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Buckeye Beer - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 81
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 10-01-2003

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber beneath a good-sized crown of ivory colored foam that has a yellowish tint. There's nothing wrong with the lid. It hangs around for a while and deposits a respectable amount of lace in the bargain. The look is unassuming, with no real faults.

My first thought upon popping the cap was 'macro lager'. Now that I'm actually putting my nose over the glass, I feel the same way. Buckeye Beer smells like any of the lagers from BMC, although it has no hint of nastiness. It's just pale grain and a musky German hoppiness. Good thing this stuff doesn't come in clear glass bottles.

Eh, not bad. It's a damn sight better than the more popular lagers noted above, but I won't be counting the days until my next trip to Ohio so I can load up (like I do with Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Founders, etc). To be fair, it does improve a bit as it sits, a concept that BMC lagers are... uh... unfamiliar with.

The malt backbone can't be anything darker than pale malt. It provides flavors of reasonably fresh grain (depending on how fresh the bottle is) and... that's it. The grassy hops (gotta be Saaz) are almost prominent enough for me to agree with the Czech pilsener classification. There's a good sweet-bitter balance, I'll give it that.

The body/mouthfeel doesn't make an impression unless one focuses on it for the purposes of description. It's light-medium in a general sense and doesn't give up the ghost on the back end. Not bad, not bad at all.

I feel like I've already given my conclusion of Buckeye Beer in saying that it isn't something I'm interesting in drinking a second time. The brewery's history is pretty interesting (and the old-time label is great), but the beer is the only thing that really matters in the end. Although I didn't expect excellence, I'm still disappointed that a beer that shares my user name isn't of higher quality. (1,860 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pee yellow with a thinner white head. Nose is slight grain sweet with a skunky edge. Flavor is grainy sweet as well. One dimensional, but consistent, lasting, and fairly smooth. Feel carries a slight thickness to the liquid and the carbonation is fairly full. This is an easy drinker. Combined with the super cool packaging, this could be sold en masse. (359 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.21/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is pale yellow with fine easy carbonation defnitely not your typical fizzy beer. Although the head doesn't last too long here, leaves behind thin speckled lacing. Aroma has some tart grainy offness to it with a touch of metallic character. Not a typical hop character for a Czech pils, some honey cracker sweetness in there as well. Flavor is pretty pathetic a lot of underwhelming characteristics with faint tart finish mild biscuit sweetness and some watery hop flavor, pretty much generic beer. Mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation not too dry compared to a true Czech pils. Drinkability is average at best, I bet this beer sells in the Buckeye state despite the fact that the beer isn't all that. I'll pass on my next Buckeye beer, it's just not worthy. (773 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on tap at Maumee Bay brewpub in Toledo.
This light golden pilsner looks as it should and has no major flaws. However, I found it a bit under-hopped and a tad sweet. This had more effect on the aroma, which reflected way more malt than hops. The particular mix(?) of hops (Noble?) seems appropriate.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. (343 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pale yellow with a soapy white head with good retention. Has some lace.

S. Corn and malted barley, slight hops.

T. Pretty well balanced. Light malts and noble hops make up most of the flavor profile. A slight astringency coupled with vague roasted grain. A light buttery note. Finishes semi-dry.

M. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, light and carbonated well.

D. This is a very drinkable beer. Glad I got it as a Christmas present. Thanks Jake! (444 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from The Anderson's on Talmadge. Couldn't leave town without one.

A: The pilsener is a light golden color, crystal clear and very, VERY pale. A thin white head, wispy bands really, are all that remain from the first pour.

S: Sooey, that is sweet. The pilsener doesn't skimp on the fruitier biscuit aspects. The nose is very boring but on par with the era that it is intended to represent.

T: The sweetness continues here. Biscuity with light fruits in tow. Hops are more apparent here than in the nose, a soft crispness. A creaminess lingers after each sip. Very approachable but also very restrained.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet, a good diversionary beer, a sip before bigger ones. (699 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My parents brought some Buckeye Sparkling Dry Premium Beer from Ohio. The beer pours a clear yellow color with a thin white head. The smell is slight grain sweet with slight Saaz hop kick. The taste follows the smell...is grainy and Saaz hop being present. The mouthfeel is light in body and good carbonation. Overall the beer is decent and easy drinking. It is alot like Pilsner Urquel. (387 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After not seeing Buckeye Beer around for a couple years (if not longer), I was happy to see a bunch of cases of it over at Anderson's this morning so I picked one up.

Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear light golden color with about an inch white head which went away pretty quick. It smells mainly like sweet malt, with a small grassy and adjunct taste too. The smell is a bit weak. The taste is malty sweet, not much hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is light but not too watery, and it's pretty smooth. Drinkability is very good, it's easy to drink and it's nice and crisp. I could definitely have this as a session beer. (627 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review is going to be identical to my bottle review; I saw no change at all in any aspect in getting it fresh, probably 1. because I'm in the town where it's brewed and 2. I've gotten bottles from the brewpub itself. It's light in all aspects, a little above the standard macro in craft. It seems made for the BMC drinker with a little more care and quality. (363 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at the brewpub: Clear straw color with an endless stream of bubbles and a wispy white head. Very little lacing is apparent. Light malt and grass aroma. Light-bodied and bland but has flashes of hoppiness here and there. The finish is round and lightly hopped with very little aftertaste. Would be an easy transitional beer from a Macro light but it’s really more of a lateral move than anything. Could try harder. (421 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

served on draft at the brewpub.

very pale yellow color in appearance. not much aroma or taste, clean. typical pale lager. thin, but at least not over carbonated. (166 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.23/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - pours a bright lemony yellow, a snowy cap of maybe a finger. Can't tell for sure, it's gone so quickly, leaving just a scant cover and collar.

Aroma - a fairly average grain, mildly sweet.

Taste - a husky, stale cereal grain flavor. Some apple tartness on the swallow resolving to a bitterness of some kind, or maybe a sourness. Can't tell; either way, it's not too good. It gets a little better as it goes, but stays primarily husky and cereal-like. The main problem here is no presence of anything Saaz-like. This tastes no more like any kind of pilsner than does MGD or Bud.

Mouthfeel - crisp and light to moderate body. Meh.

Drinkability - not that enjoyable but I suppose if I had to...no, no I probably still wouldn't. (741 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to two inches of white, foamy head. It is yellow and clear. It looks a lot like a Busch beer. The smell is very sweet. The taste is sweet and bready. It is watery and goes down quite nicely. It's not my favorite style, and I hate the name.

Go Blue! (277 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty average beer. Good for a session and goes down smooth. Pours a very pale straw gold mostly clear. Big bubbly white head with little retention. Surprisingly good lacing.

Smell was better than I expected. A definite sweet bready malt aroma.

Taste was pretty mild - slightly sweet bready malt balanced by light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is about average. This is a light bodied beer that is also fairly crisp.

Drinkability is good as a session beer. The abv is not listed but is seems fairly low. Not a bad Pilsner. (520 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice bubbly golden color with some nice initial head and a bit of nice lacing. Crisp and clean scent, with a bit of nice peppery hops in the aroma, but along with the slightly off-jerky aroma common in some lagers. Good taste, nice and sweet-malty with a good German hop finish to it. Goes down fine, if a bit hop-rough. (333 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.04/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beervirgin72 for the bottle!
Very light yellow pour with a smallish white head. Smell is cor and grainy like maltiness. Kind of reminds me of the honey smacks cereal with the frog mascot. Taste is sweet maltiness, and is very honey like. Somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, and this could be my guilty pleasure beer if I lived in Ohio. (356 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint pilsner malt.
Taste-Faint cracker and pilsner malt, very crisp, subtle hop note, rather dry finish.
Very refreshing and drinkable, light but with a bit of character. A step up from a macro. Sure to please a cookout crowd on a hot day. For me, local, fresh and affordable. A pleasant surprise. (421 characters)

Photo of Beejay
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Extremely light, clear, high carbonation, and little foam.. Looks like generic cheap beer....

S:Almost salty... hmm.. Not a good sign....

T: Slightly sweet, with a strong barley aftertaste.. Malty and biscuity.. dry indeed.. The taste is a pleasant surprise, considering the bad smell.

M: Light and crisp.. a little slick at the end. Leaves a huh kind of after taste and feel...

D: One and Done. I see no need in buying this again.. but it is something different and new.. worth it for the try.. but don't buy a six pack...

I knew there was a reason why I didn't like Toledo.. (585 characters)

Photo of AltBock
2.17/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a red and white label that has a retro drawing of a waiter serving beer. He must be moving fast because they put black streaks behind one of his legs. It's either that or he's tripping. I failed to see a date anywhere on the bottle or label. That's probably because they didn't put one on.

When poured into a Southern Tier pint glass, this retro Sparkling dry beer was a clear as crystal pale straw yellow. It was so pale that it was about a shade up from being a urine yellow. What did the head of foam look like? You have to be joking! The head of foam was nothing but a sad looking faint string of bubbles acting as the head of foam. Pathetic! What was there quickly disappeared into oblivion. It left nothing behind to say that it even was there. Overall, it's a sad appearance from any beer.

