007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Had a great spicy aroma, but the taste was almost non-existent. Short finish, weak body. Not bad, but definitely not great. hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Has some nice malt/hops flavors and goes well with the typical beer foods. I like it a bit more than their lager, too. freekyp (2192) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Much more tasty than the Sam Adams lager. Good ’spicy’ flavor. Great with a char-grilled burger. slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2002
Not bad... nice hoppy, floral aroma, creamy, balanced malt and hops... fruity, moderate bitterness... pretty standard stuff, yet very good. Not so sure about "spicy"... Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2002
I was slightly confused by this beer. It was smarter than I am. My initial thoughts were of Eastern European lagers. However, as things went on, I began to enjoy it a bit more. I’m still not a huge fan, but the malts are complemented by a fairly nice bite of spice and hop bitterness. Not exceptional, but a beer that certainly fooled me.
PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2002
Nutty aroma, good thick pour with plenty of lace. Just enough fruitiness and malt flavor to make it an ale. Good, all around full bodied ale - great for a macro-micro loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Basic bitter tones in the aroma. The flavor was a little more interesting. Nice hops and malt interplay. The finish was a little roasty. Very crisp feel...perhaps a little too much carbonation, but a satisfying feel anyway. I like this more than Sam Adam’s lager. dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Nice amber color, fairly decent flavor, both sweet with a light bitter finish. Surprisingly not that bad.Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
Earlier Rating: 10/9/2001 Total Score: 3.3
Better than the lager and seemed to me to lack the aftertaste of a lot of the Sam Adams brews. Its slightly above middle of the road in every aspect.
Deep amber color with medium thick head. very appetizing, sweet, fruity aroma. Sweet hoppy flavor with a hint of fruitiness and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied and dry. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2003 Wonderful spicy hop nose with some fruit. Great malt profile of caramel, fruit and graininess all restrained quite tastefully. Compare to Frankenheim and see how much more character this has. And remember this is Altbier--not an APA.