dekester1 (366) - Town of Maple Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Poured a deep red amber with a light head that faded quickly to minimal lacing. Aroma was of sweet malts with a fruity hint. The taste began with malts with a ever-so-slight hint of nuttiness followed by moderate hop finish. The palate was decent to good. Overall, this is nice red ale, although the hop bitterness was a bit too much for my taste. Definitely decent quality though. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Pours deep amber, quickly dissipating off-white head. Mostly caramel and toffee in the aroma. Caramel maltiness with a fair amount of bland bitterness. Ends a bit overly sweet and with some plastic-like hop residual. Altogether not too bad. rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2015 Reddish amber color. Slightly roasted taste and slightly roasted smell. The aroma had something else too that I can’t but my finger on. Medium hoppy. Decent. Serving: Bottle drpimento (3641) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2011
I let it warm up a bit out of the fridge first. Then poured it with a decent, foamy, thick, creamed colored head that quickly subsides and a little lace. Aroma is fairly basic, but not bad, a little malt, caramel, hop, and hint of toffee. Flavor’s about the same. Body is ok and so is carbonation plus some immediate alcohol warming. Finish is like flavor with a bit of fruitiness at the very and and is medium in length. Just another beer where somebody’s trying to make a buck. crossovert (12937) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
An old-school beer. It is like any amber or pale lager, watery, grainy, pretty nondescript.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a lovely shade of amber with a creamy beige head. The aroma picked up sweet honey and redder fruity notes with accents of pine and sweeter versions of the aforementioned malts.. I don’t know what it was about this, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found an infusion of molasses to join honey at the core.. nondescript bitterness plus salty character surrounded, and a touch of alcohol heat joined residual sugars and bitterness on the finish.. quite muddled. Lighter-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. lots of residual sugars at the end, but also some nice piney bitterness.. all in all a very drinkable brew. DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2011
12oz. loose bottle, $1.50 @Woodman’s. Nice start with a rich amber/red pour, a few particles, but otherwise clean with plenty of bubbles and a big bubbly head. Smell has some decent malt to it, and it’s a bit mineral-like. Taste is pretty nice, with some good caramel malts. Some bitterness that I think is English with a touch of Northern Brewer. The label reads "Brewed with the finest mineral waters," which makes me think there is a mineral taste as well as smell. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2011
12oz bottle. Hazy red-brown. Respectable creamy beige/off-white head. Creamy cherry-vanilla aroma. I’m not a big fan of Ambers/Reds, but this is ok, not mindblowing World Class. Creamy finish, rather mild and inoffensive. Not one I’d ever seek out again, but respectable enough...get’s old fast, non-quality feel to it. Fake-me-out corporate beer. pkbites (947) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2011
When I was growing up in West Bend, Wisconsin in the 60’s Lithia had a brewery on N. Main Street. It always smelled funny walking past it. And I never knew anyone who drank their beer (Lithia and West Bend Old Timers).
The folks who had it said it sucked. The brewery closed circa 1972 and the Walters brewing company bought the brand. THIS isn’t bad. Lovely copper pour with a rich head. Nice floral/bakery/caramel nose. But a bit of metallic whiff in the nose is detected. This has a helluva lot more hops than any other red brew I’ve ever had. And, by the way, this is NOT made in West Bend. It’s made in Glendale by Sprecher. Good, but at $8.99 for a 6 pack this is wayyyyy over priced. esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Hazy copper with a quickly fading tan topper. Aroma of heavy caramel and bread with mild citrus hops. Taste is balanced with caramel, mild nuts, dark fruits and floral hops. Mildly over-carbonated with a bitter and slightly metallic finish.