Adnams is an English brewery which is not available in America (or at least not where I live). They were kind enough to send me six beers to sample, so I decided to review them from lightest to strongest. Also, this gives me the perfect opportunity to spoof and pay homage to everyone's favourite reviewer of British "real ales" - Simon at http://youtube.com/realaleguide
3.4AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The British are known for making beers low in alcohol that still have genuine flavor (not unlike our "lite" beers here). The Adnams Lighthouse is a beer I’d love to pit against any macro light lager in a taste test. While it may not be the most delicious or robust beer in the world, it does have a nice flavor and high drinkability.
I poured a 500ml bottle into a Victorina nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Pure amber color. Crystal-clear with plenty of noticeable carbonation. Nice eggshell-colored, frothy/creamy head with decent retention and lacing.
Smell: At first it smells a tad skunky, but upon closer examination it’s more of a cereal malt scent. This beer seems very similar to a generic American summer seasonal, but without any wheat or fruit (well, perhaps a touch of white grape).
Taste: A difficult palate to describe. This is a deliberately mild beer, so the flavor here must be reached for. I get a slightly sweet, slightly doughy, Cheerios-like flavor across the front and middle. The finish and aftertaste and the same - mostly clean, but a tad malty. This beer has an almost lager-like taste that’s a little tangy, but easily tolerable.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thick and soft for such a light beer. Despite the many bubbles in my glass, it feels quite tepid.
Drinkability: An extremely chuggable beer and if I were drinking this on a hot summer’s day that’s exactly how I would want it to drink it. Finishes mostly clean, but there is a touch of dryness in the aftertaste.
Overall, a fine English pub-style beer to session for hours on end while watching rugby or football. Not as robust as I’d prefer, but I appreciate the drinkability of this one.