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
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
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.