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Standard Lager

April, 2017
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
38 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Standard Lager by Fulton is being evaluated as an International Amber Lager (Category 2B) from the 2015 BJCP guidelines. As such, it is expected to be a relatively simple mild beer with a touch of interesting caramel malt character. This beer fits that bill quite well. This is an unassuming, yet clean and refreshing brew with enough character to pique the interest of the drinker.

The aroma demonstrates a mild, light Vienna malt caramel sweetness, with a slight sulfury note. The fermentation is very clean. This deep golden light amber colored beer exhibits outstanding clarity and an exceptionally firm white small bubble head with lace that lingers quite well into the drink. A solid head appears to be a hallmark of this brewery.  This is a very attractive brew!

The flavor mirrors the aroma quite well. There is a medium level of caramel Vienna malt flavor on top of a solid base malt backbone. Low levels of noble hop flavor are present.  The hop bitterness is on the low to low-medium side, actually pushing towards to higher end of the style, delivering a somewhat dry character to the middle and finish. The moderate carbonation helps amplify this dry perception in a good way. The finish has an attractive balance of Vienna malt character with enough hop bitterness to clean the palate in preparation for the next sip.

Overall, this is a very nice approachable and refreshing brew that has enough character to make it quite memorable. Cheers and enjoy!