roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2004 Great beer at a great price. Pours nicely either out of the bottle or on tap. Good head, nice aroma, and a smooth finish. I love the sweet balance to it too. Overall, a great beer.
JMerritt (1850) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2003
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Had on tap at Fulton's Crab House in Downtown Disney. A quite bland lager, ripe with all the worst features of American macros: light color, artificial head, corn aroma, bland flavor. (But man, the food at this restaurant was most excellent!)
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2003
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Little aroma, but better than average appearance for a beer in this category; hops are almost wholly missing, and malt side is quite plain; slightly over carbonated but quite drinkable; light to medium body and dry texture and aftertaste. On the plus side, this lager beats the major labels hands down, is fairly priced, and has a storied history. If memory serves, I like the kegged product a bit better. In any format, although this beer won't win any accolades, I'll continue to choose it over similar offerings from A-B, Miller or Coors.
plalo (5) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My wife likes to call this the redneck bud of Philly. Surprisingly, it's spread beyond PA and lots of other people like it. I'm like many others when I say I enjoy it for it's historical nature (Oldest Brewery in America). As a beer it's good for tailgating or shlosh drinking. It can leave you very bloated but can get you going for a long time without having to endure the obliteration you might get from a barley wine or something! Pleasing middle of the road beer with nothing strong about it. Very little hops. Not very malty. Can be considered sweet tasting by some folks with stronger bitter buds on the tongue. For a mass produced, Big American Brewery competitor I rank it on the top of the list with the Buds, Coors, Michs and such.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was already somewhat lit when I tried this, but I truly enjoyed it. It was a nice light beer, which is what I needed at the time. Great flavor.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Draft, after playing volleyball. Pours surprisingly dark for a lager, nice white head. Not much in the way of aroma. Decent balance on the palate, but overcarbonated. Taste isn't bad, but not great either. Not nearly as malty as the color would indicate, some hops, but very faint. Not even close to any continental lager, but beats Bud.
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2003 a very good beer, not all that impressive, overrated because its the new "trend" of domestic beers down in the south. i reach for budweiser over this in most cases, but a very good beer in general.
*update* had this on tap tonight, it was really good, alot better than budweiser on tap- but i think bud is better in the stores.
truckie455 (42) - Derby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Call me a history fan, but coming from the oldest operating brewery in the U.S., this is a pretty ggod beer. I just wish I didn't have to drive to New York to get it!
SenorCovert (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
i don't think this beer is overrated at all. when i want a lager (in philly) i will always reach for one of these
Ernest (6418) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2003
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is clear light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cereal), with a note of DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. Undrinkable macro clone. Oh, and for what it's worth...purchased cold and seemingly fresh in a bomber-size brown bottle.