December 2013 - Lager Styles

This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles
Lager Styles Reviews
204495
Berghoff Brewery
DortWunder Lager
Old gold color. Elegant aromas of honeyed raisin roast and delicate herbs with a very crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a wonderfully balanced and astringent peppered lettuce and delicate citrus finish. A delicious, precise Dortmunder.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204496
Berghoff Brewery
Sir Dunkle Dark Lager
Aromas or chocolate caramels, honey roasted carrots, and toasty custard pastry with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate granola bar and peppery greens accented finish. Great balance and style with superb sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204700
Capital Brewery
Pumpkinataur
Copper color. Rich, dimensional aromas of spicy pumpkin and mincemeat pies and fresh whipped cream with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, carrot cake, kale, and peppery spice accented finish. Delicious and sure to please. A thanksgiving beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204541
Pivovar Samson
Praga Dark Lager
Dark chestnut brown color. Interesting aromas of fried sweet and sour chicken with pineapple-red pepper sauce, mocha and chocolate chestnuts with a frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a toasted spicy, grainy pasty, woody incense, and peppery radish sprouts accented finish. Interesting roller coaster of sweet, sour, and earth flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204525
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest Lager
Bright light copper color. Aromas and flavors of roasted chestnuts and root vegetables, cocoa, and clay with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a long, mouthwatering, and savory finish with notes of dried citrus and arugula. A delicious, vibrant, and exquisitely balanced Oktoberfest beer that will be great with food or on its own.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204702
Gore Range Brewery
Oktoberfest
Deep amber color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of lemon, oregano muffin, fancy floral soap, and pine nut with a crisp, dryish medium body and a refreshing orange, peppercorn, and salty parsnip accented finish. Quite tasty and very food friendly. A nice hoppy take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204610
Lancaster Brewing Company
Lager
Amber color. Aromas of apricot marmalade on buttered lemon scone are attractive with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, dried tropical fruit, corn, and watercress accented finish. Very refreshing and versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204766
MANIS
8.6
Dark copper brown color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate mousse, tamari, dried fruit, and dark German bread with a rich dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long roasted nut and grain, fig jam, peppercorn, and arugula accented finish. Excellent savory complexity and depth. This pushes the boundary of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204480
Narragansett Brewing Company
Bohemian Pilsner
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of parsnip, peach and orange jams on herb nut toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a frothy, salty pretzel bread, egg, radish, and pepper finish. Very crisp and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204699
Capital Brewery
Appleanche
Golden amber color. Enticing aromas of caramel apple, butterscotch, and spicy apple sauce with a chewy, fruity medium-full body and a lush, tangy mango yogurt and salted caramel finish. Very tasty, pure and balanced. Try in beer cocktails too.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203404
Full Sail Brewing Co.
LTD 03 Bohemian Pilsner
Deep golden color. Aromas and flavors of frittata, baguette, and grassy hops with a froth, dryish medium-to-full body and a salted radish accented finish. Very tasty and stylish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204530
Full Sail Brewing Co.
