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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (2649) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2015
Split a six pack with my buddy shawn while hanging ta the apartment. normal golden pilsener pour. nose is hops and herbal. tastes bready, some hops, herbal, florals, and cereals. fine crushable brew which is what I was looking for since my buddy is a macro drinker so just wanted to get closer to that line for the hang.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1181) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours a hazy pale yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma is light biscuit malt, grass, citrus, floral hops and yeast spiciness. Flavor is biscuit malt, orange citrus flavors, floral hops, herbal and spicy yeastiness. Nice hoppy pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4017) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Pours bright and translucent golden straw with medium carbonation a thin fast fading white head. Nose is clean malty cereal grain mainly, a tad of the grassy hops show their head. Flavor is similar. Very well done--kinda similar to some of the best Bitburger tallboy cans I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1834) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2015
12oz can. Pours a pale golden with a white head. Lawnmower beer is definitely what this is.Definitely better than most of the macros out there but it’s still a light lager and life is too short to be drinking too much of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4531) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2015
Aroma is grainy/pale malts, mildly earthy and a hint of hops. The flavor is malts/pale malts, mildly spicy hops and a bitter/slightly tart finish. Seemed to be halfway between a pale and a premium/pilsner, it had enough pale qualities to be the best that I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4626) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2015
Location: 12 oz can from Nikki’s Liquors, 4/7/15

Aroma: The nose is grass, spice, and citrus, with some bready notes, and grains
Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color, with a frothy white head, and mid-heavy lacework
Flavor: The spice comes out more in the flavor, citrus and grass are light, clean malt backbone too
Palate: The body is light, but not watery, overly carbonated, but clean otherwise, with a dry finish
Overall Impression: Pretty solid pils. Drinks nicely despite being a little overly carbonated. Good flavor, doesn’t fall off like some in the style. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (4187) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 20, 2015
12 ounce can. Pours a clear pale gold with a decent white head. Aroma of malt, grass, and citrus. Taste is malt, citrus, grass, and spice. Well made. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1354) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2015
The beer pours a slightly hazy yellow with a medium white head that fades to a ring quickly. The aroma blends light malts, a hint of lager yeast, and citrusy and resinous hops, and the taste is mildly bitter and slightly sour with an aftertaste that is light and slightly hoppy. The mouthfeel has an average carbonation, light body, and a slick texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2770) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 15, 2015
can @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Nearly clear light amber with a generous white head that is slow to drop, streaks and stripes of lace. Taste is sweet malt that grows into the palate, adding a good dose of floral hops on the swallow, then becoming sweeter again moving to the finish, finally showing clean hops again deep in the end. A light, but very complex, brew. Recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5549) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2015
pours unclear very pale yellow with a reviving white cap, some lacing. dusty and floral citrus, lean bready pils maltiness - perhaps rice helps, very delicate and subtle aroma, spicy and peppery, white grape fruitiness, white wine, chalk and sulfur. light carbonation, light body - slightly watery; assertive yet balanced grassy-spicy-citrusy finish. not really a hoppy pils - actually is a balanced and delicate yet vibrant pils.

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