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Judge's Review: 93 Rating - Havana Lager by Concrete Beach Brewery

June, 2020

Havana Lager

Havana Lager

United States
Havana Lager, Concrete Beach Brewery

Havana Lager pours brightly, with a beautiful sunburst-orange hue and foamy white head. Toasted malt characters envelope the palate, giving this beer a slight malty sweetness that finishes crisp and clean.

Beverage Profile
Served at: 
45 - 50ºF
Two-row, Vienna, Melanoidin, Chocolate
Cascade, Hallertau



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Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Havana Lager by Concrete Beach Brewery was judged as a Vienna Lager (BJCP Style Category 7A). This beer poured a golden color with orange hues and bright clarity. A tightly formed and generous off-white head of small bubbles sits and lingers on top of the beer. A moderate-low aroma of spicy and floral noble hops is at the forefront. A low bready malt aroma with very slight toasted bread crust quickly follows suit and a clean lager character is evident. On the initial sip a medium (bordering medium-high) bitterness is the first thing perceived by the drinker. A low malt sweetness barely peaks its head through, with a light toasty malt flavor, and is quickly overtaken by the bitterness again which causes the flavor to be balanced towards the bitterness. Medium-low spicy noble style hop flavor, very light citrus, light malt sweetness, low lingering bitterness, and a clean lager character all manifest together and carry over to the finish. This beer has a medium-light body, with medium carbonation, a slight creaminess, and no warmth detected in this beer. Overall, this is an excellent interpretation of a Vienna Lager, albeit a tad more bitter than the style allows which gives it an “American” style interpretation. It is a lovely-drinking, quality, smooth beer of a style that is increasingly hard to find.