LTD 06 Black Bock
Dark brown black color. Aromas of chocolate covered citrus, roasted grains, and nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, warming pepper and lightly smoky caramelized nut, brown sugar, and radish finish. Excellent flavor and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204532
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Big Daddy J's Imperial Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange cake, nougat, and herb cracker with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, caramelized peach, herb butter on rye toast, tomato, and radish spouts accented finish. Nice zippy balance and fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204690
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Bright copper color. Aromas of toffee, herbs and chocolate pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy dried orange, arugula, and pepper accented finish. Nice zestiness and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204611
Lancaster Brewing Company
Fest Beer
Rich amber copper color. Attractive aromas of peppered nuts, stone fruit soufflé and toasted herb muffin with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vibrantly crisp, drying, and savory, spiced apple, peppercorn, and arugula finish. A snappy, layered session lager that will slice through sausages and pub food like a knife.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204606
Samuel Adams
Alpine Spring
Hazy golden orange color. Aromas of peach custard pastry, apple-mango chutney, and lemon pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sweet citrus, radish, and grassy hop finish. Tasty, balanced, and crowd pleasing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204898
Caldera Brewing Company
Helles Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of egg, toast, and a touch of fruit with a crisp, dryish medium body and sweet citrus, pepper bread and herbs on the finish. A little too fruity for the style but very clean, satisfying and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204437
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House
Oktoberfest Lager
Deep copper color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, kiwi, and roasted peanuts with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried banana, flan, and watercress accented finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204765
MANIS
7.3
Dark amber color with a very fine head. Aromas of chocolate, plum, and faint spice cake with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and velvety dried fruit, pepper melon, apple brandy, anise cookie, and lettuce finish. Excellent vibrancy, texture, and range of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204488
Morgan Street Brewery
Golden Pilsner
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of root veggies, herb toast, and pepper with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a roasted nut, peppered lettuce, and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204625
Nevin’s Brewing Company
Bock Door Man
Amber brown color. Aromas of dark bread and eggy batter with a chewy, dryish medium-to-full body and a very refined grain, caramel, pepper, dried fruit and cocoa on the finish with nice warmth. Very fresh, well crafted, and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204589
Pacific Western Brewing Company
Pacific Schwarzbock
Black with a hint brown. Bright black licorice candy, toffee, and toasted soy bean aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and chocolate custard pasty, prune, and lettuce accented finish. Quite tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204540
Pivovar Samson
Praga Premium Pils
Golden amber color. Inviting aromas toasted pretzel bread, fig jam, and herb frittata with a supple, dryish medium body and a long, refreshing finish with notes of nuts, clay, jicama, and buttered herb-pepper baguette. Very well made and thoroughly refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204608
Samuel Adams
Chocolate Cherry Bock
Dark brown color. Aromas of choke cherry jam, chocolate mousse, and Dr. Pepper, with a supple, fruity medium-to-full body and a long tangy toffee and pepper accented finish. Delicious and purely flavored.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204687
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Chimney Sweep
Attractive aromas of salted caramel, smoky mole sauce, and cinnamon raisin toast with a supple, dryish medium body and a roasted nut, apple wood smoked peppercorn, peat, and watercress accented finish. A nicely balanced, lightly smoky beer for bbq brisket and smoked meats and fish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204688
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Pils
Golden color. Aromas of herb salt and peach bread with a hint of tomato jelly. Supple and finely carbonated with a tangy, medium body and a snappy lemon pepper, nut, and arugula like hop finish. Very well made and mouthwatering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204689
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Oktoberfest
Bright deep amber color. Aromas of salty cheese turnover and melon with a crisp,frothy, dryish medium body and a tangy dried fruit pastry, pepper, and arugula finish. A nice mouthwatering lager that will be great with fried and grilled foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204539
Brouwerij Bavik
Bavik Pils
Straw yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pretzel bread, roasted corn, and delicate soufflé with a frothy, dry medium body and long, crisp finish. Very satisfying and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204629
Delafield Brewhaus
Saphir Pilsner
Minutely hazy old gold color. Robust noble hop (Saaz and Hallertau), candied citrus peels, and danish aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with super fine, creamy carbonation and a zesty peppery radicchio and grassy driven finish. Very lively and mouthwatering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204546
Golden Pheasant
Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of ham omelet and honey buttered toasted pretzel roll with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus custard tart and pepper-herb bread finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204701
Gore Range Brewery
GRB Lager
Bright golden color. Aromas of salty egg sandwich and breakfast potatoes with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a nicely astringent grain, honey roasted nut, and grass accented finish. A clean, rock solid lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204498
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod
Lev Black Lion
Dark brown color. Aromas of grainy flour, chocolate roasted chestnuts, honeyed greens, and faint dried meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, peppercorn, honeyed radish. cocoa, and grassy, barky earth nuanced finish. Quite tasty and engaging.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203618
Vielanker Privatbrauerei
Vielanker Pilsener
Lightly hazy golden amber color. Robust multigrain nut bread aromas have a hint of dried fruit and honey with a finely carbonated medium body and lovely peppercorn, radish and grass hop flourish on the long, refreshing finish. A great visceral Germanic pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203525
Cosmos Brewery Co., Ltd.
