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December 2013 - Lager Styles

December 2013 - Lager Styles
This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles

Lager Styles Reviews

Berghoff Brewery DortWunder Lager
95 points
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.
Berghoff Brewery Sir Dunkle Dark Lager
93 points
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.
Capital Brewery Pumpkinataur
93 points
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.
Pivovar Samson Praga Dark Lager
93 points
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.
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co. Oktoberfest Lager
93 points
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.
Gore Range Brewery Oktoberfest
92 points
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.
Lancaster Brewing Company Lager
92 points
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.
MANIS 8.6
92 points
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.
Narragansett Brewing Company Bohemian Pilsner
92 points
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.
Capital Brewery Appleanche
91 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. LTD 03 Bohemian Pilsner
91 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. LTD 06 Black Bock
91 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Big Daddy Js Imperial Lager
91 points
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.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Oktoberfest
91 points
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.
Lancaster Brewing Company Fest Beer
91 points
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.
Samuel Adams Alpine Spring
91 points
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.
Caldera Brewing Company Helles Lager
90 points
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.
John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House Oktoberfest Lager
90 points
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.
MANIS 7.3
90 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Golden Pilsner
90 points
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.
Nevin’s Brewing Company Bock Door Man
90 points
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.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Pacific Schwarzbock
90 points
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.
Pivovar Samson Praga Premium Pils
90 points
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.
Samuel Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock
90 points
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.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Chimney Sweep
89 points
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.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Pils
89 points
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.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Oktoberfest
89 points
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.
Brouwerij Bavik Bavik Pils
89 points
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.
Delafield Brewhaus Saphir Pilsner
89 points
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.
Golden Pheasant Lager
89 points
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.
Gore Range Brewery GRB Lager
89 points
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.
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod Lev Black Lion
89 points
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.
Vielanker Privatbrauerei Vielanker Pilsener
89 points
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.
Cosmos Brewery Co., Ltd. Chang Beer
88 points
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.
Full Sail Brewing Co. LTD 05
88 points
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.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company Silver Foam
88 points
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.
Lake Superior Brewing Split Rock Bock
88 points
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.
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod Lev Lion Pilsner
88 points
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.
Mustang Brewing Co. Harvest Lager
88 points
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.
Stawski Premium Lager
88 points
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.
Elevator Brewing Co. Dark Horse Lager
87 points
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.
Mestansky Pivovar Havlickuv Brod Lev Lion Double Bock
87 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Vienna
87 points
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.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Pacific Kölsch
87 points
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.
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A. Cusqueña Premium Lager
87 points
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.
Fireman’s Brew Blonde
86 points
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.
Fireman’s Brew Brunette
86 points
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.
Hue Brewery Ltd. Huda Beer
86 points
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.
Hue Brewery Ltd. Huda Gold Beer
86 points
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.
McCoy Honey Pale Ale
86 points
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.
Minhas Craft Brewery 1845 Pils
86 points
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.
Perla Brewery Chmielowa Pils
86 points
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.
Zeos Brewing Company Pilsner
86 points
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.
Bowes Double Dry Lager
85 points
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.
Minhas Craft Brewery Minhas Oktoberfest
85 points
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.
Minhas Craft Brewery Boxer Lager
85 points
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.
Mustang Brewing Co. Sixty Six
85 points
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.
Mustang Brewing Co. Summer Lager
85 points
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.
Tap Room 21 Copper Lager
85 points
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.
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A. Cusqueña Red Lager
85 points
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.
Delafield Brewhaus Leisure Beer
84 points
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.
Hue Brewery Ltd. Festival Beer
84 points
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.
Karlovacko Pivovara Lager
84 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Oktoberfest
84 points
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.
William K. Busch Brewing Co. Kräftig Lager
84 points
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.
Blues City Brewery FRIO LIGHT
83 points
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.
William K. Busch Brewing Co. Kräftig Light
83 points
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.
Unión de Cervecerias Peruanas Backus y Johnston S.A.A. Cusqueña Negra Lager
82 points
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.
Caldera Brewing Company Lawnmower Lager
81 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery When Helles Freezes Over
81 points
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.
Morgan Street Brewery Black Bear Dark Lager
81 points
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.
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