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Judge's Review: 89 Rating - Lloyd's Light by Arches Brewing

September, 2019
Judges Rating: 
21 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Lloyd's Light by Arches Brewing has been evaluated as an American Light Lager (2015 BJCP Category 1A).

The aroma has a subtle graininess to it with a little bit of corn and a wafting of sulfur that dissipates soon after the initial pour. There is no hop presence detected and, appropriately for the style, the aroma lacks anything of great interest. The appearance can rival even the behemoths of this style – this beer is pale yellow with a small thin white head and crystal clear.

The flavor has a bit more to offer than the aroma. There is a pleasant bread-like note that has a touch of richness to it. This drinks like an all-malt lager rather than a macro lager that has been cut with substantial corn or rice to lighten the body and flavor. The bitterness is minimal but enough to provide an appropriate balance to the malt-laden interpretation of this style. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy for an American Light Lager, lacking the requisite lightness and crispness found in the best examples.

Overall, this is a very well-made beer that is a grade or two above its intended weight class. Considering that this beer is crafted more than engineered, it should be applauded for its depth of flavor while staying true to just making a clean, simple beer.