December 2015 - Lager Styles

This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles
Lager Styles Reviews
213300
Capital Brewery
Fishin' In The Dark
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Delicate, attractive aromas of chocolate toffee and caramel mocha latte with an oily, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, layered, long peppery greens, roasted spiced nuts, cocoa, and earth finish. A sumptuously delicious, robust and elegant schwarzbier that is sure to satisfy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212950
Epic Brewing Company
Double Skull Doppelbock
Medium brilliant reddish mahogany color. Lively, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and fruits, apple pastry, and spiced chocolate with an crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long citrus creme brulee, peppercorn muffin, and dried banana finish. A rich and delicious doppelbock that is dangerously drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213143
Potosi Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Bright clear dark copper color. Bright, hoppy, floral aromas and flavors of caramelized cornbread and dried fruits with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long toasted rye pepper bread and lemon scone finish. A wonderfully balanced, refreshing and stylistically on-point octoberfest that is super sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213301
Capital Brewery
Oktoberfest
Medium brilliant deep amber color. Lively, yeasty, sweet nutty savory aromas and flavors of caramel nut fudge, mocha cream, and orange marmalade on rye with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length watercress, lemon scone, radish spouts, and chocolate soufflé finish. A wonderful zesty, hoppy and flavorful marzen.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213303
Capital Brewery
Winter Skâl
Clear amber color. Lively, hoppy, citrusy attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and mango, toasted herb bread, and roasted nuts with a velvety, tangy, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long butter roasted nuts and pepper finish. A delicious hoppy Vienna lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213299
Capital Brewery
Autumnal Fire
Medium brilliant deep amber color. Rich, complex, fruity boozy aromas and flavors of orange-peach marmalade, frosted banana cake, and candied yams with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long apple brandy, caramelized tropical fruits, toffee, and peppered greens finish. A fabulously rich and decadent doppelbock with fine balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213265
Samuel Adams
Double Lager
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized pineapple and banana, lemon herb muffin, and pepper omelet with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long mango chutney, roasted nuts, rapini, and peppercorns finish. A rich, chewy and delicious strong, bock-like lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213413
Two Roads Brewing Company
Ok2berfest
Bright clear copper color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and roasted corn and carrots with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length sprouts, peppered pretzel chip, molasses cookie, and praline finish. A fun and refreshing fall beer with superb balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213158
Vancouver Island Brewery
Hermannator Eisbock
Medium-Brown color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, smoked meat, dried fruits, and white pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, very complex, very long mocha cream, spiced melon, toffee, and peppercorn bread finish. A rich, delicious, and dangerously drinkable eisbock.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212948
Epic Brewing Company
Fest Devious Marzen
Medium brilliant dark copper color. Delicate, toasty, yeasty sweet spicy aromas and flavors of melted toffee, stewed fruits, honeyed spices and herbs, and cereal with a crisp, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length lettuce and pepper finish. A nice chewy, fruity octoberfest with pleasing warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213293
Galena Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of toasted orange bread, nuts, and soy with a crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, distinctive, long peppered kale, delicate spice, and dried tropical fruits finish. A fresh and delicious octoberfest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213083
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Gobbler Lager
Medium clear brilliant burnt sienna color. Lively, attractive aromas of toasted dark bread, nuts, chocolate orange peels, and mocha latte with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length watercress and pepper finish. A lively, delicately fruity octoberfest with a nice snappy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213259
Samuel Adams
Boston Lager
Amber color. Aromas of peach tart and apple butter on raisin toast with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, captivating, medium-long honeyed citrus, arugula, and pepper omelet finish. A delicious, crisp and refreshing lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213187
Thornbury
Pick Up Truck Pilsner
Bright clear old gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of bananas foster and French toast with a silky, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length peppered greens, toasted cornbread, and nuts finish. A very tasty and thirst quenching pilsner; an über lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213424
Xingu
Gold Lager
Brilliant light gold color. Citrusy, hoppy aromas and flavors of caramelized lemon and mango, honeyed herbs, and pine with a soft, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy lemon-lime custard, herb focaccia, and pepper finish. A nice lively pale lager that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213117
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Duke Premium Lager
Light clear gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples, corn kernels, and white grape with an even, soft, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a graceful, appealing, relaxed kale, buttered roasted corn, and pepper dust finish. A tasty, pure, and unpretentious pale lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213298
Capital Brewery
Garten Bräu Dark Lager
Medium brilliant reddish mahogany color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of black forest and German chocolate cake and mocha with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, cheery honeyed citrus, candied yams and coconut, and radish finish. A racy, mouthwatering dark lager that will be great with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212949
Epic Brewing Company
Pfeifferhorn Lager
