anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2007
Draught @ Port Brewing, San Marcos. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Malty grainy aroma. Sweet malty grainy and slightly grassy flavor, with some fruity hints. Malty finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste. jazz88 (2679) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle. A golden color with a diminished white head. The dusty, wet basement, cereal aroma and flavors are always a little more robust and subtle in craft brew bad lagers but evident nonethelss. Smooth and as expected. Sammy (12197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
On Tap at Port Carlsblad, a good 24 hours recovery from the also-great Solena Beach. Bright yellow Mexico lager. Smells like a taco. Some lace. Bitter and sugary. Sweet aftertaste. You’re in California, you need a Mexican token product in the lineup.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
From a 12 oz. twist off stubby bottle with a blurb about Pizza Port on the left side of label, no freshness date. Sampled plain and with a slice of lime as recommended at the website.
Poured a clear lager golden with a small foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly.
Aromas of sweet lager malts, a bit crackerish, lager yeasty, and floral hops. With lime, adds a little sour citrus and a some spiciness comes out.
Good steady carbonation, not overactive, and a malty crisp, smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of sweet pale lager malts, a grassy graininess, earthy, spicy hops, and a hop bitter, sugary lager malt finish. With lime, adds a sour element to the malts and the hops smooth out, looses a little earthiness.
A decent Mexican all-malt lager, not as good as few Mexican Vienna lagers I like, but still, easy smooth drinkability, this would be great on a hot, humid summer day. Easily better than most Mexican macro lagers.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2006
A very fresh, bright clean crisp plain malt aroma. Maybe some edges of sugar. Pour of plain gold, with a slick edge of white. Flavor is again fresh and clean sweet malt, with a lot of white grape vinous character and real deal of fresh grainy character. Not slightly skunky, off or unclean. Finishes with a long clean sugar metamorphosis. Best pale lager, no questions.
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2006
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(old notes): Pale golden color with a small white head. Faint aroma of grass and maybe corn. Flavor is sweet and fruity with a light spicy bitterness. Light bodied and thin with moderate carbonation.
Bottle: Courtesy of DarkElf via trade. Lightly sweet aroma with some hints of grain, lager yeast, and grassiness. Pours a transparent gold with a small soapy white head that quickly fades to a film. Moderate lager sweetness up front is balanced by an equally moderate spicey, grassy, lightly soapy, and maybe even a tad flowery bitterness. Bitterness lingers on the palate for quite a while, especially considering it’s a pale lager. While not a big mouthfeel, certainly bigger than most pale lagers with light carbonation, not fizzy like many pale lagers. About as good as you can get for a Mexican style pale lager. Aroma is a bit of killer when it comes to the overall rating. TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
This was mixed in to a sixer of Shark Bite that I bought at Solana Beach. Pours yellow with thin white head. Aroma is malt with a slight corn scent. Tastes like a more flavorful Corona. A little too bland for my taste. Nice bitter finish, though. Great session beer. elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 28, 2006
On tap at San Clemente, this was obviously conceived to appease the corona fan that finds themselves in the restaurant, but it was certainly an improvement on that concept. Flavors are subdued but well put together, nice toasted malt, a bit of corn, fresh hops present and accounted for. For Lager fans this works quite well. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Solana Beach. Aroma of grain and vienna malt. Appears a yellow color with a light orange tint; no efferveascence and no head. Flavor is nutty, with toffee, and with good residual sweetness. Palate is medium-light, with low carbonation, and quite appropriate. Overall, this is an excellent representation of a vienna lager, and it is greater than the sum of its parts.