Our first take on this most popular of modern beer styles. Lager, Munich and Cara malts create the pale colour and classic backbone, while a cavalcade of Germany’s finest Strisselspalt, Herrsbrucker and Hallertau hops deliver a refined bitterness and characteristic herbal hit. True to style we used soft water, a bottom fermenting yeast strain and extended cold maturation to deliver the style’s distinctive subtle depth. A lightness of body and spritzy carbonation make the beer dance on your palate while a big whack of aromatic Bavarian dry hopping gives this bear its ‘claws’…. PROST!
cgarvieuk (12767) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
keg at the bat ... hazy amber ...sofy floral grassy lime nose ... soft soapy sweet oily orange and lime... not me at alll and really dont like smell
McNeillR (867) - SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A weirdly fantastic, everything you’d want from a lager look - freshly clear, constant stream of carbonation bottom to top and this captivating yellow stream where the head is at half mast peeking through from the body. Nose of dewy grass and tickle of herb which gripped firm and fresh until the dregs.
Stippled lemon chew initial tastes, nice big rocks of hop come through as carbonation settles and a really clean and clear mouth-feel. Intriguing white pepper mid-range with pulpy lychee creeping in. Slight chalkiness to the finish, but thick with bitterness that combines to give a moreish linger.
Seems I was the first person to have this after the MTB event so fresh as you’re likely to get. Wrapped in enough hops to hide the ABV well, but a notable premium not to be easily necked. For their first step into lager (and bottom fermenting?) it’s as impressive as anything they’ve cooked up and they’ve not left much room for improvement here if they can keep the hop-combo consistent for the next batch.
Keg, post-MTB, Friends Of Ham, Leeds
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