December 2012 - Lager Styles

This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles
Lager Styles Reviews
200432
Hofbräuhaus München
Hofbräu Oktoberfest
Deep old gold color. Aromas and flavors of peach and banana soufflés, fresh baguette, and nougat with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless citrus, grassy, nut and earth driven finish. A sensational pure and stylish Octoberfest beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200494
Menabrea
"150 Anniversario" Birra Strong
Golden color. Smoked nut, peach cider and vinaigrette, pickled pepper, and sourdough toast aromas and flavors with a supple, chewy medium-to-full body and a toasty omelet, lemon curd, and peppery herbal hop snap on the crisp finish. A great food beer with lots of dimensions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200376
Downeast Cider House
Original Blend
Opaquely cloudy golden amber color. Layered aromas of baked apples, spices, herbs, flower patch earth, and almonds with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy mixed citrus sorbet, apple tart, and grassy earth finish. Great complexity and depth of flavor. Scary drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197874
Full Sail Brewing Co.
LTD 04
Beautiful golden amber color. Delicate citrus marmalade on scone aromas with a rich, lightly chewy, dryish medium-to-full body and a long, evolving mineral and floral hop kissed finish. A thoroughly delightful beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200584
Full Sail Brewing Co.
25 Pale Doppelbock
Lightly hazy copper color. Aromas of buttery toasted baguette with a very crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, lingering citrusy and peppery hop finish. A bold and vibrant hoppy doppelbock for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200431
Hofbräuhaus München
Hofbräu Original Lager
Classic toasted baguette and frittata aromas and flavors with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a long, refreshing finish with plenty of toasty malt and grassy hops. A vibrant example of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200692
Bastone Brewery
Helles Rauchbier
Bright orange amber color. Smoky aromas and flavors of jerky, grilled citrus and peaches with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, arugula, pepper, and earth accented finish. Well done.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200408
Kennebec Cider
Blueberry Hard Cider
Cloudy pale red indigo color. Bold honeycomb, baked apple, nougat, and berry yogurt aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a tangy lemon-lime sorbet, berry lipstick, and earth finish. Nice complexity and nuance of berry and apple flavors. Will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200623
Kona Brewing Co.
Longboard Island Lager
Aromas of toasted nut bread and omelet are attractive with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, praline, honeyed citrus and earthy radish green-like hop snap. Very tasty and food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200589
Privatbrauerei Aying
Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
Pure amber color. Aromas of toasty pound cake with apple, pineapple, peach, and delicate herbs. Very supple and seamless integrated dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with honeycomb, pepper, apple-mint jam on wafer, and mineral notes on the long finish. Elegant, complex and satisfying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200334
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Volksfestbier
Bright pale amber color. Intriguing aromas of spicy deviled egg and nachos with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing almost creamy, finish with a hint of apple custard, nut and earthy hops. Very quenching and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200644
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Oktoberfest
Rich amber copper color. Aromas of hot cocoa, toasted nut bread and faint grilled root vegetables with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, nectarine, kale, citrus, and peppery noble hop snap on the long finish. Zesty and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200311
Aspall
English Imperial Cider
Pale amber color. Bold apple cider and balsamic vinegar, grilled apple, baked lemon, cheese, and barnyard hay aromas with a tart, lightly carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart caramelized green apple, molasses and earth nuanced finish. Rich and rustic with a great smoky German riesling wine-like table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200407
Chicago Beer Company
Chi-Town Lake Shore Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of apricot marmalade on buttered raisin toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and very crisp, citrus, stone fruit and pepper driven finish. A very tasty fruity lager that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200619
Lakefront Brewery
Riverwest Stein Beer
Deep amber color. Aromas of toasted citrus fruit cake, blossoms, and buttery nut brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, refreshing interplay of sarsaparilla, citrus, root vegetable, and peppery hop flavors on the long finish. Very nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198947
MOA Brewing Company
MOA Noir Dark
Deep russet brown color. Chocolate coffee bean and nuts, tamari, chili bbq rub spices aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a complex zesty spice, roasted root vegetable, and grilled citrus and pear finish. A decidedly different, vibrant beer that will be great will grilled foods and gumbo.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198988
Neumarkter Lammsbräu
Organic Pilsner
Pale golden yellow color. Attractive aromas suggest salty baguette, soufflé, melon and dried citrus with silky, dryish medium body and an almost creamy, roasted vegetable and earth accented finish. A elegantly styled and delicious pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200672
Oakshire Brewing
Bippy's Baltic Porter
Hazy brown black color. Aromas of soy sauce, edamame, and citrus marmalade on cherry scone with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a crisp, hoppy finish with notes of chocolate citrus peels, grassy herbs, and peppercorns.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199307
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.
