1811 Lager

Oregon
United States
1811 Lager Fort George Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

 More flavorful and hoppy than most modern Lagers, 1811 is lovingly concocted from organic 2-row malted barley and cracked maize. Corn was a popular beer ingredient in pre-Prohibition days. Many West Coast brewers in the 19th century had no access to ice, so they improvised an effervescent beer brewing lager yeasts at higher-than-normal temperatures. Described as a “refreshing drink, much consumed by the laboring classes," this is the inspiration for the 1811 Lager.

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
Served at: 
40 - 45° F
Hops: 
Galena, Saaz
Malts: 
Organic Two-Row, Vienna, Cracked Maize
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

This beer's aroma is of cornflakes, lemon with honeydrop candy, very low Mexican vanilla bean, biscuits and low herbaceous rosemary. This light golden beer is topped by a yellowish, creamy head with fine effervescence that clings to the sides of the glass. Flavors start out as plain dinner roll bread quality with a low pine and medium-low resin hop character. Malt and hop flavors are balanced nicely, with the hops taking slight prominence. This beer finishes with a dry, crisp bitterness and aftertastes of lemon pith, chalk and grits. Mouthfeel is medium with medium-high carbonation, very low alcohol, a milk froth creaminess and pleasant hop astringency. Overall, this was a very drinkable lager, but it would have been better with brighter aromas and flavors and a lifting, active carbonation.