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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcos (1747) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle split with Dave this summer. Light hop taste, lightly lagery. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bif (1800) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a pale straw color with a head that fades quickly. Aroma of citrus, herbs and grass. Taste of citrus, grass and floral. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, smooth but also light on flavor. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beertholomeus (1367) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Pours a pale straw color with a white head. Grass, grain, floral and light hop aroma. Grass, grain, light hop, lemon and floral flavors. Light body and average carbonation. Grass and grain finish. Pretty clean and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (5232) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Pale golden coloured body with a slightly straw tint and a large, very soapy white head. Aroma of grass, light malt and some cardboard - not much here. Light-bodied; Strong lemons and pale malt dominate with almost nothing else to show aside from a few passing touches of hops. Aftertaste is watery and bland with a little lemons and sugar, like a shandy, but nothing else. Overall, a pretty poor offering, and not really worth getting, unless you really want a ’pale lager’ to compare to your bud light. I sampled this twelve ounce can purchased from Knightly Spirits (Orange Blossom Trail) in Orlando, Florida on 01-October-2015 for US$2,50 sampled in my hotel room in Clearwater Beach, Florida on 03-October-2015.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalumeaux (607) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Poured from can clear gold with a thin white ring. Aromas of lemon herb and malt. Taste is slightly malty bitter hoppy and effervescent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christpuncher (2280) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2015
One of the better hoppy pilsners I have had. Not too malty or sweet. More like a hoppy pale. Pours light yellow with a white head. Had a Geneva national.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - SEP 15, 2015
Can sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks troubles. Clear bright gold with a white ring. Lightly hoppy, a little leafy aroma, lightly bitter, slightly hoppy and malty taste. Light body, mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Can shared with Mom at Shades of Green. Super refreshing after a hot day of WDW touring. Good lager crispness and yeast plus a little hop kick. Great for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4478) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2015
The Sampler, Brooklyn can: pours hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma is grassy, grainy, pale malts.and bread. Taste is nicely hoppy and a bit bitter. Nice body. Very smooth. Moat good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (2425) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2015
at a tasting, thanks, small bubbly head, a touch hazy yellow color, aroma of lemon and orange with some herbs and a malty honey hint, candy fruity flavor, with some herbal bitterness. Fair and drinkable.

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