leahanne (6) - - OCT 24, 2017 does not count DrnkMcDermott (3136) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Why pick this as my 100th RateBeer? I don’t have any exotic or rare brews handy, having already rated the World Wide Stout. I thought of going the other way and sampling a Santiago; but even for a 7-Eleven beer, it was overpriced, and I’d be left with five more bottles. Then I saw this on sale for $5 a sixer at the store. Here’s a long-standing brand that’s returned to local control after a disastrous period of ownership by Barton Brands, and is now back in the Chicago market. That’s the kind of beer story we need to hear more about!
And it’s a nice beer. A foamy head that dissipates quickly, but underneath is a noticable darker beer than most pilseners, with a constant stream of tiny bubbles. The malt has a slightly toasty taste, with a nice hop balance and nice effervescence. Some adjunct is hinted at, but not noticeable. It leaves a nice malty aftertaste behind. It’s a standard beer that’s almost good for sipping slowly.
Re-visited, 3/30/08. Found a loose bottle at Binny’s on Rt. 83, and thought it was time for a revisit. It’s not an "Anniversary Beer," but just has label info that this is the brewery’s 150th anniversary. I think my original rating may be higher than I might give it today, but not by much. It is darker than other pale lagers, but middlin’ compared to pilseners, true. But it still has some decent malt character you’d never find in a BMC, a light hop presence, and a hint of cereal adjuncts. Better than more than a few German imports to have crossed my palate, and one of my default "cheap brews."
The pumpkin flavor wasn’t overwhelming. The beer did not taste as strong as it is.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Troupis (264) - - AUG 19, 2017
A highly drinkable super safe lager. Really enjoy it. 'Nuf said.
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From old tasting notes. Pale gold color. Small white head. Good malty aroma. Prominent malt flavor is sweet. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Crisp, hoppy finish is pleasant and invigorating. A brew worthy of drinking many of. StoutBeerReviews (241) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Low to medium carb, sorta apple aroma, Vienna lager flavor considering its style. I actually like this quite a bit. Great price hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2016
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, golden in color, minimal white head and no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is nothing but malts and grain. Taste is very sweet, lots of malts, grain notes and lager yeast. Easy to drink, but a bit too sweet to be refreshing. Just OK.
bubblehouse (1556) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pretty pathetic. Most the point beers seem just average but this one is pretty bland. Tiberius_Spock (1) - Hemlock, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016 does not count
This is one of the smoothest and creamiest beers available. As I recall, this was rated as the number one beer in American the 1970’s and there is a reason for it.
Little aftertaste, full flavored but yet mellow. This has been my favorite "sit on the porch in the summer" beer for four decades. ozzy70 (1283) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours clear golden. Not much head. Aroma of grains and hops. Taste of grains, light bitterness. Atom (2572) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2015
12oz bottle pours a clear golden with a large white head. Grainy malt aroma. Sweet malt taste, almost a smoke grain flavor, light hop. Nothing special, but highly drinkable. dukeandduke (272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3/16/15 (Can) - Light Golden Pour, minimal white head, mild carbonation, not much aroma. Taste and feel mild, not much taste, smooth going down. OK.