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December 2015 - Lager Styles

December 2015 - Lager Styles
This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles

Lager Styles Reviews

Capital Brewery Fishin In The Dark
97 points
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.
Epic Brewing Company Double Skull Doppelbock
95 points
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.
Potosi Brewing Company Oktoberfest
95 points
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.
Capital Brewery Oktoberfest
94 points
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.
Capital Brewery Winter Skâl
94 points
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.
Capital Brewery Autumnal Fire
94 points
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.
Samuel Adams Double Lager
94 points
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.
Two Roads Brewing Company Ok2berfest
94 points
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.
Vancouver Island Brewery Hermannator Eisbock
94 points
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.
Epic Brewing Company Fest Devious Marzen
93 points
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.
Galena Brewing Company Oktoberfest
93 points
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.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Gobbler Lager
93 points
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.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
93 points
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.
Thornbury Pick Up Truck Pilsner
93 points
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.
Xingu Gold Lager
93 points
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.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Duke Premium Lager
92 points
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.
Capital Brewery Garten Bräu Dark Lager
92 points
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.
Epic Brewing Company Pfeifferhorn Lager
92 points
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.
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company Lager Beer
92 points
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.
Shmaltz Brewing Company Slingshot American Craft Lager
91 points
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.
Thornbury Dark Horse Lager
91 points
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.
Lancaster Brewing Company Oktoberfest
90 points
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.
Narragansett Brewing Company Reanimator Helles Lager
90 points
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.
Zywiec Beer
90 points
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.
Capital Brewery Garten Bräu Pilsner
89 points
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.
Grist Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
89 points
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.
Market Garden Brewery Traditional Lager
89 points
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.
Rogue Ales Irish Lager
89 points
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.
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co. Prime Stache Lager
89 points
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.
Warka Strong Beer
89 points
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.
Barley Forge Brewing Company Grandpa Tractor Dortmunder Lager
88 points
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.
Capital Brewery Wisconsin Amber Lager
88 points
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.
Capital Brewery Supper Club
88 points
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.
Carlsberg Vietnam Huda Gold Munich Helles
88 points
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.
Carlsberg Vietnam Halida
88 points
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.
Elevator Brewing Co. Xtra Lager
88 points
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.
Granite City Food & Brewery Oktoberfest
88 points
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.
Samuel Adams Blueberry Hill Lager
88 points
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.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom Hare Brained Kellerbier
88 points
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.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom Black Plague Strong Lager
88 points
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.
Two Roads Brewing Company OlFactory Pilsner
88 points
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.
Weihenstephan Original Premium Lager
88 points
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.
Capital Brewery Lake House Lager
87 points
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.
Carlsberg Vietnam Huda Gold in Pale Lager
85 points
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.
Elevator Brewing Co. Oktoberfest 1810
85 points
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.
Thornbury Blue Mountain Lager
85 points
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.
Banks Barbados Breweries Limited Caribbean Lager
84 points
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.
Carlsberg Vietnam Huda Gold Pilsner
84 points
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.
Cerveza Mexicali Original Pilsner
84 points
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.
Elevator Brewing Co. Dark Force Lager
84 points
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.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom Numbskull Oktoberfest
84 points
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.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery
84 points
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.
Walia Beer Lager
84 points
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.
Barley Forge Brewing Company Dog Days Oktoberfest
81 points
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.
Benoit-Casper Brewing Company Oktoberfest
81 points
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.
Thornbury Jubilee Amber Lager
81 points
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.
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