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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“We’re largely unconscious. You know, we operate half awake or on autopilot and end up, whatever, with a house and family and job and everything else, and we haven’t really stopped to ask ourselves, ‘How did I get here?’.” ~David Byrne

“Didn’t I open this place to get away from these beers…?” ~Phil “Brewdaddy” Bannatyne

Ironically named indeed, as in this case to remain in light would be to perpetuate appreciation of perhaps the most maligned beer style in the craft brewing world, the American Light Lager. Further, its name is an obvious reference to one of the late 20th Century’s greatest albums by Talking Heads. A groundbreaking record, it pushed musical boundaries by blending American punk, funk, and early rap with Afrobeat’s polyrhythms and lyrical inspiration from African literature, improvisation, and the cut-up method developed by Brion Gysin and Gil Wolman. Psychoanalyst Michael A. Brog called its front cover a “disarming image, which suggests both splitting and obliteration of identity” and which introduces the listener to the album’s recurring theme of “identity disturbance.”

Lest you fear the CBC Brew Crew is suffering a similar identity crisis, rest assured that we have full control of our faculties. The simple truth is that these beers are remarkably easy to drink and perfect for enjoying as we ride the cusp of summer-into-autumn weather. Moreso, while light lagers may be easy to create in the purpose-built industrial breweries across the land, they are very challenging to produce on a small-scale system like ours. And we are always up for a challenge.

Remain In Light is brewed with pilsner malt and flaked rice, hopped with Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Hallertauer, and fermented cold and lagered with the famous lager yeast from Augustiner. Bitterness and body are intentionally higher than typically found in those beers made by our macro contemporaries. Clean malty cereal grain sweetness is delicate but noticeable, while spicy herbal hop notes spread across the palate and linger through a bracing bitter finish. Our choice of serving glass, a 12 oz. flute, serves to keep the beer colder while preparing you for the second round. Hold this beer up to the light and ask yourself, “Where does that highway lead to?”

Original Gravity: 1.044
Final Gravity: 1.006
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

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2.4
jflopsu (1800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2017
Pours a clear gold with white head. Has a balanced grain, malt (caramel and fruit), and earthy aroma. A grainy taste with light hops and sweet malts. A dry grain, light bitter hop, and faint sweet malt aftertaste.

3.7
ebone1988 (2122) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Can from Merchants. Aroma is earthy hop, slightly fruity, malty, floral, good. Appearance is straw yellow, clear, off white head. Taste is earthy hop, bitter, clean, slight corn, slight metallic, malty, cereal grain, balanced. Mouthfeel is light body, light crisp carbonation, grainy bitter earthy hop aftertaste. Overall, this may be the best pale lager ever, even if it says hoppy pilsner on the can.

3.1
willisread (3644) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Can from J’s. Pours a clear, pale gold with a finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Lemony nose with grain. Slight peach. Crisp and clean, refreshing on a hot day. Hops faded as it’s a touch old but enjoyable.

3.5
DocLock (11042) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Can from Smith’s. Pours gold with white head. Pale malt, hops, honey in the nose. Tastes of pale malt, floral hops, honey, crisp finish. Solid.

3.2
jrodooo5 (1718) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2017
Dare I say a passable pale lager? Pours gold w/ a big & foamy white head w/ spotty lacing. The aroma is kind of bready & malty. The taste is quite clean but the hop profile shines through moderately which gives the brew some substance. It’s pretty well balanced & overall decent.

4
superspak (6009) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2017
12 ounce can into lager glass, best before 12/24/2016. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/straw color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lemon, cracker, bread dough, biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread dough, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/creamy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a great pale lager! All around great balance and robustness of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful and well balanced; without being too bitter or drying. A very enjoyable offering, and outstanding example of the style.

3.2
Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Best by April 29th. A: Hazy straw colour, 1 finger but rapidly shrinking foam. S: Noble hop like nose with biscuit malt. A bit of fruity tartness. T: Spicy hops, grass, biscuit. hints of a fruity tartness. .apple. Finish is very crisp and long lasting. M: Light body with lively carbonation. O: Darn tasty and very easy to drink.

3.7
bytemesis (9219) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Can. Pours lightly haze golden, large white fluffy head, dissipates slowly with nice retention and lacing. Aroma is grassy, bready, just a hint of corn and citrus. Flavor is light plus sweet, light plus bitter, nice cracker maltiness with grassy hops and a citrus accent. Medium body. Pretty solid drinker. Oh and the reccurrant Talking Heads references are a total bonus IMO>

3.1
fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2016

Can 12fl.oz. @ Craig’s House - Edinburgh.

[ As Cambridge Remain in Light ].
Clear medium yellow color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate hoppy, grass, fruity hops. Flavor is moderate sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average duration, pale malt, grass. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20160319]
6-3-7-3-12

3.2
ferguimara (14) - - NOV 10, 2016
A flat smell but a refreshing taste; this beer has a quick but great overall taste that you can session for a while and learn to love. The taste is true to an IPA and it does not have a lasting bitterness which is awesome.


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