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Free State Governor Robinsons Lager

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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Earlier this year, the Lawrence Sesquicentennial (150th Anniversary) Committee suggested that we might make a beer to commemorate Lawrence's 150th Anniversary, which takes place this fall. The result is Governor Robinson's Lager. Charles Robinson, along with Charles Branson laid out the site for the town of Lawrence in what was then Kansas Territory in 1854. A committed Free Stater, Robinson was a notable leader in the anti-slavery (Free State) movement in territorial Kansas. He was elected Territorial Governor in 1856 under the Free State Constitution. He was later elected and served as Kansas first State Governor in 1861. Robinson also helped to found and served as an early regent of the University of Kansas. He would later imperil his career by opposing the popular prohibition movement in Kansas.
Governor Robinson's Lager is a German Helles style lager. Helles is German for pale. These lagers became popular around the turn of the century in Germany and are marked by a light color, smooth malt flavor and very modest hop character. This beer primarily relies on top quality German Pilsner malt for its flavor and body. American Vanguard hops are used to add a subtle hop bitterness, flavor and aroma. It is a lager style, or bottom fermented beer, which showcases the flavors of the ingredients over the flavors of the yeast.
OG 12.5P/1050 Hops - 20 IBUs

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2004
Draft: Clear, dull lemon. Rocky, off-white whisp bubbles. Hayish pale malt aroma touched with spicy hops and hints of dough, apple, honey, flowers and deep straw wafts. Rounded mouthfeel with sharp carbonation. Lovely balance between the fruity, spicy hops and doughy pale malts. Mineral notes counteract the spicy hops. Lightly yeasty and notably malty core. Finishes very round and well-hopped, yet it has just enough dough and straw flavors to handle the substantial grassy hop smack. While not awe-inspiring, it's plenty good enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Very faint, crackery, almost biscuity malt aroma. Pale golden color, sparklingly clear, with a slight head and lacing to match. Flavor profile is mild as well, with a touch of floral hops, a slight, undefinable sweetness and an with an interesting, grainy twang. Finishes dry and faintly fruity, with am understated amount of bitterness throughout. Light-medium body, with a smooth, palate and low amount of effervesence. Pleasant enough and certainly quaffable but lacking somewhat in character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Full-bodied, extremely malty. An extensive grain bill including a nose of golden, unripe wheat, crisp barley cereal. Warm, subtle aroma of grain and yeast.

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