Scipio (1219) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2017
Pours a clear, watery golden with a thinner white head. The aroma is pretty weak. What I do find are grassy and herbal hints and mild spices. The taste is a bit sweet and dry. There is plenty of bread, grassy hops, corn, some lemon, and a slight caramel backbone. The aftertaste is bready and lasts for awhile. This one is light in body, slick in texture, and about average in carbonation. This was easy to drink and dare I say kind of refreshing. I’d recommend trying this out. Its just unfortunate that it was brought down by its lackluster appearance and aroma. Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Very full (and alcoholic) for a lager. It has a great feel on the palate, and is very drinkable even if the taste is fairly lackluster and the aroma almost nonexistent. And the color is gross too. Unless you like yellow. donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
The beertender described it as similar to Stella or Heiniken - I didn’t sense that whatsoever. Way more pale aspects than your traditional lager, as it had way more body, and a noticeable hop kick. Very dry finish. Of course very fresh, but not what I expected and not their best. tmoreau (4645) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at Downer’s Grove, and pint served. Poured a clear, golden hue with abundant, bubbly white foam, and clingy, curtainy lacing. The aroma was a variety of notes, some good and some questionable, e.g. grassy, lemon, light yeast, some acetic sourness, and light corn-DMS?. The flavor presented a Pils malt taste, and distinct hop bitterness. With a medium to light body and lively carbonation, this lager finished bitter and dry. DrnkMcDermott (3141) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2009
English pint draft at Downers Grove. Waiter tells me this edition is 6.5% abv. I don’t doubt it. Looks is light golden yellow with a thin layer of bubbles leaving some lacing, quite to style. A sweet, somewhat corny smell. Taste reminds me somehow of an amped-up Hamm’s. Not as sweet as it smelled; clearly there’s maize in it, more to get more alcohol than to keep the color pale. Hops to me tasted like the German kind, and there may have been some green hops used. They seem to be tinkering with this recipe each time, and it’s getting better.
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2009
Draught at the Downers Grove pub. This beer is interesting. Harkening back to earlier American brewing traditions this is a potently flavorful pale lager. Pale golden in color, slightly effervescent with a thin creamy white head. Aroma is slightly piney and floral hops. Flavor has a grassy tinny bitterness upfront that lingers for a bit before fading away. Balanced with non- descript malts that become more pronounced and sweet as the beer warms. This is made with corn but you can not detect it aside from the fact that the sweetness is different from a typical lager malt. Medium bodied and nicely barbonated.
Zeswaft (1783) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2006
The dude told me this is supposed to be a strong lager circa 1871, before beers changed and became weeker. He said the alcohol bwas like 7.5% or something. It’s pale and a lager by definition but not by flavor. The flavor is somewhat rich. There is a little bit of a chardonay-like alcohol taste but there was a surprising presence of those typical Emmetts citrus PNW hops. I thought it was quite good for a light lager. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
the aroma struck me as ’fishy’. it poured watery yellow with no head. a very slight hoppy bitterness, but not much else going on. very watery in the mouth. oops. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
They brought THIS to a IIPA Replicale fest...was this supposed to be for the wives and girlfriends??? Watered down and embarrassing at an event like this. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2005
I dont really know what to say about this one. I can see where they are going with this, it definately appeals to the regular bud or whatever drinker. In fact, the description at the brewery talks about how it was made with corn and what not I think rice too i could be wrong. No head, light lacing and light hops in the nose and very thin body, light overall. Remarkably like bud light tasting. Drinkable but very unintersting.