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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
“We’re largely unconscious. You know, we operate half awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else, and we haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?’.” ~David Byrne

“Didn’t I open this place to get away from these beers…?” ~Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne

Ironically named indeed, as in this case to remain in light would be to perpetuate appreciation of perhaps the most maligned beer style in the craft brewing world, the American Light Lager. Further, its name is an obvious reference to one of the late 20th Century’s greatest albums by Talking Heads. A groundbreaking record, it pushed musical boundaries by blending American punk, funk, and early rap with Afrobeat’s polyrhythms and lyrical inspiration from African literature, improvisation, and the cut-up method developed by Brion Gysin and Gil Wolman. Psychoanalyst Michael A. Brog called its front cover a “disarming image, which suggests both splitting and obliteration of identity” and which introduces the listener to the album’s recurring theme of “identity disturbance.”

Lest you fear the CBC Brew Crew is suffering a similar identity crisis, rest assured that we have full control of our faculties. The simple truth is that these beers are remarkably easy to drink and perfect for enjoying as we ride the cusp of summer-into-autumn weather. Moreso, while light lagers may be easy to create in the purpose-built industrial breweries across the land, they are very challenging to produce on a small-scale system like ours. And we are always up for a challenge.

Remain In Light is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked rice, hopped with Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Hallertauer, and fermented cold and lagered with the famous lager yeast from Augustiner. Bitterness and body are intentionally higher than typically found in those beers made by our macro contemporaries. Clean malty cereal grain sweetness is delicate but noticeable, while spicy herbal hop notes spread across the palate and linger through a bracing bitter finish. Our choice of serving glass, a 12 oz. flute, serves to keep the beer colder while preparing you for the second round. Hold this beer up to the light and ask yourself, “Where does that highway lead to?”

Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.006
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5048) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2016
can. Straw with one finger head. Light body, grass and mild grain. A little hoppy bite. Really clean lager -- Would be a great beer to bring a sixer of to a party. This seems super un-objectionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TAR (2671) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2016
Can, best by 9/5/16: Hazy yellow. Quick and sloppy white foam forms a wispy halo. Soapy aroma, with notes of doughy yeast, lemon, DMS, wet paper, wax, applesauce. Graceless carbonation. Initially sweet with a lemon candy hoppiness trailed by relatively weighty maltiness which worsens as it takes on a white bread and wet paper dimension. Poor definition and minimal vividness to the excessively starchy grain. Quite soapy and muddled as well, with doughy yeast and DMS adding to the messy assortment of flavors. A waxiness akin to candy corn finds its way into the mix. Ongoing soapiness clashes with old grass clippings in the wet finish, which is further plagued by applesauce and Red Delicious apples. My first question is: where’s the snappiness? If this is lagered, it’s hard to tell. It’s just a fuzzy and underattenuated mess of DMS and starchy malt. A very defective, misguided and unpleasant brew. Another lackluster offering from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3722) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAY 9, 2016
This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a nice looking clear yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Thin messy lacing shows some light rings of lacing. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace. The smell started off with some sweet citrus hops, then some grassy hops slide in underneath and then combine with a light biscuity maltiness. The taste was basically the same with a light wet citrus to grassy to biscuity aftertaste. Smooth sweet, semi-crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a mighty fine sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light. Light pilsener - like stickiness slides across my tongue. Overall, this was a pretty good semi-hoppy pilsener. At least for me, I’d have again. And would love to have with some brats, bring on Suummer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1313) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden color with a small white head. The aroma is similar to iced tea. A nice smooth taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 22, 2016
Can (thanks TBone). Yellowish golden colour, small white head. Aroma is grainy, herbal, some mild rubbery and chunkiness. Flavour is fruity, wooden, herbal grassy and quite pleasant. Very drinkable and fresh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 22, 2016
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Can 355ml (from Florida). A bit hazy yellow color, small white head. Fruity, a bit grainy aroma. Light-bodied to medium-bodied. Grainy, a bit buttery flavor. Grassy and very herbal hoppyness. Certainly tastes like a pale lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2016
12 oz can pours golden with a white head. aroma of floral, caramel and grass. Taste is citrus, grain, grass and a hint of fruit

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hiledd (79) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Grassy and floral aroma, slight hazy yellow color, medium body with crisp bubbles, lemon, grapefruit, and pine flavor great summer beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (9448) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can at Craigs 2016 alldayer. Pours clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Aromas of corn and green beans. Taste is thin, watery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Can at craig’s. Pours pale golden, nose is floral, light fruit, taste is sweet, dry, fruity.

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