March 2019 - Lagers, Kolsch, Saison and Wheat Ales

March 2019 - Lagers, Kolsch, Saison and Wheat Ales
This month's Beer feature is Lagers, Kolsch, Saison and Wheat Ales

Lagers, Kolsch, Saison and Wheat Ales Reviews

Brasserie Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux Saison
95 points
Gold color. Interesting aromas of gentian, cucumber, wild lemon, fruitcake, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, charming, medium-long dried mango, grapefruit, bitter orange, and mirepoix finish. A melange of exotic citrus makes this a great saison choice for the cocktail crowd.
Argus Brewery Paschke Pilsner
94 points
Light gold color. Fresh aromas and flavors of lemon cookies, orange blossom, and herb scone with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy finish with accents of pretzel, marmalade, sweet spice, and zucchini bread finish. A refreshingly clean and well hopped pils with an elegant, fresh style.
Damm Brewery Inedit
94 points
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of French toast, orange blossom water, sliced bananas, coriander, vanilla wafer cookies, and champagne cola with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish evoking notes of white grapefruit zest and allspice finish. A well-balanced ale with inviting fruity aromas, interesting spice character, and a dry finish that tastes great on its own or with creamy cheeses and desserts.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Farm Girl Saison
94 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of plantain, orange cream, and fruit cereal with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long plum pastry, orange layer cake, honey, white pepper, marinated mushrooms, and herb scone finish. A vibrant, nuanced Saison that will be an elegant pairing at the table.
RavenBeer Special Lager
94 points
Old gold color. Roasted aromas and flavors of toasted barley, carob, roasted chicory, and cinnamon with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long finish. A solid Vienna lager that penetrates the palate with roasty flavor and persistent yet balanced bitterness.
ABK Hell Das Blaue
93 points
Light gold color. Fresh aroma of dried flowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and an engaging, medium-length creamy tapioca bread, flamed orange, grapefruit, and herb compound butter finish. A clean, balanced, refreshing Helles that hits the nail on the head.
Brasserie Dupont Saison Farmhouse Ale
93 points
Gold color. Aromas of bread dough, clay, mixed citrus wheels, sweet pear, and almond slivers with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, subtle, very long black pepper, watercress, and soufflé finish. An outstanding example of the category; firmly European in style and with loads of complexity.
Dos Desperados Brewery Fugitive Farmhouse Ale
93 points
Old gold color. Aromas of curry, exotic wood, walnut, and eucalyptus with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, very complex, long soy glazed veggies, earth, wildflowers, tomato focaccia, and rosemary finish. A dense, warming special-occasion saison with endless complexity to explore; celebrations call for great friends and this beer.
City Lights Brewing Co. Mexican Lager
92 points
Light gold color. Hoppy aromas of orange oil, coconut, mango, ripe apple, and basil with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length lemon bar, toasted Hawaiian rolls, and dried apricot finish. A bright and well-balanced pale lager with big hops on the nose but an easy-drinking palate with little bitterness.
Indeed Brewing Co. Mexican Honey Imperial Lager
92 points
Brilliant light gold color. Inviting aromas and flavors of Italian loaf, coriander, dried olives, and rustic herbs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, long finish revealing notes of melon sorbet finish. A superbly balanced Imperial Pilsner; both warming and refreshing.
RavenBeer 20th Anniversary Raven Special Lager
92 points
Amber color. Aromas of caramel, roasted fruit, and molasses with a round, effervescent, dryish medium body and an intriguing, crisp coffee syrup, barley tea with cream, and dark toasted crouton finish. An interesting Vienna lager with a distinctive malt profile; lots to explore for the whiskey drinker on a beer night.
RavenBeer Pendulum Pilsner
91 points
Brilliant gold color. Attractive aromas of drop biscuit, herb scone, apple jelly, melon, and citrus custard with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an engaging, medium-long mineral and fresh flatbread finish. A clean, crisp, refreshing, impeccably balanced Pilsner that hits the nail on the head.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Augerta Helles Lager
91 points
Yellow color. Aroma of fresh challah with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and an amusing, medium-long hints of fennel and ginger, wheat cracker, and thyme finish. A superb Helles with creamy carbonation, instantly appealing flavors, and a lengthy, buoyant finish; drink this.
