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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Brewed in the style of “steam” beers born in 19th-century California, Tarnation is Baxter Brewing’s first lager. American crystal malts provide light toast and caramel notes along with the beer’s rich amber hue, while Munich malt supplies Tarnation’s malty body. The complex malt notes balance the ample bitterness of American Northern Brewer hops (the signature hop for this style) giving the beer great balance. An authentic San Francisco lager yeast ferments the brew, yielding a clean, crisp and satisfying beer. This lager requires several weeks of cold conditioning (“lagering”), but we think it’s worth the wait.


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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (815) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Not bad I guess but there wasn’t a whole lot going on here. Light aromas of corn, caramel and some other chemicals. Looked like any other lighter beer. Flavors once again consisted of corn, caramel, chemicals, dough and bread. Somewhat thin bodied. Dry finish. A good gateway beer for people who normally drink macros.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Draft at Meridian Pint. Clear amber color, huge tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of biscuit and light caramel. Taste is bittersweet toast, clean and simple.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (672) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Can from Saturday beer swap. Thanks, Chris! Pours medium amber with a big off white head. Aroma of wet cereal, a bit of citrus and grass. Taste is sweet and caramel forward with some lemony citrus and a touch of grassy bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, flavor reminds me of Boddington’s.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1545) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Sampled at Julio’s Spring Beer Fest. Pours a clear amber with a white head. Floral hop and crystal malt aroma. Simple flavors, a bit of biscuit, a bit of hop. Medium to light bodied. Clean, dry and crisp, like the commercial description says. Worth a try on a warm day.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HeistAlmighty (1127) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
355ml can. Bit of a letdown on this one. I kinda like the one "steam" style beer that is commonly tried, was looking forward to trying another. Drank from the can, which may have been a mistake. Mostly got thin body, light malt and bitter metallic. Not sure if aluminum or hops....

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BroSpud (1693) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Sampled during Julio’s Spring Beer Fest. Meh, they have a ways to go before Fritz Maytag needs to be concerned.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5332) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Draft at pony bar HK with Linh. Pours a clear amber body with no head. Light white lacing. Aroma is clean and lager-y: notes of sweet malt, cereal and light toast. Mouthfeel is thin. Reminds me of Lionshead.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2014
The beer pours a creamy, very light amber/rich golden color with a silky, off-white head of medium-sized bubbles. In body, the beer is clean and translucent, with just a slight haze from the beer’s rich coloring. Bubbles are a constant fixture within the beer, and punch towards the surface with quite a lot of tenacity, keeping the head rocky at about a fourth of a finger’s width. The head leaves some nice fluffy lacing as it moves down the glass. On the nose, the beer smells of caramel, cream corn, slight cider, herbal hops, and a finish of sweet bread. The cream corn is a little strong in the nose, but not off-putting. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet with a bitter back finish that balances out the beer. There is a little earthiness in the beer, adding slight complexity, but really this is a simple sweet and bitter beer. In flavor, it tastes of cream corn, crackers, soft caramel, and very faint watermelon. These flavors slide into a finish of herbal and grassy bitter hops that blend and mellow the sweetness, leaving a slight metallic twinge on the finish and aftertaste. Again, the DMS seems a little high in the initial sip, though it’s nicely drinkable and inoffensive. As you drink more of the beer, the bitters tend to grow and provide a nice bite that covers up much of the cream corn character. In the mouth, the beer feels light bodied with just a little gelling. The carbonation is fluffy and full, and the mouthfeel is silky (nearly syrupy) with a nice little crispness on the finish. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly wet, but fairly neutral, making it perfect for another sip. From the can I detect little to know change in the drinking experience, aside from the slight metallic bite, which is actually quite pleasant in this particular beer. Overall, the beer is refreshing and simple. The DMS is a little high, but still manageable, and the flavors are all inoffensive. I’d place this a step above the Adjunct Lagers. It’s easy to drink, refreshing, and mild in flavor. Not a bad beer, but not amazing either. A nice, simple (almost) session lager.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hampale (41) - Jaffrey, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2014
It appears that Baxter can brew a very nice Lager as well as their usual Ales. I found this to be a refreshing and tasty alternative to my usual diet of IPA’s and it definitely warrants future purchases.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2014
4 oz. sample@ Amesbury Ale House. Copper color with lasting head retention. Aroma is extremely mild. Hints of mineral water and mashed corn, weak caramel.

Honestly the flavor is a mirror image of the aroma. Corn, mineral water and some caramel malt in the base. Light in body with some lager yeast notes. I think it’s innovative that a New England brewery decided on a style that is not brewed much anymore. So I give a few points for creativity. This works as a nice lawn mower / yard work brew.


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