Niall73 (2434) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
Can thanks to Leighton!!! Pours light yellow. Popcorn aroma. Watery, corny... Poor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drsandman (1480) - New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
The golden nectar... An institution. West End Brewing, FX Matt, Shultz & Dooley, Deece Brew Co., whoever is truly behind this enigma is an all star. Pours 33 karat gold, watch the head. Explosive barnyard hay & faint lemon funk all over that big fat nose, super choice floral hop. Lean mean body, silky smooth finish. Pilsner is an understatement... This is a "Beer", tried and true. Esto Perpetua. ronaldtheriot (1953) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Utica Club has a medium-to-thick white head, a mostly clear, golden appearance, with minimal lacing but very noticeable fine particulate matter suspended throughout. The aroma is of sweet grain and a slight sourdough note. Taste is of those elements, with just the faintest hop bitternes, some paper, and also an unfortunate chalky aspect. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Utica Club finishes refreshing and pretty crisp. RJT lordfoog (1) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 18, 2014 does not count
I am slightly biased on this one. I once let a girl from the west coast try this beer (from a can, mind you), making the mistake of saying it was comparable to PBR. She loves PBR but gagged when she tried this beer and couldn’t finish it.
The aroma is like home, the appearance is like the golden sun mural in downtown on gloomy winter afternoon, the taste is like golden wheat covered in road salt and snow. Overall, to quote a friend of mine, "It’s not a good beer, but it is a great beer".
More often than not I drink it out of a can, but it is much better on tap. The bottom line is, you really can’t beat it for the price. It’s extremely affordable and it definitely grows on you. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2014
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, big thanks to Leighton for inducting me into the club. Pours clear pale golden with a thin white head that leaves thin lace. The nose is clean lager with some sweetish malt, and just a touch of citrus hops. The flavor is about the same, a very clean pale lager with the bread malt dominant and just a touch of the lightly bitter citrus hops. The body is very light with nearly fizzy carbonation and a short same finish.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Pours like a refreshing breath of college. Tastes like victory and champions. Will definitely be drinking more in the future when Im dredging with the pheasants ChadPolenz (1827) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a shaker glass. It was bottled on 10/24/13 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).
phaleslu (10333) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Appearance: Slightly darker gold than most pale lager. Plenty of visible, consistent carbonation. Pours to a small, white, sudsy head which doesn’t retain well but leaves a surprising amount of lacing.
Smell: The usual corn-forward adjunct lager aroma. No repulsive characteristics or brewing flaws, though.
Tastes: Utica Club is generally considered one of the cheapest of the cheap beers and by the same logic -one of the worst of the worst beers. However, this reputation isn’t really fair. While this beer is indeed pretty generic and lacks anything particularly special for the style, the fact remains it’s pretty neutral-tasting with just a touch of genuine old world character to it.
Right away the taste is that of a standard adjunct macro lager: corn grits to be sure, though they are sweet like that of cereal and not vegetal or abrasive. There also seems to be minor malt flavor here: amber, pale, blonde malts to be sure, but maltiness nevertheless. The accentuate the sweetness a tad, making this a little more approachable than most of the general style. Nothing in the way of hops, though (not surprisingly). The finish is clean with a light, starchy aftertaste, but it fades quickly. Overall, a beer that’s decent in comparison to most of the style.
Drinkability: No one seems to know the exactly ABV of Utica Club. I toured the Saranac brewery and I got three different answers from three different people. Estimates seem to be between 4.8% and 5.5% ABV. I’d peg it closer to 5% or 5.2% (regardless, it should have more flavor for this weight range). It drinks like a pretty light beer, but not a "lite" beer per se. The mouthfeel is thin, but not watery. Crisp, but not fizzy. It’s refreshing while in the mouth, but I’m not sure if this is worthy of sessioning.
Bottle shared by Leighton at the Downetowne Inne Bottle Share - thanks for my initiation into this exclusive club! Pours a pale gold, crystal clear, with small bubbles for a head. Notes of grainy, pale malts, light lemon citrus, and a dash of grass and sugary sweetness. Nice, clean lager. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Afterparty2 ][ 12oz ][ Globe ][ Tasting ][ 2/7/14 ]harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
>> Thank you Leighton for sharing your pride and joy with us. Pours a clear bright gold with weak foam. Nose is fresh grain, fresh grist, honey. Taste is clean, lemon, honey, cidery apple. Dry, papery, cidery body. Not bad though.
Light grain colored lager with a rim and some etching of fine whites. Brilliant clarity. Smells of sweet, white grape juice, some grass and not much else. Flavor also has the distinct grape flavor with some more grain and a bit of apple. Huh, empty body with moderate and sharp carb. A wet finish. I think this is very poorly crafted, but easy to drink. Fancy that.
Serving type: bottle