Continental Pilsener
Bright golden color. Somewhat vegetal aromas of honeyed artichoke and peppered kale with a fruity, frothy medium body and a roasted corn, apricot-quince jam, orange sorbet, and turned earth finish. A rollercoaster.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200796
Samuel Adams
"The Vixen" Chocolate Chili Bock
Deep dark brown color. Rich spicy chocolate graham cracker and pepper jelly aromas and flavors with a velvety fruity full body and a long, artisan chili chocolate bar finish with woody nuts and root vegetables. Fun and very flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198944
Würzburger Hofbräu
Pilsner
Golden straw color. Aromas of biscuit and eggs and white grape with a supple, dryish medium body and a beautifully balanced grassy and peppery hop snap of the finish. A classically styled session lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200436
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co.
Shadows in the Smoke Octoberfest
Rich amber color. Robust aromas of smoked jerky and grilled apple and pear with a plush dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long smoked nut, creme brulee crust, herb, and candied grapefruit zest finish. A delicious and mouthwatering smoky take on the marzen style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200493
Menabrea
"150 Anniversario" Birra Ambrata
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, spun sugar, and fig preserves on toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a stone fruit, grass, and peppery hop finish. A satisfying food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197984
Morgan Street Brewery
Winter Lager
Deep golden color. Bright aromas of spicy soufflé, pound cake, graham cracker, peach custard danish with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed baklava, date, and paprika on jicama finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200630
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Danktoberfest
Rich amber color. Rich aromas of toffee, mocha and grapefruit creme brulee with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a zesty and nicely balanced honeyed kumquat and gooseberry jam on spicy rye toast finish. A tasty, IPA-like twist on the style that hopheads will love.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200155
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Ginger
Golden yellow color. Bright ginger beer and apple sage bread aromas with a crisp, fruity medium body and a refreshing crystallized ginger, apple sorbet, and pepper finish. Tasty and pure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200159
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider Spring Limited Release
Pale straw green color. Bafflingly realistic aromas of maple syrup on pancakes with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy caramelized apple-pear-nut tart and accented finish. A truly unique flavored cider that should be on tap at IHOP. Pair with vanilla ice cream.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200394
Asia Pacific Breweries
Anchor Smooth Beer
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasted brioche with lemon curd with a crisp, dryish medium body and spicy peppery hop snap on the finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200396
Asia Pacific Breweries
Baron's Strong Brew
Golden yellow color. Aromas of banana taffy and toasted pastry with a supple fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, tropical fruit sorbet and citrus marmalade finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200529
Blue Heron BrewPub
Oktoberfest
Copper. Aromas of fruity caramel and raisin scone with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and crisp, caramel apple, watercress and peppery hop snap on the finish. Very refreshing and will be great with sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200659
Blue Point Brewing Company
Toasted Lager
Brilliant deep amber color. Attractively fruity aromas of grapefruit and apricot marmalades on raisin toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly phenolic root vegetable, roasted grain, watercress, molten plastic, and grass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199592
Evans Brewing Company
Evans Craft Black Lager
Deep brown black color. Aromas of chocolate covered coffee beans and hazelnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, carob rice bar, coffee and nut driven finish. Vibrant and refreshing; will be great with moles.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200626
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Paradise Road Pilsner
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasty bread, roasted corn, lemon zest with a robust, dryish medium-to-full body and a zesty interplay of toasty malt, citrus curd, and grassy earthy hops. Refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200313
Fish Brewing Co.
Leavenworth Premium Lager
golden color. Aromas of nectarine soufflé, nougat, and rye toast with a crisp, dry medium body and a tangy, mineral, grain, chestnut, and pepper dust finish. A very nice and dry lager that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200400
Kennebec Cider
Traditional Hard Cider
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of dried apples and delicate spice with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tart lemon, mineral and a grass accented finish. A really tart, quenching and mouthwatering cider that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200465
King Brewery
King Keller Pils
Cloudy sunrise orange amber color. Lovely aromas of orange and peach marmalades on croissant with a supple, lightly carbonated dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nicely astringent, citrus soufflé, arugula and peppery radish-like hop finish. Very refreshing and food centric.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198757
Rechitskoe
Svetloe
Pure golden color. Aromas of apple bread and nectarine soufflé with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp citrusy, grassy hop and melon custard accented finish. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200643
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Lager
Brilliant amber color. Robust aromas of roasted root vegetables, herbal hops, and citrus pastry with a round, dryish medium-to-full body and a lingering spiced jicama, okra and mineral finish. A great food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200668
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Hooker Liberator Doppelbock
Mahogany brown color. Aromas and flavors of creme brulee and praline with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate covered dried fruit, molasses, and grilled root vegetable finish. A stylish food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200397
Asia Pacific Breweries
Anchor Red Crown Pilsner
Aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant citrus, cream, and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200688
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Firebrick Lager
Aromas of toasted cheese bread and dried fruit with a crisp, dryish medium body and a earthy mineral hop finish. Nice and dry.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200487
Bavaria
Pilsner
Fruity aromas and flavors suggest panettone and citrus marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty lime tart finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198955
Carlsberg Breweries
Elephant Lager
Deep old gold color. Lightly skunky aromas of roasted corn, flan, and hay with a chewy, dryish medium-full body and a tangy, caramelized citrus, carrot and lemon pepper snap on the finish. A rich appetizing strong lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198958
Okocim Brewery
O.K. Beer
Golden amber color. Aromas of egg sandwich with a round, dryish medium body and a tangy, citrus and apple accented finish. A tasty quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200158
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Farmhouse Select - Original '91
Pale golden straw color. Earthy apples on the tree, yogurt, and nut brittle aromas with a supple, barely carbonated fruity medium body with a tangy apple and apricot skin, lemon ice and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199032
Cervezas Alhambra
Negra Lager
Dark brown color. Somewhat funky aromas of corn pudding, toffee, and fruit yogurt with a fruity medium body and a kiwi marmalade, lettuce, and honey roasted nut finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199591
Evans Brewing Company
Evans Craft Original Lager
Pale amber color. Rich honeyed pastry and corn bread aromas with a supple, finely carbonated dry-yet-fruity medium full with a lingering melon, nut, and roasted corn finish. A richly styled pilsner that will be an ally at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200625
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co.
