savitska (163) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
A pretty pedestrian offering dressed up like a microbrew. Available at Kroger at bargain basement prices, my Dad bought all four Lawson Creek varieties to try them out. This wasn"t bad, but it was obvious that the ’flavor’ had been added after brewing by some unnatural process. The thought isn"t a bad one, but the execution seems syrupy sweet and sticky. Better than having to drink a macro, but a poor excuse for an Ale. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
The name and price ($4+change for a sixer) caught my eye at the store. Pours a cloudy, orangish-copper with a decent head. The flavor and aroma remind me of warm apple cider. I want to try their other offerings but this was only a so-so beer. vacek (67) - College Station, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
When beers don’t really stick out in my mind it gets hard to rate them. This is one of them. Not bad looking but the taste leaves a whole lot to be desired. Boring. daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Once again like their vanilla stout I will raise the question of how can you have aa "cold lagered" red ale? Pours out a weak reddish rusty color with aa bubbly soft drink like head. Taste was boaring but not offensive. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Kroger-brand beer? Yep, this is it. This is one of the most hilarious labels I’ve ever seen: Within an inch of each other, you see the phrases "red ale" and "cold lagered". Yow! Cloudy appearance, strange bubbly head that reminds me more of a soft drink than of beer and fades quickly. Don’t laugh, I seemed to get pencil shavings in the smell. "Annoying" is the best way to describe the flavor, the aftertaste was like a gnat buzzing around in your ear that you want to swat, but it doesn’t kill the gnat and you’re just left with a ringing sound in your ear, and then it comes back in the other ear. It would be very hard to take a big sip of this stuff. This wasn’t one of my more serious ratings.
Andrew196 (1858) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2002
Weak head. Tobacco and woody nose, smooth, tobacco finish along with bubble gum....just plain annoying without a flavor that makes you want to take another sip. Suttree (6358) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 8, 2002
Bland, Bland, Bland. Barely even there. Also, How do make a ’cold lagered red ale’? Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2002
Oh I thing Hennes has spelled it out pretty clearly. No wonder it is on sale at Kroger! Sour cider, watery, listless foam. It looks better than it is. I’m not sure I’ll do the rest of the six pack. hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2002
’Lawson Creek’ is a pseudonym for the Gluek Brewery. In its original incarnation, Cold Springs Brewery, the company famously stayed afloat by contracting special brews for other folks - the ’Quake’ beers are a good example - and I see they’re still at it. Anyway, this is a schitzophrenic brew ... it smells and tastes exactly like sour cider with some sweeter toasted accents, though its a listless red in the glass. As you go, the cidery aura fades and the toastiness builds like a gluey mass of sugared toasted sesame seeds or soy nuts. Not good. But a six only costs 4.50 at Kroger, so you can’t really expect much. VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Red? More like a light amber with a minimal toasty nose and slightly toasty malt bite. No distinguishing hop flavors, just a little bitter balance. Very mainstream tasting.