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Bearface Lager

Rating: 3.35

Time for my second beer from Scotland’s newest brewery, Drygate. This one is their flagship pale lager and the first thing I should get out-of-the-way is that is a definite step up from Tennent’s Lager that is brewery a mere stones throw away on the adjacent lot at the Tennent’s Caledonian (or Wellpark) brewery. This is one of the new Drygate brewery’s three core beers, the others being their Outspace Apple Ale which I reviewed here previously and their Gladeye IPA which I hope to try sometime soon. This is the beer of the three core offerings that I can see being the most popular, at least in Glasgow anyway and I fully expect to see it available on-tap around the city in the year to come but for the moment you have to visit the brewery’s brewpub to try it one tab it seems. The beer is brewed using three different hop varieties and is then dry-hopped using Cascade hops so it’s a step in the right direction with their being a distinct lack of good Scottish lagers out there; I can only think of a couple in my head at the moment. The beer itself was a nice one and I could see it making a decent session lager, that coupled with the fact that I expect to see it in bars dotted around Glasgow soon means that I’ll probably go back to this one a couple of times in the future but it didn’t seem quite as good as the likes of Schiehallion, not on first tastings at least anyway.

Bearface Lager

Appearance (3/5): Light golden and very clear with a thin, foamy white lacing for a head that just about covers the surface, the beer looks quite still as well.
Aroma (6/10): This one has a fairly light aroma with some light, grassy hops and lemon coming through initially. There is some subtle lager malts and the beer smells quite fresh and clean with some bread and biscuit as well. The nose is pleasant and fairly typical for a pale lager.
Taste (7/10): The taste picked up where the aroma left off, with some light hops and grassy flavours coming through alongside some citrus and touches of corn. There was hints of grain but the taste, like the smell was a fairly basic one but enjoyable nonetheless.
Palate (4/5): Light bodied and quite lively with medium carbonation and a sharp, fairly dry finish that had some light bitterness thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed the mouthfeel of this one with it seeming quite refreshing in places and it was definitely an easy on to drink.

Overall (13/20): Not a bad lager from Drygate, in fact this one went down better than I expected with a clean taste that was much as you would expect from the style but the balance was good and it was very easy going down. The subtle hops were a nice addition and the beer was a big step up from the other mass-produced pale lager that the east end of Glasgow is famous for producing. I can imagine I’ll be trying this one again in the near future, although a lot of that will no doubt be down to the fact it is brewed so close to home.

Brewed In: Drygate, Glasgow, Scotland
Brewery: Drygate Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 4.4%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, Scotland
Price: £3.50

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