DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011 DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Bottled. It's certainly okay, just nothing great. There's a lot in its favor: a sudsy head over an amber body and a malty nose, a little like a Vienna. And yes, a malty, slightly sticky taste, but as they say, very little hop flavor. After being well pleased with this brewery's Oscar's Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, this is kind of a letdown. But if this is their "flagship" brand, it's a little better example to have on the shelves than any mega-lager.
This beer is really pretty decent, but still nothing much to it. I like some more complexity. philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
Pioneer Lager--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 18 IBU’s. (3.5 / 5.0) Amber Lager. Clear rich amber color. Light hop front followed by rich malty body with lightly toasted fruit flavors. Dry sweetness. Incomplete lager smoothness. Tight chalkiness in end with light citrus note. Sampled 8/17/2000. Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Wet grainy nose. More orange pour than most lagers. Actually doesn’t taste that bad. A little watery, but plenty of grain on the tongue. taste quickly departs. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Courtesy of Skyview. Very murky brown/orange color with a quickly collapsing large head. Fairly heavy floral and citrus hops for a pale lager. Those fade in the flavor a lot. Mostly grains and caramel. ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
June 2008 Beer of the Month Club
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
Overall Impression: Average looking, average tasting amber lager.
hazy amber, medium quickly dissipating head, tiny white bubbles with slight lacing. not at all pale lagery looking. very sweet malt, perhaps hint of hop in nose. flavor is earthy malt and floral hops which do not offset each other very well. no body, mildly bitter finish. i like lagers, so this one is disappointing in its complete lack of lagerliness. 6 pack from liquor depot in monee. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Amber in color with no head and low carbonation. Aroma is a bit nutty with some biscuit aromas. Flavor is nothing really special, low caramel sweetness and little bit of a walnut taste. Overall not too impressive of a beer but definitely better than the macro options. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2008
A none too impressive lager, tasting largely of malty corn. The Beer of the Month people need to try a little harder. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2008
This came from the BOM club. Really not that good. Oh well. How much can you say about a beer you will probably never drink again? GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was two fingers high and off white with decent retention. Some lace was left behind at the end. There were whiffs of biscuity malt and subdued caramel, but not much else. Dry and grainy flavor accented by white paper and some grassy hops. Eh.