Monday, July 13, 2015

Broken Bow Broken Auger Lager

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chad9976 (1398) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2015
I think I’m more forgiving than the average beer drinker. I got burned on an old can of Broken Bow Broken Auger Lager a few months ago. I really wanted to give them another chance (mostly because they’re a New York brewery), so I picked up another can recently hoping it was from a fresher batch. Whatever the case may be the beer is nearly as bad as I remember: sour, tangy, no hop character and rather dull mouthfeel. I doubt it’s supposed to taste like this but I’m reviewing it anyway.

I poured a 12oz can into a shaker glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.45 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark copper color which would be pretty if it weren’t so hazy. No visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which nearly completely dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Light lactobacillus scent which is reminiscent of a Flanders Red (but shouldn’t be there). A touch of nutty aroma, too.

Taste: I have a feeling when this beer is fresh it’s at least drinkable, maybe even good. I don’t know if this brewery has a problem with their actual brewing and/or their canning process, or if their wholesaler just sits on product and old cans end up on the shelf of my local bottle shop. Whatever the case may be, the two times I’ve drank this beer it’s been clearly infected with lacto and thus makes it impossible to review the palette as its meant to be tasted. I do detect a little nutty character to this palate, maybe even some sweet maltiness often found in amber and Vienna lagers. Unfortunately, the off-flavors are too distracting and grow more cloying as the beer warms. I could actually see this sourness working well if done intentional via barrel-aging, but there’s really no excuse for it in an ordinary canned lager. Amateurs.

Drinkability: For a lager, Broken Bow Broken Auger Lager is surprisingly not crisp. The mouthfeel is noticeably tepid. Thankfully it goes down smooth and leaves a clean aftertaste, but the palette isn’t enjoyable to begin with so it’s moot. The 5% ABV is also moot since I can’t finish it. Avoid.

Score: 2/10

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