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Brewed by Williams Brothers (Heather Ales)
Style: Premium Lager
Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland
Serve in Lager glass

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
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Bottle: Filtered; Cask: Special - 2009.
"Premium Scottish Lager"
A "gathering" of ingredients from around the world: Hops from the Czech Republic, and the U.S., Belgian pilsener malt, German yeast, and Scottish water take their own good time to combine and produce a delicious, crisp, citrusy lager.


2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2012
Very pale golden body with a small, frothy, white, very short-lived head that leaves some lacing. Faint aroma that is very sweet and not that pleasant. Pale malts, cereals and... eh... sweetness. Moderate sweet taste with a light bitter finish. Quite faint flavours, but at least they are more pleasant than the aroma. In addition to the sweet malty parts there are some fruity notes. But where are the U.S. hops? Light to medium body and a very generous carbonation. Boring stuff, there’s nothing premium about this lager.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 3 months before BB date, from Jacobs på Holtet, Oslo]

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (405) - SCOTLAND - MAY 27, 2012
A nice fizzy, refreshing lager. A mild, sweet taste and although it’s reasonably strong it doesn’t taste like it so it’s very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
foxo82 (673) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle from Booths, Windermere. Pours a clear amber with minimal head. Plenty of carbonation visible. Aroma is brown sugar and Marmite. Taste is surprisingly bitter and intense for the style with ginger, grapefruit and enough strong, bitter hops to make me believe this is the bizarre lovechild of a lager and a bitter. Long, dry finish. Mouthfeel is rough and fizzy which lets the fine flavour down a little. Honestly I don’t understand the predominantly poor ratings - this is unlike any lager I’ve had recently and with enough aroma and flavour to keep it interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before Dec 2010, poured into a huge ’Judas’ glass (I don’t own a lager glass) on December 10th 2010. The brew is a deep golden/amber hue, a lot darker than most lagers/pilsners/Dorts/etc. The aroma was of grains, but grains soaked in caramel and light molasses. A wee hint of citrus within the smells also. This is one of the best Lagers I’ve come across, flavoursome, hearty and interesting. Fairly sweet in the taste, but full bodied also, something rarely said about this style (or any lager based brew, by me at least). My sweet tooth might help to explain my high scores, but this is well worth finding and trying, trust me!

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
craftycarl21 (2201) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2012
Cask at Churchkey. Very light straw colored pour. Strange husky bite to this beer, with bready grain and a touch of grassy hops. Ehhhh.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 On keg at Cloisters. Pours a blonde colour with a thin white head. Aroma of musty honey, yeast and caramel. Similar flavours and just a little sweet. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel (5,2,5,3, 14). Also had this unfiltered on draught at The Holyrood 9A. Poured a very pale straw colour with a fair white head. Aroma of bready yeast, caramel and grassy hops. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel. Very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tombyars (1328) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2012
Tasted this in the Last Post, Paisley (JDW) in September 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear pale amber in colour with a thin white head. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth oak vanilla note in the aroma. Pale malt complex gives sweet fruit notes of mango and lychees. Hops impart a floral bitter flavour in the short aftertaste. Slight sweet edge returns to the finish. An excellent session ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kavu (2064) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Pours pale golden with a very low head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy malts. Flavor is malts with some fruits and hops. Pretty nice lager.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBaboon (1516) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2012
Golden yellow. Aroma of malt, straw and grass. Flavour of malt, citrus and grass.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jamestulloch (1223) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 6, 2012
Aroma: Inoffensive, clean.

Appearance: Light golden, clear body. Mild carbonation. Tiny head which soon dissipates.

Taste: Not as crisp as I had hoped. Quite bland actually. Would benefit from additional hops and carbonation.

Palate: Thin, watery body. Light mouthfeel. Very little alcohol flavour on the finish.

Overall: Not a bad lager, but certainly not a great one. Too flat, too flabby.


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