Monday, 6 April 2015

A Review of Two Great Lagers

Dee:  “It was a warm, bright sunny day yesterday so before the sun went in and it started raining again I bought a couple of bottles of lager to try out.
There are many mass produced brands of lager on the market which all taste the same to me, but there are also those with their own distinctive tastes and characters.  It was of course the latter that I wanted to focus this blog entry on.”

Lager 1:  London Lager
Tasting Notes said:  “The countryside  surrounding London provides the world’s finest brewing ingredients:  Kentish hops and East Anglian malting barley.  At Meantime’s state of the art microbrewery we combine the two to produce the definitive London lager.”
Dee said:  “Mid gold in colour.  A nice, rich, earthy aroma.  Fruity tasting; mainly orange with a hint of grapefruit, and ever so slightly floral.  Paired really well with the spicy, lime-rich South East Asian stew that Jay and me were enjoying for our tea.”

Lager 2:  California Lager
Brewery:  Anchor Brewing Co.
Tasting Notes said:  “Anchor Steam’s roots go back to the gold rush, long before icehouses and modern refrigeration made traditional lagers a viable California option.  In 1876, thanks to an ice pond in the mountains and a belief that anything is possible in the Golden State, a little brewery named Boca created California’s first genuine lager.  Anchor California Lager is our re-creation of this historic beer.
Made in San Francisco with two-row California barley, cluster hops (the premier hop in 19th Century California) and our own lager yeast, this all-malt brew is krausened and lagered in our cellars.  Its golden colour, distinctive aroma, creamy head, balanced depth of flavour and smooth finish make Anchor California Lager a delicious celebration of California’s unique brewing heritage.”
Dee said:  “Red-Gold, almost copper coloured.  Lots of fizz on pouring.  Much earthier in aroma and taste than the Meantime lager.  There was a pronounced hoppy flavour which was carried through to the lingering aftertaste.”

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