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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of toast, rice, earth, light grass. Taste of the same, the rice was prominent. Uninteresting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (1866) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
12 oz can. Undated. Light pale color with a weak head. Rather ordinary but veering off in the use of citrus -tinged hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsandman (305) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours a clear light straw gold with nice fading white head. Aroma is straw, grass, bread, faint floral hop. Flavor is light pale malt, pils hop, light sweet, finishes light bitter with a floral hop spice. Light body, lively carbonation. Pretty darn decent for a light American lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
12 oz. can from Berkeley Bowl West. It pours a clear light golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is decidedly grassy with some fresh mown grains, lemongrass and light florals. Some subtle grainy sweetness. The flavor is floral hops with some lemongrass and perfect amount of pale, grainy maltiness. Very crisp, dry and super clean. Medium, neutral bitterness in the finish. A truly fine American Pils.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkgrenwel (569) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Pale clear straw color. Full white head with varying size bubbles. Aroma is dough, hay and creamed corn. Flavor is much better. Clean and moderately dry with a bitter finish. Grain and white grapes. Pretty simple but balanced and enough hop bitterness to keep it refreshing. Good pale lager, but doesn't transcend the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4395) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head with little retention recedes to nothing. Sourdough and cracker aromas. Sweet caramel and sourdough front to back. Dry, abrupt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2184) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Pours a pale golden color with nice clarity and a finger of white fizzy foam. Nose is crisp and inviting with spicy cracker malts, stale grass, citrus peel. Palate is a bit more lively than expected. Big bright spicy yeast character mingles with the grassy earth hop qualities but the nice cracker malt backbone gets somewhat lost in the mix. Great session beer with lots of flavor but not my favorite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (866) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Tap at brewery. Light yellow pour. Citrus, floral, bread. Light body with wheat-like sweet finish. Very light finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 17, 2014
On draught at the brewery a number of times and most recently at Lord Hobo 1/16/14
Brilliant maize colored beer shows a high clarity and well-retained, plentiful white head.
Saazy nose, is dusty, with dried grass, light bits of pepper and beautiful notes of spicy, succulent hallertauer. Moderate strength to the aroma, with light white bread and honeyed maltiness.
Tons of hops up front; herbal, grassy and very pungent. The bitterness washes over the palate via the brisk carbonation and only on the clean finish do the goldings emerge, mixing with the soft, but somewhat deep, doughy/honeyish malts. The goldings evoke notes of Orval for me and make it that much more enjoyable.
I’ve kind of grown a little tired of the bone-dry session hop ales lately, be it Belgian or American or otherwise. While the lack of malt certainly lends to a light, refreshing beer, the hops are, well, still hops and even if they are lower alpha varietals, they definitely begin to fatigue the palate when there is no malt to soften them. Here, there is a perfect amount of maltiness, and it works wonders. Have had a few diacetyl notes in some of the beers, but that seems to happen sometimes when you don’t have all winter to age these things on the yeast, which even then is no guarantee. Yada yada yada, wish I could drink this beer every day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Clear, light yellow with white lacing. Musky, floral aroma; flavors of lemon peel, basement and yeast with a very light metallic overtone. Solid for the style.

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