October 2016 - Lager Styles

This month's Beer feature is Lager Styles
Lager Styles Reviews
216727
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Dunkel
Brilliant bronze color. Aromas and flavors of fresh pretzel bread, nuts, and arugula with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long chocolate fig muffin, sprouts, corn puff cereal, and clay finish. A finely balanced, very sessionable dark lager for the long haul.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217087
Bull Falls Brewery
Holzhacker Lager
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of omelet and grape jam on toast with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed herb pretzel bread and lettuces finish. A delicate, super drinkable take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217089
Bull Falls Brewery
Oktoberfest
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of fresh dark bread crust and dark chocolate nut with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long mocha, sprouts, and pepper finish. A robust yet sessionable marzen with fun pairing possibilities.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216712
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session Black Lager
Dusty walnut color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and dried orange peel and chocolate muffin with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length dark chocolate mousse, banana nut bread, grass, and hint of pepper finish. A nicely balanced dark lager with creamy chocolatey flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216699
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Koki Lager
Bright gold color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of fruit loops, orange marmalade on rye toast, and chive dumpling with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, elegant, long orange-pineapple salsa, radicchio, and pepper finish. A really tasty hoppy lager that will appeal to pale-alers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217069
Rogue Ales
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
Gold color. Toasty, green aromas and flavors of fresh herb baguette, caramelized citrus, chocolate, and roasted root vegetables with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, distinctive, very long pepper, rapini, and herbal honey finish. A rich and wonderfully bitter IPL with a satisfying, chewy malt backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216710
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Cascade Pilsner
Bright pale gold color. Interesting, green aromas of fresh pepper bread and tortilla, peach preserves, Meyer lemon, and pine bark and resin with a body and a tingling, medium-long ripe grapefruit, honey, and peppery spice finish. A great hoppy, IPA-like pilsner with bushels full of citrusy American hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216974
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Pils
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of corn bread with jalapeño, green herbs and chamomile, lemon pepper, and pumpkin tart with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, complex, long toasted Hawaiian bread, dried fruit, honeyed radishes, and pepper finish. A well-made hoppy take on the classic style that will appeal to pale ale fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216545
Narragansett Brewing Company
Lager
Clear gold color. Savory aromas and flavors of ham and egg croissant and salty butter roasted nuts with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length sweet lettuces and sprouts, cashew brittle, honeyed lemon, and minerals finish. A robust, smooth and satisfying lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216912
Nevin’s Brewing Company
Apocalyptinator Doppelbock
Dark mahogany color. Fruity, malty aromas and flavors of toasted crusty cranberry nut bread and chocolate nuts with a chewy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length latte gelato, dried fruits, and spice cake finish. A nicely balanced, creamy doppelbock that is dangerously drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217068
Rogue Ales
Good Chit Pilsner
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant, nuts, and clay with a supple, lively, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, long peppered greens, grapefruit, banana nut bread, and pine finish. A bold, hop-forward pilsner with a lot of West Coast swagger.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217070
Brauerei Locher
Appenzeller Hell Quoellfrisch Premium Lager
Bright light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of fresh buttered baguette, toasted nuts, and grassy hops with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, complex, long honeyed nuts and grain, watercress, and hint of pepper finish. A superb, scintillating helles that sets a benchmark for the category.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217045
Brauerei Pinkus Müller
Organic Ur-Pils
Minutely hazy gold color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange blossom honey on muffins, apple-pear soufflé, and hint of wax candle with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length toasted nuts, pepper, and grass finish. A crisp, lightly fruity pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216910
Nevin’s Brewing Company
Hook & Hatchet Lager
Mahogany color. Grassy, herbal aromas and flavors of dried herbs and fruits, pine, honey butter, and prairie grass and nettles with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and coffee finish. A vivacious and snappy amber lager that will pair brilliantly with roasted and grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216700
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Juli Bock
Amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of apple butter on herb sourdough toast, cinnamon roll, and dried pear with a slightly chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long peppered lettuce, orange cake, and radish sprouts finish. A nice chewy Maibock with appealing citrus hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216711
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session Premium Lager
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of orange marmalade on toast, dried peach, and orange soufflé with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity body and a smooth, interesting, honeyed apple and clementine finish. An appealing, rather fruity lager with high crushability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217046
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Pure Brewed Organic English Lager
Pale golden yellow color. Green, herbal aromas of aroma of thyme-chive focaccia, honey buttered raisin bread, and damp earth with a soft, crisp, fizzy, sourish light-to-medium body and a tingling, perplexing, roasted sweet potatoes, stewed veggies, and newspaper finish. An earthy, grainy beer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216684
San Miguel Brewery
Cerveza Negra
Nearly opaque medium brown color. Aromas and flavors of milk chocolate caramel candy, baklava, oat bar, and grapes with a supple, crisp, frothy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, easy chocolate caramel corn finish. A sweet chocolatey beer for bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217071
Brauerei Locher
Appenzeller Holzfass Special Cream Lager
Amber color. Curious, smoky aromas and flavors of turkey jerky and smoked ham skin, warm rubber band and raffia, honeyed apple bread, and forest after a fire with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long grilled romaine, chestnut honey, smoked nuts, and dried apple and pear finish. A very distinctive and flavor-laden lager that is difficult to categorize (seems slightly braggot-y), yet provides interesting flavor paths to explore with cuisine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216970
