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Marks & Spencer Five Hop Lager

Rating: 2.75

A review of what was my fourth beer brewed specially for Marks & Spencer stores in the UK, this one a premium lager from the Hogs Back brewery based in Surrey and a beer that I received as a gift last week. The beer is a relatively new one to stores, having first been launched in March or April this year and since I’m not in Marks & Spencer all that often it’s not one that I seen before but it’s one that I’m looking forward to trying and finding out what it’s about. This Five Hop Lager will also be my first from Hogs Back, a brewery that was founded in 1992 and has won quite a few awards since then, including having one beer (‘A over T’) crowned “Supreme Champion Winter Ale of Britain” in 2006.

Five Hop Lager

Appearance (3/5): Bright, medium amber in colour with a clear body and a thin, quarter centimetre head that is slightly foamy and just about covers the surface of the beer, with some fine bubbles rising to the top as it sits in the glass.
Aroma (6/10): Fairly sweet on the nose with some corn, hay and light citrus notes straight off the bat. There was some hops sneaking through with a few sweet malts and subtle herbal notes plus one bitterness towards the end but the beer was fairly light overall on the nose.
Taste (6/10): Faint citrus and some subtle grassy hops kick things off before some hay and light floral flavours make an appearance. There was some sweet malts and basic corn flavouring that followed with touches of lemon and bitterness seeing things out.
Palate (2/5): Light to light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and a dry feel to the beer. There was moderate bitterness running through this one but the feel was quite basic and light with nothing too exciting about it really.

Overall (11/20): This one was a bit of an anticlimax really, I was expecting quite a hoppy but easy-going pale lager but all it delivered was a basic one with not enough hop presence for it to live up to its name. It was an easy beer to drink but I feel that was down to the fact it was quite light bodied and bland with little strength in the nose or the taste; it was just all a bit flat really and it’s not a beer I’ll pick up again.

Brewed In: Farnham, Surrey, England
Brewery: Hogs Back Brewery
First Brewed: 2015
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.5%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Marks & Spencer
Price: Gift

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  1. October 12, 2015 at 09:17

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