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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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“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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4207) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours a soft straw blonde with two fingers of foamy white head. Nose is grassy with a lightly floral note, citrus rind, and a touch metallic. Crisp with a light and modest bitterness. Bready malt backing with a dry hoppy finish. Citrusy notes and a lightly grassy quality. Moderate sweetness. Lean bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Single can from Julio’s. Pours out a light, slightly hazy greenish golden color. Aroma and flavors of biscuit malts and grass, with more bitterness than you will typically find in a light lager. Interesting, but I would not go out of my way for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1621) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Can. Aroma: Hops are more lemony than grassy, malts are lightly crackery and mostly dry in the nose. Appearance: Mostly still gold with a foamy white head that settles into a healthy skin. Flavor: Moderate lemon and light cracker up front leads to a mostly dry, semi bitter grassy finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, lightly bitter finish. Overall: Prima Pils light; a very agreeable beer that will likely satisfy your Pils craving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4340) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2015
12 ounce can. Pours a really clean yellow pale color. Floral in nose. Slight sweet and floral. Good balance. Lightly hopped. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (2152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Can 355ml. Pours very clear yellow with high white head. Aroma is of lager action, pils malt, grain. Taste is of lager action, grain, bitterness. Palate: Light body. High carbonation. Overall: Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (576) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2015
A good pale lager. Pretty descent aroma and pours a really nice golden yellow. Liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1662) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
Thanks to tom10101 and czar for the beer run and resulting ticks! Pours an ultra clear light golden with a small white head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of light cereals, herbs and just light overall and not aggressive. Taste is slightly fruity and lightly bitter, bone dry. Body is light and carbonation medium-high. Overall a nice adjunct lager, light and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3269) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
Can (12 oz) bought @ Winooski Beverage Warehouse.

Appearance: Clear bright pale yellow/golden with a medium easy to revive white head and some lacing.

Aroma: Herbal presence, pils malt, light citrus and fresh cereals.

Taste: Herbal notes, light sweetness, light citrus, fresh cereals and light bitterness.

Palate: Light body. Medium carbonation. Clean. Crisp. Mild herbal finish.

Overall: Good gateway beer for macrobrewery beer drinkers. Mild, but crisp, clean and super easy drinkable. Hoppy, but not too much for the light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 3, 2015
12oz can. Clear pale straw body topped by rocky large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, spicy/grass, some lemon/grapefruit, cereal/bread. Taste is moderately sweet, lemon/spicy, light cereal. Light body, slightly watery, easy drinking.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crossovert (8347) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2015
355ml can. Pale pour, No hop aroma, just grainy. Flavor is thick with noble hops, liek noble hop water, bit of a bread characteristic, no diacetyl, biscuity. Drinking a free sample courtesy of my roommate who works for the distro but apparently this is 55 bucks a case, what a rip.

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