KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Pours crisp and effervescent amber with an aroma of scotch-like roasted malt, as well as a touch of peach and raisin. Flavor is roasted malt with a faint lemon sourness. Palate is a little diluted. Average. How the heck a Minnesota brewer can call a beer "Gila Monster" is beyond me... unless the Gila is native to that region. jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
Bottle. So I bit on the beer with a funny name when I was at Trader Joe’s. Amber color with a little white head. Decent hop presence. Not a bad beer but nothing special. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Amber, malty, lagery. This isn’t a very interesting beer so i don’t have anything interesting to say about it. I do think this is mis-categorized on ratebeer however, its clearly more of a Vienna than a "pale lager". I suspect its the exact same beer as the Trader Joe’s Vienna. SSSteve (4006) - - APR 1, 2007
honey orange color with a medium sized, off-white head. lots of lacing. somewhat drab aroma. flavor is boring too. very "lager-like" with not enough "amber" qualities as it claims. AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Copper color with some deep amber highlights. Nose is sweet and nutty with a bit of caramel. Light to medium body. A tad bitter in my opinion, it kind of clashed with the aromas.
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. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Trader Joes (Short Pump), 2/23/10
drb99 (15) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2002
Aroma: Nose has some caramel malts, bread, corn, and earthiness
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark orange color, light lace from a thin head
Flavor: Taste has some sweetness, lots of malty flavors, minimal hop presence
Palate: The body is light-medium, carbonation is fairly high, and the duration is quite short
Overall, this one is a fairly average beer by all accounts. The taste is OK, the nose is OK, the look is OK, and the beer is OK. I don’t really have much to add to that, nothing special, but drinkable.
This beer isn't that bad - especially since it's so cheap!! No one characteristic was spectacular. A very good choice for large parties. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Amber colored liquid w/ quickly diminishing white head. Heavy caramel malt (expected) aroma and a slightly grassy hop, and even a little toasty. Well balanced w/ toasty and caramel malt with some hop flavor in finish and aftertaste, otherwise pretty clean. Nope, I take that back, there is a diacetyl in the finish as it warms. Also finishes on the dry side. Lighter body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex. Not something I'd seek out, but not bad to have if it's sitting in front of you. smcd (366) - USA - FEB 26, 2006
I had almost forgotten this beer. One that turned me off to ambers for a long, long time. In retrospect, it probably isn’t that bad ... chose it many a day over the macro-brews available at the corner liquor store. Copper colored. Slightly hazy. Fast disipating head that leaves almost no lace. Perfumy (not floral ... definitely perfume). Nutty, caramel, slightly astringent, but not terribly dry maltiness. Medium body. Earl Grey tastes ... not terribly hoppy (minimal, floral, orangey hoppiness - Earl Grey) a midling entry in the amber scene.