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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 2.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Portland Lager™ is a crisp golden, premium lager modeled after the traditional Helles beers of Bavaria. This original recipe follows the German Purity Laws of 1516 and use only the finest water, malt, hops and yeast. Portland Lager™ is handcrafted in small batches and aged to perfection. The result is a quaffable ’micro-lager’ of the highest quality.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
nakedwhendrunk (2138) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2014
I had this well before the brewery closed. This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a decent looking golden yellow color with a fair transparency about it. Light carbonation could be seen rising. One finger white foamy head died within less than a minute. Light lacing. The smell had light sweet malt and light bread. The taste was semi- sweet with delicate breadiness. The palate had some decent sessionable qualities about it. There was a light carbonation about it. Overall, decent Munich Helles Lager.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Bottle. The fizzy white head began to climb out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, not a good sign. Pours a clear light copper body with a small fizzy white head that fell to a thin film. The nose is a little off, sweaty and wet soggy grain with a little bit of a grape soda note and zero hops. The flavor is clearly showing a moderate to heavy level of infection. There’s a slight sour twang up front that leads to a musty spoiled grape soda finish. No hops anywhere to be found. Light bodied with a clingy and sticky finish and fizzy over active carbonation level. What a bummer, I was looking forward to this beer, they clearly have some QC issues that they need to look into. Doesn’t look like I was the first to experience this. Can’t even finish 3 ounces of this bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2151) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
From the 25 fl. oz bottle. The pour is a slightly hazy light amber with a carbonated white fizzy head. The aroma is a bit yeasty at first but there is a pure biscuit malt character up front with a crisp hop note lingering in the background. The body is light. The taste begins like biscuits but quickly evolves into a moderate hop bitterness. A decent premium lager.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1854) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
500ml bottle: This one pours a Slightly hazy golden color. There was quite a bit of a big white head on it that doesn’t linger long or leave any lacing. Lighter aroma to this one, though not bad. Some grainy and grassy notes. Possibly a hint of breadiness and yeastiness also. The taste is not bad. More towards a medium body. Some grains, malts, hint of earthiness and a touch of bitterness. A decent enough lager. Probably not worth the price charged for it, however.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 500mL Bottle, purchased at Ron’s Market - Farmington, ME. I wouldn’t have bought this, if I had seen the ratings beforehand, but having purchased and tried it, I’m really surprised to see the previous ratings so low. I don’t think this is terrible Premium Lager. Light malty aroma. Sweet and lemony. A little corn and a little vinous quality throughout. Crisp and sparkly. A nice clean snappy bitterness picks up the finish. This seems like fine Helles to me. Balanced, clean flavors, and bold enough not to just be a watery corn-laden mess. I’ve got another bottle to revisit, so we’ll see if my opinion changes. If I had to guess, I think the first runs had some kinks and that most raters got poorly handled bottles. 7/3/8/3/16 = 3.7

500mL Bottle, purchased at Bootlegger’s Warehouse - Topsham, ME. Another bottle from a different source proves that there is some variability in condition and possible batches. This was sweet, overcarbonated, and less enticing. The hops were lost to a bit of bubblegum. I still think that there’s some potential, with refinement. 7/3/7/3/14 = 3.4

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2012
On tap at the Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME. Pours a clear, golden colored body with a thin, frothy, off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is slightly bready pale malts with a light floral hopping and lots of honey cereal malts. Flavor is similar. Honey sweetened cereal and pale malts up front with a light breadiness and a light floral hopping. Finishes a bit sweet while drying with a very light bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a light body and a medium-light carbonation. Overall, a pretty basic, slightly honey sweetened pale lager. Not terrible, but far from good.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Part of Blind BIF 6. Thanks to Brez07. Served in a SAVOR wine glass. Pours a clear light golden color with a thin white head and just a touch of lacing. The nose brings forward some sweetness and a bit of a creamed corn character, leading me to think this could be a blonde or a cream ale. A bit of grain and some light hop bitterness through the finish. Could be a less-than-hoppy APA. Quite grainy. Slightly-bitter aftertaste. Light body. Not a huge fan.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Will pour a five+ finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy, pale amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Hay nose, sweet hay and bread flavor. $5.80 for a 500ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
nimbleprop (4880) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 50cl bottle that pours a hazy deep gold with a cloudy white head. Nose is garbage honey, smoke, mint. Flavor is spearmint smoke, wet pine needles, grossness. Thin, smokey finish.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sonnycheeba (3561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours hazy gold with frothy, white head; good retention and some lacing. Aroma is sour malt, squash, and straw. Flavor matches the nose. Light body and warmth with medium carbonation.


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