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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brbueller (3) - Campbellsport, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011 does not count
While this was a good first attempt, the New Lithia Beer brewed by the West Bend Brewing Company shows many improvements

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopdog (11536) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
On tap at the Riverside Brew Pub. Poured a lighter yellow color with a smal sized white head. Aromas of grain, some citrus, and honey. Tates follow suit. Sure I understand the historical significance and give the Brewer Props for doing this, but this just didn’t do anything for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Another historical beer has been revived by this Wisconsin brewery. Served on draught at the Wisconsin Micro-brewers Beerfest in Chilton, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden blonde colored brew with a creamy white head that has some excellent retention and lacing that really sticks to the glass. Aroma of sweetened golden grain malt, butter, a touch of honey, and some flowery hops. Taste is medium to full bodied, a little silky in texture with flavors of crisp golden grain malt, candi sugar, some honey and flowery hop character. Finish is semi-sweet with a buttery grain and floral aftertaste that make this a memorable beer. This is pretty darn close to the style of full strength beer that was first brewed after Prohibition or has an "Export" during the pre Prohibition era. I hope to see Riverside make this full time.

August 2008 batch: On draught at the brewpub in downtown West Best. Appearance seems to be identical to the inauguration batch at the Wisconsin Micro-brewers Beerfest except more carbonation and grassy hops. Aroma and flavor is much lighter and more chalky grain texture. Finish is semi-dry and a sharp bitterness, but slightly watery. There was a major difference compared to the inauguration batch. I am still preserving my original rating for the inauguration batch, yet hoping the brewery can replicate the original beer during my next visit.

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