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Backyard Brew Bee 17

Rating: 2.75

A random birthday gift beer that I received recently, this one is the first from Carlsberg Sverige (or Carlsberg in Sweden) that I’ll that tried and was a beer that I’d never seen or heard of when I was given it just over a month ago. Labelled as a dry-hopped pilsner, this was one that I was initially quite excited about given the can design and that it was one that I’d not seen before but that excitement quickly subsided when I discovered it was a Carlsberg offering; although I’ve had the odd decent beer from the brewery in the past so hopefully this proves itself to be another.

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber with a clear body and a centimetre tall, foamy head that was white and held well over the opening minute with some bubbles on the surface too.
Aroma (6/10): A fairly standard offering on the nose, the beer opened with some light grassy notes and a background citrus before some earthy malts showed towards the middle. There wasn’t a lot going on really but some grain and bread malts did show towards the end with a slight freshness at that point too.
Taste (5/10): Very basic and quite bland, the beer was light with some hay and grassy flavours showing but it wasn’t an overly varied offering. Around the middle some faint sweetness and touches of caramel showed with a some earthy malts seeing things out but that was about it sadly.
Palate (2/5): Light-medium bodied and moderately carbonated with quite a basic feel that was uninspiring for the most part. There’s some faint citrus and a little sweetness further on from the caramel but it wasn’t a great one by any means.

Overall (9/20): Disappointing stuff here sadly, this one was quite a bland and light offering that thankfully didn’t have any skunk or off-flavours showing but wasn’t really that enjoyable either. It opened with some grassy flavours, hay and basic citrus with a little caramel sweetness further on but it was unexciting and had a poor balance; not a beer that I’d have again.

Brewed In: Årstadvägen, Falkenberg, Sweden
Brewery: Carlsberg Sverige
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Pilsner
Abv: 4.7%
Serving: Cam (330ml)
Purchased: Home Bargains (Scotland)
Price: Gift

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