RATINGS: 2093   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.78/5   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
An iconic American lager famous for its rich amber color and medium-bodied flavor - with a roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and a combination of cluster and cascade hops, this true original delivers a well-balanced taste with very distinct character.

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biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2004
If you live in PA, then you know this beer well. Is it a great beer? Yes. Is it the best beer ever? Yes. But is it a very solid brew that will cost you a few bucks more than Miller Lite and is a million times better? Yes, it’s that too. The key thing is the value. It’s not like this is the best beer ever, but you can drink it all night and still have some cash left over. Best beer ever.

rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Nice amber color as you pour the beer, has a nice aroma of malt. Not much head or lacing happening and seems like natural carb as opposed to being pumped in. Very Very drinkable. Will drive from Mi. to Pa. to get some more.

CamdenD (1204) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 4, 2004
Totally missed the boat on this thing, I guess. Wow, nothing really here. Nice dark color, but that’s about it. Smells of rice and corn or something like that. I feel like I’m drinking a lager dropped in a farmyard.

jb (3405) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Nice (unexpected) rich color, but the head was small and short-lived. Not much aromatic hops for a lager. Tasted quite a bit of wheat in the body with some hops, taste disappears quickly. Some would say well-balanced, but I say not enough in the beer to make it interesting.

Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
Dark blond or light copper coloured beer. The aroma is weak and light netallic.The taste is short and somewhat fruity. The finish is neutral.

thehinge (296) - Nederland, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Drank this lager for many years...sometimes disappointed by it’s inconsistency. Skunky smell to this bottle. Smell is not overly pleasant either. It is one of the better macro lagers out there. I would be crushed if it were expensive. Lager is a good, solid middle of the road brew.

jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2004
darker color than most pale lagers. unfresh aroma of hops with some darker malts noticeable. tastes rather like anchor steam, with a sort of musty flavor that isn’t too bad really. thin finish and a typical, unmemorable aftertaste. excellent for a pale lager....

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2004
In the 22 oz. bomber bottle. The bottle caught my eye, so I thought "what the hell." To my disappointment, it was a twist cap and could not be put into homebrew service. However, that was not the only let down to this little Pennsylvania favorite. Pours a rich amber color, but virtually without carbonation! No head unless you hop into the glass and splash around a little with your swim fins. Smells like water. Doesn’t taste much different than aqua vitae either. After having a Frankenheim lager earlier this evening, I must say that this lacks the same lager yeast flavor. However, the two lagers are equally wet. I think that I must be missing something here, as the ratebeerians seem to respect the Pride of Pottsville.

SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2004
On draft at cafe in the Florida keys. Amber lager with a small off-white head that diminished completely leaving a smooth flat surface and no lacing. Definite hoppy aroma, tart, crisp and hoppy flavor. This was pretty good cold, then seemed to grow more soapy and foul as the beer warmed. It’s possible that I got a bad pour from an old keg or one that had fouled lines, but this one left me unimpressed.

Ron (4180) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 I love my lagers, and this was a very good one. Nice amber color with some head and right amount of carb. Crisp and refreshing. I only had time for one bottle so far. I might come back to raise the rating in the future.

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