GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure really how hold this was, but between the last review and this one, itís nearly 3 years between. It doesnít look good for the case of freshness, as I too picked up a sixer of this at Grocery Outlet.
The beer pours out a light golden yellow color, lots of visible carbonation and a small white head that melted as quickly as it was poured. Aroma had a light grassy quality to it, not much skunk (thankfully) a touch of sweetness to it and some dirty penny-like profile. Flavor was extremely light tasting, with just a touch of sour-like malts, a bit of sweetness and not much else. It wasnít horrible if it was past itís prime, nor was it something to cherish either.
Reid (1900) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was browsing round the Canned Food Grocery Outlet when I came across this.
Plain Blue label with a wild boar head on it, brwon 12 oz long neck.
Actually not a bad looking pilsner at all, bright golden ( though slighly hazy) with a nice bubble white head.
pretty grassy hop aroma on this one too, much better thah I expected.
The taste is pleasant also, quite hopy indeed but has a good stiff malt backbone to hold it up. I wasnt sure if this was a German or a Bohemian but the strong malt backbone for me puts it with the likes of Pilsner Urquell , though not nearly as good.
Quite nice on the palate, actually quite full for the style.
I was really surprised, but this was actually quite a good American attempt at a pilsner. Good value at $3.99 a sixer.