March 2016 - Lager Styles

This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles
Lager Styles Reviews
214117
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
"The Regulator" Dopplebock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214223
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Special Amber Vienna Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214262
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session Red Lager Fest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214118
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Oktoberfest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214116
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Bucking Bock Maibock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214215
Church Street Brewing Company
Continental Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214263
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Full Sail O'Fest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214120
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Rahr's Blonde Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214224
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Black Bavarian Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214321
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Barktober Fest
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214216
Church Street Brewing Company
Pontificator Doppelbock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214333
Granite City Food & Brewery
Mister Corporate Schwarzbier
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214119
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
"Ugly Pug" Black Beer
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214226
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Winter Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214292
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Hollermöffel" Smoked Bock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214379
Vancouver Island Brewery
Islander Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214214
Church Street Brewing Company
Heavenly Helles Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214312
Reuben’s Brews
Dark Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214258
Summit Brewing Co.
Maibock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214320
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Labrador Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214227
Australian Beer Company
Yenda Hell
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214144
Samuel Adams
Downtime Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214225
Sprecher Brewing Co.
Dopple Bock
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214380
Vancouver Island Brewery
Hermann's Dark Lager
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214294
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
"Václav" Czech Pilsner
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214257
Summit Brewing Co.
"Bohemian Style" Pilsener
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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