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December 2012 - Lager Styles

December 2012 - Lager Styles
This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles

Lager Styles Reviews

Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Oktoberfest
94 points
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.
Menabrea "150 Anniversario" Birra Strong
94 points
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.
Downeast Cider House Original Blend
93 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. LTD 04
93 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. 25 Pale Doppelbock
93 points
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.
Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Original Lager
93 points
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.
Bastone Brewery Helles Rauchbier
92 points
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.
Hofmühl Volksfestbier
92 points
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.
Kennebec Cider Blueberry Hard Cider
92 points
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.
Kona Brewing Co. Longboard Island Lager
92 points
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.
Privatbrauerei Aying Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen
92 points
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.
The Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Oktoberfest
92 points
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.
Aspall English Imperial Cider
91 points
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.
Chicago Beer Company Chi-Town Lake Shore Lager
91 points
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.
Lakefront Brewery Riverwest Stein Beer
91 points
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.
MOA Brewing Company MOA Noir Dark
91 points
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.
Neumarkter Lammsbräu Organic Pilsner
91 points
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.
Oakshire Brewing Bippys Baltic Porter
91 points
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.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. Continental Pilsener
91 points
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.
Samuel Adams "The Vixen" Chocolate Chili Bock
91 points
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.
Würzburger Hofbräu Pilsner
91 points
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.
Flossmoor Station Brewing Co. Shadows in the Smoke Octoberfest
90 points
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.
Menabrea "150 Anniversario" Birra Ambrata
90 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Winter Lager
90 points
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.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Danktoberfest
90 points
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.
Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Ginger
90 points
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.
Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider Spring Limited Release
90 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Anchor Smooth Beer
89 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Barons Strong Brew
89 points
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.
Blue Heron BrewPub Oktoberfest
89 points
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.
Blue Point Brewing Company Toasted Lager
89 points
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.
Evans Brewing Company Evans Craft Black Lager
89 points
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.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Paradise Road Pilsner
89 points
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.
Fish Brewing Co. Leavenworth Premium Lager
89 points
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.
Kennebec Cider Traditional Hard Cider
89 points
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.
King Brewery King Keller Pils
89 points
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.
Rechitskoe Svetloe
89 points
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.
The Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Lager
89 points
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.
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company Hooker Liberator Doppelbock
89 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Anchor Red Crown Pilsner
88 points
Aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant citrus, cream, and grassy hop finish.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Firebrick Lager
88 points
Aromas of toasted cheese bread and dried fruit with a crisp, dryish medium body and a earthy mineral hop finish. Nice and dry.
Bavaria Pilsner
88 points
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.
Carlsberg Breweries Elephant Lager
88 points
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.
Okocim Brewery O.K. Beer
88 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of egg sandwich with a round, dryish medium body and a tangy, citrus and apple accented finish. A tasty quaffer.
Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider - Farmhouse Select - Original 91
88 points
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.
Cervezas Alhambra Negra Lager
87 points
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.
Evans Brewing Company Evans Craft Original Lager
87 points
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.
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Danish Red Lager
87 points
Copper color. Bright roasted nut aromas with a supple dryish medium body and a crisp, citrus and grassy hop finish.
Hofbräuhaus München Hofbräu Dunkel
87 points
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.
Neumarkter Lammsbräu Organic Dark Lager
87 points
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.
Oakshire Brewing Reclamation Lager
87 points
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.
Prima Cider Prima Brut Cider
87 points
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.
Summit Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
87 points
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.
The All American Beer Company American Patriot Beer
87 points
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.
Theresianer Premium Pils
87 points
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.
Thornbury Village Cidery Premium Apple Cider
87 points
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.
Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider - Crisp
87 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Tiger Beer
86 points
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.
Barrel Trolley Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
86 points
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.
Cerveceria Hondureña S.A. Port Royal Export
86 points
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.
Cervezas Alhambra Especial Premium Lager
86 points
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.
Hollandia Pilsner
86 points
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.
Menabrea "Menabrea 1846" Birra Bionda
86 points
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.
Ohio Brewing Company Ohiofest
86 points
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.
Roscoe’s Hop House Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
86 points
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.
Woodchuck Cidery Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Belgian White
86 points
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.
Cerveceria Hondurena S.A. Imperial
85 points
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.
Pilsener 100 Lager Beer
85 points
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.
Regia Extra Smooth Lager Beer
85 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Anchor Ice Beer
84 points
Pale golden color. Buttered toast aromas with a crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a dried banana, water chestnut and melon rind finish.
Cerveceria Hondurena S.A. Salva Vida
84 points
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.
Delafield Brewhaus Leisure Vienna
84 points
Caramel and butterscotch taffy aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a banana cake and peppery hop finish. Tasty.
Duquesne Brewing Co. Duquesne LT
84 points
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.
Lakefront Brewery Eastside Dark Lager
84 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Red Lager
84 points
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.
Prima Cider Prima Most Cider
84 points
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.
Steinlager Classic Lager
84 points
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.
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company Hooker Octoberfest Lager
84 points
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.
Tusker Lager
84 points
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.
Wingwalker Amber Ale (Brewed as a Lager)
84 points
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.
August Schell Brewing Co. Grain Belt Nordeast Lager
83 points
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.
James Boag’s Premium Lager
83 points
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.
MOA Brewing Company MOA Methode
83 points
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.
The All American Beer Company American Patriot Light
83 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Tiger Crystal Beer
82 points
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.
Lakefront Brewery Klisch Pilsner
82 points
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.
Asia Pacific Breweries Anchor Lite Beer
81 points
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.
High Noon Saloon & Brewery Centennial Oktoberfest
81 points
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.
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company Hooker Munich Lager
81 points
Murky golden amber color. Lightly oxidized aromas of vinaigrette on grilled fruit salad with a spicy, nougat and parchment accented finish.
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