Sunday, March 2, 2014

Utica Club Light

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (1062) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2014
I poured a 12oz can into a mason jar. It was canned on 12/20/13 and cost $1.83 ($0.15 per ounce).

Appearance: Extremely pale white gold hue. Crystal clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a small, bright white, soapy head which doesn’t retain or lace much at all.

Smell: Generic adjunct lager aroma, though fainter than most. Nothing repulsive.

Taste: Utica Club is the beer with the bad reputation, which is, in my opinion, not really deserved. I think I understand where it comes from, though. People are confusing Utica Club with its "Light" version. While this beer is more bland than it is repulsive, it is quite extreme in its blandness. Really nothing to taste here as far as genuine brewing characteristics go. It actually seems to have a flavor akin to club soda. It’s mostly neutral-tasting with a light astringency or tanginess. No repulsive off-flavors like acetaldehyde, DMS or diacetyl, but nothing even close to identifiable malt and hop makeup. This is just the epitome of cheap, economy beer and it’s not even one of the better examples of the style.

Drinkability: I’m not sure why there needed to be a Utica Club Light, since the regular edition is pretty light as it is. At only 3.8% ABV it’s every bit as light as that number would seem to indicate, and maybe even a step beyond. The mouthfeel is of course thin and watery, though still plenty fizzy. It leaves no aftertaste, though I could not honestly describe this brew as being refreshing nor sessionable. 
Grade: 2/10

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