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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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Exit 89 Lager began with the water that we use. Our water comes from the North Anna River on the northern border of Hanover County (site of a major Civil War battle between Grant and Lee sorry, history dork!). After filtering our water, the water is very soft and has a mineral content similar to some of the great lager-brewing areas of Europe. We use this water to mash in with four different malts. In the boil kettle, several additions of German Tettnang hops create a modest bitterness, just enough to balance with the malt. This beer is all about balance. For fermentation, we went with a great Czech yeast strain that leaves the beer clean and malty. After fermentation, Exit 89 went through a cold conditioning period (lagering) until, after numerous sampling, we felt it was ready. The beer was then filtered (on a beautiful Saturday afternoon) to remove any yeast that had not yet dropped out naturally.

The result is a beautiful and crisp amber lager (Vienna-style if you must absolutely know the category) from COTU.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2013
on tap-thin offwhite-gold. A-soft med malt-caramel. T-soft citrus/herbal hops, med malt-caramel.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RABinCO (1163) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Draft. Pours amber with a nice white head. Very smooth, flavorful lager. Nice cereal and hop balance. Very easy drinking, inoffensive, ordinary, but in a good way. would love to enjoy a sixer in cans of this in the warm weather.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tia (860) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
Tap @ Taphouse. Dark golden with nice head. Smells just like the warm wort off the last beer we brewed. Light cereal rate, a little sweet, a little sour, a little dry. Fairly crisp.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopTsing (412) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2013
From the tap came a amber brew white head. Floral/fruity aroma. Medium bodied with a malty taste with buttery notes and a hint of raspberry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Growler fill from COTU. Very nice looking clear reddish amber, nice lasting creamy head. Aroma is basically bread. Flavor matches. No real hop flavor, just a bit of balancing bitterness, but this tended a touch sweet. Not bad. Medium bodied.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (4445) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draft at the source. Poured a amber color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was light grassy notes, some citrus character from the hops. Crisp and easy to drink. Largely uneventful otherwise.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Draft at Mekong The lager was a deep amber color with a nice head . The nose detected some roasted malt and breadlike aroma. The lager failed to meet what I have had in other Vienna lagers. The body was medium with average carbonation. The finish was smooth with some sweet malt lingering on the tongue.


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