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Bright, sour, buttery citrusy curious aromas of egg sandwich, dried fruit, and lemon vinaigrette with a creamy, vibrant, fizzy, fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, easy melon, corn pudding, cream, and peppery greens finish. A delicious and flavorful American style lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213272
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Lager Beer
Pale light brilliant light gold color. Delicate, yeasty, grainy herbal curious aromas and flavors of egg sandwich, salty roasted corn, and pear skin with a supple, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length melon, apple, sweet cream, and grass finish. A very tasty, nicely fruity lager that is super sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213273
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Slingshot American Craft Lager
Straw color. Aromas of grapefruit-mango custard, pepper, and pine blossoms with a supple, vibrant, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long honey roasted carrots, peppered greens, and orange finish. A fun, very hop-forward lager that drinks like a session IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213189
Thornbury
Dark Horse Lager
Clear medium brown color. Delicate, buttery aromas and flavors of butterscotch brownie, chocolate yogurt, and dried cherry with an even, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy nuts finish. A solid dark lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213173
Lancaster Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Amber color. Aromas of toffee, orange marmalade, focaccia, and roasted pepper with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length watercress, peppered nuts, and sprouts finish. A finely balanced, elegantly styled octoberfest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213174
Narragansett Brewing Company
Reanimator Helles Lager
Gold color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, lemon scone, and pistachio praline with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pepper, nuts, radicchio, and roasted carrot finish. A bright zesty, hoppy take on the helles style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213268
Zywiec
Beer
Bright clear light gold color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin, corn nibblets, and white grapes with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, compelling, breezy pepper, nuts, and lettuce greens finish. A very nicely balanced and super sessionable pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213295
Capital Brewery
Garten Bräu Pilsner
Pale clear gold color. Lively, yeasty, fatty savory toasty aromas and flavors of honey roasted corn, caramelized nuts, and lemongrass with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, relaxed corn puff cereal, bib lettuce, and spiced yams finish. A zesty, flavory pilsner with a nice balance of fruity and savory tones.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213315
Grist Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest
Bright clear amber color. Delicate, citrusy, hoppy aromas of orange marmalade on toast, butter roasted corn, and dried herbs with an even, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, relaxed pineapple cake, pepper, arugula, and roasted root vegetables finish. A rich and lightly octoberfest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213294
Market Garden Brewery
Traditional Lager
Clear pale light golden yellow color. Bright, citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon-papaya cream danish, corn, and herbs with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length pepper, arugula, and grapefruit and kiwi finish. A fun, flavorful and snappy, turbocharged American style lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213193
Rogue Ales
Irish Lager
Straw color. Aromas of lemon-peach pastry and praline with a round, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, cheery pepper-herb bread, Swiss chard, sweet potato, and grass finish. A lively appetizing lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213082
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Prime Stache Lager
Minutely hazy light dusty light color. Bright, buttery, attractive clean creamy aromas and flavors of roasted corn, toasted nuts, and citrus and pear with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long dried banana, radish sprouts, nuts, and grass finish. A nice crisp helles.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213269
Warka
Strong Beer
Pale brilliant deep amber color. Lively, creamy, buttery malty toasty aromas and flavors of coffee, baked sweet potatoes, and dried fruits and nuts with a glycerous, shy, fizzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length brown sugar, caramel taffy, pepper, and sweet lettuce finish. A sweet malty lager that packs a smooth punch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213197
Barley Forge Brewing Company
Grandpa Tractor Dortmunder Lager
Light brilliant yellow color. Delicate, earthy, dank aromas and flavors of roasted corn, omelet, and praline with a silky, vibrant, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy watercress, carrot, and lemon pepper bread finish. An earthy, zesty dortmunder; serve very cold.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213296
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin Amber Lager
Light pale medium brilliant deep color. Rich, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical fruit, lemon bars, and white nut fudge with a glycerous, soft, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and an even, captivating, breezy watercress, peach, honeyed jalapeno cornbread, and pine finish. A fruity and round amber lager that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213302
Capital Brewery
Supper Club
Pale clear gold color. Lively, yeasty, buttery creamy grassy aromas and flavors of toasted grain and root vegetables, waxy fruit, and water chestnut with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length melon, corn pudding, pepper, and bamboo shoot finish. A refreshing, easy drinking lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213287
Carlsberg Vietnam
Huda Gold Munich Helles
Gold color. Aromas of egg sandwich and clementine with a supple, bright, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, breezy toast, radish sprouts, nutskin, and pepper finish. A nice snappy helles style lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213284
Carlsberg Vietnam
Halida
Yellow color. Aromas of baguette, egg white omelet, and lemon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, intriguing, breezy radish, nuts, apple cereal, and grass finish. A zesty, nicely made lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213309
Elevator Brewing Co.
