overall
19
96
style
Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Pale Lager
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1790   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bright pale golden; fruity nose; crisp and clean, slightly bitter up front, smooth aftertaste.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Draft at airport bar. Have had this often enough before, but not since I started rating. This is definitely not an American type lager, its color is noticeably darker than that, and will already mark you as someone who knows the difference between horse-p--- and beer. Good taste is there, pleasing beery aroma and even some hop flavor. Above average.


3.8
superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2017
330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/5/2016. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great 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 cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice pale lager. All around nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV; with plenty of clean malt flavors, and solid earthy hop presence. A very enjoyable offering.

2.2
MarcoBasile (427) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2017
[Draft] Pours golden with a creamy white head. Aroma of grain, malt and wheat. Taste is smooth, wheaty, fairly malty and with decent hops.

2.5
yy0pp (1522) - - JUN 22, 2017
Bottle. Clear golden color with white head. Aroma - Grain, malt, corn, Taste - Lightly bitter, light sweetness, floral, grainy, malty.

2.9
Westy1130 (96) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2017
On tap; gold/straw color with light-medium head. Slightly grassy aroma, but fruity as well. pretty good hop/malt balance. Definitely one of the better pale lagers out there.

3.6
gripweed57 (2463) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2017
From old tasting notes. Clear gold color with a large creamy white head. Fruity hop aroma. Bitter hops upfront with a sourdough background. Nice dry hoppy finish and aftertaste. Nicely done.

2.6
Scipio (1084) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2017
Pours a pale, watery yellow with a thin white head. The aroma is pretty weak. Its made up mostly of floral hops, but I do get some grain and lemon as well. The taste has a very light sweetness and is somewhat bitter. Floral hops are still heavier, with bread, mild earthy malts, lemon, and some graininess that comes through more at the end. The aftertaste is lemon and grain, but sadly the grainy flavor here is more potent. Light in body, thin in texture, and average in carbonation. I remember about 15 years ago when I considered this a premium beer. Today, unfortunately, I can’t find anything positive with this one.

1.9
ebone1988 (1926) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2017
Aroma is slightly sweet, slightly funky, earthy hops, corn, a really off-putting sweetness. Appearance is darker golden, white head, clear and bubbly. Taste is corn, slightly fruity, earthy hops, metallic, not good. Mouthfeel is light body, light crisp carbonation, corn and fruity aftertaste. Overall, a 96 by style? They sure set the bar low for this style. It’s not atrocious, but it’s severely lacking in a way that a typical macro does.

2.5
jmgreenuk (9455) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 26, 2017
As Harp Ice Cold, 5%. Tap at Hercules, Belfast. Poured a crystal clear straw colour with a thin long-lasting white head and a few bubbles. The aroma is lager malt, light hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a grainy dry malt hop bitter palate. Medium to light bodied with lively carbonation.

2.5
fellebag (1478) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2017
On tap. White head, clear color. Aroma is wood, leaves, grain. Taste is some sweet of forest.

2.3
Benzai (15611) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2017
Tap @ Slatterys bar. Clear golden color, average sized white head. Smell and taste malts, light grains, light bitterness. Bit dusty as well. Average body and carbonation. Meh, drinkable but boring lager. 


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