citrus hops. The flavor is about the same, a very clean pale lager with the bread malt dominant and just a touch of the lightly bitter citrus hops. The body is very light with nearly fizzy carbonation and a short same finish.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - MAR 16, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours like a refreshing breath of college. Tastes like victory and champions. Will definitely be drinking more in the future when Im dredging with the pheasants
Chad9976 (1354) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker glass. It was bottled on 10/24/13 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).
Appearance: Slightly darker gold than most pale lager. Plenty of visible, consistent carbonation. Pours to a small, white, sudsy head which doesnít retain well but leaves a surprising amount of lacing.
Smell: The usual corn-forward adjunct lager aroma. No repulsive characteristics or brewing flaws, though.
Tastes: Utica Club is generally considered one of the cheapest of the cheap beers and by the same logic -one of the worst of the worst beers. However, this reputation isnít really fair. While this beer is indeed pretty generic and lacks anything particularly special for the style, the fact remains itís pretty neutral-tasting with just a touch of genuine old world character to it.
Right away the taste is that of a standard adjunct macro lager: corn grits to be sure, though they are sweet like that of cereal and not vegetal or abrasive. There also seems to be minor malt flavor here: amber, pale, blonde malts to be sure, but maltiness nevertheless. The accentuate the sweetness a tad, making this a little more approachable than most of the general style. Nothing in the way of hops, though (not surprisingly). The finish is clean with a light, starchy aftertaste, but it fades quickly. Overall, a beer thatís decent in comparison to most of the style.
Drinkability: No one seems to know the exactly ABV of Utica Club. I toured the Saranac brewery and I got three different answers from three different people. Estimates seem to be between 4.8% and 5.5% ABV. Iíd peg it closer to 5% or 5.2% (regardless, it should have more flavor for this weight range). It drinks like a pretty light beer, but not a "lite" beer per se. The mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. Crisp, but not fizzy. Itís refreshing while in the mouth, but Iím not sure if this is worthy of sessioning.
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Leighton at the Downetowne Inne Bottle Share - thanks for my initiation into this exclusive club! Pours a pale gold, crystal clear, with small bubbles for a head. Notes of grainy, pale malts, light lemon citrus, and a dash of grass and sugary sweetness. Nice, clean lager.
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Afterparty2 ][ 12oz ][ Globe ][ Tasting ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Thank you Leighton for sharing your pride and joy with us. Pours a clear bright gold with weak foam. Nose is fresh grain, fresh grist, honey. Taste is clean, lemon, honey, cidery apple. Dry, papery, cidery body. Not bad though.
harrymel (1549) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light grain colored lager with a rim and some etching of fine whites. Brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet, white grape juice, some grass and not much else. Flavor also has the distinct grape flavor with some more grain and a bit of apple. Huh, empty body with moderate and sharp carb. A wet finish. I think this is very poorly crafted, but easy to drink. Fancy that.
Serving type: bottle
BrewBoxer (2398) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at max London's in Saratoga on my trip to Albany. Pours a light lager color. TAste is a classic session beer. Great for a warm day at the track (although it was not sold there)
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