Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ringside Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (836) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date.

Appearance: Light to medium gold hue. Crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a small, white, foamy head which almost completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Standard pale lager aroma. Slightly sweeter and more yeast presence than the average brew, though. Nothing off-putting, nothing inviting.

Taste: I’m not sure what’s the deal with this beer or this "brewery." I use the term loosely because this is obviously a contract brew made by Mendocino right up the road from me in Saratoga. I’m not sure if this is a new company or another brewery’s brand. Regardless, what is the point of brewing a beer that’s so ridiculously mainstream? To play it safe? Fair enough, but if you’re an adjunct lager drinker wouldn’t you just stick with the brand you know rather than upgrade to a slightly craftier version?

I’ve noticed there’s been quite a few of these crafty pale lagers emerging in recent years and for the most part they’re mediocre to average and Ringside Beer is no exception. It has a more overtly clean taste than the "Big 3" lagers. Though I do detect a slight corn taste, for the most part it’s bland, a tad sweet, and has a dry doughy character. Downing a single serving is no challenge, but I see no reason to have another. Its only crime is being ridiculously boring rather than flat-out bad.

Drinkability: Pale lagers like this I tend to drink straight from the fridge and at that temperature Ringside Beer was actually a bit refreshing. The mild palate and clean aftertaste makes it tolerable to the palette. The mouthfeel is of course thin and fizzy, but not to the point of being so spastic that it didn’t go down smoothly. I’d say the 4.8% ABV weight is perfect because a bigger beer might have more noticeable flaws, and a smaller body would be too watery. 
Grade: 5/10

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