87 Islander Pale Lager, Vancouver Island Brewery (Canada). 5% ABV (11/09)
Golden color. Aromas of honeyed muffin follow through on a soft, supple entry to a dryish medium body with toasted grain and sweet, lettuce-like notes. Finishes with a crisp, mild citrus and cream-accented fade. A solid session beer that will shine at the table.
87 Ensign Fred Pale Lager, Grumpy Troll Brewery (WI). 9.2% ABV (11/09)
Interesting sour yeast, roasted chestnut, herbal hop and turmeric aromas follow through on a soft, gentle entry to a dryish and slightly sour light-to-medium body with roasted corn and plantain notes. Finishes with a toasty, grassy, mineral-accented fade.
87 Ekstra Lager Beer, Svyturys (Lithuania). 5.2% ABV (10/08)
Bright golden yellow color with a pillowy blanket. Reserved aromas of egg custard and brioche follow through on a supple, smooth entry to a creamy, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a caramelized nut and loamy earth notes. Finishes crisply with lemon-peach yogurt and a touch of pepper and alfalfa. A fine food beer to pair with goat cheese pizza.
87 Beck’s Lager, Brauerei Beck & Co. (Germany). 5% ABV (11/07)
Bright golden color. Mild bread dough, citrus rind and lightly herbal hop aromas. A crisp, zippy entry leads to a dryish light-to-medium body of bread, sour lemon marmalade and delicate earthy and herbal flavors. Finishes with a very quenching, crisp bittering hop fade. A nicely styled German lager.
87 Baltika Cooler, Baltika Brewery (Russia). 4.7% ABV (10/08)
Bright golden yellow color. Dried honey, Asian pear and toasted apple bread aromas follow through on a round, zesty entry to a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body with apple sauce, honeyed green tea and praline accents. Finishes with a touch of woody roasted nuts, honey and very mild earthy hops. A refreshing backyard party beer.
87 1846 Birra Blonda, Menabrea SPA (Italy). 4.8% ABV (11/09)
Pure golden color. Mild wet bread dough aromas follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry, light-to-medium body with roasted grain and beet notes. Finishes with a crisp, foamy river stone-accented fade. A rock solid, lighter styled food beer.
86 True North Blonde Lager, Magnotta Brewery Ltd. (Canada). 5% ABV (10/08)
Bright golden amber color with a soft, thin blanket. Light caramel on nut bread toast aromas with a hint of mango follow through on a crisp round entry to a dryish medium body with notes of creamy polenta and green apple. Finishes with a tangy, citrus marmalade fade with a faint asparagus note.
86 Tennent’s Lager, Wellspark Brewery (Scotland). 3.9% ABV (11/07)
Bright deep golden color. Fresh baked crusty bread aromas. A soft, frothy entry leads to a smooth dryish medium body of salt buttered baguette and light dried citrus flavors with a crisp, rounded, mildly earthy hop fade. Very supple and balance. A very nice, easy drinking beer.
86 St. Pauli Girl Lager, St. Pauli Brauerei (Germany). 4.9% ABV (11/08)
Bright golden yellow color. Savory toasted multigrain bread crust and buttered nut aromas have a grassy, straw-like hop edge and follow through on a supple entry to a frothy, dry, medium body with good depth and persistent, almost tangy citrus and earth hop notes on the fade. A solid quaffer or food beer.
86 Organically Produced Lager Beer, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery (England). 5% ABV (10/08)
Old gold color. Honeyed toast with a hint of caramelized citrus and dried poultry. A soft, round entry leads to a dryish creamy medium body with salty toasted nut and caramelized roasted squash accents. Finishes with a chewy toast and praline fade. A layered, culinary beer to enjoy with a hearty turkey leg.
85 Lager, Karlovacko (Croatia). 5.4% ABV (11/07)
Pale golden amber color. Bread flour, dried orange peel and light praline aromas follow through to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with nice toasted grains and nuts accents and a lemon pie-like fade. Tasty.
85 Lager, Golden Brau (Romania). 4.8% ABV (10/07)
Golden yellow color. Fresh bread and earthy hop aromas. A crisp, frothy entry leads to a dry, light-to-medium body of rye toast and citrus peel flavors. Finishes with a pleasant bittering hop and honeyed grainy toast fade. An easy-going quaffer.