Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bomb Lager


I know they say you can't judge a book by its cover, but check out that can - awesome! This is a brand new beer from a brand new company out of NYC (although the beer is contract-brewed in PA). The guys at my beer store actually gave me this beer for free because they wanted to see what I thought of it. When they do that it means it's going to be a really great or really bad beer - which way would the Bomb Lager go?

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (643) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow hue, almost completely transparent with slight cloudiness. Forms a good-size, bright white, frothy head. Decent retention but little lacing.

Smell: Generic all-malt lager aroma of grain, hint of lemon rind pith and all around "beer" scent.

Taste: All-malt lagers are probably the most difficult style to accurately describe and review because they don’t have anything distinctive about them and don’t have the obvious flaws of a cheaper adjunct style. That’s why reviewing Bomb Lager is so vexing - what can I tell you, you don’t already know? It tastes better than macro adjunct lager with a clean palate, slight malty sweetness and a drop of citrus. But at the same time it’s overtly bland as the only thought that crosses my mind while drinking it is: "tastes like beer." It does have a slight sharp tang up front which is a little distracting, but otherwise there’s nothing really offensive about the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy texture, mild fizziness and minor pasty aftertaste.

Drinkability: I really don’t think lagers are ideal lawnmower beers, but I can see why people think that. Drinking Bomb Lager outside on a hot summer’s day was slightly refreshing, but in the end I wasn’t truly quenched. The ABV for this isn’t listed anywhere, but I’d imagine it’s no more than 5%. Sure you could session it, but I’d recommend having food or snacks to offset it as it doesn’t really satisfy on its own.

Overall, Bomb Lager is neither "da bomb" or "a bomb" - it’s just another beer.

Grade: 5/10