Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2006
12 oz bottle
HogTownHarry (6925) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2006
Coming from New Glarus, this was a let down. I knew not to expect much from something biling itself as a premium lager but surely it could have had more taste than this. If the Careys were trying to nail an upscale version of a macro, they succeeded. Unfortunately, that still results in a bland boring (mostly) flavorless beer. Pass on this one even if it is free.
Aroma / Appearance - A one-finger mottled head soon disappeared into the body which looked much like Barq’s cream soda with an added boost of carbonation. Corn, grain and butterscotch underline a very bland nose that is best described as buttered white toast. It is mildly offensive but it is moreso dull.
Flavor / Palate - The only flavor is that of hard butterscotch candy. There are some undertones of corn, grain and white bread but nothing lasts long enough to pin it down well. Overall this was extremely boring and predictable. Naturally it would also be easy to drink if your palate was used to this; for me it took a while to finish because I kept expecting something else.
Bottle (12oz). Via trade with kmweaver. Pale, bright, clear yellow, large white frothy head; something scary about that colour. Smells like 1,000 other pale lagers - dry, grainy, vaguely vegetal, stale yeast - ehhh. The taste is surprisingly refreshing - clover-sweet, thick, almost candyish malt, very light floral hops in the finish. Thick body - really thick, it’s weird, only a whisper of carbonation and astringency, very rapid finish, syrupy mouthfeel. I’m not turning cartwheels, but it beats all hell out of Bud. Thanks for this one, Ken. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2010 <<Re-rate 12 Sept 2010>>ClarkVV (6710) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12 oz bottle from my sister, part of a New Glarus mixed 12 pack. Pour is clear light yellow gold with a nice two inch white head. A touch of carbonation bubbles to the top. Aroma is cracker malt, along with some hay. Fresh nose. Taste has a mild apple sweetness, followed by the cracker malt finish with floral straw, and more apple. Palate is thin bodied, nice bright carbonation and a clean finish. Refreshing beer, I certainly enjoyed / appreciated it more this time around. (6,3,6,3,12 - 3.0)
<<Original Rating 25 October 2006>>
GABF 06 - poured and tasted this one. Traditional looking, smelling and tasting lager. A touch better then the macros, but IMO only a touch. (4,3,5,2,11 - 2.5)
2006 bottle (I assume) in a fantastic trade with Dorwart, consumed on 9/28/06.pineypower (3330) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Clear, light-beeswax with hints of copper and lemon tints. Lazy, large bubbles drift upwards, creating a small white head that, even with a forcible pour is dismally retained and creates no lacing.
Aroma: Hmmm, well, that’s not good. I must say I was expecting a clean, crisp, flavorful, light lager, being somewhat skeptical of the scores on here, not to mention most scores for pale lagers on this site. And how could New Glarus, a brewery which, seemingly, can do no wrong, create some mass-market, flawed mess of a beer? I didn’t believe it at all, but dipping my nose in to a cacophony of DMS, acetyldehyde, stale, washed out, cereal-grade-like malts and a sluggish, nearly metallic finish, with vanilla and other cheap, sugary bi-product, there’s just no way around it. This beer sucks. Badly.
The flavor is more of the same, compound brewing flaws making it mostly undrinkable to anyone looking to get more than just drunk. Fizzy carbonation, poor attenuation, even and just a cheap, corny, DMS flavor. Guess they don’t feel the need to condition this stuff for proper lengths of time. I can understand it, though. If people are simply switching from BMC to this and not complaining (the majority of them), why waste extra time and money to condition it when the microbrew crowd knows to just pass it up and buy their other lagers. I don’t grudge them anything for it. Still, it is pretty awful stuff!
Thanks to ughsmash for this one. Pours out a straw color with a frothy white head. Aroma is somewhat grassy with some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Taste is smooth, but very stright foward with some swet malts, and that was really about it, plain and simple, which isnt always a bad thing
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 Rerate: 12oz bottle, courtesy of MatSciGuy. Thanks, Levi! Pours a bright, clear, lightly effervescent golden color; fine-bubbled white head, creamy, with solid retention and lacing; nice-looking pour. Basic, lightly crisp aroma of basic malt sugars and white wine grapes; the sugar character is honey-like, and there’s a light graininess present as well; on the sweet side, but not overly so. Medium-light body; medium levels of carbonation; a light graininess in the mouthfeel, but non-astringent; slightly soft and modestly sweet in the mouth, but still hugely drinkable; honey-like malt sugars, a very quiet graininess and white grape note; lightly sweet, but nothing heavy and very, very drinkable. Light finish of honey, quiet toastiness; essentially balanced, and crisp.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2006
12oz bottle courtesy of Monger. Thanks, James! Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head; good retention and lacing. Slight aroma with a sweet, vinuous quality; like Welch’s grape juice. Light, crisp mouthfeel with good levels of carbonation, slightly grapey; light malt profile. The finish is quick, without any noticeable bitterness. 220.127.116.11.10=2.5
Bottle. Pours a pale golden color with a small white head. Aroma is very mild malt and citrus with a standard pilsner taste and texture. Extremely smooth and drinkable. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 06. Overall, a nice pilsner. much better than the macros. Aroma is light hops, and muted malt. Taste is smooth. Lightly bitter finish. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a decent sized white head. Aroma of of citrus hops & sweet malts. Flavor is sweet, slight fruit, citrus, and mildly bitter in the finish, ok brew, good for a premium lager. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2006
New Glarus has too many good beers to waste time on this one. Very much in the vein of a macrobrew, though more balanced.