March 2017 - Spring Lagers

This month's Beer feature is Spring Lagers
Spring Lagers Reviews
218421
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Märzen Gold
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of praline, sassafras, pear kefir, and honeyed baked biscuit with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length starfruit, arugula, hint of pepper and olive, and minerals finish. A nicely layered marzen with great savory flavors and drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218666
ABK
Edel Spezialbier
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple-banana nut muffin and hint of coconut oil with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, stimulating, medium-long spiced fruits, sweet lettuces, and toasted corn bread finish. A lively and delicately fruity dortmunder that will be very versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218794
pFriem
Pilsner
Straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grassy herbs, hint of sourdough crust, au gratin potatoes, and melon and peach skin with a silky, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long toast, peppered lettuces, and minerals finish. A nicely astringent pilsner that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218420
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Amadeus Pale Øl
Straw color. Grassy, herbal aromas and flavors of herb baguette, toasted nuts, dried lemon, and lemon basil grass and mint with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, long hint of arugula, lemon, and tortilla finish. A delicious, vibrant, dry-hopped pilsner.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218667
ABK
Hell Das Blaue
Brilliant golden yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of tropical fruit pastry, orange blossom water, and apple radish with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, starfruit, watercress, and radish sprouts finish. A complex, inviting lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218850
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Eliot Ness Amber Lager
Brilliant dark copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, coffee cake, and fig bread with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toasted corn bread and raisin baguette, peppered greens, and citrus finish. A flavorful, beautifully poised and super-sessionable amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218793
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
San Antonio Lager
Brilliant yellow color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of peach marmalade, orange blossom honeycomb, spiced citrus chamomile tea, and toasted tortilla with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, long lemon pepper muffin, arugula, and orange sorbet finish. A delicious and well crafted helles for easy enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218780
Tombstone Brewing Company
Munich Dunkel
Hazy gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and root beer and cola with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long dark toast and arugula finish. A delectable and lively dark lager that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218792
Ayinger
Jahrhundert Bier
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Grainy aromas and flavors of toasted banana nut bread, corn pudding, pizza crust, and hint of clay and wax with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, nuanced, long apple bran muffin, watercress, and pepper finish. A delicious and satisfying lager with a robust finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218819
Kabinet
Vertigo Pilsner
Old gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of candied lemon, peppered melon and peach, and pineapple yogurt with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long radicchio, arugula, and pine buds finish. A nice flavorful beer that drinks like a hoppy kolsch or Belgian blonde and will appeal to IPA curious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218418
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Hell
Bright gold color. Grainy, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted corn and bread, succotash, burlap grain sack, and vanilla wafer with a round, bright, frothy, dryish medium body and a smooth, cheery roasted root vegetable, bread pudding, and honey nut cereal finish. A round, grainy Helles with an easy drinking appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218627
Samuel Adams
Noble Pils
Brilliant gold color. Citrusy, creamy aromas and flavors of dreamsicle, herb muffin, orange zest, and lemongrass with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a captivating, breezy cashew nougat, citrus rind, and pepper finish. A nice snappy, hoppy lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218849
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Dortmunder Gold Lager
Light deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of mango-peach pastry, toasted lemon herb muffin, and sweet peas with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, involved, long peppered nuts, melon, rapini, and dark chocolate finish. A robust American take on the classic German style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218959
Kichesippi Beer Co.
Heller Highwater
Light light gold color. Toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon custard danish, orange marmalade on toast, and sourdough baguette with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, long lemon pepper, radicchio, and radish finish. A vibrant, snappy, nicely layered helles lager that really refreshes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218419
Privatbrauerei Hofmühl
Hofmühl Privat Pils
Straw color. Toasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant and toasted nuts with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a graceful, medium-long greens, pepper, and minerals finish. A delicious, elegant pilsner with great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218750
Brouwerij Haacht
Primus Lager
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttery egg croissant, fruit scented wax, and white blossoms with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, medium-length melon, sprouts, and arugula finish. A tasty, finely balanced lager with great sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218716
Roc Brewing Co.
Smash Bohemian Pils
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of frosted lemon muffin, dried papaya and coconut, honey buttered baguette, and white tea with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sweet lettuces and spiced citrus and melon in cream finish. A robust, chewy pilsner with round malt and lively hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218626
Samuel Adams
Boston Lager
Amber color. Interesting, roasted aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, baklava, and dried stone fruits with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, long buttered lemon pepper muffin, hint of spice, and honeyed lettuces finish. More of an amber lager than a pilsner, but quite tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218632
Samuel Adams
Chocolate Bock
Dark bronze color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and hazelnut fruit danish with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, buoyant toffee and chocolate cereal finish. A nice, very drinkable chocolate beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218628
Samuel Adams
Light Lager
Brilliant deep amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of caramel muffin, buttery praline and caramel corn, and herb toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-long finish. finish. A flavorful, well made light lager that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218725
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Zwickel Helles Lager
Bright yellow color. Toasty, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of herb baguette, Buddha’s hand, egg croissant, and honeydew with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-long radish and kiwi custard finish. A delicious and effortlessly drinkable lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218629
Samuel Adams
Fresh as Helles Lager
Dull old gold color. Citrusy, hoppy aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus, caramelized stone fruits, and vanilla buttercream on pineapple cake with a round, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long fruit tart and hint of grass finish. A fruit, zesty, hoppy American take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218531
Stevens Point Brewery
Czech Style Smiley Blue Pils
Brilliant golden yellow color. Herbal, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon curd and verbena, honeyed herb muffin, pineapple cake, and pine blossom and lavender with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length melon rind and radish finish. A nice fruity, cherry pilsner with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218848
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Turntable Pils
Brilliant color. Earthy, savory, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted carrots and potatoes, okra, and fresh Italian bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long buttered pretzel bread, lemon pepper, and watercress and kale finish. A very, earthy, savory and appetizing pilsner that will be great with pub fare.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218722
Rio Grande
Desert Pils
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of lemon scone, apple-mango relish, white grape, and melon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, spiced carrots, butter roasted corn, and tortilla finish. A nice chewy, fruity lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218715
Roc Brewing Co.
