Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager, 5.4% ABV is a local Charlotte, North Carolina brewed tropical Helles Lager. It is brewed with Strata Hops. This is a battering hop that brings tropical fruity flavors to a beer. This Helles Lager pours a golden color that is clean and has a one and half finger white head. The head has good retention and is slow to dissipate. The aroma is fruity with pineapple, mango, and some passionfruit. There is bitterness on the nose as well. The flavor is tropical with pineapple and mango with low bitter notes. The mouthfeel is light and this Helles finishes with a bit of bittersweet tropical crisp notes. The aftertaste is crisp with some fruitiness. Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager is an interesting Helles Lager that does deliver a tropical flavor to your taste buds. I give it a B+. It’s not an explosion of tropical fruit flavors, but they are a bit subtle. It goes down easy with a crisp flavor. I do recommend trying Birdsong Brewing Co. Good As Helles Lager. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Burial Beer & Fair State Brewing Cooperative Dark Bohemian Lager, 4.2% is a collaboration between the two breweries and is a one-off beer. Bohemian hops are used in this dark lager. Now dark lagers are just lagers brewed with some kind of dark malts. This one pours a deep black color with a cream semi off-white two and a half slow fading sticky head. The aroma is creamy roasted sweetness with light coffee notes. It doesn’t have an aroma like a big beer. The taste is creamy sweet, malty, roasted, and you get a little coffee flavor with a light mouthfeel. This dark Bohemian lager finishes smooth with some roasted malts and a sweetness that does carry over to the aftertaste faintest of bitter notes. This Burial Beer & Fair State Brewing Cooperative Dark Bohemian Lager reminded me of how I like a dark lager. It was really good as is the major majority of Burial Beers. I think it is well-deserving of an A+. It is well brewed with exceptional flavor that you should try for yourself. Please be kind out there, stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Locally brewed here in Charlotte, North Carolina Triple C Brewing Co. Neon Signs American Lager, 5.7% ABV purchased from JJ’s Red Hots (a great hotdog/sausage restaurant). Neon Signs pours a nice golden yellow color with a two and a half slow fading white pillowy head. The aroma coming off this American Lager is semi-sweet with nice malted biscuit and light citrus notes. Neon signs have that great lager aroma that did make me thirsty for a sip. I took that sip, and I got some semi-sweet notes of citrus, malts, and bread/biscuits with a very faint bitter note that is almost like it’s not there. The mouthfeel is light, and Neon Signs finish with a refreshing light sweetness and carries that light sweetness into the aftertaste along with a bit of maltiness. Triple C Brewing Co. Neon Signs American Lager is a tasty Lager, an A. If you ever come across this Lager beer, you will not be disappointed. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery Mecktoberfest Märzen Lager, 5.4% ABV is from one of the oldest brewers here in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a Gold European Beer Star winner. Mecktoberfest pours a lighter copper orange color with one and a half white finger head with a steady fade to it. The aroma is semi sweet with a bit of malt and faint bread note. Now the flavor is wha t you’d expect from an Octoberfest beer with nice light sweet malt led notes with a nice lager flavor. Mecktoberfest finishes crisp with a hint of malt and some lager and it has a nice light sweet lager after taste all with a medium mouthfeel. This is only available during the end of September and all throughout October. It’s a good solid Octoberfest beer that I give an A. It is one that is really worth trying. It is not to heavy with any one flavor or heavy over all. I always in enjoy a good Olde Mecklenburg Brewery beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
I purchased Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager 6.0% ABV from The Butcher’s Market not far from me here in South Charlotte, NC. Moselle is brewed in Portland, Maine by Allagash Brewing Co. circa 1999 with Northern Brewer, Hallertau hops, Pilsner malt, Vienna Malt, Munich Malt, local oats, Lager and Saison yeast. Moselle pours golden with a two finger stead fading white head that leaves behind bare minimum of lacing behind. The aroma is complex for a lager with a slightly funky tropical aroma with a nice tropical taste with faint yeasty breaded notes some sweetness with a bit of Saison flavor to the beer with a nice medium mouthfeel that finish with a funky tropical sweetness and carries the tropical nature into the aftertaste. Allagash Brewing Co. Moselle Farmhouse-Style Lager is an excellent beer that is refreshing and crisp that gets an A+. I’m not surprised that Allagash Brewing Co. brewed such a great beer and one that I highly recommend. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager, 4.8% ABV brewed locally in Charlotte, North Carolina named after a street in Columbus, Ohio which has a popular market. 1010 Pear pours a copper color with an almost two finger white fizzy head giving off a somewhat malted beady aroma with a little sweetness to it. The taste pretty much follows the nose with nice crisp malt bready notes with some sweetness that slowly arrives on your tongue with a nice semi-medium mouthfeel that finishes with a bit of a light malt note and has a crisp aftertaste of some yeasty bread that doesn’t stick around very long. NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is good getting a B-. The malts almost clash with the breaded notes and I found that to be just a little off-putting but nothing terrible. I could drink a few of 1010 Pearl Lagers the flavor isn’t too overwhelming nor is it too high in ABV. I find those things good about this. I would recommend NoDa Brewing Company 1010 Pear Lager is was not bad. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted October 1st 2012
