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March 2018 - Best Spring Lagers

March 2018 - Best Spring Lagers
This month's Beer feature is Best Spring Lagers

Best Spring Lagers Reviews

Damm Brewery Keler Pale Lager
94 points
Gold color. Grainy, toasty aromas and flavors of corn bread and nibblets and candied lemon peel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long buttered grainy toast, lemon peppered arugula, and mineral ore finish. A nice malty pale lager with effortless drinkability.
Potosi Brewing Company Northern Method Doppelbock
94 points
Rich maroon color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate and coffee with chili peppers, baked ham and beans, soy nuts, and smoked cheese with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long melted chocolate toffee, mocha gelato, dried fruits, and peppered kale finish. A deliciously rich, complex, and chewy Doppelbock with great chocolate notes.
ABK Hell Das Blaue
93 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon marmalade on raisin toast, thyme honey on an onion roll, lemon Italian ice, and candied apple peel with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long wafers with lemon cream, nut brittle, bibb lettuce, and clay finish. A fruity and expressive, lemony helles that begs for another sip.
Federbräu Lager
93 points
Brilliant yellow color. Savory, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh baked crusty baguette, egg and cheese casserole, twice baked potato, and hint of skunk with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long papaya pastry, honeyed jicama, and radish spouts finish. A spot on, ’green bottle style’ helles with great flavor and superior sessionability.
Deschutes Brewery Pacific Wonderland Lager
92 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of citrus and mango marmalades, lemon herb muffin, orange blossom honey, and hint of balloon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long egg-washed peppercorn bread, salted nuts, and radish sprouts finish. A delicious and vibrant lager that hits all the high notes.
Fulton Brewing Company Standard Lager
92 points
Bright copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of freshly buttered toast and fancy citrus and herb soap with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a graceful, medium-long salty roasted nuts, taro and root vegetable chips, and bit of asparagus frittata finish. A rich, dry crisp lager for everyday enjoyment.
Samuel Adams Noble Pils
92 points
Brilliant old gold color. Earthy, herbal aromas of orange marmalade, mushroom with piney herbs, pork rind, and lady grey tea with a full body and a tingling, medium-long arugula, lemon pepper, nutskin, and wet earth finish. A vibrant, slightly funky hoppy Pilsner.
Samuel Adams Bohemian Pilsner
92 points
Medium old gold color. Interesting aromas of herb rye toast with orange jam with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long caramelized mango and pineapple, radish sprouts, tamarind candy, and kale finish. A tasty, fruity, herbal and round Pilsner.
Crossroads Pilsner
91 points
Brilliant light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted multigrain bread and oat muffin with lemon curd with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long kiwi-banana custard pastry, polenta, and pepper finish. A lovely, lively Pilsner with fruity tropical center.
Estrella Damm Pale Lager
91 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of fresh baguette egg sandwich, toasted polenta, banana chips, and grapefruit pith with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long caramelized citrus, pepper, and herb muffin finish. A robust, toasty pale lager that is sure to please.
Hofmühl Privat Pils
91 points
Light gold color. Toasty, herbal aromas and flavors of toasted herb bread and croissant, roasted corn and sweet potato, dried citrus, and schmaltz muffin with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, subtle, long braised radicchio, pepper, creamy polenta, and poached egg and minerals finish. A delicious, spot-on Pilsner with great flavor and length.
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
91 points
Brilliant amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of pepper and herb rub, hop pellets, buttered dark toast, and caramelized nuts and citrus with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a subtle, long pepper, arugula, and mocha nuts finish. A round, tasty, nicely integrated amber lager that nails the style in a very refreshing manner.
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Turntable Pils
90 points
Brilliant light gold color. Savory aromas and flavors of honey buttered baguette, smoked turkey jerky, prosciutto and asparagus omelet, and pickled fruits and cucumbers with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long lemon-herb corn bread muffin, pepper and olive relish, and dried apricots finish. A super savory and refreshing Pilsner that is sure to please.