Chang Beer
Golden color. Aromas of omelet and toast with a supple, dryish medium body and a clean, cucumber, sprouts, sweet corn and mineral accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202351
Full Sail Brewing Co.
LTD 05
Deep amber color. Aromas of toast and roasted root vegetables with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a peppered jicama and spinach-like hop finish. A solid, snappy Vienna lager that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204691
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Silver Foam
Golden color. Aromas of honeyed fruit custard pastry with a crisp, dryish medium body and a pleasant toast, watercress, and grassy hop finish. A pleasant quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202918
Lake Superior Brewing
Split Rock Bock
Deep copper brown color. Aromas of chocolate-coconut macaroon, praline, and chocolate orange peel with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, sweet potato bread, peppered jicama and grass finish. A rock solid bock with excellent drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204497
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod
Lev Lion Pilsner
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted golden beet, toasted herb bread, clay, and custard with a crisp, dryish medium body and hint pear-like fruit, grass, and peppery spice accents on the refreshing finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204705
Mustang Brewing Co.
Harvest Lager
Rich copper color. Aromas of buttered dark toast and roasted nuts with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy caramelized citrus and grain and grass finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204548
Stawski
Premium Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of dried apple and pear and honeyed nuts with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy orange bread, pepper, and arugula accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204721
Elevator Brewing Co.
Dark Horse Lager
Dark chestnut brown. Bold wet grain aromas suggest edamame, caramelized nut pastry and herb marinated beets with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tomato jelly on rye and peppery rapini-like hop finish. An interesting, savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204499
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod
Lev Lion Double Bock
Golden amber color. Aromas of orange and peach yogurts, brioche and candied yams with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, lemon pepper, herb, grass and beet accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204492
Morgan Street Brewery
Vienna
Rich copper color. Aromas of sourdough bread, apricot jam, and spiced nuts and apples with a frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy overripe pear and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204591
Pacific Western Brewing Company
Pacific Kölsch
Hazy old gold color. Aromas of warm tapioca, toasty peach cobbler, and scrambled eggs with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a foamy, nut, lettuce, and polenta accented finish. Solid.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204564
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A.
Cusqueña Premium Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas of roasted corn and root vegetables, candy corn, and dates with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, toasted buttered bread, greens, and honeyed pear finish. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204865
Fireman’s Brew
Blonde
Minutely hazy golden color. Aromas of asparagus frittata, fruit jellied multigrain toast, and salty potato pancake with a supple, dryish medium body and nice toasty buttered muffin, sweet lettuce, nut, and pepper accented finish. A tasty everyday quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204866
Fireman’s Brew
Brunette
Dark brown color. Aromas of bakers chocolate, grilled beets, and roasted coffee beans have a whiff of putty with a supple, dry medium-to-full body and a savory smoked peppercorn, arugula, and praline accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204041
Hue Brewery Ltd.
Huda Beer
Golden yellow color. Aromas of egg white omelet, hominy, and almond scone with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a pepper, honeyed melon, and grass accented finish. Tasty, vibrant, and a good foil for spicy Asian foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204043
Hue Brewery Ltd.
Huda Gold Beer
Golden amber color. Interesting barnyard-like aromas oregano, cannabis, egg salad, and pizza crust with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honeyed carrot, parsley, lime sherbet, and melon accented finish. A curious assortment of flavors that oddly work.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204075
McCoy
Honey Pale Ale
Old gold color. Bright orange marmalade on toast, flower patch, and oregano aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, kiwi and starfruit and grass finish. Rich and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204718
Minhas Craft Brewery
1845 Pils
Minutely hazy pale amber color. Aromas of buttery fruit pastry, nut brittle, and yams with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, citrus marmalade, pepper, nutshell, and lettuce accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204549
Perla Brewery
Chmielowa Pils
Golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed nuts and fruitcake with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, frothy yellow apple, banana bread, pepper and grass finish. A nice session beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204567
Zeos Brewing Company
Pilsner
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Aromas of caramel corn, fruitcake, Greek lemon yogurt, lemon pepper, and parsnip with a frothy, dryish medium body and a honeyed nut, pear, grass, and pepper finish. An interesting food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204073
Bowes
Double Dry Lager
Deep old color. Aromas of corn nibblets and toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a tangy citrus and straw finish. A pleasant dry beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204719
Minhas Craft Brewery
Minhas Oktoberfest
Minutely hazy copper color. Aromas of stewed greens and okra, stale butter, dried fruit, and nut brittle with a sharp, fruity medium body and a tangy molasses cookie and waxy honeycomb finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204720
Minhas Craft Brewery
Boxer Lager
Golden color. Aromas of caramel pear and candy corn with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a frothy, circus peanut and honeyed lettuce finish. A little too sweet for the style, but pleasantly quaffable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204703
Mustang Brewing Co.
