93 Ekstra Pale Lager, Alivaria (Belarus). 4.5% ABV (11/07)
Rich old gold color. Wet bread dough and light honeyed lemon peel aromas follow through to a crisp frothy and dryish medium body with a nice honeyed nut, grain and marmalade fade. Tasty.
92 Primator Premium Lager, Pivovar Nachod (Czech Republic). 5% ABV (11/09)
Gold amber color. Aromas of peach marmalade on nut bread toast and potter’s clay follow through on a soft, supple entry to a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with hints of dried citrus and nice depth and balance. Finishes superbly in a dried fruit and nut-accented fade with lush astringency and earthy clay-like hops.
91 Singha Beer, Boon Rawd Brewery Co. (Thailand). 6% ABV (11/07)
Bright golden color. Fresh sourdough bread and dried lemon and faint coconut milk aromas. A frothy, zippy entry leads to a dryish light-to-medium body of honeyed lemon, rye toast and straw flavors. Finishes in a long, very refreshing citrus zest and praline fade with balanced bittering hops. A super quaffer.
91 McHenry Premium Lager, Clipper City Brewing Co. (MD). 4.6% ABV (10/07)
Golden amber color. Honey, orange marmalade, lemon poppy seed muffin aromas follow through to a round, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a fruity sweet, tangy golden raisin and honey fade with slight dough and nuts notes. Very tasty.
91 Imperial Lager, Lion Brewery Ceylon PLC (Sri Lanka). 8.8% ABV (11/08)
Pale golden amber color. Grilled mango, orange blossom honey and Hawaiian bread toast aromas follow through on a very supple and round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with honey yogurt, apple and pepper notes. Finishes with a long, warming honey granola fade. Big and tasty; pair with mighty curries.
91 Hofbräu Original Lager, Hofbräuhaus München (Germany). 5.1% ABV (11/09)
Golden color. Clean, whole grain toast and clay aromas follow through on a round, foamy entry to a dry, medium-to-full body with excellent balance of lightly honeyed malt and astringent citrus and earth-accented hops on the finish. Classically styled and highly drinkable.
90 Lager, Cable Car (USA). 4.5% ABV (11/09)
Golden yellow color. Aromas of honeyed biscuit have a hint cashew butter and micro greens and follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with nice light balance and a gentle, mild hop and mineral finish. A very nice, carefree quaffer that should cover most bases at the casual dining table.
90 Chang Beer, Cosmos Brewery Co., Ltd. (Thailand). 5% ABV (11/08)
Bright golden color. Honeyed raisin toast aromas with a hint of lychee follow through on a crisp, smooth entry to a dryish medium body with a hint of apple, nut and a solid roasted grain character. Finishes with a crisp, balanced earthy hop and pizza dough fade. A very nice food beer.
89 Session Premium Lager, Full Sail Brewing Co. (OR). 5.1% ABV (11/09)
Golden yellow color. Toasty fruit muffin, a touch of roasted vegetable and herb follow through on a crisp, soft entry to a dryish light-to-medium body with sweet citrus notes and delicate carbonation. Finishes with a smooth, tangy fade. An effortless session beer with nice mild citrus character.
89 Güera, Tijuana TJ (Mexico). (11/07)
Rich golden color. Buttered nut toast, cheddar popcorn, with apricot jam aromas follow through to a very frothy and soft, dryish medium body with delicate lemon rind and talc notes and a very crisp, mildly astringent snappy hop fade. Subtle, refreshing and elegant.
89 Golden Pheasant Lager, Heineken Slovensko (Slovakia). 5% ABV (11/08)
Old gold color. Buttered raisin toast and delicate citrus and spice aromas follow through on a round entry to a dryish medium body with mild creamed corn notes. Finishes with a crisp, savory butter toasted nut and orange spice tea fade. Refreshing.