Danish Red Lager
Copper color. Bright roasted nut aromas with a supple dryish medium body and a crisp, citrus and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200430
Hofbräuhaus München
Hofbräu Dunkel
Deep copper mahogany color. Aromas of honey toasted biscuit and chestnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a husky, honeyed grain, carob, and grassy, leafy greens finish. Refreshing and balance with great grain character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198987
Neumarkter Lammsbräu
Organic Dark Lager
Beautiful russet mahogany color. Aromas of toasted fruit cake and toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a subtle grain, sprouts, nut, pumpernickel, and hay accented finish. A rock solid table beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200673
Oakshire Brewing
Reclamation Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of toasted peach pastry and lemon marmalade with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a aggressive grassy, resinous citrusy bark like hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197776
Prima Cider
Prima Brut Cider
Old gold color. Sulfury eggy aromas dominate the nose with yeasty apple yogurt and dried apple notes underneath. Very crisp and carbonated with a tangy, mouthwatering dry-yet-fruity medium body and a Meyer lemon like citrus twang on the finish. Definitely a food cider that has a funky sparkling gruner veltliner-like quality; try with seafood lasagna.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200454
Summit Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest
Brilliant orange amber color. Aromas of toasted fruit bread, radish and lemon custard with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long balanced grassy, peppery greens hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200451
The All American Beer Company
American Patriot Beer
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon cake and soufflé with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, starfruit, apple, and mineral finish. A refreshing lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200382
Theresianer
Premium Pils
Minutely hazy golden color. Aromas of lemon cake and herb bread are attractive with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a great interplay of grain, apple, grass and minerals on the refreshing finish. Well done.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200520
Thornbury Village Cidery
Premium Apple Cider
Pale straw color. Aromas of apple yogurt, balsa, and nougat with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy nectarine and apple skin and mineral driven finish. a sturdy cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200150
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Crisp
Golden yellow color. Bright fruity aromas of apple blossom and sherbet with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy, tart apple skin and core and chalk finish. A carefree quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200392
Asia Pacific Breweries
Tiger Beer
Dusty grain and and whole roasted peanut aromas and flavors with a frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing, nicely balanced citrus and earthy hop finish. A tasty quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200482
Barrel Trolley
Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
Amber color. Aromas of fruity custard, toasted pastry and bubblegum with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a melon sorbet and leafy greens finish. A crowd pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199030
Cerveceria Hondureña S.A.
Port Royal Export
Bright golden color. Aromas of omelet, apple sauce and sweet cole slaw with a soft dryish light-to-medium body and a dried fruit, melon, and wheatgrass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
199033
Cervezas Alhambra
Especial Premium Lager
Rich golden color. Aromas of honeyed raisin toast with a hint of caulk and a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a citrus ice milk and sweet lettuce accented finish. A tasty quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200488
Hollandia
Pilsner
Bright fruity custard aromas and flavors with a supple dryish medium body and a refreshing kiwi, nut and citrus peel finish. A solid quaffer that t will shine with spicy Latin food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200492
Menabrea
"Menabrea 1846" Birra Bionda
Pale golden color. Very dusty grain and nut brittle aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and an earthy grassy hop, melon rind and nougat finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200678
Ohio Brewing Company
Ohiofest
Amber copper color. Sweet cling peach, raspberries vinaigrette, and pear cider aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty raisin muffin, honeyed date, and peppery sprout-like finish. Very tasty and sure to please the crowd.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200485
Roscoe’s Hop House
Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of bread dough, melon and kiwi sorbet with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp grassy hop finish. A nicely refreshing everyday lager with a fruity twist.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200154
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Belgian White
Hazy golden amber color. Intriguing aromas of orange sherbet, peppery spice, and dried lilacs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy orange sherbet and kiwi finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200468
Cerveceria Hondurena S.A.
