Wednesday, November 17, 2010

German Lager

Another ale, courtesy of Henry Lapka. Tried after practice completing a 14 mile day. Enjoyed with a collard green fritatta with eggs from the Singh's family farm with a cream garlic onion sauce with thyme, turmeric and black pepper.

Appearance: Golden amber with a two finger frothy, dense white head. Transparency is at its finest, revealing the other side of the room behind in with a distorted vision from the class. Micro bubble carbonation visible if noticed.
Aroma: Semi fruity with a dry yeasty tone to it. A pungent maltiness runs throughout with a sock smell typical of some lagers.
Taste: Quite sweet and indistinctly American beer tasting with a touch of extra biscuit and caramel malt. Breadiness makes it way through the palate complemented with a yeasty crispiness. Hops make the finish slightly dryer but maintaining a resinous taste of Hallertau or Saaz. Develops a citrus/fruitiness by the end of the beer.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing, and like the rest, pretty drinkable. Creamy texture and not sticky whatsoever. Carbonation is at a peak, as it fizzles the top of the mid tongue to finish. Thicker body.
Overall Impression: Yes a definition of German lager, but nothing outstanding. Would I drink it again? Probably just as a retry, but nothing out of exuberance for enjoyment.


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