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Champagne Velvet

Judges Rating: 
18 / 24
4 / 6
35 / 40
7 / 10
Overall Impression: 
15 / 20

Lactic acid, sulfur dioxide and isovaleric acid are the initial aromatics here with lemon, grassy hops, and a winey Sauvignon Blanc character to follow. Brilliant clarity allows the straw-yellow color to radiate. There is a strong flavor of tetrahydropyridine, which presents in the form of bran flakes. A subtle grainy malt character is underneath. The beer is very crisp and bright with high carbonation and a very dry finish. The character of this beer is more like a traditional Premium American Lager rather than a Pre-Prohibition Lager since the corn, body and bitterness are lacking and the beer finishes crisp and dry rather than soft and creamy. This would be a refreshing beer after a hard day of yard work.