Argus Brewery Cygnus X1 Black Lager
90 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of char roasted espresso beans, bacon, and juniper with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length barley tea and B.L.T. finish. A malty, smoky beer that will be great with pub grub and friends.
Estrella Damm Pale Lager
90 points
Light gold color. Aromas of lemongrass, hay, and toasty cracker with a spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a medium-length roasted sweet corn and orange marmalade on toast finish. A round, satisfying Pale Lager with a nice malty backbone; could be a great standby.
ABK Pils
89 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of lemon tea and fresh pineapple with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a charming, breezy lemon zest, lemon pith, chopped fresh herbs, and fresh baguette finish. A citrusy and refreshing craft Pilsner that will work wonders on a hot day.
Federbräu
89 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of steamed sweet corn, fresh cabbage, rice, and coriander with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, brisk grilled pear and sweet tea finish. An easy drinking lager for the backyard or ballpark.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Holeshot Lager
89 points
Pale copper color. Aromas of ginger-peach tea and scone with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length buckwheat blini, roasted pecan, and dried herbs finish. A toothsome, dry and nicely balanced pale lager built for substantial pairings.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Wheat Beer
89 points
Brilliant yellow color. Aromas and flavors of whipped creme, alpine herbs, sliced banana, and cream of wheat with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, fruity light body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish conveying suggestions of sourdough loaf finish. Fresh, vibrant aromas and pillowy texture; a wheat ale with lots to offer.
Weihenstephan Pilsner
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of orange sherbet, biscotti, and iced tea with a glycerous, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, swift jasmine tea, digestive biscuit, and grasses finish. A soft and fruity pils.
Argus Brewery Argus Lager
88 points
Copper color. Fruity aromas of melon, bergamot, and papaya with a glycerous, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a warming, medium-length pineapple husk and roasted nuts finish. An estery Marzen that offers a fruity/floral take on the style.
Indeed Brewing Co. Zwickelbier
88 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of golden kiwi and steamed veggies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-length endive with blue cheese and wheat cracker finish. A nice Zwickl with an American hop vibe; will be a great beer with food.
Klasyk Lager
88 points
Light gold color. Curious aromas of lemon cake, white tea, nougat, and apple butter with a glycerous, shy, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, candy apple and butterscotch finish. A rock solid European Lager.
Amstel Light Lager
87 points
Golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of corn muffin, dried peach, orange zest, and cream with a soft, spritzy, dry thin body and a seamless, fast corn flakes and lemongrass finish. Refreshingly light lager with a clean snappy finish.
Damm Brewery Keler Pale Lager
87 points
Golden amber color. Funky aroma of cannabis with a silky, bright, fruity light body and a silky, medium-length fresh fruit with honey and whole wheat cracker finish. A fuller-bodied lager with a pleasing finish.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Sesión Cerveza Mexican Style Lager
87 points
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of corn bread, lemon-poppyseed muffin, and asparagus tips with a velvety, effervescent, light body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of endive and soufflé finish. A crisp and refreshing adjunct lager with a sturdy bitter backbone.
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Deviant Behavior Wit
87 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Aromas of freshly baked bread, sweet cream, and Dijon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and an interesting, relaxed water crackers, sliced banana, coriander, and jasmine tea finish. A crushable Witbier with a creamy mouthfeel and friendly style.
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Rebel Faction Farmhouse Ale
87 points
Golden amber color. Sweet, spicy aromas of sticky toffee pudding, clove, sourdough, and marmalade with an oily, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick butterscotch syrup and rice pudding finish. A viscous, malty saison with lots of roasty nuance.
