RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This all malt beer is brewed with the finest blend of barley malts for a rich, full-bodied flavor. We made it smoother, cleaner, and delicately balanced by the addition of imported hops.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (20792) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear, light amber with a thin, fizzy head. Easy malt aroma with some grains. Sweet flavor with some sugar and cereal. Light bodied with average carbonation. Finishes malty, basically no bitterness. Nothing too wrong here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Dogbrick (12735) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2005
At least they are trying. This beer is a clear light amber color with a thin off-white head and very little lacing. Faint malt and caramel in the nose. Light-bodied and sweet with some malt and traces of hops and cardboard. The finish is mildly tangy with an underlying sweetness. Better than expected, because based on the label I was expecting some kind of malt liquor concoction. Really this is like most other dumbed-down Michelob beers, not offensive yet not interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DocLock (10562) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
I give Busch credit for trying here. But, I have to wonder, as profitable as Budweiser still is, why does he continue to try different styles like this? Is he truly interested in making better beer, or is he trying to directly compete with the microbrewers???

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
PorterPounder (7806) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2004
Picked up as part of a Holiday 18 Pack in Savannah. Unlike the Pale Ale, this one needs work, it is as if they left something out - hops perhaps? Dark golden appearance, light, fluffy white head, aroma of fresh lake water. Flavor has an odd, tingly taste to it that is not too unlike drinking milk after eating cranberry sauce. No hint of maltiness that I could find. Palate is okay, goes down smooth, just not a whole lot of flavor. AB missed the boat on this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (6539) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2004 bottle. Color is a deep amber, with some beige and orange hues mixed in. Bubbly and clear, with a small white head. Aroma of lightly toasted grains, a brief touch of hops. Flavor begins with notes of honey and light caramel. Body, all the while, is smooth and quite light. A hops interlude can be felt right before it finishes. More barley notes, light sugary notes and then a clean finish. Very light beer overall, but there are no adjunct flavors, which is refreshingly wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (6171) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 27, 2005
Dark golden color with a tall batch of beige bubbles. Has a hint of caramel , in an aroma that would more likely be in the category of a european lager. Lightly toasted malt flavors dominate, and on the whole are quite good. To be quite truthful, I would wager this would rate higher (two to three tenths higher) if under a different name. Its not a winter brew, its a amber or pale lager, nothing more. A touch thin and biting in feel. But some decent flavors. Add a little more body and this would be a very good brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (6096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Clear copper coloured body with a super-thin white head. Aroma of pale malt, cardboard and a super small amount of low a.a. hops. Light-bodied; Unfinished flavour with malt, a light caramel taste and cardboard. Aftertaste shows malt, cardboard and nothing else. Overall, not a horrible beer, but not good either. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle given to me by phil (haddon90) on 01-January-2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Woo! I got lucky and was able to pick singles out of the $20 winter pack and paid only $1 for each 4 of these seasonal beers. Did I say lucky? Pale gold color, light head, no lacing. Nose of DMS and grainy malts, grassy hops, very tangy. Taste is lightly sweet and sweaty, watery tail, a bit metallic. Fairly good for an AB lager but not up to par with the big micro boys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2004
From the Christmas sampler pack. Light white head. Few bubbles and a deep gold coloring. The aroma is bubblegum with peaches, white bread and grass. Taste is dark bread with a little smoke and a light clean finish. Also some hint of apples. Not awful by any stretch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aurelius (5251) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
Ysee, they could brew a decent beer if they werent just rogue profitmongers. A lightly floral grainy smell. Deep gold, almost orange. A bit sweet, and a bit astringent, middle was a bit vacant. Medium bodied. A certain mustiness to the smell, like sweat.

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