Free State Wakarusa Lager
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   ABV: -
This crisp, full flavored lager beer starts with pale malt and a blend of dark caramel malts for a full bodied malt character and a deep amber color. Styrian Golding hops balance the sweet malts and add a fabulous aroma. The slow, lager brewing process gives this beer a super clean, crisp flavor.
This beer was fashioned around the Copperhead but it is darker, a bit more full bodied and uses a different hop. Styrian Goldings are a new hop for us, and you may expect to see them again. While cascades are generally described as having a citrusy, grapefruit tang to them, I would be inclined to say that the Styrian Goldings have a citrusy tang that leans more towards an almost lemony character. They have no relation whatsoever to the East Kent Golding hops.
Named after the rich Wakarusa River Valley which passes to the south of Lawrence. The fertile soils of the Wakarusa’s flood plain have yielded incredible bounties of fresh produce over the years. We hope that this beer represents that fresh flavor and quality. O.G. -14.5/1047. Hops - 50 IBUs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (3211) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Free State. Pours a copper color with white head. Clean, grainy, earthy, cereal aromas. Slightly bitter, grainy, earthy, slightly tangy flavors. Not bad lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pint at the brewpub. Comes a golden red with a nice off-white head. Aroma of malt and citrus. Taste is malt, lemon, and grass. Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Shakers at the brewpub. Pours a clear pale copper with a small beige head. Clean, somewhat biscuity malt with a solidly balancing earthy/citrusy hop note. On medium side of light-bodied with a nice soft mouthfeel and a tight bitter finish. Biscuity malt dances with a significant earthy, grassy, and slightly critic hop note and finishing bitterness. This is a really nice beer. Free State makes some of my favorite lagers ever.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Shaker @ the brewpub. The beer is a copper color with a strong sticky head. The head has good retention and rings are formed as I gulp the beer down, akin to the age rings on a tree stump. Aroma has a great bitter, herbal hop aroma. I love it. Its a clean lager with bitter herbal hops; awesome. The slight difference here is a bit of sweetness, just a bit coming off the malt. Flavor has a great bitter herbal hop flavor as well mixed with that light sweetness. Otherwise it is all clean, nothing else coming off the malt.
Bottom line: Just a simple, clean beer with an herbal hop center and a light malt sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
On tap at Free State. Pours a crystal clear, golden-copper colored body with a finger-width, off-white, creamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is malty sweet with a light citrus hopping. Smooth caramels, lemon, earth, straw, and a faint spicing I can’t seem to put my finger on. Flavor has a much more pronounced hop character than the aroma. Sweeter caramels up front before an earthy, straw-like lemony hoppiness comes in. The hops grow into the finish where this dries with a moderate bitterness and a clean, caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste of earthy lemons after a smooth, medium, very clean body. Overall, a solid beer. Fairly simple, but balanced with a good amount of hops and a sweeter, smooth malt body. Very clean and easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
10 oz draft pour at the brewpub. Pour is a clear golden amber with a smallish white head that falls with glass coating lacing. Aroma of not too much, some straw some hay, maybe a touch of earthiness behind that. Taste is mild sweet malt followed quickly by really drying straw mineral hops. Palate has light to medium body with lighter carbonation and the aforementioned dry finish. This was clean and easy to drink, nice, well made, straight forward beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Fruity, hoppy aroma, some citrusy orange and caramel malt sweetness with lighter notes of of mint, spicy hop and apple skin. Medium-dark copper color, clear, with a slight, subsiding head. Fruity and sweet up front, becoming hoppier as the flavor progresses and with lightly spicy, lemony finish. Moderate amount of bitterness throughout. Medium bodied, palate is quite lively. A lager that drinks like an IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit. The aroma and flavor practically hollared this to me. Beautiful deep amber shade, little head. It was "super clean", a little much for me though. The palate belied a slightly wheaty and complex malt character. But this was only after the grapefruit orgy faded to silence.

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