Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Courtesy of Wohlfs. Very faint caramel aroma. Flavor is very chewy caramel, a little oxidized. My friends here are saying beigian, I thought it was more doppel like, but not pale lager, for sure. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of wolhfs. Rather sweet with a pretty big yeasty aroma which is quite suprising from a pale lager. Pours a transparent orangish-gold with a big soapy large bubbled white head with some decent retention. Flavor is rather sweet with some light yeatiness. No hops at all and the flavor is pretty consistant from start to finish. Maybe it gets a tad yeastier in the finish. I agree with wolhfs on the Belgian similarities. As it warms a little caramel starts to come thru. Not at all what I was expecting from a pale lager. I wonder what this was like fresh. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Bottle found from the bottom dusty shelf in a party store. Big release of pressure when opened. Large white head erupts when the liquid hits the glass. Opaque light amber color with chunks of floaties. Sweet aroma, caramelish with a touch of yeast. This is reminding me of a belgian more and more. Very carbonated. Lighter bodied. Sweet flavor with hints of sour poking through. Slightly drying. Interesting to see what a few years will do to a pale ale.
Different bottle. The previous bottle seemed to be infected so here is an updated rant. Less head although still forms and leaves good lacing. Predominantly malty in aroma with a touch of sweetness. A little bit of stale aroma sneaks in. Still somewhat drying. This has lost all of it’s noble hop power but is still pleasant. Numbers reflect non-infected bottle. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2005
This old bottle was given to me by Wohlfs, brewed back when the brewery was called Canal Street, is it even drinkable anymore? Poured a large frothy head and golden hue with great lace. The aroma has some oxidation notes along with lmeon and apple, pale biscuity malts, and a hint of yeasty esters. The taste is not all that bad with a light fruity acidic nature and malty background. Some woody like dryness and old ale character. No hops are left to be found however. Shocking and refreshing. It is interesting to read the post below, Founders as home a long way since this was brewed. Thanks for the rare bottle, it made my night. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Cleaning up some old ratings found this gem from August 2001. Its ignorant babbling interests me so here I clean up the typos and repost
"Either they're trying too hard or not hard enough - too hard would mean that the effort is to subtly grace budmilloorists with flavor and the mark is overshot ... not hard enough means that they just didn't care and needed to hold the budmilloorists at bay. Either way this is mediocre fare."
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Some dumb ass poured me THIS beer, when I asked for an IPA. Not all that impressive, then again, what Founders are? labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2002
It has that high-class European flavor that really pisses you off. Not a horrible beer but I give them more points because I think the label is cool. Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2000
This once again proves how Founders is one step away from making good beer. They should keep experimenting and one day I see them blowing some people away. Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2000
Light and under flavored, this one seems to be their ’training wheel beer.’ Under-age Drinker (96) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2000
decent.....but nothing special......only slightly darker than budweiser