Baird Suruga Bay Steam Lager

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
5.1% California Common | 2 Ratings | Autumn Seasonal |
The "Steam" style is an unusual one born on the American west coast (notably California) sometime in the mid 19th century. It is unique in that it is fermented with cool-temperature lager yeast but done so at slightly warmer, ale-type temperatures. The sobriquet "Steam" is thought to have stemmed from the fact that this style was served mainly in pubs from casks in which a secondary fermentation had taken place and when tapped released CO2 in a sound reminiscent of steam escaping a high-pressure pipe. This style remains identified with the city of San Francisco even today thanks to Fritz Maytag and his Anchor Brewery's flagship beer "Anchor Steam." Baird Suruga Bay Steam Lager is our Japan interpretation of this wonderful, historical style. Amber-Red in color, like the early fall foliage, this warm-fermented lager is made soft and round by just a touch of yeast-derived sulphur. The flavor is a fruity one reminiscent of figs, raisins and plums. A slight hint of nuttiness serves to enhance the overall impression of complexity. Relatively little hop aroma and the fruity-sweet initial flavor belie the 35 BUs of bitter hop punch that is delivered at the end.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
clear hazy cloudy sparkling

Head
rocky frothy minimal white tan brown
Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
light medium heavy

Bitter
light medium heavy

Sour
light medium heavy

Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
thin oily creamy sticky slick thick

Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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