Sixty Six
Rich amber color. Aromas of egg sandwich and milled soap with a crisp, dry medium body and a slightly vegetal okra, carrot, and grassy earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204704
Mustang Brewing Co.
Summer Lager
Golden amber color. Aromas suggest banana nut bread, soufflé, and clay with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, honeyed nut, molasses cookie, and dried fruit accented finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204426
Tap Room 21
Copper Lager
Pale amber color. Aromas of toast and Denver omelet with a frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, honeyed pear, cucumber, and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204562
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A.
Cusqueña Red Lager
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of omelet, grass, and nut bread toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a radish, corn husk, and mineral finish. A nice lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204631
Delafield Brewhaus
Leisure Beer
Golden aromas color with a fine lace of foam. Aromas of buttery nut brittle and dried stone fruits with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a slightly tinny, honeyed corn, grain, pepper and grass finish. A nice lawn mower option.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204042
Hue Brewery Ltd.
Festival Beer
Golden color. Delicately herbal aromas suggest apple custard tart, melon sorbet, cannabis, and herb muffin with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy, citrus rice candy, turnip, and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204545
Karlovacko Pivovara
Lager
Gold with a nickel cast. Aromas and flavors of Playdoh, husky wet grain, waffle, and dried banana with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a custard, pepper, and nut brittle finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204494
Morgan Street Brewery
Oktoberfest
Deep copper color. Aromas of pepper cheese bread and eggy custard with a supple, dryish medium body and a savory cocoa, salty beet, and grass finish. A savory lager for sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204423
William K. Busch Brewing Co.
Kräftig Lager
Bright golden amber color. Aromas of stewed corn and beans, peach pit, and orange gelatin with a supple, dryish medium body and a tinny, tangy green apple, leaf, and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204510
Blues City Brewery
FRIO LIGHT
Golden straw color. Aromas of Denver omelet, carrot cake, and circus peanut with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and apple, pepper, and metallic mineral accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204422
William K. Busch Brewing Co.
Kräftig Light
Pale golden color. Aromas of grain, canned pear, and egg sandwich with a crisp, light-to-medium body and a sweet lettuce, peppered melon, potting soil, and water chestnut accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204563
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A.
Cusqueña Negra Lager
Brown black color. Aromas of chocolate toffee, tape, and cherry vinaigrette with a frothy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a honeyed stone and tropical citrus fruit, apple, and putty accented finish. Very cloying and slightly phenolic.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204899
Caldera Brewing Company
Lawnmower Lager
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pretzel bread, celery, and vanilla custard with a dry, finely carbonated light-to-medium body and a vegetal stewed bean, hominy, and peppery radish finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204493
Morgan Street Brewery
When Helles Freezes Over
Hazy pale amber color. Curious aromas of apricot chutney on toast and tangerine vinaigrette with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a mellow clementine, cayenne, jicama, and nougat accented finish. Very different in style do to the lambic-like sour nose, but an interesting option for food pairing or cocktails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204491
Morgan Street Brewery
Black Bear Dark Lager
Dark brown black color. Slightly musty and vegetal aromas of stewed okra, lemon pepper, grilled turnip and wet mop with a limp, under carbonated, dry light body and a fleeting balsa and bamboo shoot finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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