It has been a bit of a crazy, but fun week around my house, this past week with my brother’s family came into town for his birthday. But I am here now with yet another beer review. This is another North Carolina brew, from Kinston, North Carolina, and Mother Earth Brewing. This is their Munich-style Dunkel Lager, Dark Cloud 5.10% ABV. This is the second time having this. First was during a beer tasting I gave this past week. This is a dark German lager. Dark Cloud pours a dark brown color with a rocky whitish two finger head, and very very little light was come through, hazy in the glass. The aroma on this is very malty and sweet with nice bread notes, faint coffee scents too but more of a lighter roast coffee. There was a very very faint raisin smell there too but it’s almost not existent. This Dark Cloud has a nice aroma overall The taste on the Dark Cloud is malt forward, yeah lots of malts, but not overly malty and yes it’s a bit sweet to semi-sweet. this has a lot of mouthfeel on this, you really get that nice malt flavor all over the mouth. I did find a somewhat of a coffee taste here, but none too strong like a stout or porter. There is a very faint somewhat of bitterness to the very end but was okay. But that doesn’t take anything away from the overall flavors of this Dunkel. The aftertaste is still malty but a little less, still good and sweet yet bready. There is no bitterness, but the sweetness does get a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Nothing overly sweet, but good none the less. I find the aftertaste a half tick better than the first taste still great. This beer is not heavy or thick, but it is a drinkable, sessionable and a good beer to have more than once. Overall I give this a B, just for the fact that I found a very tiny bitterness within the great malted flavor. I like this one, it is well done, well brewed and I will be looking forward to having his again, maybe if I have them again and again I will maybe become a B+. I think it could become better with me over time may be a short time. The bitterness was just a half-point off for me, but nothing that made me gives this fine Dunkel any lower of a grade or pour it out. I like it very much and glad it’s an N.C. beer. Try this! Cheer! Please enjoy responsibly!
Coming from Mount Pleasant South Carolina Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside, 4.5% ABV is a Lager that is brewed with CTZ, Motueka hops, dry-hopped with Motueka, German Lager yeast, Flaked Corn, Pils malts, and Key-Lime puree. This beer has a long name and I am just going to refer to it as Beer To Drink from this point foward. Beer To Drink pours a nice yellow gold color with a one and a half finger white quick fizzy head with a lime aroma that has a sweetness to it with a light tart sour note. Taste is refreshing with a sweet citrus lime that is also tart with some light sourness to it that comes to a nice tart, sweet, sour lime finish that carries over to the aftertaste with a nice lager flavor going along with the lime that does linger for a bit all with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Now Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside is exactly for what the name says, it a good hot day beer. The Key-lime adds a nice refreshing touch to the beer and it’s easy to drink you could enjoy many without the beer’s flavor profile overpowering your tastebuds. It’s definitely an A+. I highly recommend Westbrook Brewing Company Beer To Drink When It’s Outside. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly!
I know I’ve probably said that Lager is a dirty word in the craft beer world before, and I may still be. But sometimes a craft beer drinker may just want a plain beer, Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer, 3.5% ABV. Innertube is brewed with Saphire hops. American Pils, corn, and rice. Now I know what you’re thinking a Lager with a 3.5% ABV how can that be any good! Innertube pours an old lager yellow with a one and a half finger creamy white head that doesn’t fade away too quick with sweet corn notes coming off with a nice light bready metallic biscuit note. Now the taste it easy on the taste buds with nice sweet corn/rice notes which are similar to the aroma with nice very light biscuit flavors and a twinge of a faint metallic note that comes to a nice light refreshing semi-sweet finish that carries over to a sweet corn aftertaste with a light refreshing mouthfeel. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is a plain beer that is well-deserving of an A+, and yes for on a 3.5% it does have a great flavor that is refreshing and easy to drink. Burial Beer Co. Innertube Lager Beer is one to always keep in the refrigerator, I highly recommend it! Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!
Originally posted July 7th, 2013
When it comes to craft beer the word Lager is looked on as a bad or dirty word. That can be so done to BMC (Bud Miller Coors) for brewing such bad or weak tasting beers. But I don’t think that lager is such a foul word. I have had some great lagers and this Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager, 5.0% ABV, is what a BMC/lager beer should taste like. Samuel Smith an English brewery has some of the best beers in the world. This lager is no different. Samuel Smith Lager pours a bright golden color with a pure white foamy head that says for a nice while and makes very nice lacing. There are tons of light streaming through the glass with tons of little carbonation bubbles. This is a beautiful look lager beer. The aroma on this English lager is bready from the malted barley used. I also found a cracker-like scent among the bready aroma. The taste is not far off from the nice aroma; I found it bready upfront and a little teeny sweetness toward the end. The flavors on this lager are crisp, sharp, light, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing and has a clean crisp bready like finish. The after taste is a tad bit sweeter than the start but fades out rather quick. I think this is Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Organic Lager is how a BMC should taste. Forget adding SO much water to the darn lager. This Samuel Smith beer is getting A+ from me. This is an excellently brewed lager and a great example of how lager is supposed to be. I have yet to have a bad Samuel Smith beer! All of the beers that they brew are just as excellent as the last. This Organic Lager is something I would have over and over again, and it’s good that it is 5.0% ABV. I highly recommend trying this lager, so go and see how great this beer is! Cheers Please enjoy responsibly!