Strykzone (7796) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
Tea color with a small head that fades quickly. Aroma is sugary malt and caramel. Flavor is very earthy and bitter. It is like over cooked caramel. More hops than expected. Light pepper spice notes. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2007
Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin coating of wispy white head. Sweet authentic toasty Vienna malty aroma has some German lager yeast character. Starts with a mild light caramel sweetness along with some slightly earthy noble hops and a drier crisp finish. Fairly true to style, but rather boring. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottled. Poured clear reddish-orange with a fluffy beige head about as tall as the liquid. Nose was quite yeasty with biscuit and caramel maltage as well... clean and kinda boring, but not bad. Flavor was of smooth pulled caramel, biscuits, and pils malts with herbal bitterness and faint citrus at the back-end. Smooth, lighter-bodied middle with a moderately tart and bitter finish. This was not at all complex, but was most definitely drinkable. mansquito (7127) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours quickly dissipating head, that leaves some lacing. Clear amber body. Sugary malt smell. Slightly sweet taste with notes of caramel. Bready malts. Well-balanced enough. Not bad for a TJ beer. HogTownHarry (7084) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - SEP 30, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and Tupalev, bottle courtesy of GregCllow. Poured clear amber-yellow with a minimal white head. Aroma is grain, honey, some resiny mild roast malt; ehh. Tastes somewhat of roast malt, lots of grain and hops - not too harsh, a wee bit of alcohol in the average finish. Pretty standard mouthfeel, overall okay, but needs a bit more roast maltiness.
RobertDale (6976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel and bread. Taste is sweet caramel and dark fruit. Decent enough. kramer (6975) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2007
12 oz bottle, Trader Joe’s Framingham MA. Pours a clear copper body under a very minimal thin covering of head that disappeared quickly. The aroma is more corn and DMS than malt unfortunately. Very grainy and husky with a touch of garbage juice. The flavor is very mild at first, but the finish is just all corn, a little butterscotch, and quite sweet. Very light bitterness on the finish late. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little too much stickiness. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was pretty much a train wreck. Not worth the 92 cents that I paid for it. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Bottle pours light amber, tinted orange, medium off-white fizzly head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. Subtle aroma of cereal and oats, but also somewhat malty. Fairly decent malt palate, slightly sweet. Cant help but notice the emergence of a grainy/corny aroma as it warms a bit. Body and mouthfeel seem fairly average. At least not bad for a Trader Joe brew. Malty finish, but also somewhat light and quick. Fairly clean however. Not an Eliot Ness, but not bad. Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Bottle, obviously. Poured an actually nice shiny orange amber with a tanish head. The aroma is oddly smoky, but not like a rauchbier, but like a smoky cheese. That same essence is in the flavor ... wow, this literally tastes like smoke cheese. There’s a bit of sweet twist on top, but I can’t get past that impression. Quite odd. (#3039, 7/27/2007) vyvvy (6834) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pour clear copper. Aroma is roasted grainly malt. Medium / light body with medium carbonation which is quite sharp. Taste is smooth roasted malt - not much here. Finish is somewhat sour and a bit creamy with a metallic astringent flavor. The astringency mellows towards the end of the glass. Fair at best.