muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught pint at Eulogy in Philadelphia. Pours pale and light golden in the darkness of the bar, with a smallish creamy white head, quick-diminishing....corn, faint grassy hops, a touch of dried lemon and herbs in the simple but tolerably pleasant nose....sweetish and to my taste closer to a Euro-style lager character, fairly light and refreshing while cold though with too little pale malt evident and virtually no hops....sticky and way too sweet when warmed a bit, reminiscent at that point of an above-average malt liquor. I don’t much appreciate even "good" malt liquors, so while I can accept Victory’s intentions in this "recreation", it’s still pretty lousy by their, or any good brewer’s, standards.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 7/11/06.
Absolutely, starkly clear with a very light, pale-straw color. Head is initially large, pure white and very foamy, eventually receding to partial cover, with some light lacing. Not all that much carbonation flowing about, certainly a significantly less amount than any macro lager.
The nose, at first, comes alive with crisp saaz-like hoppiness. A bit of light fruitiness and hints of herbs. Soft and aromatic, it slowly allows the yeast to creep in. A bit of vanillin is light, with hints of corn-like biproducts (don’t actually think I smell the corn notes from the actual corn). I’d say it has about a low to moderate yeast bite for a lager, though the yeast is certainly full and easy to detect.
In the flavor, the yeast really plays a major role. Some light minerals, a hint of paperiness and soft, highly attenuated malt. Maybe a touch of corn-meal-like flavors mixed in with a hint of honey. Just the barest trace of green apples and less hops in the flavor than in the aroma (though more bitterness on the end). You can certainly taste the macro-like pale lager yeast. Kind of reminds me of drinking PBR or some mid-tier macro lager, but without any of the cheap, corny/syrupy finish. Very clean.
Obviously a true German lager yeast would be preferred, but that wasnt the goal here and I can respect that. Drinkable and highly refreshing, I found it to be quite successful.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Victory. The beer was a clear light yellow color with a white head. The aroma was lightly sweet and malty. Malty and lightly flavored with a grainy finish. Light body with a dry and mildly bitter finish.
JStax (3830) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass. Super pale yellow with a frothy white head of foam. Alright retention. Aroma is grainy and bready with not much in the way of bitterness. Taste is pretty much corn and water with an aftertaste reminiscent of fresh baked bread. Falt what this is, its great. It ma even be one of the best examples around.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught sample at Victory. Pours a medium gold clear with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Had a mild hop note and bland sweetish malt to start. Bittering became stronger toward the finish and had a somewhat clean after. Overall, I thought it was a bit watery compared to their other lagers. Mild tang for the finish, as well.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
plenty of small bubbles rise through the transparent gold to a thin white small bubbled head laces well. Tea and grain nose, very plain with light lemon, fresh cut grass with warmth. Well-attenuated flavor, soft doughy grain with husk hints, more grass, all of it very light, even muted by the effervescent body. Lightly sweet by victory standards, and though "plain", still well crafted.
callmemickey (3703) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear pale golden body, thin white head, sparse lacing. Light grainy cereals, gentle floral and grassy hop notes, a touch of cracker. Relatively simple, but clean, medium to light bodied, and decently refreshing.
LilBeerDoctor (3539) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma is light and crisp with some light fruits. Flavor of corn sweetness. Light, crisp, refreshing. There’s not much going on here, but this is a decent pale lager and quite drinkable and refreshing.
reggiedunlop (3475) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Backlog...late 2011/early 2012...i think this is usually a springtime draft @ VBC...pours clear gold with a medium white head. Aroma has some light maltiness...bready...with mild notes of grassy spice and tropical fruit. Flavor is bready and has a malty/corny sweetness...just a touch of grass and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is slightly sweet.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Victory’s brewpub. Pours pale yellow with a bright white ring. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet, crisp, very drinkable.