I wish I could go in depth about the aroma, but there's not much to write about. It was simply a grainy aroma filled with cheap malted grains. That's it folks! No hops or fruits, just cheap malted grains like corn and rice.

This beer featured a sparkling dry taste of more cheap malted grains. There was a faint hop presence toward the back, but nothing to write home about. I don't care if it's labeled as a Czech Pilsener here, it tasted just like a Macro Lager to me.

This was a light bodied beer with more than enough crispy carbonation and a tiny aftertaste of cheap malted grains and a gentle touch of bitter hops.

Do you know the saying "You get what you paid for?" Well, that's what I get for a $1.25 a bottle. If you want a cheap Macro Lager with a retro label that makes you feel like you stepped back in time, then grab a bottle of this. (1,670 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice average American-style Pilsener with less Saaz hops dimension than would be present in European brews.

The look is good for the body, being exceptionally clear and bright gold in color. The head was lacking and there was very little lace from the white head.

The nose was light, but did hint of some nice hopping that faded in the flavor. The feel was fairly light, but had a nice crisp finish.

The drinkability of this beer is good; small ABV, light body, and crispness without over carbonation. (520 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Malice for bringing me down a sixer of this from Toledo. You know what? It's not bad at all -- nothing special, but definitely worth picking up and drinking. Review is from notes taken on 9/26/2013 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow, straw color on the pour; yields a one finger, white head that looks like a fluffy merengue at first; head fades to a complete, but pretty uneven skim; great clarity and plenty of carbonation. As far as pilseners go, it looks pretty much just like it should.

Smell: Grainy, slight lemony zest; presence of a saccharine sweetness. Solid.

Taste: Sweetness is up front, has a bit of a sweet, bread flavor -- like some kind of a bread pudding almost (but not quite that sweet). Grainy, but not really toasty; no real sense of any bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, plenty of carbonation keeping it lively and the body, while light avoids being watery.

Overall: Nothing special, but I think it deserves a little better of a rating than it has at time of this review. It's solid for the style and I would be happy to get a case of it if I come across it. A nice summer beer for sure, but I'm enjoying it well into the fall. (1,218 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.49/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to RyanS107 for this one I poured it into a pills glass and it produced a good two finger white head that settled to a thick lace across the glass the body was a crystal clear pale yellow in color ( nice looking beer)

I got aromas of bready yeast with some light citric hops. While the mouthfeel is light and crisp with great carbonation.
The flavor of the brew is pale malts sweetness with a light hop dryness in the end . It is a easy drinking brew a step above BMC. It realy reminded me of a PBR or a Narragansett (525 characters)

Photo of marburg
3.11/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glowing, crystal clear golden yellow brew with a smallish head. Admittedly, my estimate of the appearance may be a bit off because I tasted this via their sampler; so it's hard to say for sure what the head looks like on this beer.

A bit grassy and plain. Nose is dull and almost non-existant. Similarly, it's got a bland flavor about it. Nonetheless, it's a quality brew as evidenced by its richer, heartier mouthfeel. Certainly not the best pilsner I've ever had, but it gets the job done. And from what I learned today, Buckeye Beer has a remarkable history behind it. Nice little brew. (592 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3.13/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brwon bottle into a standard pint glass. The label is predominantly red and white and depicts a cartoon character waiter carrying a tray with a bottle and a pilsner glass. "When you're dry . . . Drink Buckeye." No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with three fingers of nearly white foam with enough surface tension to rise 1 finger above the rim. This settles slowly to q tick, half finger head. Some lacing. The beer itself is pale yellow and perfectly clear. Lots of activity.

Smell: Slightly spicy and metallic Saaz hops in the nose. Very slight hint of the underlying malt.

Taste: Some hop spice upfront, with very lightly sweet malt. Mild bitterness in the finish with some husky astringency.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation, though the activity continues throughout the beer. Body is average to average plus.

Drinkability: Typically not my style, but this one is refreshing, Just having finished a long run in the August heat, al ight bodied beer with some flavor hits the spot. (1,040 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a really light orangish yellow color with a small foam head the quickly dissipates to nothing. There is no lacing to speak of.

S: Very mild on the nose. There is some warm biscuit, caramel and some earthy hops.

T: Not overly complex but an ok pils. Starts off with a nice amount of buttered biscuit and caramel. I was waiting for some hops to come through but there were none.

M: Nicely carbonated, leaves a creamy taste on the palate.

O: I wish there was some hops character in this beer as there is a lot of potential. I thought there would be some hops to balance out the buttery biscuit. (605 characters)

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Buckeye Beer from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.