Hofmühl Hell
90 points
Gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of fresh bread crust, hint of creamed spinach, hard boiled egg with grits and saltines, and wet grass with a supple, crisp, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, breezy lettuce and sprouts, wet grain, peppered bamboo shoot, and minerals finish. A pristine and refreshing Helles that will hit the spot.
Samuel Adams Kellerbier
90 points
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of carrot cake, chocolate toffee, and egg croissant with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting, long peppered nuts and greens, pizza, dried banana, and melon salad finish. A round and refreshing Kellerbier with instant appeal and a table-friendly personality.
Stanley Park Brewing DayTrip West Coast Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive, citrusy, tropical aromas of orange mango marmalade and frosted lemon scone with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long grapefruit Italian ice, toasted baguette, and pepper finish. A fun, juicy tropical lager that is sure to please.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Zwickel Helles Lager
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive, savory aromas and flavors of fancy breakfast panini and citrus herb scone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and an effortless, engaging, medium-long toast, bread pudding, and citrus relish finish. A lively and refreshing helles with substance and style.
ABK Pils Anno 1907
89 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of lemon chiffon on melon, clay, crayon, and sport pepper and saltines with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long peppered greens, dried grilled ciabatta, and lemon sorbet finish. A citrusy summertime Pilsner.
Birds Fly South Tunnel Vision Kellerbier
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of kiwi, egg sandwich, and plantain chips with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, snappy banana nut corn muffin, peppered jicama, radish sprouts, and pretzel bread finish. A pillowy, savory choice for pub food.
Chang Classic Beer
89 points
Bright golden yellow color. Savory aromas and flavors of cheddar and egg sandwich and toasted herb buttered challah dinner rolls with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, medium body and an engaging, medium-long daikon, bamboo shoot, honeyed dried orange, and kale finish. A refreshing nicely balanced lager with great flavor and subtlety.
O’Connor Brewing Company R&R Lager
89 points
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fruitcake and zucchini bread and lemon and banana soufflé with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, long crusty peppercorn herb muffin, radish, arugula, and roasted nuts finish. A vivacious, zesty Pilsner that wakes the palate and waters the mouth for another sip or bite of food.
Rogue Ales Yellow Snow Pilsner
89 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Floral, fresh aromas and flavors of banana melon salad, lemon vanilla custard, and hint of piney herbs with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long thyme honey on nut toast, berry-mango chutney, fruit loops, and bbq sweet potato chip finish. A pleasant, very fruity lager that will be a crowd pleaser.
Stevens Point Brewery Point Classic Amber
89 points
Medium red oak color. Aromas and flavors of toasted dark rye bread, chestnut toffee, and saltines with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length brown sugar sautéed fruits, radish sprouts and lettuce, cola float, and grass finish. A light and easy-drinking amber lager with a nice caramel malt character.
Adirondack Brewery Bobcat Blonde Pilsner
88 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed cornbread muffin and melon in cream with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a relaxed praline, lettuces, radish, and toast finish. A rock solid, clean and snappy crusher of a Pilsner.
Samuel Adams Fresh as Helles
88 points
Brilliant golden amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass and lemon verbena, Moroccan orange spice cake, lady grey tea, and fruity vitamins with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, intricate, long toasted fruit cake and caramelized citrus finish. Not really a Munich Helles, but rich and delicious fruit-bomb of a lager that will appeal to new school hop pale ale drinkers.
Stanley Park Brewing Noble Pilsner
88 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of crusty Italian bread, poached egg, and quince-lemon marmalade with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, breezy buttered toast, radish, and lemon with lettuce finish. A crisp, easy drinking lager.
New Belgium Brewing Co. Bohemian Style Pilsener
87 points
Brilliant yellow color. Aromas and flavors of scrambled eggs, orange blossom honey on toast, crackers, and oven-roasted tomatoes with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long toasted panettone, mesclun, and lemon-pepper muffin finish. A rock solid Pilsner that will be versatile.
