madquacker (1143) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2004
Too malty for my liking, but a good beer nevertheless. Amber copper colour but then malt, malt and malt. The best US beer I’ve tried to date. clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - MAY 27, 2004
pours copper colored with a subtantial head that lasts for a bit. aromas of cookies and bread with a fair amount of hops. taste is initially hop flavor then malt nuttiness and caromel fading into a bitter dryness. the hop flavors and bitterness linger. the balance leans a little to the hop side but not a bad beer. iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 For American style lagers a degree up on Yuengling and many on the super macros. Has moved more toward a macro than a micro yet maintains a satisfying enough bit of a hoppy nose, average + semi-sweet taste and good gold to copper color. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I like this one, don’t know why I haven’t rated it before. I didn’t have this one until I became geeky, and I was still impressed. Anyway, revisited last night. A little darker than a typical pale lager, frothy head. Mine was served near freezing, but still evinced a pleasant malty and floral hoppy aroma with a bit of spice. Flavor was lightly doughy, with some sticky, huskish grain hints. Great hoppiness for a lager. Northernbrewer (151) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2004
I remember being 19 and stuck at the Cinncinati airport for 10 hours in a snow storm. I sat with $40 in airline vouchers at the bar and drank liters of this stuff. Suprisingly good for being as mass produced by contract as it is. Very good hop aroma and well balanced.
BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 20, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Bottle. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy and bubbly white head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toast, nutty), average hops (spicy, earthy), and a clean lager character. Flavor is moderate malt with a nice hop balance and medium-light bitterness; clean and smooth with a light sweetness. Light body, low warmth, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Not bad at all, pretty good actually. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma is slightly hoppy with caramel. The taste of caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits, bread and hops come together very nicely. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice medium body with lively carbonation. archmagus (1) - Kingsville, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2004 does not count
Pours with a large white foamy head and has an amber color. Initial flavor is light acidic and then starts to be a little spicy and bitter in the end with a watery texture and a fizzy carbonation. BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2004
I’m so glad to see more and more restaurants in the local area carrying this beer. Of course it ain’t the best, but it’s head and shoulders over ANY other of the other US major-mass-produced crap (read that as Anheuser, Miller, Coors, etc.). At least this beer has the guts to have flavor. Malt and hops are very evident. A beautiful deep amber hue looks great in the glass. If I get home and pop one of these I’m hit with hops big time. Now, if I drink a Big Foot barley wine ale first the Sammy really shows me its maltiness. It’s not bad, but boy what a difference. If you have to pay a lot for this (bottle or draft) then that’s not good. But if this is available along side the usual lager crap then the choice is way obvious. Sam Adams Lager is a pretty decent beer. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Bottle: Hoppy fruity aroma. Pours a very nice golden amber color. Moderate off-white head with a fair amount of retention and decent lacing. Real quick sweet taste when it first hits the tongue, then the hops take over. Relatively long lasting hop aftertaste.