nice to see brewers making low alcohol beers and lagers, though you
don’t tend to see too many low alcohol lagers being made by non-macro
breweries. A beer like Stillwater Yacht really shouldn’t exist – its
light body means it should have a theoretically short shelf life and a
high price tag. In the case of this particular can (at two months of
age) the former seems to be false, and the latter is only partially
true. If this were as readily available as Bud Light, it would be
outselling it for sure as I could see a beer with this much flavor –
that still drinks like a like lager – catching on with everyone.
I poured a 16oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 3/25/15 and cost $2.59 ($0.16 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale lemon-skin shade of yellow. Somewhat cloudy, but
consistent streaming carbonation is always visible. Pours to a large,
white, frothy head which retains and laces beautifully.
Smell: One of the more pungent lagers I can recall. Strong hoppy aroma;
especially citrus with a little bit of grass. Clean – not spicy or
Taste: Light-bodied pale lagers don’t tend to have much flavor, but the
taste of this palette jumps out at me immediately. A delicious
combination of citrus fruit, pith and peel with a touch of grassy notes
in the background. A slight spicy sensation comes through the middle –
reminiscent of rye or perhaps Noble hops – but still light enough so as
not to upstage or distract from the base brew. Perhaps a bit of raw
grain flavor can be found giving it some light sweetness. A beer like
this it much more impressive to me than a hefty, complex imperial stout
or Belgian quad.
Drinkability: At only 4.2% ABV, Stillwater Yacht has the same amount of
alcohol as all the BMC “lite” brews, yet it has so much more body,
character, and actual enjoyability. The mouthfeel is consistently crisp
with noticeable weight – it’s not simply carbonated water like so many
other lightweight beers. Refreshing on every swig with a fairly clean
aftertaste. This is one of the few session beers that could truly stand
up to – and complement – a savory meal.