Xtra Lager
Minutely hazy pale light gold color. Lively, creamy, cheesy buttery sweet aromas of fruit pastry and honeyed nuts with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length radish, toast, and pepper finish. A nice snappy lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212975
Granite City Food & Brewery
Oktoberfest
Medium dull copper color. Mild, toasty aromas and flavors of honey buttered toast, figs, and bubble gum dust with a soft, bright, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, stimulating, terse caramelized chestnuts, cocoa, peppered jerky, and Swiss chard finish. A nice meaty, peppery octoberfest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213258
Samuel Adams
Blueberry Hill Lager
Minutely hazy old gold color. Bold, attractive, fruity aromas of blueberry cobbler a la mode and blueberry-orange muffin with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, crisp banana nut bread and lettuce finish. A tasty, well balanced fruit beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213313
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
Hare Brained Kellerbier
Minutely hazy light gold color. Delicate, interesting aromas and flavors of fried pickle, apricot pastry, egg turnover, and sweet and smoked paprika with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy buttered pepper bread toast, sautéed kale and parsnips, and radish finish. A savory lager for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213314
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
Black Plague Strong Lager
Nearly opaque dark walnut color. Delicate, baked, boozy malty meaty aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and jerky and dried fruits and pepper with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, buoyant caramel, cocoa, and grassy earth finish. A nice chewy smoked lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213414
Two Roads Brewing Company
Ol'Factory Pilsner
Pale clear minutely hazy light color. Rich, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, mango custard pastry, and pine blossoms with an lively, fizzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length rapini, lemon pepper, radishes, and parsnip finish. A very hoppy us pilsner that drinks like an IPL and will be best at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213423
Weihenstephan
Original Premium Lager
Brilliant light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity aromas of apple butter on cinnamon raisin toast, grape custard, and berry danish with a silky, soft, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy cucumber sandwich, carrot soufflé, and peppercorn muffin finish. A nice sessionable lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213297
Capital Brewery
Lake House Lager
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of peach-banana pastry and apple butter on toast with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk roasted corn, radish sprouts, jicama, and cream finish. A smooth and easy porch beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213283
Carlsberg Vietnam
Huda Gold in Pale Lager
Straw color. Aromas of herbed focaccia and roasted corn with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk arugula, nutskin, lemon pepper, and yams finish. A snappy, refreshing lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213311
Elevator Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest 1810
Minutely hazy medium deep amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of lemon muffin and orange blossom honey with a silky, flat, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy husky roasted grains, roasted root vegetables, egg soufflé, and crayon finish. A mellow malty fest beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213144
Potosi Brewing Company
Czech Style Pilsner
Straw color. Aromas of mango-orange custard, lemon chutney, and herb muffin with a supple, bright, frothy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy melon, sprouts, peppered root vegetables, and mustard greens finish. An earthy, savory pilsner for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213190
Thornbury
Blue Mountain Lager
Gold color. Aromas of butterscotch, buttered toast, and orange cake with a supple, crisp, frothy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk peppered arugula finish. A very fruity lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213422
Banks Barbados Breweries Limited
Caribbean Lager
Light gold color. Mild, buttery, cheesy baked fruity aromas and flavors of nut toast, honey butter, caramelized pear, and candy corn with a soft, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, fast sprouts, wet grass, nutskin, and bamboo shoot finish. A nice lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213285
Carlsberg Vietnam
Huda Gold Pilsner
Bright clear gold color. Delicate, savory, herbal aromas and flavors of butter roasted corn and toast and crispy chicken skin with an even, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length radishes and peppered jicama finish. A nice snappy pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213109
Cerveza Mexicali
Original Pilsner
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, hoppy aromas and flavors of lemon peppercorn muffin, honeyed herbs, and toast with an even, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, rapid salt and peppered jicama, toasted nuts, dried citrus, and apple finish. A smooth and quenching lager with a nice texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213310
Elevator Brewing Co.
Dark Force Lager
Medium dark clear mahogany color. Lively, waxy, woody aromas and flavors of candle, cocoa roasted nuts, dark toast, and vinaigrette on greens with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, crisp dried fruit, toasted corn bread, charred nuts, and pepper finish. A nice dark lager for that table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213312
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
Numbskull Oktoberfest
Pale brilliant clear old gold color. Bold, fruity aromas of lemon and grape Pez candied, lime yogurt and vinaigrette, and bubble gum with an flat, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk rainbow sherbet, radish, and pepper finish. A super fruity malty fest beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213517
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
Bright clear deep amber color. Bright, funky, herbal aromas of honeyed dried citrus and herb butter on toast with a satiny, soft, spritzy, very sweet medium body and a warming, carefree roasted veggies, grilled greens, caramelized banana, and brandy finish. A funky, somewhat boozy octoberfest.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213389
Walia Beer
Lager
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, attractive aromas and flavors of banana-pear soufflé and honeyed hominy with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast pretzel bread and sprouts finish. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213198
Barley Forge Brewing Company
Dog Days Oktoberfest
Bright clear sunburst color. Delicate, malty, nutty aromas and flavors of roasted grain, vegetable and sweet potato chips, and pepper bread with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, quick stewed veggies, corn husk, and paper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213172
Benoit-Casper Brewing Company
Oktoberfest
Minutely hazy medium amber color. Light, vegetal aromas and flavors of greens and citrus, celery and pumpkin seeds with an even, soft, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a short jicama and peppered greens finish. Needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213188
Thornbury
Jubilee Amber Lager
Deep amber color. Mild, buttery aromas and flavors of butternut candy bar and roasted root vegetables with an even, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, brisk toasted grain, apple butter on toast, and dried orange finish. A solid amber lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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