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December 2014 - Lager Styles

December 2014 - Lager Styles
This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles

Lager Styles Reviews

Rogue Ales Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager
94 points
Opaque black color. Rich, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted chestnut brittle, dark chocolate, and spiced figs with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish with notes of mocha latte, mesclun, and earth. An attractive, balanced, and very sessionable black beer.
Sweetwater Brewing Co. Take Two Pils
94 points
Gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of lemon-thyme chutney, lavender, and buttered baguette with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of peppercorns, arugula, and toasted nuts. A fantastic, flavor packed pilsner for all occasions.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Aramis
94 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake and pineapple-banana custard with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an astringent, delightful, long finish with shades of pepper, rye toast, and grapefruit rind. A delicious, balanced, hoppy lager.
Birra Moretti Doppio Malto
93 points
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of honeyed toast, fruit pastry, and delicate herbs and spices with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with overtones of cream, greens, and minerals. A delicious malty lager with an evocative Belgian character.
Full Sail Brewing Co. LTD 07 Oktoberfest
93 points
Bright copper color. Rich, toasty, fruity aromas of apricot and pineapple marmalades on toast and peppercorn muffin with a tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, subtle, medium-long roasted parsnip, pepper, radish, and floral spices finish. A wonderfully zesty Octoberfest.
Ore Dock Brewing Company Reclamation IPA
93 points
Copper color. Rich aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, mango chutney, and herb bread with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits overtones of pepper, light pine, honey, and tangerine. A delicious and well balanced hop forward IPA.
Ore Dock Brewing Company Saison
93 points
Bright gold color. Inviting, spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of herb-pepper baguette, fruit chutney, spiced nuts, and coriander with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, complex, medium-long finish displaying notes of sea salt, arugula, and minerals. A delicious and well balanced saison with great herb and spice notes.
Birra Moretti Baffo DOro
92 points
Gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of toast and salty plantain chips with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits shades of pepper, watercress, nougat, and earth. A finely tuned lager that will be a Swiss army knife at the table.
Epic Brewing Company RiNo Pale Ale
92 points
Hazy amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, grapefruit, and mango with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, appealing, medium-long finish manifesting notes of pine, rapini, and lemon pepper. A robust, zesty IPA-like pale ale with great citrus fruit notes.
Issaquah Brewhouse Little Frog Pale Lager
92 points
Gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nougat, spiced pineapple, and multigrain toast with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of roasted corn, pepper, and salt. A delicious, vibrant, and balanced lager that is sure to please.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Staghorn
92 points
Copper orange color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honeyed raisin toast and spiced nuts with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length finish with accents of dried tropical fruit, watercress, and root vegetables. A finely balanced Octoberfest beer that really nails the style.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Erlkönig
92 points
Cloudy sunrise golden color. Attractive aromas of caramelized citrus, banana herb muffin, and ferns with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy, tangy, passionfruit-kiwi gelato, pepper and sharp lemongrass accented finish. A powerfully delicious doppelbock.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Totally Naked
91 points
Bright gold color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of dried mango, toasted Hawaiian bread, corn pudding, and cream of wheat with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of melon, sweet citrus, and toasted nuts. A superbly balanced and refreshing, lighter styled lager.
Pecatonica Beer Company Quinns Amber Lager
91 points
Hazy color. Aromas and flavors of gingerbread, molasses cake, dried fruits, and delicate spices with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish that shows notes of dark honeyed raisin toast, roasted nuts, and arugula. A very tasty and sessionable amber lager with nice fruit, grain, and hop notes.
Port City Brewing Co. Downright Pilsner
91 points
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of cheese popover, braised root vegetable, and roasted pepper with a silky, lively, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of arugula, pepper, citrus, and minerals. A lovely, zesty, and mouthwatering beer that will be great with food.
Birra Moretti Grand Cru
90 points
Cloudy dark golden amber color. Bold aromas of fruit salad, creme brulee, lemon verbena, and banana nut muffin with a chewy, lively, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long exotic spices, mint jelly, and arugula finish. A rich and zesty Belgian amber that will be great at the table.
