rondphoto (4490) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 5, 2013
I can only guess after reading all the previous reviews, that those who received fresh bottles liked this brew (as did I), and those who got skunky bottles drank a brew that had warmed and turned stale. Clear medium amber with a full head that reduces to a nice cover, mottled walls of lace. Taste is a typical ale: caramel malt that is taken by clean hops, which allow the malt to share in the finish. Quite easy to drink, good for any outdoor cooking, overall solid without being splashy. I purchased a six-pack while in Rochester NY, and have enjoyed it immensely. Recommended for light drinking. AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Keg in my brother’s garage - Nice froth, no lace. Tasted like an English beer, malty and hoppy, but didn’t have that fullness. That made it good for a Labor Day picnic, but I wouldn’t put it up against a proper English ale. It was pretty well balanced, and it will be well received by those who like a hoppy beer. blipp (9598) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Draft at Buffalo Brewfest. Pours gold with a white head. Butterscothy, caramel aroma. Smooth body. Sweet caramel flavor, with toast and a hint of fruit. Not bad. McGarnigle (654) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
From a bottle. Congrats to the brewery for that (and to the TV commercial running on cable). Just barely hazy golden beer, good head (that would be the wheat). Light-ish body. Very faint hop aroma (Cascades I think), but not much hop flavor. There’s a certain taste that comes through on so many of their beers; is it the yeast? Hard to describe, sort of grassy. Biscuit malt body. Decent beer. shadey (2148) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Golden color with little head. Aroma includes just a touch of light hop presence. Flavors aren’t overly sweet, and there is enough hop presence to be clean and refreshing. A nice "lawnmower beer" that does it’s job.
drowland (8955) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
1/6/14. 12oz bottle thanks to JBVatkeens. Lightly hazed golden orange pour with a small khaki head that fades to a ring and doesn’t lace. Mild dank hop aroma, soft wheat, some pale maltiness, not much else. Bland flavor, sort of an off metallic tinge, husky pale malts, earthy mild hoppiness. Meh. Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Orangy amber color with no head but that might have been the way it was poured. Aroma of grassy hops right away a light maltiness possible caramel. The body was pretty light and the taste was on the watery side. With that said it did have a pleasent sweetness and light bitterness. Was alright, probably won’t get it again. Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Draft. Poured a dark amber color with off-white head. Aroma was malty and a touch sour. Malty flavor that was just a little sweet. Nothing to write home about. coldbrewky (1730) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Thanks again to UDBeernut for kleeping the beer rating grounded and in perspective. Have any of the rest of you noticed that Canandaigua is pretty hard to type? I may be the most complex thing about this beer. while I did get a bit of skunk in the nose it evaporated quickly and left me with a thin bodied ale with a pine punch to the bland body slightly prior to a stale hop finish. A stepping stone brew for BMC drinkers? Never having been to the Lake, I would be hesitant to go there based upon this manifestation of "the perfect compliment to everything that defines Canandaigua Lake" I think I have some three year old cascade hops in my freezer that these guys can use. blankboy (7788) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a large frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of grain, straw, some fruit and very light hops. Flavour’s a bit sour, with caramel malt and light hops. Light to average bodied. Just O.K. at best, it’s quite dull.