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This. Is. Lager

Rating: 3.25

Yet another Brewdog beer, this one a very recent offering that was introduced in September this year and went straight into the brewery’s ‘headliners’ range which is essentially their core, year-round range. It replaces the like of Fake Lager and 77 Lager before that, Brewdog’s latest attempt at making a dent in the UK macro lager market with a German and Czech inspired pilsner that uses around ten times as many hops as some of the cheaper lagers on the market. Already this one is available at J D Wetherspoon pubs around the country which can only increase the beers profile. I opted to order a bottle online recently from the brewery website and it will be the first from the order that I will be reviewing here since this isn’t a beer that will age well. I’ve enjoyed a few Brewdog pale lagers in the past, most notably their Vagabond Pilsner from last year but hopefully this one is another improvement on that one – practice makes perfect after all.

This. Is. Lager.

Appearance (4/5): A light golden amber colour with a very clear body that has some fine bubbles rising to the surface and is topped with a fluffy white head that turns foamy, starting at about two centimetres tall it goes down some before ending up sitting a fine lacing covering the surface after around a minute has elapsed.
Aroma (6/10): Grassy hops and some lighter lager malts open things with a very faint sweetness and then some biscuit notes, I felt the hops were lacking some though. There is a hint of citrus but it’s faint and hard to detect, some light bitterness makes itself known as well but it just seemed like a normal lager to me, albeit one that comes out on top of the usual mass produced garbage.
Taste (6/10): Light biscuit malts and Czech hops come through initially, as does a hint of citrus and some faint spice but again the flavours don’t seem the most pronounced or easiest to detect without some effort. Some sweetness starts to come through, as does some bitterness but it’s all fairly average if I’m honest.
Palate (3/5): Smooth with a light medium body and hints of bitterness towards the end. Carbonation levels seem lighter than I was expecting from this one but it goes down easily. It’s light and crisp but it has to be said, it’s nothing special either.

Overall (13/20): This one was somewhat of a disappointment for me from Brewdog if I’m honest, it was drinkable but at the same time proved to be fairly ordinary and unexciting with little to make you remember it. I’m usually a big fan of the breweries beers but it seems that most pilsners that they bring out are sub-par, the only exception being their Vagabond Pilsner and that was a limited release that seemed to disappear faster than a fart in the wind. This one came across as quite basic and safe but their are plenty of better pale lagers out there to try that rate higher than this one I’m afraid.

Brewed In: Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Brewery: Brewdog
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Pilsner / Premium Lager
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £1.70

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