Cerveja Bohemia Reserva
90 points
Bronze copper color. Aromas of molasses cake and toffee with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length roasted nuts, peppery spices, and earth finish. A solid, well balanced barleywine.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Export
90 points
Gold color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of peach danish, mango gelato, and toasted pound cake with a supple, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length finish with shades of tropical fruit custard, roasted corn, and delicate spiced nuts. A nice fruity lager that is sure to please.
Hofmühl Kellergold
90 points
Old gold color. Toasty aromas of roasted grain and corn, dried fruit, and herb muffin with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, lettuce, sprouts, minerals, and honeyed toast finish. A tasty, easy drinking, grain driven treat.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Hometown Blonde
90 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt, mustard greens, and lemon-orange marmalade with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, breezy finish with accents of roasted corn, peppered melon, and mesclun. A very tasty, well rounded pilsner.
Port City Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
90 points
Deep amber color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasted fruit pastry and banana creme brulee with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, delightful, medium-long finish conveying impressions of honeyed orange, radish spouts, rye toast, and pepper. A nice, well-balanced Octoberfest with great table appeal.
Birra Moretti Zero
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted grain and nutshells, honeycomb, and clay with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light body and a mildly astringent, amusing, medium-length sweet corn, watercress, pear skin, and pepper finish. A tasty and very well made nonalcoholic lager.
Damm Brewery Bock-Damm
89 points
Amber color. Aromas of chocolate, orange blossom honey on muffin, grape, and salted nuts with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a frothy, zippy, peppercorn, peach and radish sprouts accented finish. Nice fruitiness.
Epic Brewing Company Cross Fever Amber
89 points
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of roasted grain and nuts, cocoa, and peppered veggie chips with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish body and a smooth, breezy finish revealing notes of latte and radish. A nicely composed amber ale with fine peppery hops.
Fountain Square Brewery Workingmans Pilsner
89 points
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas of orange cake, fancy lemon soap, and toasted peppercorn muffin with a vibrant, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, charming, relaxed pepper, Swiss chard, and roasted golden beet finish. A solid lager with nice hop presence.
King Brewery King Pilsner
89 points
Rich old gold color. Aromas of roasted corn and kale with a crisp, dryish medium body with good carbonation and a pleasant toasty, herbal and peppery hop snap on the finish. Very quenching.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Visionary Brew
89 points
Copper bronze color. Aromas and flavors of spicy pumpkin and spiced nuts with a creamy, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, medium-length finish with impressions of roasted nuts, coffee, fig, and rapini. A tasty, nuanced spice beer.
Rooney’s Beer Company Rooneys Lager
89 points
Bright old gold color. Bright aromas of toasted rye raisin bread, herb muffin, and dried mango with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, medium-length peppered kale, toasted nuts, and radish finish. A rock solid session beer.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
89 points
Copper mahogany color. Inviting aromas and flavors of sweet toffee and coffee nut cake with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of roasted nuts and grains, pepper, mocha, and radish sprouts. A nicely balanced, super sessionable Octoberfest.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Onyx Black Ale
89 points
Opaque dark brown black color. Bright aromas and flavors of chocolate nougat bar, fig cookie, and mocha with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, relaxed finish displaying notes of root beer float, chestnuts, and arugula. A tasty, appetizing dark brown ale.
Vancouver Island Brewery Bohemian Pilsner
89 points
Old gold color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple pastry, orange blossom honey, and pear sauce with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, captivating, medium-length finish that presents notes of bitter greens, pepper, and nutshell. A rock solid pilsner with pleasing bitterness on the finish.
Birra Moretti Radler
88 points
Cloudy silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of lemonade and lemon muffin with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with notes of lemon ice. A tasty radler for a hot summer day.
Blue Heron BrewPub Roktoberfest
88 points
Deep amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of dark toasted fig bread, nut brittle, and chocolate citrus peel with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of salty roasted nuts, pepper, arugula, and minerals. An easy drinking Octoberfest with a nice hop bite on the finish.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Duke Helles
88 points
Bright gold color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of raisin toast and lemon cream with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of lettuce, mineral, peppered jicama, and nuts. A crisp, relaxing lager.