Imperial
Bright golden color. Aromas of banana pudding and scone with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and melon, peppery hop finish. A nice lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200489
Pilsener 100
Lager Beer
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of honeyed toasted nut bread and mild coconut custard with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, grassy hop, citrus and melon accented finish. Nice balance of fruit, hops, malt and earth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200486
Regia Extra
Smooth Lager Beer
Banana custard pie and praline aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy fruit punch sorbet, citrus jelly, and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200395
Asia Pacific Breweries
Anchor Ice Beer
Pale golden color. Buttered toast aromas with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a dried banana, water chestnut and melon rind finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200467
Cerveceria Hondurena S.A.
Salva Vida
Aromas of salted nut, taffy, and corn tortilla with an off-dry light body and a honeyed kiwi, mineral and grassy hop finish. A decent quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200675
Delafield Brewhaus
Leisure Vienna
Caramel and butterscotch taffy aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a banana cake and peppery hop finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200528
Duquesne Brewing Co.
Duquesne LT
Pale golden color. Aromas of toasted raisin bran muffin with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, melon, nut, bamboo shoot, and earth accented finish. A nice light beer choice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200620
Lakefront Brewery
Eastside Dark Lager
Reddish brown color. Aromas of sourdough, caramelized carrots and beets, and cocoa with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppery greens and spice hops finish. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197983
Morgan Street Brewery
Red Lager
Deep copper brown color. Aromas of chocolate drizzled nuts and fruits with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grainy, dusty earth and jicama-like finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197775
Prima Cider
Prima Most Cider
Hazy light golden straw color. Mild aromas suggest spicy apple butter, creamy nougat, and lanolin lotion with a soft, non-carbonated dryish light-to-medium body and an oily, somewhat flat apple bobbing water and a lemon finish. The stillness is a bit odd for a bottled cider, but fairly true to the Scrumpy style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198954
Steinlager
Classic Lager
Pale golden color. Aromas of roasted grain and corn with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a sweet corn, citrus and grilled apple salad accented finish. A fine lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200667
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Hooker Octoberfest Lager
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Confected aromas of butterscotch, banana pudding, candy corn, and husky roasted corn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a buttery apple turnover, turnip and grapefruit sorbet driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198953
Tusker
Lager
Sweet honeyed corn bread and tropical fruit salad aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grainy roasted corn and Brazil nut, coconut water, carrot juice and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200483
Wingwalker
Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
Amber. Aromas of honeyed raisin toast and citrus pudding with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, fruity spice hop finish. An interesting, fruity lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200687
August Schell Brewing Co.
Grain Belt Nordeast Lager
Amber color. Aromas orange sherbet, lemon pepper, and bread pudding with a brisk, off-dry light-to-medium body and mineral, apple, and honeyed jicama accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198962
James Boag’s
Premium Lager
Golden color. Aromas of creamy flan, strawberry jam, and praline with a fruity light-to-medium body and a watermelon sorbet and honeyed pound cake driven finish. Oddly fruity for a lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198952
MOA Brewing Company
MOA Methode
Lightly hazy golden color. Aromas of roasted corn and nuts, lemon zest and plastic tape with a crisp dryish medium body and an astringent, citrus peel, pine cone and straw-like hop smack on the long finish. Very different, try with spicy Asian food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200452
The All American Beer Company
American Patriot Light
Pale golden color. Fruity banana taffy circus peanut aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tart star fruit, kiwi, and melon finish. A serviceable light beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200393
Asia Pacific Breweries
Tiger Crystal Beer
Pale golden color. Aromas of lemon scone and peach pudding with crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy Asian pear, nougat and melon finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200621
Lakefront Brewery
Klisch Pilsner
Aromas of banana strawberry yogurt, roasted nuts, and apple cider vinaigrette on mesclun with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a melon rind, canned corn, and toast finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200398
Asia Pacific Breweries
Anchor Lite Beer
Pale golden color. Aromas of buttery baguette and orange marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tinny banana and melon sorbet finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200695
High Noon Saloon & Brewery
Centennial Oktoberfest
Deep amber color. Vegetal honey sautéed carrot and Swiss chard aromas with a soft, dryish medium body and a crisp, roasted root vegetable and peppery hop finish. Serve with food, especially beef stew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
200666
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Hooker Munich Lager
Murky golden amber color. Lightly oxidized aromas of vinaigrette on grilled fruit salad with a spicy, nougat and parchment accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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