obguthr (5414) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lemongrass and honey nose. Shimmering golden, thin head. Lemongrass and honey, malt and grass on the back end. Light body, moderate carbonation. Tastes similar to its German counterparts.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2016
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle poured a hazy yellow with a small lasting white head. Aromas of bread and yeast. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, yeast and light fruitiness with a smooth dry finish.
ChadPolenz (1623) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sometimes you absolutely can judge a beer by its label. When I saw Native Lager on the store shelf I had a feeling it was going to be pretty boring since the label says nothing about the beer and it has such a generic name. The brewery’s website goes into a little more detail about it being an all-German malt, hop and yeast brew. Still, this is much better than the average macro lager as it’s fairly clean tasting and inoffensive all around. So much more could be done, though.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It was bottled on 8/12/15 and cost $2.29 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Lovely golden/orange hue with near complete clarity. Carbonation is constantly visible. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Mild nose to be sure, almost odorless. A familiar lager scent with some maltiness.
Taste: There are a lot of niche-style lagers that have been brewed for literally centuries. And though this beer is brewed with everything German, there’s nothing about it that makes it seem as such. From the first sip to the last drop I taste mostly standard American-style pale lager. I will say it has a bit more malt character than others of the general style, but there’s nothing about it that really pops. Hops seem quite muted as well, though the bottle is relatively old after all. Thankfully, there’s no glaring flaws like diacetyl or acetaldehyde. I will say the palette becomes a little sweeter the more I drink; and I can honest give this beer a thumbs up because of that.
Drinkability: Native Brewing’s website for some strange reason exclaims that Native Lager has zero aftertaste. I’m not sure that’s an ideal selling point; nor do I find it to be true. There is a bit of a lingering lager flavor on the tongue, though it’s mild and easily overlooked. The mouthfeel is fairly light in body, but not paper thin. Effervescent at first, but calms down quickly. I’m not sure I’d call it refreshing, per se. At 5% ABV, this is arguably sessionable, though I’d want a little more flavor to attempt that. Also, this beer would be benefited greatly by cans rather than bottles.
Hammy78 (957) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear and very active straw yellow, huge white head, a little lacing left behind. Nose is a little bitter, but mainly malty. Nose is typical for style. Not really my fav kind of brew to drink. Okay, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy again.
Malaclemys (457) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours gold with white head. Aroma is DMS, sweet light herb. Taste is DMS light watery, light herb. Light body with sweet finish.
PorterPounder (7052) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Whole Foods - 12 oz bottle - could swear I have rated this before. Sparkling, medium golden pour, soft, silky snow, white head, very light lacing. Aroma has some peppery accents, a touch of corn. Malt oriented flavor with some crisp yeasty notes, a touch of honey sweetness, brief nuttiness. Mouthfeel has a decent crispness to it.
Earlier Rating: 3/22/2007 Total Score: 2.3
Rerate Too yeasty this time around. Aroma reminds me somewhat of an aquarium that needs a cleaning. Original 2.8 Ft. Myers, Fl. - Total Wines - 12 oz bottle. Medium golden pour with a thickish white head that leaves good lacing. No apparent aroma - perhaps a hint of fresh lake water. Some buttery notes and back end grassiness. Decently thick mouthfeel for the style. Pleasantly surprised.
Tmoney99 (13155) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured clear pale color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Light balanced aroma. Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Balanced flavor with a sweet finish of short to moderate duration.
Earlier Rating: 5/6/2012 Total Score: 2.7
Draft. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium balancecd aroma. Light to medium body with a thin smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration. Soft beer.
burg326 (5250) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a yellowish color with aromas of bread, light malt, and a touch of hay. Flavors are bread, and light malt. Ok overall, but not very flavorful.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2011 Total Score: 2.4
12 ounce bottle that pours a light yellow color with aromas of grass, lemon, and some hay. Flavor is a weak showing of the aromas, ok swill beer.
labattslover74 (72) - Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden amber with a fast dissipating head. Aroma is malty with slightly earthly tones. Taste is malt with a slight bit of somewhat of a earthy taste. Goes down smooth with a slight sour after taste, but definitely has enough going on to make you want another. Not bad, I would have this one again. Hey what can I say, I live in FL!!
kevdwiz (7) - - MAY 3, 2014 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer isn’t as bad as the reviwes indicate. It is not a superb lager mainly because its not what you’re expecting. A golden pour and lighter tasting lager. A citrus grass flavor with a ever so slight metallic hint. Very refreshing on a hot day