Wolverine State Brewing Co. Gulo Gulo I.P.L.
88 points
Amber color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple cake, lemon-mango gelato, and tapioca with a supple, lively, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, delightful, medium-length finish conveying notes of pepper, almond nougat, and herbs. A nice fruity, toasty lager.
Eddyline Brewing Boater Beer
87 points
Golden yellow color. Mild aromas and flavors of buttered nuts, dried fruit, and sourdough with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a finish with notes of roasted turnip, pepper bread, omelet, and water chestnut. A nice savory pilsner.
Eddyline Brewing Jolly Roger Black Lager
87 points
Brown black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, praline, and instant coffee with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, brisk finish with notes of nut shells, over roasted coffee bean, bamboo shoot, and turnip. A pleasantly crisp black beer.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Pecker Wrecker Imperial Pilsner
87 points
Amber orange color. Delicate aromas and flavors of stewed veggies, dried tropical fruit, and wet grain with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, amusing, breezy finish imparting impressions of salted nuts, toast, pepper, and orange marmalade. A table friendly combination of sweet and savory flavors.
Birra Moretti Moretti Lager
86 points
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of frittata, banana, and coconut flakes with a supple, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish imparting overtones of minerals, grass, and pepper. A solid lager that will cover a lot of bases.
Cerveja Bohemia Confraria
86 points
Bright golden amber color. Odd aromas and flavors of dried banana, flan, and root vegetable with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish displaying notes of bubblegum, delicate spice, and banana pudding with light oak. A sweet fruity Belgian blonde ale.
Champps American Draught Lager
86 points
Golden amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of banana and coconut custard pies and spiced apple with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy finish with shades of toasted nut and pepper. A solid all-purpose lager.
Delafield Brewhaus Oktoberfest
86 points
Copper bronze color. Lively, yeasty aromas of apricot yogurt, beet chevre salad, and toasted nut bread with a silky, vibrant, frothy, medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length corn, turnip, lemon marmalade, and pepper finish. A nice earthy Octoberfest for the table.
King Brewery King Vienna Lager
86 points
Amber color. Aromas of roasted nuts, toast, and yellow squash with a frothy drying medium body and a grainy, dusty greens, starfruit and grass accented finish.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Rail Dog Smoked Black Lager
86 points
Brown black color. Curious aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, burning leaves and newspapers, and grilled and stewed veggies with a supple, bright, frothy, dry medium body and a prickly, odd, brisk finish that presents shades of ash tray, charred nutshells, peppercorns, and burnt coffee. A very rustic, burnt beer for the table.
Castle Brewery Lite Lager
85 points
Gold color. Toasty aromas of egg sandwich with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dry thin body and a short-lived nutshell, lettuce, and balsa finish. A serviceable light quaffer.
Cerveja Bohemia Weiss
85 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of banana chip and delicate spice with a satiny, bright, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth finish displaying overtones of water chestnut, sprouts, and wafer. A solid, dry wheat beer.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Cariboo Malt Liquor
85 points
Gold color. Delicate aromas and flavors of buttery roasted corn with a soft, bright, frothy, dryish light body and a smooth, carefree finish with touches of kiwi, melon, tapioca, and cream soda. A solid quaffer.
Cerveja Bohemia Escura
84 points
Brown black mahogany color. Curious aromas and flavors of diet ginger ale, red licorice, spiced chocolate, and sassafras with a supple, bright, under-carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, odd finish displaying notes of nutshell, straw, and watercress. A bit on the sweet side, serve with spicy cuisine.
Das Braü Pilsner
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh crusty baguette and lemon curd with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, crisp finish that shows nuances of bread crumbs, vanilla pudding, sweet lettuce, and turnip. A very bready, fruit forward quaffer.
King Brewery King Dark Lager
84 points
Deep mahogany ruby color. Aromas of chocolate caramel fudge and roasted grain with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buttercream, pear, jicama, and lettuce accented finish.
New Glarus Brewing Co. Two Women
84 points
Dark golden amber color. Delicate aromas of roasted nut brittle, honeyed toast, and brown apple with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, cheery pepper, radish, roasted corn, and dried fruit finish. A nicely balanced, easy drinking lager.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Festbier
84 points
Bronze copper color. Aromas of toffee with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, salted nuts and lettuce finish. A solid fest beer.
