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March 2016 - Lager Styles

March 2016 - Lager Styles
This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles

Lager Styles Reviews

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. "The Regulator" Dopplebock
93 points
Bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts and fruits and coffee gelato with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long bibb lettuce and cinnamon roll finish. A delicious doppelbock that is hard to put down.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Special Amber Vienna Lager
93 points
Medium light golden amber color. Mild, funky, sourish aromas of baked fruits and celery, sourdough herb baguette, and white toffee with a soft, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length herb muffin, peppered nuts, and kale finish. A toasty, very lively and refreshing Vienna lager.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Red Lager Fest
92 points
Bright copper color. Delicate, fruity, grainy aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted cranberry bread and roasted corn with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy orange marmalade on rye toast, watercress, peppery spiced nuts, and cocoa finish. A delicious, fruity, and super-sessionable lager that is sure to please.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Oktoberfest
92 points
Dark copper color. Mild aromas and flavors of honeyed dried fruits, raisin toast, and candied yams with an crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sweet lettuces and orange pepper finish. A smooth, malty, well balanced Octoberfest with a nice Old World style.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Bucking Bock Maibock
92 points
Amber color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of apple jacks cereal, creamed honey on raisin toast, and praline with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dried fruits and arugula finish. A delicious, supple and nicely balanced maibock.
Church Street Brewing Company Continental Lager
90 points
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of honey buttered toast and apple scone with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long peppered greens and lemon and orange marmalades finish. A delicious, lightly fruity, stimulating lager.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Full Sail OFest
90 points
Brilliant dark copper color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of fruit custard tart and honey roasted nuts with a soft, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, brisk peach-pineapple salad, delicate spice, praline, and peppered nuts finish. A very tasty, fruity amber lager.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. Rahrs Blonde Lager
90 points
Old gold color. Delicate, grainy, toasty aromas and flavors of raisin bread toast and honey butter with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long roasted nuts and golden beets and lemon pepper finish. A refreshing, flavorful helles.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Black Bavarian Lager
90 points
Dark brown color. Mild aromas and flavors of honey and dark toasted fruit cake with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an even, captivating, medium-long dark roasted nuts, coffee, lemon peppered greens, and hint of cigar ash finish. A very tasty, refreshing and Old World styled black lager.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Barktober Fest
90 points
Clear bright deep amber color. Rich, interesting, creamy aromas and flavors of malted chocolate milk, toasted nut bread, candied yams, and granola with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length spiced apples and citrus, watercress, and toffee finish. A very attractive and distinctive Octoberfest beer.
Church Street Brewing Company Pontificator Doppelbock
89 points
Medium brown color. Delicate, buttery aromas and flavors of caramel corn and toasted fruit custard danish with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length peppered greens, toffee, and floral honey finish. A smooth and appealing doppelbock.
Granite City Food & Brewery Mister Corporate Schwarzbier
89 points
Nearly opaque brown black color. Bright, roasted aromas of nuts, dark chocolate, and buckwheat blini with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length roasted grain and root vegetables, arugula, pepper, and minerals finish. A solid, dry black lager with a nice chocolate note.
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. "Ugly Pug" Black Beer
89 points
Dark medium brown color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of German chocolate cake, mocha cheesecake with a pretzel crust, roasted peaches and yams, and cola with a soft, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length dark roasted nuts, licorice, and pretzels finish. A solid black beer with nice balance.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Winter Lager
89 points
Dark bronze color. Bright, sweet, umami aromas and flavors of chocolate covered cherries, praline, and roasted squash with an bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-length honeyed roasted nuts, dried stone fruits, peppered greens, and spiced latte finish. A super balanced, super crushable winter lager.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company "Hollermöffel" Smoked Bock
89 points
Minutely hazy medium dark copper color. Bold, smoky, vegetal aromas and flavors of smoked ham and beans and split pea soup with an oily, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long smoked sausage and cheese and grilled pepper bread finish. A very savory and meaty smoked beer for the table.
Vancouver Island Brewery Islander Lager
89 points
Dusty light gold color. Delicate, sweet aromas and flavors of roasted corn, honeyed corn bread, and kiwi tart with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, brisk apple-pear salad, toast, peppered nuts, and roasted root vegetables finish. A nice snappy lawnmower lager.
Church Street Brewing Company Heavenly Helles Lager
88 points
Gold color. Toasty, grassy aromas of toasted nut bread, praline, and dried peach with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, easy honey roasted pear salad, sprouts, and pepper finish. A crisp, fruity helles that is sure to please.
Reuben’s Brews Dark Lager
88 points
Dark bronze color. Lively, toasty, creamy aromas of creme brulee, toasted date bread, and toffee with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length caramelized fruits, honeyed pound cake, and watercress finish. A rock solid dark lager.
Summit Brewing Co. Maibock
88 points
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and baked red and sweet potatoes with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length peppered greens, honeyed nuts, and radishes finish. A vivacious, fruity maibock.
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Labrador Lager
88 points
Light minutely hazy gold color. Bright, buttery, grassy aromas of macaroon, asparagus frittata, and pretzels with a bright, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk honey buttered corn muffin, mustard greens, and jicama finish. A nice, creamy lager.
Australian Beer Company Yenda Hell
88 points
$3
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of apple butter on toasted baguette with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy arugula, radish, roasted corn, and orange pepper finish. A lively snappy lager.
Samuel Adams Downtime Pilsner
87 points
Clear light gold color. Bold, dank, tropical aromas and flavors of mango-orange relish, pizza bread, and egg shells with an even, flat, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, brisk melon and peppered nuts finish. An interesting, tropical hop take on the style.
Sprecher Brewing Co. Dopple Bock
87 points
Dark walnut color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cherry compote, root beer candy, and fruit cake with a satiny, tangy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, medium-length wheatgrass, toffee, mocha, and yams finish. A sweet, malty doppelbock.
Vancouver Island Brewery Hermanns Dark Lager
87 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Lively, roasted aromas and flavors of dark toasted rye, dark roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and tamarind with a satiny, soft, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, buoyant lettuce, grilled pear salad, coffee, and bubblegum finish. A pleasant, very roasted dark lager for stout and porter fans.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company "Václav" Czech Pilsner
84 points
Cloudy hazy golden amber color. Delicate, curious, fruity aromas and flavors of panettone, roasted nuts, apricot yogurt, and hint of rubber and horse hair with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length radishes, peppered rapini, molten plastic, and corn pudding finish. A rustic, very astringent food beer.
Summit Brewing Co. "Bohemian Style" Pilsener
82 points
Bright gold color. Mild, vegetal aromas of succotash, sourdough nut toast, and straw with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a brisk mixed lettuces, pepper, nutskin, and seaweed salad finish. A food beer.
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