Oakes (17813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2017 BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured this 2014 limited 22oz silk screen bottle into a Widmer snifter. It pours a clear mahogany with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Subtle notes of nutmeg, anise, figs, a little yeast and sweet grains. Obviously a complex malt bill. I get a lot of cereal grain in the flavor and while the flavors are similar to the aroma they are even more subtle. Perfect hop character with a dry finish; this is Widmer’s best beer.
I’ve had this before, in the 90s so technically this is a re-rate. Draught at the brewery. Golden-amber. Thin head. Some light bubble gum phenols...not a characteristic of Uerige yeast. On the palate, thin, flabby and again bubblegum. No way this tasted like this in 1984, not with that yeast. ☹️
mcberko (18056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2017
On tap at Widmer, pours a clear copper with a medium beige head. Aroma is subtle, with toasted biscuity malt and some light nuttiness. Flavour is along the same lines, with toasted nuts, bready malt and a hint of caramel. Restrained but clean and decently brewed, but very weak and uninspiring. blipp (9373) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 1, 2015
Draft. Pours golden amber with a white head. Sweet and light toasted bready malty notes, very mild bitterness, and a bit too much sweetness lingering through the finish. Not bad. pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
On draught at Belmont Station for King’s Day Celebration. 1984 edition for 30th anniversary. Clear amber color. Aroma is corn, grass, and sweet malt. Taste is corn, caramel malt, lightly bitter floral and grassy hops. Nicely balanced sweetness and bitter hops. Good altbier. elizabethmarie (37) - - JUN 9, 2012
On tap at Widmer pub. Darker orange appearance with no cloudiness. Faint aroma and appealing palate. User134089 (1644) - - MAY 9, 2012
Poured from a draft into a goblet at South Park Abbey in San Diego, Calif. Tough to see the color in the dark, but it appeared to be flat out caramel. About a finger of head when I got it. Light white lacing that went away pretty quickly. Sporadic and light film on the sides.
Smelled caramel malts first. Seemed to be pretty nutty. Heavy on the malts.
Tasted a bit like a Gordon Biersch I had before, but I can’t put my finger on it. Caramel, nutty and roasty, but a good balance.
Full-to-medium body. Average carbonation. Long-lasting smooth finish. Good drinkability. Creamy texture.
Just a good beer overall. Smooth and consistent all-around. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
Haven’t had this in a long time. Really good summer BBQ beer. Light and a little thin make it really sessionable. Slight coffee and nutty taste to it. Pretty brown color too. Travlr (25173) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Draft at the brewpub. Clear amber, white head. Aroma of caramel malt. Taste of caramel with a smoky edge. Exactly on style. Cybercat (5875) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Pours a dark coppery amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Aroma is strong and malty with fruity and hoppy hints. Flavor is quite robust, mainly malty with a fruity undertone and nutty and hoppy touches. Texture is quite fizzy and lively, leaving behind a nice tingle.