Hmm. You take away the pepper-lime from the previously reviewed Dead Frog beer … and you find a lager as naked as is the clear bottle. It pours a very light straw, almost like a light overfiltered apple juice. The thing is — and it’s not a good thing-is — it has more in common with thin apple cider than a good lager. Indeed, the first taste ushers in a very underwhelming level of carbonation that verges on “low” (the light head disappears faster than you can drink it). And, like a bad apple cider, it trades sweetness for flavour and is all about the weak, watery ending. For those that like a light beer that won’t fill you up, but don’t want to drink “light beer,” well, you’ve probably found you soulmate in this beer. For me, well, it’s got an interesting upfront taste that disappears into a thin nothingness before you’re even begun contemplating a second date with it.
Up front, there is some nice grassiness and some decent yeast which is what beer afficiandos liken to “tasting like bread” … and this is back up with the telltale lager hops. Overall, though, I’d say the flavours are “off” and that the hops lack depth, structure, or even a well-roundedness, so even though the beer is “sweet” throughout, it nevertheless carries with it a bit of a sourness which might leave it refreshing, yes, but which also exacerbates the wateriness of the beer.
Overall, can’t say I hate this beer, but as I foray into some lagers, this is an unimpressive example I have to say. Having said that, the sweetness and structure (or lack thereof) actually works very well with my white chili (recipe here) … a good save indeed.
Stats: Lager. 5% ABV. Aldergrove, BC.
Colour: Light gold, like a thin apple juice.
Mouth Feel: Low carbonation, watery.
Purchased: Beer Store
Pairings: White Chili
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