Peter B’s Brewpub Oktoberfest
84 points
Deep amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of egg sandwich and circus peanut with a soft, crisp, fizzy, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy finish with notes of pepper, fruit chutney, water chestnut, and nutshell. A solid Octoberfest.
Rooney’s Beer Company Veterans and Civilians
84 points
Bright old gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of oregano, salty roasted nuts, corn pudding, and light broccoli with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a seamless, breezy finish with shades of nutskin, lemon pepper, watercress, and dried peach. A nice savory helles for the table.
Wolverine State Brewing Co. Amber Lager
84 points
Copper color. Mild aromas of toasted tomato focaccia, brazil nuts, and orange blossom honey with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp corn chowder, mustard greens, pepper, and straw finish. A savory quaffer, best with food.
Wolverine State Brewing Co. Dark Lager
84 points
Brown black color. Delicate aromas of roasted nuts and honeycomb with a supple, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy birch beer, grilled carrots and turnips, and okra finish. A sturdy food beer.
Cerveja Bohemia Imperial
83 points
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of honey roasted peanut butter and toast with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish displaying notes of turnip and sweet corn. A easy going quaffer.
Hell’s Gate Brewing Premium Lager
83 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasted white bread and cashew butter with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth finish conveying overtones of lettuce and toasted nuts. A nice lawnmower beer.
McCoy Honey Pale Ale
83 points
Amber color. Aromas of gingerbread and honeyed fruit with a soft, shy, dryish light body and a bitter, brisk mocha yogurt, nutshell, and pepper finish. A carefree quaffer.
Pecatonica Beer Company Nightfall Lager
83 points
Hazy dark brown color. Toasty, fruity aromas of smoked jerky, roasted nuts, and chocolate fig with a bright, foamy, fruity sweet medium body and a odd, breezy over sweetened coffee, bibb lettuce, water chestnuts, and okra finish. A somewhat unusual combination of sweetness and vegetation; needs food.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Texas Red Lager
83 points
Bronze mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of raisin toast, wilted spinach, and hint of bacon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, eccentric, relaxed finish that presents impressions of roasted corn, wet grain, dusty root vegetables, and pepper. A pleasant food beer.
Cerveja Bohemia Pilsen
82 points
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of honeyed green apple, pepper muffin, and lemon sorbet with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light body and an effortless, fast finish with impressions of sweet corn and green pear. A nice lawnmower beer.
Pecatonica Beer Company Oktoberfest
82 points
Amber color. Somewhat odd aromas of buttery caramel corn, grape soda, apple taffy, and vanilla candle with a soft, crisp, foamy, fruity medium body and a fruit salad, banana pudding, and arugula finish. A very fruity lager.
Poppers Dry Kiwi-Lime
82 points
Silvery straw emerald color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of hard watermelon candy and suede with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk finish with notes of lime popsicle and diet melon soda. A sweet candied quaffer.
Pacific Western Brewing Company Cariboo Blonde
81 points
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of steamed rice and cream farina with a soft, shy, effervescent, light body and a polished, terse finish revealing notes of turnip and nuts.
Delafield Brewhaus Hopfenstange Pils
80 points
Hazy color. Aromas and flavors of lemon marmalade on pepper bread toast, grilled radish, and hop pellets with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sourish light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy finish evoking notes of roasted carrots, parchment, mustard greens, and herbal anchovy pizza. A savory, vegetal lager best serve with food.
Eddyline Brewing Kickin Back Amber Lager
80 points
Dark copper color. Delicate aromas of roasted chestnuts, succotash, and breakfast burrito with a supple, bright, under-carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a stewed veggies, grass clipping, paper, and toasted corn tortilla finish. Serve with food.
Poppers Dry Raspberry
80 points
Bright pink platinum color. Confected aromas and flavors of strawberry milkshake and cotton candy with a soft, tangy, fizzy, fruity sweet light body and a silky, cheery finish with notes of diet red cream soda. A candied quaffer.
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