Strong lager is typically the domain of mass-produced, budget tall cans, for those seeking a more direct vector towards inebriation. So it’s always interesting to see when a craft example pops up. This one, somewhat legendary in its own right, has heaps of grainy goodness on the nose, along with floral and earthy hop characters, even a little allspice around the edges. The palate is mild and herbaceous, with drying grass and freshly sprouted barley. The bitterness is very slight, just enough to offset any malt sweetness. The hefty 6.5 % abv lends a weight and warmth to this otherwise delicately flavoured lager, making it a better match with food than yard work.
About The Author
Tim Newman is a A Wine and Spirits Education Trust graduate who has been gradually fermenting inside the Christchurch craft beer scene since it's primordial days. When the world of wine writing turned out to be a labyrinth of un-returned emails, he hopped the fence over to beer writing and reviewing and hasn't looked back. On an endless mission to taste the length and breadth of New Zealand craft brewing, and wrangle the most esoteric flavours into prose.
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