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October 2018 - Best Fall Lagers

October 2018 - Best Fall Lagers
This month's Beer feature is Best Fall Lagers

Best Fall Lagers Reviews

Vancouver Island Brewing Hermannator Ice Bock
95 points
Dark walnut color. Sweet aromas of chocolate covered toffee, marinated strawberry, dark roasted hazelnut, and cured meats with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long chocolate babka, chocolate malt shake, mint, and maple finish. A rich but never heavy Eisbock with excellent pure flavors; treat yourself.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. 18 P Dark Lager
94 points
Walnut color. Aromas of black Russian cocktail and steamed milk with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a complex, long carob, dark chocolate, espresso bean, charcoal, and charred fruit cake finish. A super roasted lager with a rich body; dry and ultra-appealing.
Vancouver Island Brewing Dominion Dark Lager
94 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of toasted pumpernickel with nutella and apricot jam, cocoa dusted raisin, and Riesen chocolate chew with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a stimulating, long dry-roasted nuts, baking chocolate, and charred root vegetables finish. A very rich and concentrated dark lager that seems closer in style to a stout; dry and appetizing.
Vancouver Island Brewing Victoria Dortmunder Lager
94 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of orange and lemon oils, cauliflower with capers and dill, cedar chips, and dried mango with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-length kale, toast, squash blossoms, and grapefruit rind finish. A balanced hop-forward Dortmunder for the serious lager fan.
COOP Ale Works Okotberfest Märzen Lager
92 points
Dark copper color. Aromas of roast peach and freshly baked Italian loaf with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long thyme and sage stuffing, grass clippings, red apple, roasty malt, and Demi-Glace finish. An excellent Märzen with great malty flavor to complement autumn.
Ahnapee Brewery Oktoberfest
90 points
Amber color. Attractive aromas of flint, dried pineapple, roasted pear, and honeycomb with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, involved, medium-long apricot, crisp bread, whipped roasted veggie spread, and fresh malt finish. A frothy, nuanced Märzen to love this autumn.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. 12 P Dark Lager
90 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of steamed milk, balsamic dressed endive, and malted milk ball with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, bone-dry light body and a polished, appealing, medium-length dark chocolate covered espresso bean, cigar smoke, and leather patina finish. A very dry, chewy, table-friendly dark lager that hits all the notes; very, very drinkable.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Dorfbier
89 points
Red oak color. Aromas of fresh paint, bitter orange peel, cola, cinnamon, allspice, and lime peel with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a medium-length boiled peanuts, creamed corn, and toasted pumpernickel finish. A roasty lager for the table.
Vancouver Island Brewing Juan De Fuca Cervesa Lager
89 points
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas of fresh raw corn, underripe apricot, green tea, and breakfast soufflé with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length lemon zest, oyster cracker, poppyseed, hint of roasted nuts, and bamboo finish. A balanced, refreshing lager with an underlying hop presence and roasty nuance.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium Lager
88 points
Clear brilliant gold color. Fruity aromas of coconut pineapple, pound cake, fresh kale, and dried thyme with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk asparagus tips, creamed greens, orange peel, cracked pepper, and parsley finish. A peppery, savory yet tropical lager that will pair nicely.
Heineken Premium Light Lager
88 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon drop candies, lemon-poppyseed muffin, red apple, marijuana, and cream of wheat with a lean, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a smooth, fast English peas and kiwi finish. A nice ballpark beer; easy-drinking and light.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Chinese Date Flavored Lager
88 points
Reddish mahogany color. Creamy, confected aromas of sweet almond cake, mocha latte, gingerbread pudding, molasses, sticky toffee pudding, and peanut brittle with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length charcoal, char grilled veggies, and caramelized acorn squash finish. A pleasant fruity-spicy beer made in a drier, sessionable style.
Vancouver Island Brewing Islander Lager
88 points
Minutely hazy yellow color. Aromas of labnah, matzo, and oven roasted potato with a creamy, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a graceful, medium-length crisp celery, fresh parsley, water chestnut, and fresh grain finish. A nice sudsy lager with a pleasant hop presence.
ABK Schwarz Black Lager
87 points
Pale mahogany color. Aromas of chocolate covered dried cassis with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity thin body and a smooth, relaxed carob cookie and glazed sweet potato finish. An easy-drinking black beer with a light-on-its-feet style.
Ahnapee Brewery Long Goodbye Helles Lager
85 points
Pale yellow color. Aromas of ripe banana and soft white bread with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, amusing, medium-length sliced bananas on water cracker, fresh croissant, black pepper, popovers with honey butter, and lemon curd finish. A round and creamy helles for a midday escape.
Damm Brewery Voll-Damm Doble Malta Märzen
85 points
Amber color. Boozy aromas and flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, banana fondant, floral syrup, and crispbread with sprouts with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a hot, interesting, breezy chamomile, honeydew, and charred nuts finish. A very boozy, malty Märzen that drinks like a Maibock.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza Negra Dark Lager
85 points
Light dull mahogany color. Sweet aromas of flint, red apple, dried figs and pineapple, curry, and malted milk ball with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, cheery wilted spinach, fresh green beans, and orange sauce finish. An easy-drinking lager with a savory backbone.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager
85 points
Yellow straw color. Vegetal aromas of tropical cooler with coconut, asparagus tips, cabbage, rising dough, and tinned navy beans with a round, bright, effervescent, dryish light body and an even, breezy steamed peas and carrots, bechamel, and lemony grits finish. A funky lager with savory appeal.
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Oachkatzlschwoaf
83 points
Amber color. Aromas of grilled grapefruit, rhubarb, black pepper, and tobacco with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, intriguing, carefree Thai papaya salad with peanuts finish. A peppery, food-friendly Märzen for the season.
Blue Pants Brewery Oktoberfest Lager
81 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of peanut butter cookies, creamed corn, and candy corn with a lean, soft, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a silky, breezy lemon curd, peanut butter on crumpets, gomae salad, and baby aspirin finish. A nutty, savory lager.
Pearl Street Brewery Lederhosen Lager
80 points
Deep amber color. Vegetal aromas of asparagus tips, creamed corn, pickled white asparagus, and tomato paste with a soft, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, brisk caramelized endive finish. A vegetal brew for emergency sessions.
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