Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Premium Beer

Tasted Tuesday night following an 8 mile run and to come back to a veggie Harris pizza waiting for me. Thanks to Justin Brooks for leaving these beers for me at Great River, much appreciation for thinking of me and the beer blog!

Appearance: Golden yellow with a pristine and brilliant glow. Entirely clear, with an ever prominent rapidly rising carbonation about it. The head was initially very soapy and white, but no sooner did it completely dissipate into a centralized foamed film accumulation in the center of the glass.
Aroma: Pungent and yeasty - but more so from a lagered beer perspective. Corn and a very floral (flowery) undertone. Minor notes of honey. Basic malt at the nose, and a minuscule hop presence, which may otherwise be completely neutral.
Taste: Foretaste is sweetened with a non-eventful honey-esk flavor, along with a bready two row and pils malt sweetness. Corn appears consistent, along with perhaps other (rice?) sweetening/attenuating sugar adjuncts. The end of the beer is floral and spicy in hopping. Some lemongrass is presence, which is more obviously a product from the hops. Aftertaste is again bready and neutrally sweet, yet spiced with the ever re-occurring lager yeast flavor.
Mouthfeel: Bubbly and crisp. Mouthfeel is light and the body is swift and zesty yet a little heavier than one would expect. The beer bites the tip of the tongue and fades from there-on-out into something creamy and even coating the tongue. The finish is crisp and dry and extremely refreshing.
Overall Impression: I like this beer because it maintains a very balanced character between faint hops and a subtle malt. The finish and the perfect crisp texture make this beer an ideal for summer occasions


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