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Sea to Sea Lager

August, 2016
Judges Rating: 
85
Aroma: 
23 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
32 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
16 / 20

The aroma of this pale Kellerbier is a great blend of noble hops (earthy, herbal and a touch of spice), pale malts and yeast. The yeast and malt provide a slight bread-like quality that rounds out the hop aromas nicely. It appears as a slightly hazy pale straw color with a very slight head of fine, off-white bubbles. Like the aroma, the flavor is all about hops, malt and yeast. The malt is very grainy with a touch of astringency, and it lacks the malt sweetness that might balance the grain. The hops lend appropriate bitterness for a Kellerbier along with significant hop flavor, again somewhat floral and earthy with just a hint of spice. The grainy flavor lingers through to the finish. Moderate carbonation and a moderate body round out the mouthfeel. This is a very good summertime beer that's very much in the German tradition. If you enjoy pale lagers, especially fresh ones, I would recommend giving this one a try. The grainy harshness holds it back a bit, but this is still a nice Kellerbier.

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