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Baird Brewmaster’s Blunder Rye Lager

Baird Brewmaster’s Blunder Rye Lager
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Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Specialty Grain
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Rye malt adds a wonderful peppery bite to the flavor of a beer. Unfortunately, it is wickedly difficult to process in the brewhouse. Brewmaster’s Blunder was our first attempt at brewing with rye malt. I stuck the glutonous mash, abandoned the lauter in midstream and lost major kettle volume. The resulting original gravity, and hence alcohol content, was higher than planned. Nonetheless, we saw this problemmatic brew through to packaging and then lagered it for one year. The delicious result of this mistake we are now sharing with you. Don’t ask us to replicate it because I am sure we can’t! Brewmaster’s Blunder Rye Lager is available only on draught at Baird Beer retailing pubs and restaurants in Japan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2009
Golden copper. Crisp sweet malt, strong honey, light pepery aroma. Flavor is all right. Honey filled, light spice, some maltiness. Finish is sweet and peppery. A decent lage but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Popeye. Clear amber - white head. Fruity, orange, hoppy, grassy, soapy, rye, toasted, white bread, grape fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5047) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2009
Light amber brown color. Very tempting nose of rye upfront and then subtle hints of grapefruit in the background. Med-Full bodied. Perfectly balanced. Hoppy start leads to a solid rye backbone with delicious spiciness that resonates throughout the mouth. A touch sweet. Rye notes continue through the finish. Excellent.

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