Lagerithm Lager
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed apple-pear puff pastry, apricot marmalade on toast, fruit lip balm, and coconut yogurt with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy watercress, pepper, and caramelized citrus finish. A tangy, appetizing Vienna lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218630
Samuel Adams
Toasted Caramel Bock
Brilliant mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, mocha, and caramel coffee cake with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-long lemon pepper muffin, watercress, and nut brittle finish. A nice nutty, appetizing flavored lager that’s not too sweet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218751
Singha
Lager
Clear golden yellow color. Toasty, fresh aromas and flavors of pear skin, melon, toasted sourdough bread, and dried pineapple with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length mesclun, starfruit and apple, and corn bread finish. A nice refreshing lager for everyday pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218529
Stevens Point Brewery
Special Lager
Bright gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of cheese danish, honeyed peach, and carrots and collard greens with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, atypical, breezy orange sherbet and spinach finish. An earthy lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218530
Stevens Point Brewery
Classic Amber Lager
Bronze color. Roasted aromas of honeyed fruitcake, roasted chestnuts, and dark bread crust with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a cheery pepper arugula and kiwi, dried fruits, and praline finish. A nice snappy amber lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218728
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Urban Underdog Lager
Hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of bread crust, tortilla, frosted lemon scone, and eggs with a supple, bright, frothy, dryish medium body and a smooth, breezy corn, kiwi, and wheatgrass finish. A clean, toasty, well balanced American lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218979
Jelen
Lager
Brilliant gold color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of shallot herb bread, butter roasted corn, toasted grain, and egg whites with a supple, crisp, medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length arugula, radish sprouts, and kiwi finish. A nice refreshing lager for everyday enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218303
LAV
Lager
Dull gold color. Citrusy, toasty aromas and flavors of lemon custard pie and bread crust with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long pepper bread and radish sprouts finish. A pleasant quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218481
Boyne Brewhouse
Long Arm Dortmunder Export
Gold color. Earthy, vegetal aromas and flavors of dusty root vegetable, mustard greens, toasted pepper bread, and flower garden with a supple, soft, dry medium body and a short peppered spinach, baked citrus, and parchment finish. A very dry and earthy dortmunder.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218785
Granite City Food & Brewery
The Bennie Bock
Bright mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and fruits, rye toast, and price cake with a supple, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, brown sugar, roasted yams and carrots, nuts, and grilled cabbage and romaine finish. A nice savory bock for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217793
Struman’s Organic Beer Co.
Premium Lager
Light gold color. Fruity, tropical, interesting aromas and flavors of papaya-mango yogurt, plantain bread, sweet potato, and crayon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy breadfruit and jicama finish. An intriguingly tropical lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218727
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Stammtisch Pilsner
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of egg bagel sandwich and toasted nuts with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed succotash, pepper crackers, and citrus marmalade on toast finish. A nice crisp pilsner with lots of savory notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218770
Faust Brewing Company
Alex Meixner Polka Pils
Dark amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of chocolate muffin, roasted nuts, and tamarind with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long chocolate orange peel, peppercorn muffin, and bitter greens finish. Color and style is more like a Vienna lager, but this is a nice peppery lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218980
Jelen
Lager
Old gold color. Aromas of honey buttered muffin and microgreens and herbs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a relaxed greens, baby carrot and turnip, peppered nuts, and melon and apple finish. A solid sessionable lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217794
Struman’s Organic Beer Co.
Dry Lager
Light gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted cracker, roasted corn, and honeyed biscuit with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick starfruit and bibb lettuce finish. A solid light lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218883
Edge Brewing Project
Cool Hops Australian Lager
Hazy gold color. Toasty, grassy, green aromas and flavors of honey buttered peppercorn muffin, Brussels sprouts, mango relish, and old hop pellet with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish body and a medium-length granola and starfruit finish. A round, juicy, lightly fruity hoppy lager that will appeal to American pale ale fans.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218701
Motorworks Brewing Co.
V Twin Lager
Copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, panettone, bok choi, and brown grass and old potpourri with a supple, vibrant, medium body and a peppery, cheery succotash, peppered collar greens, bamboo shoot, and parchment finish. An earthy sturdy beer for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218723
Rio Grande
Outlaw Amber Lager
Brilliant color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted nut shells and root vegetables, cacao mulch and straw, and mustard greens with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk grilled pumpernickel and pepper finish. A sturdy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218423
Service Brewing Company
Rally Point Pilsner
Dusty gold color. Citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of spanakopita, lemon soap and lemongrass, honey nut cereal, and white toffee with a soft, bright, fizzy, dry light body and a tingling, breezy jicama, lemon pepper, and peppercorn muffin finish. A crisp, citrus lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218795
pFriem
Vienna Lager
Copper color. Meaty aromas and flavors of ham and beans, spanakopita, meatball sandwich, and wax with a supple, soft, effervescent, saline light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length corn fritter and creamed spinach finish. An oddly meaty savory lager for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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