Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saucony Creek Kutztown Lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1211) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2014
I’ve often said I don’t like to review old beer, but if the beer’s not bad I’ll usually make an exception. This bottle of Saucony Creek Kutztown Lager is nearly six months old by the time I got to it (assuming I’m reading the bottling code correctly), but it doesn’t seem to have any significant flaws other than the large chunks of sediment floating around. It’s an amber lager with a bit of a smoke character, which makes it at the very least interesting.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It appears to have been bottled on 5/10/14 and was given to me by friends (thanks, Alex and Marissa!).

Appearance: Clear shade of amber with plenty of visible carbonation. Huge chunks of sediment float in suspension (eww). Pours to a small, white, foamy head which retains and laces relatively well.

Smell: Mild, lightly sweet, generic amber lager aroma with a hint of smoke.

Taste: There’s not a lot happening in the palette of Saucony Creek Kutztown Lager that can’t be found in other amber and Vienna-style lagers. I get a significant dark malt character, light sweetness, faint hints of honey and caramel, and a smoke flavor right on the back end. It starts out rather strong, but I become accustomed to it quickly. It has a bit of a tang and astringent quality, which is a bit off-putting (would a fresh bottle have this, too?). Mild dry bitterness through the middle bridges the beginning and end quite well. Overall, it’s a fine lager, but not a great one.

Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Saucony Creek Kutztown Lager is exactly what you want in a beer of the style. Judging by the bottle label, I assume they’re going for some kind of Oktoberfest-type brew and in that respect it works as a beer to wash down food that you don’t really have to think about. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a smooth finish. It does leave a tangy, bitter aftertaste, but I can tolerate it easily. If they could get the weight down a little more it’d be a true session beer. 
Grade: 6/10

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