Darkmagus82 (2302) - - JUN 23, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very light brown/dark copper color with an amazingly huge billowy off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A big caramel and brown sugar aroma are the bulk of the smell. These are mixed with some nice roasted malt and toasted aromas as well as a little bit of a nutty smell. Rounding out all these is a very light earthy and herbal hop as well, creating a very pleasant aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet brown sugar and caramel flavor with a little bit of a toasted malt and a light grainy taste. The grain and malt are very light, largely being dominated by the sweeter flavors of the brew, which intensify even more after the initial taste with some other sweet flavors of a cola and molasses nature coming to the tongue. A little bit of a nut flavor develops right after the initial taste, with it then fading away toward the end due to the advent of the cola and molasses. Just a hint of herb is mixed into the taste leaving one with a very sweet, lightly roasted, and thin flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin with a carbonation level that is high. A thicker body would have certainly been better for accentuating the roasted and nut flavors of the brew and would have made it a bit less cloying.
Overall – A little too sweet in darker sugar flavors with not quite enough malt and roast to really support the sweet. A bit sweetly unbalanced.
Panzuriel (2238) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2002
A nice American take on a German standard. A good Dunkel. Nice and flavorful but still thin and clean. A great Dunkel. Even better on tap. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Draught, Atlanta location. Clear red-copper body with mild carbonation and a creamy off-white head. Appearance does not square with the "unfiltered" claim on the menu but I guess it could have settled. Munich malt aroma with dark bread crusts and black tea plus caramel. Flavor has more tea qualities and a prominent scorched sweet element like over-baked cookies. Instantly cloying and over-satiating. Insipid beer aimed at a beer clown’s palate.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Refreshingly smooth lager that also brings a nice character and flavor with it. Maybe not the most exciting lager I’ve ever tried but certainly much more than adequate. davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Sweet. Aromas of chocolate and caramel, very tasty but thin palate. Good session beer.
seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Tasted on tap at San Francisco brewpub in standard pint glass. Pours an opaque brown with unflitered yeast haze and vigorous beige head, good retention, little lace. Great malty-sweetness, balanced bitterness and some aroma hop. Tastes like toffee and brown sugar. Clean, smooth and delicious. I absolutely love this stuff! A hoppy, cloudy, fruity brown lager? If this were brewed to higher gravity, it could be one of the world’s greated beers. monk191 (1977) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2014
A decent beer, nothing too special, but smooth and tasty. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a thick white head. Smells malty, maybe a bit of marzipan. Taste is creamy, sort of empty upfront, with some coffee and toffee coming in, and a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Had in the bottle. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUL 8, 2004
On tap at the Honolulu location: Listed as 5.13% ABV. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a medium beige head. Fruity flavor of grapes. Light malt aroma. pinkzambia (1931) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Tap: Brown color and not quite clear accompanied by a nice light brown head. The aroma was earthy like peat moss with a well-balanced flavor. The aftertaste seemed to be just right, not too sweet. Out of the ones I had, this one is the only one I might consider having seconds. jefcon (1853) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Not that bad aromas of malt and some chocolate, but the watery nature of the beer in the glass translates to a watery palate. A weak contender -- maybe I just don’t care for the style.