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Dunkel
87 points
Red oak color. Aromas of caramel, bananas flambe, honey butter, sumac, and black beans with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish thin body and a polished, brisk avocado toast and savory pumpkin finish. A light and caramelly weizen dunkel that will be a nice pairing.
Big Boss Brewing Co. Big Boss Lager
86 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of crispy pretzel, melon rind, and toasted sesame with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a cheery golden raisin toast, toasted asiago bagel, and plantain finish. A chewy helles for the table.
Lift Bridge Beer Company 93X Brotherhood Beer
86 points
Golden straw color. Aromas of fresh grain, sautéed asparagus, and minerals with a soft, bright, spritzy, dry light body and a graceful, short crispy croutons finish. A super-solid lager that hits the spot.
Tribes Beer Daylight Kölsch-Style Ale
86 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of celery leaf, toasted baguette, and honeyed apple with a satiny, bright, spritzy, dry light body and a silky, quick nut skins finish. An easy-drinking Kolsch with a nice bitter finish.
Chang Classic Beer
85 points
Straw color. Smoky aromas of egg croissant and rubber cement with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk yellow apple, soft bagel, and cannabis finish. A smooth Pilsner with a creamy mouthfeel.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Premium Lager
85 points
Light gold color. Aroma and flavors of water chestnuts with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of buttered cabbage, Triscuit cracker, almonds, and toffee finish. A funky helles for the table.
The Herkimer Pub & Brewery Handys Lager
85 points
Light gold color. Aromas of tangerine, dried pear and pineapple with a silky, soft, petillant, dry light body and a seamless, brisk citrus pith and honey finish. A hoppy lager with a nice bitter backbone.
Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. Peacemonger
85 points
Light gold color. Aromas of steamed veggies and fresh grain with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry light body and a fast toasty croutons finish. A funky Pilsner for pairing.
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Smoky aromas of barbecue baked beans with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lemon and pear finish. A smoky take on Hefeweizen that will be a fun barbecue brew.
ABK Edel Spezialbier
84 points
Hazy gold color. Attractive aromas of fresh baked southern biscuit and lemon tea with a velvety, soft, dryish light body and a polished, interesting, medium-long graham and soft pretzel finish. An interesting Dortmunder with Hefe-like haze and mild, gulpable style.
Brasserie de Brunehaut Saison
84 points
Cloudy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of sauerkraut, steamed spinach, and lemon spritz with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish manifesting notes of bitter citrus pith finish. A bitter, vegetal brew for the pairing.
Dos Desperados Brewery Blonde Kölsch
84 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of freshly baked bread and tangerine peel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, quick crispy toast points and water chestnuts finish. A light, citrusy kolsch that refreshes.
Dos Desperados Brewery El Hefe Hefeweizen
84 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of spinach, water chestnuts, and banana runts with a soft, petillant, light body and a smooth, momentary water crackers and yogurt finish. A funky Hefe for the table.
Indeed Brewing Co. Mexican Honey Light
84 points
Gold color. Aromas of tomato vine, water chestnuts, and creamed corn with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, short broccoli and steamed cabbage finish. A light, earthy lawnmower beer.
Dos Desperados Brewery Magnifico German Lager
83 points
Yellow color. Aromas of cauliflower, orange peel, apple, and carnation with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, breezy toasted biscuit, orange zest, and butter finish. A refreshing lager with a toothsome texture; savory yet satisfying.
Mr. Weizenheimer Hefeweizen
83 points
Sedimentary light gold color. Aromas and flavors of banana candies, scented candle, and circus peanuts with a soft, bright, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, weird, short finish that shows overtones of banana taffy finish. A creamy and confected Hefe.
Tsingtao Brewing Co. Imported Premium Lager
83 points
Pale golden yellow color. Musty aromas of classic green bottled beer notes with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a seamless, brisk steamed grain finish. Green bottled beer fans may find a refreshing brew here.
Guilded Kölsch
80 points
Bright amber color. Aromas of toasted pumpkin bread, banana, and coriander with a crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length sweet cream and toasted scone finish. A weizen-like brew with a sweet edge.
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