of what Jack’s Abby Brewing tends to make are ales but fermented with
lager yeast. In the case of Lashes Lager, it is supposedly a bock style
(or “Hopbock” according to the label), though it is closer to what I
would associate with an amber ale. And as an amber ale it works quite
well, but as a bock it does not. Not that I grade to style, anyway, just
that I really appreciate the flavor profile here.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It was bottled on 10/29/14 and cost $2.69 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy shade of copper/amber/orange with plenty of visible
carbonation. Pours to a large, white, soapy head which retains and laces
Smell: Sweet floral scent, like a bouquet of flowers. Hint of citrus.
Taste: Munich Malt is the only malt mentioned in the description and it
definitely comes through right away. A slightly bready, perhaps toasty,
malt character. Lightly sweet with an authentic grain taste to it.
There’s a subtle floral and citrus hop character lurking in the
background throughout the first half of the swig. On the backend the
bitterness becomes quite prominent, though it’s still pretty tame
compared to an IPA (but would be normal in an amber ale). There’s some
spiciness right on the finish with a taste comparable to rye. Light
orange citrus is noticeable, too. I do notice a slight astringency on
the finish, which is a bit bracing at first, but easy to ignore.
Overall, it’s a tasty, interesting and satisfying palette, though I’m
not sure why it’s marketed the way it is. I enjoyed it.
Drinkability: Lagers are supposed to be lighter, crisper, and more
easy-drinking than ales and that’s true of Lashes Lager. However,
considering it’s a rather potent brew at 6.8% ABV, I’m a little
surprised there isn’t more complexity and body. This is the kind of beer
where having a sticky, chewy mouthfeel would actually be beneficial.