kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Aroma is faint, a bit mettalic. Dark amber with a wispy thin off-white head that leaves spotty lacing. Flavor is toasty malt, nice roast character with little to no hops flavor. Active carbonation, light body.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is grainy toffee with a bit of nuttiness. Taste is caramel, toffee, bread and a nutty finish. No real hop notes to speak of. Medium bodied. Decent beer. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2009
A drinkable lager that is relatively non-descript. Light copper in color, the aroma is predominately caramel malt reminiscent of Dos Equis.
The flavor is more caramel with a slight hop finish. Full-bodied and crisp, Gila Monster fits into the Oktoberfest/Vienna category well. Pleasant and subtle, this is a beer that is satisfying, but not very special. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Date: March 14, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: light caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, lots of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a full inch of snow white foam.
Smell: Exceedingly meager aroma of toasted malts and little else.
Taste: Sweet toasted malts -- all of it very light, mind you. Fruity addition of apple skins. Touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, crisp, but ultimately watery finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus, slightly effervescent carbonation.
Drinkability: This one just comes up far, far too short in flavor and body, going well beyond easy-drinking and refreshing to be wholly uninteresting. Skip it.
Foxbush (2113) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
This is a beer slected at Trader Joe’s. They have beer from brewer’s that you never see. This is an Amber Lager. The color was a clear amber with a nice head and no lacing. The caramel malts do dominate the flavors that you experience. It could use more hops. The finish was smooth and with some bitterness. JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Amber pour with a tan head. Caramel aroma, Caramel taste, a bit malty, body was nice. I’d call this the prototypical amber lager. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, grain a bit overly perfumed. Taste pf sweet malt, caramel with a mild bitter cola like finish. Kind of watery and astringent. Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention. Aroma is caramel and grain. Lots of lacing remains on the glass. Earthy, dry, roasted flavors. Metal. Dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate effervescence. ganache (6056) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Bottle. Grass, citrus, and pale malts. Sniff of caramel. Deep dark amber pour with lots of carbonation and a pretty, lacing and frothy beige head. Watery body, bitter and earthy but bushleague and unclean. Aftertaste is foul/nasty. Started out so much more promisingly!