RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A classic Munich-helles style lager with the emphasis on complex malt flavors and low hop character - in accordance with the style. Brewed with 2-row pale and Caramel 60 malts and Saaz and Hallertau hops. This was the first American beer to certifiably pass the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516.
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ClarkVV (6958) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle, probably quite old, as this hasn’t been distributed in Mass for a good while. Consumed on 8/20/06.
Filtered, golden-honey colored body still shows plenty signs of life. It produces a foamy, but large white head that is surprisingly retained considering the age and the method of carbonation (forced). Light lacing on the glass.
Deep bitterness from the hops is first and foremost in the nose. Dusty, sweaty, bready, and with a mineral snappiness added from the yeast, it seems just as crisp and lively as most fresh examples. The caramel malt adds light nuances of rich, flavorful bread, while the pale malt sugars are well-attenuated, but leave some honey notes. No sign of oxidation, alcohol or off-flavors.
The flavor continues to stand up, with a hoppy burst of juniper, straw, herbs and grass. Extrapolating, this must have been an exquisitely hopped flavor (and aroma) which still has remnants of greatness, producing a fine, dry bitterness that works in harmony with the crisp yeast to provide a snappy finish. Honey and light dough-like malts balance, with a drizzle of caramel sugars. A touch of sponge-cake-like wetness, but nothing unexpected for its age. Not too much breadiness, but enough to assert the style. Carbonation, being forced, is obviously loose, but it’s one of the better filtered, force carbed beers I’ve tried lately. Impressed how crisp this is at this age. Hard to believe this is pasteurized, though lagers usually stand up better to that.

bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
I was actually suprised this was ranked so high on here. I didnt think it was horrible but it just wasnt that great at all. It at least had more flavor than the usual bud light my dad usually has in the fridge. This actually had a little maltiness and a little bitterness to it.

tommy8768 (120) - Litlle Compton, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 3, 2006
pours a cloudy yellow gold color, not much head or lacing. A very malty lager, with just a tinge of roasted taste,smooth as well. Nice amount of hops and bitterness. A really good lager.

warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Clear and gold in color with a small white head. Good clean malt aroma with some biscut and slight toasted malt. Good malt flavor that is balanced well with a mild hop bitterness. Reminds me of a good dortmunder style german lager. A beer which I’d drink several of and will have again.

Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
I was surprised this is a pretty good brew. has a slight caramel aroma, taste is similiar... caramel almost a spice element to it, along with a hint of hops. smooth body.

wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pale yellow, slightly cloudy appearance. Soft white foam head that doesn’t last, yet stays thinly at the surface throughout. Aroma is almost that of a hefeweizen. Taste is Saaz hop bitterness with the fluffy citrusy notes of the Hallertau and pale malt sweetness. This is a poor cousin to Urquell and Czechvar which means it’s pretty good, just not excellent. Worthy effort.

MagnusVMagnum (48) - USA - APR 23, 2006
It was alright (reminded me of Sam Adams), but not nearly as smooth as I’d like. I’d take a Killian’s Irish Red any day over it.

foutzdj (7) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006 does not count
I might be partial because this was originally a Cincinnati beer. It does have an over good flavor. Like a sam adams but not quite

ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
Slight malty aroma with a bit of hoppiness can be detected. The beer pours a golden color with a small white head. Starts off with a slight malty sweetness but quickly grows to finish with a mild bitterness.

hopscotch (11419) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle... Clear, golden lager with a large, frothy, off-white head. Very good retention. Malty, peppery nose with notes of honey and white bread. Decently balanced flavor, but a touch on the bitter side. Medium-bodied and astringent with moderate carbonation. Finishes medium bitter and very dry.

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