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Talisman Lager

Rating: 3.6

A fifth beer from the Alechemy brewery based in Livingston now, this one is a beer from their core range that I was given as part of a box from Beer52 at Christmas and is my first new beer from the brewery since trying their Ritual Pale Ale in the summer. The beer is a premium lager from the Scottish brewery and it’s not one that I’ve seen before despite it being introduced around autumn of 2014, although to be fair I’m not a huge lager fan these days and rarely pick up that style of beer now. It’s definitely a hard style to master but I’ve tried a couple of beers from the brewery that I had enjoyed before this one so I was hopeful going in that this one would be an enjoyable lager; here’s what I thought of it at the time.

Talisman Lager

Appearance (3/5): Quite a clear beer that was a pale, almost watery looking amber and was topped with a thin, half centimetre tall head of white bubbles. There was some soapy patches in the centre of the beer and a speck of lacing was left on the sides of the glass; head retention was pretty good though, especially for a lager.
Aroma (7/10): This one was a particularly strong beer on the nose but there was some faint citrus and a few fresh hops coming through early on with a subtle touch of hay not far behind. I detected some lemon along with a bit of sweetness before some corn and light malts made themselves known. The beer had a biscuit nose towards the end and it was quite pleasant but could definitely have been a touch more pronounced.
Taste (7/10): This one was definitely a fresh tasting lager with some nice pale malts and biscuit to kick things off; there was some sweetness and touches of caramel quite early on too. I got some lemon and citrus flavours alongside the hay and corn from the nose with a few background fruits, although these very faint; some cereal and further sweetness for a bit of honey finished things off.
Palate (4/5): Clean and quite crisp on the palate, this one came through with good carbonation and a nice sweetness that was pleasant but not overly strong. There was a good balance to the beer with a moderate bitterness and a slightly dry finish at the end.

Overall (16/20): This one proved to be a very nice lager from Alechemy, a beer that was perhaps a little light on the nose initially but one that came through with some nice sweetness on top of some citrus, pale malts and fresh, grassy flavours with a nice bitterness at the end too. The beer was well-balanced and sessionable, making it an easy one to drink and one that I’d look forward to having again.

Brewed In: Livingston, Scotland
Brewery: Alechemy Brewing
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Premium Lager
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Beer52.co.uk
Price: Gift

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