balloonbuffoon (601) - - NOV 9, 2017
12floz can, COD: 09.12.2017, $9 for a six-pack, nonic glass. Toasted caramel, very much a liquid bread beer. Subtly hopped, clean, crisp, bright copper, and medium-light body complete the general description. This passes as a lighter fest beer alternative to an octoberfest, about as close to style as it gets from an American craft brewer. thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Pour is a clear copper with a large white head. Aroma is a decent caramel with a clean grain. Flavor is more of a slight dark bread grain with a bit of caramel and toffee. Finish is a clean lager refreshing. This was a decent beer and something you could knock back a few of while relaxing outdoors. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2014
The beer pours a clear dark orangeish with a large white head, and the aroma blends bready malts with toasty, caramel, and biscuity malts. The taste is mildly sour and a touch sweet, and the aftertaste has some sour maltiness that fades fairly quickly. The palate fuses a slick texture, average carbonation, and a medium-light body. gregwilsonstl (2660) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Hazy gold. Sweet maltiness....almost like frosted cereal.... (if that’s a bad comparison I apologize. ...I don’t remember eating cereal.) Light body. Another enjoyable civil life beer. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Sample at Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar. The beer is a clear orange-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Light-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, roasted nuts and fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
wxman (1847) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2013
At the source. Draws a nice golden with a superb small bead off white head. Not big, but stays and rings the glass. Gentle bready and fresh rain water aroma. Taste comes through as sweet caramel malt, and buttery biscuits along with the slightest pleasant hoppiness. Smooth, delicious. Nummy num! theisti (4203) - Kansas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Draft at Bier Station in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is clear copper with a one inch slightly dirty white head. The aroma is mild caramel malt sweetness and a general toasted cracker malt. The taste is nicely fresh and clean malt, the sweetness and the dry cracker. The palate is light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a soft mineral dry finish. Really well made. Strykzone (7657) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. Pat brought it a growler. A brown pour that has floaties that barely move. A soft aroma that has light fruit and nutty malts. That describes the flavor, too. This is smooth and just so easy to drink and is a bit sweet. Almost no carbonation. Nice. Braudog (6834) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Shared 8 oz draft at the brewpub. Dark copper, a shade off for the style. The immediate impression is of wet mash, again with an extract-like sweetness taking over. Drinkable enough. (#4494, 2/25/2012) seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2017 Tasted at the 1st annual Urban Chestnut - Wolpertinger festival in St. Louis, MO, USA from tap into sampler beer boot. Poured a nice amber color with moderate white foam, lasting with a little lace. Malty, caramelly with faint roastiness and fruity fermentation. Reminiscent of Dos Equis but bigger, tarter, sharper, drier. Lagers are tough to micro-brew, but Civil Life did it well.