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company Outlaw Lager
87 points
Bright copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of dark toast with nutella, banana nut muffin, Swedish rye cracker with lemon-herb butter, and grassy earth with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long spiced nuts and cocoa-dusted dried fruits finish. A very dry and nutty lager that is a natural pairing for roasts.
Stevens Point Brewery Big Charlie Special Lager
87 points
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas of mango yogurt, honey buttered cornbread muffin, and praline with a supple, bright, petillant, fruity medium body and an even, interesting, medium-length honey nut cereal and bit of honey candy, pineapple preserves on toast, and grape skin finish. A fun, fruity lager with crowd pleasing tendencies.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Stammtisch Pilsner
87 points
Brilliant gold color. Aromas of scalloped potatoes with pepper, buttered potato bread toast, poached egg, and hint of banana and vegetable chips with a velvety, lively, petillant, dryish medium body and a tingling, stimulating, long peppercorn muffin, dried lemon, grilled radicchio, and limestone finish. A vibrant mouthfilling Pilsner with bold zesty peppery hops and a long astringent finish tailor made for the table.
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company Desert Pilsner
86 points
Bright yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of roasted root vegetables, starfruit pastry, Greek yogurt, and egg salad sandwich with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-long peppered greens and jicama and herb bread finish. A fun, lively, slightly rambunctious Pilsner that will be great with savory south of the border cuisine.
Four Peaks Brewing Co. Golden Lager
85 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon curd on muffin, lightly floral honey, and hint of orange balsamic vinaigrette with a medium body and a somewhat odd, buoyant buttery caramel corn, cashew nougat, coconut custard, and microgreens finish. An interesting, slightly tropical sweet and sourish lager for summertime fare.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Urban Underdog Lager
84 points
Brilliant light gold color. Toasty, sulfurous aromas and flavors of ham and egg and cheese croissant, tortilla chips, and struck match with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy orange buttered toast, bibb lettuce, and bit of radish finish. An easy-drinking lawnmower beer that would a good upgrade for a macro drinker.
Crossroads Endless Summer Pale Lager
83 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Citrusy, savory aromas and flavors of spiced dried mango, egg croissant, lemon tamarind custard, and marinated artichoke hearts with a supple, crisp, fizzy, sourish light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length meyer lemon and peach juice, ruby grapefruit, and jicama finish. A pleasant, slightly sourish, lemony beer with good crushability.
Diamond Knot Brewing Co. SVM Pilsner
83 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas and flavors of rum spice fruit cake, white grape relish, creme fraiche, and hint of silly putty with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a sleek, breezy corn jalapeño muffin, charred endive and radicchio, and pepper radish finish. A nice wooly and astringent earthy hop accented Pilsner for the table.
Potosi Brewing Company Czech Style Pilsner
81 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Interesting aromas of fruity honeycomb, sourdough toast, dark homemade potato chips and country potatoes, and vegetable omelet with a supple, lively, effervescent, dryish medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long saltines, grilled veggie lettuce with lemon dressing, radishes, and peppers finish. A very snappy, peppery and earthy Pilsner that will shine at the table, especially fried foods.
Bad Sons Beer Co. Light Rider
80 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of pineapple can, cream of asparagus soup, pool swim suit, and cigarette box with a supple, soft, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an uncommon, breezy hash browns potato skins, lemon custard and pith, grass clipping, and bamboo finish. A pithy citrusy lager for pub grub.
High Hops Brewery The Cold One Lager
80 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of veggie taco with mango-papaya relish, white bread dough toast, and lemon chiffon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length lemon-honey vinaigrette on salad with blue cheese, sourdough toast points, artichoke hearts, and melon rind finish. A savory, earthy session beer.
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. German-style Pils
80 points
Yellow color. Citrusy, savory, sulfurous aromas and flavors of lemongrass relish, hard boiled egg, sappy piney herbs, and tinned pineapple with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long glazed peach pastry, kiwi-lemon salsa, and orange blossom honey on rye finish. A full-throttle fruity lager crusher.
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