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March 2017 - Spring Lagers

March 2017 - Spring Lagers
This month's Beer feature is Spring Lagers

Spring Lagers Reviews

Hofmühl Märzen Gold
95 points
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 finish evoking touches of starfruit, arugula, hint of pepper and olive, and minerals finish. A nicely layered marzen with great savory flavors and drinkability.
ABK Edel Spezialbier
94 points
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 finish that shows accents of spiced fruits, sweet lettuces, and toasted corn bread finish. A lively and delicately fruity dortmunder that will be very versatile.
Awards: 2017 Best Dortmunder
Hofmühl Amadeus Pale Øl
94 points
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 finish with elements of hint of arugula, lemon, and tortilla finish. A delicious, vibrant, dry-hopped pilsner.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Pilsner
pFriem Pilsner
94 points
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 finish revealing notes of toast, peppered lettuces, and minerals finish. A nicely astringent pilsner that will shine at the table.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Pilsner
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Eliot Ness Amber Lager
93 points
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 finish with notes of toasted corn bread and raisin baguette, peppered greens, and citrus finish. A flavorful, beautifully poised and super-sessionable amber ale.
Awards: 2017 Best Amber Lager
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling San Antonio Lager
93 points
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 finish that exhibits impressions of lemon pepper muffin, arugula, and orange sorbet finish. A delicious and well crafted helles for easy enjoyment.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Munich Helles
Tombstone Brewing Company Munich Dunkel
93 points
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 finish that exhibits notes of dark toast and arugula finish. A delectable and lively dark lager that is sure to please.
Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier
92 points
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 finish with accents of apple bran muffin, watercress, and pepper finish. A delicious and satisfying lager with a robust finish.
Kabinet Vertigo Pilsner
92 points
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 finish manifesting nuances of 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.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Dortmunder Gold Lager
91 points
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 finish with shades of peppered nuts, melon, rapini, and dark chocolate finish. A robust American take on the classic German style.
Kichesippi Beer Co. Heller Highwater
91 points
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 finish evoking overtones of lemon pepper, radicchio, and radish finish. A vibrant, snappy, nicely layered helles lager that really refreshes.
Brouwerij Haacht Primus Lager
90 points
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 finish that presents suggestions of melon, sprouts, and arugula finish. A tasty, finely balanced lager with great sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Pale Lager
Roc Brewing Co. Smash Bohemian Pils
90 points
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 finish revealing nuances of sweet lettuces and spiced citrus and melon in cream finish. A robust, chewy pilsner with round malt and lively hops.
Samuel Adams Light Lager
90 points
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. A flavorful, well made light lager that is sure to please.
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock
90 points
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, crisp finish displaying notes of toffee and chocolate cereal finish. A nice, very drinkable chocolate beer.
Stevens Point Brewery Czech Style Smiley Blue Pils
89 points
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 finish revealing touches of melon rind and radish finish. A nice fruity, cherry pilsner with great drinkability.
Rio Grande Desert Pils
88 points
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, medium-to-long finish evoking elements of spiced carrots, butter roasted corn, and tortilla finish. A nice chewy, fruity lager.
Roc Brewing Co. Lagerithm Lager
88 points
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 finish with elements of watercress, pepper, and caramelized citrus finish. A tangy, appetizing Vienna lager.
Awards: 2017 Best Vienna
Samuel Adams Toasted Caramel Bock
88 points
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 finish with nuances of lemon pepper muffin, watercress, and nut brittle finish. A nice nutty, appetizing flavored lager that’s not too sweet.
Singha Lager
88 points
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 medium-to-full body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of mesclun, starfruit and apple, and corn bread finish. A nice refreshing lager for everyday pleasure.
Stevens Point Brewery Special Lager
88 points
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, buoyant finish that exhibits notes of orange sherbet and spinach finish. An earthy lawnmower beer.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best American Style Lager
Jelen Lager
87 points
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 finish that shows notes of arugula, radish sprouts, and kiwi finish. A nice refreshing lager for everyday enjoyment.
LAV Lager
86 points
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 finish evoking notes of pepper bread and radish sprouts finish. A pleasant quaffer.
Boyne Brewhouse Long Arm Dortmunder Export
85 points
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 finish with notes of peppered spinach, baked citrus, and parchment finish. A very dry and earthy dortmunder.
Granite City Food & Brewery The Bennie Bock
85 points
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, medium finish with impressions of brown sugar, roasted yams and carrots, nuts, and grilled cabbage and romaine finish. A nice savory bock for the table.
Struman’s Organic Beer Co. Premium Lager
85 points
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 finish revealing accents of breadfruit and jicama finish. An intriguingly tropical lager.
Faust Brewing Company Alex Meixner Polka Pils
84 points
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 finish conveying notes of 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.
Jelen Lager
84 points
Old gold color. Aromas of honey buttered muffin and microgreens and herbs with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a breezy greens, baby carrot and turnip, peppered nuts, and melon and apple finish. A solid sessionable lager.
Struman’s Organic Beer Co. Dry Lager
84 points
Light 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 finish with accents of starfruit and bibb lettuce finish. A solid light lager.
Edge Brewing Project Cool Hops Australian Lager
83 points
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 light body and a medium-length finish with touches of granola and starfruit finish. A round, juicy, lightly fruity hoppy lager that will appeal to American pale ale fans.
Motorworks Brewing Co. V Twin Lager
83 points
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, carefree finish with notes of succotash, peppered collar greens, bamboo shoot, and parchment finish. An earthy sturdy beer for the table.
Rio Grande Outlaw Amber Lager
83 points
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 finish displaying touches of grilled pumpernickel and pepper finish. A sturdy quaffer.
Service Brewing Company Rally Point Pilsner
83 points
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, easy finish with notes of jicama, lemon pepper, and peppercorn muffin finish. A crisp, citrus lager.
pFriem Vienna Lager
80 points
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 finish with accents of corn fritter and creamed spinach finish. An oddly meaty savory lager for the table.
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