HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle. Not the standard Pilsener style lager. Pours with a darker color than expected, essentially amber. Very malty and not so much spicy hops in there, in style indeed closer to an amber ale than anything else. Nonetheless it is a well balanced beer with a fairly robust body. McGarnigle (650) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Bottle drink by Sept 08. Clear copper/amber, white head. Very flavorful lager, but like most Vienna lagers. Sweet malts are overwhelmed by hops. Floral and aromatic, but ultimately, citrusy and bitter. Cascade are used and come through (this isn’t too far off from an APA or Amber ale). Lots of bite and some pilsner-like scratchiness going down. Chantdaddy (19) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2008
...this beer is really trying to be something it’s not...an amber ale. While pre-prohibition lagers were typically more malty and bit more hopped, they weren’t supplemented with crystal (or any other type of caramel) malt, as this beer is. Pre-prohibition lagers were made with what was available at the time, which were, more often than not, things like 6-Row Pale malt, wheat, corn, etc. ... not english or german style malted grains...those came later. The ingredients in this brew smack of American amber ale...(sans the lager yeast)...not any style of lager. While this brew is certainly better than a Sam Adam’s lager offering, it’s really no better than any good homebrew... and it isn’t a pre-prohibition lager. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
better than sam adams, but not by much. still a middling just ok lager. defintiely more complex than sam adams, but thats not really saying much. eh, a middle of the road lager. keepersj12 (3114) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2008
This is what a lager should taste like. Take note big guys. Lots of flavor and no corn.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Had in SoHo, on draft. Very similair to Sam’s boston lager imo. But all together a bit bolder.. heavy hop and spice presence, medium bodied. Looked great being poured. Overall, above expectations. durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2008 From... a can! Nice new way to enjoy this beer. Had this many times before but finally ranking after an afternoon on the lake and these suckers straight from the can. Medium dark amber pour with off-white head. Much more malt and flowery hops than expected from a beer labeled a lager. I always taste celery seeds when I drink this beer, which is a bit odd, I suppose. Heavier on the palate than a lager as well. Great session beer. Feels a little sticky sometimes. Really enjoyed this beer ever since having multiple pints at the Fat Black Pussy Cat many years ago in Greenwich Village... bag (106) - Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2008
From bottle... poured dark orange. Aroma was citrusy, but also slightly nutty. Packed with flavor -- bright and hoppy. Slightly dry finish. I loved this one, and I’ll definitely get it again. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours deep amber, thick light tan head. Aroma is rich and full of malted barley and sweet floral hops. One of the best smelling beers from the east coast I’ve opened in a good while... Flavor is very light. Hints of toasted malts, honey, cardboard, and some leather and hay. Earthy finish. Medium bodied. WillieV (197) - Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle: Nice light brown color with a semi off white head. Large scents of hops. Very surprising on the first taste. Very smooth and not bitter.