Breckenridge Brewery
Breck Lager
Brilliant gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of raisin baguette, orange sugar cookie, banana chip, and corn pudding with a supple, bright, frothy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy peppered greens, shredded apple and lemon, and nuts finish. A flavorful lager with a nice smack of hop astringency and flavor on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217088
Bull Falls Brewery
Midnight Star Lager
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed dark raisin toast and chocolate covered fruits with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a radish, spiced nut brittle, and grass finish. A lovely, easy drinking dark lager with nice depth and length of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216761
Heineken
Premium Light
Yellow color. Floral, citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of lemon blossoms and lemongrass, banana soufflé and herb bread, and saltines with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light body and a tingling, sparse endive, melon, and lemon pepper finish. A crisp and lively light lager with a nice hoppy nose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216681
Holland
Lager
Clear light gold color. Grainy, green aromas and flavors of peppered arugula, ciabatta, fried green tomato, and paper with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish light body and an effortless, crisp grass, honeyed nuts, and lemon curd finish. A crisp, refreshing, easy drinking lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216604
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Portlandia Pils
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, hoppy aromas and flavors of mango-peach relish, toasted Hawaiian bread, and pine and grass with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long peppered greens and honey roasted nuts finish. A tasty, very American hop forward take on the pilsner style that will appeal to West Coast IPA fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216680
Monterrey
Light Lager
Brilliant light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered toast, soufflé, plantain, and pizza dough with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, compelling, breezy watercress and banana cookie finish. A very good light lager that is very clean and has a nice depth of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216566
RavenBeer
The Cask (of Amontillado)
Medium mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, melted chocolate bar, and fig-date bread with a supple, lively, fizzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, breezy candied orange, pepper, cashew nougat, and cherry cola float finish. A spry and snappy doppelbock with a nice chocolate and citrus character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216564
RavenBeer
Special Lager
Minutely hazy amber color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted apricot, toasted raisin bread, and peach yogurt with a supple, bright, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length spiced orange and apple, Swiss chard, nougat, and pepper finish. A well composed Vienna lager that will sing with sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216547
Narragansett Brewing Company
Bermuda Pils
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of pizza crust, dried fruits, vanilla soufflé, and corn puff cereal with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, breezy yellow apple and pear, arugula, and pepper finish. A rock solid lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216911
Nevin’s Brewing Company
Zicke Zacke Marzen
Clear dark copper color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of dried oranges and lemons, peppered greens, and nuts with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length toasted pepper bread, grass, and peppercorns finish. A very snappy, hop forward take on the the styles with nice dry, food-friendly astringency to balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216565
RavenBeer
Pendulum Pilsner
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted baguette, saltine with cheese, and nuts with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long sprouts and hint of dried fruit finish. A nicely balanced lager built for refreshment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216685
San Miguel Brewery
Red Horse
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed nuts and peaches and fruit cake and salad with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, relaxed nougat, apple sauce and brandy, and pepper finish. A fruity and somewhat boozy, malt liquor like amber lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216679
Monterrey
Lager
Brilliant golden yellow color. Earthy, grainy aromas of egg sandwich, honeyed nuts, and grass with a silky, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a brisk buttery caramel corn and lemon custard finish. A crisp, creamy lager quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216683
San Miguel Brewery
Light Lager
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant and fruit cookie with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, fast honeyed lettuce and pepper finish. A nice, crisp light lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216646
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Double Aught Pilsner
Brilliant old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple soufflé, egg croissant, honey baked beans, and chive with a satiny, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, brisk roasted turnip and yams, collard greens, peppercorn, and parchment finish. A slightly vegetal and sulfurous lager for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216682
San Miguel Brewery
Pale Pilsen
Brilliant light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of breakfast burrito, herbal honey on apple, hominy, and oregano with a supple, bright, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy canned mandarin oranges and peppered greens finish. A crisp, refreshing lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216546
Narragansett Brewing Company
Light Lager
Light gold color. Toasty, green aromas and flavors of wet grass, nut bread, and paper with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp raw potato, bibb lettuce with Anjou pear, honeyed wet grain, and metal finish. A refreshing light lager that will work with lighter fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216713
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Capsize Imperial Pilsner
Old gold color. Roasted, green aromas and flavors of honey roasted sweet potatoes, toasted herbs and bread, veggie omelet, and grass with a supple, tangy, spritzy, sourish medium-full body and a swift succotash, mustard greens, peppered jicama and lemon finish. A dry, dank, and somewhat vegetal IPL for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216903
River Rat Brewery
Pilsner
Dull light gold with an color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of succotash and creamed spinach with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and an odd, swift corn pudding, scrambled eggs, mesclun, and paper finish. A funky, DMS riddled pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216904
River Rat Brewery
Helles Bock
Gold color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of cole slaw, borscht, peach vinaigrette on greens, and mead with a supple, tangy, fizzy, sweet-and-sour medium body and a peppery, odd, brisk toasted orange bread, grass, pepper, and grapes finish. Funky and DMS and acetic acid laden.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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